New release roundup – Simon Lynge / Mark Harrison / Tupelo /Moonshot

SIMON LYNGE

 ‘Deep Snow, the brand new album by Simon Lynge, is out world-wide on 23rd November via Integrity Records/Songcrafter Music.

In February 2018, Simon and long-time friend and musical collaborator Richard Lobb isolated themselves in a secluded house owned by a travelling circus clown in the green hills of Trallong, Wales, to record the Greenlandic-Danish songwriter’s new album, later to be caressed to completion in the eclectic atmosphere of Narcissus Studios in London

 “I had sworn to myself that this album would truly reflect my soul, rather than attempt to uplift it. It feels like growing up. I cannot pretend to be something I am not; life is too short.  The new album is called Deep Snow, because my body feels colder when it is sad and the smallest task can only be achieved through extreme effort.”

 Having spent his early years as a shepherd boy in the Greenland tundra, nature and the fragility of life in all its forms feature heavily in Simon’s songs.

 Now dividing his time between America’s Pacific Northwest, Scandinavia & the UK, Simon Lynge is no stranger to the British media, having appeared on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio London, BBC1 Breakfast TV & Sky News and had great reviews of previous releases from the UK & European press.

 “An impressive parade of melodies and hooklines, exuding sincerity. A winning new voice.” **** UNCUT

 “This troubadour’s sunny debut is hard not to cheer on.” Q Magazine

 “His debut album, The Future, with its aroma of positive modern folkiness is like a breath of his fresh island air.”  The Sunday Times

 “Simon Lynge sang strikingly pretty, melodic songs with his pure, warm voice.”  The Times

 “Counting Elliott Smith and Nick Drake among his influences, Lynge’s music is a brand of quite faultless melodic rich pop.” Music Week Magazine

https://simonlyngemusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/SimonLyngeMusic/

https://twitter.com/simonlynge

MARK HARRISON

 The Panoramic View is the brand new album from Mark Harrison.

 An artist described by R2 Rock n Reel Magazine as ‘Roots music from the top drawer from one of our most gifted talents‘ . Radio 2’s Paul Jones simply said “Really excellent.” Classic Rock Magazine said about the album “…a quirky album that makes a great case for self releasing”.

 There is no one in music quite like Mark Harrison. With his band, or in solo or duo form, he is widely considered one of the most remarkable artists currently operating in the UK.

 His highly individual, all-original music goes down very well with audiences of all kinds, and it has taken him and the band to some of the top venues and festivals in the UK, attracting acclaim wherever he goes. Described at BBC Radio 2 as ‘quirky’ and an artist who ‘makes you think afresh’, and by one eminent reviewer as ‘approaching national treasure status’, Mark is a unique songwriter, a stunning guitarist, and a master storyteller. An in-demand live performer, Mark tours extensively. He has appeared at top festivals such as Celtic Connections, Bearded Theory, The Great British Folk Festival, Lakefest and Jazz FM Love Supreme, and at prestigious venues all over the UK. He has released five albums which have been unanimously acclaimed across a wide range of areas of the music world, receiving a very great deal of airplay and highly enthusiastic reviews in the UK, Europe and the US.

 2018 sees the release of Mark’s much awaited new album, THE PANORAMIC VIEW. Marks’ magnum opus, it is all set to bring him much wider recognition. THE PANORAMIC VIEW features 15 original songs in his trademark style. Mark is a songster, and his songs cover all manner of non-standard subjects. With catchy tunes, lyrics that intrigue and engage, and striking rhythms, they make you smile, think and move. He takes elements of roots music, including folk, blues and gospel, to create something new that is very much his own genre. Each song is a snapshot of life or has a story to tell, like a 3-minute film or novel. On THE PANORAMIC VIEW, Mark, on National & 12-string guitars and vocals, is joined by a cast of A-List musicians in a wide variety of line-ups. At the core is his regular band of Charles Benfield (double bass) and Ben Welburn (drums and percussion), and they are joined by the superlative Paddy Milner (piano), Paul Tkachenko (tuba, trombone, trumpet, mandolin) and Ed Hopwood (harmonica). A unique feature of the album is the spoken introduction for each song by TV presenter and personality Gail Porter. Superbly produced by Tim Bazell of Heart of Gold Studios in London, THE PANORAMIC VIEW (release date 7 September 2018) and as with Mark’s previous albums, it is beautifully packaged, with superb artwork by We Are Frank.

 Really excellent … he takes very real things, normal things that happen in life, and he writes about them in a way that makes you think afresh about them’ (Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2)

 ‘One of the British Isles’ great blues singers and guitarists …. totally and absolutely original’ (Mike Harding)

 ‘Wonderful rootsy blues ….. innovative’ (Jazz FM)

 ‘Singular lyrics …an original take on song writing’ (Blues in Britain)

 ‘Mark Harrison has been creating something of a stir …. bringing a modern outlook to a traditional style, he is building a loyal and wide fan base.’ (Blues Matters)

 ‘Mark Harrison keeps getting better‘ (Classic Rock Magazine)

 www.markharrisonrootsmusic.com

 www.facebook.com/markharrisonmusic

 ww.twitter.com/mharrisonmusic

 www.youtube.com/user/MarkAHarrison1

TUPELO

 Tupelo are an award-winning alt-folk act hailing from Ireland.

 Their new album The Heart’s Bloodline is released via Crashed Records

 Tupelo are an award-winning alt-folk act hailing from Ireland, specifically Dublin and Mayo. With members from different musical backgrounds the band set about creating a sound which can only be described as unique, a result of the melting pot of influences brought to the table from the individual members. Over the years, Tupelo have collected an eclectic array of instruments including double bass, acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, harmonic, dobro and several banjos which they incorporate into their music. Tupelo enjoy the road and have played an impressive number of gigs since the band’s formation, appearing at major festivals, playing support to some of music’s biggest acts and attracting plenty of fans along the way, which they thrive off.

 Having signed to Crashed Records Tupelo released their 14 track debut album ‘Dirty Money’. An appearance at the All-Ireland Hurling Final at Croke Park in front of 80,000 people was the opportunity of a lifetime for Tupelo. Including the singles ‘Don’t Let Go’, ‘Firefly’, and ‘Irishman’, the album received  rave reviews as well as plenty of airplay from Irish and UK radio stations including RTE Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2. The band were announced as the ‘Best Folk Act’ by therenowned Irish music magazine, Hot Press. A European tour followed with shows in France, Norway, UK and Russia as well as a bigger sold out 12 date tour of Denmark.

 QUOTES

“…Grade A acoustic musicianship…”

Jackie Hayden

“The quartet’s debut album ‘Dirty Money’ is an absolute belter: a triumph of assured musicianship and thoughtful, heartfelt songwriting.”

BBC Radio 2 Magazine

“Tupelo turned a mellow, chilled, laid-back festival Friday evening into a rip-roaring, foot-stomping frenzy that nearly brought the tent down, in the best possible way. A delightfully unexpected and unforgettable end to the first night.”

Deer Shed Festival, UK

“A Refreshing Irish/Americana blend, part-traditional, part-Nashville

with a trickle of folk…beautiful.”

Sunday Times

“Worthy of a place on the devils jukebox, with its Mumford-esque mix of bar-room jauntiness and appropriated Americanisms. Deeply Charming.”

Metro

“Our favourite rootsy-rockers. The banjo has never been so cool.”

Hot Press

 Web : www.tupelo.ie

 Twitter: @tupeloireland

 Facebook@tupelomusic 

Instagram: @tupelomusic

MOONSHOT

 Moonshot are an acclaimed electronica duo who combine atmospheric electronica with pop melodies to create songs that are challenging yet accessible. Blending the pop sensibilities of 80s electronic bands with cutting edge rhythms and beats, Moonshot occupy a unique and relevant space in the current music scene.

 The duo have been involved in the electronica music scenes for several years now and have an impressive back catalogue of albums which will be re-released through F&G. Previous releases have been very well received by reviewers and Last Train Home, mixed and produced in partnership with label mate Crimson Death is an impressive new addition to their discography.

 Figure & Ground is an independent record label based in St Albans, Hertfordshire, supporting and promoting artists and inspiring musicians from around the world.

 Our roster is a small but diverse collection of bands and individuals linked by a passion for musical purpose: artists signed to F&G are storytellers using lyrics and/or music to convey themes, observations and convictions. We all have something to say and on this label we give talented musicians a chance to do just that.

 Figure & Ground stable mates often collaborate on joint projects, enhancing and supporting each other’s music despite not being in the same geography. Our ethos is creativity and authenticity.

 Our artists cover a range of music genres including electronica, dubstep, industrial drum & bass, EMO, rap and singer/songwriters.

 Figure & Ground releases are available from all major online stores and our artists also make some of their content available on CD and vinyl which can be purchased directly from the F&G website

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