'Leo Johnson' is the first track from Howl’s forthcoming EP entitled, 'Happy Valley' It’s available on his SoundCloud along with his Bleach Mixtape for free download now. The EP has production from the excellent Himalayan Headwaters, as well as extra vocal work from Leigh.
The track has a vibe that’s reminiscent to some of the psychedelic bands of the mid 60’s, such as Pearls Before Swine, and The Art of Loving - this might be due to the brilliant use of effects, the haunting guitars or simply that it was recorded entirely on one condenser microphone… Either way, it’s still an awesome tune and i’m looking forward to hearing the other 9 tracks.
You can catch the album’s launch party at the New Cross Inn on the 17th August.
An excellent vocalist that we first met at our first Birthday party a little while back, Natalie has some great tracks out as a solo artist with a cover of ‘Nightcall’ and from the movie ‘Drive’ as well as two EP’s and some great videos. Above is the video from the Drive Sessions for her piece entitled ‘America’.
Her talent has not gone unrecognised, a bunch of people including the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Chris Martin are followers, as well as award winning producer, Steve Levine, who signed her to Hubris Records.
You can find more of Natalie’s Music on the links below, you won’t be disapointed!
I spoke to the band Dingus Khan as they got ready for their gig this week at the Shacklewell Arms in London. The band has quite an unusual line-up, with three drummers, three bassists and an electric ukulele which can prove difficult when making decisions! As I met them they were in the middle of a discussion about whether or not to put up a white sheet behind the stage area.
After their performance at Latitude last weekend, the Little Music team caught up with folk duo Katherine and Jessica of Smoke Fairies to talk about their distinctive style, touring and second album.
Did you enjoy playing Latitude last weekend?
J - It was wonderful. We had such a good time.
K - It’s definitely one of our favourite festivals. It has a really creative atmosphere, there’s lots of woods to get lost in. Aside from all the great music you can stumble across some interesting things, like a person operating a giant wolf puppet telling a weird version of the 3 Little Pigs or someone floating through the air while attached to a giant balloon.