Skylark and the Scorpion – Weather the Storm & Hey Lover.

‘FEATURED ARTIST’ ON GUY GARVEY’S FINEST HOUR (01.09.19)

OUT 4 OCTOBER 2019, VIA SKINNY DOG RECORDS

 DEBUT SINGLE ‘HEY LOVER’ 

ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW – FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER Tickets here

Weather The Storm by Skylark and the Scorpion is both a record of majestic folk beauty and a breathtaking cinematic experience from Skylark aka Petra Jean Phillipson (David Holmes/Martina Topley Bird/Marianne Faithful) and the Scorpion aka Nick J Webb (The Lea Shores/Nadine Shah).

The ambitious musical odyssey tells the tale of two haunted souls on their search for re-connection. It’s a conceptual project formed around the pairing of creator, producer, songwriter Nick and vocalist Petra. The album finds the duo assume the roles of two ill-fated lovers as they traverse through a turbulent story arc told through the album’s captivating song cycle. A real labour of love, the record arrives at the end of a journey almost as epic in reality as it is in its fiction.

To mark the album’s announcement, Skylark and the Scorpion are revealing the first two chapters of a 40-minute short film that accompanies the entire record. The film follows the emotional journey of the two lovers. Viewers will be able to tune into a progressive narrative that will gradually unfurl their destiny with a string of videos, each soundtracked by a song featured on the album with a new instalment set to be unveiled every week leading up to the full release in autumn.

You can watch the videos for ‘Hey Lover‘ – the first track for radio – and the film trailer for ‘Weather The Storm’ below.

Guided by Petra’s inimitable siren song, the lead single (and fittingly the first song Petra and Nick ever recorded together), ’Hey Lover’ flows through layers of languid orchestrations and rippling acoustic arpeggios, with a glorious opening salvo.

Weather the Storm film trailer. Director: Finlay Mackay / Producer and Editor: Nick J. Webb / Director of Photography: Peter Bathurst

Nick and Petra were joined by a talented array of hand-picked musicians and friends. Contributions from ambient music composer Roger Eno (brother of Brian Eno, who added piano and accordion to the mix) and orchestral arranger Nell Catchpole (on violin/viola), with additional contributions from Tim Harries (double bass), Jamie Spencer Smith (guitars), Fontane Liang (harp) and Nick Foot (percussion). Webb, who also plays the cornet, then completed the album by adding brass arrangements, before sending the results to celebrated producer Ben Hillier for mixing the elegant finished article we hear today.

Featured Artist on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour BBC Radio 6 Music

Weather the Storm album launch show. Friday 4 October at:

St Matthias Church, Wordsworth Rd, London, N168DD. Tickets here


Blind Atlas – Kodiak Bear

www.blindatlas.co.uk

Blind Atlas have teamed up again with the incredible animator Volkerfirma films who created the video for ‘My Proud Mountains’ which was ‘Video of the week’ on the BBC6 Music Nemone Show. The latest animation for Kodiak Bear  is for the title track to their debut album, which is due out in April 2012. The results are simply stunning.

Hailing from Denver, Colorado and disparate points around the UK, Blind Atlas came together in the bohemian suburbs of South Manchester, united by a shared preoccupation with drinking, failed relationships and the Flying Burrito Brothers. Led by singer/guitarist Ross Thompson, Blind Atlas concoct a new take on American alternative country and classic British rock ‘n’ roll, taking inspiration from The Rolling Stones and Townes Van Zandt right through to artists such as Calexico and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy.

Blind Atlas have notched up headline slots at some of the most iconic venues in Manchester, with dates planned around their forthcoming debut album. They recently released their ‘Iron wall’ EP which, along with their double A-side single ‘4th Street/For Carol“, was produced by The Earlies. Both releases garnered numerous radio plays including BBC Radio 2 (Bob Harris) and BBC6 Music (Cerys Matthews, Jo Good, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe).

“… dramatic, spellbinding with a touch of darkness in parts make Blind Atlas a thoroughly hypnotic act … powerful and mesmerising… well worth your attention”.  [BBC]

“… grizzled vocals and a heart-wrenching lyric sheet … think Ryan Adams fronting The Black Keys, or perhaps Fleet Foxes with a Led Zeppelin fixation; and clearly all designed to soundtrack long, whisky-addled nights of anguished soul-searching.”  [CityLife/Manchester Evening News]

John Cooper Clarke – 2011 UK Tour!

The legend that is John Cooper Clarke gets back on the road for some high profile UK shows, leading up to Christmas 2010. Finishing at the Scala in London, the tour takes in 9 cities. JCC is getting back to his roots, doing what he knows best. Live Entertaining!

His career has recently taken a massive upturn. Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys, Plan B and Richard Hawley all name checked him as a major influence. JCC plays a cabaret performer  in Plan Bs new movie and he is still talking about making a new album with Mr Hawley.

Not only headlining Latitude, The Green Man and Beautiful Days festivals in 2010, but JCC has been presenting his own unique shows on 6Music, sitting in for Jarvis Cocker and Guy Garvey (negotiations about his own shows on the station are ongoing).

Catch John Cooper Clarke Live:

February 2011

Sat 12th          Globe                                                       Cardiff

Sun 13th Sub 89                                                     Reading

 

March 2011

Thurs 31st The Railway                                             Winchester

April 2011

Fri 1st Cheltenham Poetry Festival                  Cheltenham

Town Hall

Sat 2nd Princess Pavilion                                    Falmouth

Sun 3rd Phoenix                                                      Exeter

Sat 9th De La Warr Pavilion                               Bexhill on Sea

Sun 10th Rose Theatre                                             Kingston

Sat 16th Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse                  Laugharne

Sun 17th Dylan Thomas’s Boathouse                  Laugharne

Tue 19th Ashcroft Arts Centre                                 Fareham

 

May 2011

Sat 14th Guernsey Literary Festival                        St Martin

Fri 27th The Foundry, Sheffield Uni                     Sheffield

Sat 28th The Ctiadel                                                    St Helens

Sun 29th 53 Degrees                                                    Preston

 

June

Sat 18th The Junction                                              Cambridge


 

 

*John Cooper Clarke is available for interviews. Contact liam@askmepr.com

My Albatross – Rich Man’s Daughter


Release date:  3rd May 2010 (Blue Cat)

After garnering rave reviews from the likes of Radio 1, Radio 2, 6Music and Xfm, My Albatross retreated into the studio to polish their artillery and work on their follow-up single. The time is now right, and after redoubling their efforts to become a major name on the uk alt-rock scene, their second single, Rich Man’s Daughter,  arms the boys with everything they’ll need to take on the music industry (and probably the world too). Glasgow born Dave takes lead vocals again in this punchy 2 minute affair.

The other track ‘I Don’t Love You’, has Sam lending his haunting vocal, which could compare to the fragility of Anthony Hegarty from Anthony and The Johnsons. Check out the recently surfaced ‘unofficial video’, which I’m sure you’ll agree hits just the right note!