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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Beerjacket


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Cord is the first track to be taken from Beerjacket's most ambitious musical project to date – an album and corresponding book Silver Cords. 

Accompanying the 12 songs on the album are a collection of 12 short
stories; intertwined with the music, intended for consumption alongside it. Of the project Peter Kelly says, 

“At some point in the writing of Silver Cords, I decided the record would live in a book and that each song would be
accompanied by a short story inspired 
by its lyrics.”









Image may contain: 2 people, nightThe tenderness of the music ebbs and flows, conveyed perfectly with lead single Cord. Refreshing in its
simplistic truth, the track is an elucidation of why Beerjacket has become the cult figure, despite his modesty,within Scottish music that he is.

The accompanying short story, Shoots of Life, focuses on that one connection
in your life that holds everything together. The cord that connects everything.

“I’ve always believed that as people, the threads that tie us together don't just connect us to each other, they
connect us to ourselves and define the ‘selves’ that we claim as ours. 




No automatic alt text available.The decisions we make are seldom made alone and we are seldom alone, even on our own.” – Excerpt from Shoots of Life.

The combination of sound and print is something unique to Silver Cords. Having released five albums in the traditional manner, PeterKelly was keen to release something special. 

Instead he's produced something exceptional in my opinion,something constant that won't be cast adrift on a shelf in favour of a digital imprint. 




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This pairing creates an ethereal tone which binds the stories with a dreamlike, magic realism quality, and certain recurring themes of isolation, now-ness,  association, loss and fear. Peter Kelly started writing the album in 2015 and its completion has taken 3 years, but it's well worth the wait, although the only thing missing for me is vinyl but that doesn't deter an all star 5 star award.. 

“Story by story the songs’  siblings entered the room. My imagination superimposing details on the real-life buildings that inspired settings and, the stories play out almost interminably now on three to five minute loops.”  Cord will be released digitally on 7th September 2018 via indie Scottish Fiction records.






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The track is imbued with poignant Americana-esque Bonnie Prince Billie stylee vocal (no higher compliment can I pay) as Beerjacket draws the listener in with his subtle engaging tones.

Therefor Cord is as true a musical gem as I've drooled over after listening to recently and his back-catalogue is a must do to search for you and get the headphones on like I did. You will not be disappointed. Ican't wait to give it a spin soon on Brian's Radio KC Sunday Indie Show!

Just click the red link! How many hints do you need? Go!!!

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Scott Lloyd


We've covered Scott Lloyd's releases previously both here on the blog and for playlisting on our weekly Sunday radio show on Radio KC. No wonder though with quality releases like his new Single Down To Earth which we've had on repeat here all week and playlisted right away for the Indie Show of Sunday 16th September, so tune in via Internet Radio on the following link: radiokc.fm at 5pm UK Time.

Scott Lloyd is producing his own brand of Americana to a quality way beyond his years since we last featured him and no wonder. Born in Middlesbrough, has previously released six EP's independently and played live in venues across the UK and America from San Francisco to Vancouver, Canada, as well as appearing at Glastonbury in 2015 and live on BBC Intro.






Last year, in 2017 Scott sold out Jimmy’s venue in Manchester to release his EP In the Garden, a former Ralph's Life Video Of The Week,which was recorded with a full backing band. With roots firmly planted in the North East Scott also wrote songs for his Ironopolis EP, which were inspired by his hometown of Middlesbrough and the EP immediately reached number 12 in iTunes Singer Songwriter charts in 2015. 

After graduating from a degree in music at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2010, Scott listened to Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel and Bruce Springsteen for their songwriting and inspired, Scott set out to record his first EP Long Live You in 2013.



Trust A FoxScott’s first single released via the fiercly independent Aardvark Records,Looking Out To Sea, gained over 1000 plays on Apple music within a few weeks of release.
Scott’s new single ‘Down To Earth’ goes on sale on Friday 7th September on digital music retail and streaming sites. Aardvark Records have also pressed some CDs. The song was recorded at Red Sand Studio, Chorlton, Manchester and produced by Mathieu Garcia.
For more information about Scott Lloyd please visit his website without delay on www.scottlloydmusic.co.uk to find links to videos and his previous EPs and upcoming gigs. 

More info you will need as you discover the burgeoning strength of his songwriting and musicianship with every release. 

His creative maturity is powering his writing to new levels and who knows what heights the next release will bring. 

I'm pretty certain I do and it's all good. Can't wait for more from this charming young man!

Monday, 3 September 2018

Brian's Indie Show on Radio KC from Sunday 16th September - REPLAY



Brian's Indie Show Replay:

As played 16th Sept.2018 on Radio KC:
From 5-7pm UK Time:

Apologies for a previous technical blip...the correct replay is available now below today as played on Radio KC 5-7pm on Sunday Sept 16th:

Enjoy! 






Tracks by:



Bryony Sier - We’re All Sinners
Milo Seabird - Lullaby
Graingerboy - I Wanted To Mess Up
Sisteray - Wannabees
Candy Opera - What A Way To Travel
Bloody Knees - Reel
The Wombats - Bee-Sting
Lee Christian - The Dreamstealers (Fever Dream Mix)
Jimmy Lee Morris - It Aint Me Babe (Dylan Cover)
Bobby Motherwell - Skylight
Fiona Ross - That Moment
Clark Twain - Try Too Hard
Mickey 9s - Planet
The RPMs - Let Things Happen
Ishani - Dark Angel
The Neville Staple Band - Roadblock
Lyerr - Taking Over
The Neville Staple Band - Roadblock
Lyerr - Taking Over
Brass Phantoms - City Of Wolves
Who Killed Nancy Johnson - Dark Horse
The Blinders - Murder At The Ballet
The Pitchforks - Waste Of A Day
Himalayas - Thank God I’m Not You
Wylderness - Sunography
Hey Bulldog - Al Lupo
Katalina Kicks - Waterfall
Me Me Detroit - Get Down On With Me
The Jade assembly - Nothing Changes
The Kut - Mind Games
The Mutineers - Couldn’t Get Over You
True Dat - Sunshine
Hey Gigantic - Fools
Young Fathers - Holy Ghost

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Tom Lumley

Cambridgeshire native Tom Lumley is set to release his new single 'Crawling' on September 14 via North Acre Records and it's a proper Rock 'n' Rolla which we love. Yes it's shades of Big Country (Nae bad thing) but with a fresh in your face feel.


Leaving the usual singer-songwriter sound in his wake, Tom Lumley and his band are gaining a reputation for taking to the stage with monumental energy that’s felt from the front row to the back of the room. His debut 'Dream City EP', released in 2017 charted at No.2 in the iTunes Rock Charts, with lead singles 'Dream City' and ‘Running From Our Lives’ gaining press support from reputable music journalists and of course now Brian.








Following on from the success of his debut EP, the 22 year old returns with infectious indie rock anthem 'Crawling' and the track is about being trapped in a chemical relationship, to the extent where it’s almost an addiction. Even though you know it’s nothing but bad for you, you just keep going back.  


Speaking about the track, Lumley said, “I feel it reflects a lot of modern day relationships. I feel my generation are very insecure in themselves and in their relationships due to social media and only sharing the “highlight reel”. Everyone shows off the good stuff, but no one ever sees the discord that is often happening behind the scenes in these relationships.”


Photo Credit - Isabelle Ingham


Tom Lumley and his band have supported some of the UK’s hottest bands, including The Hunna, The Sherlocks, Coasts and Airways but that's going to change very quickly as his star is very much in the ascendancy of the rock firmament and it'll be the other way around without a mistake!.




Photo Credit - Isabelle Ingham


He also took to the stage last year to play the very last Secret Garden Party for BBC Introducing, as well as playing Dot To Dot, Splendour and Green Meadow festivals. 

Having sold out The Portland Arms in Cambridge this year already, Tom looks to continue the pace and spread his sound across the country.






Airplay support, Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1; John Kennedy, Radio X; Tom Simkins, BBC Introducing Cambridgeshire; Charlie Ashcroft, big Jim Gellatly, Josh Hannen, Amazing Radio; Playlisting, Soundlab Evening Experiment & Playlisting syndicated show and of course upcoming airplay on Brian's Indie Show on Radio KC from Sunday Sept 2nd.






Monday, 20 August 2018

Brian's Video Of The Week - Algorithm Prison by Feral Five and Sisteray


This week's Video Of The Week is Algorithm Prison, the collaboration by Londoners Feral Five and Sisteray and released as a single.








Written by: Feral Five, Sisteray

Produced by: Feral Five

CONNECT WITH SISTERAY:


Buy / stream: smarturl.it/FFAPR
Website:

https://www.sisteray.com/









CONNECT WITH FERAL FIVE:

Out on Primitive Light Recordings

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Track Of The Day

Brian's Track Of The Day for Wednesday 15th August 2018 is...

Marina Florance





This track was written by Marina Florance for the community project in Colchester organised by long time Ralph's Life favourite Johnno Casson called The Warn and Toasty Club after a performance there by Marina.



Marina recently worked with The Warm and Toasty Club, having been commissioned, along with co-writer Jules Fox Allen, to compose three songs based on the memories of residents at retirement complexes for the Coast To Coast Project. All three songs are now complete and you can support the wonderful work of The Warm and Toasty Club by buying the EP or one of the tracks. 





Marina Florance came to performing late in life, however, very soon after making the decision to "come out of the kitchen" to widen her audience she was awarded Arts Council funding, via the Escalator Project, to record a debut album, Somewhere Down The Line,using this as a platform she has since reached audiences never previously thought possible. 

She has had success with lots of radio play, including BBC6Music with Little Black Cloud and The Moon both of which were selected for the Tom Robinson Mixtape via 'Fresh On The Net'.

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Brian's Indie Show REPLAY from 3.6.18 on Radio KC

Brian's Indie Show Replay













As played on Radio KC


Internet Radio on rkc.noip.me



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Website: ralphslife.co.uk


REPLAY



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CHVRCHES - Miracle
The RPMs - Let Things Happen
The Wooden Men - Sunny Day
Lack of Afro - Back To The Day
The Clause - Tokyo
Ded Rabbitt - Moonlight Horror
Cold Years - Endless
ASHFIELDS - Please
IAKO - Paint
Savage Mansion - Sparky Gone To Heaven
Paper Hawk - Written In The Lines
Millie Manders and The Shutup - Monster
Galaxy Thieff - For A Bad Time
The Jade Assembly - Nothing Changes
OCTOBER DRIFT - All Broken Down
The Slow Readers Club - Lunatic
Puppet Rebellion - Cupboards Painted Red
Michael Jablonka - Flump
Ceiling Demons - Without Certainty
The Sandlewoods - A Guide To Drug Running
True Dat - Segments
Bill Nickson - What To Say
Katalina Kicks - Kick It
Dirty Sister - Middle Class Busker
Rob Clarke and The Wooltones - It's Groovy
Frightened Rabbit - No Real Life