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Songs for Sinfonietta – Valeska Gavotte

The latest release from US multi-instrumentalist recording artist - more here.

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Aérosuite (Sean O’Hagan Remix – The House That Jack Built) – Alexander von Mehren

A re-imagining of Alexander von Mehren's Aérosuite - get it here.

Me You You Me

Me You You Me – Daniel Carlson

Dream pop sophomore album from NYC artist Daniel Carson - more here.

The Sunshine EP - Snippet

The Sunshine EP – Snippet

A gloriously infectious EP from Snippet - more here.

Welcome to The Golden Age of Everything - Poland

Welcome to The Golden Age of Everything – Poland

Sparkling orchestral pop from Seattle's Poland - more here.

Of Trivial and Gargantuan - Rivers of England

Of Trivial and Gargantuan – Rivers of England

Excellent debut from Bath-based alt-folk outfit Rivers of England - more here.

FREE DOWNLOAD: The Sunshine EP – Remixed

We are chuffed to be able to offer this fab FREE download EP. It’s a set of remixes of the tracks from Snippet’s The Sunshine EP:

Download this fantastic companion to Snippet’s wonderful The Sunshine EP for FREE from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site via the player above or this link:

Six special artists give Snippet’s Sunshine EP a complete make over, delivering six hand-crafted remix gems like love letters to the Summer that’s been.

“The fantastic British Summer continues with this remixed venture. Time to hang your washing out on the line again!” 9/10
- Louder than War

The Sunshine EP was released earlier in summer 2014 on Folkwit Records.

More Snippet info:

snippetcuts.co.uk

folkwit.com/artists/snippet

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NEW RELEASE: Songs for Sinfonietta – Valeska Gavotte

Buy direct from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site via the player above or this link:

Songs for Sinfonietta is the second release on Folkwit Records by 25-year-old multi-instrumentalist Valeska Gavotte (aka Kevin Leahy) who hails from a small fishing village near Boston, US. It’s the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut The Sword and The Shield/Botanica (2013) that attracted airplay on the likes of The Curveball (WCR-FM), The Waiting Room and BBC Radio 3′s Late Junction, a 4 star review in R2 and praise from author Jonathan Coe:

“…a set that might in years to come be regarded in as a maverick release in the same manner that Van Dykes Park’s Song Cycle or Joanna Newsom’s Ys are considered.”
- Americana UK

“…there’s a strangeness at play across the songs…evoking Adem or Devendra Banhart” ****
- R2/Rock’n'Reel

“…an album that, whilst it defies classification, has so much to offer.”
- FATEA

“Elegant and elusive, The Sword And The Shield/Botanica brings together creativity and ingenuity to one of the most rewarding adventures sound of 2013.”
- OndaRock (Italy)

“The work of Valeska Gavotte, aka 23 year old Kevin Leahy, is one of my favourite Bandcamp discoveries in a long time. Leahy’s compositions show incredible elegance, particularly considering he plays everything himself in a stunning mixture of violin, guitar, banjo, piano, mandolin and countless other instruments; it’s undeniably impressive. His sound is the kind without immediately obvious points of reference, but there’s definitely strong similarities with Sufjan Stevens instrumentally, while the feathered production recalls Efterklang and his voice could easily be a less burdened Zach Condon.”
- Sonic Reverie

“…a great record.”
- The Waiting Room

“I listen to it often, with great pleasure…An amazing talent, in one so young. I’m sure he’ll go on to great heights…”
- Jonathan Coe, Author/Journalist

“Films often make me cry, but music almost never does – but Azure posted an album that almost broke my drought – by Valeska Gavotte. It’s like something from edenic pre-tag days, some lazysexy gentle fingers on a banjo-string or piano-key, a voice unembarrassed at not being a singer, a raggedy gnarly muddle of soft bedroom events. It’s love.”
- Great Albums Of The Week

WEBSITE: http://valeskagavotte.com/

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ValeskaGavotte

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NEW RELEASE: Aérosuite (Sean O’Hagan Remix – The House That Jack Built) – Alexander von Mehren

The first single from the upcoming remix album of Alexander von Mehren‘s wonderful album Aéropop: Aérosuite (Sean O’Hagan Remix – The House That Jack Built) is a re-imagination of the original work by the High Llamas front man Sean O’Hagan.

Buy direct from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site via the player above or this link:

Find it on iTunes or Amazon MP3:
Aérosuite (Sean O'Hagan Remix - The House That Jack Built)Aérosuite (Sean O'Hagan Remix - The House That Jack Built)

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NEW RELEASE: The Sunshine EP – Snippet

Snippet returns with a gloriously infectious EP. Six unique nuggets of sunshine SnipHop that are big on bounce, low on fat & full of technicolor loveliness.

“The sound of Summer…Pop genius”
- Louder than War

Buy direct from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site and get the CD plus an instant download of the EP via the player above or this link:

Find it on iTunes or Amazon MP3:
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Following on from 2013’s critically acclaimed D.I.Y Album, Snippet takes it up a notch with a batch of killer songs cloaked in sweet layers of retro synths & hand crafted loops, topped off with vocal hooks to die for. This is music to lift your spirits & put a spring in your step.

“Snippet: A National Indie Treasure…The most played artist ever on BBC Introducing-Fresh On The Net”
- Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music

“Dry of humour and lo-fi of sound, the skewed pop of Colchester’s Snippet?is reminiscent of early Beck.”
- Q Magazine

“A 9/10 artist”
- Louder Than War

“Touched a nerve, we love it.”
- Rob da Bank BBC Radio 1

“Snippet is without doubt a musical shape shifter of some talent”
- Fresh On The Net/Andy Von Pip

“Reminded me of early Squeeze”
- FATEA

“Wow, sounds really great Johnno”
- Ron Sexsmith

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SNIPPET VIDEO: We Love The Sunshine

Ahead of the release of The Sunshine EP on 21 July 2014, Snippet has released this fantastic video for the lead track We Love The Sunshine:

The video was created by Bill Greenheadhttps://www.youtube.com/user/Stiktoonz

Pre-order The Sunshine EP here: http://folkwitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-sunshine-ep

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Cleo T – LONDON Shows – This weekend!

The amazing Cleo T are playing 2 shows this weekend in LONDON – their first UK gigs with the full band line-up – well worth checking out:

Friday 6th June 2014 – 9pm
TransEurope Express Night
93 Feet East
150 Brick Ln
London E1 6QL

Saturday 7th June 2014 – 1pm
Summer Sizzler 2014
Westfield Shepherd’s Bush
Ariel Way
Shepherd’s Bush
W12 7DS

Visit Bandcamp to preview and buy the album (download and CD versions):

Reviews:

“The Parisian chanteuse with the single-initial surname returns with an album boasting John Parish at the knobs and twiddles. ‘I Love Me I Love Me Not’ opens with dramatic woodland strings before Ms T emerges in her freaky garb for an atmospheric number, drunkenly stumbling into a woozy chorus backed by sublime irruptions of drum, piano and string. Perfect. ‘We All’ picks up the pace with more shrieky high notes over squalls of feedback and bouncy bass bits, plus a touchingly direct chorus: ‘We all need someone to hold on to.’ True that. ‘Song To The Moon’ is the tune Marlene Dietrich would’ve sung if she’d had to live with Hitler in the swampy Bavarian marshes until things “blew over.” Excellent wolf impressions and violins. ‘Kingdom Of Smoke’ is a dark, affecting piece of melancholic theatre. ‘Whistles In The Night’ continues this brooding sound. Parish is the perfect choice for Cleo’s twisted forays into the darker side of the woodland. This excellent album also contains a track penned for Cleo by Robert Wyatt, ‘So Long Ago Yesterday,’ and an appearance from my old favourite “instrument,” the theremin. Dark and seductive. An excellent collaboration that will send you slowly mad.”
- Mark Nicholls, Shout 4 Music

“It came as no surprise to discover that Cleo T is French. The black and white, pre-Raphelite sleeve hints at something from the left field, or should that be left bank, and that is pretty much confirmed from the opening track of “Songs Of Shadow And Gold”. A large range of instrumentation, including Theremin and crystal glasses combine with delightfully melancholic melodies to give the album a film noire feel, with Cleo T playing the role of the femme fatale. An album that drifts into your consciousness like a skiff emerging from the mist, cloaked figure in the prow.”
- Neil King, FATEA

“…diaphanous and ethereal ballads…folk compositions treated in the spirit of cabaret.”
- Rock & Folk, France

“…a wild side that contrasts with sweetness, while remaining deeply sensitive and melodic.”
- Rock’n'France


We All the Video:

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NEW RELEASE: Welcome to The Golden Age of Everything – Poland

One of Seattle’s best kept secrets – sparkling orchestral pop from Poland!

The album is distributed by Proper (CD & worldwide digital) and available at all good music outlets. Buy direct from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site and get the CD plus an instant download of the album via the player above or this link:

Find it on iTunes or Amazon MP3:
Welcome to the Golden Age of Everything - PolandWelcome to the Golden Age of Everything - Poland

Taking inspiration from the likes of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper, Brian Wilson’s Pet Sounds, Queen’s A Night At The Opera, and the Kinks’ Village Green Preservation Society, Poland continues in the tradition of creating well-crafted pop songs with a strong emphasis on song-writing, involved arrangements and subtle orchestration. Check out this video of Sundial – a track from the album:

Guitarist/composer Mark Bombara formed Poland in 2006 with a group of enthusiastic Seattle musicians including drummer Shane Peck, violinist/string arranger Janet Utterback-Peck, bassist Noah Wilson, violinist Karen Halliburton and viola player Brianna Atwell. The 2007 addition of Bombara’s long-time friend Mark Romanowski as singer/guitarist/co-writer completed the line-up. Both Bombara and Romanowski are multi-instrumentalists, experimenting with different instrumentation such as banjo, melodica, vibraphone, keyboards, lap steel, glockenspiel, and ukulele on their recordings.

Poland self-released their first two albums on their own Class M Records. Their third CD, Most of Them Are Clockwork, and latest CD, Please Interstellar Policeman, both released on Series Two Records, are getting radio airplay around the world, including airplay on national stations such as Sweden’s P3 and the UK’s BBC. Their song “Your Sunday Book” is featured on a BBC 6 podcast from November 8th, 2009, available at www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/trintro/. Their music is being played on many college and independent stations as well, and has charted as high as #1 at the UNO MAV Radio.

Poland’s song “Dear Miss Kensington” was recently featured on the Mercedes Benz website: www.mercedes-benz.tv/mixedtape, from November 10, 2009 through January 5, 2010. Poland was one of ten new artists from around the globe chosen for this edition of the Mixed Tape.

Poland’s last CD, Please Interstellar Policeman, was selected by The Levee Breaking as one of five albums featured on their quarterly “Album Showcase” for the months of January through March, 2010. See more at: www.theleveebreaking.com

Poland has been selected as a CMJ/Sonicbids Spotlight artist for the week of February 28, 2010. The band will be highlighted on both the CMJ and Sonicbids home pages for one week.

Poland’s previous live performances include a performance this past summer, 2009, at the Nebraska Pop Festival, along with other national and international pop acts.

Poland

www.polandband.com

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NEW RELEASE: Communion – Rebecca Clamp & Matti Keltanen

Communion is the latest single from Rebecca Clamp and is a collaboration with Matti Keltanen. It’s a project that combines the distinctive lyrics and vocal style of Clamp with the electro-ambient arrangments of Keltanen – the result, 2 tracks of exciting, original music from Helsinki:

The digital single is distributed worldwide and available at all good music outlets. Buy direct from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site via the player above or this link:

Find it on iTunes or Amazon MP3:
Communion - Rebecca Clamp & Matti KeltanenCommunion - Rebecca Clamp & Matti Keltanen

Rebecca Clamp and Matti Keltanen release a single that moves the lyrical landscape from Helsinki to New York City.

Helsinki based songwriter Rebecca Clamp began collaborating with electronic musician Matti Keltanen in 2007 but their work has largely been kept under lock and key until now. A notable exception are the two bonus tracks on the extended download version of Clamp’s album ‘Key to the City’ (2011). If you enjoyed Keltanen’s dark, electronic arrangement for ‘Here We Are’ then you are in for a treat with this release.

The imagery for ‘Communion’ comes from a photograph Keltanen took of a night scene on the corner of Prince and Lafayette in New York City, where he was living at the time. The same photograph also inspired the single’s artwork by NYC based artist Brian McLaughlin. Clamp describes her strange and evocative lyrics to Communion as ‘a meditation on desire’.

For the B-side Keltanen and Clamp completely rework the old Robert Johnson classic: ‘Preaching Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)’. Keltanen’s angry and hypnotic composition effectively conjures up Johnson’s vision of ‘Blues walking like a man’: listening on headphones he seems to be pacing round your brain, accompanied by Clamp’s haunting vocals.

Johnson’s lyrics to Preaching Blues end: ‘Goin’ down to the ‘stil’ry, gonna stay there all day’, and with their new single, Clamp and Keltanen have striven to distill desire and despair to a very potent drop.

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NEW RELEASE: Me You You Me – Daniel Carlson

Me You You Me is the triumphant sophomore album from songwriter, singer and guitarist Daniel Carlson, which follows 2010’s critically acclaimed Aviary Jackson – “…the great-grandchild of Sergeant Pepper’s…” **** – R2/Rock ‘n’ Reel

The album is distributed by Proper (CD & worldwide digital) and available at all good music outlets. Buy direct from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site and get the CD plus an instant download of the album via the player above or this link:

Press:

“Swathed as it is in luxurious symphonic swaddling, the mood that Carlson creates here is one of sheer unhurried bliss.”
- God is In The TV

“…music that sounds like The Beatles and Air tumbling through space.”
- Q Magazine Website

“…with psychedelic sounds drawn straight from bands such as Pink Floyd and the Beach Boys…this new form of kaleidoscopic pop shines through.”
- Hit The Floor

“…introspective and resonating.”
- Vulture Hound

“…a trippy and tranced dream dipped odyssey of sonic space walking delights replete with the subtle glazing of shimmering 60’s John Barry styled riffola and a recall of J Xaverre no less.”
- The Sunday Experience

“Eko reminds us of Air, and is perfect chill out material. Just lie back and let the very minimal song take you into the ether.”
- SupaJam

“Dream Pop – it’s a genre that has been making a big dent on the indie scene recently. Putting the Dream into the genre is no easy task to do convincingly, but NYC’s Daniel Carlson’s spacey, mournful chords open the track Eko, his vocals kicking in and the tranquil, almost melancholic vibes kick in…”
- Seba Rashii

Here’s the video for Eko taken from the album:

Release date 7 April 2014

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NEW RELEASE: Of Trivial and Gargantuan – Rivers of England

Of Trivial and Gargantuan is the debut album by Bath-based alt-folk outfit Rivers of England – released in association with Songs&Whispers (DE):

Due out on 31 March 2014, the album is distributed by Proper and available at all good music outlets. Buy direct from Folkwit Records at our Bandcamp site and get the CD plus an instant download of the album:

Here’s the video for the song Selfless People taken from the album:

“Immersive, simple but impressive music that is somehow quintessentially English, there is something quite wholesome, refined and altogether rather sweet about this music and the vocals are completely lovely. Rare but nice to find something reminiscent of Yo La Tengo and Nick Drake all at once.” Glastonbury Emerging Talent 2013 Longlist (top 1.5%) Judge’s comments
- Don’t Watch Me Dancing blogger

“A beautiful album that nourishes the soul through pure musicality and sublimely sensitive songwriting. A gargantuan triumph.”
- Chris Vaudin

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