Thanks to Jon Stern for alerting me to a forthcoming new single from Uma and the Wandering Stars, whom we have featured before. Jon says:
“I wanted to tell you that Uma & the Wandering Stars are releasing their most moving single yet from their EP ‘Trapped‘ on October 26th.
Their upcoming single ‘Get Out‘ is a beautiful shoegaze/ dream-pop track that combines hopelessness and positivity, and was the inspiration to the name and theme of the EP.
‘Trapped‘ was produced by Fraser Smith (Shed Seven, Ian Brown), and mastered by Dick Beetham (Stereophonics, Scissor Sisters, KT Tunstall).”
You can listen to it and watch the brilliant music video by Bosco Shane (James Blunt) (above), and read more about the band here.
Amazing the connections a bit of business networking turns up.
Uma & the Wandering Stars are releasing their 3rd single from their EP ‘Trapped‘ on July 6th.
Their previous singles were played on shows such as:
The Frank Skinner Show on Absolute Radio, The Alternative on RTÉ 2FM , The Rock Show on Planet Rock and BBC Introducing in London.
In addition, they were featured on official Spotify Home Bound playlist and various music blogs, getting rave reviews. (And hon. mentions on The ‘Spill, too).
‘One Second‘ is an excellent indie-rock, dance-punk track which adds one more jigsaw piece to the puzzle of songs from the EP that create the essence of feeling or being Trapped. They’ve kindly shared the preview with us, above. Give it a listen!
Heads up for a beautiful new song from London-based singer, songwriter and guitarist, Emily Lee. This is the tantalising opening track to her new record. Check it out!
I have seen Emily play, and can vouch that she is feisty, ferocious, fragile and funny, and a great performer. On Saturday 1 September she will be playing her new record in full, with a full band, at The Lexington in Islington, featuring songs from her “Don’t Forget To Love” EP and brand new songs that have never been heard before. Emily is self-funded, so your support would be welcome.
Tickets are limited due to the venue’s capacity so please book ahead to avoid disappointment. There will be no tickets available on the door, but you can buy them here!
I’ve mentioned Athens band Chickn before, in Sounds on Sunday, when they released their eponymous first album (October 2016). It’s a fabulous album, very proggy, check it out if you haven’t done so already.
Wowsers! is their second album, released on 11 May and you can listen to it here on Bandcamp. For me, it didn’t have the instant appeal of the first album, being more jangly, if that’s a thing, but by the time track 4 came around (I Cry Diamonds) I was hooked. I particularly like China Must Win, too.
Bandcamp describe the album thus: “It consists of 9 acid glam elegies that ooze with West-Coast vibes blended with proto-punk explosions, unfolding their agitated collective psyche.” I can’t put it any better; I think it’s perfect for a summer evening and I can imagine chilling out at a festival somewhere, listening to it live.
Take some time out and give it a listen, the band is particularly interested in feedback from the UK, so comments would be very welcome.
Wed 9 May Ypogeio Thessaloniki Greece
Thu 10 May AgoraBar Koumanovo FYROM
Fri 11 May HammamBar Pristina Kosovo
Sat 12 May CityStage Sofia Bulgaria
Tue 15 May Kultstätte KELLER Berlin Germany
Wed 16 May TraumaBar Marburg Germany
Thu 17 May Ritus Düsseldorf Germany
Fri 18 May TheWE Fes Maastricht, Netherlands
Sat 19 May Brussels Belgium
Sun 20 May WhiteNat/WhiteHeat Fes Nantes France
Wed 23 May Kalvingrad Geneva Switzerland
Sat 26 May El-Lokal Zurich Switzerland
Sat 9 June Gagarin205 Athens Greece