New Bonobo album announced, The Revival Hour’s debut and Emancipator’s new release out now [News]

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Bonobo returns with The North Borders

Bonobo The North BordersThis is old news if you saw it posted last week, but Bonobo makes a return this April with the release of his new album The North Borders. With the announcement he’s unleashed new track Cirrus as a free download. It’s got real groove and sounds a little more experimental than anything we’ve heard before from Simon. I’m especially looking forward to this one as it’s always been fascinating to see how Bonobo has evolved over the years. The artwork’s brilliant (click on the image to see the hires version for those who don’t want to ruin there eyes). The video for Cirrus is also worth a look with some great visuals that marry to the music perfectly. Don’t forget to do your music library a favour and grab yourself the free single.

The album’s due April 1st (2nd in North America), lets hope it’s not an April fools! There’s also some new live dates to accompany the new album, to make things easy head over to this link for a full (and fairly extensive) listing. Continue reading

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The Revival Hour – Pyre / Clusterchord EP [Listen/News]

After the superb debut tracks from The Revival Hour released late last year (see my writeup from back in April), the band finally have some news to share with the announcement of the duos debut EP Clusterchord which will be releasing 5th of November on Antiphon; a prelude to the bands debut album which will follow early 2013.

In the meantime however we’ve been treated to Pyre, a sample if you will from the Clusterchord EP. It’s nice to hear The Revival Hour’s sound back and with all the grandeur of the previous two tasters, although dialled back from the simply epic Hold Back, it’s still a big sound. This time maybe slightly mellower, more reflective and a little less overdramatic in its entirety, but definitely The Revival Hours sound through and through. Pyre is a great teaser for what’s to come. November seems too far away…

On another note, The Revival Hour are embarking on their first tour of the UK, dates are below.

Tuesday 20 November – MANCHESTER – Band On The Wall (£9)
Wednesday 21 November – LEEDS – Brudenell (£10)
Thursday 22 November – LIVERPOOL – Parr St Studio 2 (£9)
Friday 23 November – NORWICH – Arts Centre (£9 adv/ £11 door)
Monday 26 November – BRIGHTON – Komedia (£10)
Tuesday 27 November – BRISTOL – Louisiana (£10)
Wednesday 28 November – EXETER – Phoenix (£9)
Thursday 29 November – LONDON – Village Underground (£10)  
Friday 30 November – OXFORD – Jericho (£9)

The Revival Hour – Hold Back [Listen]

Fresh back from a week spent exploring the rainy Cornish coast and I already have a pile of releases mounting on the side of my desk. Before beginning the trawl through the precarious mountain beside me and whilst doing my usual weekly round of bandcamp, I stumbled upon The Revival Hour and their outstanding debut single Hold Back / Run Away.

Hold Back is big in every sense of the word, opening line “I am the lonliest climber of them all” sets a brooding tone which continues through; combined with gospel backing, rising choruses, swelling strings, deep brass, staccato piano, D.M. Stith’s brilliant falsetto voice and finally complimented with some seriously smooth production and this track just begs to be played loud. It’s powerful stuff, full of soul and incredibly intense. Lyrics question and demand, “Am I right to hold back?”, as the song rises and builds into something really quite wonderful. It’s dark, there’s no doubt about that, but it’s also crackling with suppressed energy. Bold stuf indeed.

The Revival Hour’s other half is completed by John Mark Lapham (The Earlies, The Late Cord) and with contributions from members of The Earlies, My Brightest Diamond and Shearwater, they are looking like they could become something really quite special. The single was released on 24th October of last year and after digging on facebook it appears the duo are working on release number two, a full length and a forthcoming tour. It couldn’t come soon enough as I can see myself exhausting this song pretty quickly if tonights play count is anything to go by!

Hold Back / Run Away is available to download for $2 (USD) from The Revival Hour’s bandcamp page.