Fences is the indie rock project for singer songwriter Christopher Mansfield. The new album 'Lesser Oceans' is the follow up to their self titled debut album from 2010 and features production from Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) and Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men) & Macklemore's righthand man, Ryan Lewis.
Led by the breakthrough single "Arrows" featuring Macklemore, 'Lesser Oceans' is brimming with catchy melodies and lyrics dripping with substance.
English indie rockers The Wombats follow their Top 2 album 'This Modern Glitch' with the release of their anticipated third full-length masterpiece, 'Glitterbug!'
Produced by Mark Crew (Bastille) and The Wombats – frontman Matthew 'Murph' Murphy, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen and drummer Dan Haggis – the album's themes were inspired by core songwriter Murph's experiences in Los Angeles. Drawn to the city's mix of "opulence and anxiety," his song writing for the album focused upon the idea of writing about a tumultuous relationship with a fictional woman from L.A.
'Glitterbug' also features "Your Body Is A Weapon," which was originally released as a free download for the band's devoted fanbase. Previous album 'This Modern Glitch' saw The Wombats build on the initial success of their debut album as it became their highest charting album most notably in Australia where it peaked at #2 and reached Platinum status. 'This Modern Glitch' included hit singles "Tokyo (vampires and Wolves)" and "Jump Into The Fog."
Noel Gallagher is back — but not as you know him! Gallagher returns the guise of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds with self-produced record 'Chasing Yesterday!'
The new album - which contains first single "In The Heat Of The Moment" - follows the success of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, which was a shock to nobody more than Noel Gallagher, and which set his life off on an unexpected, post-Oasis direction. "I wasn't ready for the positive reaction from the album and the solo gigs," he says. "At first I thought I'd just about tolerate being a centre-stage singer every night but I really enjoyed it, probably because neither I nor the audience had any expectations and just went with it. I was amazed that it got to an arena level so quick."
Just as Gallagher could only have written late 20th century hymns like "Rock 'n' Roll Star" and "Live Forever" as a young man on the cusp of a great adventure, so he could only have written 'Chasing Yesterday' now. There are anthems of the kind Gallagher does so well, but moments of quiet reflection too. The album is musically far-reaching and lyrically questioning without ever taking itself too seriously. It's a rock'n'roll classic that's big enough to handle a bit of space jazz.
"We used to take the piss out of space jazz in Oasis. When people told us we weren't adventurous we would say, 'what do you want, space jazz?' And now I've made a track that is real, actual, spaced-out jazz. And you know what? It's great," he says of "The Right Stuff," one of the 14 tracks on the new record.
With his former producer Dave Sardy otherwise occupied, Gallagher was in the position of having to oversee the album himself. It was a challenge that proved, though terrifying, ultimately rewarding. And with no producer to bend and shape him into any one direction, Noel Gallagher let the High Flying Birds take flight.
The result, Chasing Yesterday, is an album that is, if not exactly Noel Gallagher's Jazz Odyssey, then certainly his galactic ramble. For every Oasis-styled monster there's a free-flowing groover, for every moment of lyrical profundity there's a nugget of throwaway absurdity. It's the sound of Noel Gallagher finding his freedom.
Internationally acclaimed and multimillion selling chanteuse Zaz is taking on the most iconic songs about Paris on her new studio album, 'Paris!'
Produced by legendary producer Quincy Jones, 'Paris' includes duets with Charles Aznavour and Nikki Yanofsky. For the first time in her career, ZAZ is accompanied on the album by a big band.
ZAZ invited trusted musicians including Ilan Abou and Thierry Faure, who contributed to a large part of her third album, to perform the album live, over the course of one week and with no preparation at La Frette studios in the Paris region. The result is an easily accessible, wide open playground where imaginations can run riot; where she lets her intuition identify the right musical directions for each song, the underlying vibe obviously, but not exclusively, being jazz.
Multiple Grammy Award-winning singer and legendary performer Bette Midler returns to the studio to release 'It's The Girls,' a stunning new album that pays tribute to girl groups through the ages. 'It's The Girls' is a jaunty and celebratory collection of some of the greatest harmonies performed by girl groups such as The Ronettes, The Boswell Sisters, The Andrew Sisters, The Chiffons as well as Motown acts like Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, and The Marvelettes, among others.
"A long time ago I fell in love with voices in harmony," said Midler. "In particular, the sound of female voices singing together. There were so many great girl groups in those days, I still listen as avidly as I ever did. This record is a small attempt to honor them for all the joy they brought to me and the world."
'It's The Girls' reunites Bette Midler with long-time collaborator and Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman who produced the album. 'It's The Girls' features 15 songs that span time from The Andrews Sisters' original performance of "Bei Mir Bist Du Schön" in 1937 to R&B group TLC's 1994 hit song, "Waterfalls." On the title track, Midler offers a brilliant rendition of The Boswell Sisters (known for their unpredictable harmonies and key changes) tempo-shifting pop classic "It's The Girl."
The album effortlessly showcases Midler's distinctive and versatile vocal range while honoring timeless classic melodic harmonies.
One of the world's best-loved and most versatile entertainers, Bette Midler has garnered accolades in all quarters of show business. She's earned four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year (1989: "Wind Beneath My Wings"; 1990: "From A Distance") and Record of the Year (1989: "Wind Beneath My Wings"); two Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and nine American Comedy Awards. Bette Midler has recorded 13 studio albums and has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide.