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UK Artist of the Week,
The Marivaux

Back in the heady days of groups like Led Zeppelin and The Who, it was taken as a given that being in a band was one of the most awesome things you could do for a living. It was up there with Astronaut and racing driver, for goodness’ sake!

Since then, despite a brief resurgence in the ’90s where Madchester and Britpop once again made life on stage and on the road something that looked exciting, a 24/7 party where you were the centre of attention, it’s all calmed down a bit. With the financial bottom falling out of the music industry, being a successful musician has been revealed as a fairly low paying job considering the amount of effort required to make it to the top and stay there.

However, there is still hope! The Marivaux have arrived on the scene with a music video celebrating everything that’s great about being on the road. There are no flea-infested motels, no depressing pictures of four people jammed into a dressing room with a broken sink; these Manchester boys are having the time of their lives and want everybody to know about it.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“After the Award events of last weekend I dragged my slightly shattered self to Carefully Planned Festival and despite my eyes almost seeing double, my ears were in fine fettle. I got to see the awesome Gymnast playing live for the first time, what an absolute treat! I was very fortunate to be given a copy of their new album Wild Fleet which has been glued to my car’s stereo ever since! So, this week’s ROTW is just that!

Need a soul infusion? Like Sharon Jones? Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens are here to hit you between the eyes and ears with this weeks #shellshock.

Packed with new musical treats, it’s going to get fresh in the studio with the new jammmmmmms and there is likely to be some Mercury Prize chat too… It’s going to be all kinds of amazing.” —SZ

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“You know when you hear a band that aren’t in your face, they’re not at all demanding your attention, but they creep into your subconscious until you’re closing your eyes, swaying rhythmically and feeling dreamy? Well, that’s the effect Bear In Heaven have on me! I’m so happy they’re back with new album, Time Is Over One Day Old, so that I can share three of the fabulous tracks with you as my ROTW this week!

I’ve a groovy new tune from The Primitives as this weeks #shellshock—prime your ear for the vibe of the day!

Packed with new musical treats, the newest award winner is going to get fresh in the studio with the new jammmmmmms. It’s going to be all kinds of amazing.” —SZ

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UK Artist of the Week: Little Arrow

With their album Furious Finite, Little Arrow take us on a journey from the eccentric to the soulful. They’re more than just another quirky folk band, and once you get past the rollocking folky fun that is “Medicine Moon,” the rest of the album presents a much more cerebral side. There are moments of ambience, languid soundscapes, and a band that paints a hazy, dreamlike picture with layers of beautiful melodic precision.

The Welsh band prove that there is substance underneath those quirky layers but they never lose their humour throughout. There’s something a little Blitzen Trapper meets Local Natives about these guys, blending their folk roots with something more cerebral.

Furious Finite will no doubt put a smile on your face and have you tapping along in no time. Little Arrow are a promising band and something tells us this is just the beginning.

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An evening with the Einar Stray Orchestra

Einar Stray Orchestra are a group of young, talented musicians from Norway. While they are still not very well-known in their country, they are considered a big name in Germany. They are currently on their European tour and headlining for the first time in London at The Islington. Their performances are raw—no synthetics, no backing tracks—just five singers and musicians, accompanied by their instruments. 

What’s so special about them is how comfortable they are on stage. Most of the band performs with their shoes off, sitting barefoot, while playing beautiful music. Unlike other artists, their music sounds exactly the same live as it does in the album—maybe even better— and they care about giving their audience a performance that showcases their skills and what they’ve worked so hard to accomplish. If you’re not familiar with their music, it’s about time you check them out.

Before their performance, I sat down at the pub to chat with three out of five members of the band—Ofelia Østrem Ossum (cello/vocals), Simen Aasen (bass guitar/vocals), and front man Einar Stray (piano/guitar/vocals). Their new album, Politricks, came out in the UK on the same day as the gig. While the album features beautifully performed songs, they discuss harsh topics such as the loss of innocence, war, and the challenges of religion.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“A fresh sound from Montreal hits the ground running as this week’s Record Of The Week—TOPS are a four piece that are equal parts girl and boy. Their new record Picture You Staring is a lush piece of woozy pop and I’ll be spinning three tracks from it on tonight’s show.

I’ve also got a hot fashion tip as this weeks #shellshock—”Mom Jeans” by Hey Rocco. Jam packed with fresh new music as always, it’s going to be all kinds of amazing…” —SZ

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Glyphs,
The TVD First Date

“Although there was a small collection of vinyl in my house growing up, it never really played a part in my musical education. It was more of a novelty to occasionally rifle through, and even more occasionally actually listen to. There were some pearls in there, don’t get me wrong, but the good ones would be taped onto cassette and the records left alone.”

“It was later on that I discovered the delights of buying vinyl. I started off buying 7” singles from the HMV in Liverpool, and was drawn to them by the gimmicks of coloured discs, limited editions, and picture discs.

I found a self-loading turntable complete with speakers at a jumble sale for 50p, and my collection started to grow. Mainly mid-nineties indie and Britpop (I still have most of them; the bright orange 7” of Sixty Foot Dolls’ “Talk to Me,” the ice white 7” of “Milk” by Garbage with the fold out sleeve etc.) From here I started to venture into second-hand record shops and charity shops, and digging through crates, and this is where the love of it really started.

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UK Artist of the Week:
Jo Mango

Jo Mango is one of Scotland’s loveliest gems; her music transcends the physical plane and floats toward the clouds and the stars beyond.

Her delicate voice and beautifully composed tracks on album Murmuration were impressive to say the least, but Jo presents her experimental side with her latest album Transformuration, a remix of this album featuring an interesting mix of international artists who have reworked all ten tracks.

The result truly is a transformation and these remixes breathe new life into the songs. Jo is one of the scene’s most respected artists having worked with the likes of Conquering Animal Sound, ex-Frightened Rabbit guitarist Gordon Skene (Fraction Man), and many more. The album was produced by Adem Ilhan who met Jo Mango whilst touring—both have since collaborated with Vetiver and Vashti Bunyan. The fact artists and musicians of such high calibre work with Jo time and time again is testament to her incredible talent.

If you’re new to Jo Mango, start with album Murmuration and move onto Transformuration. Take the journey with her—you will not be disappointed.

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Shell Zenner Presents

Greater Manchester’s most in the know radio host Shell Zenner broadcasts the best new music every week on the UK’s Amazing Radio and Bolton FM. You can also catch Shell’s broadcast right here at TVD, each and every Thursday.

“It’s that time again! I’ve a ROTW from Celebration, the gorgeous Albumin will make your heart bubble with excitement! This weeks #shellshock is from the mysterious Gothenburg collective GOAT who will headlined Liverpool Psychfest recently!” —SZ

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The Single Girl: Feldspar, “Cure For The Night”

Feldpsar are back with the second in a series of singles to promote their “Compass Tour,” and “Cure For The Night” is a rousing return.

The band call themselves indie-folk, but listening to the lyrics they are much more than that. Feldspar are modern story-tellers—invigorating life into the folk genre while giving their indie side an injection of intelligence. They straddle the line between both, but manage to merge them splendidly at once.

Feldspar’s “Compass Tour” sees the band exploring the four corners of the UK (and London!) throughout Autumn. This is reflected in their singles with the band exploring different “compass points” of human emotion exploring heartache, lust, mortality, and anger.

Feldpsar continue to prove they do intelligent, thoughtful indie-folk effortlessly.

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