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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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UK Artist of the Week: Einar Stray Orchestra

With the release of their fantastic album Politricks this week, we had to feature Einar Stray Orchestra as our latest Artist of the Week. Hailing from Norway, they blend uplifting indie and elements of traditional folk but bring their own unique spin to each and every track.

The album itself is a journey as the band brave the world as young adults with their heads held high and their eyes wide open. From start to finish, the band present a kaleidoscope of emotions with strings, guitars, drums, keys, and honey sweet vocals coming together as one. It’s hard to believe a band this young sounds so accomplished.

Politricks is only their second album but their first as Einar Stray Orchestra (their debut, Chiaroscuro was released under Einar Stray). However, now that front man Einar Stray has added his Orchestra, the band finally feels complete. They are one of the most exciting bands to emerge from Europe and let’s hope we see a lot more of them in the UK.

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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! Toronto never sounded so sweet—my ROTW is from Alvvays. The self titled debut will make your skip, hop, and jump!

This weeks #shellshock is from the awesome Oli Bayston, AKA Boxed In. He’s about to embark on his debut tour in support of Teleman. New single “Foot of the Hill” is an absolute groover!” —SZ

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UK Artist of the Week: Remembering August

This Welsh duo may be young but there’s a lot of promise ahead for Jessie Hallett and Luke Searle. The chemistry between the two is electric as they present their elegant indie folk single “Stay,” set for release on 20th October 2014.

Having met whilst studying in Bridgend, South Wales, they’ve combined their love of ’70s artists like Fleetwood Mac and have given the sound a modern twist—think The Civil Wars meets Lorde combined with that Stevie Nicks/Lindsey Buckingham chemistry that contributed to Fleetwood Mac’s legendary sound.

The single is a promising start for the pair and with an EP out soon after, we predict big things next year for Remembering August.

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India Mill,
The TVD First Date

“My own memory of vinyl is just it being there because my mum had so much of it. I remember getting singles on vinyl such as “T.U.R.T.L.E Power” by Partners In Kryme (still have it) as well some stuff by Paula Abdul and Madonna. I was tiny and happy.”

“When I was 10, my Uncle died, who was a big character in our family and one who was very musical. We inherited most of his records and there was so much. As I got older and more curious about wanting to know who he was outside of my fading memory, I used to play the records almost as if to see if he was there inside them. That sounds cheesy and sentimental but it meant that I discovered people like Buddy Holly, Marty Robbins, Ben E. King, along with Fats Domino and all these wonderful songs. There was so much in there.

As my brother and I both progressed into our teens, my older brother became a huge Guns ‘n’ Roses fan (he saw the first leg of the Use Your Illusion tour at Maine Road while Izzy Stradlin was still in the band!) and I remember my mum and me going to Castle Records in Darwen to buy him a copy of Skid Row’s Monkey Business. It was a 12” single and the cover had this picture of a gorilla with a crow-bar in its hand. It was fantastic and it made me laugh for days. We also bought him Hey Stoopid by Alice Cooper. However, being at opposite ends of puberty, I followed my nose towards my mum’s Beatles’ collection, which is where my love for songs really kicked off…

The sheer size of vinyl was something that was in some ways great because it meant that you could really take in all the artwork, but once CDs came along then I didn’t really miss it ‘cos it could also be a massive pain in the arse—but then nostalgia is a much bigger pain the arse. I do think that vinyl, tapes, CDs are all representative of a time when people felt much more of a physical ownership over their music, as well as being of a time when albums were a work as a whole rather than the latest collection of songs.

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