Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Beth Hart is to release her captivating new album ‘Better Than Home’ on Provogue/Mascot Label Group on 13th April 2015.
Her distinctive voice has already moved guitar legends Jeff Beck, Slash, Joe Bonamassa and Buddy Guy to perform with her on records and live; making her, in the words of Classic Rock Magazine “guitarists go-to girl and the UK have firmly taken Beth to their hearts after recent stirring headline performances at the Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse and Hampton Court Palace.
Some artists choose to sing the blues and some artists find that they have to live them as well; the latter couldn’t be more fitting for Beth Hart. A prodigious talent in her childhood she’s been through more than most; FBI raids, her father going to jail, her sister died of complications from AIDS, expelled from school, she ran away from home to Brooklyn aged 15 to fulfil her dream of performing live. Scouts picked her up and she won $100k on Star Search beating a young Beyonce to claim the prize. Her break-through single ‘LA Song (Out of this Town)’ later became a hit reaching #6 in the US. Pressure and a “dark period” hit; drink, drugs and an eating disorder followed – but performances on the Jay Leno and David Letterman shows grew her public profile. She spent the following years either on tour or in and out of rehab. In 2000 she confessed to being “nuts and struggling” and was diagnosed as Bipolar; doctors told her “you can’t handle this life in the music industry”, she was to prove otherwise.
Some tracks take longer to adapt to, but once they catch the ear, they never go anywhere. This is the case with yet another track from Gemma Hayes’ new PledgeMusic-funded album Bones + Longing titled “Dreamt You Were Fine.”
The tunes carries its way through the somber lyrics of longing without finding — that certain yearning for something that will never happen. Echoing that feeling of breaking up a relationship with someone only for them to disappear and the only way for you to make sure that they are fine is via a dream.
The dream that assures you this consolation is the central point of the concept this song embodies. “Dreamt You Were Fine” is filled with lyrical whimsy and encompasses the signature folk-rock sound that once got Gemma Hayes a Mercury Prize Nomination in 2002. This should be a single, but do singles exist anymore for indie artists?
With the international success of her newest album No Deal, 2014 has been a breakthrough year for Brussels-based artist Melanie De Biasio. Dubbed the “Belgian Billie Holiday,” she continues to blur genre lines, carving out a place that is entirely and incomparably her own. On February 24th through PIAS, De Biasio will release an entirely remixed version of No Deal curated by long-standing BBC radio personality and DJ Gilles Peterson. The album will feature a remixed version of each song by a different artist, set to be available primarily on digital formats with a very limited edition pressing on double LP vinyl. Boiler Room premiered the remix of “The Flow” by Japanese electro-jazz outfit Hex, calling it a “beautiful and tripped-out percussive groover.”
The album’s lineup of contributing remix artists also includes Jonwayne, who coats “With All My Love” with a lush balm of hip-hop, and The Cinematic Orchestra, who gives “I’m Gonna Leave You” an intense reworkingl. Peterson himself contributes as well, collaborating with Simbad on “With Love/Sweet Darling Pain.” The album comes on the heels of the release of EELS’ remix of De Biasio’s “I Feel You.” The track premiered on Stereogum where it was called “bewitchingly ominous and alluring in a chilling way.”