LISTEN // Bill Fay’s ‘Who Is The Sender?’ Streaming on NPR and MOJO

“…built around Fay’s simple, melancholy piano chords and fragile, involving vocals, subtly fleshed out by the same team that made its warmly received predecessor”, adding that “its disarming hymnal beauty and old world sincerity… leap out and penetrate to the heart.”

David Sheppard // MOJO

Click here to listen in the UK
Click here for the US stream

Bill Fay‘s album, Who Is The Sender? will be released next week, but you can listen now via MOJO in the UK, and NPR‘s First Listen in the US.

Pre-order Who Is The Sender? through SCD, Amazon, iTunes, or through a local indie record store

WATCH // New Ryley Walker Documentary and Record Store Day Takeover in London

During the month of April in a UK city near you, you’re likely to see an affable mid-western American charmer, purposefully roaming your streets. He’ll be wielding an acoustic guitar, and likely frequenting your local pub for the best lagers on offer before he plays a killer set featuring tracks from his highly praised Dead Oceans debut Primrose Green.

He goes by the name Ryley Walker, and if he does pop into your local and you do say “hi”, that tiny speck of doubt about not attending one of his seven shows in the United Kingdom will be as distant as that inconsequential dream about “work” or “family” you had last night.

Here’s a handy list to help you plan your venture to one of the best folk-jazz shows around – dates and venues that transcend the North/South divide. He truly is the man for all the people:

04/18/15 London, UK – Sebright Arms [Sold Out]
04/19/15 Manchester, UK – The Castle BUY TICKETS
04/20/15 Bristol, UK – Start The Bus BUY TICKETS
04/21/15 Cardiff, UK – Clwb lfor Bach BUY TICKETS
04/22/15 Coventry, UK – The Tin at the Coal Vaults BUY TICKETS
04/23/15 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Cards Room BUY TICKETS
04/24/15 Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin [SOLD OUT]

Fans based in London that might have missed the boat on his now sold out show at East London’s local haunt the Sebright Arms, are lucky on two accounts. Firstly, in light of the Record Store Day taking place this Saturday [18/04], Walker will be playing tow in-stores at west and central London’s inimitable independent record stores Sister Ray and Rough Trade West. Full times and line up below, and it’ll be strictly intimate and unplugged.

Rough Trade West – 12.30
Sister Ray Soho – 14.00
Sister Ray Ace – 17.30

Secondly, some wily booking agent has thought ahead for those who’d like to see Walker and his full band. Although you’ll have to wait a few months if you missed out on this weekend’s headline slot, Walker will play Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 2 September. Buy tickets here, while they’re still available.

But why take our word for it? Their are a litany of UK based journalist who’d also state that missing a Walker show would be a grave mistake, and here are the quotes to prove it:

“An instant out-of-time classic… “
Uncut – 9/10 (Album Of The Month)

“Walker has arrived at the same questing folk-jazz territory explored by Tim Buckley and John Martyn – but with equivalent intensity, not limp nostalgia… Utterly delightful and as fresh as tomorrow.”
The Independent – 5 Stars *****

“Ryley is firmly in the lineage of romantic outsider folk guitarists.”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Combining jazzy looseness, rustic picking and an undertow of drugular mind expansion, this is one head cocktail that leaves no pain after it hits.”
Q – 4 Stars ****

“Walker has an uncanny feel for the triangulation of folk, jazz and blues that came from the fleet fingers of Bert Jansch and John Fahey”
NME – 8/10

“Essential listening.”
The Sun – 4.5/5

“Lovers of Bert Jansch and John Martyn will listen to the jazzy chord changes and tales of misadventures on Primrose Green and wonder whether this is really a new release or are they experiencing an unussually mellow acid flashback. The record is bound together by an appealingly laconic mood.”
The Times – 4 Stars ****

“For his dazzling second album, Walker flaunts his influences with assurance, while his virtuoso diligence also upholds their spirit of committed exploration.”
The Independent on Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“A beautiful record… Sometimes a new artist comes along that makes you pause for breath.”
Shinding – 4 Stars ****

A mystical record… Expansive and moving.
DIY – 4 Stars ****

LISTEN // Hear the title track off new The Tallest Man On Earth album, “Dark Bird is Home” OUT MAY 12

“Dark Bird is Home” begins in a way that feels very familiar to fans of The Tallest Man On Earth; an acoustic guitar and Kristian Matsson’s identifiably wistful tenor, pastoral landscapes and lyrics about overcoming hardships in life and love. You almost forget about the orchestrated sound of “Sagres,” which opened our ears to the the more fleshed out sound of Dark Bird is Home, until the final phrase and the bands entrance. The instrumental coda is proof that Matsson’s new, band oriented musical direction, will support his heartfelt lyricism just as effectively as his past, more stripped down recordings.

You can pre-order the album via Secretly Distribution, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

Summer Tour Dates:
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05/13/15 Northampton, MA – Calvin Theatre
05/14/15 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
05/16/15 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
05/18/15 Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/19/15 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/21/15 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/22/15 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
05/26/15 Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre
05/27/15 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
05/28/15 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
05/29/15 Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
05/31/15 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre SOLD-OUT
06/01/15 Washington, DC – Lincoln Theatre
06/03/15 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre w/ Hiss Golden Messenger
06/19/15 Hilvarenbeek, NL – Best Kept Secret
06/20/15 Neuhausen ob Ek, DE – Southside Festival
06/20/15 Schessel, DE – Hurricane Festival
06/21/15 Neuhausen ob Ek, DE – Southside Festival
06/21/15 Schessel, DE – Hurricane Festival
06/23/15 London, UK – Koko SOLD-OUT
06/24/15 Antwerp, BE – Openlucht Theater
06/25/15 Paris, FR – Divan Du Monde SOLD-OUT
06/28/15 Stockholm, SE – Gota Lejon SOLD-OUT
06/29/15 Stockholm, SE – Gota Lejon SOLD-OUT
06/30/15 Oslo, NO – Rockefeller SOLD-OUT
07/01/15 Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
07/02/15 Goteburg, SE – Pustervik SOLD-OUT
07/03/15 Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
07/04/15 Roskilde, DK – Roskilde Festival
07/17/15 Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires
07/18/15 Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires
07/19/15 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
08/01/15 Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza
10/03/15 Oslo, NO – Opera House
10/04/15 Gothenburg, SE – Konserthuset
10/05/15 Stockholm, SE – Cirkus
10/06/15 Umea, SE – Idun
10/08/15 Linkoping, SE – Crusell
10/09/15 Falun, SE – Magasinet
10/10/15 Arhus, DK – Voxhall
10/12/15 Cologne, DE – E-Werk
10/13/15 Berlin, DE – Huxley’s
10/14/15 Vienna, AT – Arena
10/15/15 Milan, IT – Alcatraz
10/16/15 Zurich, CH – Volkshaus
10/17/15 Paris, FR – La Bataclan
10/19/15 London, UK – Roundhouse
10/20/15 Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
10/21/15 Dublin, IE – Vicar
10/23/15 Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
10/24/15 Bexhill, UK – De La Warr
10/24/15 Brussels, BE – AB Club
10/27/15 Copenhagen, DK – VEGA

LISTEN // Bill Fay Shares Track “A Page Incomplete”, New Album ‘Who Is The Sender?’ Out April 27th / 28th

“Bill Fay’s songs are so full of so much awe and wonder at life that they just make you so grateful to be part of this miracle that none of us really understand”

– Robin Hilton, NPR Music

Bill Fay’s new album, Who Is The Sender?, out 4/28 on Dead Oceans, is the much anticipated but hardly-dared-hoped-for follow up to 2012’s Life is People, which was Bill’s first solo studio album in 41 years and a deserved critical and commercial success.

Previously, the profoundly affecting song “War Machine” was shared, Fay’s call to people everywhere to stop being complacent to the violence we often don’t realize is being committed in our names. NPR Music then premiered the meditative “Something Else Ahead”, a contemplation on what lies ahead once our time on earth is over. Now, we’re proud to share the gorgeous and slow build of “A Page Incomplete.” Hear it above or on our Soundcloud / YouTube page.

You can pre-order the new album via SC Distribution / Dead Oceans, iTunes, Amazon, and your local record store.

LISTEN // Bear In Heaven Share ‘Spotify Sessions’

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Bear In Heaven recently recorded an exclusive session over at Spotify HQ featuring tunes from the band’s latest album Time Is Over One Day Old. Check it out above or on Spotify

If you haven’t already, you can get Time Is Over One Day Old now via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, your local record store.

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