Saturday, 4 June 2016

A Fine Pair: Garden City Movement - Alasdair Roberts

Garden City Movement - She's So Untouchable.

Background promo - Garden City Movement is a Tel Avivian-based electronic music project, their new single is "She's So Untouchable." Signed with BLDG5 records, Garden City Movement first made waves last fall with the release of their debut EP Entertainment, which garnered early press champions as numerous Hype Machine influential blogs, Pitchfork, Clash, The Fader, Stereogum and Fact which featured the band in a short documentary about "The rising stars of Tel Aviv."

With videos reaching 1M hits and screenings at the LA film festival, GCM scored support slots for acts such as Alt-J, Cults, SOHN & Rufus and their debut appearance on Boiler Room. The trio intensively toured Europe and was on festival bills such as Primavera, Pukkelpop, Glastonbury & Fusion festival.

Bengali Cinema, the second EP, continued Entertainment's media praise. They dominated Hype Machine's top 3 for three days straight with "Terracotta," and were named by many as a "band to watch." Radio stations such as BBC6, KEXP & Sirius XM(to name a few) picked up tracks from both EP's as well as reaching #21 on CMJ's RPM chart.

In April, the band has teamed up with The Vinyl Factory and released Modern West, Garden City Movement's 3rd and final EP in the trilogy. The Vinyl Factory encompasses a record label that worked before with artists such as xx, Massive Attack and Roisin Murphy.

'She's So Untouchable' is a cool, smooth and very catchy song. The vocals are so very well delivered and compliment what is a top notch electronic soundtrack. It's a natural listen again piece.

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Alasdair Roberts - Scarce Of Fishing.

Background words - The second track from the 'Refugee' compilation album has surfaced.

'Scarce of Fishing' is the contributed track from Scottish singer/songwriter Alasdair Roberts. The folk artist has had previous support from the likes of Uncut, Pitchfork, BBC, The Observer, The Times, and much more, before joining the 'Refugee' project, spearheaded by fellow musician Robin Adams.

The project got it's first exposure with the first track which dropped a few weeks back - 'Most People' is the contribution from Bonnie 'Prince Billy. Featuring Richard Dawson, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Linda Thompson, Alasdair Roberts, Ricky Ross, BMX Bandits and many more, the 'Refugee' album is a united effort from some of folk’s most esteemed and cult figures, who’ve contributed an original or unreleased song each to the ‘Refugee’ project.

‘Refugee’ (out digitally on July 5th through Brainfog) is a highly significant collaborative recording project which reflects, through song, the issue of the refugee crisis in its many forms, from Syria and beyond. It’s been curated by Scottish folk artist Robin Adams, who called on his close friends and musical colleagues from around the world to contribute to the project.

Each track is an unreleased original song, with contributions from the likes of the above artists. All proceeds go to the MOAS organisation (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) who’ve saved more than 13,000 lives since 2013 in the Mediterranean Sea. Read more on them at www.moas.eu


We featured Bonnie Prince Billy's contribution to this charitable fund raiser a few weeks back. It's a pleasure to do the same with this wonderful contribution by Alasdair Roberts. The album 'Refugee' is out July 5th, 2016 via Brainfog Records. 'Scarce Of Fishing' is a wonderful rootsy folk song, the album is shaping up to be something very special.

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