26/02/2016

New releases on PG Sounds coming this spring


It's nearly spring here. Actually spring is early this year, at least here at the farmhouse on the island of Lolland... This is deep countryside, endless fields, forest, lakes and space for the loud soundsystem...and music has the internet... and then everything can become close.



Hunter As a Horse ”The Passenger”
 out 4th march – ep out 22 april 2016.
Berlin duo Hunter As a Horse is the 2nd international signing here on the PG Sounds label. And I am pretty excited. Been in touch with them for around 2 years now, and these songs are finally here. Along came old friend + producer Ewan Pearson on board and did an incredible work as producer. everSo much more are coming from them very very soon. 1st single “The Passenger” will be out the 4rh march with fantastic new video. And ep is scheduled for 22 april..I came in touch with them via my label work for Stella Polaris Music, but the sound of HAAH did'nt really fit into the label story there so I decided to keep in touch and listen to tracks. It was'nt far into the process that I suggested producer Ewan Pearson to join.. But what the band had'nt told me was, that he was already partner in crime. And now there are the first 5 songs ready. More coming, but with the ep” Two Magics. Vol. 1 ” and the opening single ”The Passenger”, there is plenty to enjoy soon.



"Hunter As a Horse play brilliant electro-pop, addictive and contemplative... they are a hot ticket for the future"
Time Out

Bringing to mind the mesmerising atmospherics of Lamb and Zero 7. Dark, and very lovely indeed."
The Guardian

"One of my favourite favourite bands"
Simon Raymonde from Bella Union/Amazing Radio




Alice Carreri – Go (Out 18 march)


I have worked with Alice since the first Lulu Rouge sessions and seen her graduation concert at the Royal Music School here in Copenhagen. She has appeared on numerous tracks and in so many styles of music.And she is always just her own... Her voice makes it...But this is the first time I am releasing a track with her. She came along to me with this little sweet song, and I adored it... Here it is.. Out on the 18 march 2016, it the anthem tune for annual ”Tag Fat Om Dansen” event... a great nationwide campaign promoting free dance and movement in the office, at home... where ever you are. Check out the crew Don Gnu

22/02/2016

Blessed Feathers first European tour - Coming to Denmark spring 2016




Very first European shows with Arizona spiritual folk/americana duo Blessed Feathers.

Can you organise a tour with a band that you simply just love and would enjoy to see live ? Can I, who works with music every day still find the “true fan spirit” and approach a project “just as a fan” ?  Well, I have worked with music for more than 25 years and I do consider to be a fan of every artist I’ve  had the fantastic opportunity to work with. But when I approached Blessed Feathers nearly 5 months ago to ask them, if they wanted to come to Denmark and play, it was foremost  my fan heart that called them up. So right now, I am very proud. Foremost as fan but also as organiser. Finally I can confirm 6 live shows with Arizona duo Blessed Feathers. With these 6 exclusive gigs the band will be on their first visit to Europe.



 I discovered Blessed Feathers via the vinyl club Vinyl Me, Please. Basically I became a member of this vinyl club for 3 months just to get Blessed Feathers 3rd album ”There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow” on vinyl as fast as possible. Finally released autumn 2015.I fast collected all their vinyl albums from various shop across the american continent, and got totally hooked on the bands music vibes.

Blessed Feathers is the work and collaboration of Donivan Berube (Gui/ vocals) and Jacquelyn Berube ( Banjo/vocals). Along with the help from friends, fellow musicians who have followed and helped them on their way.

Maybe its just because I have a sentimental thing with Arizona. The desert heat and endless roads down south entering Yuma. Or driving through Flagstaff (hometown of Blessed Feathers) during a cold winter heading to the Grand Canyon. Or was in the story I got told from the old 2nd world-war veteran outside his mobile home one morning outside Sedona..? And as I already work with another Arizona band Bogan Via, it was natural for me to get across and contact Blessed Feathers to ask them, if they would be up for coming to Denmark and play. I thankfully they accepted the invitation, and now here around 4 month later I can confirm the very first European dates with this amazing band:

01 april: Copenhagen, Soundstation in-store show ( 16:30 afternoon)
02 april: Nivå, Åtoften, (home concert, afternoon show, more details here)
03 april: Maribo, LollandMusikskole (Facebook + ticket info  (afternoon show 15:00)



What really made fall in love with their music was their songs. They write really good songs. And then how the band has worked from album to album finding their sound and keep on working on the very essence in their songwriting and melodies. If you follow them from thier very first home-made recordings of ”FromThe Mouths Of The Middle Class” (2011) through ”PeacefulBeasts In An Ocean Of Weeds” (2012) , and ”Order Of The Arrow” (2014) to their latest 2015 ”There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow” you can hear how much this band has developed and how the sound has gone bigger. In their single “Wyoming/Dakota” from the latest album There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow” you here them explode into a true athem for the traveller. Falling in love with the country, struggle and surviving. The soul of the great american story is slowly unfolded. You feel the big american landscape, the travel along the roads, the songs being out there in the great wide open. Discovering yourself, meeting the world and new faces. Discovering with every note and get the song.


Wyoming, how could you do this to me?
How much more road could there be?

Rode through rain half of the day
Wishing that you weren't so gray
But sometimes there's no other way

[Chorus]
Someday, I know we'll make it out alive, I know
Till then, I have to struggle and survive alone


For their shows tin Denmark, the line-up will be:

Donivan Berube (Gui/ vocals)
Jacquelyn Berube ( Banjo/vocals)
Ross Severson (Gui)


I am very thankful the great booking people from Voxhall, Global and Dexter for making this happen. And to Lollands/ Maribo Musikskole for opening up the doors for these fine musicians. And to family and friends dedicating themselves to this tour. And thank you Blessed Feathers. Its the music that makes it happen.It's gonna be a great travel, and along with the music, I am sure these guys will meet new friends.

11/08/2015

PG Special Agent introducing new album "String Theory" by Partikel out on Wirlwind Recordings


Partikel

to release third album

"STRING THEORY"



One of the hottest young bands 

on the UK scene.”

  Jazzwise



Since Partikel celebrated the release of their third album ”String Theory” (Whirlwind Recordings) with an intense night at the Pizza Express back in june 2015 the international press is really catching up on the trio.


"Turbulent avant-riffage, lush, cinematic sophistication... an ambitious project, convincingly realised" JazzWise, UK ☆☆☆☆


"Highly atmospheric and full of surprises... There are exciting trips through times and styles, united by the great musicality of all the musicians" Musikreviews.de 13/15 , Germany


"Inventive contrapuntally - rich arrangements, this excellent experiment represents a perfect marriage of two seemingly disparate entities, resulting in an album of richly mellifluous sonority" All About Jazz ☆☆☆☆☆

"In balancing Partikel's familiar free jazzy energy with a compositional coherence that draws the textures of the string players and the trio into striking and often unexpectedly seductive accords.... String Theory is an intriguing insight into the depths of their resources"  John Fordham - The Guardian





The London-based trio Partikel (Duncan Eagles on saxophone, Max Luthert on bass and Eric Ford on drums) is heralded as a significant new group on the European scene having maintained a feverish live schedule during the past few years. Their latest album "String Theory" sees them pushing their own sonic and compositional boundaries by teaming up with four equally talented string players, fusing their love of jazz, rock and world music with the textures of a string quartet to create music that showcases an array of unique soundscapes.


The approach to "String Theory" differs to Partikel's previous albums where fine-tuning and non-stop rehearsing of arrangements characterised the lead up to the studio recordings. Eagles describes the process: "With this album the charts I wrote for the trio were purposefully more open and melodic than previous material and the arrangements were developed through touring with the band— rather than all the rehearsing— which I think gives the trio performance on this album a much more natural and spontaneous dynamic." The band has also started to incorporate electronic effects into their live set that they touch upon in the production of this album, giving String Theory a new overall sonic feel from their previous albums where they solely featured the acoustic trio.



Eagles talks about the string quartet: "When thinking about the addition of the strings I wanted to really try and push myself in all areas and not just in the actual writing of their parts which is something I’d never done until this project. Compositionally I wanted to think on a larger scale, moving away from the head–solo–head format as much as possible and I was adamant that I did not want to use the strings as just backing or padding. I wanted the string quartet to be as involved as possible and have a number of opportunities for the two ensembles to interact and improvise together. The first three tracks on the album play together as one piece and this is where I have really put this concept to work the most. When putting this together I was more concerned with allowing a flowing group effort."

The 12 new tracks on "String Theory"  is an astonishing statement from this young band and really shows how they continue to grow musically.
Performing live either as a trio or with strings, this is a must see live band

 



Contact for press and booking (Scandinavia):
For any further press or booking request please contact pgspeialgent(a)gmail.com

Links:

Partikel hompage

Partikel on Facebook

Listen also to more music here on Soundcloud

What the press says...So far:



"The always stimulating Partikel meets this string section on equal terms. Eagles's tone on his various horns achieves an impressive blend of colours and dynamics. His compositions and arrangements, embracing sinuous, sinewy elegance, spiky funk and languid ballads, repay close attention. It's another intriguing step in the evolution of this talented outfit." BBC Music Magazine ☆☆☆☆



"String Theory creates a broad spectrum of musical colours that allow the listener to become one with the music...a milestone of jazz."  Nachrichten.com
"high-energy music with a variety of many startling and original soundscapes" RheinMain Magazine


"It is clear that here are three absolute experts at work. Each a master of his instrument placing themselves at the service of the common goal of playing high quality jazz music" Mos Eisley Music


"Highly atmospheric and full of surprises... There are exciting trips through times and styles, united by the great musicality of all the musicians" Musikreviews.de 13/15 

07/08/2015

Updated News on album with Mette Juul "There is A Song" OUT NOW







Already making international headlines

Latest news (Updated)




Mette Juul is currently recieving big hype internationally for her forthcoming album "There is a Song".

ABC Jazz radio ( Biggest jazz radio in Australia) has made the album "Jazzpick" + "Release to watch out for" on their station right now as well a having her music on heavy rotation.

Link to program "A Danish song" 

From the UK the buzz is also building up with  reviews from some of the scenes most influential blogs such as Marlbank and Bebopspokenhere


"think an expressively creative voice steeped in vocal-jazz traditions landing somewhere between the sound of Anna Maria Jopek and Silje Nergaard – has a fine new album to be released next month"

Marlbank, Stephen Graham


"Danish, singer/songwriter, Juul is one of those artists who creep up on you and grow upon you and, as you absorb the melodies and the intriguing lyrics, suddenly you're in love with a voice"
Bebopspokenhere , Lance Liddle 



See also here:
Australia, SBS
Australia, ABC Radio
Finland, Jazzrytmit
Germany, Nordische Musik
Italy, All about Jazz
Italy, Musica Jazz
Sweden, Orkesterjournalen 





And reviews, interviews in Benelux, Germany, Scandinavia  are confirmed.


"There is a Song" - the album

The Danish jazzscene is as strong as ever. The scene in Denmark has a long and strong tradition and The Danish vocalist and singer-songwriter Mette Juul is such a wonderful proof for that. I am really proud and honoured to working with Mette Juul on this project, and I am sure that you jazz fans will enjoy this fantastic album.



There Is A Song” is Mette Juuls forthcoming album, out via Universal Music on the 18th sept. Including 12 astonishing new compositions. The album will be available on CD and for download and stream on all major sites world-wide. And this with a breathtaking line-up:


 Mette Juul (DK) vocals / acoustic guitar
 Nikolaj Hess (DK) piano
 Ambrose Akinmusire (US) trumpet
 Rodney Green (US) drums 
Joe Sanders (US) bass 
Mike Moreno (US) electric guitar



About the album

Mette Juul’s third album is inspired by her personal, musical search and at the same time by her cooperation with the New York based trumpet player Ambrose Akinmusire, who was also featured on her second album. The album has become a journey into her inner self while also having been formed by her worldwide touring. The songs have been written in New York, Italy, Paris and Berlin and in her current home base in Copenhagen. Mette Juul has co-produced the album with New York based Danish piano player Nikolaj Hess, who has been in on the project from the very first jam session to the icy cold day of recording in New York City. His exuberance was an energizer, and his “less is more” style of playing lends a natural lightness to the songs. The bass player Joe Sanders (US) merges with her music and breathes freely, the drummer Rodney Green (US) favors the brushes on several songs, and the (US) guitarist Mike Moreno’s rhythmical sense and jazzy tone bring the songs closer to jazz stan- dards. Ambrose Akinmusire once again shows Juul that he has a special understanding of her songs and her texts and is an active collaborator in telling her stories.



There are songs all over the world

Ever since Mette Juul’s childhood songs have offered her a room of her own. With this joy of singing as a loyal partner through life she has written ten new songs for her new album: A song for her husband, a song for each city she has visited, songs for the ocean, the nature and the moon, a song for the Danish hamlet in which she grew up and a song for the place between two people. The album creates a ring around both the inner and the outer journey with a title song which clearly states that there are songs everywhere in the world worth listening to and people whose songs may inspire us. 

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