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Art plus Music Party by Will
April 21, 2010, 11:34 am
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This is happening tomorrow evening and the lovely NATASHA KHAN will be performing. Our own Sophie is on the committee and it’s at the fab Whitechapel gallery so what’s not to like? If this floats your boat then, by God, head down. Details in a reasonable font size can be found here.

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Ivor Novello nominations! by Will
April 20, 2010, 1:39 pm
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The Ivors have been announced and four of our writers – BAT FOR LASHES, PATCH WILLIAM , FRASER T SMITH and NINA WOODFORD– have been nominated. This is THE award that matters to songwriters so we are absolutely delighted. Check out the IVOR site for more deets and observe below for all the nomineeeees..



chrys-a-lis-a-(er-mon)-day by Will
March 15, 2010, 3:58 pm
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I went on holiday in the sun. Now I’m home.  And from the ether comes a playlist covering all the ground thereon. For your pleasure. Cast off the beach towel of silence and jump into the cooling water of spotify. Trunks not included. Have a listen now. HERE.

In other news BAT FOR LASHES has won Best Alternative Act at the UK Asian Music Awards! Which we are very pleased to hear //  BROKEN BELLS are being given plenty of flattering words. Here’s what the Times say / the Independent say /DiS say. But of course, make your own mind up about it. // And that is all. For now.



We’ve had a lovely year by Will

‘Come on, chaps – let’s have a listen to that new joint from Chrysalis.  Thompson’s gone on a pimp juice reccy. Last one to get crunk is a wet blanket’

Indeed. Well, there’s nothing like gathering in Norwegian woollen jumpers, lighting pipes and giving the last 12 months in music a right going over. That’s exactly what we’ve spent the last month doing. We now have a massive pipe tobacco dependance, broad 1940s accents and a penchant for calling each other by surname only. More truthfully, 2009 has been a sensational year for Chrysalis artists. Much lauded albums released, big gigs played, festival crowds won over, new artists signed, ads synched, tv spots spotted, Mercury prize nominations nominated, picnics played, Letterman’s performed, end of year lists invited.. So with that in mind for your aural (and sexual?) pleasure (no, probably not) here compiled are our musical revelations of the year. The ones that will endure in our minds for the longest into the new decade and beyond. Of course the choosing was very difficult. But 2009 according to Gareth, Sophie, David and Will was all about this:

Gareth ‘I’m the boss so I’m not putting anything here’ Smith:

  1. YYY’s ‘Zero’ – Is the bit about a minute and a half in when the song is launched into orbit that makes me smile. On the tube. At randoms. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.
  2. THE CRIBS ‘Cheat on Me’. Effortless, honest and unpretentious.
  3. EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS ‘Home’. A singalong stroke of brilliance by a band of 15 smiling people on stage – a cult you want to join.

Sophie ‘S’aink S’aink’ Urquhart:

  1. THE BIG PINK ‘Too young to love (Unkle Remix)’ – Ridiculously cool track in itself. The Unkle remix just gives it that special s’aink s’aink. Pure ear joy.
  2. THE LOW ANTHEM ‘Charlie Darwin’ – This song makes me want to smile and cry simultaneously.
  3. GOSSIP ‘Four Letter Word’ – I love the insanely catchy synth bassline in this track which makes me feel like I’m at an 80’s discotheque every time I listen to it, which is a lot.

David ‘Why use one word when fifty will do’ O’Bryan:

  1. BAT FOR LASHES ‘Daniel’ – Despite being drenched to the core at her Somerset House gig, seeing her perform a flawless rendition of this mystical pop song of Fleetwood Mac proportions is a definite gig highlight of ther year for me.
  2. NATHAN FAKE ‘The turtle’ – I love techno when it’s for the head, like Aphex Twin. I love techno when it’s for the dancefloor, like Dubfire. But when you have techno that’s for the head AND the dancefloor in one song, it’s perfection. This song is just that.
  3. PATRICK WOLF ‘Hard Times’ – His show at the Palladium is one of my favourite gigs of the year… seeing him sing this song in a giant glitter cape, whilst spinning like a pagan dandy, is one of my music highlights of the year.

Will ‘I grew attached to it’ Theakston:

  1. THE HORRORS ‘Mirrors Image’  I have listened to this song 7,863 times this year. I marked each play by dropping a small paper effigy of the band in my ‘I love the Horrors bassline’ hope chest. That’s not weird.
  2. METRIC ‘Satellite Mind’ The greatness of this song and Metric’s album should be screamed from the rooftops. We’re not allowed on our roof anymore, so I’ll scream it from a, er, blog.
  3. ANDREW BIRD ‘Fitz and Dizzyspells’  If you could open a can and summer came out this song would be the accompaniment. LOVE the bird.

 Oh, and without further ado..



Mercury Prize by Will
September 8, 2009, 10:40 am
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bfl-horrors mercury hybrid shot

It’s the Mercurys today and it remains to be said that  BAT FOR LASHES and THE HORRORS have made two extraordinary albums that we are massively proud to be connected to. Our fingers are crossed. Come on!



We do the links so you don’t have to by Will
August 26, 2009, 4:38 pm
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Here’s Minnie the Minx:

And here are the links… (is that the sound of a barrel being scraped):

// Dazed and Confused streaming Into The Pink: Michael Schmelling’s behind the scenes film of the THE BIG PINK right here  // TV ON THE RADIO‘s Kyp Malone unleashes solo project, RAIN MACHINE  here  // BAT FOR LASHES to release special edition re-issue in September // In case you were living in Space and didn’t know, KAREN O has soundtracked Spike Jonze’s-soon-to-hit-the-big-screen-adaptation-of-Maurice-Sendak’s-beloved-Where the Wild Things Are. Can’t wait to see this! Details unveiled here. //  BRENDAN BENSON gets a fine write up in the Guardian. // And THE HORRORS release new video for (track of the year?) Mirror’s Image. //

Marvellous.



We Do The Links So You Don’t Have To by Will

Good Morning. Here is the Lynx:

 And here are the links:

// Drowned in Sound’s ‘Best tracks of  2009…so far’ features YEAH YEAH YEAHS, SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLSST VINCENT, METRICANDREW BIRD,  BAT FOR LASHES and THE HORRORS. Check out here // ‘In short, the old model is dead but the new one is still an ugly mutant’ – Sean DiS comments on the state of the industry. Nice piece with METRIC getting a lot of column width. // THE FREQUENCY‘s debut EP, ‘Morning to 3am’, album of the week and much lauded by the peeps at Dance Music Review here. // ENGINEERS get a stonking 8/10 album review in DiS. Lovely. (by the way, in case you hadn’t guessed today is DiS day ;))