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Eleanor McGuinness

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Andy Shauf (CAN)

Andy Shauf will release The Neon Skyline, his most direct and emotionally-rich work yet, on January 24th via ANTI-, with a North American and European tour immediately following.


The interconnected songs on The Neon Skyline, all written, performed, arranged and produced by Shauf, follow a simple plot: the narrator goes to his neighborhood dive, finds out his ex is back in town, and she eventually shows up. As with Shauf’s last solo album, 2016’s The Party, The Neon Skyline is densely layered with an abundance of charming moments. His characters are all sympathetic here, people who share countless inside jokes, shots, and life-or-death musings when the night gets hazy.

Label

ANTI

Territory

EU / UK

Aoife Nessa Frances (IRL)

On the eponymously titled final song of her debut album Land of No Junction, Irish songwriter Aoife Nessa Frances (pronounced Ee-fa) sings “Take me to the land of no junction/Before it fades away/Where the roads can never cross/But go their own way.” It is this search that lies at the heart of the album, recalling journeys towards an ever shifting centre – a centre that cannot hold – where maps are constantly being rewritten.


The songs traverse and inhabit this indeterminate landscape: the beginnings of love, moments of loss, discovery, fragility and strength, all intermingle and interact. Land of No Junction is shot through with a sense of mystery – an ambiguity and disorientation that illuminates with smokey luminescence.


Navigated by the richness of Aoife’s voice, along with the layers gently built through her collaborators’ instruments (strings, drums, guitars, keys, percussion) gives a feeling of filling up space into every corner and crack. A remarkable coherent sonic world: buoyant and aqueous, with dark undercurrents. Where nostalgia and newness ebb and flow in equal measure.

Label

Basin Rock

Territory

UK / EU

Barbarossa (UK)

BARBAROSSA is the nom de plume of London-based multi-instrumentalist James Mathé.


Mathe’s musical journey started with folk-tinged balladry that saw him become part Fence Collective, and subsequently a band member for the likes of Jose Gonzalez, Johnny Flynn and Junip. With debut album 'Bloodlines', however, Mathé started to infuse his song writing with electronic flourishes, and now with the follow-up 'Imager', he has completed his transformation into a fully fledged electronic soul pioneer.

Territory

EU / UK

Cartel Madras (CAN)

Cartel Madras is a Calgary-based hip-hop sensation shaking things up across the music industry. Hailing from South India, sisters Contra and Eboshi are rappers now being hailed by fans and eager listeners-on as they develop varying narratives for coloured woman and deliver them in explosive and captivating ways. Sexuality, identity, freedom, race, colour, and gender some of the recurring themes that listeners can expect to explore through their music. Guaranteed to bring the party, their signature sound fuses the rap stylings of the South and trap and filters it through a strong female, though not necessarily feminine, voice.

Territory

EUR

Drahla (UK)

Blending wiry post-punk with unpredictable art-rock, Drahla have established themselves as a formidable and distinctive band across their three sold out 7” singles and the ‘Third Article’ EP. So far they have earned support from a litany of radio shows, magazines and tastemakers, including the likes of BBC 6 Music, DIY, and Loud & Quiet. Formed in late 2015, Drahla quickly found their identity in Yorkshire’s fertile music scene with their minimal yet robust bass-heavy sound. Their reputation as a fervent live act is ever-growing, typified by them being asked to share stages with the likes of METZ, Ought, Parquet Courts, The Cribs, Cloud Nothings and more.


The band’s early releases and live reputation caught the attention of influential US indie label Captured Tracks who signed the band in 2018. Drahla are currently readying their debut album release for the label due out this summer.

Territory

EU / UK

Ex Hex (USA)

When Ex Hex exploded onto the scene with their unfettered brand of rock and riffage, the power trio for our generation had finally arrived. Made up of Mary Timony (guitar, vocals), Betsy Wright (bass, vocals), and Laura Harris (drums), the group’s 2014 debut Rips was a gleaming collection of tightly wound gems that scored Best New Music honors from Pitchfork, the top spot on Magnet Magazine’s Best of 2014 list, and No. 11 in that year’s Pazz & Jop critics poll. Near-constant touring throughout 2015 and 2016 established the band as a force to be reckoned with: an audacious three-piece distilling rock music to its essence with formidable skills and a reputation for frenzied and unabashedly fun live shows.


On It’s Real, the group’s forthcoming second album, Ex Hex’s commitment to larger-than-life riffs and unforgettable hooks remains intact, but the garage-y, post-punk approach that defined Rips has grown in scale and ambition. What started as a reaction to the blown-out aesthetic of Rips would test the sonic limits of the power trio and lead the band on a quest for a more immersive and three-dimensional sound. Vocal harmonies are layered ten tracks deep, solos shimmer and modulate atop heaving power chords, and the codas linger and stretch toward new frontiers of sound. On first listen, you might think you’ve unearthed a long-lost LP carved from the space where crunch-minded art rock and glitter-covered hard rock converge, an event horizon at the intersection of towering choruses and swaggering guitars.

Territory

EU / UK

Fujiya & Miyagi (UK)

Brighton-based Fujiya & Miyagi have been making expansive, experimental and multifaceted electronic-driven music for twenty years now. As an outfit they have been as successful in their investigations into bleep as they have elongated Krautrock wig outs, and creating breathy electro pop as fiercely as they do post-punk-indebted scratchy dance. Their new album, Flashback, is to be released in May 2019 and it finds a group re-connecting with the potent music of their youth and connecting it with their well-learned musical chops as adults.

Territory

EU / UK / Australia / Asia

Hannah Cohen (USA)

Hannah Cohen has arrived home. From the title of her new album to the depth and beauty of the music, the Woodstock, NY-based singer-songwriter’s third album for Bella Union, Welcome Home, displays a new level of confidence and comfort with the many creative tools at her disposal. Cohen’s remarkably evocative voice is surrounded by dreamy, swooning incantations, from the rippling ‘This Is Your Life’ and the slow-burning, forthright statement of ‘All I Want,’ to the soul swagger of ‘Get in Line’ and dramatic vocal leaps of ‘Wasting My Time.’


Produced by Cohen’s partner Sam Owens, the producer/writer who performs as Sam Evian, the artist began developing the material that became Welcome Home in 2017. Taking her time with the songs, she wrapped herself in the fulfilling quiet of a new home, and a new creative partnership that supported the clarity in her writing and vocals. Listeners will find echoes of folk and R&B, radiating with vocal-powered pop production, electronic accents, and bursts of pulsing guitar/bass/drums energy. Irresistible echoes of soul enchanters such as Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers and their friend and sometime collaborator Nick Hakim blend with the reflective shadings of singer/writer forebears such as Carole King and Harry Nilsson.

Label

Bella Union

Territory

EU / UK

HEALTH (USA)

HEALTH formed in Los Angeles in 2006, playing their first shows at The Smell, L.A.’s legendary DIY venue, which also hosts some of the earliest performances of No Age, Mika Mika and Abe Vigoda. “We just sat in a dark room with no windows and tried to figure out how to write a song,” HEALTH’s singer and guitarist Jake Duzsik says of the band’s early days. “Through a process of tug-of-war and cooperation, we started building these weird songs together.”


The latest album, DEATH MAGIC, was released in 2015 on Loma Vista Recordings. Co-producer and multi-instrumentalist John Famigietti described it as “bigger than anything we’ve done before but still uniquely our sound.” The album received critical praise from The New Yorker, Pitchfork (BEST NEW TRACK) and The FADER, while The Los Angeles Times heralded the band as “"One of the city's best live acts and inventive arrangers of raw noise and eerie vocal melodies... the first hints of DEATH MAGIC suggest a new fidelity, heaviness and precision, along with a marked clarity in singer Jake Duzsik's vocals.”


HEALTH has played sold out shows and festivals around the world ranging from Coachella to Primavera to Austin Psychfest, and toured with Nine Inch Nails and Gary Numan.

Label

Loma Vista

Territory

EU / UK

Honey Harper (UK)

Honey Harper is both an old and a new project. The songs were written recently but they’ve been around for much longer. They resist temporality and eschew spatial specificity. Whether they were written on a lake in northern Ontario, a haunted hotel room in Atlanta, or in a car at 5AM in east London makes little difference as they all reside within.


Honey Harper is intrinsically honest, pure, universal country.

Label

ATO Records

Territory

UK / EU

Jaga Jazzist (NOR)

For those who think they know Jaga Jazzist, the story of this Norwegian supergroup and Starfire - its fifth full-length studio album, hot on the heels of the acclaimed 20th anniversary vinyl box, '94-'14 - begins with a pop quiz:


Jaga Jazzist is:

(a) A jazz band;

(b) A rock band;

(c) A progressive rock band;

(d) A hip hop group;

(e) A rap group;

(f) A reggae group;

(g) A polka band;

(h) A comedy band;

(i) An electronica group;

(j) A classical ensemble;

(k) A choral ensemble;

(l) All of the above;

(m) None of the above.


The answer is, indeed, both (l) and (m) because across two decades Jaga has been all of these things but, at the end of the day, is really none of them. A point made all the more clear with Starfire - which, in some ways, returns to earlier roots while, at he same time, introducing new elements and, as ever, moving forward...always moving forward.

Label

Ninja Tune

Territory

EU / UK

Jape (IRL)

Jape began in 2003 as a solo project of Dublin musician Richard Egan. Over the years, the band has evolved to become one of Ireland’s most exciting and energetic live acts.


Jape’s music blends meticulously crafted lyrics with upbeat electronic rhythms. Using an innovative mix of live instruments, hardware samplers and sequencers, the band create a sound that encompasses many different styles and spans genres, a sort of gothic pop. They have been covered by The Raconteurs and won the prestigious Choice Music Prize in 2008.


This Chemical Sea is their fifth studio album and was released in January 2015, via Faction Records.

Territory

EU / UK / Australia / Asia

Jen Cloher (AUS)

“It’s self-titled.” The three-word answer is all that Jen Cloher requires to describe her recently completed fourth album, a letter in triplicate addressed to themes of Love, Music and Australia (the beautiful and the terrible). Jen likes best to tell the truth.


Jen Cloher is the culmination of a period of artistic and personal growth in which the artist took her rightful place as the punk-rock figurehead of Melbourne’s famous DIY music scene. The NIDA Graduate is an outspoken advocate for artist rights and the co-founder of the incredible Milk! Records label (Courtney Barnett, Loose Tooth, Fraser A. Gorman, Jade Imagine, East Brunswick All Girls Choir). Cloher’s fascinating life-story and compelling political voice is enough justification to pay her attention, but it’s the music that will have you returning again and again.

Territory

EU / UK

Jennifer Castle (CAN)

Over the course of her fruitful career in music, she has collaborated with U.S. Girls, Owen Pallett, Doug Paisley, Fucked Up, and Kath Bloom; she has toured with Destroyer, Steve Gunn, Cass McCombs, Kurt Vile, Iron & Wine, and M. Ward, among others. Daniel Romano has even recorded a song called “Jennifer Castle.” But never before has she sounded so certain of her uncertainty, or so possessed by the urgency of her explorations.


Angels of Death was produced by Castle and longtime collaborator Jeff McMurrich. Although augmented by notable other players at subsequent sessions, the core band comprised Paul Mortimer on lead guitar, David Clarke on acoustic guitar, Jonathan Adjemian on organ/piano, Mike Smith on bass (he also wrote the string arrangements), Robbie Gordon on drums, and Castle on guitar and vocals. Much of it, and most of Jennifer’s vocal tracks, were recorded live in the church over one cold weekend; “the moon,” Castle reflects, “was a member of the band.”

Territory

EU / UK

Jessica Pratt (USA)

Jessica Pratt is not a loud performer. She does not have to be. In a club of a few hundred, even the bar staff are known to go quiet while she's on stage. Her third album, Quiet Signs, feels like a distillation of this power. The album leads off with ‘Opening Night’ , a nod to Gena Rowlands' harrowing, brilliant performance in the John Cassavetes film of the same name, as well as to where this spare, beautiful collection of songs falls within the course of the California artist's career

Label

City Slang

Territory

EU / UK

Kane Strang (NZL)

Kane Strang’s first proper album, Blue Cheese, picks up on the rough disaffection of his earlier demo collection, A Pebble and a Paper Crane, which he recorded in a WWII bomb shelter in Germany.


Back in his hometown of Dunedin, New Zealand, Strang spent two curious months alone, housesitting for his parents. Re-nested, yet still isolated, Strang composed all of Blue Cheese over those quiet days. He has since amassed a band and has started playing his distinct psych-pop live.

Label

Dead Oceans

Territory

EU / UK

Kitt Philippa (UK)

Who is Kitt Philippa? They are human, they are searching and in music they find hope. Although raised on classical, the songs are strangely urban and often conveyed with digital sleight. An organ scholar and an experimentalist, KP plays piano, guitar, clarinet, prayer bowl and bicycle wheel.


The 2018 emergence of Kitt Philippa with new single ‘Human’ and follow up single 'Grace' has been championed by Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music), Tom Robinson, Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), Huw Stephens, RTE 2FM, Today FM, Hotpress, The Line of Best Fit and Nialler 9. Throughout 2018 KP showcased their new material to audiences across Ireland and the UK at HWCH, Latitude, Stendhal, Other Voices including support slots with SOAK, Villagers, Lisa Hannigan, Hilary Woods, Wye Oak. Kitt Philippa closed out 2018 by winning 'Single of the Year' [by public vote] at the Northern Ireland Music Prize for their single 'Human'.

Label

Territory

EU / UK

Lady Lamb (USA)

Even in the Tremor marks Aly Spaltro aka Lady Lamb’s latest full- length album following 2015’s After and it’s a remarkable achievement because, among other things, it’s the rst time in her career that Spaltro is singing explicitly about herself. “I’ve never let myself be this exposed before,” she says, “but this whole album is about facing who you are and ghting your way toward self-acceptance.” Between confessing a tantrum in a batting cage (“Little Flaws”), telling the story of her parent’s kiddie-pool baptism (“Young Disciple”) and singing openly about untangling her girlfriend’s wet hair (“Deep Love”), this album is deeply rooted in the people and places, extraordinary and mundane, that have shaped Spaltro into the self-determining artist she is today.

Label

Ba Da Bing

Territory

EU / UK / Australia / Asia

Little Scream (CAN)

LITTLE SCREAM’S music is — like her moniker — full of perfectly satisfying contradictions. It is at once familiar and completely distinct; effortlessly absorbing multiple genres into a sparkly and cohesive landscape.


'Cult Following' - released on Merge Records - is a record that deserves to be listened to from start to finish, with each song having been constructed to meld seamlessly into the next. There may be those who listen only to the record’s obvious catchy hit, but they would be missing out on the depth of stunners like “Wishing Well” and “Someone Will Notice.” Like a classic novella, you must pass through all of the record’s stages to fully experience a triumphant hero’s journey.

Territory

EU / UK

Merchandise (USA)

Merchandise is a band fighting against the easy categorization reserved for abbreviated biographies.


Formed as a trio in Tampa, Florida in 2008, the band has undergone ceaseless revision and reinvention. The project is equal parts punk misanthropy, maudlin balladeering, fine art, low humor, classical study, psychedelic spacecasing, mad science and pop genius.

Label

4AD

Territory

EU / UK / Australia / Asia

Ólöf Arnalds (ISL)

Over two critically lauded albums, that uncannily beautiful, acrobatic contralto, wedded to Ólöf’s liquid, finger-picked guitar or South American charango, intermittently ornamented by various degrees of chamber orchestration, has won legions of fans around the globe, abetted by a vigorous, peripatetic touring schedule.


All of which is good going for a singer who started her musical life fighting chronic stage nerves only to deliver her deeply personal songs in that most magical yet, let’s face it, hardly universally accessible mother tongue, Icelandic.

Territory

EU / UK / Australia / Asia

Proper Ornaments (UK)


Proper Ornaments germinated slowly from friendship, an epicurean riot of luminous highs and cold, dismal crashes that conversely produced music that was very well ordered and faintly angelic, they hold the attraction of seeming to not try very hard at all and achieve something outstanding nonetheless.


Fresh from an US tour in Autumn last year, the London jangle pop group led by James Hoare (also of Ultimate Painting/Veronica Falls) and Max Claps (Toy) went into James' home studio in Finsbury Park, London and made their finest recordings to date on a newly-installed 16 track Studer machine - joined by Nathalia Bruno on bass and Bobby Syme (Wesley Gonzalez) on drums. Having escaped deep, twisting tunnels of illness, divorce and drug abuse to release their second record in January 2017, it's unsurprising they sound sunnier this time around.


Their third record, ‘Six Lenin’, came out last April, further finessing the balance of conflict and collaboration that lends their sweet, succinct tunes a strain of jaundice and nervous energy.


Territory

UK / EU / Asia / Australia

San Fermin (USA)

The visionary project of Brooklyn-based composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin has earned worldwide praise for its pairing of pop-minded melodies with lushly avant-garde arrangements.


Formed in 2013—shortly after Ludwig-Leone completed a job assisting composer Nico Muhly—San Fermin made their debut with a self-titled LP hailed by NPR as “one of the year’s most ambitious, evocative, and moving records.” The band’s sophomore outing Jackrabbit arrived in 2015, earning recognition from Rolling Stone for “(channeling) quarter-life existentialism through sophisticated wind and string compositions.” Belong followed two years later, with applause from the likes of The New Yorker, who praised the album’s “lovely baroque arrangements, analog eclecticism, and lavish harmonies.”


Equally inventive on stage as in the studio, Ludwig-Leone and San Fermin have spent much of the band’s existence on the road, including sold out headline shows around the world and international festival sets. San Fermin recently announced their signing to Sony Music Masterworks and released their new single "The Hunger," indicating the arrival of the next chapter and more new music to come.

Territory

EU

Scott Fagan (USA)

Scott Fagan’s 1968 debut album South Atlantic Blues reintroduced the world to one of the great lost folk singers of the 1960s, and an extraordinary story to rival that of Rodriguez. Fagan, the father of Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, was mentored by legendary songwriter Doc Pomus, almost signed to the Beatles’ Apple Records and played on the same bill at the Cafe Au Go Go as a pre-fame Jimi Hendrix.

Territory

EU / UK

Seamus Fogarty (IRL)

Irish alt-folk and electronica alchemist Seamus Fogarty will release his new album The Curious Hand on October 6th. It is his first for Domino and follows his debut full-length God Damn You Mountain (Fence/Lost Map) and 2015’s EP Ducks and Drakes.


Originally from County Mayo on the west coast of Ireland, Fogarty now resides in London, and the capital provides the canvas for The Curious Hand. Fogarty’s method of lifting sounds wholesale from his environment and tucking them into the folds of his songs like keepsakes, renders himself at once, artist and archivist as well as twisting the notion of the folk singer’s role as collector and custodian of stories, traditions and cultural curio.


The Curious Hand was produced by Seamus and Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, Wild Beasts) who also plays on the album. Other notable players include Emma Smith on a plethora of instruments (violin, clarinet, bass to name a few), Rozi Plain (backing vocals), Aram Zarikian (drums) and Seamus’ brother John Fogarty (accordion).

Label

Domino

Territory

EU / UK

Son Lux (USA)

Son Lux is the grand genre-less dream of Los Angeles composer Ryan Lott brought to roiling, vivid life with the help of two New Yorkers, guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang. Each is a writer, producer, and performer with omnivorous taste and a penchant for wild improvisation—a band whose mix of electronic pop, unusual soul, and outright experimentalism feels more inviting than ever on the project's fifth album, 'Brighter Wounds'.


The songs therein leave behind Son Lux's typically universal themes for deeply personal fare. While making 'Brighter Wounds,' Lott became a father to a baby boy and lost a best friend to cancer. Days of "firsts" were also days of "lasts," and the normal fears that accompany parenthood were compounded by a frightening new reality—Lott's son arrived shortly after Election Day. These songs draw on all of that: warm reflections of a fading past, pain wrenched from a still-present loss, and a mix of anxiety and hope for a future that is promised to no one.

Label

City Slang

Territory

EU / UK

Swearin' (USA)

Swearin’ is the kind of band that comes around, at best, once a decade. Thankfully for us, they’ve come around twice.


After releasing two beloved full-lengths, 2012’s Swearin’ and 2013’s Surfing Strange , the Philadelphia band quietly put things on hold. It was due, at least in part, to the band’s main songwriters, Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride, ending their romantic relationship. And though Swearin’ tried to soldier on, it became far too stressful to keep going. But after a few years apart, those bad feelings disappeared. And when the band’s three members—Crutchfield, Gilbride, and drummer Jeff Bolt—found themselves in a room again, the conversation inevitably turned back to Swearin’.


Though it may have taken them a while, Swearin’ finally made the third album they always wanted. Fall into the Sun is as riotously affirming as their early work, but it’s buoyed by the kind of learned perspective that only comes with age. For long-time fans, it’s a record to be treasured. And for newcomers, it’s an equally warm introduction.

Territory

EU / UK

The Soft Moon (USA)

The Soft Moon announces his signing to Sacred Bones and confirms details of his fourth studio album ‘Criminal’, set for release on February 2nd, 2018.


‘Criminal’ is a confessional work. Through the stark lens of shame and guilt that has followed Luis Vasquez since a violent childhood growing up within the humming ambient sprawl of 80s Mojave Desert, here he documents the gut-wrenching sound of going to war with himself. Battling with his own sanity, self-hatred, insecurity, self-entitlement and grappling with the risk of these things transforming him into a person he despises, Vasquez has laid his feelings bare with this: his confession and most self-reflective work to date.

Label

Sacred Bones

Territory

EU / UK / Australia / Asia

Tiny Ruins (New Zealand)

Building on the sparse minimalism and mesmerising songwriting of earlier releases, Tiny Ruins' third long-player 'Olympic Girls' comprises a taut and agile quiver of songs, dancing with explorative instrumentation and a pop sensibility that springs with life.


The album is a sophisticated ode to the possibilities of freedom, its title track replete with rich imagery of figure skaters, prison cells and stuccoed motels. Glittering with promise, it’s an urgent challenge to push further, to look harder – as the chorus of second single, the eponymous Olympic Girls dictates, “We were only inches away / still have a long, long way to go.”

Territory

EU / UK

Vive la Void (USA)

Vive la Void is the new solo project of Sanae Yamada, co-founder and keyboard player of Moon Duo. Yamada wrote and recorded the self-titled debut album over roughly a two-year period, during windows of downtime in Moon Duo's substantial touring and recording schedule. The dense, shape-shifting atmospheres of the seven songs grew out of late-night basement experiments in the layering of synthesizer tracks, a process that also led to meditations on the changeable nature of memory and perception. The result is an undulating blend of ethereal swirl, low end thrumming, and electric crackle, buoyed by Yamada’s understated but captivating vocal melodies and her striking lyrics.

Label

Sacred Bones

Territory

EU / UK

Welcome to Night Vale (USA)

WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff's Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Turn on your radio and hide.

Territory

EU / UK

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Pitch & Smith is an international booking agency representing artists from across the globe throughout Europe and the UK, founded in 2007.

Combining years of experience from all backgrounds of live music, we possess an expert understanding of live touring and its many unique dynamics. By striving to keep communication fluid across all levels we aim to ensure that the artist, promoter and audience are always supported and satisfied.

As avid music fans ourselves, we passionately believe in each artist on our roster and are dedicated to keeping live music alive.

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