Archive for May, 2015
GABRIELLE APLIN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘LIGHT UP THE DARK’
RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 18TH 2015
INSTANT GRAT TITLE TRACK ‘LIGHT UP THE DARK’ AVAILABLE NOW
Watch ‘Light Up The Dark’ video here:
After 63.5 million Spotify streams, 80 million YouTube views, 1.5 million sales of singles from her debut album ‘English Rain’, and #1 chart positions in the UK and Australia, GABRIELLE APLIN builds towards the September release of her second album with its title track ‘LIGHT UP THE DARK’ which is available now when fans pre-order the album.
Written by Gabrielle with long time writing partner Luke Potashnick, ‘LIGHT UP THE DARK’ immediately telegraphs Aplin’s fresh Feist-meets-Cat Power style. Mixed by Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, The National, Florence + The Machine), ‘LIGHT UP THE DARK’ is available as an instant grat track for fans who pre-order her upcoming second album which shares the same title.
Months of touring the world with ‘English Rain’ improved Aplin’s musicianship exponentially – her guitar and piano skills were heightened, and spending most of her time with other musicians added a new dimension to her songwriting. Also vital was her experimentations with different microphones, vintage equipment and old synths.
The new album was inspired by Joni Mitchell and the production on Feist’s ‘The Reminder’ and . “Her voice is just here, right at the front, and everything sits around it perfectly. I’ve also become much more comfortable writing songs about other people’s stories as well as my own, much of which is inspired by travelling and everything I’ve seen since my first album.”
Before signing to Parlophone Records, Gabrielle set up her own label to release music aged 15. Her breakthrough came at the age of just 19 with her interpretation of ‘The Power of Love’ which hit the top of the charts. The follow-up ‘Please Don’t Say You Love Me’ secured the Radio 1 A-list and lit up the singles chart as did subsequent singles ‘Panic Cord’, ‘Home’ and ‘Salvation’ helping Aplin race to 1.5 million single sales. Her debut album ‘English Rain’ peaked at #2 and was soon certified Gold for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. This album success was replicated in Australia were the album also went Gold. Aplin is no stranger to Dublin, playing the famed Ruby Sessions in Doyles very recently.
Stereophonics release their new single, ‘C’est La Vie’, from their forthcoming ninth studio album, ‘Keep The Village Alive’, due September 11th on their own Stylus Records label through Ignition Records. The band headline V Festival August 22nd and 23rd.
Brand new single ‘C’est La Vie’, is a breath of fresh air, petrol charged and whip smart. The accompanying video once again directed by Kelly Jones, his sixth successive video direction for the band, Kelly collaborated with acclaimed cinematographer John Conroy (Broadchurch, Fortitude, Luther) and sees Antonia Thomas (Misfits, Sunshine on Leith), Aneurin Barnard (Hunky Dory, Ironclad) and Mathew Aubrey (Made In Dagenham, Just Jim) all star.
‘Keep The Village Alive’ comes hot on the heels of the acclaimed, platinum selling ‘Graffiti On The Train’ (2013) and once again Kelly Jones has written all the songs and shared production duties with long time collaborator Jim Lowe. The album was recorded at ICP Studios in Brussels and at Stylus Studios in London.
Since winning a Brit Award for Best New Group in 1998 Stereophonics have gone from strength to strength, consistently delivering outstanding music over several decades, a band consistently at the very top of their game.
They are the eighth group to achieve five consecutive UK number one albums – the others being The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, ABBA, Genesis, Oasis, Blur and U2. They have career sales of over 10 million albums including six platinum or multi platinum albums and the quadruple platinum selling best of collection – ‘Decade In The Sun’. The band have also had eleven top ten singles including the phenomenal number one single ‘Dakota’. Sterophonics sold out 16 arena shows on their ‘Graffiti On The Train’ tour, selling over 150,000 tickets.
Pre-order limited signed copies of “Keep the village alive” here.