The singer is joined by Ben Howard and George Clinton on the line-up.
Bjork has become the latest headline announcement for Wilderness Festival 2015, set to hit Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire, UK from August 6th to 9th following the release of her acclaimed ninth album 'Vulnicura' early this year. She'll appear as the main act on the Friday.
Bjork to headline Wilderness 2015
Having released the follow-up to her 2011 record 'Biophilia' in January, the popular avant-garde Icelandic singer is taking to the road in support of it in the coming months. Among the handful of dates so far announced this year, she'll be topping Friday's bill at Wilderness in the Summer, alongside previously announced headliners for Saturday and Sunday, Ben Howard and George Clinton, the latter of whom will be rocking both his bands Parliament and Funkadelic.
Ben Howard's 'I Forget Where We Were' is one of the most exciting albums of the year and he plans to storm America in early 2015.
If there's any artist you should be excited about this year, it's London-based singer-songwriter Ben Howard, whose brand of seriously immersive indie-folk is capturing the hearts of many on an international scale.
While he was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize in 2012 for his highly-acclaimed debut album 'Every Kingdom', Ben Howard really made a splash on the music scene in 2013 after winning two BRIT Awards for Best British Breakthrough Act and Best British Solo Male Artist. He had already been releasing various EPs since he began in 2008, most notably his Island Records debut 'The Burgh Island EP' which entered into the UK Top 40. Now he's here with his eagerly awaited second venture, 'I Forget Where We Were', out on US label Republic Records.
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With a Mercury award nominated first album, two Brit awards and a #7 UK album chart debut, folk-favourite Ben Howard has been steadily growing in popularity after being catapulted into the mainstream in late 2011. With a string of radio-friendly singles, he's certainly made his mark and become known on the live circuit for his feel-good summer sound and a virtuoso, even slightly unorthodox, finger-style technique (I mean, watching a man drum a guitar flat on his lap like it's a coffee table does look pretty cool, right?). Moving to 2014 and Howard returns with his second studio album, recorded at Start Point Farm in Devon and released via Island Records on the 20th October. And what a surprising listen it is.
Dismissing an apparent winning formula, Ben Howard has created a record that is a far cry from what his fans may be used to. Recorded predominantly on electric guitar, 'I Forget Where We Were' is noticeably darker in character and he seems to have resisted the shackles of the pop song format in favour of sonic experimentation and longer, more intricately textured arrangements. 'Has the world gone mad or is it me?' he laments softly on reverb-drenched opener 'Small Things', hinting at a dystopian bleakness that sets the tone for most of the 10-track album. Howard certainly knows how to engage the listener, building a sparse texture of slow, echoing guitar into an intriguing mix of blurring melodies and soaring strings - captivating stuff. 'She Treats Me Well' adds an element of optimism with its upbeat strum pattern and rhythmic instrumental clicks, whilst the washy solos and crashing drums on title track 'I Forget Where We Were' prove a powerful combination. At just under 8 minutes, 'End of the Affair' is the album highlight here with an unexpected drop into a rolling guitar line that is more Foals than Fleet Foxes as Ben's vocals snarl angrily in-between. For those yearning Howard's mellower sound however, 'In Dreams' is sure to satisfy. Paired subtly with cello, the track is a welcome return to the acoustic and centres around a complicated finger-picking pattern in a brooding, folky haze. For me, this is where Ben really excels.
You might think it rather daring for a popular artist to move away from a 'signature' sound as it does have the tendency to alienate some listeners. But I think this is Ben Howard at his most revealing, letting loose through the power of an effect-laden pedal box and deeply personal, self-reflective lyrics. He explores space and sound much more on this record and there is no apology for making things a little rougher around the edges. And that's not a bad thing at all.
Continue reading: Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were Album Review
The band are the likely winners of the Ivor Novello for Best Contemporary Song.
Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J could well be adding an Ivor Novello award to their collection of gongs, NME announced today (April 17, 2013). The band have been nominated in the Best Contemporary Song category for their song Fitzpleasure, alongside Plan B’s Ill Manors and The Maccabees Pelican. Alt J won last year’s Mercury Music Prize for their debut album An Awesome Wave. The album has also been nominated in the Album Award category, alongside Beon Howard’s Every Kingdom and Lianne La Havas’ Is Your Love Big Enough?
The awards ceremony celebrates songwriting ability and the remainder of the categories are Best Song Musically and Lyrically, Best Contemporary Song, PRS for Music Most Performed Work, Best Original Film Score and Best Television Soundtrack.
The full list of nominees is below. The 58th annual Ivor Novello awards will take place on May 16th, 2013 at London’s Grosvenor House.
Continue reading: Will Alt J Add An Ivor Novello Award To Their Mercury Gong?
Last night's Brits were an utter yawn fest, so says us
Awards ceremonies are supposed to make you laugh. They’re supposed to make you cry. They’re supposed to make you angry. They’re supposed to shock the living daylights out of you. They are supposed to provide some serious ‘water cooler’ moments for you to talk about at work the next day. Did The Brits do any of these things? Did they heck. The most animated we got last night was when we managed to muster up the energy to actually yawn.
Who is the two-time Brit Awards 2013 winner? And is he any good?
You should always be wary of a man with two first names; certainly Ben Howard’s Brits competitors should have been anyway, after the unassuming folk troubadour walked away with both the British breakthrough act and British solo artist of the year award last night in London (February 20, 2013).
Continue reading: Double Ben Howard Brit Awards Success; But Just Who Is He?
Ben Howard Is Surprise Winner In Otherwise Bland Brit Awards, 2013
Last night’s Brits ceremony could well have been the blandest Brits in years. Aside from a frisson of post-breakup tension between Harry Styles and Taylor Swift (who took to the stage wearing a sexy black hot-pant jumpsuit with gold embellishments) there was little in the way of shock, surprises, or backstage gossip (or if there is, it hasn’t made it’s way down to us yet!).
As the Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2012 draws near, we have a look at the shortlist and the likelihood of each act actually walking away with the prize. There’s no such thing as a done deal when it comes to the Mercury Music Prize; the ones that you think are the favourites never seem to walk away the title, the judging panel is very hard to second guess. But hey, that’s not going to stop us giving it a try!
Alt-J: An Awesome Wave
These quirky popsters have crept up on the public throughout 2012, and with their debut album garnering critical acclaim in all corners of the press, they’ve been pegged by many as the favourites to win. A recent survey conducted by Spotify showed that Alt-J’s tracks had been streamed more times that any other nominated artist. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re going to walk home with the prize though.
Continue reading: Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize 2012: Our Predictions
The Mercury Prize is set to be awarded tomorrow (1st Nov. 2012), and true to form and tradition, many of the artists in the nomination lists are ones that you may never have heard, or even heard of. As such, we thought it'd be useful to give you a brief breakdown of three acts topping the list of favourites, Alt-J, Richard Hawley and Jessie Ware.
Jessie Ware's album 'Devotion' is nominated and 3rd in the favourites. Ware used to be a vocalist with drum and base act SBTRKT. Some of that synthy influence can be heard in this album, but the vocals hark back to the '80s and early '90s, though with her own twee stamp.
Richard Hawley comes in second. He was originally in the Britpop band Longpigs and also played with Pulp for a few years before launching his solo career. He's nominated for his whimsically titled album 'Standing at the Sky's Edge'. Despite that whimsy, he has described this album as 'angry', to the Guardian. The guitars and vocals are verging on gritty, but angry? Not quite.
Continue reading: A Brief Run Down of The Mercury Prize Favourites