Ferdinand Plan New Material Only Singles

Scottish hitmakers FRANZ FERDINAND have vowed to only release new material on singles in future. The TAKE ME OUT rockers are convinced reverting to 1960s practice, when it was inconceivable for a band to release an album track as a single, will boost their creativity. Frontman ALEX KAPRANOS says, "Putting out new singles is very good for the progression of a band's songwriting."


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Francois And The Atlas Mountains Announce Franz Ferdinand Support Slot At Somerset House On July 16th 2014 4227603 Press Releases

Domino is proud to announce that Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains will be supporting label-mates Franz Ferdinand at Somerset House in London onJuly 16th. The show is part of the annual Summer Series at Somerset House and is sandwiched between a wealth of European dates and festival appearances following the release of new album Piano Ombre. Energetic and vibrant, Frànçois Marry and his band always entertain and are without a doubt an incredible live act.
 
The announcement comes soon after the launch of new single 'The Way To The Forest'. Released on June 30th, we can now reveal that it will be released as part of a remix bundle including remixes by Petite Noir and Ibibio Sound Machine.

Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains will be bringing their fantastic live show to the UK & Europe over the summer:
 
JUNE
2nd - GERMANY, Heidelberg - Karlstorbahnhof
3rd- GERMANY, Berlin - PrivatClub
4th - GERMANY, Dresden - BeatPol
6th- FRANCE, Saint Etienne - Paroles & Musique
7th - FRANCE, Beaumont (86) - Le Son du Vignoble
8th - FRANCE, St Brieuc - Art Rock
 
JULY
2nd - FRANCE, Nimes - Arènes
7th - FRANCE, Calvi - Calvi On The Rocks
11th - FRANCE, Aix Les Bains - Musilac
14th - FRANCE, La Rochelle - Francofolies - gd scene
16th - UK, Summer Series at Somerset House, London (w/Franz Ferdinand)
17th - FRANCE, Carhaix - Les Vieilles Charrues
19th - SPAIN, Benicassim Festival
25th - FRANCE, Hyeres - Midi Fest
26th - SWITZERLAND, Nyon (CH) - Paléo Festival
27th - UK, Womad Festival, Wiltshire
31st - FRANCE, Pau - Eté à Pau
 
AUGUST
1st - FRANCE, Carcassonne - festival de carcassonne
3rd - FRANCE, Aulnoye Aymeries - Nuits Secrètes
13th - FRANCE, Saint Malo - La Route du Rock
15th - UK, Crickhowell, Green Man Festival, Wales
23rd - FRANCE, Paris - Rock En Scene
29th - FRANCE, Montpellier - Nuits d'ô
31st - IRELAND, Stradbally Estate - Electric Picnic
 
SEPTEMBER
5th - NETHERLANDS, Maastricht - Bruis Festival
 
NOVEMBER
11th - UK, London, Scala, Inrocks festival 
 
'The Way To The Forest' remix bundle will be available as a download only (WIG321DS1) on June 30th.

(Photo: Lola Pertsowsky)

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Domino is proud to announce that Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains will be supporting label-mates Franz Ferdinand at Somerset House in London onJuly 16th. The show is part of the annual Summer Series at Somerset House and is sandwiched between a wealth of European dates and festival appearances following the release of new album Piano Ombre. Energetic and vibrant, Frànçois Marry and his band always entertain and are without a doubt an incredible live act.
 
The announcement comes soon after the launch of new single 'The Way To The Forest'. Released on June 30th, we can now reveal that it will be released as part of a remix bundle including remixes by Petite Noir and Ibibio Sound Machine.

Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains will be bringing their fantastic live show to the UK & Europe over the summer:
 
JUNE
2nd - GERMANY, Heidelberg - Karlstorbahnhof
3rd- GERMANY, Berlin - PrivatClub
4th - GERMANY, Dresden - BeatPol
6th- FRANCE, Saint Etienne - Paroles & Musique
7th - FRANCE, Beaumont (86) - Le Son du Vignoble
8th - FRANCE, St Brieuc - Art Rock
 
JULY
2nd - FRANCE, Nimes - Arènes
7th - FRANCE, Calvi - Calvi On The Rocks
11th - FRANCE, Aix Les Bains - Musilac
14th - FRANCE, La Rochelle - Francofolies - gd scene
16th - UK, Summer Series at Somerset House, London (w/Franz Ferdinand)
17th - FRANCE, Carhaix - Les Vieilles Charrues
19th - SPAIN, Benicassim Festival
25th - FRANCE, Hyeres - Midi Fest
26th - SWITZERLAND, Nyon (CH) - Paléo Festival
27th - UK, Womad Festival, Wiltshire
31st - FRANCE, Pau - Eté à Pau
 
AUGUST
1st - FRANCE, Carcassonne - festival de carcassonne
3rd - FRANCE, Aulnoye Aymeries - Nuits Secrètes
13th - FRANCE, Saint Malo - La Route du Rock
15th - UK, Crickhowell, Green Man Festival, Wales
23rd - FRANCE, Paris - Rock En Scene
29th - FRANCE, Montpellier - Nuits d'ô
31st - IRELAND, Stradbally Estate - Electric Picnic
 
SEPTEMBER
5th - NETHERLANDS, Maastricht - Bruis Festival
 
NOVEMBER
11th - UK, London, Scala, Inrocks festival 
 
'The Way To The Forest' remix bundle will be available as a download only (WIG321DS1) on June 30th.

(Photo: Lola Pertsowsky)

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Somerset House Summer Series 2014 Featuring Kelis, Bastille, Franz Ferdinand, Little Dragon And More 4116885 Press Releases

In one of London's most spectacular settings, Summer Series at Somerset House with American Express® will run this year from 10 - 20 July 2014.

London's intimate live music festival will play host to a typically eclectic and impressive array of headline artists alongside hotly tipped acts. 

Opening on the first night will be London-based trio, Daughter. Fronted by Elena Tonra, their haunting melodies will set the tone for a programme of beautifully atmospheric live gigs. Next up will be Dublin-quartet Kodaline who'll continue proceedings with their powerful blend of emotive rock. Having already gained a strong following after being nominated for the BBC Sound Poll 2013 and winning the EBBA Public Choice Award in 2013, the band have more than qualified the hype that has been lavished upon them.

Taking to the stage on the third evening of Summer Series is angelic Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel with her ethereal tones. Having won multiple Danish music awards including Best Album, Best Female Artist and Best Songwriter of the Year, Somerset House will provide a magical backdrop for her exquisitely melancholic vocals.

On 13 July, the incomparably outrageous Australian collective The Cat Empire touch down for their Summer Series debut for an evening guaranteed to make everyone dance. Renowned all around the globe as one of the world's best festival bands, The Cat Empire have carved themselves a unique place in the musical firmament which will make for a truly unforgettable night.

Summer Series will then welcome the almighty Kelis to the courtyard stage. Known for years of chart-dominating songs including the infamous 'Milkshake' and thrilling, boundary-pushing music, Kelis will be bringing her raw and soulful show with her glittering hits to Somerset House.

The following evening will see the biggest-selling new British act of 2013, Bastille, arrive for an intimate show in their home city. With their debut album Bad Blood achieving platinum status in the UK, it's clear Bastille's Summer Series show will be welcomed by music lovers far and wide.

On 16 July, London fans will be delighted to see Glaswegian rockers Franz Ferdinand headline the evening's events with their exuberant and eclectic indie rock. Back with their fourth album, it once again cements their status as a unique and adventurous British band. Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches will continue the Summer Series' proceedings on 17 July. A band born on the Internet who quickly burst onto the music scene, their wizardry has already won them a top five place in the BBC Sound of 2013 Poll. A magical 80's inspired, euphoric evening is expected from the band.

Hugely talented singer/songwriter of the moment Sam Smith will join the line-up for an epic evening on 18 July.  His melancholic lyrics and unforgettable vocal have led to a Brits Critics Choice win and performances at festivals from Glastonbury to Coachella. Next up, hotly tipped chart-toppers Clean Bandit will headline on 19 July. Having had huge success with their number one hit 'Rather Be', the four-piece will bring their addictive dance-pop delights to Somerset House. Beats and soaring strings evoke Massive Attack while their live show calls on Basement Jaxx with a brand new twist.

Headlining the grand finale of the 2014 Summer Series will be insurmountable electro R&B adventurers Little Dragon. Anchored by the otherworldly vocals of front woman Yukimi Nagano, they will close proceedings with their phenomenal live show. Over the course of three albums, Little Dragon have pushed boundaries and shown they're a dance act like no other.

10-20 July 2014
Somerset House, Strand, London

Tickets:
General Admission: £28.50 plus booking fee
GA Enhanced Tickets: £48.50 plus booking fee

2014 DATES & HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED
July 10 DAUGHTER
July 11 KODALINE
July 12 AGNES OBEL
July 13 THE CAT EMPIRE
July 14 KELIS
July 15 BASTILLE
July 16 FRANZ FERDINAND
July 17 CHVRCHES
July 18 SAM SMITH
July 19 CLEAN BANDIT
July 20 LITTLE DRAGON

In one of London's most spectacular settings, Summer Series at Somerset House with American Express® will run this year from 10 - 20 July 2014.

London's intimate live music festival will play host to a typically eclectic and impressive array of headline artists alongside hotly tipped acts. 

Opening on the first night will be London-based trio, Daughter. Fronted by Elena Tonra, their haunting melodies will set the tone for a programme of beautifully atmospheric live gigs. Next up will be Dublin-quartet Kodaline who'll continue proceedings with their powerful blend of emotive rock. Having already gained a strong following after being nominated for the BBC Sound Poll 2013 and winning the EBBA Public Choice Award in 2013, the band have more than qualified the hype that has been lavished upon them.

Taking to the stage on the third evening of Summer Series is angelic Danish singer/songwriter Agnes Obel with her ethereal tones. Having won multiple Danish music awards including Best Album, Best Female Artist and Best Songwriter of the Year, Somerset House will provide a magical backdrop for her exquisitely melancholic vocals.

On 13 July, the incomparably outrageous Australian collective The Cat Empire touch down for their Summer Series debut for an evening guaranteed to make everyone dance. Renowned all around the globe as one of the world's best festival bands, The Cat Empire have carved themselves a unique place in the musical firmament which will make for a truly unforgettable night.

Summer Series will then welcome the almighty Kelis to the courtyard stage. Known for years of chart-dominating songs including the infamous 'Milkshake' and thrilling, boundary-pushing music, Kelis will be bringing her raw and soulful show with her glittering hits to Somerset House.

The following evening will see the biggest-selling new British act of 2013, Bastille, arrive for an intimate show in their home city. With their debut album Bad Blood achieving platinum status in the UK, it's clear Bastille's Summer Series show will be welcomed by music lovers far and wide.

On 16 July, London fans will be delighted to see Glaswegian rockers Franz Ferdinand headline the evening's events with their exuberant and eclectic indie rock. Back with their fourth album, it once again cements their status as a unique and adventurous British band. Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches will continue the Summer Series' proceedings on 17 July. A band born on the Internet who quickly burst onto the music scene, their wizardry has already won them a top five place in the BBC Sound of 2013 Poll. A magical 80's inspired, euphoric evening is expected from the band.

Hugely talented singer/songwriter of the moment Sam Smith will join the line-up for an epic evening on 18 July.  His melancholic lyrics and unforgettable vocal have led to a Brits Critics Choice win and performances at festivals from Glastonbury to Coachella. Next up, hotly tipped chart-toppers Clean Bandit will headline on 19 July. Having had huge success with their number one hit 'Rather Be', the four-piece will bring their addictive dance-pop delights to Somerset House. Beats and soaring strings evoke Massive Attack while their live show calls on Basement Jaxx with a brand new twist.

Headlining the grand finale of the 2014 Summer Series will be insurmountable electro R&B adventurers Little Dragon. Anchored by the otherworldly vocals of front woman Yukimi Nagano, they will close proceedings with their phenomenal live show. Over the course of three albums, Little Dragon have pushed boundaries and shown they're a dance act like no other.

10-20 July 2014
Somerset House, Strand, London

Tickets:
General Admission: £28.50 plus booking fee
GA Enhanced Tickets: £48.50 plus booking fee

2014 DATES & HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED
July 10 DAUGHTER
July 11 KODALINE
July 12 AGNES OBEL
July 13 THE CAT EMPIRE
July 14 KELIS
July 15 BASTILLE
July 16 FRANZ FERDINAND
July 17 CHVRCHES
July 18 SAM SMITH
July 19 CLEAN BANDIT
July 20 LITTLE DRAGON

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Bestival 2013: Snoop Dogg, Franz Ferdinand, Johnny Marr & The Knife Rock The Boat 3856619 News

Bestival drew to a close last night (8th Sep) as thousands of revellers - dressed in their finest ocean-themed gear - celebrated the ten year anniversary of the annual fancy dress and performing arts event. Mermaids, Vikings, Tritons, Neptunes, and plenty of Spongebob Squarepants watched rapper-turned-reggae-singer Snoop Lion (formerly Dogg) headline the main stage on Saturday night.

Snoop Dogg
Snoop: Lion Or Dogg, The Man Has Perfected His Stoner "Act."

As all eyes turned to the red, green and yellow backdrop, everyone wondered if and how the new Snoop - the one who claims to be an incarnation of Bob Marley - would do things differently to the shizzle and bizzle of the 'Smoke Weed Everyday' days. Turns out, things had barely changed. Before the big man himself had emerged onstage his 'hype' crew had already asked the crowd which coast their loyalties lay with and if anyone had smoked weed that day. Lion then sauntered on stage looking as laid back as ever and begins to perform 'Here Comes The King' whilst suspiciously subdued.

Snoop Dogg Bestival
Snoop Covered Katy Perry's 'California Gurls.'

Along with his sultry band of dancers, Snoop would spewed out hit including 'Gin and Juice,' 'Drop It Likes Its Hot,' and his Akon collaboration, 'I Wanna F*ck You.' Welcome surprise moments came when Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' was covered as well as House of Pain's 'Jump Around,' which predictably saw a lot of seashells, sailor hats and paper seaweed bouncing around.

Franz Ferdinand Bestival
Franz Ferdinand Made Their Comeback With A Bestival Show.

Snoop wasn't the only performer of the weekend to include mash-ups of another artist: Franz Ferdinand heralded their long-awaited come-back with a stunning, crowd-pleasing show that even included a mash-up of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love' with 'Can't Stop Feeling.' Dressed in almost identical stripy sailor tops (more like burglars to be honest), the Glaswegian four-piece led by the frontman-turned-food writer Alex Kapranos neatly fitted in choice tracks from their latest album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, such as 'Stand on the Horizon,' alongside the angular art-rock of former hits 'The Dark of the Matinée,' 'Ulysses,' and 'No You Girls.'

Franz Ferdinand
Guard Your Stuff, There's Been A String Of Suspicious Burglaries.

If you'd headed over to the Big Top in time to catch headliners, The Knife, you'd have thought you'd stepped through an underwater portal into a world of strange sounds and otherworldly instruments, with hooded denizens dressed in neon tracksuits and glittering trainers. As most recently seen during their 'Shaking Their Habitual' shows in London, the Swedish brother/sister duo have called on a few friends to help them realise the frenzied beats, unsettling themes and sometimes downright scary vocal effects of their latest record. The crowd were warmed up by a dance instructor telling them to move before The Knife brought their ...Habitual celebration of light, sound and movement to an awestruck crowd.

Johnny Marr
Another Buoy In Sailor Stripes.

If you'd seen Johnny Marr at Glastonbury, you'd know what to expect from his Saturday Bestival slot where Smiths hits including 'How Soon Is Now' were rattled through alongside tracks from his latest solo effort, The Messenger. He even used the same line "This one's for everyone in this tent, no-one outside it," to introduce 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' giving the crowd a special privilege anyone who's ever seen a live act has had. For a festival that has historically devoted a great deal more of its line-up to dance music than most other similar events.

Elton John
Elton Brought Bestival 2013 To A Triumphant Close.

Elton John's Sunday headline slot marked a departure from the electro-dance mindset and signalled the first Elton headline slot for more years than most of the audience could probably remember. The excited roar that greeted 'Tiny Dancer' from the heaving crowd was not only testament to the strength of Elton's seemingly immortal hit but also a sign that the Bestival unit - by this time streaked with blue and green paint, their costumes mashed and muddy in the inclement weather - are ready to welcome the classic pop acts their parents listen to along with the new and innovative sound-makers into their festival schedule.

Bestival drew to a close last night (8th Sep) as thousands of revellers - dressed in their finest ocean-themed gear - celebrated the ten year anniversary of the annual fancy dress and performing arts event. Mermaids, Vikings, Tritons, Neptunes, and plenty of Spongebob Squarepants watched rapper-turned-reggae-singer Snoop Lion (formerly Dogg) headline the main stage on Saturday night.

Snoop Dogg
Snoop: Lion Or Dogg, The Man Has Perfected His Stoner "Act."

As all eyes turned to the red, green and yellow backdrop, everyone wondered if and how the new Snoop - the one who claims to be an incarnation of Bob Marley - would do things differently to the shizzle and bizzle of the 'Smoke Weed Everyday' days. Turns out, things had barely changed. Before the big man himself had emerged onstage his 'hype' crew had already asked the crowd which coast their loyalties lay with and if anyone had smoked weed that day. Lion then sauntered on stage looking as laid back as ever and begins to perform 'Here Comes The King' whilst suspiciously subdued.

Snoop Dogg Bestival
Snoop Covered Katy Perry's 'California Gurls.'

Along with his sultry band of dancers, Snoop would spewed out hit including 'Gin and Juice,' 'Drop It Likes Its Hot,' and his Akon collaboration, 'I Wanna F*ck You.' Welcome surprise moments came when Katy Perry's 'California Gurls' was covered as well as House of Pain's 'Jump Around,' which predictably saw a lot of seashells, sailor hats and paper seaweed bouncing around.

Franz Ferdinand Bestival
Franz Ferdinand Made Their Comeback With A Bestival Show.

Snoop wasn't the only performer of the weekend to include mash-ups of another artist: Franz Ferdinand heralded their long-awaited come-back with a stunning, crowd-pleasing show that even included a mash-up of Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love' with 'Can't Stop Feeling.' Dressed in almost identical stripy sailor tops (more like burglars to be honest), the Glaswegian four-piece led by the frontman-turned-food writer Alex Kapranos neatly fitted in choice tracks from their latest album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, such as 'Stand on the Horizon,' alongside the angular art-rock of former hits 'The Dark of the Matinée,' 'Ulysses,' and 'No You Girls.'

Franz Ferdinand
Guard Your Stuff, There's Been A String Of Suspicious Burglaries.

If you'd headed over to the Big Top in time to catch headliners, The Knife, you'd have thought you'd stepped through an underwater portal into a world of strange sounds and otherworldly instruments, with hooded denizens dressed in neon tracksuits and glittering trainers. As most recently seen during their 'Shaking Their Habitual' shows in London, the Swedish brother/sister duo have called on a few friends to help them realise the frenzied beats, unsettling themes and sometimes downright scary vocal effects of their latest record. The crowd were warmed up by a dance instructor telling them to move before The Knife brought their ...Habitual celebration of light, sound and movement to an awestruck crowd.

Johnny Marr
Another Buoy In Sailor Stripes.

If you'd seen Johnny Marr at Glastonbury, you'd know what to expect from his Saturday Bestival slot where Smiths hits including 'How Soon Is Now' were rattled through alongside tracks from his latest solo effort, The Messenger. He even used the same line "This one's for everyone in this tent, no-one outside it," to introduce 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out' giving the crowd a special privilege anyone who's ever seen a live act has had. For a festival that has historically devoted a great deal more of its line-up to dance music than most other similar events.

Elton John
Elton Brought Bestival 2013 To A Triumphant Close.

Elton John's Sunday headline slot marked a departure from the electro-dance mindset and signalled the first Elton headline slot for more years than most of the audience could probably remember. The excited roar that greeted 'Tiny Dancer' from the heaving crowd was not only testament to the strength of Elton's seemingly immortal hit but also a sign that the Bestival unit - by this time streaked with blue and green paint, their costumes mashed and muddy in the inclement weather - are ready to welcome the classic pop acts their parents listen to along with the new and innovative sound-makers into their festival schedule.

9th September 2013 3855403
In One Last Bout Of Summer Festival Euphoria, Snoop Dogg And Franz Ferdinand Rock Bestival 3855769 News

Snoop Dogg and Franz Ferdinand dominated Saturday at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Festival goers enjoyed a rare bit of sunshine yesterday (September 7) and Snoop Dogg performed a set, featuring some of his biggest hits to a backdrop of his own face (because of course he did.)

Snoop Dogg, Bestival
Snoop's new persona isn't exactly a hit with fans.

Check out more pictures from this year's festival in our gallery.

The set, which got attendees well and truly pumped included that old club favorite Drop It Like It’s Hot, as well as a cover of Katy Perry’s California Gurlz. But it wasn’t just the good ol’ D-O-G-G that Bestival attendees got to enjoy. According to the Telegraph, the performance also featured a lot of Snoop… Lion’s more recent, chilled out, rasta-infused songs. And of course, there were the old and well-loved Snoop classics, like Gin & Juice and his collaboration with Dr. Dre, Still D.R.E.

Snoop Dogg, Bestival
Still, the performance was a definite crowd pleaser.

Of course, Snoop wasn’t the only headliner on Saturday. Before he took the stage, the audience was entertained by Franz Ferdinand. The indie rockers delivered a tight, perfectly coordinated festival set that would have driven the crowd to its feet (had they not been on them already. The Scottish indie rockers blasted their way through their biggest hits and fan favorites to see the festival into the evening.

Franz Ferdinand, Bestival
Franz Ferdinand were also a rousing success.

Some other highlights of the day included a powerful set by Rudimental, Bastille and of course, a much needed dose of soul and funk generously provided by The Roots.

Snoop Dogg and Franz Ferdinand dominated Saturday at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Festival goers enjoyed a rare bit of sunshine yesterday (September 7) and Snoop Dogg performed a set, featuring some of his biggest hits to a backdrop of his own face (because of course he did.)

Snoop Dogg, Bestival
Snoop's new persona isn't exactly a hit with fans.

Check out more pictures from this year's festival in our gallery.

The set, which got attendees well and truly pumped included that old club favorite Drop It Like It’s Hot, as well as a cover of Katy Perry’s California Gurlz. But it wasn’t just the good ol’ D-O-G-G that Bestival attendees got to enjoy. According to the Telegraph, the performance also featured a lot of Snoop… Lion’s more recent, chilled out, rasta-infused songs. And of course, there were the old and well-loved Snoop classics, like Gin & Juice and his collaboration with Dr. Dre, Still D.R.E.

Snoop Dogg, Bestival
Still, the performance was a definite crowd pleaser.

Of course, Snoop wasn’t the only headliner on Saturday. Before he took the stage, the audience was entertained by Franz Ferdinand. The indie rockers delivered a tight, perfectly coordinated festival set that would have driven the crowd to its feet (had they not been on them already. The Scottish indie rockers blasted their way through their biggest hits and fan favorites to see the festival into the evening.

Franz Ferdinand, Bestival
Franz Ferdinand were also a rousing success.

Some other highlights of the day included a powerful set by Rudimental, Bastille and of course, a much needed dose of soul and funk generously provided by The Roots.

8th September 2013 3855403
Franz Ferdinand - Can't Stop Feeling (Right Notes, Right Words, Wrong Order) 3835823 Videos 26th August 2013 http://cache.vevo.com/Content/VevoImages/video/default.jpg Video
The Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action For Franz Ferdinand: Not Breaking Up 3829425 News

Releasing a fourth album isn’t as easy as you’d think; sure you’ve made the relevant contacts, established a fan base and have a depth of experience under your belt – all of that came with the previous hat trick of records – but fourth albums are basically never any good.

Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand performing in Portugal

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is an album that nearly didn’t exist. Frontman Alex Karpranos – who shot to prominence with the band after their hit, Take Me Out – was getting sick of the routine, and wanted Franz Ferdinand to be no more. "I wanted to split the band up, because in my head it felt like one of those jobs . . . the ones I had to jack in. I didn't like the routine and the obligations," Kapranos said. "And whether those obligations lay with my contemporaries, my peers, my record label, the fans, the audiences – or maybe myself . . . I felt . . . It was time to, erm, stop that."

But what a stroke of luck: they didn’t, and their ominous fourth album has received rave reviews from the critics. Thankfully, Metacritic get all the reviews and put them in a nice place. They even add up all the scores, and with 76/100, it’s safe to say they’ve recaptured some of the magic that endeared them to a loving indie scene early on.

Check out Franz Ferdinand's Love Illumination
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“It's an album that more than makes up for Franz Ferdinand's extended absence,” say Q Magazine. “There's no great leap forward here but the spring in their step is unmistakeable,” say Mojo. This is Fake DIY say, “Their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is a thumping beast full of deliberate, sudden movements and big melodies,” while MusicOMH reckon “Franz Ferdinand have done what they didn’t quite manage on Tonight, combining their more experimental leanings with their irresistible dance-punk sound to create right thoughts, right words, right action, right album.”

Nice work, boys!

Releasing a fourth album isn’t as easy as you’d think; sure you’ve made the relevant contacts, established a fan base and have a depth of experience under your belt – all of that came with the previous hat trick of records – but fourth albums are basically never any good.

Franz FerdinandFranz Ferdinand performing in Portugal

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is an album that nearly didn’t exist. Frontman Alex Karpranos – who shot to prominence with the band after their hit, Take Me Out – was getting sick of the routine, and wanted Franz Ferdinand to be no more. "I wanted to split the band up, because in my head it felt like one of those jobs . . . the ones I had to jack in. I didn't like the routine and the obligations," Kapranos said. "And whether those obligations lay with my contemporaries, my peers, my record label, the fans, the audiences – or maybe myself . . . I felt . . . It was time to, erm, stop that."

But what a stroke of luck: they didn’t, and their ominous fourth album has received rave reviews from the critics. Thankfully, Metacritic get all the reviews and put them in a nice place. They even add up all the scores, and with 76/100, it’s safe to say they’ve recaptured some of the magic that endeared them to a loving indie scene early on.

Check out Franz Ferdinand's Love Illumination
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“It's an album that more than makes up for Franz Ferdinand's extended absence,” say Q Magazine. “There's no great leap forward here but the spring in their step is unmistakeable,” say Mojo. This is Fake DIY say, “Their fourth album, Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is a thumping beast full of deliberate, sudden movements and big melodies,” while MusicOMH reckon “Franz Ferdinand have done what they didn’t quite manage on Tonight, combining their more experimental leanings with their irresistible dance-punk sound to create right thoughts, right words, right action, right album.”

Nice work, boys!

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A Week In Music, Kanye West Releases 'Black Skinhead' Video, Dawes Talk New Album And Bob Dylan And Mercury And Jackson Duets Are To Be Unveiled 3788878 News

Kanye West Black Skinhead Artwork

A week in music videos... Kanye West has been doing a lot of promotion for his edgy, rock-infused track 'Black Skinhead' (or 'BLKKK SKKKN HEAD' as it's otherwise known'), the lead single from his US and UK number one album 'Yeezus', so his anger when the unfinished video directed by Nick Knight was leaked earlier in July was unsurprising. He described the unauthorised distribution as 'heartbreaking' and no wonder; a video as unique as this was definitely worthy of a grand entrance but, nonetheless, the spoiler has definitely not affected the viewing experience.Watch the video for BLKKK SKKKN HEAD here.

French house star Kavinsky has already become a hit in his home nation with his debut album 'OutRun', released earlier this year, reaching number 2 in the charts and he's certainly turning heads overseas too. Teaming up with Canadian producer The Weeknd on one of his newest singles, Kavinsky delivers a driving dance beat with 'Odd Look' - the single from his new EP of the same name. The track also features on his album as a collaboration with fellow electronic musician SebastiAn. Listen to Odd Look here.

With his charming folk/punk style and uplifting melodies, Frank Turner has captured the hearts of the UK following the release of his fifth album 'Tape Deck Heart'. His anthemic love song 'Recovery' became a radio sensation and it wouldn't be too bold to say that new single 'Losing Days' has the same qualifications. Honest lyrics, spine-tingling harmonies and some of the most beautiful acoustic guitar playing ever appear in his new track making his high-ratings from critics very well-deserved. Watch the video for Losing Days here.

There are a lot of bands favouring the retro video look at the moment but Franz Ferdinand's clip for new single 'Love Illumination' really works. It has an almost '60s rock band feel to the tune, and teamed with the pixelated flashes, geometric patterns and hallucinogenic imagery, makes Franz Ferdinand some of the most convincing would-be retro musicians. They've spent four years being fairly out of the way as they worked on a follow-up to 2009 UK, Europe and US charting album 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand', and, by the looks of their second single of the year, it was worth the wait. Watch the video for Love Illumination here.

Ghostpoet will release his new single 'Cold Win' on August 26th 2013 and has now premiered a rather confusing (but no doubt symbolic) video to go with it. Like his first single, 'Meltdown', from second album 'Some Say I So I Say Light', the rapper/singer impresses with his use of orchestral sounds and meditative, droning vocals. He almost seems to possess a filmmaker's sensibility to music; it has to provoke the right kind of feelings and, with 'Cold Win', it certainly puts across an eerie, trippy atmosphere. Watch the video for Cold Win here. 

Dawes 2013

Talking to the artists... We chatted with Dawes last week as they support the UK release of their critically acclaimed new album 'Stories Don't End'. They spoke about their experiences working with producer Jacquire King whom they describe as more of an 'objective listener', as well as what it was like to support iconic folk artist Bob Dylan on tour and their work for malaria charity Nothing But Nets in Rwanda. 'The fact we can feel through our music that we've helped to save lives, it's an honour that's even hard to comprehend', they revealed on the latter point. Read the full interview here.

Albums of the week... There's a very good reason why electronic duo Disclosure have managed to top the UK Album Chart with their debut offering 'Settle'. It's a refreshed take on UK garage which, although isn't wildly innovative and doesn't claim to be bringing anything unique to dance music, is still vibrant and enjoyable. According to our critic Andy Peterson, 'Settle has the rare quality of observing its boundaries impeccably, and the result is that what it creates inside them is almost universally wonderful.' Read the review of Settle here.

Letlive. remain particularly difficult to pigeonhole as they unveil their newest album 'Blackest Beautiful'. They have maintained an individual and yet unpredictable sound that easily stands out against the rest of the post-hardcore scene. They're bringing their heavy sound live this summer in a world tour of the US, Europe and the UK. Critic Harry Hawcroft sums them up in his review, 'Let the fresh and unique combination of melodic, screaming vocals, heavy guitars with reggae vibes and inspiring lyrics, live.' Read the review of Blackest Beautiful here.

Taylor Swift Live 2013

In the news... Taylor Swift holds the secret to Carly Simon's infamous hit 'You're So Vain' after the veteran popstar revealed to the young starlet who it was she was singing about. There has been much speculation over the subject matter since it first came out, and most now believe it centres around actor Warren Beatty who also admitted that he was the person in the song. Another person who claims to have a categorical answer as to whom the song is about is radio host Howard Stern. Read the full story here.

Two of the world's biggest singing legends Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson will be revived in the release of some never-before-heard tracks that the duo recorded together in 1983. It was a one-time recording session which saw them finish three tracks, though both, unfortunately, had to shelve the project for the sake of their own work. The tunes have been remastered and will no doubt be genius pieces of art; even if the pair's professional relationship didn't work out too well in the end. Read the full story here.

Following his headlining set at Glastonbury 2013, Sub Focus has unveiled plans to release his second album, 'Torus', on September 23rd. He will also unleash a new single from the album on September 15th entitled 'Turn It Around', featuring the vocals of Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, and will later embark on his October UK tour. Read the full story here.

Kanye West Black Skinhead Artwork

A week in music videos... Kanye West has been doing a lot of promotion for his edgy, rock-infused track 'Black Skinhead' (or 'BLKKK SKKKN HEAD' as it's otherwise known'), the lead single from his US and UK number one album 'Yeezus', so his anger when the unfinished video directed by Nick Knight was leaked earlier in July was unsurprising. He described the unauthorised distribution as 'heartbreaking' and no wonder; a video as unique as this was definitely worthy of a grand entrance but, nonetheless, the spoiler has definitely not affected the viewing experience.Watch the video for BLKKK SKKKN HEAD here.

French house star Kavinsky has already become a hit in his home nation with his debut album 'OutRun', released earlier this year, reaching number 2 in the charts and he's certainly turning heads overseas too. Teaming up with Canadian producer The Weeknd on one of his newest singles, Kavinsky delivers a driving dance beat with 'Odd Look' - the single from his new EP of the same name. The track also features on his album as a collaboration with fellow electronic musician SebastiAn. Listen to Odd Look here.

With his charming folk/punk style and uplifting melodies, Frank Turner has captured the hearts of the UK following the release of his fifth album 'Tape Deck Heart'. His anthemic love song 'Recovery' became a radio sensation and it wouldn't be too bold to say that new single 'Losing Days' has the same qualifications. Honest lyrics, spine-tingling harmonies and some of the most beautiful acoustic guitar playing ever appear in his new track making his high-ratings from critics very well-deserved. Watch the video for Losing Days here.

There are a lot of bands favouring the retro video look at the moment but Franz Ferdinand's clip for new single 'Love Illumination' really works. It has an almost '60s rock band feel to the tune, and teamed with the pixelated flashes, geometric patterns and hallucinogenic imagery, makes Franz Ferdinand some of the most convincing would-be retro musicians. They've spent four years being fairly out of the way as they worked on a follow-up to 2009 UK, Europe and US charting album 'Tonight: Franz Ferdinand', and, by the looks of their second single of the year, it was worth the wait. Watch the video for Love Illumination here.

Ghostpoet will release his new single 'Cold Win' on August 26th 2013 and has now premiered a rather confusing (but no doubt symbolic) video to go with it. Like his first single, 'Meltdown', from second album 'Some Say I So I Say Light', the rapper/singer impresses with his use of orchestral sounds and meditative, droning vocals. He almost seems to possess a filmmaker's sensibility to music; it has to provoke the right kind of feelings and, with 'Cold Win', it certainly puts across an eerie, trippy atmosphere. Watch the video for Cold Win here. 

Dawes 2013

Talking to the artists... We chatted with Dawes last week as they support the UK release of their critically acclaimed new album 'Stories Don't End'. They spoke about their experiences working with producer Jacquire King whom they describe as more of an 'objective listener', as well as what it was like to support iconic folk artist Bob Dylan on tour and their work for malaria charity Nothing But Nets in Rwanda. 'The fact we can feel through our music that we've helped to save lives, it's an honour that's even hard to comprehend', they revealed on the latter point. Read the full interview here.

Albums of the week... There's a very good reason why electronic duo Disclosure have managed to top the UK Album Chart with their debut offering 'Settle'. It's a refreshed take on UK garage which, although isn't wildly innovative and doesn't claim to be bringing anything unique to dance music, is still vibrant and enjoyable. According to our critic Andy Peterson, 'Settle has the rare quality of observing its boundaries impeccably, and the result is that what it creates inside them is almost universally wonderful.' Read the review of Settle here.

Letlive. remain particularly difficult to pigeonhole as they unveil their newest album 'Blackest Beautiful'. They have maintained an individual and yet unpredictable sound that easily stands out against the rest of the post-hardcore scene. They're bringing their heavy sound live this summer in a world tour of the US, Europe and the UK. Critic Harry Hawcroft sums them up in his review, 'Let the fresh and unique combination of melodic, screaming vocals, heavy guitars with reggae vibes and inspiring lyrics, live.' Read the review of Blackest Beautiful here.

Taylor Swift Live 2013

In the news... Taylor Swift holds the secret to Carly Simon's infamous hit 'You're So Vain' after the veteran popstar revealed to the young starlet who it was she was singing about. There has been much speculation over the subject matter since it first came out, and most now believe it centres around actor Warren Beatty who also admitted that he was the person in the song. Another person who claims to have a categorical answer as to whom the song is about is radio host Howard Stern. Read the full story here.

Two of the world's biggest singing legends Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson will be revived in the release of some never-before-heard tracks that the duo recorded together in 1983. It was a one-time recording session which saw them finish three tracks, though both, unfortunately, had to shelve the project for the sake of their own work. The tunes have been remastered and will no doubt be genius pieces of art; even if the pair's professional relationship didn't work out too well in the end. Read the full story here.

Following his headlining set at Glastonbury 2013, Sub Focus has unveiled plans to release his second album, 'Torus', on September 23rd. He will also unleash a new single from the album on September 15th entitled 'Turn It Around', featuring the vocals of Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, and will later embark on his October UK tour. Read the full story here.

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Franz Ferdinand - Love Illumination Video 3780065 Videos 25th July 2013

Franz Ferdinand are soon to return with their fourth album 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' out on August 26th 2013 through Domino. They have no unveiled an official video to their brand new single 'Love Illumination'.

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Song Reader: Beck Plays Album of Sheet Music At London's Barbican 3748983 News

It is perhaps Beck's strangest album. Song Reader - the record made up entirely of sheet music - was played in full at London's Barbican Theatre on Sunday (July 7, 2013), with a huge cast of musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand and Beth Orton. This potentially had disaster written all over it, though reviews suggest the album was perfectly  realised in the historic setting.

Song Reader contains twenty new songs, all publishing on song sheets. The tracks are scored for keys, guitar and voice though Beck's intention was for fans to elaborate and change the songs to their liking. As noted by the Financial Times' Ludovic Hunter-Tilney in his review, songwriter Ed Harcourt was given that job on the piano. He was accompanied by flugelhorns, ukuleles, drums and guitars.  The veteran punk poet John Cooper Clarke read prose between songs while female vocal trio The Staves helped out on vocals.

David Smyth of the Evening Standard suggested the concert will have encouraged fans to have a go themselves, writing, "The songs Beck performed himself sounded the most predictable, with acoustic guitar to the fore, though a jazzy, catchy Do We, We Do would have stood out regardless of the singer. For those buying the book in the lobby, it was a case of do try this at home."

BeckBeck Performing At Manchester Apollo

Beck - who recently produced Thurston Moore's new album - will perform at the Americanarama Festival of Music 2013 in New York on July 27, 2013. He is joined on the bill by Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket. 

BeckBeck Performing In Manchester As Part of His UK Tour in 2008

It is perhaps Beck's strangest album. Song Reader - the record made up entirely of sheet music - was played in full at London's Barbican Theatre on Sunday (July 7, 2013), with a huge cast of musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand and Beth Orton. This potentially had disaster written all over it, though reviews suggest the album was perfectly  realised in the historic setting.

Song Reader contains twenty new songs, all publishing on song sheets. The tracks are scored for keys, guitar and voice though Beck's intention was for fans to elaborate and change the songs to their liking. As noted by the Financial Times' Ludovic Hunter-Tilney in his review, songwriter Ed Harcourt was given that job on the piano. He was accompanied by flugelhorns, ukuleles, drums and guitars.  The veteran punk poet John Cooper Clarke read prose between songs while female vocal trio The Staves helped out on vocals.

David Smyth of the Evening Standard suggested the concert will have encouraged fans to have a go themselves, writing, "The songs Beck performed himself sounded the most predictable, with acoustic guitar to the fore, though a jazzy, catchy Do We, We Do would have stood out regardless of the singer. For those buying the book in the lobby, it was a case of do try this at home."

BeckBeck Performing At Manchester Apollo

Beck - who recently produced Thurston Moore's new album - will perform at the Americanarama Festival of Music 2013 in New York on July 27, 2013. He is joined on the bill by Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket. 

BeckBeck Performing In Manchester As Part of His UK Tour in 2008

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Beck Summons An Army To Help Him Turn 'Song Reader' Into Music 3747512 News

Depending on the way you look at it, Beck's decision to release his last album in the form of sheet music was either incredibly innovative or unforgivably pretentious. Released in December 2012, Song Reader comprised of twenty songs in sheet music form as well as over one hundred pages of art. The idea behind the unusual decision was to let the fan become the composer, with many interpretations quickly surfacing online showing the versatility of the pieces.

Beck
Prolific Experimentalist Beck Invited A Host Of Artists To Help Him Perform Song Reader live.

This was all very well if you're a Beck fan with some degree of musical talent but for those hungering for the white rap of Odelay, the pop experimentation of Midnite Vultures or the sweet melancholy of Sea Change were left feeling a little bemused and perhaps even cheated.

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand Performed Pieces From Beck's Song Reader. 

The 'Devil's Haircut' former leaf blower turned Scientologist Beck gave a live performance of Song Reader at London's Barbican Hall which, for music buffs, was the place to be as the printed musical notes were brought to life by singer/rapper/guitarist Beck and a huge team of predominantly British musicians - each adding their own unique twist - including Franz Ferdinand, Jarvis Cocker, Beth Orton, James Yorkston, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Guillemots. According to the Evening Standard, audience members were also delighted with poetry interludes from Simon Armitage and the funny John Cooper Clarke whilst The Mighty Boosh (Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt) gave their lyrical and musical stamp to Beck's songs in what began to feel more like a three-day festival's worth of music, rather than just one evening's.

Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker Was Also Present To Add His Unique Musical Stylings To Song Reader Tracks.

Pretentious piffle or not; whatever side of the fence you sit on you can't deny that Beck has reinvigorated the seemingly outdated format of written music and inspired plenty of fans to pick up and instrument and learn. The gig of the year? Probably. We're willing to bet there was one hell of a backstage party.

Beck will give live solo performances at Cambridge's Corn Exchange (6th July) and London's Union Chapel (7th July).

Depending on the way you look at it, Beck's decision to release his last album in the form of sheet music was either incredibly innovative or unforgivably pretentious. Released in December 2012, Song Reader comprised of twenty songs in sheet music form as well as over one hundred pages of art. The idea behind the unusual decision was to let the fan become the composer, with many interpretations quickly surfacing online showing the versatility of the pieces.

Beck
Prolific Experimentalist Beck Invited A Host Of Artists To Help Him Perform Song Reader live.

This was all very well if you're a Beck fan with some degree of musical talent but for those hungering for the white rap of Odelay, the pop experimentation of Midnite Vultures or the sweet melancholy of Sea Change were left feeling a little bemused and perhaps even cheated.

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand Performed Pieces From Beck's Song Reader. 

The 'Devil's Haircut' former leaf blower turned Scientologist Beck gave a live performance of Song Reader at London's Barbican Hall which, for music buffs, was the place to be as the printed musical notes were brought to life by singer/rapper/guitarist Beck and a huge team of predominantly British musicians - each adding their own unique twist - including Franz Ferdinand, Jarvis Cocker, Beth Orton, James Yorkston, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Guillemots. According to the Evening Standard, audience members were also delighted with poetry interludes from Simon Armitage and the funny John Cooper Clarke whilst The Mighty Boosh (Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt) gave their lyrical and musical stamp to Beck's songs in what began to feel more like a three-day festival's worth of music, rather than just one evening's.

Jarvis Cocker
Jarvis Cocker Was Also Present To Add His Unique Musical Stylings To Song Reader Tracks.

Pretentious piffle or not; whatever side of the fence you sit on you can't deny that Beck has reinvigorated the seemingly outdated format of written music and inspired plenty of fans to pick up and instrument and learn. The gig of the year? Probably. We're willing to bet there was one hell of a backstage party.

Beck will give live solo performances at Cambridge's Corn Exchange (6th July) and London's Union Chapel (7th July).

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