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Updated: 2017-03-22T14:05:41+00:00


Handmade Festival Lineup Announced Including DiS Stage & Eyre Llew Exclusive

2017-03-22T14:05:41+00:002017-03-22 14:05:41 +0000

DiS is delighted to announce we'll be curating our own stage at Handmade Festival on Friday 28 April in a church! One of our most enjoyable weekends of last summer's festival season took place in Leicester over the early May Bank Holiday weekend. Handmade Festival, called as such because it's one of the few predominantly DIY events still functioning featured some memorable performances from the likes of Los Campesinos!, Big Deal, and Colour Me Wednesday at 2016's event. So this year, Drowned In Sound is delighted to announce we'll be curating our own stage on Friday 28th April in a church! That's right, our show will be taking place in the ornate setting of Bishop Street Methodist Church which was built over 200 years ago. The line up for the DiS stage is as follows... Haiku Salut No strangers to readers of the site or indeed DiS curated events gone by, having played for us at last year's Great Escape in Brighton. Both 2013's debut Tricolore and its follow-up two years later Etch And Etch Deep amassed a wealth of critical acclaim, and we're literally thrilled to bits that the trio of Sophie, Gemma, and Louise have taken time out from recording their forthcoming third record to headline what promises to be an incredible night of music. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Her Name Is Calla This Leicester-based outfit have also been long standing favourites here at DiS, having played various club nights and festival stages for us over the years. First album The Heritage still remains one of the finest debuts of the decade while the band's subsequent two long players The Quiet Lamb and Navigator further illustrate their propensity to confound expectations and beguile in equal measures. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Eyre Llew Another band heavily championed on DiS pretty much from the moment their first demo landed on our desk. This experimental trio fuse the lavish orchestration of bands like Sigur Ros and Wild Beasts with the brutal intensity of Godspeed! You Black Emperor or 65daysofstatic. Their as-yet untitled debut album is out later this year and they've given us something of an exclusive in the shape of forthcoming single 'Havoc', which gets its very first public airing here. width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""> Cold Water Souls This Derby based five-piece have only been together just over a year with their current line-up, but already their anthemic, shoegaze-tinged atmospheric rock has created waves around the East Midlands thanks to their mesmeric and utterly spellbinding live performances. width="100%" height="450" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""> Also newly announced are a host of other acts including Goat Girl, Baba Naga, HMLTD, Peaness, Easy Life, Dead Pretties and Neon Waltz which completes the line up for 2017. ![104374]( [...]

Tim Burgess is Independent Venue Week's 2017 Ambassador

2017-01-16T20:06:40+00:002017-01-15 18:15:00 +0000

Charlatans main man to follow in the footsteps of Frank Turner and Radiohead's Colin Greenwood. Charlatans main man, solo artist and author Tim Burgess, is to follow in the footsteps of Frank Turner and Radiohead's Colin Greenwood as the ambassador for Independent Venue Week. Independent Venue Week is staged across 120 venues around the UK, celebrating the best and most interesting live music venues in the country - think Record Store Day for venues that aren't owned by mega-corps. In 2017, festivities will take place between Monday 23rd – Sunday 29rd January. Now in its 4th year, and supported by Arts Council England, this week-long shebang is fixture on the UK’s music calendar giving tens of thousands of fans and hundreds of artists their first taste of live music each year. Next year is set to be the biggest Independent Venue Week yet, with 30 new venues will be taking part in the event for first time with more new additions to follow. These newbies include The John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, Halifax’s Grayston Unity which has a capacity of just 18, The Bungalow in Paisley and London’s iconic Roundhouse. Tim Burgess will perform live at the Royal Albert Hall’s Elgar Room on Monday, 23 January 2017 with support from Tear and Pheromoans. There are further Independent Venue Week shows taking place across the UK under Burgess’ Tim Peaks banner. He said: "Independent venues are where every band starts and where music fans get to see emerging talent. Without them bands would not get a chance for their all-important first hometown gigs and subsequent tours. These venues and bands need our support and the best way you can do that is by having a night out. Lots of venues are closing – we definitely need to stick together and stop this happening." Tim's tour will kick off on Thursday, 26 January 2017 at The Exchange in Bristol, where local gigging legend ‘Big’ Jeff Johns has put together a bill featuring Bristolian favourites Yama Warashi and Kayla Painter. Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label then takes up the baton with a mini tour, which kicks off at Belfast’s Voodoo on Friday, 27 January 2017, featuring a headline set from Northern Ireland’s Documenta. Following a short hop across the sea, Yucatan will top a bill at the Bethesda venue in North Wales on Saturday, 28 January, before the jaunt climaxes in Manchester on Sunday, 29 January with Horsebeach headlining. The bands will take it in turns to support each other across the dates. All of the Tim Peaks dates are being supported by Help Musicians UK, the country’s leading and only independent charity for musicians at all stages of their career. Explaining his hands on approach to his Independent Venue Week role, ambassador Burgess said: "I worked with the Independent Venue Week organisers last year on a gig in Manchester. It was an honour to accept their offer of being this year's ambassador – I've picked some of my favourite bands to play in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for Independent Venue Week. Hopefully see you at one of the shows" Who Else Is Playing? Other unique shows taking place during Independent Music Week will include special gigs from Richard Hawley, Simian Mobile Disco, Martha Wainwright, Juanita Stein (Howling Bells), BBC Sound of 2017 longlist artists Cabbage and Declan McKenna as well as Cass McCoombs, HECK, Beans on Toast, The Moonlandingz, The Carnabys, Skinny Girl Diet, Shame, Dream Wife and Goat Girl, while Sam Duckworth, formerly of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, will perform 'The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager' in full with his new project Recreations. Plus loads more... Details of all participating venues can be found at the main website Dates and ticket links will go live on the site as shows are confirmed and more gigs, artists and partners will be announced over the coming days and weeks through IVW social media channels. Follow IVW on Twitter @IVW_UK, Facebook and Instagram. Event Partners This year DiS will play a special role in IVW[...]

Stream: Drowned in Sound's Guide to 2017

2017-01-15T14:03:04+00:002017-01-15 13:59:00 +0000

From The Shins to Uffie: a two-hour radio special.

As you may be aware, DiS now has a monthly radio show on Soho Radio and we're currently looking to evolve it a little and get a sponsor. Our latest radio show is guide to 2017 is archived here to stream on demand, right here:

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Danielle Perry and I recorded the show this week, which is now available to stream on-demand. 'Twas a guide to 2017 with loads of acts we know have albums due, and some we hope are back.

Plus Independent Venue Week's founder dropped by for the last half hour, but before that we played some brand new acts, pondered what it means to break a band nowadays, I confessed to my current obsession, and Danielle shared her theory that Netflix trailer music is now a genre.


Autolux - Soft Scene
The Shins - Dead Alive
Brian Eno - Reflection
Jesca Hoop - The Lost Sky
Chromatics - Kill for Love (Drumless)
Katy Perry - Firework
Sløtface - Shave My Head
Artificial Pleasure - I’ll Make It Worth Your While
Uffie - Difficult
Broken Social Scene - 7/4 (Shoreline)
Nadine Shah - Stealing Cars
Duke Garwood - Cold Blooded (Bloodline Version)
Grizzly Bear - Two Weeks
Temples - Keep In The Dark
Fever Ray - Triangle Walks
I Break Horses - Denial
LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends
Lorde - Tennis Court
Juanita Stein - Stargazer
Girl Band - Pears for Lunch
The Charlatans - Then

Our 5th radio show is online here.

DiS returns to Soho Radio on February 6th from 2-4pm.

Main photo: Uffie by Majid Moussavi.


The DiS Podcast - Sean and Danielle interview everyone from Mogwai to Metric plus special quarterly guides.
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Eurosonic Noorderslag 2017: The DiS Preview + 50 Song Playlist

2017-01-06T09:34:14+00:002017-01-05 09:47:00 +0000

Next week, DiS heads to Groningen for this year's Eurosonic Noorderslag event. Here's 10 acts we're most looking forward to seeing. Next week, Drowned In Sound heads over to the city of Groningen for the 2017 edition of Eurosonic Noorderslag. Billed as mainland Europe's answer to South By Southwest or The Great Escape, and running for four days from Wednesday 11 through to Saturday 14 January, Eurosonic Noorderslag attracts over 4000 delegates with around 300 artists set to perform across numerous venues in the city. In the daytime, its conference program will host more than 150 panels and workshops, while several awards ceremonies are also set to take place including the European Festival Awards. With so many great artists from all over Europe set to play this year's event, DiS has picked out the ten we're most excited about seeing. --- Amber Arcades (Wednesday 11th, De Spieghel Main Room, 0115-0200) Having initially set eyes on Annelotte De Graaf's Amber Arcades alter ego at this very event last year, they're back in 2017 as one of Eurosonic's main attractions. Debut long player Fading Lines featured high in many end of year lists including a coveted spot in Drowned In Sound's 16 Favourite Albums of 2016. Having been demoing new material towards the end of last year, expect some of those songs to feature in the set. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Anna Meredith (Wednesday 11th, Grand Theatre Main Room, 2300-2345) Anna Meredith has established herself as one of the most uniquely innovative musicians in recent years. Also a producer and composer of equal merit, her fusion of classical music with both electronic and acoustic pieces make for some of the most original sounds unleashed this decade. Debut album Varmints came out last year on Moshi Moshi and won the coveted Scottish Music Prize. Not to be missed! width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Farewell Dear Ghost (Friday 13th, Mutua Fides, 0115-0200) This Vienna-based four-piece have been making grandiose alt-rock in the vein of The National or Editors that's built for stadiums since 2013. Debut LP We Colour The Night marked a busy and successful first year of the band's existence. Since then, they've put out a critically acclaimed EP entitled Skin at the tail end of 2015 and are gearing up for the release of their long awaited second album later this year. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Newmoon (Wednesday 11th, De Spieghel Main Room, 2045-2130) This Belgian five-piece put out one of 2016's finest debuts in the shape of Space. Comparisons with the halcyon era of Creation Records and 4AD aren't too wide of the mark, with the band's influences including the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver and the Cocteau Twins. Expect their set to be ethereal but loud! width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Rats On Rafts / De Kift (Friday 13th, Eurosonic Air, 2045-2130) This collaboration brings together two of the Dutch underground scene's most progressive outfits in recent years. Whereas Rats On Rafts mix post-punk nuances with occasional dalliances in psychedelia, De Kift offer more of an avant-garde jazz-fuelled approach to the mix. Their self-titled set of collaborative recordings came out on Fire Records at the tail end of last year and is well worth checking out. As will this diverse meeting of creativity in the flesh. width="540" height="304" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> Siv Jakobsen (Thursday 12th, Lutherse Kerk, Lutherzaal, 2200-2240) (Friday 13th, USVA, 2000-2040) Having first come across Siv Jakobsen at The Great Escape in 2015, this Norwegian folk singer and composer has made significant pr[...]

16 Most Read Articles We Published In 2016

2016-12-11T16:14:59+00:002016-12-11 15:52:00 +0000

From Prince to Paul Simon via Opeth. Oh what a year. 2016 has been baffling. If it wasn't our heroes reminding us that they may actually have been mortal, there's been the political avalanche of bad news sending even the least compassionate amongst us to breaking point. Even just a few minutes on Facebook on any given day this year will have shown you the worst of humanity or unbelievable stories of survival in warzones (thinking about that guy feeding cats in Aleppo still makes the gravity in my stomach shift). There are a lot of people really struggling right now and it's taken a lot to live through 2016 without adding to the suicide statistics (if you're one of the people finding life challenging right now, look up CALM). You've made it this far, just keep going, it isn't like things on this planet can actually get much worse, can they? Here at DiS we've tried our best to keep you distracted from the dismal, dark and debilitating reality of this year. We've published 3 reviews almost every day in 2016 and at least 5 new features a week. We're a few 1000 eyeballs shy of 3million readers this year, so have some of that all you doubters who seem to think the internet is dying and people don't read no more... Here are the 16 most read in-depth articles that we've published this year. All of which - in my humble but I guess somewhat biassed opinion as editor in chief - are worth bookmarking to read on your festive commute or when your attempt to try to drink Jager-bombs like you're still an invincible 18-year-old leaves you pinned to your bed... 1) OUR PAUL SIMON INTERVIEW We met a legend. He was delightful. If you missed it, read it now: "I didn’t think that Bridge Over Troubled Water was a hit”: DiS meets Paul Simon 2) YES, IT'S OPETH! Perhaps not a big shock that a rare interview with one of the biggest metal bands got people clicking. "There's a lot more to Opeth than death metal": DiS Meets Mikael Åkerfeldt 3) SECRET GARDEN PARTY FESTIVAL PREVIEW A festival that a lot of you were excited about attending (or perhaps curious to go to next year based on the image we chose): 10 Reasons Why You Should Go To Secret Garden Party 4) DREAM THEATER + BOWIE The Grammy-nominated band, who formed in 1985 and have since sold tens of millions of records, are well-known for grandiose epics, dazzling virtuosity and complex structures. However, their latest album The Astonishing seems one step even further. Jordan Rudess of Dream Theater on working with David Bowie and new album 'The Astonishing' 5) INDEPENDENT MUSIC MONDAY Halfway through this year our editor compiled the best Independent tracks from his playlist that he makes every Monday (as a bit of an alternative to Independent Music Monday). Liste now: The 50 Finest Independent Tracks of 2016 (So Far) — Playlist or subscribe to Independent Music Monday now. 6) RIP DAVID BOWIE When I started looking at our Google Analytics I was a little surprised this fantastic tribute wasn't the most read thing we published this year: Sorrow, or: why it's okay to be upset at David Bowie's death. 7) RIP ATP 'But, right, the thing about Riot Grrl is that, like, they didn’t know what it was at the time. It was proto-Riot Grrrl. It’s, like, punk for women, like, proto-punk.' There’s a guy behind me in the queue for the chip shop. He must be about 20, long hair, kind-of posh sounding. He beat-boxes under his breath, and he’s mansplaining Riot Grrl to his girlfriend. Badly. At one point he refers to her mates as 'norms' because they go clubbing. I fucking hate him. To be honest I fucking hate both of them, privileged art-student types talking about why the Rocky Horror Picture Show is too mainstream to be a cult film, and whether The Raincoats are a punk band or not. I hate them. I want to punch the boy one in the face. And because I’m pretty sure he is exactly what I was like 15 years ago, only less well spoken, I hate myself as well. I h[...]

Ben Frost - The Wasp Factory Premiere

2016-12-07T14:41:59+00:002016-12-07 14:41:59 +0000

We're proud to have the exclusive stream ahead of the record's release

Australian-born composer Ben Frost will be no stranger to those acquainted with ambient and experimental music. A formidable creative force who quickly found his home (in more ways than one) on the Icelandic label Bedroom Community, Frost’s music is distinctively visceral and dramatic.

Back in 2013 Frost made his opera and directorial stage debut with 'The Wasp Factory', based on the novel by the late Iain Banks. The story is about a psychopathic teenager, Frank, living on a remote Scottish island. His existence on the island is a troubled one, and themes of isolation, psychopathy, and death pervade the narrative with a heavy presence.

Three years after the opera’s debut, the definitive recorded version of 'The Wasp Factory' is finally being made available via Bedroom Community, showcasing the brilliant Reykjavík Sinfonia and David Poutney’s libretto via Lieslot de Wilde, Jördis Richter, and Mariam Wellentin’s stunning singing (recorded at Abbey Road’s Studio II). Today and for the first time, Drowned In Sound are proud to present the full exclusive stream of it here.

One of his boldest projects thus far, Frost’s score and concept for the opera is both ambitious and grand in its design. The writing is often sparse and wide, yet simultaneously focussed and intense. Frank, the protagonist, is infamously cast as an ensemble of three women who give voice to his dissociated internal monologues.

The story is unnerving in its violence and psychological traumas, which Frost translates into the music to great effect. The music is fraught with unsettling progressions and tonal dissonances. Throughout the 15 tracks, a diverse array of spoken and sung word interlay with intricate textures and motifs played by the orchestral players, while electronics in the form of distorted signals and gritty stereo effects seep into the sound collage. Both humanity and animosity shine through Frost’s experimental work, while touches of West-End musical and cinema soundtrack bring everything powerfully together.


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For more information about Ben Frost, and to pre-order The Wasp Factory, visit his official website or click here.


A slow-building, dark, intense cacophony: 'Vetiver' Snow Ghosts

2016-11-24T11:16:48+00:002016-11-24 11:16:48 +0000

Our track of the week is a bit like MBV vs New Order. Each week, I (the founder of DiS) compile a playlist of the best new releases. The idea is rather similar to New Music Friday, but rather than jamming it full of major label priorities (how many Drake tracks and Dua Lipa remixes do you really need?), the playlist features only music released by Independent labels and independent artists. If you weren't aware of the project, you can find Independent Music Monday over here. This week's track of the week is a really special one, from an EP out on Houndstooth, which is a label by Fabric. I hadn't really heard of the band before and have spent the past few days being a bit baffled that they're not one of the most talked about bands of the year. Have a little watch of their video we've been given to premeire below and you'll hopefully see why I was scratching my head in a puzzled fashion. Track of the Week 'Vetiver' by Snow Ghosts Slowly building into a cacophony isn't an easy task but Snow Ghosts seem to consistently take a little New Order groove and slowly turn it into an intense sub-atomic whirl of fuzz. Like a DJing mixing from an orchestral track to My Bloody Valentine at their most immense, there's something truly special about this track. 'Vetiver' is taken from their new 'Husk' EP which is out this week on the Houndstooth label. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> If you like that pick it up from Bandcamp. Listen Now Subscribe on Spotify You can also subscribe to the playlist on Deezer, YouTube and more services - including AppleMusic - are coming soon. This Week's IMM Playlist Additions Snow Ghosts - Vetiver The Duke Spirit - Serenade Jesca Hoop - The Lost Sky Cigarettes After Sex - K Juanita Stein - Stargazer The Anchoress - Long Year (Acoustic Version) Emmy The Great - Rapids Agnes Obel - It's Happening Again (Instrumental) Minor Victories - Give Up The Ghost (Orchestral Variation) Valgeir Sigurðsson - Dreamland Julia Holter - Maxim's I Asha - Medicine salute One More Chance (feat. D.Ram) - Karma Kid Remix Gold Panda - Your Good Times Are Just Beginning Justice - Fire - Radio Edit Paragon- 2 Bad (feat. Ddark) You Me At Six - Night People - Vaults Remix Los Campesinos! - I Broke Up In Amarante Pissed Jeans - The Bar Is Low Man & The Echo - On Holidays La Roulette Rustre - Un gout De Folie Happyness - Falling Down Diagrams - It's Only Light Meilyr Jones - Return To Life (New Recording) Indian Queens - Us Against the World Thalab - 2 Sails Tasseomancy - Claudine WEIRDO - Sapphire Bernice - St Lucia Clairaudience - Being Bad Elder Island - Bamboo She Drew The Gun - Since You Were Not Mine Communions - Come On, I'm Waiting Every Kid Knows - Answerphone Michael Nau - Winter Beat Bears From Labrador - El Cid So Below - Hard Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Harboring A Sadist Independent Music Monday is over here, every Monday ![104290]( [...]

First Listen: ELLA's 'IDWTGTKY'

2016-11-11T12:25:52+00:002016-11-10 09:10:00 +0000

Here's the first listen to ELLA's 'IDWTGTKY', the lead track from her debut EP

Anyone familiar with Amber Arcades live show will recognise Ella Van Der Woude as their regular keyboard player. However, she's also a highly revered artist in her own right, having fronted Dutch lo-fi outfit Houses until their disbandment in 2014 as well as composing music for film scores and soundtracks.

She releases her first batch of solo recordings under the moniker of ELLA next year in the shape of a self-titled EP. Containing five tracks which showcase her precocious talents as a songwriter, composer, and performer, the Stew Jackson (Massive Attack) produced EP comes out on 17 January as a self release, with an album set to follow later in 2017.

As a taster for the EP, the dreamy lead track 'IDWTGTKY' is available to stream online from today (Thursday 10th November).

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In the meantime, Ella can be seen supporting Indian Queens at the Sebright Arms on Thursday 17th November.

For more information on Ella visit her official website.