Beggars Group - what's new - week ending April 12th

This week, Aldous Harding shares a new song and video for “Fixture Picture” from her forthcoming third album Designer, out April 26. Co-directed by Aldous Harding and Jack Whiteley, the video’s suspenseful opening scene finds Harding strumming her guitar on the white cliffs of Dover. The pay-off comes later with a dramatic and enigmatic live performance by Harding and her band inspired by Alejandro Jodorowsky.

“Fixture Picture” follows first album single “The Barrel” and its delightfully off-kilter accompanying video, the latter described as “uplifting and beautifully arranged,” by MOJO, with the Guardian saying “her spell remains strong.” Watch “The Barrel” video here.

Aldous Harding’s third album, Designer is released on April 26th and finds the New Zealander hitting her creative stride. After the sleeper success of Party (internationally lauded and crowned Rough Trade Shop’s Album of 2017), Harding came off a 200-date tour last summer and went straight into the studio with a collection of songs written on the road. Reuniting with John Parish, producer of Party, Harding spent 15 days recording and 10 days mixing at Rockfield Studios, Monmouth and Bristol’s J&J Studio and Playpen. From the bold strokes of opening track ‘Fixture Picture’, there is an overriding sense of an artist confident in their work, with contributions from Huw Evans (H. Hawkline), Stephen Black (Sweet Baboo), drummer Gwion Llewelyn and violinist Clare Mactaggart broadening and complimenting Harding’s rich and timeless songwriting.

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With his triumphant European tour finished and his US tour with Gun Outfit about to commence, Steve Gunn is excited to announce a new run of headline North American tour dates this summer. The tour announcement is accompanied by the release of an acoustic video for The Unseen In Between standout track, “Chance,” the third in a series of live acoustic videos made by The Mitcham Submarine — this one filmed at London’s Albert Memorial.

Over the past few years Steve Gunn has become one of American folk-rock’s most pivotal and regarded figures – conjuring immersive and psychedelic sonic landscapes live and on record, releasing a stream of lauded albums that have appeared in a multitude of ‘best of’ lists, and recording exploratory collaborations with artists including Mike Cooper, Hiss Golden Messenger, Kurt Vile, and Michael Chapman. Written in the wake of his father’s passing, The Unseen In Between (out now on Matador Records) is Steve’s most accomplished and moving work to date, with sweeping and immersive songs showcasing his deft yet minimal guitar style to the backdrop of rich instrumentation, the lyrics meditative and mysterious yet intimate and poignant.
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Yesterday, North Carolina-based producer Cubby returned with a new single, “Falling”. The track features vocals from LA-based electro-pop artist Madge and is Cubby’s debut single for his new label b4. The track showcases the producer’s own vision of pop, as he makes unexpected sonic turns that showcase Cubby’s distinctive sound. The song’s accompanying visual encourages viewers to sing along with the track, as Cubby peels out in a classic Corvette.

Cubby, who relocated to North Carolina from Brooklyn in 2015, spent the last few years focusing on scoring short films and other creative projects, most recently scoring Jared Hogan’s short film Pray for the Children. With Atlanta only a short drive away from his new home of North Carolina, Cubby worked with a diverse array of artists including Atlanta rappers Rome Fortune and OG Maco in addition to his own releases, producing all but one track of Fortune’s 2016 album Jarome Raheem Fortune and collaborating with Haleek Maul on his 2018 EP In Permanence. Now, the producer has refocused his attention to his own sound, with “Falling” serving as the first of many offerings of new music from Cubby and Madge to come this year.
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This week, Beirut shared the video for “When I Die”, directed by contemporary multimedia artist Brody Condon. The video echoes the themes of the song, which is loosely inspired by a fictional suicide cult. Filmed inside a Futuro 13 House in Berlin, the band tests each other’s boundaries with a series of group experiments. “When I Die” appears on the latest Beirut album Gallipoli, out now via 4AD.

Led by Zach Condon, Beirut’s Gallipoli was released to widespread praise. In a 4 star review Rolling Stone says it’s Zach Condon’s “most emotional set yet” and The Associated Press hailed “Gallipoli is the album we need today—one that celebrates cultures colliding.” Uncut says it’s Zach Condon’s “best album in years, arguably his best yet” and in their 9/10 review The Line Of Best Fit says it “is the sound of one of our most talented musicians rediscovering his love for what he was born to do.”