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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 16 april 2021 | Universal Music Group International

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This third album from the Nottingham trio opens like the beginning of a movie, with an airy Intro accompanied by waves of violins... Then they get straight down to business on the second track, Californian Soil, which gives the album its title. Hannah Reid's voice has never been so gripping and masterful, both icy and red hot at the same time. The violins are present throughout. The only element that makes it possible to date the track to the present day is the electronic rhythm: a bit of downtempo nostalgia that is reminiscent of nineties trip hop. A video was made for the track with a rather dark aesthetic, a poetic blur and beach scenes reminiscent of David Hamilton's seventies photographs. The experience continues with Missing on which Hannnah Reid's ever-present virtuoso voice is amplified by echoes acting like a gospel choir. Speaking about the album, the singer explained that it mainly deals with themes such as feminism and celebrity - major trends of our time. She writes, “This record is about gaining possession of my own life. You imagine success will be amazing. Then you see it from the inside and ask, ‘Why am I not controlling this thing? Why am I not allowed to be in control of it? And does that connect, in any way, to being a woman? If so, how can I do that differently?’” Speaking about success, she refers to the group’s previous record, Truth Is a Beautiful Thing, released in 2017. By way of answers, the twelve tracks that make up Californian Soil indeed see Hannah take possession of the band and its reflections and attachment to the deepest of feelings, as shown by the bewitching and powerful Lord It's a Feeling and the more poppy How Does It Feel. London Grammar's indie pop is crossed by electronic elements, which gives it a unique feel, as on Baby It's You. The cinematographic atmosphere can be felt on I Need The Night, before sinking into the darkness and mystery of the last track, America, a melancholic ballad where Hannah talks about this (American) "dream that meant nothing to me...". Without doubt, Californian Soil is a great album and a shining new success for London Grammar. © Yan Céh/Qobuz
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 2 april 2021 | Universal Music Group International

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 26 maart 2021 | Universal Music Group International

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 12 februari 2021 | Universal Music Group International

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 22 januari 2021 | Universal Music Group International

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 4 januari 2021 | Universal Music Group International

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 4 januari 2021 | Universal Music Group International

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 27 november 2020 | Universal Music Group International

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 1 oktober 2020 | Universal Music Group International

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 18 september 2020 | Universal Music Group International

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 28 augustus 2020 | Universal Music Group International

Nothing can get in his way, not even death. A knife to the chest is how Steven Paul Smith aka Elliott Smith left us at the age of 34. The incident was concluded as a suicide without great conviction. But what all the world could agree on was his dazzling career which was firmly dubbed by the rock world as the exploits of a penniless genius who was caught in the wake of grunge which dominated the early 90s. After the post-punk explosion caused by his group Heatmiser, the still unknown icon from Portland very soon expressed his depression on the undisclosed solo album Roman Candle (1993) in which he touched upon the themes of predilection, abandon and disillusion. It was with this eponymous Elliott Smith that he started to experience tangible success, albeit moderate. The somewhat ironically named label Kill Rock Stars did well to promote him, putting Elliott’s face in the front window of record stores. Smith recorded the album once again from home. The sound of this new version was so intimate that one could have imagined his friend Tony Lash, on the sofa, fingers gliding and lips quietly whistling the array of folk ballads. From the opening Needle in the Hay to the closing The Biggest Lie passing through Satellite, he demonstrates the talents for writing melancholic songs with next to nothing. There are some rare touches of drums and a harmonica but all the rest is stripped of all excess. “I personally can’t get more dark than that”, he would later say on the matter, only to then say “I think I’m just about as happy as all the other people I know. Which is occasionally”. Following his worldwide recognition with the Oscar-nominated Miss Misery from Gus Van Sant’s Good Will Hunting then the excellent Either/Or. For Elliott Smith's 25th anniversary, Kill Rock Stars has published this new remastered version that benefits from tracks recovered by recording engineer and producer Larry Crane, who uncovered these tracks in the label's archives. But the highlight of this re-edition is the first live solo performance, recorded in Umbra Penumbra, a cafe in Portland on the 17th September 1994. A true gem of a record! © Charlotte Saintoin/Qobuz
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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 19 augustus 2020 | Universal Music Group International

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Soul - Verschenen op 16 augustus 2019 | Universal Music Group International

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Pop - Verschenen op 2 maart 2018 | Universal Music Group International

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Alternative en Indie - Verschenen op 23 februari 2018 | Universal Music Group International

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Pop - Verschenen op 9 februari 2018 | Universal Music Group International

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Pop - Verschenen op 9 februari 2018 | Universal Music Group International

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Metal - Verschenen op 2 februari 2018 | Universal Music Group International