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Chamberlain and “Some Other Sky”

Americana-influenced indie rock band Chamberlain have returned to release the new single “Some Other Sky”, the band’s first release since the 2010 single “Raise It High”.

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Americana-influenced indie rock band Chamberlain have returned to release the new single “Some Other Sky”, the band’s first release since the 2010 single “Raise It High”.

Chamberlain first came to prominence as post-hardcore band Split Lip, before reverting to the Chamberlain name and releasing the magnificent The Moon My Saddle on Doghouse Records in 1998. The band released another full length, the underrated Exit 263, and a collections album, before calling time in the early 2000s.

We spoke to David Moore, vocalist for Chamberlain back in 2002(!), not too long after they had wrapped up their initial run. It is one of our fondest interviews and we recommend you checking it out and reading up on a little Chamberlain history.

“Some Other Sky” picks up where “Raise it High” left off, painting the lush American sounds the band are known for. The single is paired with the B-side “Street Singer”, a reworked version of the song that appeared on their debut (and Split Lip album) Fate’s Got a Driver. David Moore has a distinct voice, and paired with the songwriting of Adam Rubenstein, “Some Other Sky” is trademark Chamberlain. The song is a warm embrace returning from a cold, cold winter.

Listen to “Some Other Sky”:

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Corridor reveal new song “Domino”

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Montreal francophone band Corridor have revealed a new track from their upcoming album Junior. The new Sub Pop Records signees have been previewing new music since their signing back in July and most recently released the animated music video for “Topographe“.

The new song features the band’s trademark spirally guitars and infectious percussion work. Speaking about the new track, Corridor’s vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Robert has said the song is about the sometimes stressful effect of being a musician/creative on those around you;

“Art doesn’t necessarily make you a better person. There can be angst, stress and so on. It can have a negative, direct impact on the people closest to you. Domino is about navigating just that.”

The song was also the first song the band wrote for Junior and has been a staple in their recent live sets.

Corridor will embark on a European and North American tour starting late October and their new album, Junior, will be released October 18th. You can pre-order the album digitally and physically here.

Check out the new song “Domino”:

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Chrissie Hynde covers The Kinks’ “No Return”

“Jazz is something I grew up around and I’ve always had a soft spot for it”

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Singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde has given the Kinks track “No Return” a jazz makeover in her rendition of the song. The cut comes from her upcoming new covers album Valve Bone Woe, where Hynde takes on some noted singers and songwriters including Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and of course, Ray Davies. The original, written by Davies, was released on The Kinks’ 1967 album Something Else.

The new album was produced by Marius de Vries and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble at Air Studios in London. In discussing the new songs, Hynde talked about the genesis of what would become the new album and how it came to be;

“I thought that was a perfect title for the album I’d been working on with producer Marius de Vries. After we’d recorded “I Wish You Love” for the Eye Of The Beholder soundtrack I’d often expressed a desire to do more along those lines. What eventually emerged was the idea to do what we refer to as our Jazz/Dub album. I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it.”

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Photo by: Jill Furmanovsky

Other covers from Valve Bone Woe include the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You,” Nancy Wilson’s “How Glad I Am,” Charles Mingus’ “Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters,” Johnny Mathis’ “Wild is the Wind,” and John Coltrane’s “Naima”.

Valve Bone Woe is out Friday, September 6th via BMG. The famed Pretenders’ frontwoman last released a solo album in 2014, titled Stockholm, while The Pretenders last studio album was 2016’s Alone.

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