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Ida Wenøe – Echoes

Echoes, the new single by Ida Wenøe, came out on 21st May 2021, the second track from the former Danish Music Award nominee’s forthcoming third album.

The self-produced single was mixed in Sweden by Tobias Fröberg (Ane Brun, Peter Bjorn & John) and returned to Denmark for mastering by Emil Thomsen (Nils Frahm, Lydmor, Lowly). A song of two equally gorgeous halves, Ida’s voice and finger-picked ’59 Guild take centre stage in the stark Nordic-noir of Act 1, before the full band join the fray for an upbeat Act 2 drenched in Ida’s characteristic blend of Americana and classic English folk.

The song’s theme explores our distant memories of who we once were, now just an echo from afar. The love we once experienced, so great, with its warm embrace, is now a distant Bel Canto, a vague echo, no more than a mild tingling on the surface of the skin.

With a nod to the creative block she suffered during the early part of lock-down, Ida adds:

“What is a song if not its story? What is a song if not its feeling? What do we do when emptiness strikes and the well of inspiration has not a drop of water left? We borrow from others; make their voices our own. This is what ‘Echoes’ is … The vague sound of memories, and voices borrowed.”

Singles from Ida’s critically acclaimed second album, 2019’s The Things We Don’t Know Yet, enjoyed support on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 4, Amazing Radio, BBC Wales, BBC Cambridge, BBC Suffolk, BBC Shropshire and BBC Radio Ulster, international radio including Seattle’s super-cool KEXP, several playlist adds by the Spotify and Deezer editorial teams & praise from international tastemaker press.

“Bewitching acid folk with a deeply personal edge” – Clash Magazine

 “Ida Wenøe is equal parts mysterious, brooding & beguiling”R2 Magazine

“Her voice – weary but cute, with the power to cut through – is perfect”The Guardian

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Gurli Octavia – New Single – Party

‘Party’, the new single by Danish artist Gurli Octavia, is taken from acclaimed debut album ‘I Could Be Blossoming Instead’ (Line of Best Fit 8/10, NMR 10/10, Side 33 6/6, GFR 5/6) and follows recent radio favourites ‘X-Ray’ and ‘Spinning’ and over 1.7 million artist streams.

Editorial playlist adds included spots on 14 official Spotify lists (and multiple recent New Music Friday sets) and 3 Apple Music playlists including New Music Daily and support from the Apple Music Pop team.

The sub-3 minute alt-pop single, with Gurli’s stunning voice to the fore, lays bare the artist’s soul about the personal demons she’s faced and overcome in recent years:

“Put bluntly, Party is a song about being a lousy partner, because you’re taking too many drugs and partying too hard.”

After recent airplay on BBC 6 Music, BBC Ulster, BBC Bristol and on all 3 Danish national radio stations, numerous tours in the Nordics and festival slots at the likes of Roskilde & SPOT, Gurli hopes that 2021 (Covid permitting) could be her break-out year.

“Octavia is more than blossoming. She’s in full bloom … 8/10” The Line of Best Fit

“emotionally stirring, heart-wrenchingly honest, and utterly captivating” Listen To Discover

“quite possibly the finest debut I’ve ever heard … simply breathtaking 10/10″ NMR

“as debut albums go, it’s an incredible piece of artistry” Nordic Style Mag

“alluring … fragile and intense” GAFFA

“breathtaking … one to watch” JaJaJa

“a beautifully executed release” GFR

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Harrison Scarecrow – New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve’ is the second single by Alabama natives Harrison Scarecrow, released world-wide via Integrity Records on 16th April 2021.

Penned by band members Ryan Tomlin and Will McCracken, ‘New Year’s Eve’ has a foreboding piano and bass-driven build as it provides a shadowy glimpse into a mind haunted by demons, praying the dawn of a new year will mean a fresh start; a second chance.   Recorded with Charles Holloman at the renowned East Avalon Recorders studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the single oozes Harrison Scarecrow’s characteristic widescreen indie-noir and proves a worthy follow-up to the band’s acclaimed debut ‘Everyone With Someone’.

“Think the likes of The National, Elbow and even elements of James in their pomp” LWM Blog

“Building with a Springsteen-esque intensity throughout” Postcards From The Underground

“Cinematic, lyrically poignant & genuinely moving, it’s a stunning debut” Listen To Discover

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MALMØ – No Words

No Words, the brand new single by Danish artist MALMØ, came out on 26th March 2021 via Integrity Records. The track and accompanying video comprise Part IV of the forthcoming vinyl EP, The Inevitable End, a prediction in 5 parts – each one representing a different way of the world collapsing if we don´t change our behaviour.

MALMØ features the unique voice and song-writing of Maria Malmoe. Earlier releases and immersive live performances across Europe have seen her likened to Agnes Obel, Eivør and Björk. With Maria’s sister Frida sharing co-vocals, this short, sharp slab of alt-pop exudes gorgeous sibling vocal interplay.

No Words was inspired by the acceleration of our move from the natural to the artificial:

“We knowingly consume micro-plastics. We spread toxins to make plants grow more quickly. We take pills to keep ourselves healthy. The artificial world is becoming part of us, as we cast aside what nature provides. It won’t be long now … The Inevitable End.”

The video premiered on the excellent Get In Her Ears

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Gurli Octavia – Debut Album

‘I Could Be Blossoming Instead’, the debut album by Danish artist Gurli Octavia, is released by Integrity Records (UK, Ireland, USA) & eighteighteightyeight records (Rest of world) on 29th January 2021 on all digital platfroms and as a double vinyl album with bonus tracks.

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It’s a deeply personal record filled with grief and emotion, but also liberation and hope for the future. Most importantly, it shows Gurli Octavia as an independent artist who dares to take the lead and show the world how she feels.

Three EPs, numerous tours in the Nordics and festival slots at the likes of Roskilde and SPOT have shaped Gurli’s heartfelt, acoustic and organic sound but in 2020 she broke new ground with 3 singles from the forthcoming album and, in a word, with ‘liberation’:  Liberation both in the choice of songs on the album and in the production of the songs, but most of all a liberation from other people’s attitudes towards Gurli Octavia as a person and as an artist.

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As the basis of the album took shape, the self-proclaimed ‘people-pleaser’ with doubts about the strength of her own songwriting made a decision to take control, a mentality also reflected in the title of the album. ‘I Could Be Blossoming Instead’ is a reference to the feeling Gurli had when life became a little too black and unmanageable, and she just had to hide – sometimes under the duvet but more often in drink and drugs. She explains:

“I would have that ‘I could be fucking flourishing right now, and instead I’m committing the world’s slowest suicide’ kind of feeling. So the title reminds me that I would rather flourish and that it is by and large a choice; a choice that I have the ability and opportunity to make.”

Penned over a challenging 2-year period which included the death of her father, a messy breakup with her long-term boyfriend and a tendency to self-sabotage, the album includes some songs that Gurli can barely remember writing. But her subsequent engagement in the arrangement, recording and production of the songs has helped her understand and process the grief she’s been through.

“It’s not a classic story of using songwriting as therapy. I’ve just written some songs while it all happened and life thundered past. More recently, daring to have faith in myself in music, and also in life, has been wildly therapeutic and resulted in an album that reflects where I am right now, personally and artistically.”

With respected co-producer Jeppe Pilgaard’s pop leanings providing an additional perspective from that side of the glass, ‘I Could Be Blossoming Instead’ is the start of a new, more independent chapter for Gurli Octavia – both musically and emotionally. But make no mistake: the fervour of Gurli Octavia’s songwriting is still intact – it’s just got an extra, liberating layer.

With airplay for the album’s singles on all 3 Danish national radio stations, including a ‘hit tip’ single of the week for recent single ‘X-Ray’ on the biggest of the 3, following over 1.5 million Spotify streams for her earlier EPs, Gurli hopes that 2021 (Covid permitting) will be the year the wider world finally hears her name.

“authenticity and originality shine through strongly” Bands of Tomorrow

“alluring … fragile and intense” GAFFA

“breathtaking … one to watch” JaJaJa

“a beautifully executed release” GFR

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