integrity news

Integrity News
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

www.harrisonscarecrow.com
www.twitter.com/HRSNscarecrow
www.instagram.com/harrisonscarecrow
www.facebook.com/HarrisonScarecrow

Tagged , , , ,
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

Malmo_live shot purple

Tagged , , , ,
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.

Gurli_Album banner_LWM1

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.

Gurli_blue eyes_sept2020

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

www.facebook.com/gurlioctaviaofficial/

https://www.instagram.com/gurlioctavia/

https://twitter.com/gurlioctavia

Tagged , , ,
Tribes of Europe & Barbara Stretch

This 3-minute bundle of Northern Soul-infused joy by Tribes Of Europe & Barbara Stretch was released on 27th November 2020 on all streaming platforms and on very limited 7″ dub plate vinyl (via the Tribes of Europe Bandcamp).

The single enjoyed support from the likes of Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music and a video premiere on the influential Postcards From The Underground .

The video features many original photos from the 70’s East Anglian soul club scene …

 
Listen on Spotify here …

Tagged , , , ,
Harrison Scarecrow – New Signing

‘Everyone With Someone’ is the debut single by Alabama natives Harrison Scarecrow, released world-wide via Integrity Records on 30th October 2020.

Penned by band members Ryan Tomlin and Will McCracken, ‘Everyone With Someone’ hits hard with a tale of broken dreams, an ear-worm chorus to die for, and aching strings recorded at Cypress Moon Studios, the former legendary Muscle Shoals Sound located on the banks of the Tennessee River.

With a debut offering that sets the bar intentionally high, Harrison Scarecrow’s characteristic widescreen indie-noir forms the sonic backdrop for a compellingly poignant account of a failed union and post-breakup need to accept that “not everyone gets to be with someone”.

Growing up in the region, the band were well aware of Muscle Shoals’ rich yet mysterious musical past, having recorded the likes of The Rolling Stones, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and, more recently, The Black Keys, and had no doubt it was the place to capture both the energy and melancholy of their sound. And, despite the sound engineer being caught up in a road accident mid-way through the recording session, the old studio kept its promise.

Integrity Records · Harrison Scarecrow – Everyone With Someone

 

Influenced by the likes of Conor Oberst, Springsteen and fellow Alabama native Jason Isbell, Harrison Scarecrow move effortlessly from sparse piano & vocal pieces to full band sounds with a driving rhythm section that could have dropped straight out of a New York indie club. Their debut album is scheduled for the autumn of 2021.

www.harrisonscarecrow.com
www.twitter.com/HRSNscarecrow
www.instagram.com/harrisonscarecrow
www.facebook.com/HarrisonScarecrow

Tagged , , ,
back to news

recent news

March 4, 2022

Gurli Octavia – Lemme Lie Down

Gorgeous alt-pop from rising Danish star … read more


October 22, 2021

Harrison Scarecrow – Last Days of California

Third single by Alabama boys out now … read more


view all entries

video of the day

One Step – Ida Wenøe - Official music video for the single


view all videos