The Music Scene – Nov 23

Gearing up for another monumental chapter, British superstar PALOMA FAITH returns with the release of her brand new single ‘How You Leave A Man.’ The single precedes the 16th February 2024 release of Paloma’s sixth studio album ‘The Glorification of Sadness’.  She excitedly heralds the highly anticipated album with the new song offering fans a taste of what to expect from the upcoming new album. It’s confident. It’s cinematic. It’s empowering. It’s compelling from beginning to end, all powered by the kind of anthems that transformed her into an icon. The single is about finding the confidence to walk away from a relationship and being empowered with your own happiness, its limitless expression of pop allows it to sit comfortably next to Paloma’s many chart successors and then some. This is the first new music from Paloma since the release of her fifth studio album ‘Infinite Things’ in November 2020. Fans will also be delighted to hear that, to celebrate this next era in style, Paloma will embark on the ‘The Glorification Of Sadness Tour 2024’ across UK & Ireland hitting The Barbican in York on 12th May next year. Faith hasn’t been busier, in recent years. She’s released five albums, a flourishing acting career including a role as Bet Sykes in the Batman prequel series Pennyworth and starring as Florence De Regnier in Lionsgate’s Dangerous Liaisons; ambassadorships for Greenpeace and Oxfam and more recently launched her own interior brand called Paloma Home. This is a new Paloma Faith, recharged, empowered and back in control.

■ Another Sky

The festival season eventually closed with Live At Leeds, with starring roles, amongst others, for The Last Dinner Party, Pip Blom and Quiet Houses. However, the stand out set came from ANOTHER SKY, familiar to our regular readers, who already know that they are a band that transcends the boundaries of conventional genres and creates a sonic landscape that is both captivating and challenging. Their music is an amalgamation of post-rock, progressive rock, noise rock, indie rock, and post-punk, drawing inspiration from diverse artists such as Talk Talk, Tracy Chapman, Radiohead, and Björk. Their debut album, I Slept On the Floor, released in 2020, is a testament to their artistic vision and originality, as well as their remarkable vocal and lyrical abilities. The band is composed of Catrin Vincent (vocals, guitar, piano), Jack Gilbert (guitar, synth), Max Doohan (guitar, synth), and Naomi Le Dune (bass). They met while pursuing music degrees at Goldsmiths, University of London, and formed the band in 2017. Their name is derived from a poem by Emily Dickinson, which reflects their poetic inclination and their aspiration to explore new possibilities. Clearly seen in the excellence of a heavier sound on their releases in 2023: Psychopath, A Feeling, Burn The Way and Uh Oh. Still the most salient features of Another Sky is Vincent’s voice, which has been characterized as “haunting”, and “mesmerizing”. She possesses a remarkable vocal range and agility, shifting from a low register to a high falsetto with ease, creating a contrast between the dark and the light in their songs. Her lyrics are often introspective and political, addressing issues such as mental health, feminism, and social justice. Another Sky’s music is equally diverse and dynamic. They combine atmospheric soundscapes with angular riffs, intricate rhythms with melodic hooks, and quiet moments with explosive crescendos. Their songs are often unpredictable and adventurous, taking unexpected turns and twists. They also experiment with different genres and styles, such as jazz, folk, electronic, and classical. Another Sky is a band that merits more attention and recognition. They have a unique sound and vision that distinguishes them from other bands in the scene. They are not afraid to challenge themselves and their listeners with their music. They are one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the UK today bar none.

■ Lo Moon

Psyche-pop four-piece LO MOON return with their first new music of 2023, ‘Evidence,’ thus confirming a new body of work is on the way for 2024. Speaking about the new song, Lo Moon’s Matt Lowell told us, “’Evidence’ is a song about learning from your mistakes. A song that explores the innocence of young love and the journey we’re all on to become better partners, better people, and more emotionally available. Sometimes this takes time and looking back at who I was as an adolescent helped me realise who I’ve become as an adult. The arc of relationships can teach us a lot about who we are, even if it’s emotionally scarring to explore.”  You can see how far they have come since we introduced them to you at Headrow House on 19th November

■ Becky Hill

British singer and songwriter, BECKY HILL, is set to grace stages across the UK in October 2024 as she embarks on her biggest headline shows to date with a nationwide arena tour in support of her highly anticipated upcoming second album. With an irrefutable aptitude for writing chart-smashing dance-pop songs and a reputation as a leading force in the UK music scene, Playing arena shows across the country, this tour will mark an incredible milestone in Becky’s career. The sensational live shows will once again showcase her incredible vocal prowess, captivating stage presence, and her ability to connect with fans in an unparalleled way. Becky Hill’s chart-topping journey has seen collaborations with some of the world’s most renowned artists and producers and has ignited dance-floors and huge audiences this summer at festivals such as Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Parklife, and TRNSMT. This tour announcement will certainly build excitement for fans towards the release of her highly anticipated second album slated for release in 2024. See her at the First Direct on October 16th next year. Tickets already going fast!

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