Following a sold out show at Gullivers in November, Bill Ryder-Jones returns to Manchester in 2016 to play Deaf Institute on March 4th. Coming to prominence as the lead guitarist and one of the main creative forces of The Coral, Ryder-Jones has since become somewhat of a musical polyglot, writing film scores, performing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and, of course, releasing his own critically acclaimed albums.
Signed to Domino Records, he put out three much-vaunted LPs (2011’s If… and A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart & Piggy Soundtrack, both in 2013) before releasing his most accomplished work to date earlier this year with West Kirby County Primary. Below is a small section of what critics have had to say about it:
“A transcendent return.”
“A masterfully crafted piece.”
God Is In The TV, 4/5
“His strongest material to date.”
The Line of Best Fit, 8.5/10
“Bill Ryder-Jones has confirmed his place among this country’s most vital contemporary songwriters.”
“Shows yet again what a talented musician and songwriter he is.”
Music OMH, 4/5
“Unmistakeably the best of Ryder-Jones’ albums to date.”
Formed in 1999, Animal Collective have long been one of the most exciting and engaging bands around – shaping the musical landscape with their releases both as individuals and as part of the group. Made up of David Portner (who also releases solo material under the guise of Avey Tare), Noah Lennox (Panda Bear), Brian Weitz (Geologist) and Josh Dibb (Deakin), the outift are resoponsible for some of the century’s most distinctive and seminal LPs. Perhaps best known for 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion, 2012’s Centipede Hz and 2007’s Strawberry Jam, the band will return in 2016 with new album Painting With, released through Domino.
The first track taken from the album, FloriDada, exhibits the same ear for innovation, and unique songcraft that has long been their hallmark. Vice described the track as “the springy, excited music we’ve all come to know the group for”, with The Fader adding “it’s bright and brash and it brims with youthful energy”. In preparation for the release of the record, Animal Collective have curated a Spotify playlist comprising their personal highlights of the first 15 years of their career, which can be found here.
One of our favourite acts of the last few years, Now Wave are proud to announce MONEY’s largest headline show to date, as they play The Ritz on Wednesday 10 February.
Having long been one of the most impressive live acts around the Manchester scene, MONEY released their debut The Shadow Of Heaven. The record received instant acclaim, managing to capture – as it did – the unique sensation of seeing one of the band’s infamous early performances. The Fly perhaps described it best, noting “As closer ‘Black’ fades out, it’s clear MONEY have made something special and, maybe, even sacred”, and DIY adding “It really is a thing of beauty, and gets better with every listen; one of the surest signs of something that will ultimately be deemed timeless”.
Two years on, MONEY have announced their follow-up record. Titled Suicide Songs, the record looks set to feel even more eerily intimate than it’s predecessor. Featuring themes that swing wildly between hopelessness and blind optimism, singer Jamie Lee said of the album, “I wanted the album to sound like it was ‘coming from death’ which is where these songs emerged. The record is morbid and bleak, and never resolves itself. The only real kind of triumphant realisation is being able to express the morbidity of the situation I found myself in”.
Originally the solo project of Matt Mondanile (who is otherwise best known for being part of Real Estate), Ducktails has spiralled from being a solo endeavour recorded in the family tool shed to being a revered four piece. Now joined by Luka Usmiani, Alex Craig and Samuel Franklin, Mondanile and Ducktails have recently put out their fifth album, St. Catherin. Their second release for Domino Recordings (after 2013’s incredible The Flower Lane), the latest record feels more expansive and polished than the project had ever been before – which seems to have contributed to acclaim across the board, with Wire (8/10), DIY (8/10) and The Observer (8/10) among those who were effusive about the LP. Drowned in Sound (8/10) were equally glowing, noting “This is comfortably the best effort from Matt Mondanile to date. A tribute to the power of not just belief but also the idea that patience can be your best weapon in terms of creating your best work.”
Support comes from Jaakko Eino Kalevi and Beaty Heart
For years, Jaakko Eino Kalevi was a cult figure in his hometown of Helsinki. Working part-time as a tram driver, Jaakko released a slew of material before eventually being picked up by Weird World for his first international release – something which has exponentially increased his following. His label describe his work as “softly psychedelic pop [blending] funk and folk in an intriguing and highly satisfying manner” – however, the critics have been a limit more floral, with DIY describing his eponymous latest LP as “layer upon layer of vocal, groove, and percussion… a reminder that pop can be both for your head and your feet”.
Formed in 2010 at Goldsmiths in London, Beaty Heart spent years as darlings of the blog world before finally putting out their debut album Mixed Blessings last year. It was well worth the wait, with Best Fit describing the record as “a kaleidoscopic haze of joyful percussive beats and bouncy vocals” in their 7.5/10 review.