NEW MUSIC: The Naked Eye ‘River Of No Return’

London-based singer Frenchie has unveiled her latest helping of jazz-infused sophistication under the guise of The Naked Eye, entitled ‘River Of No Return’. Following previous singles ‘Embrace Me’ and ‘Sweet Boy’, which garnered strong support from a selection of the top Hype Machine listed blogs and BBC Introducing, this new cut marks a turning point for the project. Preparations are being made for the release of a debut EP in 2016, and having already recorded a session for Daytrotter that was handpicked as one of their favourites from 2014, we’re soon to be reminded why The Naked Eye played to a packed out Ronnie Scott’s at the start of the year.

Showcasing a noticeably more expansive production, ’River Of No Return’ is the first track to be lifted from the forthcoming EP and sees Frenchie’s songwriting brought to new heights by the dialogue between acoustic and electronic sounds. She explains how ‘the track was inspired by a personal experience and one of my favourite artists, Amy Winehouse. I was really drawn to Amy for many reasons, her unique musicality, honest vulnerability, sharp wit and tragedy.’ With the result of a late night studio jam forming the chilling gospel outro, we’re given a glimpse of what’s to come as the 6 track EP is fused together by more of these remarkable hidden interludes.

The Naked Eye is a unique collaborative project centred around singer Frenchie and the raw emotion she brings to her songwriting. Working with a collective of friends and musicians, her creations are realised and transformed into something truly sublime and immersive. Alan Emptage (Nina Simone, Arcade Fire, Joss Stone) is on mixing and mastering duties for the EP while Charlie P (production/guitar) injects his hip-hop influenced studio trickery into the rhythm section, made up of Jim Macrae (drums/percussion), Andres Castellanos (bass) and Tim Sentance (keys/synths).

NEW MUSIC: Krista Polvere ‘Shut Up & Ride’

Melbourne based alt-country siren Krista Polvere returns from an international hiatus with the release of her new single Shut Up and Ride on November 27. 

The single is the first taste of Polvere’s new self-titled album due for release early in 2016. Both single and album were recorded in Virginia, USA, and produced by producer/artist Brian Elijah Smith. The recordings were made over an intense period in a basement studio fuelled by an intense relationship between the pair resulting in an album of rare emotional vulnerability and fire.

“There is a story within it all that makes this album even more intense and special. You may hear it all coming through the songs, through my voice. The producer and instrumentalist on the album was my lover at the time. When I listen to the record now I can hear the ghosts of our love and the listener may too”. 

Shut Up and Ride is a powerful first single from the album – a rollicking, guitar driven ode to spontaneity and risk-taking, with an unmistakably lustful lyric!
The single is accompanied by a video shot in both regional Australia and rural Virginia in which the artist plays two roles – a free-spirited, independent woman travelling the dusty backroads of Australia and a mysterious, ghostly seductress inhabiting the Virginian woods. The juxtaposition reflects the character of Krista Polvere, a true Gemini, having two very different sides to her personality.

“I feel like the clip represents a darker, romantic and ambivalent side which is lost in the woods searching whimsically for something she knows doesn’t exist. There is sadness in that. And then a more strong, independent and fearless version of me who desires the thrill and nothing more”. 

To celebrate the release of the single Polvere has commenced a short residency atMelbourne’s Gasometer Hotel along with a series of other shows around Victoria and a three-day stint at Australian Music Week in Sydney. In February 2016 Krista will return to the USA having been accepted to perform at the prestigious Folk Alliance Conference in Kansas City.
Tuesday 24 November – Gasometer Hotel, Fitzroy
Friday 4 December – Westernport Hotel, San Remo
Wednesday 16 December – Retreat Hotel, Fitzroy

NEW MUSIC: King Charles ‘Gamble For A Rose’

In the lead up to the release of his second album ‘Gamble For A Rose’ on 22nd January 2016, London-based artist King Charles has released the dreamy music video for the title track. Having recorded the album in the English countryside with Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons, King Charles has taken a brand new collaborative focused approach to his music, creating a new sound since the release of his debut album ‘Loveblood’ back in 2012. ‘Gamble for a Rose’ follows the release of the first single for the album, the vibrant folk pop track Loose Change for the Boatman.

A passionate reunion, slow and atmospheric, the video perfectly encapsulates the strong emotion that shines through so fiercely across the length of the song. Inspired by his love for playing music with old friends including Marcus Mumford and Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons), Charlie Fink and Tom Hobden (Noah and the Whale), ‘Gamble For a Rose’ involved King Charles and his friends decamping to a farm near Exeter to begin working up the songs, with mattresses pushed up against the walls to make vocal booths.

Charles’ recording story began in 2010 when a few months after a near-fatal skiing accident he won Grand Prize at the International Songwriting Competition for a piece called ‘Love Lust’. Soon after he signed to Universal in America and relocated to LA where he made his debut album ‘Love Blood’with Matthew Wilder (No Doubt, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson). All was thundering along, but lingering problems from the accident remained. It was a remarkable time that produced a remarkable record, but it wasn’t true to Charles’ artistic roots, so he decided to leave his label and management to find out what was. ‘Gamble For A Rose’ is a passionate, honest record fit for a King.

King Charles will release his second album ‘Gamble For A Rose’ on 22nd January 2016, through Buffalo Gang via Kobalt Label Services.