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Seance by definition is a spiritual meeting and I must point out that among others "a seance of dark delusions" by the Nordic Giants is a well defined album, faultless and inspiring. The album allows the listener to visualise each sound, If I had to describe the collection in four words, these would be; experimental, electronic, dark and figurative, in a sense that moves beyond literal interpretation of sound into something more emblematic as well as apocalyptic. However it seems impossible to describe accurately this artwork in just four words.....

Last June (2014), Happyness released their debut album 'Weird Little Birthday', which received some extraordinary critics, The Guardian described it as “charming UK slacker-rock”, the Sunday Times named it as one of the best 100 albums of the year and NME offered them an Award for Best Lyric in 2015. On the 30th of March, the self-produced album was re-issued adding 4 bonus tracks to the previously acclaimed 13 tracks. The whole album is a long, but not exhaustingly lengthy, indie celebration with an exceptional production considering the short history of the South London band that was formed in 2013. And it is definitely weird!

We’d been looking forward to this gig for a LONG time, we heard they were coming down to Exeter back in February and judging by their live videos on YouTube, we just had to be there…. One thing that worried me was the distinct lack of a ‘barrier’, have you seen their live videos? Yes, we have too, I mentioned this to the in-house security and he shared my concern, “oh well” he said, “I’m sure they’ll sort themselves out”…..

Darling Arithmetic is the third album from Villagers, released on 13th April 2015. The follow-up to Conor O’Brien’s debut, Becoming a Jackal, and its successor, Awayland - both hugely acclaimed and Mercury-nominated - is a breathtakingly beautiful, intimate album entirely about love and relationships.

Now three albums in, Villagers is the front for playfulness and seriousness, mystery and revelation, an open-ended and flexible beast that can be anything its creator wants it to be. By going back to the root of songwriting, O’Brien has reinvented himself.

We were kindly invited along to the Exeter Phoenix Arts Centre on April 16th to catch their live set, here's how we got on....

For those that have never been introduced to Lila Rose before, Lila is more than a musician. Born in Toronto and based in California, Lila Rose is a singer as well as a songwriter lead by her passion for music and her sensitivity towards our natural environment and its creatures.


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