OWLS OF THE SWAMP | Meteorite

4 november 2016

A new sound by Australian songwriter and Reykjavik resident Pete Uhlenbruch, aka Owls Of The Swamp.
In an exploration of his inner self and the metaphysical nature of life, Labelship releases Meteorite. The growth of his musicianship is evident as he shifts from acoustic-based albums to a more lush atmospheric sound with warmer, emphasized vocals. The EP is set to release on November 4.Following a transformative period in Peru where he used the medicinal visionary plant, Ayahuasca, Uhlenbruch knew he had to express how the event influenced him. “My experiences there had an immediate and life-changing impact, similar to how a meteorite would shift the landscape of the earth,” Uhlenbruch says. After returning home, he took vocal lessons for two years and changed his approach to recording, giving himself more space for adjustments in sound and performance both as a person and a musician.

PHIA -- The Ocean Of Everything

26 august 2016

Labelship presents a fine debut record abound with luscious layers of harmonies, rambunctious vocal percussion and vivid pop sensibilities. It is now available as CD and digital download worldwide!

The Ocean OF Everything is an album of raw and affecting lyricism, powerfully woven into the hypnotic sound of an instrument made of wood and metal: the African kalimba. 
Phia aka Sophia Exiner graduated from the esteemed Victorian College of the Arts with an honours degree in improvisation. She developed a passion for telling stories and found a proficient way of composing velvet harmonies and emotional vocals. At times she includes guitars, drums and guest vocalists on stage, unrolling the orchestral soul of a live performance. Every show is different and there are always new details and facets in Phia’s music to discover. On the album she also introduces minimal beats, subtle guitar lines, synth sweeps and bass. 

Steel City Rhythm | Free Love & Fighting

5 february 2016

Steel City Rhythm are an 8 piece outfit from Sheffield UK, playing their own unique blend of up-tempo, politically conscious Reggae music. Mixing in heavy Dub breaks, blazing brass lines, Funk grooves and soaring vocals. Steel City Rhythm’s infectious sound gets people on their feet and moving.
Over the last year Steel City Rhythm have taken stages around the UK by storm with a trademark high-octane live show which is guaranteed to leave audiences sweaty and satisfied! Sharing the stage with top acts such as Rebelation, Hollie Cook and Dreadzone, as well as making high profile appearances at Tramlines, Boomtown Fair and a headline slot at Northern Green Gathering 2014  Steel City Rhythm have become one of the fastest growing favourites of the festival and party circuit.
Their debut album Free Love & Fighting is now available on Labelship as CD, download and stream.

Current Space by LONESOME STATION

5 november 2015

Current Space is the second EP release by Swiss songwriter Stephan Bruelhart, aka Lonesome Station. It is now available as 10" vinyl and CD, and digitally as download and stream. The music with its tentative vocals, guitar lines, loops, minimal beats, samples, supported subtle by piano / synth sounds has been recorded on-the-fly, in an intimate, un-produced way. The direct and uncompromising sound has become the staple of the family father, teacher, Overdrive Amp Explosion frontman and songwriter from Fribourg, a town in the vicinity of the legendary Bad Bonn concert venue and festival ground where Bruelhart and a few other Labelship artists first met.



Blue Bright Ow Sleep by FROGBELLY AND SYMPHONY

10 august 2015

Blue Bright Ow Sleep by Frogbelly and Symphony, is now available as CD , vinyl and digital.

The Brooklyn NY and Sheffield UK based quartet fronted by Liz and Tom Hanley is now presenting their first full-length album! Blue Bright Ow Sleep was produced by Martin Bisi (Bill Laswell, Sonic Youth, Swans, Dresden Dolls) and tracked in the fabled BC studio in Brooklyn. It was thereafter mixed at the Laundry Rooms Studio in Sheffield.
A strictly limited edition of personalised vinyl albums has successfully been sold through a pre-order campaign. The picture "Heavenliest Buddies" envelops "Blue Bright Ow Sleep" courtesy of Philipp Schewe.

Owls of The Swamp - ATLAS

6 may 2014

on CD, 12" Vinyl and digital

There’s a sense of searching and mystery nestled in the music of Owls of the Swamp.
The atmospheric indie-folk project of Australian singer-songwriter Pete Uhlenbruch.

ATLAS acts just like the soft voice of reason. “Garden” is an airy, dream-like waltz that lends simple yet elegant guitar phrases. It feels just like a heartbeat, one that shows Uhlenbruch’s ability to create a grandiose and angelic landscape of sound. “Shapeshifter”, a rhythmic lullaby, is a soft and breathy sing-a-long. “The Hypnotist” tells the story of a haunted relationship between a hypnotist and his estranged lover. Cascading piano melodies and ghostly backing vocals from Irglová and the subtle production of Thorisson add a surreal and otherworldly dimension to this memorable song. “Shelter” shows Uhlenbruch’s ability to turn a pop song on its head with his combination of haunting vocals and his prudent reflection: no matter where we set up our home, one day we’ll have to pack up and move on.

His last album Go with River (2011) was received as “one of the sleeper hits of the year” (Timber and Steel) and “new folk music at its best” (Sony Ericsson Music Blogger). There is no doubt that location has played an influential role in the development of Uhlenbruch’s sound. His debut album Smoky Bay (2007) was an ambitious concept album that sought to capture the strange coincidences, connections and charismatic characters that shaped his experience living in Iceland. Uhlenbruch’s deeply embedded Wanderlust has also led him to perform extensively throughout Australia, Germany, Iceland, the UK, Poland and the Czech Republic. His arresting yet personal live performances have led to tours with artists such as Žamboši (CZ), Myrra Rós (IS) and Svavar Knútur (IS) as well as supports for Machine Translations (AU), Old Man River (AU), the Paradise Motel (AU) and Jens Lekman (SE).

MARTIN BISI - Ex Nihilo

2 may 2014

as limited edition 12"vinyl!

Martin Bisi, the producer/engineer of much essential music of the last 30 years - Sonic Youth, Swans, Herbie Hancock’s Rockit, The Dresden Dolls - releases his own (LP).
A  journey through time and the solar system, with operatic mermaids and chanting animist practitioners. A crash course in post-punk sound anarchy, avant gardist doom and freak lucid dreaming. 
Martin Bisi has been at a crossroads of indie, punk, avantgarde, noire/cabaret rock, and the electronic music since the early 80's in New York City. At a recording studio he started in 1981 with the help of Brian Eno, Martin Bisi has realized albums by Sonic Youth, Swans, Material/Bill Laswell, Boredoms, Dresden Dolls, Cop Shoot Cop, John Zorn, Africa Bambaataa, Herbie Hancock's Rockit, White Zombie, Foetus, Helmet, Unsane, Serena Maneesh, US Maple, Jon Spencer's Boss Hog and countless other indie, experimental and post-punk records.

Ex Nihilo is Latin for “out of Nothing” or “from nothing” and a reference to the creative process. Whether by the individual, society or evolutionary/divine forces.
A darker tone dominates the record compared to his last couple releases, with an exploration of the psyche and catharsis. The ritualistic sensibility (reminiscent of his 1988 album Creole Mass) is conveyed with a shift to more repetitive drumming and repetitive chant-like vocals.
The chaos of sound and group vocals is inspired in part by the upheavals of the financial crisis, including street protests in the sonically impressive glass canyons of lower Manhattan and the drama of the times and New York City in general. 

Lonesome Station

6 december 2013

              Lonesome Station
                         Out 06 Dec 2013

     Singer – Songwriter EP from Switzerland

Stephan Brülhart, 38 year old frontman of Swiss band Overdrive Amp Explosionbegan to do a series of solo shows in early 2012 under the name Lonesome Station. Using just a loop pedal and his acoustic guitar his songs are minimalist, atmospheric and raw. The EP brings forward these qualities as it has been  consequently made without post production, overdubs or further embellishments.
It comes across rather like a radio show or house concert – seamless as one take.
The song writing has been mostly  influenced by artists like Bradford Cox and Nick Talbot. However Brülhart isn’t replicating but rather reinventing his musicianship as a timid and yet fragile singer of his own world.

“ My songs have no message and I’m also not a counsellor of anything in particular. Lyrically I mostly reveal what’s going on around me, describing situations in real life. Men or women might be able to see themselves in parts of it….” – Brülhart says about his own lyrics.

The artwork shows a map of an unknown city or town of unknown dimensions, where the streets and places have no names. So thankfully Lonesome Station gives us a chance to find the in-betweens and explore the unknown with no prejudice.  

STEVE ALLEN - Wreck The Place

6 december 2013

 Steve Allen
Wreck The Place
Out 06 Dec 2013

Steve Allen, 29, front man and singer songwriter of the folk punk band has developed his style over many years on the circuit in Peterborough and then Sheffield when he moved to the city in 2003.  His genre was at first hardcore punk as guitarist and then drummer and later experimented with looping and percussive guitar.

Steve and his love of learning new music and instruments is self taught in bass, drums, mandolin, Charango (string instrument from Chile) and he took his guitar to a new level.  And an unusual array of instruments were used in the production of this album including a quality street tin, pan lids, a coin jar and flight case; which he recorded on his own, largely in his flat in Meersbrook, Sheffield,  with some guest musicians and backing vocalists to assist.

One should never pigeon-hole a band to a particular genre of music, and Wreck the Place is no different.  Yes it’s a punk/folk band with plenty of gypsy influence thrown in which ensures a vibrant and joyful feel to some of the songs and even an earlyLevellers sound with the violin.  But the lyrics are poignant for the man on the street; as this man has something to say and he sings them with melodic clarity.  Tracks such as ‘Orwell’s Dream’ and ‘I’m not a racist but’ truthfully expose the plight of those living within our society today.

The line up of Wreck the Place is:
Steve Allen – song writer, guitarist and lead vocalist, harmonica
Ryan O’Connor – bassist and backing vocalist
James  Magennis– Drums & percussion
Ian Illsley - violin and cornet, mandolin and keyboards

 

LIZ HANLEY - The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia

1 september 2013

 Liz Hanley – The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia

out 19/08/2013 Labelship / Brokensilence / Shellshock

I don’t worry about how all these kinds of music fit together in my life; it’s just a part of who I am...”

 

That's how Liz Hanley gets to the point in an article of The Boston Irish Reporter. In fact, it is quite an achievement to be so positively recognised for a slightly genre-bending debut within the Irish traditional community. In collaboration with guitarist / mandolinist Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O'Learyon Banjo and Bouzouki this contemporary miscellany of Irish folk traditionals came into being as a journey through many eras and regions. Appalachian – Celtic influences and a touch of pop musical airiness affiliate homogeneously with the versatile compositions of Irish songwriters. This album gives traditionalists as well as the 'all and sundry' listener a rewarding insight into the Irish soul and its most astounding attribute of a tradition passed down for centuries.

Right at the outset In Bodenstown Churchyard puts a tint of bleak ecstasy on the sonic canvas.
Hanley sings about composer Thomas Davis' figurative encounter with Wolfe Tone who iconically stood for the Irish Rebellion in 1798. Her foot pushing down on the sustain pedal of a grand piano she sings into its body as the rebound of her voice trembles the strings and suggests the cavity of a cathedral.
The anti-war ballads My Son Tim and Bonny Light Horseman as well as Isle of St. Helena emblematise the records of the political lament in the Napoleonic era.
A set of refreshing jigs, by name April’s Fool andI Ne’er Shall Wean Her, composed by contemporary American accordion player Jimmy Keane, then transition into the murder-ballad Johnston which originates in the English folk tradition and in its execution parallels old-time American variations.
The a capella ballad Dark Horse on the Wind derives from more recent events of the Irish conflict throughout the last century. It was penned by Dublin composer Liam Weldon whose musical works have always tributed the struggles of the poor and the disadvantaged for a better life.
The concluding last fourth of The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia then comes along a bit less morbid and dramatic, but somewhat more personal and narrative. On Sanctuary Hanley's former professor, long time friend and mentor Mick Moloney accompanies her on octave mandolin and vocals. The coal-miners ballad by Vincent Woods and Mairtin O'Connor feastfully peaks in a fulminant horn arrangement and takes the listener to Arigna on the border of Roscommon and Leitrim.
After a traditional set of the reels Crooked Road to Dublin / Considine's Grove this elaborate debut comes to port with a contribution of Liz's father Andy. On Southwind he fiddles and recites alongside her daughter and completes The Ecstasy of St. Cecilia warmheartedly.

Elizabeth Mary Hanley grew up in Boston MA. Her Irish roots have always played an important role in her upbringing but she really hit her musical stride when she moved to New York City to attend NYU and study classical violin. The 27 year old resident of Brooklyn feels at home in many genres and is also a committed member of rock band Emanuel & the Fear and theatrical post-punk ensemble Frogbelly and Symphony. Despite being often on the road with those groups she is in constant touch with the Celtic music scenes of both her hometowns. You can frequently find her in one of the many Seisiúns sharing tunes and songs. Using her fiddle and her distinctive voice Liz Hanley understands how to dive into the depths of her being and interpret her music in a heart-rending way.

http://lizhanley.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/liz-hanley

OUTROADS - i am happy

19 august 2013

 Outroads – I am happy, 3rd studio album, from Sheffield

 Labelship / Brokensilence / Shellshock, out Aug 19th

The weird thing about this long-established Sheffield band is the fact that you struggle to find an aspect about them that isn't obscurely normal. The group of up to nine musicians around songwriter and frontman Geoff Walsh have been holding together for more than 10 years. Passionate common people with a great talent to share the oddities of being in a rock band with the ups and downs of everyday life. Over the years and three albums Outroads has established a profound relationship between the music and the daily grind. I am happy turned out to be a body of reference for all those, whose lives got in the way. Outspoken and tragic, inevitable, honest and mature, but never too serious. A natural paradox.The acme of non – Rock'n'Roll* delivers a contemporary status report of a whole generation of outstandingly talented and artistic individuals, who happen to have their lives together. Never mind this very peculiar disarray, these Sheffield lads and lasses have created a soundtrack that sounds as elemental as no one wants to, but a lot have tried hard to be.
With americana ingredients ranging from blues to folk and country Walsh's raspy voice narrates in a distinctive northern English terminology. The band backs up playfully and gives this stoutly earthed album an enchanting and cheerful appeal. Instruments like piano, accordion, violin and slide guitar as well as multiple backing vocals can be heard, but never overload the sometimes quirky, sometimes minimalist song structures.           

If you ever get a chance to attend one of the rare Outroads live shows, you might be reminded of the heartwarming sound an old Jaguar XK. An engine – like band. The lyrical simplicity and soulful musicality certainly links to Johnny Cash and the 'Boss'. The music comes across coarse and lusty like a gypsy party. The band recorded I am happy mostly with an odd 16 track hard-disk recorder from the nineties. Then the tracks got mixed in a studio in Hamburg, Germany where the album got picked up by the local label Labelship.  Outroads are currently planning to play a few selected shows in September and October. Please check upon dates on their websites.

http://outroads.bandcamp.com/

https://soundcloud.com/outroadspromo