Some lovely reviews have trickled in… find a selection below… . Big thanks also to 3VOOR12 for placing the album on their ‘Luisterpaal’, BBC Scotland for the airplay, and Celtic Music Radio and Cam Glen Radio Glasgow for ‘album of the week’ features!
‘I’m utterly captivated by the debut LP from Avocet. They’ve built on their enchanting 2018 Borrowed Seed EP with a wonderfully arranged, impeccably played, beautifully sung, global roots kissed, swinging folk gem for Mink Records. A genuinely stunning debut LP.’ – The Slow Music Movement
‘You can hear the same vibe in Avocet, pacey yet gentle, clarity of guitar and harp resonating together, knitting the music into a wonderful cloth (…) the great interplay between Iona and Sam is better than ever. Sam’s guitar work is clean, clear, precise, but full of soul and above all, under-stated. Nothing flashy, but very, very good.’ – Folk Radio
‘From a musical point of view it’s a feast of beautiful harp- and guitarwork, but the other musicians on the album contribute to a sound that keeps sounding slightly more out there than just ‘folky’ or ‘Celtic’ (…) Avocet’s music goes beyond the ‘folk’ genre somehow and manages to maintain the listeners attention.’ – Erwin Zijleman, de Krenten uit de Pop blog (NL)
‘It begins by laying out its influence on the jazzy folk blues circling guitar notes and puttering percussion of ‘Sell Me To The Wind’, Zajac inviting you on the musical journey (…) A Malian influence seeps into the breathily sung march beat title track, psychedelic guitar notes weaving across the hypnotic melody on a song addressing global conflicts and the desire to “be free from those fighting a war so separate from me” (…) Harp and guitar skimming across the underlying bassline like light reflecting off water, ‘Glarabi’ is an instrumental, the title of which may or may not be a variation on Gl’Arabi, a reference to a Sufi mystic. (…) Like the bird, the trio navigates the folk currents with dexterity and are ready to take flight.’ – folking.com
‘This is a band with something new and fresh to offer to the Folk scene of today, which is kind of ironic really, as they are so obviously influenced by Folk revivalists of the 60’s and 70’s. I think it’s the inclusion of the sparkling harp and Iona’s seductive vocals that set them apart from their peers and that’s not taking anything away from the other gifted musicians on the album, it just gives them that touch of stardust that others may lack. It’s a stunning debut recording that will captivate with it’s versatility and differing styles, from Psych Folk to Blues, to Jazz and all with a contemporary ambiance, a real must have if your looking for something to refresh your Folk collection.’ – Real Music Net
‘The album feels soft and calming, with a perfect mix of instruments. Zajac’s voice is just sublime.’ – 3VOOR12
‘A wonderfully arranged, impeccably played, beautifully sung, global roots kissed, swinging folk gem for Mink Records. A genuinely stunning debut LP.’ – The Slow Movement
‘A must album for everyone’s collection.’ – Celtic Music Radio
We are very grateful for all the support so far and can’t wait to hear what you think.
Despite pandemic madness, we decided to go ahead and release something digitally, for you to chill and groove to in quarantine. Out today, hailing from Glasgow: MONICA- ‘Celebration’: stream the album here.
in The Scotsman newspaper! ‘Their debut album ‘Celebration’ has been out digitally for a couple of months, and is well worth seeking out for its lean soul pop chops, mellow folk-tinged reveries and the sultry influence of The Blue Nile in its laidback warmth.’
MONICA are a multi-generational band of musicians and artists based in Glasgow who have been making music together in various forms and guises for over a decade.
The band, made up of Andrea Marini, Lloyd Herriott, Ariane Jackson, Simon Shaw, and Ian Stoddart, all hail from different musical backgrounds and bring different musicality to the combined sound making MONICA.
Originally forming around the solo material of Marini, they subsequently moved away from the folk-based sound of his 2004 debut, drawing from a much broader pool of references, creating a sound of ranging influences from across the musical spectrum; Curtis Mayfield, The Blue Nile and The Durutti Column are amongst their many touchstones as well as dub, minimalism and kosmische musik.
Their debut album, Celebration, has been in the making for a while and has arrived through experimenting with songwriting and groove-based improvisation, drawing on their established experience of playing together. This is evident from their synthesised sound that clearly draws from a complex range of musical influences.
The album was recorded in Glasgow & Inveraray by Geoff Allan, Matthew Burrows & the band. Artwork by Ariane Jackson-Marini.
Long awaited and highly anticipated: Torii’s brilliant debut album ‘Return To Form’ is finally out today. You can listen to it on your favourite streaming service – and the record is available on 12” vinyl through record shops, live shows and our webshop.
Big thanks to all the media platforms and radio stations who’ve said lovely things thusfar, including 3VOOR12 and The Daily Indie who published in depth interviews with Domenico (click on name to read). ❤️ and a big shout out to everyone who came to the sold out release shows in EKKO, Utrecht and de School, Amsterdam – and Spotify and Apple Music for their enduring support on the playlist front!
Something different out on Mink today: a collection of tracks by classical musician and sound healing expert Eline van Esch (who is also a solo flute player in The Hague Philharmonic Orchestra), specifically created for meditation, relaxation, sound healing, yoga, sleep, being in stillness… anything that involves winding down.
The album is available on streaming services, and on CD in our webshop.
We are very happy to support this project and thank Doris Veldman for recording and mixing. Artwork by Michiel & Marieke.
Here’s the music video for Torii’s recent single ‘Heat Lightning’, created by band member Jilles van Kleef and Pauline Bauvin.’Heat Lightning’ is the first single released by Dutch psychedelic pop outfit Torii, taken from their upcoming album ‘Return To Form’ (out February 2020).
Torii shrewdly borrows stylistics and bends them to its whims, like on the sweltering soul melodicism of ‘Heat Lightning’, which thrillingly accelerates into a motorik-indebted slipstream.
Many thanks to Spotify for placing the track in New Music Friday, and all other radio stations, blogs and playlists who have shown their support.
The album release show in Amsterdam, plus shows in Utrecht and Rotterdam have just been announced:
The Hazzah’s debut album ‘Post’ is out today! Listen on your favourite streaming service through this link.
‘Post’ consists of 13 tracks and came into being over the summer of 2018, in recording spaces varying from high-end studios like Wisseloord in Hilversum, to a DIY temporary self-built studio in the headquarters of a scouting group in the North of Holland. Thank you to everyone involved in creating this record ?
‘Post’ is available on heavyweight 12” vinyl from 16/3 – at shows, from your local record shop, or in our webshop. Hope you like it!
Tomorrow we’ll celebrate with a release show at Paard, The Hague. Label mates Torii will be the support act, and afterwards we’ll head to Zwarte Ruiter for an afterparty with a DJ set by lovely ladies Cosmic Silk! Hope to see you there.
We’re celebrating tonight in Glasgow at The Old Hairdresser’s, from 20:00. Come down!
Avocet is: Sam Grassie, Herbie Loening and Iona Rosa. Special thanks to: Mark Freegard (recording & mixing), Bart Schatteleijn (mastering), Daniel Ashton (piano), Duncan Mark Horne (saxophone), Graham Costello (drums) & Keek van Eijk (artwork).
Big news from The Hazzah! Today sees the release of their first single ‘Sad’, from their upcoming debut album ‘Post’ – and the announcement of their album release show at Paard on March 16th! Check out the new track on all streaming platforms (click here).
artwork by Wouter Stroet. Recorded and mixed by Michiel Mutsaerts, mastered by Bart Schatteleijn.