BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE WINS THE MERCURY PRIZE! //
Congratulations to the deserved winner of this year’s Mercury Prize, Benjamin Clementine, for his exceptional debut album At Least For Now.
In one of the most touching acceptance speeches in the history of the awards, Benjamin invited his fellow shortlisted artists to share the stage with him as well as dedicating his win to the people of Paris.
Guy Garvey – Courting The Squall //
After nearly twenty five years and counting as a member of elbow and one of the UK’s most recognised and celebrated musicians and lyricists, Guy Garvey is setting off alone for the first time. On October 30th he releases his debut solo album, ‘Courting the Squall’.
Recorded initially at Real World Studios near Bath and completed at Blueprint Studios in Salford, ‘Courting the Squall’ features a band created by Guy from his ‘favourite musicians outside elbow’ and was driven by spontaneity and experimentation amongst the assembled players with Guy firmly and exclusively in the driving seat. The band ‘moved fast and drank a lot’, focusing on live recording with minimal overdubs to create the songs. Unlike elbow, where democracy has always ruled, this is an album where Guy embraced the freedom to do exactly what he felt throughout.