Review: Owen Pallett – Island

Island, the latest album from Oscar-nominated composer and songwriter Owen Pallett, is out via Domino / Secret City Records (Canada). A varied yet often sombre record, Island is a sheer pleasure to listen to with it being virtually impossible to walk away from with a lack of regard for the composer.

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Becki Fishwick: And to my surprise I’ve had radio plays, magazine features and lots of new followers and fans!

Based in the stunning Lake District, Ulverston, North West England, Becki Fishwick has a 1950s vintage style and provides a retro twist to modern songs and revives old jazz, soul and Motown too! Becki’s voice is influenced by 1940s jazz, 1950s rock n roll and 1960s soul, and she has just released single, Know You Know. She spoke withe The Fountain about the single in more depth.

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Hamish Napier: The project has proven really popular with music makers of all ages

Make Music Day is a grassroots yet global music festival. It takes place on 21st June, which is the summer solstice. The festival was originally launched in France in 1982, as Fête de la Musique, and its popularity continues to grow organically. Musicians from all over the world will be participating this year in a celebration which spans 1,000 participating cities, and over 120 countries. Make Music Day UK this year has commissioned internationally acclaimed Scottish musician and composer Hamish Napier and in-demand drummer Cat Myers to create a special arrangement of Auld Lang Syne for the project. Hamish spoke with The Fountain about the project in more detail.

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Review: Ultraísta – Sister

Ultraísta, considered a supergroup by some, with vocalist/producer Laura Bettinson (FEMME/lau.ra), multi-instrumentalist/producer Nigel Godrich (Radiohead) and drummer/producer Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms for Peace) have released new LP, Sister via Partisan Recrods. As anticipated with any project Godrich works on, there is much richness in this record, with many layers and ambience that washes with high production values. Sister is the group’s first album of new music in nearly eight years.

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Review: In the Shadow it Waits

Award-winning director Michael Beets premiered his live horror film experience on 4th June, In the Shadow it Waits, using the tech at most of our fingertips right now. With a Blair Witch feel using lockdown as the premise in Australia, the film is performed live and edited in real-time with actors performing from their own homes in different states across Australia. Uniquely, the audience is witnessing a film being made as they’re watching it. However, this does come with some drawbacks.

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