Longfellow release new single “Siamese Lover” via Fandango/Fierce Panda

Longfellow
Heroically crestfallen alt-popsters Longfellow put the seal on a grand old year by, well, preparing for 2014. Their “Siamese Lover” single may not be released until January 27th, but Steve Lamacq has already played it on BBC 6 Music after he was impressed by their vibrant set at the Shacklewell Arms recently. Further radio support has followed from Radio 2’s Jo Whiley.

Longfellow

LONGFELLOW RELEASE “SIAMESE LOVER” SINGLE VIA FIERCE PANDA ON JANUARY 27TH AND KICK OFF 2014 WITH AN APPEARANCE AT PANDAMONIUM

Heroically crestfallen alt-popsters Longfellow put the seal on a grand old year by, well, preparing for 2014. Their “Siamese Lover” single may not be released until January 27th, but Steve Lamacq has already played it on BBC 6 Music after he was impressed by their vibrant set at the Shacklewell Arms recently. Further radio support has followed from Radio 2‘s Jo Whiley.

2013 has seen our stout-hearted troubadours tickle the public’s underbelly with their self-released “Gabrielle” single in the summer and be embraced into the bosom of Fierce Panda Management not long after. In late October Longfellow also supported Keane at their anniversary show in Tunbridge Wells Forum.

It all fits, too: if you like your music with an epic overview and a melancholic undercurrent then Longfellow could well be Your New Favourite Band. Five heartbreakers-in-waiting they consist of Owen Lloyd (vocals), Tom Warhurst (drums), James Thomas (electric guitar), Isaac Shiman (bass) and Ali Hetherington (piano / synth). They lurk in South London and create a modest, authentic and soulful mixture of indie and pop, bolstered by fearless melodies and large choruses.

“Siamese Lover” is released on January 27, 2014 on Label Fandango / Fierce Panda, thereby joining excellent releases by the likes of Desperate Journalist, Felt Tip, Feldspar, I Am In Love, Machine Room, The Starkins, Habitats and more. Longfellow kick off 2014 with the show listed below.

Club Fandango & Fierce Panda present Pandamonium ’14 @ London Highbury Buffalo Bar Tuesday January 7, 2014 – EL BORN + THE TRAPS + LONGFELLOW (onstage 9.00pm) + FELDSPAR. Early furred £4.00 tickets from: wegottickets/event/250657 (Dates and information subject to change.)

For the latest tour dates and information, please go to:

Longfellow Official Website

Gwen Stefani Early Winter review + watch video

Gwen Stefani

I watched Gwen Stefani’s video for her single, “Early Winter” for the first time this morning. It’s good to see a video on TV before watching it on YouTube for a change – with the larger screen. “Early Winter” is off of her second album, ‘The Sweet Escape’ …

Gwen Stefani

I watched Gwen Stefani’s video for her single, “Early Winter” for the first time this morning. It’s good to see a video on TV before watching it on YouTube for a change – with the larger screen. “Early Winter” is off of her second album, ‘The Sweet Escape’.

Gwen Stefani’s videos are always fun to watch. Usually you can expect to see a lot of colors, quirkiness of some sort, dancing, romance, and/or glamour. With the “Early Winter” video, Gwen opted for glamour and romance.

She looks great – her glamorous gowns in the video are gorgeous. Who designed them? It crossed my mind that they could be Gwen’s own L.A.M.B. creations, but most likely not.

Some of the scenes were filmed in railway stations across Europe, which for me, adds to the romance – along with the use of black/white and color for the video (with a great opening shot by the way), the lighting, the falling snow and the room that Gwen is in with red feathers swirling around.

Although “Early Winter” seems quite simple, the lyrics are intense and emotional. I don’t remember hearing Gwen’s voice sounding so sultry and wanting before. Her long and drawn out phrasing is welcome and appropriate on this sad and bitter song about a bad relationship.

There are times during the song when her voice reminds me of Cyndi Lauper, which is interesting. That’s something that I would never have thought of before with Gwen Stefani.

Funnily enough, after listening to it I found that “Early Winter” was co-written with Tim Rice-Oxley from Keane, and that apparently, Gwen told him that she wanted a “ballad in the vein of Billy Idol’s “Eyes Without a Face”, Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly with His Song”, and Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”.” So go figure.

“Early Winter” is a very well produced track and watching the video makes for a stunning sound and visual experience.

Watch Gwen Stefani – “Early Winter” video

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By: Jenny May – Band Weblogs