New Black Lizard single ‘All Her Time’, Solarize album this Spring

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Hot on the heels of two celebrated EP’s and a much loved debut album, Black Lizard prime their second self-produced full length Solarize this spring. Solarize sees the band expanding not only their sound (Solarize adds horns, synths and other textures to the mix) , but also moving out of strict genre borders just leaving us with a simple concept: Black Lizard music.

The first single from Solarize, All Her Time is informed as much by 1990’s textures as any adherence to the garage sound of decades past. All Her Time’s quiet/loud dynamic is enhanced by airy vocals, chorused guitars, droning fuzz and machine gun drum fills. The video, directed by Eetu Maaranen from label mates Ghost Of Jack Nance, is a fun ride with mystical symbolism. Cue reflective marbles, swirling skulls, spinning angles and one cool looking band.

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Black Lizard’s second album Solarize is released through Soliti on the 20th March 2015.

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Watch Satellite Stories ‘Heartbeat’ video

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Watch the official video to Satellite Stories Heartbeat, the second single taken from forthcoming album Vagabonds (released in Finland on the 27th Feb. 2015 via Soliti.) Heartbeat‘s video was shot by Roar Helsinki and directed by Roar Helsinki along with Esa Mankinen from the band. The video get’s it Finnish premiere via Hufvudstadsbladet. 

Heartbeat has been warmly received all over the world with amongst many others Ja Ja Ja commenting “Heartbeat is a song that’s brimming with all of the joyful energy and the light, lilting atmosphere that we’ve come to love from this band” whilst Exclaim from Canada points out that “The song opens with a cinematic shimmer and simple, wordless hooks anchored by a loudly thumping beat.” Chart Shaker opined that “Heartbeat is yet another immediately gratifying slice of electro-washed, arena-ready indie rock” Gigslutz who premiered the single in the UK said Heartbeat “sees Satellite Stories bigger and better than ever” Rumba premiered the single in Finland whilst national radio YleX featured the track as their best new song of the week.

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You can pre-order Vagabonds via iTunes (get an instant download of single The Trap and Heartbeat on order) and via Levykauppa X, 8 Raita, CD:ON with more pre-order links to come.

Satellite Stories embark on a huge European tour at the end of February, taking in Finland, Spain, Germany, Holland, UK, Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, Norway & Denmark. The tour starts in Finland at Jyväskylä and ends with a Finnish homecoming show in April at Helsinki’s Tavastia. NB: LONDON Barfly show SOLD OUT!

  • February 27th. Jyväskylä – Finland 
  • February 28th. Oulu – Finland 
  • March 4th. Hamburg – Molotow – DE
    March 5th. Amsterdam – Paradiso – NL
    March 6th. Tilburg – 013 – NL
    March 7th. Zwolle – Hedon – NL
    March 9th. London – Barfly – UK
    March 11th. Cologne – Luxor – DE
    March 12th. Stuttgart – Zwolfzen – DE
    March 13th. Zurich – Mascotte – CH
    March 14th. Lyss – Kufa – CH
    March 16th. Munich – Kranhalle – DE
    March 17th. – Vienna – Szene – AU
    March 18th. Prague – Futurum – CZ
    March 19th. Berlin – Frannz Club – DE
    March 20th. Copenhagen – Bremen Teater – DK
    March 23rd. Gothenburg – Pustervik – SE
    March 24th. Oslo – Pokalen – NO
    March 26th. Madrid – Arena – ES
    March 27th. Barcelona – Razzmatazz – ES
    March 28th. Mallorca – Es Gremi – ES
    March 29th. Granada – Planta Baja – ES
    April 5th. Helsinki – Tavastia – FI 

Get your tour tickets here

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For more Satellite Stories information visit

Cats Of Transnistria Away EP out now

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Cats of Transnistria‘s highly anticipated Away EP, is released digitally via Soliti worldwide today (16th Jan 2015). Congrats you Trans Cats we say!

Listen to Away EP here

Away EP is available to download & stream from the following shops

iTunes

Amazon

Spotify

Deezer

Net Antilla

Wimp

Soliti Shop

Cats Of Transnistria say this of their EP “Away is a story about escapes. The songs are fantasies of a life in another place, stripped of identity, and of hedonistic self-destruction. The entwining short-story-like fragments combine personal feelings and sensations with undertakings of fictional characters from films and novels. Spiced with black humor, these tales of suffering are equally mixed with beauty and hope.” 

Watch the video’s for Good Night & San Francisco


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Composed and performed by Cats of Transnistria. Production by Paltsa-Kai Salama. Away EP cover made by Onni Nieminen

Upcoming live shows:
29.1. Helatorstai-klubi, Henry’s Pub Helsinki
30.1. Soliti Winter Beach Party, Nosturi, Helsinki
31.1. Telakka, Tampere
5.-6.2. MARS Festival, Seinäjoki

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“the Helsinki-based duo’s sound conjure an evocative and serene nocturnal imagery of the scarce daylight season, with windy tremors seeping into the chasms, lulling the listener into a dreamland. ” Prefix

“The group is essentially a duo, crafting this really ornate soundscape music, weaving vocals in and out, and creating this aesthetic that’s extremely hard to ignore.” Austin Town Hall

“The track ‘Good Night’ is absolutely hypnotic, soft like a summer night under the stars. The tremolo guitar, the subtle organ and the dreamy vocals create a strange, comforting darkness that will keep you warm in the cold months to come.”  Ja Ja Ja Music:  5 Artists To Watch In 2015

“… we can also tell you that its staggeringly good…Markedly affecting and often spectacular, ‘Away‘ is a consuming and engrossing depiction of abjection, but it’s certainly one that’s worthy of exploration.” Gold Flake Paint

“San Francisco is dark and claustrophobic in intent and delivery living up to their doom/dream pop, whilst Henna’s vocals almost float over and through the changes in tempo from black noise to subtle understated electronica.” Even The Stars

more info on Cats of Transnistria

Listen to Satellite Stories new single Heartbeat

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Satellite Stories release Heartbeat today (9th Jan.), the second single off their forthcoming album Vagabonds (which drops in Finland via Soliti on the 27th February). Heartbeat takes inspiration from the relentless touring the guys have undertaken since their indie breakthrough. Living like drifters and writing songs, “We became Vagabonds going from pillar to post with no real fixed address” says lead guitarist Marko Heikkinen

Between their heavy list of festival and live appearances in 2014, the band decamped to the UK to record their third album in the Kentish countryside with producer Simon “Barny” Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Temper Trap, Kasabian and Bombay Bicycle Club). The release of the first single from Vagabonds late last year, The Trap made Spotify’s “Simply the Song of the Year” playlist after accumulating millions of plays. The Trap also placed the quartet at  #1 on Twitter Music as well as receiving serious play at YleX. Influential site Indie Shuffle included The Trap on their Best Indie Pop of 2014 list. The positive reaction from fans and media alike for The Trap has been overwhelming to say the least.

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Satellite Stories embark on a huge European tour at the end of February, taking in Finland, Spain, Germany, Holland, UK, Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden, Norway & Denmark. The tour starts in Finland at Jyväskylä and ends with a homecoming show in April at Helsinki Tavastia.

  • February 27th. Jyväskylä – Finland 
  • February 28th. Oulu – Finland 
  • March 4th. Hamburg – Molotow – DE
    March 5th. Amsterdam – Paradiso – NL
    March 6th. Tilburg – 013 – NL
    March 7th. Zwolle – Hedon – NL
    March 9th. London – Barfly – UK
    March 11th. Cologne – Luxor – DE
    March 12th. Stuttgart – Zwolfzen – DE
    March 13th. Zurich – Mascotte – CH
    March 14th. Lyss – Kufa – CH
    March 16th. Munich – Kranhalle – DE
    March 17th. – Vienna – Szene – AU
    March 18th. Prague – Futurum – CZ
    March 19th. Berlin – Frannz Club – DE
    March 20th. Copenhagen – Bremen Teater – DK
    March 23rd. Gothenburg – Pustervik – SE
    March 24th. Oslo – Pokalen – NO
    March 26th. Madrid – Arena – ES
    March 27th. Barcelona – Razzmatazz – ES
    March 28th. Mallorca – Es Gremi – ES
    March 29th. Granada – Planta Baja – ES
    April 5th. Helsinki – Tavastia – FI 

Get your tour tickets here

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For more Satellite Stories information visit

Cats Of Transnistria announce Away EP

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Away cover

The wait is almost over. Cats Of Transnistria‘s Away EP gets a worldwide digital release via Soliti on the 16th January 2015.

Cats of Transnistria describe their EP: Away is a story about escapes. The songs are fantasies of a life in another place, stripped of identity, and of hedonistic self-destruction. The entwining short-story-like fragments combine personal feelings and sensations with undertakings of fictional characters from films and novels. Spiced with black humor, these tales of suffering are equally mixed with beauty and hope.” 

We first heard and got excited by Cats Of Transnistria via the track San Francisco. San Francisco features picked guitar textures and haunting vocals but then manages to forge ahead on a propulsive rhythm (notice: no drums) that leads us to a dream of sound and emotion. San Francisco‘s video was made by Cats Of Transnstria’s Henna and Paltsa-Kai Salama of Black Lizard who also handles production duties on the EP. Glue commented on the video “It comes with a video of surfing boys and dancing girls in a distant place and time. The music is eerie and hypnotic by itself, but watch the video below and the experience becomes pretty surreal.” Which sums it up pretty well we think.

Cats Of Transnistria ‘Away EP ‘ (Soliti 034) Release date 16.01.2015

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1. Violet
2. San Francisco
3. Good Night
4. The Departure

Composed and performed by Cats of Transnistria.

Production by Paltsa-Kai Salama.
AWAY EP cover made by Onni Nieminen

Upcoming live shows:
29.1. Helatorstai-klubi, Henry’s Pub Helsinki
30.1. Soliti Winter Beach Party, Nosturi, Helsinki
31.1. Telakka, Tampere
5.-6.2. MARS Festival, Seinäjoki

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Cats of Transnistria photo by Sofia Okkonen.

“the Helsinki-based duo’s sound conjure an evocative and serene nocturnal imagery of the scarce daylight season, with windy tremors seeping into the chasms, lulling the listener into a dreamland. ” Prefix

“The group is essentially a duo, crafting this really ornate soundscape music, weaving vocals in and out, and creating this aesthetic that’s extremely hard to ignore.” Austin Town Hall

“The track ‘Good Night’ is absolutely hypnotic, soft like a summer night under the stars. The tremolo guitar, the subtle organ and the dreamy vocals create a strange, comforting darkness that will keep you warm in the cold months to come.”  Ja Ja Ja Music:  5 Artists To Watch In 2015

more info on Cats of Transnistria

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Listen to Manna’s new single Heartbeat I

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Manna‘s Blackbird album has been warmly welcomed by public and critics alike. The album has received the finest notices of Manna’s career yet and has found it’s way to end of 2014 lists via YleX, Rumba & Soundi amongst others.  

Whilst previous singles Mobile & Troublebirdrepresented the more stripped down aspects of Blackbird, deep in the soul of the album you would have found a rocking pulse. Heartbeat I demonstrates this while retaining the lyrical thread that so characterizes Blackbird. Electronica, pumping beats and electric fuzz meld with Manna’s passionate vocals to deliver one of Blackbird‘s most euphoric highlights.  

You can stream Heartbeat I

Heartbeat I also comes in A Gif video form,  Illustration by Linda Linko. Art Direction by RAIRAI.FI

Manna heads out for some select shows this coming February

7.2 Tavastia, Helsinki (with Aino Venna)
14.2 Tampere talo, Tampere (with Aino Venna)
27.2 Club 45 Special, Oulu

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Blackbird is available from here

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Photo by Sebastian Johansson

More info on Manna from: website, Facebook, twitter, instagram & soundcloud.

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