The Charlatans – ‘Totally Eclipsing’

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The Charlatans are a gift that keep on giving; almost three decades of delivering great music and they aren’t about to stop now.

Far from trading on past glories The Charlatans – and indeed front man Tim Burgess – seem to have a real zip about them in recent years; great records, collaborations and books (Burgess’ two books to-date are sublime), and it is the former which concerns us today.

The Charlatans have released new EP ‘Totally Eclipsing’ today (June 8th); and with it, lead single of the same name. ‘Totally Eclipsing’ is a supremely catchy piece of jangle-pop perfection. It whizzes and fizzes along, wrapped up with a sunny disposition matched by a hazy summer feel; a magical mix of bouncy, jovial jangle-pop dripping with smiley melody. This is one of those infectious tunes that will be bobbing around inside your head all day and that, by the way, is a very good thing. ‘Totally Eclipsing’ is up there with the very best of The Charlatans’ output over the past 30 years and that says something!

Check out ‘Totally Eclipsing’ below & the EP can be found in all the usual haunts.

Gulp Share New Single ‘Search For Your Love’

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The Cardiff-based spacey psych-poppers, Gulp – revolving around Lindsey Leven & Guto Pryce of Super Furry Animals fame – have shared their new single ‘Search For Your Love’.

Recorded in the summer of 2016 on a farm in mid Wales, ‘Search For Your Love’ follows on from Gulp’s bewitching 2014 debut album Season Sun and it is a wonderfully natural successor. ‘Search For Your Love’ further refines the pair’s warm, fuzzy, lush psych-pop by combining spacey sounds and textures with a luscious melody proggy-guitars and synths. In doing so they create something hypnotic and unique, and topped off by Leven’s sultry vocals, this is the very essence of dreams. What a magnificent return. Now is the time to sit back and let ‘Search For Your Love’ flow over you and seep into your senses, and leave you better for it.

‘Search For Your Love’ is available now via via Tim Burgess’ independent label O Genesis and Gulp are currently working with Luke Abbott on their second album, which is set to be released in 2017.

The Charlatans – ‘Talking In Tones’

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Last week The Charlatans unveiled a new single ‘Talking In Tones’, a first glimpse into their forthcoming, as-yet-untitled 12th album.

It is also the band’s first new material following the passing of drummer Jon Brookes last year, and will honour the late musician. Out through Quietus Phonographic Corporation as a limited edition 7″, ‘Talking In Tones’ sows together a subtle baggy rhythm, jangling guitars with Burgess’s recognizable vocals, some sublime and distinctive Charlatans organ sounds, acting as camouflage for a rather claustrophobic, haunting and mournful air (which is hardly surprising given the circumstance). This gently stirring track is the most vital The Charlatans have sounded for quite some time (bringing to mind a sort of hybrid of The Charlatans’ very own ‘Then’ and Ian Brown’s ‘Corpses In Their Mouth’). Yeah, they’ve hardly been in sparkling form over the past decade but their previous LP, Who We Touch was a solid step in the right direction. On the evidence of ‘Talking In Tones’, we could be in store for a treat when they decide to release album number twelve.

You make your own judgement on ‘Talking In Tones’ below, and the video, which stars Nico Mirallegro as a young Tim Burgess, was directed by Nik Colk Void of Factory Floor.

Tim Burgess – White

The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has announced the release of a brand new solo album, Oh No I Love You on October 1st.

While busy with the day job fronting The Charlatans, it still seems a bit mad that it’s been nine years since his excellent debut solo album, I Believe. The first track from the album is ‘White'; an upbeat and breezy brass-laden canter with jaunty keys and country inflected guitars. It is perfectly partnered by Dan Tomb’s psychedelic video, which accentuates the beauty of this wonderful ditty. No great surprise, Burgess’ fondness for country is well noted but if this is anything to go by, the album is going to be pretty sweet. 

Burgess plays Dublin’s The Workman’s Club and The Stiff Kitten in Belfast on October 26th & 27th respectively.

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