The energy, focus and inspiration Paul Wright and Tim Harrington are harnessing in 2018 feels like a rebirth. Having amassed over 120 million streams worldwide, the duo of TALL HEIGHTS are currently on their biggest winning streak, touring the US and Europe alongside acts like Ben Folds, CAKE, Judah & the Lion and Colony House, and racking up accolades across the press world from the likes of Paste, SPIN, Huffington Post, NPR and Stereogum, in addition to making their broadcast performance debut on Conan.
With no plans of slowing down anytime soon, Tall Heights now gear up for the release of their most ambitious project yet, sophomore album Pretty Colors For Your Actions. Stepping away from the production-heavy, synthetic palette of earlier releases, Pretty Colors is a uniquely original record that melds man-made instrumentation with grandiose, contemporary production. The highly-anticipated album is just the start of a huge fall for the group, who will then take their newly-released music across North America for 30+ headlining tour dates beginning this October.
OLD SEA BRIGADE
Old Sea Brigade is Atlanta raised, Nashville based singer-songwriter, Ben Cramer. He delivers a compelling, heartfelt, and atmospheric blend of folk, country, Americana, and indie rock that CLASH music has described as “gorgeous, meditative songwriting” with a “sense of Southern gothic.” In 2016 after self-releasing his debut EP, Cramer embarked on his first U.S. tour landing key support slots for Julien Baker, Hiss Golden Messenger and John Paul White.
During this time he signed with Nettwerk Music Group and over the following year released two more EP’s, Wash Me Away and Cover My Own. Old Sea Brigade continued to tour throughout 2017, including support for Joseph on their UK/EU tour in February and Lewis Watson in September. The singer/songwriter also saw support from major radio stations such as BBC Radio 1, Radio X, Virgin Radio and KEXP as well as having his music streamed over 20 million times on Spotify. Old Sea Brigade will be releasing his debut full-length record in 2019.
Timing matters. With or without you the train is departing; the second hand doesn’t really stop when you won’t wind your watch; inspiration strikes in an instant but its reckoning can take an eternity. In the world of music, the concept of time doesn’t just pertain to cues to come in or a 4/4 beat—it is also equally about patience and the space an artist must allow themselves to create.
So for Christina Cone, the leader of the Nashville-based soulful indie-pop band Frances Cone, Late Riser, the title of her first album since 2013, is a nod to that notion, and her band’s growing achievements—over 12-million Spotify streams, an NPR Tiny Desk concert, well-attended tours, and critical attention—reflect her dedication to her craft.
“Late Riser is about giving yourself time to create, rest, and grow while also being frantically afraid of its speed,” Cone says. “We spent so much time on this record making each guitar sound exactly the way we wanted, and each lyric is very specific to us but vague enough for listeners to find themselves in it…we committed to being patient and allowing it to become what it should become without pressure. Meanwhile, we were writing a record that is thematically about the impermanence of time, fear of the future or lack thereof, and worry—and also great love—for the present. There’s a nice juxtaposition of those two things that sums Frances Cone up pretty nicely.”