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Jessica’s Brother “Overnight Horror”

29 Dec

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve added Jessica’s Brother to the Fika Recordings family!

Jessica’s Brother first started playing together in October 2016 when Jonny Helm (drums, also of The Wave Pictures) asked Charlie Higgs (bass, previously of Ramshackle Union Band) to come and play some songs written by Tom Charleston (Jessica’s Brother). The trio clicked immediately, and just 9 months later recorded the album with Laurie Sherman at The Cube and with Darren Hayman. A few friends joined them in the studio, including Dan Mayfield on violin (Enderby’s Room) and Paul Rains on guitar and slide guitar (Allo Darlin’ / Tigercats).

There’s a single out now to give you a taste of what to expect from them in 2018, but if you’re a fan of Silver Jews, Jason Molina, Richard Thompson or Neil Young, we think you’ll find something to love in their gothic country.

Tom Charleston describes Overnight Horror as “a fever-dream about the corruption of greed and the ill-fated pursuit of material over family and friends. It is a dark story, told by a delirious man who’s left haunted by what he’s done”.

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The Just Joans “I Only Smoke When I Drink”

17 Nov

Today we’re releasing your final preview from the new record from The Just Joans! David Pope of The Just Joans had this to say about the track: “it is an ode to the tragicomedy that is the weekend. TFI Friday quickly evaporates to be replaced by FML Sunday, and the perpetual search for someone to stay in with inevitably ends in heartache and hangovers“.

You can listen to it on Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

The album is out on the 1st of December, and we’re shipping all pre-orders out now to ensure you get your copy ahead of the official shop date. So if you’re after the heavyweight vinyl or the CD, then head over to the Fika Recordings shop and buy your copy – you’ll get an immediate download of all 4 tracks we’ve released so far too.
Buy The Just Joans “You Might Be Smiling Now…” on vinyl, CD or digitally.

O’ Caledonia from The Just Joans

27 Oct

We’ve another new track from The Just Joans’ forthcoming album You Might Be Smiling Now… for you!

O’ Caledonia is the opening song on the album, and David Pope from the band describes it like this…

‘O Caledonia’ is a song inspired by my four-year-old niece who is, as yet, completely oblivious to the pain, misery and heartache that lies in wait just around the corner. This is our message to the young: You Might Be Smiling Now… Perhaps it’s the legacy of John Calvin and strict Northern Presbyterianism. Perhaps it’s the miserable weather and shite football. Either way, there feels a peculiar doom-laden cynicism at the heart of the Scottish psyche. Life is long and hard and filled with sin and guilt, and that’s the way it’s meant to be. Enjoy the song – or, actually, don’t enjoy the song. Just set your face against the wind and endure it.

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‘A Tent of Blankets’ – new single from The Hayman Kupa Band out today

9 Jun

“Darren Hayman and Emma Kupa today unveil the fruits of their wonderful new collaborative effort – and the glowing pop of “A Tent Of Blankets” might well be the sweet shot-in-the-arm you were craving all along” GoldFlakePaint.

Listen here:

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“The Music” from Enderby’s Room out now

31 Mar

The final single from the Enderby’s Room album is here, and not long to wait now until the album is available on 12″ vinyl, CD and digitally in full.

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New single “Birds” from Enderby’s Room out now

17 Mar

The latest single from Enderby’s Room is out today! Birds is taken from their forthcoming debut album, and was premiered over at For The Rabbits yesterday. Here’s what they had to say about it:

The track is a delicate piece of gently unfurling minimalism, led by a lightly plucked acoustic, and the steady pulse of a double-bass; it’s left to the vocals to carry much of the melodic content. Thankfully in guest vocalist, Deerful’s Emma Winston, they’ve the perfect foil, while Emma’s own music exists in the field of electronic-pop, here she demonstrates herself an equally adept folk-singer. Emma’s silvery vocal effortlessly carrying the quiet melancholy of Dan’s words, as she sings of the natural migration of our avian visitors, “they’re preparing to leave this land and head somewhere warmer, far from our crystal winter“. It’s a song that knows we must all fly the nest at some point, but even in that inevitability, there’s still a sense of trepidation and sadness and what me way lose along the way.

The whole track builds to a quiet crescendo, as Dan and a third voice, belonging to Sophie Koonin, join to provide delightfully harmonious, counter melodies, and the rich, weezing tones of a Victorian pedal harmonium add a touch of depth, before the whole thing fades to fluttering bird song. It’s an exquisitely delivered, and vivid piece of songwriting, and the strongest case yet for just how good Enderby’s Room’s album could be.

Enderby’s Room – “Birds” Bandcamp | Spotify | iTunes

You can still buy their debut 7″ vinyl record My Old Friend, and pre-order their album on vinyl, CD or as a download from our Bandcamp shop – it’s out in just over a month’s time.

My Old Friend video

7 Mar

Buy your copy of the 7″ single here.