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44 INDIE / ROCK PALOMA FAITH Fall to Grace Issue 39 / 2012 GUESTLIST RECOMMENDS OF MONSTERS AND MEN Icelandic indie folk making a splash on both sides of the Atlantic. Icelandic act Of Monsters and Men mix clever song writing with strong melodies and powerful sound. Their songs are poignant duets which speak of reminiscent of Mumford and Sons. After winning Músíktilraunir, Iceland's annual music competition, in 2010, the group has only gone from strength to strength. They've just followed up their 2011 Into the Woods EP with My Head is an Animal, and are currently on tour in the USA. love and loss with a folksy twist Paloma Faith's debut album Do you want the truth or something beauti- ful dropped in 2009 and delivered hit songs like 'Stone cold sober' and 'New York'. With her unique jazz-infused pop, containing a touch of rhythm and blues, Paloma is set to take over the world. Fall to Grace is the second studio al- bum of Paloma Faith. The singer says this album is going to have a more 'cinematic mood'. But will this fulfill the high hopes af- ter 'Do You Want the Truth' or 'Something Beautiful' ? The first single has already been released. Pieces' is a heartbreaking love story about being in a relation- ship with a man that isn't over 'Picking up the his past relationship. Listening to this song makes us very en- thusiastic about her album. Pro- duced by Nellee Hooper, who also has produced for Björk, No Doubt, Massive Attack and Ma- donna, this adds up to coming up with an class-A album. Paloma is definitely happy with her brand new album, saying; "It's met my expectations and more!" We have confidence that this will be another high calibre album and we'll enjoy listening to it. WHEATUS PLAYING AT THE GARAGE ON MAY 24TH Each song is a perfectly formed swirl of melody. Singer Nanna Hilmarsdóttir's ethereal voice adds a layer of beauty which sounds delicate but is affirmed by the background surge of drums and brass. There's something to be treasured, something incredible about the songs, which makes it feel as though each one is leading the listener to a little world of its own. The video to the single Little Talks both encourages this and invites comparisons to fellow Icelandic music act Björk with how artistically ambitious and breathtakingly weird it is. Their songs are the sort of epics you'd expect to see scoring a documentary about mountains, or possibly a fantasy movie where Sean Bean dies, but they're also thoroughly enjoyable on their own. These are not songs you'd dance to, but they're an excellent antidote to spring showers and are candy for the ears. If the imagination they've shown so far is any indicator, Of Monsters and Men are set to do great things in the genre. They're definitely an act to watch this Summer. TOUR SCHEDULE : BEAR IN HEAVEN Get ready for some heavenly electric sound. Wednesday 16/05 @ Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, London Thursday 17/05 @ Green Door Store, Brighton Friday 18/05 @ Leaf (Liverpool Sound City), Liverpool For the first time in nearly 2 years, this band are back with a full-band performance celebrating 10 years since our debut album. Cause I'm just a teenage dirtbag baby. Listen to Iron Maiden baby with me. Wohohohoooo! You you know this song and I'm damn sure you are singing it now. Wheatus, the band famous know going to be in London. It's guaranteed for this song are are going to give you all it's that Wheatus got with drums kicking the beat guitars your eardrums and a bass line that will blow your mind. Be amazed by this all-round band and make sure you scream your lungs out singing along with their songs! Don't miss out on this roaring, in epic concert! Saturday 19/05 @ Stag and Dagger, Glasgow Sunday 20/05 @ Soup Kitchen, Manchester Tuesday 22/05 @ Brudenell Social Club, Leeds With a sound like Joy Division filtered through a computer, Bear in Heaven are bringing their brand of electronic indie on the road this spring. Get ready for a set filled with innovative and exciting music this spring. The first person to produce a concert video made up almost entirely of zooms wins this writer's respect. Wednesday 23/05 @ Louisiana, Bristol

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