St Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell announces new solo record titled ‘Red Kite.’

Were delighted that following the release of ‘Lipside’ in 1997, St Etienne’s Sarah Cracknell is releasing a new solo record.

Sarah Cracknell

Titled ‘Red Kite’ the new record is being released via Cherry Red on June 15th.

Listen to the opening track ‘On The Swings’ via Soundcloud.


Recorded and produced by Carwyn Ellis and Seb Lewsley who have both worked with Edwyn Collins, the album also features guests Nick Wire from Manic Street Preachers & The Rails.

Sarah spoke to Pitchfork about her influences for the record, read here.

Full Track listing:

01 On the Swings
02 Nothing Left to Talk About [ft. Nicky Wire]
03 In the Dark
04 Ragdoll
05 Underneath the Stars
06 Hearts Are For Breaking
07 Take the Silver [ft. the Rails]
08 The Mutineer
09 I Close My Eyes
10 It’s Never Too Late
11 I Am Not Your Enemy
12 Favourite Chair

Sarah Cracknell will also play a hand full of UK dates in June:

06-16 Brighton, England – Komedia
06-17 London, England – Bush Hall
06-19 Glasgow, Scotland – Oran Mor
06-20 Manchester, England – Gorilla
06-21 Leeds, England – Leeds City Varieties Music Hall


St Etienne are performing ‘Foxbase Alpha’ in full at this years End of The Road Festival as part of our Heavenly takeover of the garden stage on Saturday 3rd September.

Also on the Saturday bill is Mark Lanegan, Eaves, Stealing Sheep & H.Hawkline.



Caught By The River Teifi

Introducing a festival of music, outdoor living and adventure. In two parts. Taking place at Fforest Farm, Cilgerran from 10th – 17th August

Caught By The River - Forest

Curated by Wales Arts Review, Nyth, Caught by the River and fforest:

This summer, Caught by the River heads to the wild west of Wales for seven days of music, talks, workshops and blissful outdoor living at Fforest in Cardigan (10th and 17th August 2015). We’ve never attempted anything like this before – a family-friendly week of live music, workshops, readings, DJ sets and good times.




Rivertones 3: At Hawthorn Time


The next release on Rivertones, the audio imprint of our friends at Caught By The River, is a companion to At Hawthorn Time, Melissa Harrison’s novel.

The two track, 10″ vinyl record with an individually silkscreened and stitched sleeve, is a limited edition of 200 and is released on the same day as the book, April 23rd; the launch will take place at Rough Trade East.

The breath-taking record sleeve was made by an artist and printmaker Lucie Murtagh, who also created the botanical illustrations that feature at the start of each chapter, responding to At Hawthorn Time’s theme of landscape, territory and belonging. To make the starting point for her artwork she took a hawthorn tree, painstakingly rinsed the soil from it and scanned the complex network of roots it had put down into the soil; the insides of the sleeve are the living, vivid green of new leaves.

The record is available for pre-order online.


Faber Social presents: Original Rockers

Original Rockers by Richard King was published a few days ago – it has been announced that it’s Rough Trade’s Book of the Month.

‘A highly personal memoir that vividly articulates the sheer thrill of musical discovery , the new or previously unheard record that attaches itself to a moment in your life, from which it becomes inseparable’Uncut 8/10

The Social will be hosting the celebration of the publication of Original Rockers at Faber Social on May 11.

The night features:

‘Mwng’ by Super Furry Animals (Playback on Bowers and Wilkins ‘Proper Sound’ System),
Gruff Rhys (In Conversation),
Richard King (In Conversation / DJ Set),
Jane Weaver (DJ Set),
Pete Paphides.

For more information, head to the event’s website here. Tickets are also available online.

To find out about other Faber Social events, click here. The next gathering will take place on April 13: our friends at Caught By The River will be joined to present The Poem That Took The Place Of A Mountain: Reflections On The Language of Place.

Stealing Sheep take over The 405 Instagram

Stealing Sheep took over The 405’s Instagram on Thursday for the set of their new video for their next single.

Following ‘Not Real’ the band are making a new video – ‘Deadlock’, directed by Ewan Morris. Have a look at behind the scenes photographs and their previous music video below:

The album is released on April 13th.

Pre-Order at iTunes
Pre-Order Recordstore
Pre-Order Rough Trade


Anna Haigh and Lee Whitlock adding voice-overs to the film Weekender, 1992. Photo by Wiz

Jimi Goodwin – Doing It Dub style

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Test Pressing have published a post about a video presenting Al Breadwinner working on Jimi Goodwin’s track that Heavenly is going to release as a special 7″ for the upcoming Record Store Day. For more information about our RSD offerings, read our previous Heavenly Jukebox post. See how the magic happens on “Didsbury Girl – Tear Down Dub” below: