Brought up by a musical mother, it was in fact his nomadic father who led his creativity flair into music.
“He taught me how necessary travel is,” Hill elaborates. “It helps you understand how beautiful and varied this world is, and its occupants and cultures. It helps you stay flexible and open-minded, and to get a different, more focused view about what we have and what we lack.”
This idea of movement and distance is a theme that runs throughout Hill’s self-titled debut album, which features ‘Revolver’ – a song which exudes pain, pleasure, suffering and relief, emotions that Hill tackles head on.
Hill’s five-part video series concludes with a live session for ‘Revolver’.
Electronic duo Solomon Grey are gearing up to release their sophomore album ‘Human Music’, out on 16 February via Mercury KX Records. The record was mixed by Dave Fridmann (MGMT, Flaming Lips, Tame Impala) and features a full orchestra recorded in Budapest.
We caught up with Tom and Joe…
1. Describe your sound in three words.
Emotive, cinematic, classic (we held to hold back from writing average or something similar).
2. Where did the name Solomon Grey come from?
There was a day of flinging names around, Tom said Solomon Grey (the inspiration for that is another story) and we thought it sounded right. At the time we wanted people to think it was one person. We always enjoyed reviews wrongly thinking Floyd or Gnarls Barkley were one artist.
3. Your music is hugely emotive, and your visuals and live shows, hugely atmospheric. Which comes first when creating music?
We normally talk about the visual aspect of a track once the first few ideas are down. It’s always present in the idea from an early point. Also, atmosphere is vital to how we work with a tune. Always trying to find where a track sits and how to achieve that. We are always discussing and sharing ideas, it’s part of the joys of working as a duo.
4. You toured with Above & Beyond in 2016. What was that like?
Amazing. Performing live on the tour ended up inspiring a lot of how we wrote this latest album. Those venues, the acoustics, the seated audiences. The whole Above and Beyond family were so great to us, we owe them everything. Still can’t quite believe that we played the Hollywood bowl. What a privilege.
5. Your upcoming sophomore album, ‘Human Music’, is out next month, and follows Joe’s extremely difficult journey with his mother. Was this album particularly hard to make?
Joe, “in places. This is hard to explain but it was a very lovely time spending that last summer with Sandy. We were together for the end and it was special. I think the whole point of the album is that from the offset I thought something like this would be as you described it ‘an extremely difficult journey’ but it turned out to be a beautiful celebration of our lives together and an honour and pleasure to be there at the end. There were difficult moments of course but mostly it was a time I will cherish. We were best friends and it was good being there together at the end”. Tom, “Making the album was challenging because of the amount of musical ideas Joe brought but we got through it.”
6. We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?
Arctic Lake recorded all their latest tracks next door and we think they are amazing. Msafiri Zawose has an album out called Uhamiaji which we keep playing on the way into work. Also, @iamofficer is recording his second album next door at the moment and we keep humming the melodies on our way home. It sounds beautiful, but he is still working on it so keep a look out for its release.
Sounds like: Aquilo, Heaven 17, Depeche Mode, Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux, M83, James Blake, Bon Iver
Solomon Grey have unveiled the new video for ‘Sweet 84’, the latest release taken from their self-entitled LP.
Always offering up cinematic production with expansive electronica, the video for ‘Sweet 84’ features the world through a young child’s eyes growing up in the 80’s.
In their own words; “We wanted to create something with the breadth of emotion and depth that some of our favourite albums encompass. The music and songs just naturally became more and more layered the more we worked on them and bit by bit we learnt how to self-produce and carve out the sound we wanted. The album touches on a lot of things but put together the whole thing ended up reflecting our journey from a very dark place and the metamorphoses we went through over the years of writing and travelling, trying to get it finished.”
The album is out now via Decca Records.
Solomon Grey have also announced a support tour with Above & Beyond and will be appearing live at The Royal Albert Hall on May 5th 2016 amongst other UK dates:
Sunday 3rd April – Eagle Inn, Manchester
Monday 4th April – Green Door Store, Brighton
Tuesday 5th April – The Louisiana, Bristol
Wednesday 6th April – Electrowerkz, London
Sounds like: Heaven 17, Depeche Mode, Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux, M83
Tongues is the budding electronic artist out of Glasgow, Scotland.
On first listen of his new track, ‘Religion’, it sounds quite isolated, but after the second listen, it’s clear that Tongues has well layered and executed storming synthetic pop, full of driving rhythm and modulated vocals.
The track is a taste of his fantastic debut EP, due September.
Sounds like: alt-J, Ben Khan, David Bowie, Hozier, Brolin, Everything Everything, Kavinsky
FARAO is the talented multi-instrumentalist, Kari Jahnsen.
Her new track ‘Bodies’ is about giving into bad decisions, and paces along with depths of determination and sorrow.
‘Bodies’ has been taken from her debut album ‘Till It’s All Forgotten’ on 11 September 2015 via Full Time Hobby.
10/09 – Sebright Arms – London, UK – Tickets
17/09 – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, USA
22/09 -Smiling Buddha – Toronto, CA
23/09 – DC9 – Washington DC, USA
24/09 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, USA
26/09 – Music Hall Loft – Portsmouth, USA
29/09 – Hotel Café – Los Angeles, USA
Sounds like: Susanne Sundfør, Hozier, First Aid Kit, Lykke Li
Gothic soulstress CHLØË BLACK is back with stunning track, ‘Cruel Intentions’.
It’s an epic follow up from ‘27 Club‘, which was a little more bittersweet that ‘Cruel Intentions’. However, ‘Cruel Intentions’ is still about loss. The track is about cult classic ‘Killing Zoe’ and beseeches attention as CHLØË’s smokey voice surrounds your eardrums.
Sounds like: Hozier, Emile Sande, Sam Smith, Banks, Paloma Faith, Lana Del Rey, Amy Winehouse, Banks, Sky Ferreira, Lorde
Solomon Grey is an ambient electronic folk electronic duo from the UK.
The stunning track, ‘Miradors’ was written in isolation in the Australian outback, the song is packed with contemplative nostalgia. In their own words, it was inspired by having the time to reflect on “everything – your childhood, relationships, mistakes, everything.”
The epic live video is now available:
The track will be featured on the soundtrack for the adaptation of JK Rowling’s global bestseller ‘The Casual Vacancy’.
It is also taken from their mini-album titled ‘Selected Works’, which will be released on their own imprint label Elcici Records.
Sounds like: Ásgeir, Chet Faker, James Vincent McMorrow, Hozier, Lane 8, The National, Son Lux