‘Belinda’ by vintage-rockers Albino

 

If vintage rock from back in the day is your thing, then make sure to check out the new single, ‘Belinda’ by Albino. It’s full of organs, guitar solos, the raw vocals of Ben Tucker and a whole load o’ whiskey, which we’ve heard the band operates on.

Since their inception in 2005, Albino has undergone a musical metamorphosis, travelling a long way from their humble beginnings, but now, the off-the-wall band has cemented their style and truly found their own sound. Whilst Albino’s eclectic and multi-talented musical line up has changed over the years, this latest track proves their musical direction, commitment and energy has always remained constant.

You can check out more on Albino here:

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Albinomusic/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYeh0Lung8nhaCa1Zb5W8cw

http://www.albinomusic.com/index.php

 

Track Review: Leat Haber’s Vintage Inspired ‘Wait for Me’

She has been labelled as Israel’s own Amy Winehouse, but Leat Haber’s ‘Wait for Me’ has a unique vintage inspired edge that takes us back to the old days.

Having listened to the likes of the Temptations, Jackson 5 and Cat Stevens whilst she was growing up, Leat has honed a quirky pop sound based on her favourite elements of older music. Leat is so devoted to the vintage image and vibe that she even uses old equipment in and out of the studio to obtain the perfect retro sound and stay faithful to the music that has fueled her songwriting passion. You can’t knock her for being a perfectionist!

The clean guitar tone conjures images of a 60s American high school dance, like something from a movie, whilst Leat’s vocals provide a distinct richness to the track.  The subtle doo-wap back up singers complete the 50s/60s image and contribute to the overall texture of the song. This is one thing that makes Leat’s music so special, not only is it a delight for the ears, but it creates vivid imagery of the time period that one can easily imagine; Leat seems to be reinventing the music of then, for now.

‘Wait for Me’ was inspired partly by the television series, Mad Men, in which many of the female characters are stay at home wives, whilst the men work and often cheat without anything being said. Leat considers herself a feminist and so her inspiration for the song is justified as well as being an original starting point for song writing.

Comparing Leat to other artists is a difficult task when she is producing old-style pop music in the modern day, but vocally, she isn’t a million miles away from acts such as Paloma Faith, Gabriella Cilmi or even Duffy.

Overall, ‘Wait for Me’ is an wonderfully crafted piece of nostalgia made relevant for today’s audience, so watch this space when it comes to Leat Haber!

Links

https://leathaber1.bandcamp.com/album/flying-on-a-kite

https://www.instagram.com/leathabersingersongwriter/

Twinwood Festival set for August 2015

The original and best vintage music and dance festival:

Twinwood Festival set  for August 2015

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After its huge success last year, the UK’s largest vintage music and dance extravaganza, Twinwood Festival will return to Twinwood Arena in Clapham, Bedfordshire this summer. It will be the event’s 14th year, held over the weekend of 29th-31st August, and it’s set to be the biggest yet, with countless attractions for festival goers who visit from all over the world.

For a taste of what the weekend has in store, check out some clips from last year’s festival:

Attractions

As ever, the festival will be a haven for music lovers who have an appreciation for good popular retro music. With 60 live bands playing music through the decades over 11 venues, including the centrepiece outdoor arena, festivalgoers are spoilt for choice. The bands and artists will include the excellent Si Cranstoun, The London Swing Orchestra, 60s group The Overtures, Rock ‘n’ Roll band Joey and the Jivers, The Revolutionaires big band and many, many more class acts. From the classic days of Charlston, through the 40s to the rock and roll of the 50s and the music of the swinging 60s, the range of acts is vast – right the way through to electro-swing acts that blend tradition with modernity.

With so much choice, it’s just as well all the venues have acres of sprung dance floors which reverberate to the beat of the music, and after you’ve been to the retro dance lessons that will be available across the weekend, taking in swing dancing, modern jive, rock and roll, the jitterbug and plenty more besides, you’ll be on the floors as well.

Twinwood Vintage  Festival portrait photographed by Oxfordshire

To help set the scene, Twinwood Festival Village will also be filled with over 100 vintage traders selling fabulous fashions and collectables, plus there will be flying displays, classic vehicles and museums to feast your eyes on. There will even be a choice of hair and beauty salons to make sure you look the part.

Other live entertainment will include comedy and vintage fashion shows, and a host of music bars and eclectic food outlets serving a great range of food and drink throughout.

Last but not least, 2015 sees the return, for only the second year, of the Mr and Miss Vintage UK competition, which will crown those who have most accurately captured the look and spirit of the festival. The contest is one of the centre pieces of the whole weekend, where the winners go home with exclusive prizes presented by Twinwood’s special guest star Anita Harris.

Tickets


Fantastic camping for caravans, motor homes and tents is provided next to the Festival Village and five nights stay, with good facilities, is available to 3 day ticket holders at a great price.

Also non camping festival goers will be able to buy tickets for individual days as well as 3-day weekend tickets.

Tickets on sale now from http://www.twinwoodevents.com/ or you can ring the ticket hotline on 01234 824773 or 07914 093552 or 07914 093553

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Lola Lamour with her band The Lamours are ‘Looking for Love’ with new original vintage EP

Lola Lamour

Lead single ‘Slow Motion Love Affair’ to be released on February 16th, with EP ‘Looking for Love’ released March 30th

A unique and original group influenced by the vintage era of singers such as Peggy Lee and Doris Day, singer/song writer Lola Lamour and her band The Lamours are set to release their new EP ‘Looking For Love’ this March.

Capturing perfectly the glamour and sparkle of the 50s and the 60s, their original music is a throwback to a time when rhythm and blues actually meant rhythm and blues and big bands ruled the musical roost. The spirit of the era is encapsulated by the EP, represented perfectly by the smooth yet racy swing of lead single ‘Slow Motion Love Affair’:

This love for the past and devotion to rediscovering its magic has led Lola and The Lamours to stages all around the UK and Europe as they have grown into a name on the lips of everyone on the vintage circuit. Now, with their new release on the horizon, they have a great chance of breaking out into the mainstream, following in the footsteps of the critically acclaimed vintage darling Si Cranstoun, with whom they have shared many a stage.

Songwriters Lola, David Lowe, and Andy Dawson do a fantastic job of emulating the glamorous sound of the era and adding a contemporary twist.

Leading lady Lola is the driving force behind the burgeoning success of the group which has been featured nationally on many occasions with features and appearances in the Daily Mail, the Telegraph, Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Radio 2, GMTV and countless other outlets.

It’s all thanks in part to her charisma and her dedication to the vintage way of life – her home recreates the 50s/60s feel so accurately that it’s been used as a set for several TV projects. But mostly the success comes from Lola’s supreme vocal talents, song writing, and the musical backing of her Lamours.

The single ‘Slow Motion Love Affair’ will be released on February 16th ahead of the EP ‘Looking for Love’ which will be available March 30th

Links:

http://www.lolalamour.net
Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efol9NEfQnA&feature=youtu.be