Communion - Label Picks for New Music
Welcome to Label Picks for New Music. Every fortnight we invite a label to pick one up and coming band on their own label and another not associated with the label. This second edition features London-based Communion Records where label co-owner Kevin Jones gives his picks for the best new music.
I co-founded the label with Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons) and producer Ian Grimble around 18 months ago with the simple aim of promoting music that we loved. Communion began as a club night in South-West London before evolving into the label.
We just signed a amazing band called Treetop Flyers; their music is full of great songwriting, harmonies and unique voices. The band’s got a real classic way of looking at things, even down to the guitars they use; they definitely take a lot from 60s and 70s songwriters. We first came across them after booking them for one of our clubnights, which is how we find most of our bands. The relationship evolved from there and we soon made friends with the band, booked them for more shows and eventually decided to sign them. Treetop Flyers released their first single with Communion ‘Things Will Change’ on the 23rd May.
You can hear more of Treetop Flyers here
I’m really enjoying Aloe Black at the moment, it’s admittedly not very folky but I don’t think that matters too much. I really like the production on the record and the songwriting is great. The records got a great retro style to it that builds on a classic funk-soul feel that I love.
You can hear more of Aloe Blacc here
Treetop Flyers have announced the release of a brand new 4-track 10â single, which is out on May 23rd via Communion Records, alongside a full UK to support the release. Released on 10â vinyl, 4-tracks includes 'Things Will Change' and 'Long Cold Winterâ backed with two acoustic recordings of 'Rose Is In The Yard' and 'Disappearing Kind' Tour Dates: March 25 â London, Windmill April 11 â Leeds, Gaslight Club at Oporto May 01 â London, Camden Crawl ... (continued) [read more]
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Wood Festival is the smaller, greener and quieter sister-festival to the exemplary Truck and carries its admiral ethic and knack for providing a straight-up lovely time along with it. With an emphasis on folk-music, punters certainly shouldn’t expect any late-night raves but they can expect a feast of excellent music and a wonderful, family-friendly atmosphere. In amongst the strong line up are some real stand outs that I for one, cannot wait to see. The Epstein The Epstein... (continued) [read more]