Monday, 11 August 2014

South Sea Records brings Willy Mason to Durban for Two Shows with Hinds Brothers

Willy Mason
International recording and touring artist Willy Mason will be appearing in Durban for the first time ever on Saturday 23rd August at Live The Venue. Mason will be billing with Durban's very own acoustic brother duo, The Hinds Brothers.
Willy Mason’s critically acclaimed new album Carry On is out now on Communion Records. American Songwriter said,”Mason’s voice is gorgeous, his lyrics evocative and his arrangements adventurous – it’s a complete package that is as airtight as it is simple, as gorgeous as it rugged, the sort of record that burrows deep into your brain and doesn’t let go.”  Willy Mason is currently on the road in support of Carry On. The tour has so far included performances with Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Laura Marling.
Carry On, produced by Dan Carey (MIA, Hot Chip, Franz Ferdinand), is Mason’s 3rd full-length album and his first for Communion Records, the influential UK based record label co-founded by Ben Lovett(Mumford & Sons). The label has been home to notable artists Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka, GotyeDaughter and more. Communion’s love and respect for Willy was cemented through Lovett touring with Mason – seeing the new songs take shape and evolve live. Lovett says:
“Willy Mason is one of the greatest Songwriters of our generation. In the UK his music is held up with the legends, and has inspired many people I know. Moving to the US this year and establishing Communion further in North America, I have been stunned by how little familiarity there is with Willy’s music, I am stunned by how few people have been touched by his songs. And this emotion, one of injustice, is exactly why I started Communion with my friends and partners in the UK in the first place...Willy Mason sings songs to your soul, and it feels good.”
Willy was just 19 when he was discovered by an associate of Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), which led to the release of his debut album, Where the Humans Eat on Oberst’s Team Love record label. It was a record that showed us a young man with a tremendous, broad-oaked voice, a great songwriting talent, and a peculiar wisdom beyond his years.  In 2007, he returned with If The Ocean Gets Rough, an album that only underlined his ability to capture the spirit of a time, a place, and a generation. Mason earned massive critical commercial in the UK, selling 150k records and performing to thousands as a headline artist.
 In the years that followed, Mason kept himself busy: writing songs of course, but also playing in friends’ bands, promoting shows, teaching music classes, as well as a little shell-fishing, and hosting a radio talk show called ‘The Fish & Farm Report’. “The diversity and the range of experiences gave me a chance to learn a lot more about music.” Mason says. “I got to further my musicianship. I came to see playing shows and entertainment as a fundamental part of society, and I’m just playing my role.”  Willy was also featured in the video for “No Room For Doubt” (approaching one million views on Youtube), a collaboration between he and breakout artist, Liana LaHavas, which helped launch her career in the UK.
All the while, Mason was accumulating a clutch of new songs that would make up Carry On. On his relationship with Carey, Mason states: “Dan was a musical collaborator, and so he had a big influence on the sound,” Mason says “He was able to make the beats sound so human, and so it felt like the tracks were laid and I could kind of let go a bit more.”
Letting go is perhaps the greatest theme of Carry On. It’s present in the rhythms – hints of dub and reggae infusing Mason’s characteristic folk structures, and in his voice as well , which swings from gravel-deep to something higher, flightier and more fragile. And of course, it’s also packed tight in these songs’ lyrics; songs about self-doubt, about love and lost connections, the death of a friend, and a broader, bolder sense of the changing world around us. There is a hope rising anew. Mason says, “I think the album itself is about growing up and trying to find one’s place,” Mason says, “about making peace with the past, accepting it as part of one’s identity and moving forward.”

“Yes, you read that right: Willy Mason’s Carry On is a perfect record. Perfect – we wouldn’t change a note!” - American Songwriter

“Equal parts hobo and Holden Caulfield…Willy Mason blends precocious lyricism, spare, jangly guitar, and a world-weary voice that sounds older than his years.” - Rolling Stone 

“Mason’s lo-fi blues/folk blend is refreshingly humble and unostentatious.  Instead of using these standards as a springboard for modern adventures in composition, he sticks to their rawboned essence. Unlike some of his peers, Mason doesn’t play up that rawness; instead he allows those old Progressions to work their magic…” -Pitchfork

“Willy Mason has stolen our attention with his unique sound and its wholehearted purity. His smoky voice sings with a booming sincerity like nothing we’ve heard since Nebraska-era Springsteen.” Baeble Music

Hinds Brothers
The Hinds Brothers Band are an acoustic folk rock country group fronted by singer/songwriter brothers Aden & Wren Hinds. Born and raised in the small town of Ramsgate on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast, the music of The Hinds Brothers emblemizes the tranquil beauty of these surrounds – but much more than that, they bring to the art of melody and lyric music written, sung, and played from the heart for the heart.

Individually their voices are very different yet meld seamlessly into harmonic perfection. Similarly their songwriting displays that merging compatability that produces songs of unforgettable melody line and lyrical beauty. These qualities, perfectly complimented by voices of great originality and beauty, make live performances by these young musicians an intimate, dynamic and unforgettable experience. They have evolved a style uniquely and undeniably their own, taking inspiration from a wide range of influences including the Beatles and Syd Kitchen.

The Durban based duo's debut album 'Ocean of Milk' was released independently towards the end of 2013, and soon attracted the attention of record labels. The brothers signed a licensing deal with Sheer Sound in January 2014 and the album has was nominated for a SAMA award in the Best Adult Contemporary category. 'Ocean of Milk' features some of South Africa's great musicians such as Marc Duby on upright bass and Ant Cawthorn-Blazeby on fiddle among others and was produced by The Hinds Brothers themselves, mixed by SAMA award winning producer Dan Roberts, and mastered by Alan Douches (Sufjan Stevens, Roky Erickson) in New York, USA. Following incredible reviews in Rolling Stone and Audio & Video magazine, 'Ocean of Milk' is sure to make an indellible mark on the music industry.

Great music always resonates with the trilogy of mind, heart and spirit and in this respect the creative work of the Hinds Brothers is an unqualified success, for their music will live long in the minds, hearts and spirits of all who are fortunate enough to experience their art.

"So very beautiful... 'Ocean of Milk' definitely up for album of the year." - Diane Coetzer (Contributing Editor - Rolling Stone SA)

"Hinds Brothers are up there with the best songwriters in the world"   -  David Marks (3rd Ear Music)

"My favourite acoustic duo"  -  Syd Kitchen

“One of the most beautiful duos around...” - Nibs van der Spuy

“What a package! Soothes and caresses the soul... instantly engaging with breathtaking harmonies. Pure velvet, effortless and a delight to the senses.”  -  Gloria Rhodes (Whats On SA)

Monday, 4 August 2014

Oppikoppi Rising





Durban Town's very own 'Hinds Brothers' are set to perform at Oppikoppi Festival 2014 this weekend (7-9th Aug). This years festival also features some of our favourite international artists like Willy Mason and Cat Power- The Brothers perform at 3pm on Friday 8th August at the folk stage up the mountain-  as Texx & the City says- "Kick back and let them serenade the shit outta you with songs off their debut SAMA-nominated album 'Ocean Of Milk' "