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One Liners: Jehnny Beth, Ingrooves, Christine And The Queens, more

By and | Published on Thursday 6 February 2020

Jehnny Beth


Kobalt has signed a worldwide publishing deal with Jehnny Beth and her songwriting partner Johnny Hostile. The deal comes as Beth confirms that her debut solo album, ‘To Love Is To Live’, will be released on 8 May. Guests on the record include The xx’s Romy Madley Croft, actor Cillian Murphy, and Idles’ Joe Talbot. Here’s new single ‘Flower’.



Universal-owned distribution and label services firm Ingrooves has launched a Tokyo office headed up by Ryukatsu Son. The company says the new base in Japan “reflects [its] growing global presence”. Ryukatsu comes to Ingrooves from Amazon Japan. Interestingly, when rival The Orchard – the Sony-owned distributor – opened its Tokyo office last August, it also hired a former Amazon exec to run it.



Christine And The Queens has released new single ‘People, I’ve Been Sad’. She’s done a live performance for the Colors YouTube channel too.

James Blunt has released a new version of his song ‘Halfway’, featuring country duo Ward Thomas. They also happen to be supporting him on tour later this year, which I guess is why he met them halfway on this. Ahem.

Best Coast have released new single ‘Different Light’. New album ‘Always Tomorrow’ is out on 21 Feb.

Anna Meredith has released the video for her track ‘Sawbones’. She’s on tour in the UK until the beginning of next week.

Black Midi have released new track ‘Sweater’. I say new, it’s actually an outtake from their 2019 debut album ‘Schlagenheim’.

Balthazar have released new single ‘Halfway’, the first track from the follow-up to their 2019 ‘Fever’ album. Hey, that’s the second song called ‘Halfway’ on this list. Maybe I should have put them together. Although the first one was already a duet. Bad luck, guys.

The Naked And Famous have released the video for recent single ‘Bury Us’. “Falling in love is not always straightforward”, says the duo’s Thom Powers. “Sometimes it’s literally like falling, unexpected, and out of our control. For those who’ve recently fallen out of love, or who are grieving, diving back in can be frightening. ‘Bury Us’ is about overcoming that fear and taking a leap of faith. The song has two meanings though. It’s also a metaphor for when Alisa and I were deciding whether to continue with TNAF or not. The video stands alone but is somewhat metaphorical for the calamity that Alisa and I can be. We dragged a few friends into it, which is not unlike real life. Heh”. Yeah, sorry, I didn’t have the heart to cut him off, and this ended up being well more than a “one liner”.

Daniel Merriweather has released new single, ‘Paradise’. “I was in Hollywood living out of my car and things weren’t going so well”, he says of the background to the song. “Every night I would pretend I was living in paradise, I would pretend that I was happy and in love; I would do anything to make myself feel this way. None of it was real though; honestly it was hell. So one day I found the strength to break free. This song is about that strength”. Yeah, sorry, that was quite long too, wasn’t it? Welcome to CMU’s “more than one liners”.



If you fancy spending an evening with Alan McGee, and I see no real reason why you would, he’ll be heading out on a speaking tour this year. He’ll discuss his career and take questions from the audience. Dates are spread out, but mainly in May and October.

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