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New Video ‘Seven Hours’ and Debut Album Out Now
The video is a hopeful adventure; a paradox; exploring loss, longing and change all appropriately set in both the centre of Sydney and in an underwater paradise of our imaginations. Director, Gareth Davies, the visionary behind the clip interprets, “Seven Hours seemed appropriate for exploring a more surreal narrative – it comes from an idea of a man moving through and letting go of a past relationship and coming to terms with this loss. Whales are a totem for me, personally – so it was serendipitous to see afterwards that they also appear all throughout the band’s album artwork also. There was definitely something significant and special about working on this video.”
‘For the Company’ was produced by Aaron Brooking-Dessner (The National) and was recorded in the Future Past Studios – a converted nineteenth-century church in Hudson,New York. Little May have caught the attention of tastemakers far beyond their Sydney home with The Line of Best Fit declaring “Little May have added another worthy entrant to 2015’s albums of modern blues and, unlike the relationships that inhabit its songs, it gets better with each visit” The LP has been added to Eclectic24 KCRW’s new music stream and was spotlighted on Huw Stephens ‘It’s Album Time’ segment on BBC Radio 1 and has just been announced as triple j’s feature album. The trio have also just signed a international publishing deal with Sony ATV.
It’s safe to say that the last two years have been a whirlwind for age-old friends Hannah Field, Liz Drummond and Annie Hamilton from topping hype machine charts to sold-out Australian shows, support tours with Angus and Julia Stone, Bernard Fanning, Cold War Kids & Rodriguez, international festival appearances including The Great Escape, Bonnaroo Festival and CMJ where they were officially selected as one of the “11 Breakout Acts of CMJ”. The trio’s current 25-date worldwide tour saw them selling out their London show to capacity and will see them play the UK, Europe and USA, further solidifying themselves as an ‘act to watch’ as touted by the likes of The Huffington Post and The Guardian.
Australian fans will be able to see Little May this Summer, when they are schedule to play alongside the likes of Foals, Bloc Party and Gary Clark Jr. at The Falls Music and Arts Festival as well as Southbound.
Art For The Company
Before they embark on their four-date national tour and a 25-date tour of the US, UK and Europe, Sydney outfit Little May have today announced a unique online art campaign, culminating in an exhibition, which will celebrate the launch of their debut album “For The Company” available October 9 via Dew Process/Universal Music Australia.
Titled #ArtForTheCompany, Little May have engaged 11 of their favourite local artists to create an artwork of any medium, inspired by a selected track from their LP. With visual art being an integral part of Little May’s suit of armour since inception, and all artwork designed by the band’s own Annie Hamilton, it was important for the band to continue celebrating creativity across all art forms. The development of the art works will be journaled through the #ArtForTheCompany hashtag across Facebook and Instagram.
The physical exhibition will run from Friday 2nd October until Sunday 4th October at Goodspace, above the Gladstone Hotel in Sydney. Music and art lovers will be able to hear the album in its entirety ahead of its official release date, as well as check out and buy the artwork.
#ArtForTheCompany will launch Little May’s Aaron Brooking Dessner-produced album “For The Company” available October 9 and features the singles fragile, dark and intense first single ‘Home’ – which reached #4 on Amrap’s AirIt metro chart locally, and has been receiving international recognition with airplay across the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 6 – and heart-breaking new single ‘Seven Hours’.
September National Tour
Before they embark on a national tour next month, Little May today bare their new single ‘Seven Hours’ which has just premiered via Stereogum. Showcasing what Little May do best – slow-burning, melancholic melodies that reflect equal parts hope and heartbreak, the second single is taken from their debut album “For The Company” available October 9 via Dew Process/Universal Music Australia.
With only four live shows scheduled for Australian audiences before embarking on a 25-date tour of the US, UK and Europe, Little May today announce that fans will also be able to catch the ethereal offerings of triple J Unearthed winner and folktronica fiend, Gordi as well as songwriting sir, Jim Lawrie who will be supporting the outfit on the East Coast run of dates. Perth supports will be announced soon. Tickets are selling fast and fans are advised to purchase now.
Written in Jindabyne, Little May explain that the haunting mood of the song perfectly reflects the location in which it was written. “We were at an isolated property with no phone reception or outside distractions – the view we had was of a dark, ominous lake surrounded by fantastic mountains. Being around the majesty of the Snowy Mountains and the surrounding countryside was surreal and helped to unlock what is now ‘Seven Hours’.”
Taken from the act’s 11-track Aaron Brooking Dessner produced album, ‘Seven Hours’ follows the fragile, dark and intense first single ‘Home’ which reached #4 on Amrap’s AirIt metro chart locally, and has been receiving international recognition with airplay across the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 6, a feature in Clash Magazine.
Their May/June European tour saw them selling out their London show two months in advance, alongside a packed Paris performance and string of UK dates. Across the pond in the US, Little May played alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes and The Flaming Lips on the Gentlemen of the Road tour, before their performance at Bonnaroo Festival.
New single and video ‘Home’. Debut album due in 2015
Known for their dark tangle of raw lyrics, honest and haunting melodies and voices upon voices upon voices, Sydney-based outfit Little May today return with their highly anticipated single and video for ‘Home’. Produced by and recorded with Aaron Brooking Dessner (The National) in upstate New York, ‘Home’ arrives as the first cut from their forthcoming debut album and captures an intensity now trademark of Little May’s music.
Recorded in the main hall at Future Past Studios – a converted nineteenth-century church in Hudson, New York, the video clip was produced by acclaimed videographer Tim Sessler (Brooklyn Aerials), known for the ground breaking short-film ‘Moments’. While recording in the historic building the band drew inspiration for the video from the studio’s CCTV network, which allows producers in the basement control room to watch and communicate with those on the studio level upstairs. The studio footage is juxtaposed with vignettes depicting the concept of ‘Home’ in various neighbourhoods in New York and Brooklyn.
Little May on recording ‘Home’:
“Home’ was one of the first songs we recorded with Aaron. It’s an old song, revisited. It had been written three years prior, from a place where a sense of belonging was being constantly chased. I think we will always associate this song, and this whole album, with Hudson and the time we all spent there.”
Having spent a significant amount of time overseas over the last 12 months, Annie Hamilton, Liz Drummond and Hannah Field are continuing to play sold out sets across their home turf in Australia, as well as the UK, Europe and the US. Their May/June 2015 tour saw them selling out their London show two months in advance, alongside a packed Paris performance and string of UK dates. Across the pond in the US, Little May played alongside the likes of Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes and The Flaming Lips on the Gentlemen of the Road tour, before their performance at Bonnaroo Festival where they also supported The Vaccines for a handful of select dates. The outfit will also be performing at Reading Festival and Leeds Festival later this year.
Little May have acquired a fast-growing fan club of international tastemakers since releasing their debut EP late last year. With tracks such as ‘Boardwalks’, ‘Hide’, ‘Dust’ and ‘Bones’, the three-piece have acquired over one million soundcloud plays, three million Spotify streams, topped the Hype Machine charts three times and enjoyed airplay and support across Triple J and community radio, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, XFM and Amazing Radio. The EP was #42 most added to college radio in the US, with the band tipped as an “act to watch” by The Guardian, Huffington Post, UK’s Sunday Times and also given the nod of approval from NPR’s Bob Boilen.