Mint #133 : Mercury Nominated Glass Animals

Glass Animals ‘How To Be A Human Being’ is one of three Caroline albums nominated for this year’s Mercury Music Prize; alongside The Big Moon and Kate Tempest

The band hail from Oxford and this, their second album, is a colourful collage inspired by stories that frontman David Bayley secretly recorded on his iPhone: anecdotes from fans, taxi drivers and random strangers who felt compelled to unload. Eclectic yet easy listening, its songs resemble slick rap and R&B, after being deconstructed and glued back together with Pritt Stick and bodily fluids. Their beats ooze and groove awkwardly. Even the breezy notion of getting high turns into a gross, gooey situation: “My girl eats mayonnaise from a jar when she’s gettin’ blazed,” Bayley sings on Season 2 Episode 3, a quirky, 8-bit slow jam.

Label : Caroline / Wolf Tone | Publisher : Beggars

Life Itself (listen at 1:26) – youth / determined / beats / reflective / other-worldly / self-assured
Youth (listen at 1:00/2:06 – you’ll be happy all the time) – ohs ahs and ba ba bas / male vocal / Jungle vibe / happy / Wild Beasts vibe / freedom / friendship / harmonies
Mama’s Gun (1:06 other-worldly / 2:28 – dreamy) – flute / dreamy intro / other worldly / male vocal / whispered / ohs ahs and ba ba bas
Cane Shuga (0:57/1:59 in hip hop vibe) – electronic beats / quirky intro / technology / male vocal / hip hop vibe
The Other Side of Paradise – wonky / quirky / electronic / ohs ahs and ba ba bas / hidden gem / hip hop vibe / dreams / lost love / male vocal


Azusena ‘Red Sky’ (file under Lana Del Rey)

Azusena has just signed to Caroline/Fiction and her debut single ‘Red Sky’ is out now and has a nod to Lana Del Rey and Pumarosa. (Publishing is via Sentric and registered for TV usage.)
Her honeyed, enticing voice brings weight to her folky, electronic soul, and she says “If I couldn’t write my own music, I wouldn’t be doing this. I could never let anyone write my songs for me, especially my lyrics. They are so personal.”
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Having a mother who worked alongside Prince for 12 years and an 80’s supermodel father, is quite a parentage for Azusena.
Her origins span the majority of continents – Europe, America and Asia. Azusena grew up splitting her time between the USA and Britain. Born in New York, she went to boarding school in Wales but spent the majority of her life in the Wirral which she considers home.
She sites The Cocteau Twins as her favourite band of all time, and Kid A is her favourite album, however Azusena sees film as her single biggest influence with Wim Wenders and Jean-Jacques Beineix having the biggest impact. “I have always listened to mantras and melodies and instrumentals so I try to incorporate that in to my own music.”
Insta: @azusenamusik

2017 – a taste of what’s to come #newmusic

Here’s a lovely assortment of new releases from Caroline International,
with many new albums on their way.  

Valerie June : soulful vocalist. New album due March
British Sea Power : new album after 4 years released in March
Glass Animals new clean edit of ‘Pork Soda’ and remix of ‘Season 2 Episode 3’ ahead of their Brixton Academy gig
The Amazons, The Big Moon and Pumarosa hotly-anticipated debut albums due in the Spring 
Flo Morrissey & Matthew E White sublime covers duet album
The welcome return of Marika Hackman, The Dandy Warhols, Pulled Apart By Horses, The New PornographersBush, the legendary Van Morrison and Paul Weller’s remix of Syd Arthur and singles from Vitalic, AFI, Banfi, Dan CrollTwin Peaks, Tom Williams, Childish Gambino, Palace, Sylvan Esso, James Hersey, Drones ClubDenzel Curry, Day Wave, Joseph J Jones, Cate Le Bon, Matthew & The Atlas and Plaitum 

*Caroline International controls master rights for all artists.


Radio : Sylvan Esso

Love this electro pop track from US duo Sylvan Esso. Female attitude, quirky… what’s not to like?

The band are a collaboration between singer/songwriter Amelia Meath of the Appalachian indie folk trio Mountain Man and electronic producer Nick Sanborn, who performs under the moniker Made of Oak and plays bas with rootsy psych-rockers Megafaun, Durham, North Carolina’s Sylvan Esso craft evocative, yet elusive electro folk-pop confections that encompass the best parts of both artists.