It’s been a little quiet over on this page for a while, with so much to do that we haven’t had as much time as we’d like to blog our good works at Create Spark.
This merits a special mention though, we were utterly thrilled to be involved in the press campaign for Ja Ja Ja Festival last month at The Roundhouse. This latest feature is the cherry on top, our first ever feature on Jamie Oliver’s site about chef Herman Rasmuson, who created several dishes especially for the festival in conjunction with the in-house chef at Made In Camden.
These two artists created refreshingly interactive and ever-evolving music videos using Tumblr as a platform.
CALIFONE In conjunction with filmmaker Braden King and programmer Jeff Garneau, Califone uses static imagery and animated GIFs to draw from a curated subset of blogs within the Tumblr ecosystem. This amorphous video is available via a secret link when you click, “show me your stitches,” in the lower left hand corner at califonestitches.tumblr.com. The new album, Stitches, will be available on September 3rd.
SUPERHUMANOIDS After nine months, Superhumanoids are back. Listen to their dreamy synth-pop track ”Bad Weather” while enjoying a series of unique GIFs that the band hand-picked from all corners of Tumblr. Be on the lookout, because they plan to add more songs to this page before the August 6th release of their new album, Exhibitionists.
It’s Great Escape time again and Create Spark has no less than 8 bands playing this year including Phosphorescent (pictured top), Susanne Sundfør and TRAAMS, plus a wealth of Finnish talent Phantom (pictured 3rd), Black Lizard, Big Wave Riders, HK119 and Husky Rescue.
Click here for more details on the acts, clips, mp3s and stage timings. We’ll be around at the festival as ever to warn people about eating fish and chips on the seafront and take a few of you to our favourite local haunts.
Watch the fantastic Andrew Woodhead-directed video for ‘Bassline’, exclusively on Nowness. The clip witnesses electronic legend Miss Kittin sashaying around a sunset-lit Ballardian landscape flanked by glamourous dances. The ‘Bassline’ EP is out on wSphere 25th March.
Seems like there’s no better time than on New Year’s Eve to have a look back on 2012. It’s been another thoroughly enjoyable year for Create Spark in the ever-diverting world of online music pr.
Highlights have been witnessing the rightful ascent of Tame Impala, with the overwhelming success of ‘Lonerism’ providing many firsts for us, like having a band headline a sold-out Brixton Academy and performing on ’Later with Jools Holland’.
Jens Lekman provided much idiosyncratic pleasure both on record and live, whether it was at his Hackney Empire show or playing acoustically to a select few in his Gothenburg garden during Way Out West. Japandroids never failed to amaze with their high octane celebration of bro-hood during their numerous live shows, it was especially great watching the audience destroy itself during 'The House That Heaven Built' at a sold-out Heaven. Earlier on in the year, Pond proved to be a surprise delight and made The Great Escape very hectic yet loads of fun, playing their first UK show in the tiniest pub’s upstairs room. Watching of Montreal headline Koko in April was incredible as ever plus we’ll never forget the first time we saw the spellbinding Susanne Sundfør perform, at a support show for M83 at Somerset House no less. Also Outfit’s spectral creations were a continual joy, seeing them play at Royal Albert Hall, Field Day and working with them on their wonderous ‘Another Night’s Dreams Reach Earth Again’ EP all being enjoyable high points.
There’s about 20 albums Create Spark’s worked on over 2012, which unfortunately we don’t have enough time to mention in detail here for fear you’ll close your browser (!) Instead, do while away the remainder of 2012 with a playlist of our favourite tracks off the majority of those albums.
Listen to Create Spark’s Greatest Hits of 2012 here:
Seems like the UK music world have been going nuts about Tame Impala’s new album, with the band gracing the cover of Guardian Guide this weekend, being awarded 5 stars lead album review in Film & Music and streaming exclusively on Guardian Music all week.
And rightly so, have a listen to ‘Lonerism’ in all it’s kaleidoscopic glory here. It’s also the first time we’ve had an album stream feature on The Guardian.
Read Guardian Guide’s interview with Tame mainman Kevin Parker here.