Alfa 9return with their third album My Sweet Movida. The Newcastle-under-Lyme based four piece are back with their Morricone-esque tinged cosmic country psych rock, that’s layered with vocal harmonies delivering what the band believe to be their strongest set of songs to date.
This their first release since ‘Gone to Ground’, which made Vive le Rock and Sound of Confusion best of the year lists in 2013 and saw the band featured in various magazines including Classic Rock and Shindig. They were interviewed by Steve Lamacq for his ‘New Favourite Band’ feature at BBC 6 Music around the album release and El Morocco (taken from Gone To Ground) later hit the BBC 6 Music playlist for a month as the band performed live at the Liverpool Psych Fest.
Of the band’s debut ‘Then We Begin’ Clash described this as “A fully realised and hugely ambitious debut which succeeds on every level” whilst Shindig said “one of the best albums of the last decade”. The title track ‘Then We Begin’ and ‘Flasher’ from the album more recently surfaced in key sequences of the auto-behemoth that is The Grand Tour.
A first taste from My Sweet Movida ‘Smile Dog’ is already receiving radio support from Gideon Coe and Guy Garvey at BBC 6 Music.
Announced today by Art Vinyl – The sleeve for Baltic Fleet The Dear One has been nominated for the 2016 Best Record Cover Design Competition. Congratulations to Baltic Fleet and to Blow Up Records Claudia Arnold who designed and photographed the sleeve. It is currently one of 50 album nominations and a public vote is now open to decide on the three finalists, the winner to be announced in January.
Please cast your vote using this link: artvinyl.com/best-record-cover-design-competition/
The new Baltic Fleet album is out now, available in all good stockists and as download and to stream.
There’s exclusive bundles available from the Blow Up shop (inc. signed postcard and tote) and an indies exclusive of signed clear 180g vinyl…
“A soundtrack for a journey into the cosmos” ★ ★ ★ ★ The Times
★ ★ ★ ★ MOJO
8/10 Vive Le Rock
“Excellent”Radcliffe & Maconie
“Excellent record”Gideon Coe
“It’s quite a piece of work is this album” Steve Lamacq
“Star-bound kosmiche”Electronic Sound
Rough Trade Shops ‘Album of the Week’
BBC 6 Music ‘Featured Album of the Week’, Steve Lamacq Show
The forthcoming Baltic Fleet album ‘The Dear One‘ is now available to pre-order and all physical formats come with a signed postcard exclusive to the Blow Up shop. The album will be released on two 180g vinyl formats (limited clear and black) both of which are also available with an special album tote bag, again only available from the Blow Up Shop as well as CD and digital
Two tracks from ‘Moog Maximus‘, the forthcoming album from The Bongolia, were featured on the recent BBC 6 Music Recommends Day, ‘Londinium Calling’ courtesy of Cerys Matthews and ‘B-Boy Toga Party’ courtesy of Nemone.