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New Music Friday: Henry Derek Elis, Teddy Swims, The Killers, & Nana Adjoa

Jun 19, 2020

By Bella Carles

Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Henry Derek Elis will self-release the follow-up to his debut full-length album The Devil Is My Friend (2018)–which Rolling Stone lauded as “a Southern Gothic standout”—with a new EP All The Pretty Little Horses set for physical and digital release on July 3. The EP will feature a collection of reimagined covers and curiosities in ELIS’s signature brand of dark and dreary folk/Americana.

Elis releases his debut single and title track, a cover of the traditional African-American folk lullaby “All The Pretty Little Horses” today June 19 via Bandcamp, who will be donating 100% of their shares of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund for purchases made today.

“All the Pretty Little Horses’ was the first song I recorded for this EP,” shares Elis. “It’s a track that’s been covered by several artists I admire such as Nick Cave, Current 93, Laura Veirs, Joan Baez, and Coil. It’s always been one of my favorite folk songs, so it was important for me to make it my own.”

In addition to “All The Pretty Little Horses,” the EP features covers of songs across a span of genres which highlight Elis’s diverse musical career of which consists of hard rock/metal and country bands including Act of Defiance, QAALMCave Flowers and ex-Scar TheMartyr.

The tracklisting is as follows: 

1. “All The Pretty Little Horses” (Traditional folk cover)

2. “Dancing With Myself” (Billy Idol cover)

3. “Heart Of The Devil” (Danzig cover)

4. “Alabama Highway” (Steve Young cover)

Elis states “I’m a huge fan of these artists and cover songs in general. The goal wasn’t only to rerecord the songs in my style, but also to represent them in an original way. I initially reworked them acoustically and played around with different arrangements to find the right vibe.”

Pre-orders are available now for All The Pretty Little Horses  On CD HERE & Apple Music HERE

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Atlanta native Teddy Swims releases cover of Marvin Gaye’sWhat’s going on” and had this to say about it:

It’s been almost 50 years since Marvin Gaye released ‘What’s Going On’ and what was going on then is still happening now. This album inspired people to fight for justice and civil rights throughout the years and influenced me a lot growing up, especially witnessing my friends experiencing injustices I never had to face. I’m so grateful to all the black musicians, like Marvin Gaye, who’ve used their platforms to change the world and make music what it is today. As a musician who has been heavily influenced by black artists and black culture, I want to do my part to honor their legacies by spreading their message of love and by donating the royalties of this song to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.” – Teddy Swims 

Stream “What’s Going On” HERE

Jaten Dimsdale, known by his moniker, Teddy Swims, is an American singer and songwriter from Atlanta, GA. Swims stands for: Someone Who Isn’t Me Sometimes, a reference to Teddy’s struggle to integrate the different parts of himself. Teddy’s goal through music is to break barriers and bring people together. Last month, Teddy released an intimate cover of The Weeknd’s #1 global smash “Blinding Lights.” Less than a year ago, Teddy posted his first YouTube cover, Michael Jackson’s “Rock With You,” and has been building a devoted fanbase since. He now has 1.2 million subscribers on his YouTube channel and his videos covering artists such as Lewis Capaldi, Justin Bieber, Billie Eilish, Shania Twain and Khalid (to name a few) have racked up an astonishing 130 million views! In January, Teddy signed to Warner Records, released his first original song “Picky” and soon after embarked on his first sold out nationwide tour. More music on the way from Teddy Swims! 

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Following the success of their huge single, Caution, which reached #1 at the top of both the Alternative and Triple A radio charts, The Killers are thrilled to share another new song — entitled “My Own Soul’s Warning” — taken from their forthcoming album, Imploding The Mirage.

The artwork for “My Own Soul’s Warning” is a painting by the artist Thomas Blackshear, who also painted the piece the band is using for Imploding The Mirage’s cover art. As a companion to LP sleeve, the artwork for “My Own Soul’s Warning” is one from a series of Blackshear works depicting the Crow Tribe of Indians, who gave the band their blessing to use the painting, saying in a letter that “Artists living across the world inspired by our people and way of life, is a total honour and true testament of the knowledge our people share. During this unprecedented time due to the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as the injustice of police brutality protests around the world. Our people recognize the need to also help keep our spirits positive.”

Stream “My Own Soul’s WarningHere

The Killers also recently released replacement dates for their unavoidably postponed UK and Ireland 2020 stadium tour, with rescheduled dates for all original shows now taking place in May/June next year. The tour, the band’s biggest ever, sold out in hours when initial dates went on sale late last year, but fans have been assured that all tickets held for the original dates will be honored and are transferable to the corresponding 2021 show. New dates are:

Tuesday 25th May 2021 DONCASTER, KEEPMOAT STADIUM **
Thursday 27th May 2021 BRISTOL, ASHTON GATE STADIUM ##
Saturday 29th May 2021 COVENTRY, RICOH STADIUM ##
Monday 31st May 2021 SOUTHAMPTON, ST MARY’S STADIUM **
Wednesday 2nd June 2021 NORWICH, CARROW ROAD STADIUM **
Friday 4th June 2021 LONDON, EMIRATES STADIUM ^^
Saturday 5th June 2021 LONDON, EMIRATES STADIUM ^^
Tuesday 8th June 2021 FALKIRK, THE FALKIRK STADIUM **
Thursday 10th June 2021 MIDDLESBROUGH, RIVERSIDE STADIUM ##
Saturday 12th June 2021 MANCHESTER, EMIRATES OLD TRAFFORD **
Tuesday 15th June 2021 DUBLIN, MALAHIDE CASTLE^^
Wednesday 16th June 2021 DUBLIN, MALAHIDE CASTLE ^^

The Killers will be joined by Special Guests Blossoms (dates marked **), Sam Fender (dates marked ^^), and Manic Street Preachers (dates marked ##) at the shows. Remaining tickets for selected dates are available from gigsandtours.com and ticketmaster.co.uk.

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Singer-songwriter Nana Adjoa is a sonic explorer, armed with a deft poeticism and a fierce sense of musicianship. Today she has released another track from her highly anticipated debut album which is due this fall. The new song is titled “Throw Stones.” Nana says, “This song is about me calming myself down in difficult times. To feel, regroup, and reflect. If you need that right now, to feel it to embrace it and slowly heal, you can listen to this song and count to 10. You don’t always have to be ‘on’, you are allowed to take time, to rest and come back feeling refreshed, better and stronger. I hope this song gives you pause, time to breathe.”

Stream “Throw StonesHere

Born and raised in Amsterdam, Nana Adjoa is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and singer with Ghanian roots. After studying jazz at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Nana started to release her poetic blend of soul, folk, and jazz. Tackling complicated questions of race, gender, religion, and sexuality, Nana often meditates on the meaning and make-up of one’s identity. Her thoughtful music has already turned heads at Fader, Stereogum, KCRW, Refinery29 and landed her on stage with Benjamin Clementine, Neneh Cherry, among others.

Photo By: Latoya Van Der Meeren

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