Guess who is in Rough Trade’s Counter Culture 2018 compilation?

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Everyone loves an annual round-up and what higher blessing than to be included on Rough Trade’s yearly Counter Culture soundtrack, hand-picked by staff members (and they really know their shit). Kept company by Black Midi, Amyl & The Sniffers, Crack Cloud, Baxter Dury and Idles amongst others, Pip’s track ‘Babies Are A Lie’ has been featured on the 45 track CD, solidifying her as someone who took 2018 by the horns and left an indelible mark on the indie scene.


You can purchase the CD here for the ripe sum of £9.99 – bargain!

Pip Blom shares video for The Shed

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Capping off an undeniably busy year for Pip, The Shed, taken from her celebrated Paycheck EP, is now accompanied by stunning visuals thanks to director, Kris Rimmer and videographer, Richard Scott. Starring Maria Dmitriev as the protagonist, the video captures the lone soul of a girl who has a certain affinity with breaking in to people’s houses, drinking their booze, eating their food and taking sentimental keepsakes of her own to place in the shed she calls home.

Watch Fur’s charming new video for Angel Eyes

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Wholesome content is the theme for Autumn 2018. It’s the next frontier in Internet culture. It’s a reminder that there’s some semblance of good in the world. It’s fuelled by lush landscapes, cute animals and an undying correspondence with the concept of love. It’s also the only way to describe Fur’s music video for their new single, Angel Eyes.

Featuring grainy shots of the lads frolicking in an amber-hued, leaf-strewn setting, it’s set up in a nostalgic fashion that has become synonymous with their image and sound. There’s a pretty girl with a beret on. There’s a bit of croquet involved. God, it’s so pure, it hurts. It’s the third of Fur’s videos to be directed by Edward Zorab, who knows his subjects better than most directors. A keen eye for whimsicality, every frame is planned with fastidious detail, every expression is captured with charming clarity and the whole thing possesses a twee sense of humour that engages til the very end.

Fur’s strong emotional connection with love is a theme they continue to draw from; Angel Eyes (out Friday, November 23rd), a heartfelt ode to an unfruitful relationship, is the band’s first single from their eponymous debut EP, which is released, naturally, on Valentines Day with red, limited edition copies available to pre-order. It will be their first release with us lovely folk at Nice Swan records, too. Smiles all round. Watch the video below:

Pip Blom wins a Music Moves Europe Talent award

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The EBU sponsored Music Moves Europe Talent awards have just announced their 12 winners and our Pip has only gone and bagged herself a spot. Representing the rock category alongside Pale Waves, Pip was selected from a panel of judges including Huw Stephens (Radio 1) and will be awarded the prize at Eurosonic Noorderslag next year.

The aim of the Music Moves Europe Talent Awards is to celebrate new and upcoming artists from Europe and support them in order to help them develop and accelerate their international careers. More information on the website and winners here.

 

LISTEN: Fur live in session for BBC Introducing

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Latest Nice Swan signees, Fur, were invited to play a BBC Introducing Live Session by Steve Lamacq last night at London’s Tobacco Dock. If you fancy hearing What Would I Do in all it’s live glory, you can listen to the full session here. It’s a beauty.

Treat your ears to Pip Blom’s debut EP, Paycheck

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After a succession of amazing singles, we can finally share Pip’s debut EP, Paycheck, with the world. Connecting all the elements that has made her such an enduring face on the new music scene in the last year, Paycheck is a roaring, attitude-laden offering that maintains the group’s playfulness and knack for melody. It works as something of an older sibling to Blom’s previous singles, doubling up on the infectiousness of those early hits but with a bigger crunch.
The release follows a wave of early raves for the band’s intense guitar rock sound: Rolling Stone named ‘Come Home’ a song you need to know, praising its “killer post-punk groove.” NPR also declared itself a fan of the band’s audacious sound, calling the single ‘Pussycat’, “a perfect millennial anthem.”
Listen to the EP below and judge it for yourselves. You can also purchase and play through all good streaming services here.

Pip Blom shares new track ‘Come Home’

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There’s nothing quite like being graced with a new Pip Blom song, is there? Well, count your lucky stars, because that’s exactly what we have to offer in the shape of her new single, Come Home.

The track, taken from her impending EP, Paycheck, is in stark contrast to her previous release, Pussycat. Whereas Pussycat was brash, fierce and brimming with attitute, Come Home lies on the more downbeat side of life with a hypnotic, swirling guitar tone that perfectly underlies Pip’s defiant state of mind. It’s a further example of how diverse her palette actually is, continually ready to expand.

 

The release correlates pretty nicely with the string of headline dates that Pip will embark on this November:

14 – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
15 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
16 – Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle
17 – The Night and Day Café, Manchester
19 – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
20 – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
21 – The Prince Albert, Brighton
22 – The Lexington, London
24 – The Shipping Forecast, Liverpool
25 – Whelan’s (upstairs), Dublin
26 – The Cookie, Leicester
27 – The Boileroom, Guildford

Grab your tickets here.

Behold, Sports Team are releasing the AA single of Kutcher & Margate

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Great news folks, Nice Swan Records and Sports Team’s very own label, Holm Front, have come together to release the much anticipated AA single of Kutcher & Margate. 

After the glowing success of both singles this year, the band & Nice Swan Records have decided to treat the masses and unite both tracks into a glorious AA single. When two songs are that good, it only makes sense to combine them into one sonically decadent package, right?

The 7″ single will be available to purchase for yours truly as of this Friday, however if you’re itching to get your hands on it as soon as humanly possible, the pre-order link is here.

 

We have a new addition to our roster… say hello to FUR

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It is with great pleasure that we announce a new addition to the Nice Swan team… the inimitable Fur will be joining the roster to teach us all a lesson in the art of a good haircut and a winning melody.

The Brighton quartet have accumulated a dedicated fanbase thanks to their perfectly-packaged guitar pop and dreamy, Wes Anderson-esque music videos, which reflect on the upbeat and doleful in equal measure.


Keep your ears to the ground for some more news in the next coming weeks but in the meantime, check out Fur’s Spotify profile below to get acquainted.

To see the chaps in action you can catch them supporting Sports Team at Scala on the 19th September. The last few remaining tickets are still available here.

Pip Blom announce first UK headline tour

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For those who haven’t witnessed Pip’s incedinary live shows yet, luck is on your side. News of a UK headline tour has surfaced which will breach all sectors of our Great British Isles alongside a small stint in Ireland, too.

All dates are as listed below:

Make the right choice today and purchase your tickets here – 10/10 will not regret.