Indie pop duo, Yellow Castle, formed by Peter Money (19) and Emily Matthews (21) from Perth, WA have released their catchy debut single “Restless Creature” into the wild world of music through The A&R Department. Money and Matthews have been in the Perth music scene for a few years recently branching off from Rich King Matthews to become a duo.
Fans of Rich King Matthews, 44th Sunset, Mumford and Sons, The Kooks, Dresses, Slow Club and The Avett Brothers will remember and enjoy Matthews’ sweet harmonies and jaunty piano riffs combined with Money’s upbeat acoustic guitar and warm vocals.
“Restless Creature” speaks of the calm at the end of an anxious spiral, where the “what ifs” and fears that keep you up at night, are dulled by the support of those you love, and who love you. The track was recorded and produced by Sam Wylde at Dalkeith Road School of Music, who says of the pair, “they deliver a really nice blend of catchy hooks, clever lyrics and smooth harmonies, a super exciting new band.”
Fueled by dreams, chamomile tea and backing of the ones who mean most, Yellow Castle’s future plans include an EP and global touring. They have already dipped their toes into the music scene with a handful of shows in their hometown and a taste of interstate touring at The Horse in Surry Hills. August will bring them a month’s residency at The Good Shepherd in Perth, a slot at the Monkey Bar in Mandurah and everything else that they can get their hands on.
“Learn Me Right” – an original song featuring British-born singer and songwriter Birdy, will be featured on the upcoming soundtrack to the animated Disney*Pixar film Brave, which will be released by Walt Disney Records on June 19th. The track was written, arranged, and produced by Grammy-nominated British folk-rock group Mumford & Sons.
“We liked the idea of having a girl like Birdy sing,” says the group’s leader Marcus Mumford. It’s been quite liberating.” Adds Birdy: “I love it because it tells a story. Although it has a lot of emotion, it’s also very upbeat and you want to dance to it, which is why it works so well.” The song can be heard during the epilogue to the film, which hits theaters on June 22nd.
In addition to “Learn Me Right,” Birdy’s original song “Just A Game” is featured on The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 And Beyond, produced by T Bone Burnett. “Just A Game” will be included on the Blu-Ray edition of The Hunger Games, which will be released on August 18th.
Also in August, Birdy will return to the U.S. for three special shows, including an appearance at the Outside Lands festival in San Francisco on August 12th. She will also perform at the Roxy in Los Angeles on August 13th and at Joe’s Pub in New York City on August 15th.
In March, Birdy released her self-titled debut album, a soulful, sophisticated collection that includes a cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love,” which peaked at No. 17 on the UK singles Chart after BBC’s Radio 1 added it to its playlist. Birdy shot to No. 13 in the U.K. upon its release in November 2011 and achieved gold certification there, while climbing to No. 1 in both Holland and Belgium. Her videos, including those for second UK single “Shelter” and KCRW fave “1901,” have racked up a collective 66 million views on YouTube, while the official “Skinny Love” video has earned more than 25 million views alone.
Mumford & Sons are on the slow ballad track with their new songs, “Home” and “Lover’s Eyes.” Currently at work on their second album, this is just a little taste of what we’ll hear.
Listen: Mumford & Sons – “Home”
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