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    Pre-order the album on CD/LP/DL and receive an instant exclusive download bundle >> https://www.musicglue.com/northatlanticoscillation/ Brendan McCarthy: compositing, editing, 2D graphics Sam Healy: 3D graphics "In preparation for the album artwork, we both became fascinated with the Codex Seraphinianus, an illustrated encyclopaedia of an imaginary world created by Italian architect Luigi Serafini. We took inspiration both from specific illustrations in the book and from its general aesthetic of non-narrative nonsense in the shape of sense. The video is a sort of homage to Serafini's astounding work in which we imagine what his creatures, plants and gizmos might do if they could leap off the page." Sam Healy - North Atlantic Oscillation See North Atlantic Oscillation live: 21st Oct Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle 22nd Oct Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London 23rd Oct Soup Kitchen, Manchester 24th Oct Oobleck, Birmingham TICKETS/MERCH - https://www.musicglue.com/northatlanticoscillation/ Edinburgh trio North Atlantic Oscillation are delighted to announce news of their new album ‘The Third Day’ as they share the first track online from the upcoming record. The album is due Oct 6th via Kscope & the band will embark on a UK tour in late October. With their new album ‘The Third Day’, Edinburgh’s North Atlantic Oscillation have created a flow of energy deserving of their meteorological namesake. At a time when music is increasingly cut down into single segments for easy digestion, the record – the first they’ve produced entirely themselves – is woven together as a whole, beautiful body of work, the tracks entwined around each other with no dead space in between. According to vocalist, guitarist and keyboard player Sam Healy, it’s an approach that’s been building since his childhood introduction to the work of The Beatles. “I think the perfect example of this is Abbey Road, the second side of that,” he says. “The legend is that John Lennon was tired and emotional at that point, and tended to spend a lot of time in darkened rooms. So Paul was the one who did the little segues between tracks on side two. The way that those tracks interweave is absolutely fantastic. Even as a kid I remember thinking ‘that’s really clever, that’s a really interesting way to take advantage of your skills as an album writer rather than just a songwriter.’” The band, completed by Ben Martin (drums, programming) and Chris Howard (bass), formed in 2005, and quickly became known for their intricate, progressive take on rock and electronica, their 2010 debut ‘Grappling Hooks’ and follow-up ‘Fog Electric’ gaining them critical praise and plenty of fans with a taste for delicately intelligent music. And while ‘The Third Day’ is not a concept album like its predecessor, that continuous flow is something Healy intended. He compares it to a shortwave radio sweeping from one station to the next. Though the guitars and vocals were recorded by Healy at home – where he confesses to agonising over the minutiae of the sounds (“If you’re doing stuff at home you’re not stressing out other people in the studio, they don’t have to hear your screams and howls and tears,” he says, wryly) – other parts were created in the Irish countryside, at long-time collaborator Peter Meighan’s studio. But it was the setting for the drums that was to be the most dramatic. They were recorded in a Victorian mill in Newcastle, up in the rafters while a gale howled through the building. “The wood is from the late 1800s and even though in theory it’s far too big to use for drum recording, because of the material enough of the reflections get absorbed so you get a really nice sound,” says Healy. The frontman has been searching for the drama in music ever since he had a musical epiphany, aged 12, when he saw a live recording of The Doors’ Light My Fire on TV. Suddenly, a whole new world opened up to the budding musician. “Maybe it was just the right place at the right time, but I was quite open to receive that kind of stuff, the intensity of it,” he remembers. “Some of it is very pretentious and of its time, but it just blew me away, the detail. This wasn’t a two-minute pop song – not that there’s anything wrong with that – this was seven or eight minutes with multiple movements and instrumental sections and solo sections, crazy chord changes. It was as if I hadn't really understood the power of music before that, and now I realised it could be pleasant but it could also be horrifying or uplifting or scary, it could take you in any direction you want. Having that power to affect people’s emotions is a very seductive idea. It just blew me away. I’d never been affected by passively sitting in front of something like that before.”

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    • Sand - Clay (from Sand)

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      Pre-order now for 28th October release: http://bit.ly/1heE75N DOWNLOAD THIS TRACK FOR FREE http:// www.kscopemusic.com/sand/ The debut album from new project by Sam Healy (North Atlantic Oscillation) During the last few years North Atlantic Oscillation have been steadily building both their fanbase and their reputation. Well known fans such as Zane Lowe and Guy Garvey have been joined by a growing number of devoted punters drawn to the band's unique combination of sonic complexity and melodic intrigue. The band's second album Fog Electric was released in 2012, following 2010's Grappling Hooks and numerous tours and festival appearances have accompanied both releases. Now Sam Healy, NAO's frontman and songwriter, returns with Sand, a new solo project which will be released on Kscope in October 2013. Written, performed and recorded throughout 2012 and 2013, Sand allowed Sam to work in a different way, as he describes: I wanted to try something that I could work on entirely alone, with no deadlines or schedules intruding on the process. It was an experiment to see if I could conceive and execute a whole record without any outside influence. I only told few people about it until it was almost complete. I had a sense after the release of 'Fog Electric' that I should try something else before starting on a third NAO album, something with a different feel, a musical palate-cleanser. This change in process has resulted in an album which, while still sure to appeal to fans of Healy's previous work, has a more intimate and personal feel, both sonically and thematically. Melodic passages and conventional pop structures are framed by striking changes in dynamics, to create a dramatic sonic palette which ranges from the barely audible to wildly loud and back again, often within the same track. The album also has a slightly warmer, less alien feel than NAO recordings, with instruments less likely to be heavily treated and distorted beyond recognition. Pre-order now for 28th October release: https://www.burningshed.com/store/kscope/product/272/5126/ www.kscopemusic.com/sand

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      • Kscope Volume 1 sampler

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        In recent years, a growing movement of bands has started to reclaim and reinvent aspects of the progressive, post-punk and post rock genres, re-establishing a desire to experiment with eclectic musical sources and state of the art widescreen sonic possibilities. Kscope was created to provide a home for this evolving and adventurous style of music without boundaries, and was launched in 2008 with new albums from The Pineapple Thief, No-Man, Anathema & Porcupine Tree/Japan keyboard player Richard Barbieri. Kscope Volume 1 is a collection of tracks taken from the label’s catalogue so far and features tracks from Steven Wilson, No-Man, Engineers, Anekdoten, North Atlantic Oscillation, Richard Barbieri, Nosound, Anathema and The Pineapple Thief. For a limited period all orders placed through the Kscope store will come with a free dropcard with a unique code allowing users to download the Kscope Volume 1 album. For further info go to www.kscopemusic.com Enjoy. The Pineapple Thief For the past ten years, The Pineapple Thief have been quietly building up a dedicated fan base across the globe, selling over 25,000 records and gaining huge critical acclaim in the process. The Somerset-based band’s bittersweet progressive sound has been nurtured over seven albums, culminating in last years Tightly Unwound. This album raised the band’s profile and has been followed with a European tour and festival appearances in North America with more to follow throughout 2009. ‘It’s an atmospheric listen of bold indie that rarely rests on its laurels’ Rocksound ‘A gem waiting to found’ Classic Rock Society www.kscopemusic.com/thepineapplethief Lunatic Soul Lunatic Soul is the new project from Riverside frontman Mariusz Duda. The self-titled debut album was released on Kscope in October 2008. Riverside have risen to prominence over the past five years as part of an emergent group of post-progressive acts alongside groups like Porcupine Tree, Opeth and Dream Theater. Lunatic Soul provides Duda with an opportunity for him to explore musical avenues beyond those normally associated with Riverside and allowed him to create a beautiful, atmospheric album. ‘Beautiful, kaleidescopic, and at times breathtakingly forlorn... brilliant’ 8/10 Metal Hammer www.kscopemusic.com/lunaticsoul No-Man No-Man are Tim Bowness and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) No-Man combine traditional values of songcraft and emotional commitment with an ongoing desire to play with the creative possibilities of modern music. Bridging the gaps between art-rock, electronica, experimental pop, jazz and contemporary classical music, the band has released six studio albums over the last fifteen years. years. The most recent of these was Schoolyard Ghosts which was released on Kscope in April 2008. Wherever There Is Light,an EP featuring two new studio tracks, plus live recordings from last year’s Bush Hall show and two video tracks is available from May. The video tracks are taken from the forthcoming DVD Mixtaped which will be released later in 2009. ‘Truly sublime’ 9/10 Classic Rock www.kscopemusic.com/no-man Engineers Three Fact Fader Engineers are not like any other band. Onstage Simon Phipps is the singer, Dan Macbean is the guitarist, Mark Peters is the bassist and Sweeney is the drummer, but the real clue is in their name: they approach their music like engineers, carefully constructing wonderful walls of sound. Following the rapturous reception that greeted their mini-album Folly in 2004 and debut Engineers the following year, it’s taken them a long time to build their epic second album, Three Fact Fader. After initial recording sessions, Engineers became unwitting victims of record company restructuring and the album was left in limbo, unfinished until the band reconvened earlier this year, largely motivated by public support. The band have now found a home on Kscope. www.kscopemusic.com/engineers Anekdoten Anekdoten are considered one of the leading bands in contemporary progressive rock. Their intensive, dark, dynamic and original music has also appealed to metal, goth and post-rock fans all over the world. Anekdoten was formed in 1991 by Anna Sofi Dahlberg, Nicklas Barker, Peter Nordins and Jan Erik Liljeström and this line up has remained intact ever since. Together they have released 5 studio albums on their own Virta label and 3 live albums in Japan, selling over 85,000 albums in the process. Chapters, a 2CD introduction to the band collecting tracks for their five studio albums alongside unreleased material and rarirites, was released on Kscope in May 2009. ‘Anekdoten are the finest young prog band in the world today’ Prog-Archives www.kscopemusic.com/anekdoten North Atlantic Oscillation North Atlantic Oscillation have been described as prog-pop and electro-rock, but really they just make music. The music has soaring harmonies and loud guitars and dreamy synths and heavy drums and strange effects and unexpected changes-of-mind. NAO are a Scottish based duo (Ben Martin, drums/percussion/programming, and Sam Healy, vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, synths, sax, percussion) who describe themselves as playing their instruments within a computerised wall of sound. ‘An astonishing amalgam of Flaming Lips and Grandaddy indie-pop sensibilities with a bewildering vista of sound sweeping ahead of the listener... Acid-addled, silver-caped prog genius.’ ★★★★★ Is This Music? www.kscopemusic.com/northatlanticoscillation Richard Barbieri Richard Barbieri‘s amazing musical career has spanned four decades, taking him from the seminal recordings he made with Japan in the seventies right through to the current worldwide success he is enjoying with Porcupine Tree. Stranger Inside was his second solo album released in september ‘08 on Kscope. Barbieri wrote and produced the album himself assisted by a host of familiar faces from throughout his career. Steve Jansen (Japan, Nine Horses) mixed and co arranged the album, it was mastered by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and features guest musician appearances from Gavin Harrison (PT) and the legendary double bass player Danny Thompson. In addition to this nearly all tracks, though instrumental in nature, feature the sampled voices of Tim Bowness (No-Man) and Suzanne Barbieri. www.kscopemusic.com/richardbarbieri Nosound Regarded by critics and fans alike as one of the most interesting up and coming alt/art rock bands in Europe, Nosound inventively combines influences from ‘70s psychedelia, ‘80s/’90s ambient and contemporary alternative, progressive and post rock. Nosound started as a one man studio project in late 2002 by Giancarlo Erra, but has since grown into a five piece band, evolving into something unique, focused and powerful. The music is evocative and intense, with personal songwriting. Influences range from Pink Floyd to Brian Eno, from Porcupine Tree to Sigur Rós, passing through rock and electronic / ambient. 2CD edition of the Lightdark album was released on Kscope in 2008. The album features guest vocals from Tim Bowness (No-Man) and also includes the video for title track. ‘More great stuff from new prog label Kscope’ Classic Rock www.kscopemusic.com/nosound Anathema Anathema have been at the forefront of the UK rock/metal movement for many years. They began their journey as pioneers of melodic heavy music, influencing a myriad of bands to follow them, before outgrowing all genres and limitations as they fearlessly explored new territory and new ways to express feeling through sound. Formed in Liverpool in 1990, the band’s sound, and musical vision has continually evolved over the ensuing years while always remaining true to their original goal of creating forward thinking, meaningful, passionate and honest music. Hindsight, features semi-acoustic interpretations of classic Anathema tracks plus the new track Unchained (Tales Of The Unexpected) ‘These are all quality renditions of quality songs.’ Rocksound www.kscopemusic.com/anathema Steven Wilson One of the most eclectic and prolific artists in rock music, Steven Wilson has been writing, recording, and producing music continuously since the age of 10. Best known as the frontman of Porcupine Tree, Wilson is also the key component in various other projects including No-Man, Blackfield, Bass Communion as well as a respected producer and mixer acclaimed for his work with Opeth and Anja Garbarek amongst others. Insurgentes, his debut solo album, was released on Kscope in early 2009. Comprising 10 new tracks that range from ballads and anthems to all-out industrial noise assaults, the dark, cinematic and richly textured album represents two years’ worth of creative output and numerous recording sessions worldwide in studios from Mexico City to Japan and Israel. ‘Wilson has created yet another masterpiece. Insurgentes is an incredible musical journey and an essential purchase for anyone who still believes in the sanctity of music as an art-form.’ Classic Rock Prog www.kscopemusic.com/stevenwilson

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        • North Atlantic Oscillation - Ceiling Poem (from Grappling Hooks)

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          Grappling Hooks, the debut album from North Atlantic Oscillation, was released earlier this year on Kscope. The record immediately received rave reviews across the board, including being named Zane Lowe’s record of the week, and their first UK headline tour confirmed their status as one of the most exciting new bands to emerge in 2010. The band return in June with Ceiling Poem, the second single to be lifted from the album. The track was described as ‘a gentle dreambeat that explodes into a technicolour psych-out’ by Classic Rock and by The Quietus as ‘inverted, unexpectedly Byrds-inflected folktronica’. Promo animated and directed by Stephen Ong They will also be embarking on a short tour of festival appearances this summer. For more information, audio samples, videos, downloads and more, go to the mini-site at www.kscopemusic.com/nao The band have been described as prog-pop and electro-rock, but really they just make music. The music has soaring harmonies and loud guitars and dreamy synths and heavy drums and strange effects and unexpected changes-of-mind. Grappling Hooks is a subtle yet powerful kaleidoscope of purring electronics, atmospheric layers and hook-laden melodies. Preceded by single Drawing Maps from Memory, out on March 8th, the album proves that the praise that was heaped upon Callsigns EP was entirely justified. It sounds nothing like you expect it to. But then that’s exactly what makes North Atlantic Oscillation so beguiling, intriguing and fascinating – there’s a surprise around every corner. Are you ready? “Their bright, friendly electronics and Brian Wilson harmonies suggest Scotland may have the beginnings of its own Animal Collective. Ones to watch.” Metro “Delightfully shiny tunes” Music Week Buy Grappling Hooks from the Kscope store at http://www.burningshed.com/store/kscope/product/272/1922/ kscopemusic.com/northatlanticoscillation naoband.com

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          • Drawing Maps From Memory

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            Drawing Maps from Memory, taken from debut album, Grappling Hooks, on Kscope. After a busy and exciting 2009, releasing their debut EP and playing shows with the likes of Porcupine Tree, Explosions in the Sky and Cymbals Eat Guitars, North Atlantic Oscillation’s debut album, Grappling Hooks, is released on March 22nd on Kscope. The band have been described as prog-pop and electro-rock, but really they just make music. The music has soaring harmonies and loud guitars and dreamy synths and heavy drums and strange effects and unexpected changes-of-mind. NAO are the Scottish based trio of Sam Healy (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, synths, sax, percussion), Ben Martin (drums, percussion, programming) and Bill Walsh (bass, synth bass, vocals). They describe themselves as playing their instruments within a computerised wall of sound. Grappling Hooks is a subtle yet powerful kaleidoscope of purring electronics, atmospheric layers and hook-laden melodies. Preceded by single Drawing Maps from Memory, out on March 8th, the album proves that the praise that was heaped upon Callsigns EP was entirely justified. It sounds nothing like you expect it to. But then that’s exactly what makes North Atlantic Oscillation so beguiling, intriguing and fascinating – there’s a surprise around every corner. Are you ready? “Their bright, friendly electronics and Brian Wilson harmonies suggest Scotland may have the beginnings of its own Animal Collective. Ones to watch.” Metro “Delightfully shiny tunes” Music Week Buy Cell Count from the Kscope store at burningshed.com/store/kscope/product/272/1777/ kscopemusic.com/northatlanticoscillation naoband.com

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            • North Atlantic Oscillation - Drawing Maps from Memory (from Grappling Hooks)

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              Promo for Drawing Maps from Memory, taken from debut album, Grappling Hooks, on Kscope. After a busy and exciting 2009, releasing their debut EP and playing shows with the likes of Porcupine Tree, Explosions in the Sky and Cymbals Eat Guitars, North Atlantic Oscillation’s debut album, Grappling Hooks, is released on March 22nd on Kscope. The band have been described as prog-pop and electro-rock, but really they just make music. The music has soaring harmonies and loud guitars and dreamy synths and heavy drums and strange effects and unexpected changes-of-mind. NAO are the Scottish based trio of Sam Healy (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, synths, sax, percussion), Ben Martin (drums, percussion, programming) and Bill Walsh (bass, synth bass, vocals). They describe themselves as playing their instruments within a computerised wall of sound. Grappling Hooks is a subtle yet powerful kaleidoscope of purring electronics, atmospheric layers and hook-laden melodies. Preceded by single Drawing Maps from Memory, out on March 8th, the album proves that the praise that was heaped upon Callsigns EP was entirely justified. It sounds nothing like you expect it to. But then that’s exactly what makes North Atlantic Oscillation so beguiling, intriguing and fascinating – there’s a surprise around every corner. Are you ready? “Their bright, friendly electronics and Brian Wilson harmonies suggest Scotland may have the beginnings of its own Animal Collective. Ones to watch.” Metro “Delightfully shiny tunes” Music Week Buy Cell Count from the Kscope store at burningshed.com/store/kscope/product/272/1777/ kscopemusic.com/northatlanticoscillation naoband.com

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              • North Atlantic Oscillation's Grappling Hooks album trailer

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                After a busy and exciting 2009, releasing their debut EP and playing shows with the likes of Porcupine Tree, Explosions in the Sky and Cymbals Eat Guitars, North Atlantic Oscillation’s debut album, Grappling Hooks, is released on March 22nd on Kscope. The band have been described as prog-pop and electro-rock, but really they just make music. The music has soaring harmonies and loud guitars and dreamy synths and heavy drums and strange effects and unexpected changes-of-mind. NAO are the Scottish based trio of Sam Healy (vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, synths, sax, percussion), Ben Martin (drums, percussion, programming) and Bill Walsh (bass, synth bass, vocals). They describe themselves as playing their instruments within a computerised wall of sound. Grappling Hooks is a subtle yet powerful kaleidoscope of purring electronics, atmospheric layers and hook-laden melodies. Preceded by single Drawing Maps from Memory, out on March 8th, the album proves that the praise that was heaped upon Callsigns EP was entirely justified. It sounds nothing like you expect it to. But then that’s exactly what makes North Atlantic Oscillation so beguiling, intriguing and fascinating – there’s a surprise around every corner. Are you ready? “Their bright, friendly electronics and Brian Wilson harmonies suggest Scotland may have the beginnings of its own Animal Collective. Ones to watch.” Metro “Delightfully shiny tunes” Music Week Buy Grappling Hooks from the Kscope store at http://www.burningshed.com/store/kscope/product/272/1922/ kscopemusic.com/northatlanticoscillation naoband.com

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