Music Notes: You can take Noah for an answer

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THERE are fewer more dramatic gear changes than that of Noah & The Whale, above – who headline The Leadmill tomorrow night.

THERE are fewer more dramatic gear changes than that of Noah & The Whale, above – who headline The Leadmill tomorrow night.

Once a slightly twee folky black sheep in the indie family with twinkly hits such as Five Years Time, third album Last Night On Earth has caught songster Charlie Fink in a more outward-looking guise after his introspective, break-up fired second.

“I feel lyrically it was a leap forward for me,” says the Londoner. “I was writing out of my comfort zone, in a new style with new subjects.

“Once you’ve opened up the third-person narrative it means you have to rely less on your own life and it’s more fantasy and fiction. It opens up a whole new world.”

Successful first taste, the Tom Petty-tinted LIFEGOESON, is followed by Tonight’s The Kind Of Night on May 16, with a Fink-directed video.

A chance to acquire the Maguire habit

FOR one so young this miss, pictured right, has had an eventful and contrasting life.

Originally from London and taught cello, piano and flute, it was hearing Bob Marley that changed Emily Maguire’s musical course when she began writing to pass time while ill.

Between then and last year’s third album Believer she has lived in Australia in a shack of recycled wood, tin and spud sacks on a goat farm as well as made a very public admission.

On World Mental Health Day she told Radio 2 listeners she has lived with bipolar disorder for years.

“After each episode I have learned to pick myself up, smile and start over again,” she says before her Sheffield debut at The Greystones on Sunday.

Her music and lyrics have proved thought-provoking and uplifting, string arrangements utilising her classical training. A practising Buddhist of 10 years, her albums are all dedicated to her teacher.

Dive into Bowery for Swimming

THERE’S something a little different about the ear-catching endeavours of Nottingham outfit Swimming, splashing into Sheffield tonight.

One observer of their alt rock wares tagged them as being like an “indie hovercraft powered by amphetamine guitars”, and while that might be a tad over the top, they should give punters at The Bowery something to remember.

The quintet’s single, Sun In The Island, is the first release on EVR Records, a new singles label from New York City’s influential East Village Radio.

Swimming comprise two brothers and three old friends driven together by a love of electronic music and sonic exploration that embraces loud guitars and floating synths to deliver genre-defying pop which has already tendered a home-recorded, self-released album.

They are ideal accompaniment to Spokes who are touring euphoric current single 3,4,5.