We’ve been squirreling away all year here at One Little Indian HQ, releasing some of our most favourite records to date; signing trailblazing post-classical composer Poppy Ackroyd; launching a cryptocurrency function; creating the most beautiful reissues you ever laid eyes on by the likes of Shelleyan Orphan, Billy MacKenzie and Kitchens of Distinction; getting out there amongst it at industry conferences and festivals like Iceland Airwaves (where Ásgeir not only headlined, but launched his ‘album in a bottle’ project from a helicopter over the Atlantic!); and running a pop up shop for a week at Soho Radio, alongside hosting a One Little Indian takeover radio show *gasps for air*…
We kicked off the year with the second album from Fufanu – ‘Sports’ earned the distinctive post-punk-techno trio the deserved title of “Iceland’s most exciting band” from Pitchfork.
Fellow Icelandic and global chart-topping musician Ásgeir also released his second album ‘Afterglow’ to critical acclaim in May, which saw him headline two sold out shows at London’s Koko and The Roundhouse as part of two massive tours throughout the US, UK and Europe. The spell-binding artist also launched his ‘album in a bottle’ project this year at Airwaves – dropping a GPS tracked bottle containing a rare 7” into the ocean to see where it ends up. This was part of a worldwide treasure hunt to find all of the one-of-a-kind 7” vinyl in different cities across the world.
2017 gave us the gift of a brand-new album from the inimitable Cody ChesnuTT. The soul singer released ‘My Love Divine Degree’ in June this year, receiving hoards of praise from the likes of Noisey, The Fader, MOJO, Q and Uncut. Meanwhile, Kathryn Williams teamed up with best-selling author Laura Barnett to write an accompanying album to her new novel! ‘Songs from the Novel Greatest Hits’ hit shelves in June this year, turning heads in the book world and the music world alike. Folk peer Marry Waterson also returned with a brand-new album – her second written alongside wonderful guitarist David. A Jaycock. ‘Death Had Quicker Wings Than Love’ saw 4* and 5 * reviews across the board.
Two very different but equally stunning debut albums from Tusks and Sarah Walk came out in October on OLI, wowing new fans and critics alike. Tusks embarked on an enormous US tour upon the release of ‘Dissolve’, a record that received rave reviews and praise from Lauren Laverne and Annie Mac. Meanwhile, Sarah Walk also won over Lauren Laverne, as well as Virgin Radio who added Walk’s emotional single ‘Wake Me Up’ to the daytime playlist. The album, ‘Little Black Book’, was massively lauded by The Sunday Times, Metro, DIVA, Wonderland, Line of Best Fit, GoldFlakePaint and more.
We had the great fortune to put out a unique and interesting project in November – by ‘70s/‘80s anarchist punk band Crass Co-Founder Penny Rimbaud. The activist, poet, novelist and philosopher created a spoken word album in which he faithfully recites a collection of Wilfred Owen’s War Poetry (backed by jazz cellist Kate Shortt, and pianist, Liam Noble) in memory of the centenary of Owen’s death. Noisey, Nowness, MOJO, Uncut, The Wire and The Quietus applauded the project.
Björk teamed up with producer and artist Arca on her awe-inspiring brand-new album ‘Utopia’ – a record greatly anticipated by fans worldwide. The incomparable artist has always been a trendsetter in harnessing new technology in creative ways, and so we put our all into launching a cryptocurrency function for ‘Utopia’. Björk’s management team here at OLI also facilitated a huge number of digital exhibitions (Björk Digital) that ran all over the world throughout 2016/2017, paving the way for other artists to think outside the box about the sphere in which their art exists and push that to its limits.
So there you have it – a jam-packed year full of some amazing highlights. Thanks for all your support throughout 2017. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us at One Little Indian.