Set for release tomorrow on 9th October 2020, The Amber Road is the second album from Kodiak Island, and follows 2018’s The Golden Section.
Ahead of the release, we are delighted to bring you the premiere of their new video, for latest single ‘Empty Pages’.
About the video and single, Jo Bartlett states: “The video was put together by Jason from our label, Musical Bear with footage of the band laid over the top by Richard the Kodiak Island guitarist. The track was recorded between Richard’s converted garage studio and my house. The lyric ‘sometimes I get crowded out by such little sleep’ – was pretty poignant as I hadn’t slept the night before. I go through sleepless periods in my life and that was one of them. My voice was completely gone after singing, luckily it was all done in one take!”
Take a watch below…
Kodiak Island was founded by Jo Bartlett, the creator of Green Man Festival and who previously recorded as It’s Jo & Danny – “I was in my first band at 14 and promoted my first gig at 17” Jo states, having booked and promoted hundreds of gigs at The Buzz Club in Aldershot including The Stone Roses, Blur, The Manic Street Preachers, Suede, The Happy Mondays, Primal Scream and The Charlatans. “I was always in bands while promoting those gigs, always singing and playing guitar, and was part of the early indie C-86 movement, releasing a couple of 12″s on Dan Treacy’s Dreamworld Records”.
Signed to Sony / BMG in 2000 as It’s Jo & Danny, part of the burgeoning folktronica movement that spawned Four Tet and The Beta Band, they released their debut album Lank Haired Girl To Bearded Boy. “I had my music used for the goal round up on Match of the Day and had a Single of the Week on the Virgin Radio drive time show”, she adds.
In 2003 Jo founded The Green Man Festival in Wales which she ran until 2011, booking such artists as Robert Plant, The Flaming Lips, Bon Iver, Mumford and Sons, James Blake, The National and Laura Marling.
Jo continued to be at the forefront of the Freak Folk scene before forming her psychedelic instrumental quartet, The Yellow Moon Band – “As The Yellow Moon Band, I had my music used by Liam Gallagher to advertise his Pretty Green clothing label and included on the Guitar Hero computer game, alongside The Rolling Stones, White Stripes, David Bowie and Nirvana” she recalls.
Kodiak Island play live when they can (or could). Local bars, micro breweries in East London, record shops, clothes shops, parties, small festivals in the Sussex woods, and are looking forward to playing again after the crazy is over.
Hailing from Surrey and Hampshire, Kodiak Island rehearse in Jo’s house, and record at Richard H’s. The Amber Road was recorded over a number of months, either by going to Richard’s garage studio or sharing files over the internet, more of the latter during lock down! “I love this band and I love ‘The Amber Road’” says Jo, “we were listening to The Byrds, Joni Mitchell and Four Tet while we were recording.”