Do you believe in magic?
Alchemy exists. For 27 years Heavenly Recordings has been home to rule-breaking musical magic-makers, each HVN release dusted with its own sonic sorcery.
More a way of life than a label, Heavenly is the umbrella under which a legion of like-minded souls gather to create, celebrate and get down. In its earliest years it was home to the riotous small town rage of Manic Street Preachers, the acid-hooligan baggy moves of Flowered Up and the swinging 60s-inflected soul pop of Saint Etienne simultaneously. Disparate crews, for sure, but all united by their outsider status in the cultural landscape. And so the tone was set.
Sourcing the good stuff is what Heavenly does best. Follow a line through the back catalogue and you’ll find a narrative of an alternative Britain.
Since celebrating our 25th birthday two years ago the current label roster is at it’s strongest and most international – yet, with the likes of Temples, Gwenno, Hooton Tennis Club, Wytches, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, TOY, H.Hawkline, Night Beats, The Parrots and Stealing Sheep adding their own chapters to the story, and a clutch of new-signings coming into the slipstream. Amber Arcades, The Orielles and Confidence Man are the future. No two bands the same. But, all definitely, defiantly Heavenly.
All are here on our new site to remind us that music is more than words, something other than simply sound. Music is beyond explanation. It is feeling. It is the life-force.
. . . Believe In Magic.
Words: Ben Myers