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New Signing! Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something 19 July 2019

Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something

Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something sign to Trapped Animal Records announcing their debut album release this autumn and releasing stand-alone single, ‘Find A Place’ in celebration. (single out Aug 2 via Cargo Records)

We're incredibly excited to announce we will be working with Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something, bringing you their debut album, "Oh Really, What's That Then?" this autumn !!!

It's a explosive and hypnotic body of work and we can't wait to bring it to you....

pre-sale coming soon...

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Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something is the new project of Bella Union’s dreamy-psych band Landshapes’ songwriter and guitarist, Jemma Freeman. After self-releasing ‘Helen is a Reptile’ earlier this year, the single was quickly picked up by 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq and Radio X’s John Kennedy. Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something also caught the attention of the team at Trapped Animal Records. Their album debut "Oh Really, What's That Then?" Is slated for release on 12" limited edition vinyl with Trapped Animal Records, this October.

To celebrate the signing and album release, a stand alone single ‘Find A Place’ will be out on 2nd August 2019 via Trapped Animal Records and Cargo Records.

Find a Place is out on August 2.

We'll be bringing you a preview of the new single next week, watch our socials :)

Check out their last release, Helen is a Reptile below:

Find Jemma Freeman and The Cosmic Something on social media:

Facebook @cosmicsomething / Instagram @thecosmicsomething / Twitter @JemmaFreeman3

Album Announcement: 'Bath Time' by Maija Sofia 27 June 2019

Trapped Animal Records announce Maija Sofia’s debut album ‘Bath Time’ with lyric video and free download of ‘Edie Sedgwick’

We first heard Maija circa 2016/17, whilst taking a train and bumbling around the internet listening to random artists. We immediately wrote to her to ask if she'd play our of our nights... and Maija featured on our first release - a split single Jan 2018. Bath Time is a beautiful collection of songs that are poetry and We're extremely honoured that Maija has picked us to represent her for this release

As a taster of what’s to come from her debut album, Maija Sofia will be releasing album track ‘Edie Sedgwick’ as a lyric video and free download, available for free via Maija’s bandcamp. The debut album ‘Bath Time’ is to be released in Autumn 2019.

Of the track, Maija says: “The song is about the demise of a relationship that was spiralling beyond anything that I could salvage. I wrote it during a summer I spent in London, living in my grandmother’s empty flat entirely in solitude while trying to get away from my ‘real life’ in Dublin, it’s about the realisation of having lost oneself in the process of caring for someone else. Edie Sedgwick was famously a ‘muse’ for Andy Warhol, I think she found her way into the song as I was thinking about the ways our identities can be shaped by other people, and how the ways we are represented is symptomatic of power dynamics, how there is a power to portraying a certain narrative.”

With Edie Sedgwick, Maija wanted to strike a balance between a heavily produced single and the “atmospheric night-time melancholy” of bedroom demos. She called in cellist Laura McCabe (Molly Sterling) and lap steel player Niall Murphy (Oh Boland) to complete the magic and the track was recorded in at Ailfionn Studio, Dublin, with engineer Chris Barry. The lyric video is made up from archive train journey footage Maija took during her stay in London and “liked the idea of displaying words over the landscapes I was looking out at while they were being written”.

Praise for Maija Sofia

"A real timeless quality is rare in so much of modern music, but the delicate timbre of Maija Sofia's music is impossible to ascribe to particular moment. She doesn't occupy an easily identifiable space - there are few genres which could accurately pinpoint her sound - and the ease with which she weaves grand tales of mythos into short and delicate folk tunes suggests a true finesse. Her subject matter is seldom trivial - abuse, mythological stories, feminism and loss are considered with a confident serenity [...] Fans of Sofia wait with bated breath for the release of her first full-length LP in 2019."

- Andrea Cleary, The Irish Times '50 People to Watch in 2019'

'An essential new release to get obsessed with' - DIY magazine, 2018

‘A heavenly blend of lo-fi and dream pop. Think Jesus and Mary Chain meets Angel Olsen.’ - Hot Press, 2018


Connect with Maija via Facebook @maijasofiamusic / Instagram @maijasofiamakela / Twitter @maija_sofia

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New Release! noid // paradiselost with &Records (Japan) 19 April 2019

We're very happy to announce we will be releasing the new single from Japanese euphoric-beat freaks, noid.

paradiselost is out on May 17th via Trapped Animal Records, Cargo Records, with &Records handling the release in Japan.

noid: Formed in Kanazawa, Japan. Their 2 compilation albums were released on Babyboom Records (UK) for worldwide in 2008. Their songs were played on the radio in so many countries like Scotland, France, Brazil etc.. their 1st album "the space-elephant arrives at the moon" was released in April 2009. "wood world" o the album was No. 3 on the college weekly chart. They played at big summer festival in Japan called Summer Sonic in the same year.

Their activities have been based in their hometown Kanazawa. They have organized their own irregular events called Magical Colors Night. They have invited so many great acts from foreign countries like Of Montreal, Mineral, +/- {PLUS/MINUS}, my hawaii, TOPS , HAJK, Aiming For Enrike etc..

Their 2nd album was released on moorworks in 2013. The album received a local award of CD shop award in 2014.

In 2015, they released split 7" with Kyoto based band "my letter" on & records.

In 2016, "the most quiet singer songwriter" You-Can, the organizer of one of the greatest festival in Kyoto called Boro Festa joined the band. Now they consist of 8 people in flux.

In 2017, 3rd album "HUBBLE" was released on & records.

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The Baby Seals // Dream Nails // The Menstrual Cramps 28 February 2019

Yea, that's three of the best bands in the UK out on tour together!

Revolving headliner!

The Menstrual Cramps headline in Bristol

Dream Nails headline in London

The Baby Seals headline in Cambridge

Tickets on sale Monday!

Pink Mirror (Single) Out Feb 8th 29 January 2019

Following the success of first single ‘Bad Lover’, Jeremy Tuplin releases title track ‘Pink Mirror’ on 8 February via Trapped Animal Records & Cargo Records from his forthcoming album.

Talking of the single, Tuplin describes his process as “as a songwriter, or maybe just in general, I like to observe and try to understand; so, this 'pink mirror' idea came to me as an observational thing that seemed to explain aspects human behaviour, relating to conscience mainly - both individual and collective. It works to different degrees and vast extremes, as the examples in the song suggests, but at the end of the day that's all it is, a pop song.”

The track describes, with some hilarity and some darkness, the idea of cognitive dissonance; of holding two contradictory belief in one’s head.By looking in the pink mirror, which makes everything rosy, one can gloss over dark deeds and thoughts in an instant.

First single ‘Bad Lover’, released in November 2018, went down a storm, thanks no doubt to the accompanying video of Tuplin performing with a backing band of ironically-yawning hipsters.For The Rabbits said of the track, “Jaunty guitars, group backing vocals so wonderful the Ronettes would be proud of them, and rolling basslines; it’s Jeremy Tuplin sure, but as we’ve never seen him before.”The track went on to top many a Spotify playlist and video round-up, with Americana UK writing that it was “ridiculously catchy, has great lyrics and a fun video to accompany it.”

COMEHEREFLOYD are premiering the track NOW! HERE

Jeremy Tuplin releases free download of 'Just Cos Ur Handsome' 31 October 2018

Treat yourself to a sneaky peek of Jeremy Tuplin's forthcoming album with Trapped Animal. Download 'Just Cos Ur Handsome' for free on Jeremy's bandcamp page to get your cosmic fix today! First single 'Bad Lover' will be dropping soon after (23/11), but in the meantime, get yourselves down to see him in London (07/11, Amersham Arms) and Cambridge (15/11, The Blue Moon).

Jeremy Tuplin sings 'Just Cos Ur Handsome', in a bathroom 26 October 2018

A few weeks ago we invited Jeremy down to the Trapped Animal garden to sing us some songs.

Kerry and Jeremy setting up.

Unfortunately, the incessant dulcet singing of the birds in the garden and peaceful country breeze ruined the recording, so we shut Jeremy in the bathroom for an hour to sing and made him some soup.

Here's a stream of the song:


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Jeremy Tuplin signs to Trapped Animal for new album 'Pink Mirror' 23 October 2018

We're incredibly excited to announce a new addition to the Trapped Animal family!

Jeremy Tuplin writes witty, otherworldly songs. With his deep velvet-like voice and sultry, hazy guitars he has created a truly beautiful record. 'Pink Mirror' has rich, deep layers both within Jeremy's song lyrics and structures and his slick production style, it's a BANGER of an album and we can't wait to bring it to y'all!

Jeremy says on the album: I'd describe 'Pink Mirror', the album, as a jovial sojourn through some of human nature's so-called dark sides. It's a satirical look at representations of love, desire, vanity, society, the internet and more in the modern world. The concept 'Pink Mirror' itself, as explained in the song as it's the title track, is a social-commentary attempt to get behind the rose-tinted exterior to explore the grittier reality - and branching from that some tracks adopt different personas and others are much more personal.

Here's an exclusive live video of one of the album tracks: 'The Beast'.

We will be releasing the first single from this album - 'Bad Lover' on November the 23.

'Pink Mirror' will release via Trapped Animal & Cargo Records on April 5 2019.

Follow Jeremy on his socials for an exclusive download from the album later this week.




Clash Music - “A cosmic gem”

The Telegraph Culture - “A distinctive, deep vocal that has hints of Leonard Cohen and Bill Callahan”

BBC 6 Music – Tom Robinson – "Unconventional, conversational and intimate”

Jeremy will be performing live at The Half Moon in Putney on Monday 29th October.

The Baby Seals Summer Update 23 July 2018

The Baby Seals have had their busiest year yet. They’ve squeezed all of the annual leave out of their work places and poured themselves into Kerry’s car, ready and primed to hit the great gig venues of the United Kingdom and northern Europe. They have secured some excellent festival slots, at Femrock Fest Brighton, Derbyshire’s Indietracks and Loud Women Fest III. They’ve sold out of the first run of their self-titled EP and are releasing a special edition, which will help raise funds for Bloody Good Period. Last but not least, the band will be setting off on their first tour of the European mainland. They’ve landed gigs in Duisberg, Köln, Antwerp and Amsterdam amongst others.

Festival news

They kicked-off (geddit) their summer with a headline slot at Femrock Fest Brighton, sharing the bill with Sit Down, Charmpit and Militant Girlfriend. Brighton’s Finest described the band’s performance as “Body positivity and patriarchy smashing, they made me genuinely laugh, and also cry at the overwhelming feeling of solidarity amongst the crowd.”

Hoping to replicate this feeling, they’re heading towards a slot at the coveted Indietracks festival in Derbyshire. Catch them at the Church stage on the Sunday sharing a bill with Sink Ya Teeth, Lovely Eggs and Dream Wife. In anticipation of this, the band have been invited to two warm-up gigs, in Cambridge and Ipswich respectively.

Onto August, the seals will be turning their attention to Rebellion Punk Festival in Blackpool, after a night of supporting Dream Nails in Manchester and Leeds. When questioned, the seals said they were intending to simultaneously smash the patriarch whilst ramming candyfloss down their gobs. I don’t know about you, but we’re excited to see how that plays out.

Last, but by no means least, The Baby Seals have been invited to return to Loud Women Fest. This will be the third incarnation of the London-based Female LGBTQ organisation’s fabulous festival. Catch it at The Dome in Tufnell Park.

Special edition EP

Having sold out of the original run, the seals have released a special edition of their debut EP which includes Masturbation Month inspired-track Vibrator. The band have teamed up with Bloody Good Period, who supply menstrual supplies to asylum seekers, refugees and those who can’t afford them. 10% of all proceeds from the special edition EP will go to this important organisation.

Empowerpop European Tour

Everyone knows that all good tours start with a good warm-up. At The Blue Moon on 14 October, The Baby Seals will be headlining, for the first time in Cambridge, UK this year with support from the excellently named DoYouThinkHeSaurus?. Once they’ve recovered from that, the girls are starting their European mainland tour in Folkstone, before heading over the waters to Djazz in Duisberg on Saturday 20 October. With a currently TBC stopover in Amsterdam on the 19th, before heading to play in Bielefeld, Germany on Tuesday 23rd. The countdown to the weekend begins Thursday 25th at Juz in Manheim and then Friday 26th at Illusion in Bamberg. Saturday 27th sees the seals play their penultimate gig in Köln at Limes before they head off to Antwerp on Sunday 28th for the final date of the tour.

Forthcoming Live Dates:

24 July / Cambridge / The Blue Moon (w/ The Smittens)

27-29 July / Indie Tracks Festival Derby

3 August / Wharf Chambers Leeds (w/ Dream Nails)

4 August / The Peer Hat (w/ Dream Nails) Manchester

5 August / Rebellion Punk Festival Blackpool

11 August / Smokehouse / Ipswich (w/ Shark Muffin)

15 September / Loudwomen Fest / The Dome London

Empower Pop Tour

October 2018

Sun 14 October / UK / Cambridge / The Blue Moon

Thu 18 UK / FolkStone / Lady Luck

Fri 19 NL / Amsterdam TBA

Sat 20 DE / Duisburg / Djazz

Sun/Mon 21 or 22 (looking for a show)

Tue 23 DE / Bielefeld / Potemkin

Wed 24 (looking for a show)

Thu 25 DE / Manheim / Jüz

Fri 26 DE / Bamberg / Illusion

Sat 27 De / Cologne / Limes

Sun 28 BE / Antwerp / TBA