Born and raised in the south of France, Pierre-Marie Maulini was a musician from a young age. With his older brother and a couple of friends he played in the band « A Red Season Shade » and released a debut album in 2006 on swiss label Gentlemen Records. A post-rock effort influenced by Sigur Ros and Explotions in the Sky which led him to meet local shoegaze icon Anthony Gonzalez. It didn’t take them long to become friends and Anthony soon asked him to join M83 on tour for the release of their fifth album « Saturday = Youth ». The band spent almost 2 years travelling around the world, opening for bands such as Kings Of Leon in the UK or Midnight Juggernauts in Australia, and of course headlining sold out shows all over America!
Back home and enthrilled by this experience, Pierre-Marie decided it was time for him to lead his own project and started STAL. Recording bedroom demos first, then moving to Ireland for a while where renowned sound engineer Patrick Walsh helped him develop his keyboard and synthesizer knowledge and skills. The first demos started spreading in 2011, they defined Stal’s sound as epic with a strong rock energy but also a touch of electronica and even ambient. On stage, the band is also composed by Hugo Rattoray on synths and guitars, Renaud Rodier on drums.
STAL is the word for steel in many languages. It evoques the coldness of machines and modern industrial life. But behind this cold varnish Stal’s music reveals itself as harmonious, luminous and somehow exhilarating, its lyrics speaking of the true and simple happiness one can find in life, love and hope.
The debut album 'Young Hearts' was released in October, 2015. Watch the video for 'Gone' above.
*Domino Publishing represent Stal for UK and EIRE on behalf of Velvetica Publishing*
Visuals will debut on thesongsays with his beautifully well-rounded novella of an EP, The State Of Things.
The label has long focused on the romantic and conceptual currents of dance music and Visuals joins the tight-knit roster with three stunning songs that perfectly fit the thesongsays ethos while bringing together the diverse elements of his musical background. The Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist - whose work debuted on Nicolas Jaar’s Other People imprint - excels not only through his distinctive vocal style and melodic richness, but also through the acute subtlety of his lyrical content.
The record’s A-side is a case in point: pure tropical melancholia that finds Visuals lyrically sifting through the modern contradictions of everyday life over lambent pads and off-kilter percussion: “I couldn’t tell hell from paradise / I’m so caught up in the state of things.” While the vocals recall the realm of indie, the quirky textures and post-production (courtesy of DARKSIDE member Dave Harrington and Berlin-based house producer and drummer Louis McGuire ) gesture toward the electronic.
On the flip, the buoyant bass line of "Days Of Our Youth" anticipates an infectious chorus that feels perfectly anthemic for spring and summer: "Days of our youth on fire / Burning in your eyes." It’s an expertly crafted and arranged piece of music that lends itself to adventurous DJs wanting to give the room something counterintuitive and unusual. Completing the release is "No Handle"—pensive, deep, and hypnotic for the noir corners of early morning dance floors.
Open Mike Eagle and producer Paul White have announced a collaborative album, Hella Personal Music Festival, out via Mello Music Group. The duo has shared "Check to Check," from the new LP. Listen below.
The album was recorded in London and features guest appearances from Aesop Rock and Future Islands' Sam Herring's rapping alter ego, Hemlock Ernst.
Bitchin Bajas are a group who make records released by Drag City. Bonnie "Prince" Billy, aka Will Oldham, also makes records released by Drag City. 'Epic Jammers and Fortunate Little Ditties' is an album by both Bitchin Bajas and Bonnie "Prince" Billy, and it's released.... via Drag City.
Animal Collective have shared “Hounds of Bairro,” a track from their Gnip Gnop / Hounds of Bairro 7” available on the deluxe physical edition of their recent tenth studio album Painting With, which was released February 19 2016 on Domino. Listen to the song above.
Dean Blunt’s group Babyfather have shared a new video for “Shook/Motivation” off of their forthcoming LP, BBF Hosted by DJ Escrow, out via Hyperdub. Over a trippy, skipping dub bass line, the trio (along with DJ Escrow and Gassman D) light up joints in a smoke-filled room and hang out in a car while sirens wail in the background — until the track transitions into its more melodic second half, back within the same four walls. Watch the clip above.
Arbor Labor Union was born from a peach tree in Georgia in the American south. They play psychedelic, repetitious, and joyful rock and roll music. In 2014 they released the album Sings for You Now under the name Pinecones. In 2016 they decided to change their name in order to form a more perfect union. A union of sound and vision. With this, they had a new album, a masterpiece of modern guitar music entitled simply I Hear You. I Hear You was crafted through the ancient process of collaboration. All four members brought their love to one another and turned it into song. The album plays like a freedom chant. You can hear laughter in their music. You can see the joy among them. In every known photo of the band they appear to be smiling. All that is left to do is listen. Listen to this album dedicated to listeners. And, should your response also be “I hear you,” the band replies, “affirmative, loud and clear.”
I Hear You was recorded and produced by Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn0))), Thurston Moore, Black Mountain) and Arbor Labor Union in the fall of 2015 at Avast Studio in Seattle, WA. The album was mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering.
On May 27th, Gold Panda returns with Good Luck and Do Your Best, his first album in about three years. Due out through City Slang, it serves as his third full-length following his well-received Half of Where You Live. That’s the artwork above.
The 11-track effort was recorded in the producer’s home in Chelmsford, UK. A press release notes it was influenced by two trips to Japan, where he’d traveled with photographer Laura Lewis in hopes of making a “sight and sound documentary.” The title itself comes from a cab driver who Gold Panda encountered while on his trip: “…As we got out, the Japanese taxi driver’s parting words to us as we left, were ‘good luck and do your best.’”
Steve Gunn is following up 2014's Way Out Weather with Eyes on the Lines. His first album on Matador Records is out May 20. Gunn has released a video for the first single, "Conditions Wild," which is directed by Brandon Herman. The video features Gunn traveling through the pages of a book about wildlife and losing an arm wrestling match to a bear cutout. Later, he chills by a campfire with the bear. Watch the video above.
Kevin Morby has shared a new song called "Dorothy." Named for his guitar (which got its name from his grandmother), it's an ode to the guitar and all that it represents after accompanying him on his career thus far. It's the latest single from the singer/songwriter's forthcoming album Singing Saw, which is out April 15 on Dead Oceans. Check out the surreal video above.
The Black Tambourines make music grounded in the ethos of D.I.Y production and scuzzy, distorted garage-rock, but with ragged grooves and a sun-kissed haze. Their music has been described as “surf-punk that buzzes with urgency” – NME, “blissfully hazy garage-punk”- Clash and “scuzzy rip-roaring indie-rock” – BEAT.
Over the last year The Black Tambourines have performed at Glastonbury, Isle of Wight festival, The Great Escape (unofficially, playing a guerrilla gig from the back of their van) and Manchester’s Psych Fest; they’ve toured Europe and the UK and supported The Jesus and Mary Chain (among many other shows). This summer, the band are booked to play End of the Road and Nozstock – The Hidden Valley festivals.
The Black Tambourines released their eponymous debut on vinyl in Sept 2013, than on CD via new label Easy Action on July 2015. For this year’s Record Store Day they released 7” of No Action (new album track) which sold out immediately. The second album 'Freedom' was released on the label Easy Action.
Berlin-via-Bulgaria's DENA continues being immensely endearing on 'Bad Timing' he lead single of her debut album, Flash, was released via Normal Surround and !K7. After featuring on both The Whitest Boy Alive records and since moving to Berlin in 2005, DENA has spent time honing her self-composed beats and finding hersignature sound, before stepping into the limelight and gaining internationa recognition for her unique and fresh flavour. Support slots for the likes of Das Racist, Icona Pop, The Whitest Boy Alive and LCMDF and a jam packed schedule at SXSW earlier this year have seen her live show grow from strength to strength and led to a notable nomination by leading German media Spiegel as one of the Top 10 international Pop-acts to rise in 2013.
Watch the video for 'Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools' above and listen to the lead single 'Bad Timing' below.
Glasgow’s Spinning Coin have shared the video for new single ‘Albany’ – watch it above. ‘Albany’ will be released through Domino's Geographic Music imprint on April 15th.
'Albany' was filmed in Glasgow on 8mm by Roxanne Clifford from Veronica Falls. The idea was to keep things simple and document the group in their own environment - drummer, Chris White's old flat, a show at Stereo, and the same bridge that The Pastels used in their Crawl Babies video way back in the 1980s.
Montreal fuzz-rockers Solids have announced the follow-up to their much lauded debut studio album, Blame Confusion. The new EP, titled ELSE, will be released through Dine Alone in Canada.
The new EP sees the band checking in after a year of near-constant touring. Having played more than 200 shows in 2014-2015 with the likes of Metz, PUP, Nothing, Single Mothers, Pity Sex and Makthaverskan, the EP reflects that road weariness within a group of songs that vibrate at a lower frequency, documenting the waiting, the bleary-eyed confusion and the blur of days that come with life on the road. The EP serves as a snapshot of a band that’s traveled 5000 miles in 19 minutes; a band that’s chained itself to the road in search of inspiration.
The Last Shadow Puppets have launched the video for their new single ‘Aviation’. The video for ‘Aviation’ was created by Saam Farahmand with Black Sheep Studios. Watch above.
‘Aviation’ and recent single ‘Bad Habits’ feature on the band’s second album ‘Everything You’ve Come To Expect’ which will be released on Friday 1st April. The album finds Alex Turner and Miles Kane reunited with James Ford (production and drums) and Owen Pallett (string arrangements) and joined by Zachary Dawes (Mini Mansions) on bass, recording the follow up to 2008’s ‘The Age Of The Understatement’ at Shangri La Studio in Malibu.
Throws’ Icelandic heritage is dusted all over their debut track. ’The Harbour’’s suitably shivery opening is just the tip of the iceberg, too - from the topsy-turvy, snowy accompanying video to the stabs of wobbly bass that puncture its shimmering pop oddness, there’s an ice-cold cool to every element of this this first step.
An album is due out later this year on Full Time Hobby.
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