Katie Crutchfield, aka Waxahatchee, will release her third LP Ivy Tripp on April 6th via her new home Merge (Wichita will oversee its international release). It follows 2013's Cerulean Salt. Listen to "Air", below. Crutchfield produced the album with Kyle Gilbride and Keith Spencer (also of Crutchfield's sister Allison's band Swearin'), who also play on the album.
LA PRIEST (pronounced ‘Lah Pree-st’) is a project from reclusive electronic musician Sam Dust. Having previously used the moniker for a 12" release on Erol Alkan's Phantasy label in 2007, ‘Oino’, Dust's new single, is the first material to surface from the artist since the hiatus of Late Of The Pier, his previous band, in 2009.
Sam spent much of his time after 2010 in Greenland, studying the effects of the Ivittuut region's electro-magnetic phenomena on recorded sound, and producing more than five secret uncredited projects - some of which have already trickled out into the world to public acclaim. Evoking the disruptive pop spirit of musicians like David Byrne, Prince, Arthur Russell or Aphex Twin, Dust's revived LA PRIEST project once again sets him apart as a true outlying original. Listen below.
Darling Arithmetic is the third album from Villagers. The follow-up to Conor O’Brien’s debut, Becoming a Jackal, and its successor, Awayland - both hugely acclaimed and Mercury-nominated. The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by O’Brien at home - the loft of a converted farmhouse that he shares in the coastal town of Malahide to the north of Dublin. O’Brien plays every instrument on these melodic songs in a sparse, spacious, acoustic-leaning fashion.
Watch the video for the lead single 'Courage' above.
Baltimore’s Lower Dens, release their thirdEscape from Evil on Ribbon Music.
On Escape From Evil, Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter emerges and takes center stage, and emboldening every aspect of the band.
Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical.
Lower Dens’ 2010 debut, Twin-Hand Movement, was a stunning evolution of guitar brilliance and murky emotiveness, while its 2012 follow-up, Nootropics, was a stark, textured paean to experimental bands of the krautrock era. Escape From Evil, marks a bold, monumental step forward for a band we knew had it in them, and the welcome manifestation of a singer we’ve never quite seen until now.
Pass Through Here is a new album from Connecticut folk icon Kath Bloom, her first for five years. Beginning to perform in the late 70s, Kath is renowned for her 80s private-press recordings with avant-garde guitarist Loren Connors, as well as signature tune Come Here from the soundtrack to Richard Linklater film Before Sunrise. Over the last 35 years, she has come to be revered around the world for her devastatingly emotional songwriting. Devendra Banhart has called her “one of the most beautifulsingers ever,” while Pitchfork says “she can snap a heart like a twig.”
For Pass Through Here, Kath travelled far from her Connecticut home to record in California with a coterie of freewheeling West Coast folk rock types, including engineer Jeff Hassay and fellow performer Levi Strom. It’s a distinctive new sound for Kath, uplifted by floating synthesizers and disembodied choruses, while retaining the direct simplicity and power for which she is loved.
The innovative work of cellist-composer-electronic-pioneer Arthur Russell will be honored in a new tribute album released 10/21 via Red Hot Organization and Yep Roc. Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell features 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley, paying homage to Russell’s boundless creativity and wide-ranging work, which swerved from electronic dance to folk to classical and resulted in what NPR hails as “catchy and hypnotic records that were far ahead of their time.” Watch Hot Chip emulate that try-anything-once attitude in this behind the scenes video clip via Pitchfork:
Over two years in the making, Master Mix earned early support from artists like Jose Gonzalez and Robyn, eager to put their twists on songs like “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” and “Tell You (Today)”; from Matt Wolf, who directed the in-depth documentary ‘Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell’; and from Russell’s longtime partner Tom Lee and the Arthur Russell Estate. Devendra Banhart, citing Russell as his inspiration for moving to New York, said, “It felt somewhat taboo to be messing with such sacrosanct materials… We recorded [“Losing My Taste For The Night Life”] as our way of saying to everyone, ‘Listen to Arthur!’”
Master Mix embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell’s work. Living in the East Village from the ‘70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city’s various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work “stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art.” Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell’s music: “It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula.”
Red Hot Organization is dedicated to promoting awareness of AIDS and HIV through the lens of popular culture. Since its inception in 1989, Red Hot has released over 15 compilation albums, including 2009’s Dark Was The Night, featuring The National, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Arcade Fire and more.
A video montage first released in 2011 using the music of Domino Publishing's White Rainbow. The video was directed by Domino's very own Jib Kidder who releases the album ' Teaspoon To The Ocean' on 26th January 2015.
How to Dress Well has recorded a song with London artist TALA as part of the ongoing Yours Truly/Adidas Originals series "Songs From Scratch." The premise is that two artists conceive & complete a collaborative song in a day's studio time.
The song is called "The One" and will be released on 27th January 2015. A 3 minute "making of" documentary, written feature and series of studio shots have gone out today ahead of this.
Formed in 2012 by core members Ryan Needham (Komakino) and Liza Violet (Department M), Leeds-based band Menace Beach are considered to be a bit of an indie supergroup. With a rotating cast of notable auxiliary members that frequently includes Nestor Matthews (Sky Larkin), MJ (Hookworms), and Matt Spalding (You Animals), they blend fuzzed-out '90s-style indie with big melodic pop. They made their debut in 2012 with the Dream Out EP on French label Desire, followed a year later by a single on the London-based Too Pure label. Their reputation grew quickly and, with only those two releases to their credit, they were covered in NME, Drowned in Sound, and The Guardian and recorded a session for BBC Radio 6. Following the release of their second EP, 2014's Lowtalker, they signed with Memphis Industries, which released their debut album, Ratworld.
All We Are have shared the track ‘Stone’ taken from their forthcoming eponymous debut album on 2nd February 2015. A standout track from the album, ‘Stone’ features a haunting vocal performance from bassist Guro Gikling that builds to an exhilarating end.
Torn Hawk is the project of audiovisual artist Luke Wyatt. Wyatt first gained notoriety for his "Video Mulch", creating innovative visual work for the label Peoples Potential Unlimited and artists like Autre Ne Veut and Mi Ami.
The acclaimed "Tarifa" 12", released on L.I.E.S. in 2012, debuted the distinctive Torn Hawk soundtrack-ready aesthetic of emotive guitars and smeared beats. The tracks sounded like the audio equivalent of confessional watercolors, framed with cinderblocks and distressed leather. This was followed by a prolific two years, with releases appearing on labels including Not Not Fun, Rush Hour’s “No Label”, 1080p, and Wyatt's own imprint Valcrond Video.
"Let’s Cry And Do Pushups At The Same Time" (Mexican Summer, 2014) is the most recent full-length statement from Torn Hawk, and marks the onset of a more emotionally manipulative and sonically confident direction.
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy continues his endless march to the Singer's Grave with a third single from last fall's classic career highlight, Singer's Grave a Sea of Tongues, in which the same material that had been gathered to build 2011's Wolfroy Goes To Town was used, in a different time and under different circumstances, to make a different record, allowing the songs to impact in new ways upon the singers and the players.
The b-side to Mindlessness, aptly titled ‘Blindlessness’, features hallucinatory imagery, provided by Kyle Armstrong (Armstrong's 2012 short film MAGNETIC RECONNECTION was narrated by Will Oldham and scored by our comrade Jim O'Rourke).
Following being named as one of Dazed’s 100 at the end of 2014, Rosie Lowe sees in the New Year with a remix of ‘How’d You Like It’ by sought after producer Analog Genius AKA Om’mas Keith. The original track, which is to be released on Rosie’s forthcoming debut album, merges soul, R’n’B and jazz, subconsciously lending itself to Analog Genius' layered remix.
Bella Hardy’s seventh solo album With The Dawn – her first since being named BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer Of The Year in 2014– isn’t just the latest collection of songs from this prolific and ingenious artist. The album is an account of one year of her life. Where previously Bella has adapted and explored traditional ballads and fables to tell her contemporary folk tales, the stories that inspired these songs are her own experiences: good and bad, happy or sad.
With The Dawn is a more intimate and reflective album than before. Working with producer Ben Seal, the arrangements are more instinctive, more reactive, as befits the mind-set that informed the lyrics.
New York based multi-media artist Sean Schuster-Craig, AKA Jib Kidder, has shared new song ‘In Between’, the lead single to be taken from Teaspoon To The Ocean, his debut release for Weird World due for release later this month (January 26th.)
Pitchfork.tv has launched a new series called "Playlist", in which artists pick a list of favorite tracks and discuss what each one means to them. The first episode features Panda Bear, who talks about Ariel Pink, Black Dice, Spacemen 3, and his Animal Collective bandmate Avey Tare's band Slasher Flicks, among others.
Below, watch the full episode, featuring Noah Lennox's commentary as well as clips of each song. Click on the links contained within the video to hear the full songs. Or go here for the full playlist.
How To Dress Well, Caribou, Ariel Pink, Courtney Barnett, and others will be featured in forthcoming episodes of "Playlist".
Also catch a segment below of Panda Bear's performance of 'Boys Latin' on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.
California singer/songwriter Jessica Pratt released her great self-titled debut in 2012 via White Fence's Birth Records imprint. On January 27, she'll release her new one, On Your Own Love Again, via Drag City.
She recorded the LP at home over the past two years. It was mixed in collaboration with Will Canzoneri.
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