Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, is pleased to announce Future Politics, the third full length in their discography.
Accompanying today’s announcement is a video for first single ‘Utopia’. Directed by THAT GO (Chairlift, Lapsley, Father John Misty), the video stars Stelmanis held hostage in an icy, modern apartment by an insidiously sinister device.
Following up on this February’s Something EP, Purling Hiss is set to return this fall with a new full-length dubbed High Bias. This latest collection of fuzz-laden, lo-fi power pop is out via Drag City.
Though the project remains firmly in mastermind Mike Polizze’s grasp, bassist Dan Provenzano and drummer Ben Leaphart are more a part of the fold than ever. Together, the trio has crafted nine tracks that move seamlessly “between disparate styles, from streamlined futurist radio-wave to blatzing punk, sweet indie-pop song craft and barely-contained group riffage.” As a first listen, they’ve shared the drowned surf rock of “Fever”. There’s a playfulness in the track’s loose rock ‘n’ roll, but one that seems to be pushing back against a darkness threatening to crush.
The Last Shadow Puppets release ‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP on Domino. The EP was recorded live in one day at Future-Past Studios, Hudson NY and features new versions of album favourites ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’ alongside a selection of cover versions, first heard live during The Last Shadow Puppets’ summer touring.
Watch their cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Is This What You Wanted’, directed by Focus Creeps ABOVE.
Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, the Folk Implosion) will release his new EP, Apocalypse Fetish, on October 28th via Domino. A follow-up to last year's Brace The Wave -- Barlow's first solo release in six years -- it features five new tracks recorded with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Today, Barlow shares a second taste of the EP with "Anniversary Song," which you can stream via Soundcloud below.
Wand frontman Cory Hanson has announced the release of his debut solo album, The Unborn Capitalist From Limbo. As opposed to the noisy psych-rock he makes with his main band, Hanson has opted for sagging, celestial folk for his solo output.
This Is A Red Line will be released on October 28th on the #MoreInCommon compilation album in aid of #HopeNotHate charity. Also featuring tracks by Beak, Chris & Cosey, Thought Forms, The Membranes and more.
The song was recorded during the Tracks of Wire album sessions with producer Rob Ellis, mixed by Mark Freegard and mastered by Nick Watson at Fluid.
Incoming off the back of Boxed In's second album Melt, revered producer George Fitzgerald has taken on single "Forget". Proving his foolproof formula to his studio endeavours once more. George Fitzgerald finds himself reworking the group's frontman Oli Bayston's vocals again, following the two collaborating on "Full Circle" for Fitzgerald's debut album Fading Love last year.
George Fitzgerald's remix of "Forget" is out on Oct 14th on Nettwerk Records. Listen below.
Emily Barker has just returned from Memphis where she has been recording her latest album with Grammy-award winning producer and engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price). Prolific and consistently excellent, Emily recently released a solo album (The Toerag Sessions, a UK Americana Album of the Year nominee) as well as being a member of Applewood Road, whose debut album was acclaimed as “flawless” by The Sunday Times.
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The song ‘Pretty Polly’ comes from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Shirley says of the song: “I recorded this myself from the singing of Mrs Ollie Gilbert in 1959, on the field trip with Alan Lomax”.
Directed by Layla Atkinson, the video was given one stipulation by Shirley, to incorporate a very special kind of puppet, a jig doll. These puppets come to life when jigged on a vibrating board and have been popular street entertainment for hundreds of years.
Introducing the Ballantine’s Artist Series with Dave Ma (2016).
The Ballantine’s Artist Series Limited Edition gift packs were designed by photographer and music video director, Dave Ma. Drawing on his passion for shooting landscape photography, Dave shot a series of images at 8,000 feet above the Scottish Highlands. He transformed his photographs with rich and vibrant colour palettes to reflect the personalities of the Ballantine’s Finest and 12 Year Old blends, creating three modern and unique interpretations of his perspective of the stunning Scottish landscape.
Music track is ‘Nothing Solutions’ written and performed by Georgia licensed courtesy of the Domino Recording and Publishing Co Ltd.
Quantico is an American drama from executive producers Josh Safran and Mark Gordon explores the lives of young government agents as they go through training to become special agents and beyond. It is shown on the network ABC in the USA.
Episode #204 featuring 'Hadron Collider' and 'Hands Up' by Blood Orange.
Molly Drake was an English poet and musician, best-known as the mother of the musician, Nick Drake. Molly Drake never released any official publications of her poetry or compositions in her lifetime, but she had a profound impact on the musical style of her son. As Nick Drake's music gained a larger following after his death, Molly Drake's recordings have been released, which uncover the musical similarities between her and her son. Molly was born in 1915 and died in 1993.
Nick Drake's increasing cult following led to further interest in his mother. In 2013, an album entitled,"Molly Drake", was released with the intent of focusing solely on the work of Molly Drake. The 19 songs were recorded on a rudimentary setup in the 1950s in seclusion at her home. It features Drake's soft vocals accompanied by piano on tracks that mainly last two minutes. The tracks are poetic and heavy-hearted, similar to her son's musical style. The album was first released by Bryter Music (licensed to Squirrel Thing for the USA) is now long deleted with a new edition set to appear in early 2017. It was engineered by Nick Drake's past engineer, John Wood. Joe Boyd has stated that this compilation is the missing link in the Nick Drake story.
Tim Presley drops his popular White Fence moniker for the release of The WiNK which is out via Drag City. Listen to the track “Long Bow” from the album below.
Like the rest of the album, “Long Bow” was produced by Presley’s DRINKS partner Cate Le Bon and features Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa. It also contains the same sort of manic energy as the previous single, a sound like a skittering rabbit hopped up on some psychotropic enhancer. There’s as much a feel of jazzy improvisation as there is one of garage-bred psychedelia.
Dirty Projectors member Amber Coffman has announced her debut solo album. It’s called City of No Reply and it’s out via Columbia (release date TBC). Coffman has shared the music video for the first offering from the record. The song is called “All to Myself.” Watch the video (directed by Coffman and shot by Jake Magee) below.
Recently, Dirty Projectors released, “Keep Your Name,” their first new song since 2012. Since the last Dirty Projectors releases, Swing Lo Magellan and About to Die, Coffman has worked with artists including Major Lazer, Snoop Lion, J. Cole, and RiFF RAFF. Recently, she appeared on Frank Ocean’s Blonde.
Less than a year after putting out Other Death, Montreal retro pop troubadour Sean Nicholas Savage is back with a brand new project. But Magnificent Fist isn't just a surprise release; it's got a new format too. The project's nine velvety tracks are presented as "bespoke" videos. Savage's vocals are more polished than ever but, according to a statement on his website, the visuals are intentionally vague.
Following the sensation of debut single ‘Lying Has To Stop’, Soft Hair – the pair of Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust (Late of The Pier / LA PRIEST) – have shared ‘In Love’, a new song from their forthcoming eponymous debut album - released via Domino on October 28th, 2016.
Premium is the glistening debut album from New York-based Sam Evian. The sound of Premium recalls a sunbaked cassette of Pet Sounds or All Things Must Pass, composed with glowing guitar chords, aching pedal steel, Wurlitzers and iconic 20th-century synths. Inspired by the soulful classic sounds of Jackson Browne, Shuggie Otis, Sly and the Family Stone and The Band, as well as contemporary influences such as Cass McCombs, Broadcast, Cate Le Bon, and Chris Cohen, this is music meant for a close-up experience; spacious, dreamy, fun, and disarmingly open and honest.
That musical community included the group that recorded Premium. There was Austin Vaughn on drums (Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple), a long-time friend from North Carolina School of the Arts, and Brian Betancourt on bass (Hospitality, Here We Go Magic, Luke Temple). They were joined by Michael Coleman on keys, a prolific player and producer, as well as being Figure 8’s studio manager. Pedal steel was provided by Dan Iead (Cass McCombs), and recorded at New York’s legendary Magic Shop studios in the days just before it closed. The tracks were some of the very last recordings in the room that had witnessed sessions by David Bowie, the Ramones, Blondie, Real Estate, Kurt Vile and generations of others. Other guest performers include vocalists Cassandra Jenkins and Hannah Cohen, Shahzad Ismaily, Eddie Barbash (the saxophonist on the Colbert show) and Steve Marion (aka Delicate Steve).
Wild Beasts will be performing a special 40 minute live set from BBC's Maida Vale Studios on Monday, 3rd October 2016 (as part of 6 Music Live). You can watch + listen to the set from 19:50 via BBC 6 Music, online or BBC Red Button.
Last month, Drugdealer, aka Michael Collins, released the debut album The End of Comedy and now, he’s pleased to share the video for single ‘Easy To Forget’ ft. Ariel Pink. The video was directed by Collins and features an aspiring actress that he found wandering the streets of Los Angeles.
Genuflex self-titled debut album is released Dave Sitek’s (TV On The Radio) label Federal Prism. With his ultra-filmic take on the emblazoned blue eyed soul of Bobby Hatfield and the dark mechanics Scott Walker, singer-songwriter Finn Vine releases his debut album as Genuflex, an elegant navigation of loss, obsession and hope framed by shuddering electronic soundscapes and left-field pop shadows.
Singer, songwriter and composer Vine wrote, recorded and self-produced the majority of the album from his London home, complimented by sessions with label boss Dave Sitek in LA, who takes credit for additional album production. Live drums arrive courtesy of Seb Rochford (Acoustic Ladyland, Polar Bear) plus whirring ambient, analogue experiments thanks to David Kosten.
Opening track ‘Alive & Seen’ is a personal response to the death of a public figure. Arpeggiated synthesisers propel the twisted torch song minimalism, Vine’s delicate falsetto creeping with all the glacial self-awareness of Anthony Hegarty before crashing into a garage post-punk spun rage. “It’s about the seeking of validation by exposure,” he says. “The destructive idea that you only exist to the extent of perception or if someone shines a light on you.”
Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, the Folk Implosion) has announced a new solo EP, Apocalypse Fetish, to be released via Domino. Apocalypse Fetish comes as a follow-up to last year's critically acclaimed Brace The Wave -- Barlow's first solo release in six years -- and features five new tracks recorded with Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
Ryan Lott, known by his stage name Son Lux, was raised in Denver, Colorado before relocating to New York. He has released four albums, two EPs and a handful of singles, his most recent album Bones appeared in June 2015.
He is also a member of Sisyphus (with Sufjan Stevens) and has featured on one album and an EP with this trio. Additionally Lott has scored the soundtracks for a number of films, most notably Paper Towns in 2015 and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby 2013. In late 2014 he signed with Glassnote Records after previously being with Joyful Noise Recordings.
Soft Hair are Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust (LA PRIEST / Late of The Pier). Their eponymous debut album is due for release via Weird World.
The album’s recording took place over five years amongst the pair’s solo careers and outside lives. After the dispersion of Late of the Pier, whom Connan supported on tour in 2009 (the first time the two met), Sam travelled in the far east, Africa, Europe and elsewhere, spending time inventing his own instruments, producing and directing, and re-emerging as LA PRIEST in 2015 with debut solo album Inji.
Connan meanwhile released the albums Forever Dolphin Love and Caramel and toured the world extensively, working with artists such as James Blake, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Vince Staples.
The songs on this album were written and recorded in a wide array of locations using methods that neither Mockasin nor Dust had used previously, developed by the pair from the start of its creation. As a result, the record gives the listener a view into an exotic world with a blend of familiar, unfamiliar and unconventionally attractive sounds.
Watch the Soft Hair / Joseph Bird-directed video for first single, “Lying Has To Stop” above.
“Forget” is one of many bangers Boxed In have already released from their upcoming sophomore effort Melt. The video was directed by Wayne McCauslin that situates frontman Oli Bayston in the midst of some digital effects that perfectly match the music’s sleek, pretty aesthetic.
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