Mara Carlylepresents BBC Radio 3's Late Junction (February 24th, 2015) featuring a tribute to the music of the late Lhasa de Sela, including rarely heard archive recordings. Also, Duke Ellington and some of his small group sessions.
We are delighted to share the album teaser to the fifth record from Patrick Watson. The title track from the album is premiering with The Line of Best Fit HERE.
The new music was recorded at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles and Pierre Marchand Studio in Montreal. Of the record, some of which was debuted at private concerts in small loft spaces, Watson explains,
“I started thinking about things in a very mechanical way. I found it interesting how we would use our senses to come up with an emotional reaction. As I get older you get to know yourself better and I realized that a lot of my emotional reactions were mechanical responses and that was hugely influential. I didn’t want to be a robot. But the reason why we are superior to computers is that we have emotions and I realized that emotions are mechanical so the only thing left between us and robots is curiosity and inspiration - and I don’t think you can program that into a computer. That’s definitely where I was at when I started writing the record.”
Raised and still living in Montreal, Watson has composed 15 scores for both film and television, including a trailer for The Walking Dead and Wim Wenders’ new 3D film Everything Will Be Fine, where he performed the songs ‘Cynical World’ (an original for the film) and ‘Lighthouse’. The recipient of Canada’s elite Polaris Music Prize in 2007, Watson composes, performs and records his albums with a full band that includes Joe Grass (guitars), Robbie Kuster (drums/percussion) and Mishka Stein (bass).
Irish singer-songwriter Róisín Murphy has revealed the full details behind her first new album in eight years, the follow-up to 2007’s Overpowered. Entitled Hairless Toys, due out via Play It Again Sam.
The nine-track effort is previewed with lead single/album opener “Gone Fishing”, a chipper, multilayered electro-folk ballad. In a statement, Murphy explained how the song and a number of other LP cuts were inspired by the 1990 documentary Paris Is Burning.
Off-Peak, is a game created by Archie Pelago cellist Cosmo D. It sees the user stranded at a cathedral-like train station in the near future, searching for a ticket out of town. Explore the secret passageways, interact with strangers, dig for records, and get hypnotized by the soundtrack – a new batch of never-before-heard Archie Pelago tunes.
Lower Dens have released the video for ‘To Die in L.A.’ from their forthcoming album,Escape from Evil, released on March 30th 2015 on Ribbon Music.
The ‘To Die in L.A.’ video was directed by SSION’s Cody Critcheloe (Perfume Genius, Dum Dum Girls). It finds the self-obsessed female protagonist, the song’s “heartbreaker,” trying to navigate through clichéd LA culture in a series of hyper idealized sequences.
Rosie Lowe returns with her new single, ‘Who’s That Girl?’. Accompanied by a mesmeric video - the single gives another hint as to what we can expect from Lowe’s debut album, which will be released on Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label later this year. In support of the single, Lowe has announced a very special London show at the intimate & beautiful St Pancras Old Church on April 15th.
Braids, the Montreal dream pop trio led by Raphaelle Standell, are set to release their new album Deep In The Iris on April 27th through Arbutus Records. The nine-track effort serves as the band’s third to date and follows 2013’s Flourish // Perish.
Taken from a new collaborative EP with the Fat White Family and Peake’s Eccentronic Research Council project, the new Moonlandingz video, featuring the Bafta–nominated Maxine Peake as a crazed stalker of a fictional band. Watch above.
Sweet Saturn Mine is the lead track taken from the Moonlandingz’ EP out on 16 March – a collaboration between the Fat Whites and Eccentronic Research Council. Written from the perspective of a fan of a small-time local band – the infatuation with the group tips into obsession, before plummeting dramatically into something far more sinister.
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