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.
During the summer of 2013, Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains enjoyed a ten-day tour in Africa, organised by the French Institute of Dakar (Senegal), Cotonou (Benin), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) to collaborate with local musicians.
For this journey, the group brought pictures, drawings, texts and four songs recorded on site which make up this remarkable L'Homme Tranquille (The Quiet Man) EP.
Petite Noir has shared the track ‘Shadows’, taken from his forthcoming EP, ‘The King Of Anxiety, which is released digitally next week. ‘Shadows’ embraces more electronic influences than previous track ‘Chess’, but once again showcases Yannick Ilunga's impressive vocal dexterity and accomplished production, resulting in a storm of rumbling bass and quiet sensuality.
Saint Saviour is from Teeside and sings, writes and produces music. Formerly of Groove Armada, most notably collaborating on the Grammy Nominated 'Black Light' she moved on to a solo career in 2012, self releasing 2x EP's and a debut album 'Union'.
Her second LP 'In The Seams' came out on Nov 3rd 2014, having been produced by Bill Ryder Jones and recorded at Parr St studios with Manchester Camerata. It is an album Saint Saviour is very, very proud of.
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