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.
Los Angeles’ Alex Izenberg will release his debut album, Harlequin, later this year on Weird World. The albummay be Izenberg's debut proper but it also marks the culmination of over five years of highly prolific writing and recording under a variety of pseudonyms.
The first single to be taken from Harlequin is ‘To Move On’, along with its video directed by Nicky & Juliana Giraffe.
Watch the video above.
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Mica Levi (of Micachu and the Shapes) and cellist Oliver Coates have announced a new collaborative album. It’s called Remain Calm, and it’s out via Slip. The announcement is accompanied by their new song “Barok Main.” Stream it below.
Oliver Coates worked on Radiohead’s latest record A Moon Shaped Pool. He released the mini-LP Upstepping earlier this year.
Earlier this year, Cavern of Anti-Matter — a Berlin-based trio composed of Stereolab’s Tim Gane, Joe Dilworth (Th’ Faith Healers/Stereolab), and Holger Zapf — released Void Beats / Invocation Trex.
Now, they’ve announced a new EP. It’s called I’m The Unknown, and it’s out via Duophonic. The latest release is a new video for the title track; created by Sally Sibbet, it features a fast-moving series of abstract images.
How To Dress Well – a.k.a. Tom Krell – has released a third track from his forthcoming album Care – the super sexy, uber-sensual “Can’t You Tell,” produced by Dre Skull, available to hear ABOVE.
The song premiered with KCRW earlier today, and was performed as part of a KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic session, which will air in full on KCRW on Tuesday, October 4th. A live video of “Can’t You Tell”, from the aforementioned session shot at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, is available to view HERE.
Little Cub are Dominic Gore, Duncan Tootill and Ady Acolatse. The band's burgeoning reputation as one of the city’s finest new exponents of electronic pop has seen them sell out a four-night headline residency at Peckham’s Copeland Estate off the back of the release of their debut ‘Breathing Space’ EP.
‘Loveless’ was produced by Little Cub's Duncan Tootill - who's production work has seen him work with the likes of George Fitzgerald, Lil Silva and more.
Watch the video for ‘Loveless’, directed by visual artists Dexter Lander and Nick Pomeroy, ABOVE. The single comes out on 11th November, 2016.
The band’s debut tracks, ‘Breathing Space’ – leading the tracks on its accompanying EP - and ‘Intent’, are available for free download now via their website LITTLE CUB and streaming now on Spotify and Apple Music.
Canadian punk band White Lung have released a new video for track ‘Sister.’ It was directed by Justin Gradin, who also directed White Lung’s ‘Hungry’ video and features a man’s attempt at finding love with two strangers. The track comes from Paradise, the fourth album from White Lung, which was released in May of this year.
The Kills (Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart) released their fifth full-length album Ash & Ice earlier this summer. Today, the band shares their video for ‘Impossible Tracks,’ which was directed by Ellis Bahl.
Cherry Glazerr - set to appear at next month’s Mirrors Festival in London - have shared a video for new song ‘I Told You I’d Be With The Guys’.
The video - directed by Riley Blakeway - comes with the band’s announcement they’ve signed to indie label Secretly Canadian.
Of the track, frontwoman Clementine Creevy explains “Sexism is so ingrained in me, I can often feel that men are the only ones who can help me socially, economically. The most important thing in my life is that I’ve realised I need to work for solidarity. That song’s both hopeful and dismal!”
Baltimore-based Lower Dens return after 2015’s Escape from Evil, with brand new single ‘Real Thing’. The song, written by Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter and fellow musicians Arthur Bates and Ariel Rechtshaid, was produced by Jana Hunter and mixed by Henrik Iivari with additional production from Rechtshaid.
The accompanying music video, which finds Hunter alone in the spotlight, is directed by SSION’s Cody Critcheloe, who previously collaborated on Escape from Evil’s ‘To Die in L.A.’ music video.
London based trio The Wave Pictures - Jonny Helm (drums), Dave Tattersall (guitar & vocals) and Franic Rozycki (bass) - return with their brand new album Bamboo Diner in The Rain due out on Moshi Moshi. Following on from last year’s Billy Childish collaboration Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon and their recent acoustic record A Season in Hull, Bamboo Diner in the Rain sees The Wave Pictures battling against the robot music apocalypse. The new album is a bluesy, boozy love letter to the guitar, filled with American Primitive instrumentals, John Lee Hooker chugs and Link Wray style minor-key surf music.
As songwriter and guitarist Dave Tattersall explains:
The Wave Pictures are strange: an indie rock band with absolutely no indie rock influences. For years, all we’ve listened to has been the classic blues and rock and roll of America in the 50s and 60s. And yet, we’re always disliked those retro acts who slavishly copy the look and the sound, the haircuts and the fonts of the past, but miss the unfettered spirit of the music they love. We have a style of our own already, the way your eyes have a colour. We don’t want to be a blues band. But the blues is there, at the invisible core of everything we do. We love it.
You see, these days the kids like their music to be made by machines, even when it pretends otherwise. The kids don’t seem to fear the machines (as I do, having been so profoundly affected at a young age by the first two Terminator movies) and so they happily switch on their computers and listen to robots singing. Well, one day those robots will rise up and kill us all. Listen instead, kids, to The Wave Pictures, the band that will someday soundtrack the resistance. We are the real thing, you know. The only reason the press haven’t noticed is that they are besotted with the machine music of robots, too. Ah, but no robot could swing the way Franic Rozycki swings his tugboat bass on a mighty blues-rock anthem such as “Now I Want To Hoover My Brain Clean” or “Panama Hat”, which will not sound right until it is heard crackling through a broken radio in a burned out basement after the robot apocalypse, a last little sign of human life on earth. The resistance starts here.
This is the most personal album I’ve made so far. In fact, that’s the whole idea of the band, to become more and more authentically ourselves on record. To grow inwards. Like everything on this dark and strange little album. It’s not robot music.
Shirley Collins – legendary folk singer and one of England’s most respected song collectors – has announced her return to recording after 38 years. The new album, Lodestar, will be released on Domino, and with it, Shirley has created the unlikeliest release of the century so far.
Lodestaris a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s, recorded at Shirley’s home in Lewes by Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe and produced and musically directed by Ian Kearey.
The first track to be shared from Lodestar is ‘Cruel Lincoln’ (LISTEN ABOVE). Shirley explains the history of the song: “This is an ancient ballad, found only rarely in England. The theory is that Cruel Lincoln was a mason who was not paid for the work he did for ‘the Lord of the Manor’ and so extracted a terrible revenge”. It also features bird song recorded at the back of Shirley’s cottage.
Absent from the music scene for many years, her impact has not diminished, the likes of Graham Coxon, Jonny Greenwood, Stewart Lee and Angel Olsen laud her and a documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins is currently in progress. Additionally, she was given the ‘Good Tradition’ award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008, elected President of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in the same year and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Sussex University this year. Shirley released her first memoir, America Over the Water, in 2004 and is currently working on her second book.
Baltimore-based musician Dan Deacon has released a brand new track “Change Your Life (You Can Do It)”, out today on Domino.
Originally featured briefly in the “NewNow” episode of Adult Swim’s Off The Air, who previously collaborated with Deacon on the “When I Was Done Dying” music video, this new track has become a part of Deacon’s live shows since the start of this year. The music video to accompany the euphoric and motivational new song, directed by Ben O’Brien, was filmed during his equally transformational and interactive live shows over the North American summer 2015 tour for Deacon’s latest studio album Gliss Riffer.
Having recently announced his debut album, Drugdealer aka LA artist Michael Collins is pleased to share another cut from the record ‘Easy To Forget’ featuring Ariel Pink.
Taken from The End of Comedy – out September 9th through Weird World, ‘Easy To Forget’ continues the journey into Collins’ whimsical world, one that is informed by Jean Baudrillard, social media perception, Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western vistas and his endless travels.
Brighton-based visual artist and singer-songwriter Jinnwoo (aka Ben Webb) has released his long-awaited debut album ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light.’
The release follows Jinnwoo’s critically-acclaimed debut ‘Your Baby’ E.P. and a series of singles - the E.P.’s title track, ‘Solo Man’, ‘You Should Be Feeling This Elliott’ and ‘I Am, I Am, The World’s Oldest Man’ - all released in 2014, collectively garnering coverage across The Guardian Guide, The Line of Best Fit, Clash, 405, For Folk’s Sake – among many others –and accumulating in Jinnwoo being named one of The Independent’s ‘Faces to Watch 2015’.
2015 saw perfectionist Jinnwoo lay the finishing touches to ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’, an album which has been years in the making and began with Jinnwoo hand-picking collaborators to work with, as he explains: “I wanted to make an album that was interesting to me so I included musicians that I appreciated and admired on the record.” As a totally unknown artist Jinnwoo found most of collaborators online - such as Malcolm Middleton and Alasdair Roberts - and emailed them demos with all of them agreeing immediately to work with this strange and exceptional new talent. Others were met on the live circuit such as Kyla La Grange, “she invited me to sing on her record (‘Cut Your Teeth’, 2014, Sony) so we swapped and did a vocal for each other”. A few were met through Jinnwoo’s work as a photographer, he shot the artwork for Kami Thompson’s (The Rails) solo album ‘Love Lies’ (2011, Warner Music UK) and they remained firm friends and collaborators.
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