Piano Ombre was recorded with producer Ash Workman (Metronomy / NZCA Lines). Written in the South West of France by Frànçois Marry, it features his current line-up of Atlas Mountains - multi-instrumentalists Amaury Ranger and Pierre Loustaunau, drummer Jean Thevenin (all Frenchmen) and Glaswegian keyboardist Gerard Black.
The album title suggests: ‘no longer be scared by things, because there is a way to see things in a positive light’ was written during a tumultuous year in Frànçois’ life. Lyrically, the album documents another journey, of personal struggle, discovery, conviction and resolution, however the darkness of the lyrics is counterbalanced by the bright, airy and upbeat production. From Afro-pop to French chanson and Yé-yé, mixed with more Anglo-phonic guitar-pop the album manages to capture the ecstatic energy of the band’s live performance. YOU MUST SEE THIS BAND LIVE!
Taking place in the most miserable week of the year, LOCO London Comedy Film Festivalpromises to bring a smile, chuckle and even a guffaw to the most miserable of Londoner. With a special focus on satire, the festival will present a 50th anniversary screening of Dr. Strangelove as well as screenings of Life Of Brian and The Infidel (including a Q&A with David Baddiel).The Face of Satire, a special exhibition from photographer Rachel King featuring original portraits of the UK’s foremost satirists (including Hugh Dennis, Josie Long & Howard Jacobson) will be installed at BFI Southbank for the duration of the festival. Find out more here.
ATLAS is the new album by New Jersey's Real Estate out March 3rd 2014. Written by Martin Courtney, Matt Mondanile, Alex Bleeker and Jackson Pollis while cruising through the Arizona desert and during a presser in Madrid, in a practice room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and in an attic in the band's hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. It was recorded in the summer of 2013 in Chicago with Tom Schick (Sean Lennon, Low, Cibo Matto) at Wilco's loft studio where new member Matt Kallman (formerly of Girls) joined the fold on keyboards.
Real Estate are skilled at capturing hazy summer evenings. Similarities are made to Galaxie 500, Little Wings, Luna, Neu, Nick Drake and Pavement, and also Fairfield Porter, Milton Avery and Albert York. Cover art shows sections of a mural by Polish artist Stefan Knapp that hung for more than 30 years outside a department store in North Jersey where the band grew up and spent years driving by the abandoned building and its monumental painting.
'Wanderlust' directed by Barcelona-based collective NYSU.
The singlewill be available from 24th February with a new song, Byzantine, plus remixes from Factory Floor and The Field.
'Present Tense' is a dramatically new album – taking cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century. Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Chris Talbot and Ben Little recorded the album at Konk Studios in London and at The Distillery in Bath in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx and Brian Eno protégé Leo Abrahams to create a record of astounding intricacy, coherence and emotional resonance.
Sam Haar and Zach Steinman, release their self-titled debut album for RVNG Intl. Haar and Steinman met at Oberlin College in 2003, where they studied electroacoustic composition and studio art respectively, and became collaborators in a smattering of short-lived experimental outfits.
ALBUM - 'Swisher' out 5th August 2013:
Pretty but not overly nostalgic, the US house duo's second album is the perfect compliment to recent records by DJ Koze and Jon Hopkins. 4/5 FACT
Everything is in its right place, but instead of processed-to-death perfection, it just feels natural. 4/5 Resident Advisor
Shot by Cass's long-term friend and collaborator Albert Herter in New York, California and China, its chaotic, clashing imagery and oblique sloganeering are the perfect accompaniment to a song that see McCombs subtlety yet powerfully dismantle generally agreed notions of Western masculinity and identity with his uniquely irreverent wit and insight. Herter provides the illustrations for cover of "Big Wheel and Others" as well as the cover art of 2011's "Humor Risk" and "Wit's End."
'Big Wheel and Others' is a marauding marvel of great beauty, insight, humour and mystery that truly sees McCombs at the peak of his mercurial powers - his restless muse making stops at all the strangest, most singular roadsides of rock and roll, blues, jazz, country and more on its nomadic quest for human truth and understanding.
Mara Carlyle is one of the UK’s most original and exciting singer-songwriters to emerge in recent times. Her mesmerising sound combines an eclectic range of musical influences, including choral music, jazz, bluegrass, electronica & R&B.
FLOREAT out 5th September 2011 (Ancient & Modern/Domino Publishing) ★★★★ The Guardian, Mojo, Uncut, The Times
It is with great sadness that we confirm the passing of Double 6 recording artist The Child of Lov. His talent and friendship are a heavy loss to us, but we will always carry the pride of having been involved in his short but particularly bright recording career.
His manager Trey Reames, made the following statement: 'On behalf of the family and as his manager I must announce that Martijn Teerlinck, aka Cole Williams, aka The Child of Lov, aka Sun Patzer, is no longer with us. He lived a life of struggle and can now rest peacefully. In his own words: 'When I was younger, I had a tough time physically. I have seen too many hospital beds. It made me stronger. Makes you realize death is always near, for anyone. And what a wonderful thing life is and how grateful we should be.'
Releases ‘Immunity - Extended Edition’ through iTunes on December 9th 2013 | ‘Collider – Remixes’ on 12” and Digital on Feb 24th 2014
Collider, the nine-minute ‘astounding and subtly euphoric techno slayer’ (DJ Mag) - the dark, beating heart of the Mercury-nominated Immunity, is released as the next single from Jon Hopkins and is available to buy digitally now. ‘Collider – Remixes’, featuring mixes from Pangaea, Karenn and Objekt will be available on 12” (RUG562T) and Digital (RUG562D) from 24th February 2014. A one-track download of the Pangaea remix will be available from December 9th.
Directed by Tom Haines
“Jon's music has a transportive quality, which can be blissful and expansive, but can also be internal, and more aggressive, and Collider is at this end of the spectrum. We wanted to create an internal journey, which was unflinching, singular and claustrophobic and at the same time liberating. The video is like a voodoo ceremony, where the lead character dances herself into frenzy, and through the dance gains access to a parallel dimension; it's her unfurling thoughts, her dislocated mind, and hints at something more apocalyptic - an end game for her and us.” Tom Haines
Formed in November 2011 after moving down from Peterborough, this Brighton based Surf/Doom three piece comprise of guitar / organ / lead vocalist Kristian; semi-professional poker playing drummer Gianni, and fiercely eloquent bassist Dan, who is currently writing a science fiction novel by the name of The Curious Adventures of Charlie Revel; and mysterious second guitarist Mark, who's commitments at home and slight agoraphobic behavior means that he will not leave Peterborough, and only expands the group to a quartet at home town shows.
2013 has seen The Wytches supporting a rich variety of acts including Death Grips, The Black Angels, Chelsea Wolfe, Bosnian Rainbows, Japandroids, Temples, Metz, Superfood, Future Of The Left, The Cribs and Drenge. They released their second single, the AA-side Beehive Queen/Crying Clown, via HateHateHate Records on June 3rd. Following the success of Beehive Queen, the band re-released Digsaw as a limited white label 7”. In November, the band released a second AA side single, ‘Robe For Juda / Wide At Midnight’ via HateHateHate records. This has gained them more radio play from the likes of Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens (for which the band recorded a live session at Maida Vale) at BBC Radio 1, and Marc Riley on BBC 6 Music who has had them in for live sessions twice this year.
Every year Bella leads a spectacular Christmas tour rated **** by The Times and this year is no exception with this brand new song accompanying the tour as a single. The tour includes London King's Place on 14th December. The Christmas tour dates are listed on Bella's website [BELLA HARDY WEBSITE]
A Tell All (out 15th October 2013) is Shonna Tucker's first release after her eight-year stint as bassist for the Drive-by Truckers. Eye Candy includes four of the most prolific players in the Athens (USA) music scene: Jeff Neff (also formerly of Drive-By Truckers) on guitar & pedal steel, Bo Bedingfield on guitar, Neil Golden on keyboards, and Clay Leverett on drums. A Tell All was recorded by Kyle Spence (Harvey Milk) and features ten songs about love and jealously, nights spent on the road and nights spent in the kitchen, the things men do to women and women do for men.
The artwork for 'Paracosm' by Washed Out was originally created by Sara Cwynar. It has been shortlisted in this year’s Best Vinyl Art poll amongst albums such as Daft Punk, QOTSA, Atoms for Peace and other indie releases such as Mount Kimbie and Drenge. Artwork is currently being exhibited in Malmaison Oxford. [VOTE]
"A night-vision camera captures life in a dark park. Among the hidden corners and leaf-covered hideaways, people purge and absolve their sins through sexual liberation. We highlight a romance between a man and a woman who seek forgiveness from each-other: the only forgiveness that is of any importance. "
Forgive Me will be available as a three track digital bundle alongside two new tracks: Hopeless Place and Holy Place.
'Time Will Tell' is the closing track from the album CUPID DELUXE. The song itself was recorded live in a one take that lasted about 15 minutes I ad-libbed the vocals recalling lyrics from songs of mine and a song by Adam Bainbridge (which he was unaware i was going to do). Adam was on the drum machine, Blue May on guitar, Sam Beste on piano, & Tawiah on backing vocals. I then took some of my vocals from towards the end and overlaid it as a backing vocal."
Choreography made with Juri Onuki. Directed by Alan Del Rio Ortiz.
For our friends in New York... Blood Orange will be playing two special New York shows this week. Tomorrow, Hynes will give a lecture at New York University on Synesthesia and the making of the soundtrack to Gia Coppola’s 'Palo Alto'.
Video by Leblanc + Cudmore - SINGLE: ‘Lariat’ by STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS
The album was produced by the band (Stephen Malkmus, Joanna Bolme, Jake Morris and Mike Clark) and Remko Schouten (the Dutch soundman of Pavement fame) in a studio in rural Ardennes.
"Wig Out At Jagbags’ is inspired by Cologne, Germany, Mark Von Schlegel, Rosemarie Trockel, Von Sparr and Jan Lankisch, Can and Gas; Stephen Malkums imagined Weezer/Chili Peppers, SIc Alps, UVA in the late 80's, NYRB, Aroma Charlottenburg, inactivity, Jamming, Indie guys trying to sound Memphis, Flipper, Pete Townsend, Pavement, The Joggers, The NBA and home life in the 2010's ... " Stephen Malkmus.
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks will return to the UK for 4 dates in January 2014 as follows:
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