If…, is the solo album from Bill Ryder-Jones out November 14th 2011 recorded to soundtrack Italo Calvino’s meditation on writing in the post modernist novel If On A Winters Night A Traveller. Ryder-Jones left The Coral after the fifth studio album where he was able to spend time focussing on developing ideas in string arrangements and orchestral platforms particularly with a focus on working towards emulating beloved film scores. This debut came into being in various locations around Ryder-Jones’ hometown of Liverpool including the Scandinavian Church, Grade II listed warehouse Elevator Studios and his mother's home down by the Irish sea. Musicians, friends and even the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra pulled together to make this extraordinary undertaking a magnificent work and the beginning of what will assuredly be a spectacular opening for one of Domino's most fine new signings sure to be recognised as one of Britain's finest young composers.
Please be introduced to You Us We All, a contemporary version of a baroque opera composed by singer and composer Shara Worden, also known as leader of the band My Brightest Diamond, with a libretto by Andrew Ondrejcak, who also directed and designed the production.
Hope identifies with Beyoncé. Love doesn’t return Death’s emails. Time swigs Stoli in his tighty whities. In this postmodern pop opera by singer-composer Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and writer-director-designer Andrew Ondrejcak, the buttoned-up allegorical figures of 17th-century court entertainment search for meaning amid celebrity crushes, Lucite chairs, and gym culture. The Belgium-based Baroque ensemble B.O.X., under the direction of Pieter Theuns, enlivens the whimsical text by Ondrejcak and the score by Worden, who performs alongside Helga Davis (Einstein on the Beach, 2012 Next Wave) and three other vocalists in this fable of idealism in the iPhone age.
The new sound of Lisbon. Around a decade ago, Marlon Silva was the driving force in forming the DJs Do Guetto, a crew of Lisbon producers that includes DJ Pausas, DJ Fofuxo, DJ Jesse and more, who made their name playing local parties and uploading tracks onto filesharing site eMule. DJs Do Guetto has more-or-less disbanded, but DJ Marfox’s eye for talent has only strengthened with time. He’s become a key part of the Principe Discos label, both as an artist and an unofficial A&R-of-sorts, bringing younger producers like DJ Nigga Fox into the fold to help develop the label’s blend of tumbling drums and trancey riffs (in a neat things-going-full-circle moment, Principe reissued DJs Do Guetto’s eMule archives in 2013.)
Just four months after releasing their previous LP, 'Golem', California psych rockers Wand have released their new album, titled 1000 Days which is the band’s Drag City debut. For those, keeping count, this means the trio will have released three albums in just over a year, starting with last summer’s Ganglion Reef, continuing with this past spring’s Golem, and keep on keepin’ on with this fall release.
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