Bill Ryder-Jones' beautiful debut EP 'A Leave Taking Soundtrack' is now available as a free downloadhere. Herein,Jones made a leap into the field of orchestral music and landed firmly with an exquisite work that gives some indication of his forthcoming album.
Bill Ryder-Jones: ‘When I left the band I wasn't playing much music at all but in 2009 a friend got in touch asking if I would write something for this short he was making, which I did. It's pretty much the only thing I wrote that year but the process opened another world up to me. We thought it'd be nice to give it away to the people who have been interested in what I've been doing on my own and also to hint at the future a little bit. My album, which is a soundtrack inspired by a novel, is pretty much a progression from the things learnt when writing for Leave Taking.
With the new Cate Le Bon album not long gone, here's four candles not placed on the original Crab Day cake for you to hear as the titular holiday comes round once again.
Cate writes: "Rock Pool" is the killed darlings from the Crab Day sessions brought back to life on a classic 2-2 formation. Written under the same banner of the impossibly absurd and emerging to unimaginable bedlam." Produced by Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick, and featuring musicians H. Hawkline, Stephen Black and Stella Mozgawa, "Rock Pool" spins and swirls the waters with carnival pop, synth, drone and dance, all beamed along the pan-electric ray of Cate's immutable blank stare. Short-and-sweet-play fun of a highly ambiguous nature.
On their fifth album titled 'A Fair Field' (released on Static Caravan), The Memory Band return once more to the ghost-lit back-roads of British traditional music where digital machinery and acoustic musicians congregate to make old music from the future.
The album documents much of their recent live work, some of which was featured in Children of the Stones, a live performance commissioned in 2015 by Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival in conjunction with the British Library Sound Archive. There are several uses of spoken word elements taken from field recordings including the voices of Vashti Vincent recorded by folklorist Peter Kennedy, Albert Hupton as recorded by writer George Ewart Evans and poet Basil Bunting reading from his epic poem ‘Briggflatts’ as can be heard above on The Mason and the Lark.
Our current climate leaves many feeling apathetic but despair can act as a compass – the less you can ignore, the more you have to act.
Having previously shared the video for first single ‘Utopia‘, Austra are pleased to reveal the video for new track ‘Future Politics’, taken from the forthcoming album of the same name which is released January 20th on Domino.
Of the video, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis and the director Allie Avital say: "Future Politics is the breaking down of paradigms. In this video, we wanted to explore what a world might look like if our values were transformed: instead of glorifying labour, maybe we could learn to glorify the act of doing absolutely nothing."
The Last Shadow Puppets have shared the video for their cover of Bristolian post-punk band Glaxo Babies’ ‘This Is Your Life’, taken from the ‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP which is out now.
Watch the video, directed by Focus Creeps above.
‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP was recorded live in one day at Future-Past Studios, Hudson NY and features new versions of album favourites ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’ alongside a selection of cover versions, first heard live during The Last Shadow Puppets’ summer touring.
Bulgarian-born, Berlin-based singer/producer DENA released her new EP Trust in September 2016. Along with sharing details of the EP, she has also shared the singles 'Lights Camera Action' as well as the single 'Freaking Out' which you can watch the video to above.
In the video, DENA's venting about an ex to a group of stone-faced love addicts is juxtaposed by vulnerable moments of coping with the break. She defaces said ex's car, holds her head underwater, and wanders sullenly through her hometown of Berlin. It's a great pairing for pop that wears its heart on its sleeve without sounding toothless.
On the eve of Low’s UK & Ireland tour - on which they’re set to play tracks from their seminal 1999 EP Christmas - the Duluth trio present a reflective and inspiring new recording, closing out our current year and looking ahead to the next.
”Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)” finds Mimi Parker’s lead vocal soaring above Alan Sparhawk’s own artfully processed vocal and plaintive guitar motif.
The song comes with a short personal note from the band: “To friends who have moved away and friends who have passed on this year. To one and all, especially those who are alone, we wish you a Merry Christmas and new hope for the new year. May we all find ways to lift each other.
Key member of the widely-beloved Hot Chip, one half of the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, remixer and co-founder of the influential Greco-Roman label; Joe Goddard’s influence has been keenly felt in clubs and headphones all over the world for over a decade.
Now Goddard steps in to the limelight as a solo artist with brand new track ‘Lose Your Love’. Being released on Greco-Roman, this left field slice of pop, positions this seminal UK artist firmly in the club and sounds a call of things to come. Directed by Fred Rowson(Years & Years, Zak Abel), the video delves deep into the world of the Colour Spectrum Cult, its Guru and loyal followers.
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