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.
On the first date of the band’s UK tour, Fránçois & The Atlas Mountains have shared their beautifully surreal video for, ‘Après Après’. The track is a stand-out, taken from their recently released 4th studio album, Solide Mirage. Fránçois stars in the video as a character very similar to (but not) Agent Cooper from Twin Peaks.
In François’ own words: “Time has come for you to seek the path. We have a new video, Agent Cooper 2.0 style!”
The Jesus And Mary Chain are set to release their long-awaited new album ‘Damage and Joy’ on March 24th on ADA / Warner Music. The album is their first since ‘Munki’ was released backed in the summer of 1998.
Fronted by the Reid brothers Jim and William, The Jesus And Mary Chain first reformed to play the Coachella festival back in 2007. Despite regular touring – most notably a 2015 world tour which revisited their landmark album ‘Psychocandy’ – it took some time before they could agree on a plan to record a much-mooted seventh album.
'Always Sad' is the second release from the new album adter the first single 'Amputation' which was released late last year. Watch the video above.
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan release their new album Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars on 7th April. Itfollows the band’s debut, 2016’s critically acclaimed Everything Sacred, and presents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists - James Yorkston (East Neuk of Fife), Jon Thorne (Isle of Wight) and Suhail Yusuf Khan (New Delhi).
Joe Goddard has shared the video for his brand new single, Home. Featuring vocals from bright, new, Michigan born vocalist Daniel Wilson, this disco-sampling deep house banger is all about that long cab ride home through London after a night out clubbing.
Thanks to Pete Fowler’s brilliantly trippy animations, the journey starts here on earth (as it usually does), before we’re transported into a world of purple dinosaurs raving on clouds and floating DJ booths.
Home is taken from Joe’s forthcoming solo album Electric Lines which is out on 21st April, 2017 via Domino.
Real Estate has shared ‘Stained Glass’ and want you to play along. This is the second track to be released from their upcoming LP In Mind, which is out via Domino. The band have posted a silent clip of the video featuring guitar tabs and keyboard parts, encouraging fans to create their own instrumental interpretations of the song before it became available to the public. Today, they’re pleased to share the full version of ‘Stained Glass’ along with the tutorial video. This is the second tutorial video release for Real Estate, following up on the fan favorite tutorial for ‘Crime’ from their 2014 release Atlas.
Listen to ‘Stained Glass’, paired with a video tutorial for each instrument, above.
On their new album II, L.A. Takedown align the moody grandeur of a film score with the pure melodicism of pop. Led by Los Angeles-based composer/multi-instrumentalist Aaron M. Olson, the seven-piece band delivers a guitar-driven take on synth-pop that’s inspired its own genre.
The follow-up to L.A. Takedown’s 2015 self-titled debut, II is the first release featuring the full band, which includes keyboardists Ryan Adlaf and Jonah Olson, guitarists Miles Wintner (Girlpool) and Stephen Heath (Paul Bergman), drummer Mose Wintner, and bassist Jessica Espeleta (Weird War, Love as Laughter). L.A. Takedown recorded the album at a home studio in Van Nuys with producer Shane Stoneback (Sleigh Bells, Cults, Vampire Weekend), a process that Olson describes as “seven goofballs eating snacks and watching Columbo and making music.”
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