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.
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