With their long awaited debut album released on 28th October, on Weird World, the pair of Connan Mockasin and Sam Dust aka Soft Hair have shared the album’s opening track, ‘Relaxed Lizard’.
The album’s recording took place five years ago amongst the pair’s solo careers. After the dispersion of Late of the Pier, whom Connan supported on tour in 2009, Sam travelled Eurasia, Africa and elsewhere, spending time inventing his own instruments, producing and directing, and re-emerging as LA PRIEST in 2015 with debut solo album Inji.
Asian Dub Foundation return to Australia for the second time in 2016 to perform at Sydney Opera House. They will be playing a live score to George Lucas’s THX 1138 movie on November the 5th as Australian Premiere. The show will be part of the program of GRAPHIC, a festival of visual storytelling, animation and music.
Courteeners are an English indie rock band formed in 2006 by Liam Fray (guitar/vocals), Michael Campbell (drums/backing vocals), Daniel "Conan" Moores (guitar) and Mark Cuppello (bass); the latter was replaced by the band's producer Joe Cross in 2015. They also tour with pianist Adam Payne, who has been featured on every album. Releasing the first single "Lose Control" off their then-forthcoming album Anna in December 2012, the band dropped the "The" from their name, continuing simply as "Courteeners".
The band have released four studio albums: St. Jude (2008), Falcon (2010), Anna (2013) and Concrete Love (2014) as well as several EPs and one DVD album. Courteeners fifth album - Mapping the Rendezvous is released via Ignition Records. The album was produced by the band’s regular collaborator Joe Cross, and is the band’s biggest and best album to date - hugely confident and supremely hook-heavy.
The cinematic synth pop duo Electric Youth made a splash in 2011 with their contribution to the Drive soundtrack, "A Real Hero," which Toronto-based instrumentalist/producer Austin Garrick and vocalist Bronwyn Griffin recorded in collaboration with French artist College. The duo met while in sixth grade, began dating a couple years later, then officially started the band in 2009. After recording a few demos, including a cover of Clio's Italo disco classic "Faces," they caught the ear of the similarly '80s-focused Valerie Collective, and met up with like-minded artists such as College, Anoraak, and others. Around this same time they self-released their first single, "Replay," and started playing shows around town. They also began working with College in earnest, providing vocals for the song "She Never Came Back" on the 2009 album Secret Diary. Similarly '80s-focused artist Grum also came calling and Griffin provided vocals for a track ("Turn It Up") on his 2010 album Heartbeats. The next year saw their big break with Drive and also the release of the duo's second single, "Right Back to You." They followed it up the next year with another single, "The Best Thing." Meanwhile, they had begun planning their debut album, taking time out in 2013 to appear on Sally Shapiro's Somewhere Else album.
Electric Youth announced in early 2014 that they had signed with Secretly Canadian and released the first single, "Innocence," from their upcoming album. The album was recorded in their Toronto studio and in L.A. in a studio that came complete with a screening room, which allowed them to let their cinematic obsession bleed into the music. Innerworld was released in the fall of 2014.
Terry Malts release Lost at the Party, their first new album in three years. After two records of blown-out, buzzsaw pop, the Malts take their foot off the gas just a bit this time, letting in a little of the new wave that members Corey Cunningham and Phil Benson made with Magic Bullets seep back into the mix. There’s still a lot of JAMC, The Wedding Present and The Undertones, but they let things nicely jangle too. They even get quiet on “Waiting for the Bomb” (at least till the wait is over). That song’s dread and malaise permeates the lyrical vibe of Lost at the Party, a feeling a lot of people in 2016 can identify with. It’s all wrapped up in boppy, hum-along choruses (and more than a smidge of hope), thankfully. As on previous records, Terry Malts sound best loud.
Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, is pleased to announce Future Politics, the third full length in their discography.
Accompanying today’s announcement is a video for first single ‘Utopia’. Directed by THAT GO (Chairlift, Lapsley, Father John Misty), the video stars Stelmanis held hostage in an icy, modern apartment by an insidiously sinister device.
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