Baltimore’s Lower Dens, release their thirdEscape from Evil on Ribbon Music.
On Escape From Evil, Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter emerges and takes center stage, and emboldening every aspect of the band.
Escape From Evil is a cinematic, tonally rich work. The sounds are clean and warm. The pulse of the album is strong. Melodies are potent and songs are physical. Lyrics are direct, frank confrontations with life’s common crises. The album title is brazen, and along with the grimly funny title of lead single, ‘To Die in L.A.’, almost theatrical.
Lower Dens’ 2010 debut, Twin-Hand Movement, was a stunning evolution of guitar brilliance and murky emotiveness, while its 2012 follow-up, Nootropics, was a stark, textured paean to experimental bands of the krautrock era. Escape From Evil, marks a bold, monumental step forward for a band we knew had it in them, and the welcome manifestation of a singer we’ve never quite seen until now.
Pass Through Here is a new album from Connecticut folk icon Kath Bloom, her first for five years. Beginning to perform in the late 70s, Kath is renowned for her 80s private-press recordings with avant-garde guitarist Loren Connors, as well as signature tune Come Here from the soundtrack to Richard Linklater film Before Sunrise. Over the last 35 years, she has come to be revered around the world for her devastatingly emotional songwriting. Devendra Banhart has called her “one of the most beautifulsingers ever,” while Pitchfork says “she can snap a heart like a twig.”
For Pass Through Here, Kath travelled far from her Connecticut home to record in California with a coterie of freewheeling West Coast folk rock types, including engineer Jeff Hassay and fellow performer Levi Strom. It’s a distinctive new sound for Kath, uplifted by floating synthesizers and disembodied choruses, while retaining the direct simplicity and power for which she is loved.
The innovative work of cellist-composer-electronic-pioneer Arthur Russell will be honored in a new tribute album released 10/21 via Red Hot Organization and Yep Roc. Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell features 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley, paying homage to Russell’s boundless creativity and wide-ranging work, which swerved from electronic dance to folk to classical and resulted in what NPR hails as “catchy and hypnotic records that were far ahead of their time.” Watch Hot Chip emulate that try-anything-once attitude in this behind the scenes video clip via Pitchfork:
Over two years in the making, Master Mix earned early support from artists like Jose Gonzalez and Robyn, eager to put their twists on songs like “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” and “Tell You (Today)”; from Matt Wolf, who directed the in-depth documentary ‘Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell’; and from Russell’s longtime partner Tom Lee and the Arthur Russell Estate. Devendra Banhart, citing Russell as his inspiration for moving to New York, said, “It felt somewhat taboo to be messing with such sacrosanct materials… We recorded [“Losing My Taste For The Night Life”] as our way of saying to everyone, ‘Listen to Arthur!’”
Master Mix embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell’s work. Living in the East Village from the ‘70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city’s various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work “stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art.” Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell’s music: “It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula.”
Red Hot Organization is dedicated to promoting awareness of AIDS and HIV through the lens of popular culture. Since its inception in 1989, Red Hot has released over 15 compilation albums, including 2009’s Dark Was The Night, featuring The National, Bon Iver, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Arcade Fire and more.
A video montage first released in 2011 using the music of Domino Publishing's White Rainbow. The video was directed by Domino's very own Jib Kidder who releases the album ' Teaspoon To The Ocean' on 26th January 2015.
How to Dress Well has recorded a song with London artist TALA as part of the ongoing Yours Truly/Adidas Originals series "Songs From Scratch." The premise is that two artists conceive & complete a collaborative song in a day's studio time.
The song is called "The One" and will be released on 27th January 2015. A 3 minute "making of" documentary, written feature and series of studio shots have gone out today ahead of this.
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