Set to be the songstress of 2016, Rosie Lowe fuses romantic lyricism with a cool modern edge, making the beautifully historic Tate Britain a perfect setting for the perfomance of her latest single 'Woman'.
Her debut album 'Control' is released on the 19th of February via Wolf Tone/Polydor.
Former Woods bassist and the Babies co-founder Kevin Morby has announced his new solo album, Singing Saw. The follow up to 2014's Still Life is due out via Dead Oceans. Check out Singing Saw's official album trailer above.
Morby worked on the album with Sam Cohen (Apollo Sunshine, Yellowbirds), as well as pianist/keyboardist Marco Benevento, plus backing vocalists Hannah Cohen, Lauren Balthrop, and Alecia Chakour, and drummers Nick Kinsey and Justin Sullivan.Oliver Hill and Eliza Bag contributed strings, Alec Spiegelman contributed saxophone and flute, Cole Kamen-Green played trumpet, and John Andrews (Quilt) played singing saw.
Minneapolis band Night Moves are pleased to announce their new album, Pennied Days, due for release on Domino Records. The first single from the forthcoming album, ‘Denise, Don’t Wanna See You Cry’, is released today alongside a music video, directed by Anthony Sylvester (director of Shamir’s ‘In For The Kill’ and ‘On The Regular’ videos) and shot in upstate New York late last year.
Pelant and Micky Alfano. Friends since high school, their bond was solidified when Alfano lent Pelant his copy of George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass, a luminous classic of turn-the-page melancholy that echoes through Pennied Days. Over time, Pelant and Alfano broadened their scope to allow for a wide array of maverick influences, ranging from traditionalist heroes like Leon Russell and The Band to r’n’b originators Curtis Mayfield and Sly Stone to pre-punk experimentalists Suicide. (They also love Joe Walsh, like all free-thinking Americans.)
Taryn Miller, aka Your Friend, will release her debut album, Gumption, on January 29th via Domino. The second single from Gumption, “Come Back From It,” debuts with an accompanying video directed by Christophe Acker / Thatfilm and shot at the end of last year in Paris.
Ty Segall releases his new album, Emotional Mugger, through Drag City.
The 11-track effort follows 2014’s excellent Manipulator and serves as the prolific garage rockers’s eighth studio record under his own name. (Just two months ago, he put out II, the latest record from his FUZZ project.)
This month marks Emotional Mugger’s official release on vinyl/cassette/CD/mp3 formats. Previously it was only available on — wait for it — VHS tapes, which were mailed out by Segall’s label back in November. Those mysterious tapes included screenings of either 1993 film My Life or 1982’s Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Watch the trailer above and stream the album below via this NPR music player.
The Big Eyes Family Players are a loose collective based around Sheffield artist James Green. It’s been three years since the last Big Eyes album (‘Folk Songs II’ on Static Caravan) and a whole six years since they released an album of original material (not including 2011’s superb reworked best-of, ’Family Favourites’). The group, who have previously collaborated with the likes of James Yorkston, Alasdair Roberts and Rachel Grimes, are now a slimmed-down 5-piece with a sound that veers closer towards the 60’s psychedelic pop of the likes of United States of America and Broadcast than it does to the instrumentals or folk songs Big Eyes are perhaps best known for.
The album consists mainly of self-penned, vocal-led songs, written by James Green and Heather Ditch with themes ranging from family dysfunction, to hauntings, to fictional historical events. The centrepiece of the album is the dramatic ’Joyce’ which concerns the true story of Joyce Vincent, who was found dead in her flat in London three years after she died, her TV set still on, unopened Christmas presents at her feet, whilst another highlight, the wonderful ’Song For Thirza’ is the only cover on the album - a little-known song by Lal Waterson and a true-story about a girl who lived with the Waterson family, rescued from the workhouse back in the 1950’s.
The Magnetic North – the occasional musical partnership of Erland Cooper, Simon Tong & Hannah Peel – release their second album on Full Time Hobby.
Skelmersdale in West Lancashire was designated a new town in 1961. Part of the UK’s second wave of post-war population redistribution, it was failing within twenty years. In the early ’80s, the town became the official UK home of the Transcendental Meditation movement. Geographically placed somewhere near the centre of the country, the town was deemed the perfect site for the movement to build their ‘ideal maharishi village complete with gold meditation dome’ (the Guardian). The local community was soon augmented by families from across the country looking to live peaceful, peace-promoting lives with an overriding ambition to spread goodwill to the town and beyond.
Inspired by the town and the lives of its inhabitants, the Magnetic North’s Prospect of Skelmersdale sits somewhere between finely tuned kitchen sink drama and urban psychogeography. Inspired as much by the greys and greens of Kes as the soothing, cyclical patterns of meditative ragas, Prospect of Skelmersdale is a collection of musical snapshots of a uniquely British town. Drawing on childhood memories, the urban landscape and the lives of its inhabitants, the album perfectly uncovers the beauty, magic and mythology that can be found in the most unexpected places.
Gathering together archived news stories, dim-lit memories, directions from road signs, local graffiti and tales from the town’s dual modern histories, the Magnetic North beautifully detail a dozen tales of hope and hopelessness.
The lead track from Meatraffle's debut album ‘Hi-fi Classics’ is as anarchic as the band producing it. Refusing to be categorised, the band bring a plethora of influences to the musical feast, and a sizeable dollop of them find their way into ‘Oppenheimer’. The track begins with a suitably moody bass line, a portent of things to come, as the brass section ramp up the doom.
The music often moves into free-fall jazz, with the brass section of the band contributing to the feel of ordered chaos in some of the interludes, but other musical forms also find their way onto the album. ‘Aurora’ has an underlying Jamaican feel, with the dub sound effect making its mark, and ‘The Horseshoe’ has a cool 60’s vibe with an especially funky little intro. The warped love song to both Rosaria, Za Za Sapien’s wife, and hi fi itself, ‘Madam Hi Fi’ is perfect in its messy dub craziness.
‘Hi Fi Classics’ as a whole is an interesting mix and a true representation of the fresh sounds available to those willing to stray from the indie fold. The album shows what can be achieved by striding out and producing music that takes from so many influences and genres, melding them together to form a very special body of work.
The Last Shadow Puppets (Alex Turner and Miles Kane) have shared their video for "Bad Habits," a performance clip directed by Ben Chappell. Watch it above. The band is working on their follow-up to 2008's The Age of the Understatement and the EP My Mistakes Were Made for You.
Animal Collective's 'Painting With 'is out February 19 2016 on Domino Records. The very trippy new music video for the album's lead single, "FloriDada," tells a brightly colored love story between two morphing bodies. (Watch out: it comes with an epilepsy warning.)
It's produced and directed by sometime Adult Swim directors PFFR.
In September 2014, three songwriters met for the first time in a cafe in East Nashville. By the next morning they had put the finishing touches to their first song, ‘Applewood Road’, which they recorded live to tape at Nashville’s all analogue studio, Welcome to 1979. The song’s nostalgic air, along with the clear, sparse arrangement of three vocals accompanied by double bass, drew immediate positive response, and they decided to expand the idea into a full album.
Six months later, they reconvened to write, rehearse and record songs for the self-titled album Applewood Road. The songs were again performed live around a single microphone at Welcome to 1979 and recorded to two-track tape with minimal accompaniment from some of Nashville’s finest session players, including Aaron Lee Tasjan, Josh Day, Fats Kaplin, Jabe Beyer, and Telisha Williams. The tapes were assembled at London’s most exclusive high-end mastering suite, Gearbox Records, mastered through their vintage analogue outboard, and lacquers cut in-house on their own Heaco lathe.
Applewood Road is Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace.
We're really pleased to welcome Mr. Mitch (please note the "." after Mr) to our roster.
As a co-founder of fast rising record label Gobstopper Records and club-night, now also record label Boxed, he's a curator and auteur at the forefront of forward thinking instrumental grime, ambient and experimental electronic music.
He's currently signed to Planet Mu as a solo artist working on the follow up to his wonderful debut LP 'Parallel Memories'. As a producer/co-writer he has worked with grime stalwarts Skepta, P-Money and more recently with r&b/electronic star Katy B. He is fast becoming a go-to producer/writer outside of the instrumental grime sphere.
Mr. Mitch is a gentle giant, steadily, but forcefully pushing the boundaries of electronic music and pop culture in a way only he does.
Bleeding Heart Pigeons release their full length debut album ‘Is’ through Virgin EMI.
The three piece from West Limerick self-produced Is, a collection of well-crafted pop songs that are filtered and layered with heavy synths, feedback and delay. Mixed by David Wrench (Jamie XX, FKA Twigs and Everything Everything), the album features the band’s latest single ‘Anything You Want.’ Choppy guitars and droning electronics feature on ‘Anything You Want’ that straddles dreamy indie rock and showgaze-influenced fuzz. Bleeding Heart Pigeons hold together a vast palette of sounds, all of which have caught the attention and support of Steve Lamacq on 6 Music.
The video for Anything You Want portrays the hidden desires of an ordinary man. Directed by the band in a rough, DIY style; it mixes surreal aesthetics with documentary-like techniques. It is their own interpretation of a self’s duality, transition from one world to another where rationality often doesn’t exist. You can watch it ABOVE.
The album is a continuation of the Hallucination EP, a surreal journey that reaches its destination on Is. Opening track Frozen catapults you into the psychedelic world of Bleeding Heart Pigeons; dreamy vocals, hazy yet melodic harmonies and a sprinkling of stark synth lines. The bands sonic rawness is beautifully tapped and blends elements of Interpol and Caribou.
BLACK TUSK have established themselves as one of the hardest working bands in rock since their formation over 10 years ago. After four full-lengths, numerous splits and EPs and thousands of shows under their belts, the punk/metal power trio was faced with an immense and unexpected tragedy in late 2014 when founding bassist/vocalist Jonathan Athon passed away after a motorcycle accident in his hometown. Now, as a testament to his profound and lasting legacy on the heavy music scene, the band are releasing Pillars of Ash, their final recordings with Athon. Recorded with Toxic Holocaust's Joel Grind behind the boards and featuring gorgeous artwork by Jeremy Hush (Skeletonwitch, Rwake), Pillars of Ash is the culmination of three brothers-in-arms' blood, sweat and tears, and their finest accomplishment to date.
Bonnie "Prince" Billy has released a collection of his Peel Sessions for BBC Radio 1 titled ‘Pond Scum’. It features his cover of Prince's "The Cross" and a previously unreleased original called "Beezle." He's also shared a new arrangement of his song "Rich Wife Full of Happiness". There are no Peel sessions anymore - that tradition was buried in the pyramids with John Peel himself upon the great man's passing. Of the thousands left in the wake, six are ascribed to Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - and of those six, three have been combined to form the deeply congruous experience of Pond Scum.
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