Tripping across oceans of sound, We Are Catchers effortlessly melds the cascading melodies of the Pacific coast to the kind of stargazing melancholy that’s always haunted Liverpool’s greatest artists. It’s an album that looks out from the Water’s Edge and dreams its way across seas and continents, traversing the invisible (but undeniable) pathways that connect the mid-west coast of England to the west coast of the USA.
Bill Ryder-Jones also appears on the album, playing guitar.
“I didn’t fly a kite for thirty years,” says Eleni Mandell. “Then I had kids and all of the sudden we were flying kites all the time. It’s such a simple, fun thing to do, but along the way you forget.” Mandell’s utterly charming new album, ‘Let’s Fly A Kite,’ is about remembering those simple joys. Recorded over three weeks in London with legendary UK songwriter Nick Lowe’s band, the album required a unique approach and captures a very distinct moment in Mandell’s life.
Piano Ombre (album) and La Vérité (single) both out 17th March 2014 (Domino Records/ Domino Publishing). Mathieu Demy directed the 2011 film Americano starring Salma Hayek. He is also the son of film-making royalty Agnès Vardaand Jacques Demy, the latter of which wrote and directed the French classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg.
LIVE SHOWS 2014:
25 March: La Nef, Angouleme, France
26 March: London, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (TICKETS)
27 March: Bristol, The Lantern (ex-Colston Hall 2) TICKETS
28 March: Liverpool, Leaf - TICKETS
29 March: Glasgow, Stereo - TICKETS
30 March: Manchester, The Roadhouse - TICKETS
3 April: Gallia Théâtre, Saintes, France
4 April: Rock School Barbey, Bordeaux, France
5 April: Atabal, Biarritz, France
9 April: La Gaité Lyrique, Paris, France
11 April: Lune des Pirates, Amiens, France
12 April: Le Grand Mix, Tourcoing, France
16 April: Big Band Café d’ Hérouville Saint Clair, Caen, France
17 April: 106, Rouen, France
18 April: Festival Mythos - Antipode, Rennes, France
Double Six (Domino imprint) is proud to present the third album from the Bristol duo of Malachai, entitled Beyond Ugly and to be released on March 31st.
Beyond Ugly is the last panel in the band's Ugly triptych and that it was completed at all came as a shock to all concerned, least of all the group. After the conclusion of the campaign for their second album, Return To The Ugly Side, members Gee Ealey and Scott Hendy drifted apart with no definitive plans to take up arms together. It was a chance meeting in Bristol that drew the two back into one another's orbit and to the realization that there was some unfinished monkey business. The duo re-engaged slowly and Beyond Ugly began to take shape.
The third installment of four videos from Cass McCombs that will be appearing in the first month of 2014 debuts today and it's the second collaboration between McCombs and director Eric Fensler, who previously worked together on the poignant video for McCombs's ‘You Saved My Life’, which was also voted one of the best fifty music videos of 2009 by Pitchfork.
We don't want to over-explain it, but simply put, the viewer's patience is rewarded with a minimalist storytelling jewel.
"The story of the video is simply up to the viewer to discover and interpret. The visual accompaniment to the song wasn't made to be explained in a press release, sorry. Lets all have a little mystery for once. I suggest simply putting on some headphones on or go home and go full screen on that totally kick-ass home theater system you have and relax for three minutes to a cogitative music video. Hopefully it will make you stop and think for a moment."
Belfast-based four-piece Girls Names have recently been nominated for Irish equivalent of the Mercury - The Choice Music Award for their second album The New Life out 18th February 2013. Produced by singer and songwriter, Cathal Cully, they’ve managed to capture that sense of otherness the performances at Primavera hinted at. The expansion to a four piece means the garage-clatter of the spritely pop songs of their debut have been replaced by a deeper, shadowy exercise in catharsis, driven by repetition, psychedelia and Dionysian crisis. And the record was born of a weighty concept too, as Cully explains:
'The New Life is not an over night change for Girls Names – just over two years in fact. Dead to Me literally was dead to us by the time it was committed to wax. But it’s a learning curve. We started moving on as artists the moment we finished that recording session, maybe even before. Not to dwell on the past, The New Life is what happens when you reset everything back to zero and start again, but try to perfect. It starts back at zero the minute the needle hits the groove but we’re also starting back from zero once the needle lifts at the end of the record. Ad infinitum. The New Life is what follows now.'
The Bohicas’ single ‘Swarm’, backed with previous single ‘XXX’ is released today as a digital double A-side (and on 7” on 3rd March).
To coincide with the release, a new video for ‘Swarm’ backed with a premiere of brand new track, ‘Crush Me’ is available to view now. Shot in London by Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern whose portfolio includes music videos for Arctic Monkeys & Franz Ferdinand as well as feature length films for LCD Soundsystem (Shut Up And Play The Hits) and Blur (No Distance Left To Run), the newly shot, fully live performance film captures The Bohicas in a way not seen on video before.
The Bohicas will play the following London shows:
28th January: White Heat @Madame JoJo’s, Soho, London
27th February: Black Heart, Camden, London
‘XXX / Swarm’ available now as a digital single (RUG573D)
Austra have shared a video for the track Hurt Me Now, taken from their second album Olympia.
"Working with M Blash is a rare experience. I like to give him a song and let him do whatever he wants cause when his mindflow is undisturbed the results are psychedelic and matchless." Katie Stelmanis
Piano Ombre was recorded with producer Ash Workman (Metronomy / NZCA Lines). Written in the South West of France by Frànçois Marry, it features his current line-up of Atlas Mountains - multi-instrumentalists Amaury Ranger and Pierre Loustaunau, drummer Jean Thevenin (all Frenchmen) and Glaswegian keyboardist Gerard Black.
The album title suggests: ‘no longer be scared by things, because there is a way to see things in a positive light’ was written during a tumultuous year in Frànçois’ life. Lyrically, the album documents another journey, of personal struggle, discovery, conviction and resolution, however the darkness of the lyrics is counterbalanced by the bright, airy and upbeat production. From Afro-pop to French chanson and Yé-yé, mixed with more Anglo-phonic guitar-pop the album manages to capture the ecstatic energy of the band’s live performance. YOU MUST SEE THIS BAND LIVE!
Taking place in the most miserable week of the year, LOCO London Comedy Film Festivalpromises to bring a smile, chuckle and even a guffaw to the most miserable of Londoner. With a special focus on satire, the festival will present a 50th anniversary screening of Dr. Strangelove as well as screenings of Life Of Brian and The Infidel (including a Q&A with David Baddiel).The Face of Satire, a special exhibition from photographer Rachel King featuring original portraits of the UK’s foremost satirists (including Hugh Dennis, Josie Long & Howard Jacobson) will be installed at BFI Southbank for the duration of the festival. Find out more here.
ATLAS is the new album by New Jersey's Real Estate out March 3rd 2014. Written by Martin Courtney, Matt Mondanile, Alex Bleeker and Jackson Pollis while cruising through the Arizona desert and during a presser in Madrid, in a practice room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and in an attic in the band's hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey. It was recorded in the summer of 2013 in Chicago with Tom Schick (Sean Lennon, Low, Cibo Matto) at Wilco's loft studio where new member Matt Kallman (formerly of Girls) joined the fold on keyboards.
Real Estate are skilled at capturing hazy summer evenings. Similarities are made to Galaxie 500, Little Wings, Luna, Neu, Nick Drake and Pavement, and also Fairfield Porter, Milton Avery and Albert York. Cover art shows sections of a mural by Polish artist Stefan Knapp that hung for more than 30 years outside a department store in North Jersey where the band grew up and spent years driving by the abandoned building and its monumental painting.
'Wanderlust' directed by Barcelona-based collective NYSU.
The singlewill be available from 24th February with a new song, Byzantine, plus remixes from Factory Floor and The Field.
'Present Tense' is a dramatically new album – taking cues from the most intense and effervescent of 1980s and 1990s electronic sound but rethinking and retooling these elements with exquisite detail for the 21st century. Hayden Thorpe, Tom Fleming, Chris Talbot and Ben Little recorded the album at Konk Studios in London and at The Distillery in Bath in close collaboration with co-producers Lexxx and Brian Eno protégé Leo Abrahams to create a record of astounding intricacy, coherence and emotional resonance.
Sam Haar and Zach Steinman, release their self-titled debut album for RVNG Intl. Haar and Steinman met at Oberlin College in 2003, where they studied electroacoustic composition and studio art respectively, and became collaborators in a smattering of short-lived experimental outfits.
ALBUM - 'Swisher' out 5th August 2013:
Pretty but not overly nostalgic, the US house duo's second album is the perfect compliment to recent records by DJ Koze and Jon Hopkins. 4/5 FACT
Everything is in its right place, but instead of processed-to-death perfection, it just feels natural. 4/5 Resident Advisor
Shot by Cass's long-term friend and collaborator Albert Herter in New York, California and China, its chaotic, clashing imagery and oblique sloganeering are the perfect accompaniment to a song that see McCombs subtlety yet powerfully dismantle generally agreed notions of Western masculinity and identity with his uniquely irreverent wit and insight. Herter provides the illustrations for cover of "Big Wheel and Others" as well as the cover art of 2011's "Humor Risk" and "Wit's End."
'Big Wheel and Others' is a marauding marvel of great beauty, insight, humour and mystery that truly sees McCombs at the peak of his mercurial powers - his restless muse making stops at all the strangest, most singular roadsides of rock and roll, blues, jazz, country and more on its nomadic quest for human truth and understanding.
Mara Carlyle is one of the UK’s most original and exciting singer-songwriters to emerge in recent times. Her mesmerising sound combines an eclectic range of musical influences, including choral music, jazz, bluegrass, electronica & R&B.
FLOREAT out 5th September 2011 (Ancient & Modern/Domino Publishing) ★★★★ The Guardian, Mojo, Uncut, The Times
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