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WHY? announce new album

Photo credit: Ryan Back

Photo credit: Ryan Back

Album release: 9th August 2019
Label: Joyful Noise Recordings
More info: WHY?’s website

WHY?, the creative moniker for consummate wordsmith and beloved songwriter Yoni Wolf, is excited to announce AOKOHIO, a visual album to be released on August 9, 2019 via Joyful Noise Recordings.

Pre-order HERE

Today, WHY? is sharing the album's second three-song movement and accompanying visual, "II. I've been carving my elbows, I might just take flight.," which features focus track "Stained Glass Slipper." The album's entire visual element stars Emmy-winning actress Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) and was directed by Sundance Dramatic Special Jury Award-winner Miles Joris-Peyrafitte. Stream or embed the video HERE. Hear the entire audio-only version HERE, and hear "Stained Glass Slipper" on its own HERE.

This new movement follows last month's release of "I. I may come out a broken yolk, I may come out on saddle.," which featured the standout single "Peel Free." The lead-up to AOKOHIO will follow the somewhat unconventional path of gradually revealing the entire album in playing sequence, each movement accompanied by its own visual element, from now until its August 9 release date. The visual component of the album is anchored by a continuing narrative, which will continue to take shape until the album is released.

AOKOHIO's themes of familial anxieties and nostalgia will be familiar to many, but few have attempted as clear-eyed and sincere a portrayal as Wolf has succeeded with here. Collaborators like Lala Lala's Lillie West and both members of Sylvan Esso will no doubt come as welcome additions, both serving to bolster the unmistakable sound and vision on which WHY? has grown its legions of fans.

WATCH "II. I'VE BEEN CARVING MY ELBOWS, I MIGHT JUST TAKE FLIGHT."

HEAR THE AUDIO-ONLY VERSION

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Yoni Wolf has spent the last two decades traveling the remote sonic terrain where hip-hop, rock, and electronic music meet. In that time he’s cultivated a unique sound, and a unique position as one of contemporary music’s most distinctive voices. Some of Yoni’s most compelling and critically-praised musical experiments have been issued under the moniker WHY? and his latest entry is no exception. On AOKOHIO Yoni condenses the essential elements of WHY? into a stunningly potent musical vision.

Co-produced by Yoni and his brother JosiahAOKOHIO presents a rich palette of musical voices that emerge and disappear into a constantly shifting kaleidoscope of sound. “I wanted a wide variety of sounds. I didn't want this album to sit in one sonic zone. I've always felt like too jagged of a person to be smooth in that way,” Yoni says. While the album features many notable guest contributors, from Lala Lala’s Lillie West, to Nick Sanborn and Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, the listener’s attention remains squarely directed on Yoni’s voice and vision. AOKOHIO finds Yoni rethinking fundamental aspects of his approach to creating and delivering his music. The album is presented as six movements comprised of two to four songs each, with some segments appearing as brief fragments that dissolve within seconds.

“When I started this project, I decided I needed to try a new approach in creating music and how I work,” Yoni reflects. “I wasn't feeling the idea of going back in and making another ten or twelve song album. It felt arduous. It felt like too much. So I wanted to pare the process down and make it manageable. I thought, 'Why don't I make small five or six minute movements and finish up each movement before I move on to the next.' That's how I started approaching it. The whole process took over five years, I'd start working on something and set it aside for awhile. The earliest songs on this album started in 2013."

As Yoni reimagined his approach to creating music, he also began thinking of new ways to share the music with his audience. “I initially wanted to release the music as I progressed through the project,” Yoni says. “When I finished a movement I wanted to put it up digitally on Bandcamp or Soundcloud. I just wanted to make little pieces of music and put them out there. But I had a call with my manager and the label and they said, 'We can release stuff through time like that, but we want to do it properly.' So the idea of the project changed after that, but it retained the integrity of working in movements. It's definitely a very different way of working for me. I think it has yielded some interesting results.”

The concept of sharing AOKOHIO in segments over time has been preserved with the release of an accompanying visual album. “I think it's a very artful way of putting the the music out there,” Yoni explains. “It's like a television series, it's revealing itself slowly over time. I think it's cool that the audience gets to hear it one piece at a time, and has to wait and digest each piece before they get the next one.”

“I knew early on that I wanted that visual element for this album,” Yoni recalls. “My brother and I have worked on video stuff our whole lives. Our dad had video equipment since we were little kids, he had an editing suite in our basement. We weren't rich, we were actually very poor, but somehow he'd gotten ahold of these video editing desks and cameras. Even though my brother and I had dabbled in video as kids, it's not what we do for a living. So we wanted to find someone, and fucking randomly a guy messaged me on Instagram and was like, 'Hey, I like your music and I'd love to work with you.' I looked at his work and I was like, 'This guy is for real!'"

The author of that fateful Instagram message was Sundance award-winning director Miles Joris-Peyrafitte“Miles directed the first three segments of the visual album and is the mastermind of the overarching video project,” Yoni explains. Joris-Peyrafitte’s visuals cut contemporary footage of Yoni and actress Tatiana Maslany with vintage home videos documenting Yoni’s childhood life in Cincinnati. It’s a fitting juxtaposition, as Yoni’s lyrics on AOKOHIO seem to question how memory, history, and place shape our anxieties and sense of self. “I moved back to Cincinnati after living in the Bay Area for over a decade,” Yoni says. “This album is very much me thinking about my mom and dad, and my siblings.”

Yoni’s return to his Ohio hometown brought on a period of critical self-reflection. “Is there a word for bad nostalgia?” Yoni asks. “When I think of the word nostalgia, it seems like pleasant feelings and all that, but this is not really like that. It's more about reflecting on the anxieties I've had since I was born. Why are they there? Is this epigenetics? Is that shit just inside of me because of the Holocaust and my relatives back then? What am I really? Why do I operate in these ways?”

Ultimately AOKOHIO sees Yoni pushing to find meaning and peace of mind in the moment, even if it’s not exactly where he wants to be. “The title is sarcastic I guess,” Yoni offers. “But it's also wishful. A lot of my album titles have been names of maladies, like Alopecia and Mumps, Etc. I don't want to project that into the world. You know, ‘A-OK Ohio, I'm here and it's fine.’ It's like a mantra, ‘A-OK Ohio, I'm here and it's OK.’ Even though in reality, everyday I'm like, 'I've got to get the hell out of Ohio.'"

AOKOHIO feels like a consequential addition to the WHY? catalog, possibly even an artistic turning point. But its creator remains circumspect when asked to comment on the album’s significance within his discography, instead preferring to characterize the work as the latest iteration of his deep commitment to his artistic practice. “I have no idea if this record is good or not,” Yoni says. “But I never really know. I know that I've never written a song that's indispensable to the American songbook. But in terms of what it is, it's a piece of art. I put blood, sweat, and tears into this album, and struggled through the creative process as I always do. As far as where this sits with the rest of my albums? I can't answer that. I just know that my career is a lifelong career, and I’m working it. Every time it feels right, it makes me feel good.”

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WHY?
AOKOHIO
Pre-order 
HERE
Tracklist:

I: I may come out a broken yolk, I may come out on saddle.
1. Apogee
2. The Rash
3. Peel Free

II: I’ve been carving my elbows, I might just take flight.
4. Reason
5. Deleterio Motilis
6. Stained Glass Slipper

III: Please take me home, I don’t belong here.
7. The Launch
8. High Dive
9. Mr. Fifths’ Plea
10. Good Fire

IV: The surgeon nervously goes on, he never claimed to be God.
11. Narcissistic Lamentation
12. Krevin’
13. The Crippled Physician
14. Ustekinumab

V: I want to live with conviction, in silence and diction.
15. My Original
16. Rock Candy
17. Once Shy

VI: Though I’m tired, I’m still trying.
18. The Shame 
19. Bloom Wither Bloom (for Mom)

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LIFE announce new album

Credit: Matt Mollson

Credit: Matt Mollson

Record release: 20th September 2019
Label: Afghan Moon
More info: LIFE’s website

“Brilliant”  – The Guardian

“LIFE combine inescapable energy with unshakeable hooks” – Dork

“Whether they’re rallying against the establishment or helping us escape, LIFE’s debut provides comfort and support for us all” – DIY

“Equal parts menace and mosh-pit friendly bounce” – Metro

‘LIFE are everything you could possibly want from an artist – they are politically astute, angry, intelligent, gritty and air-punchingly brilliant – God Is In The TV

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Following the release of their recent single ‘Moral Fibre’, which was B-listed on BBC 6 Music, rotated heavily on international radio and earned plaudits from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio X, NME Radio, DIY, Dork, CLASH, Louder than War, Gigwise and more, Hull outfit LIFE have now announced details of their highly anticipated second album ‘A Picture Of Good Health’. Alongside the announcement the band have also shared a new single taken from the record called ‘Hollow Thing’.

HEAR/SHARE THE NEW SINGLE ‘HOLLOW THING’ HERE

Pre-order the album HERE

Speaking about the new single frontman Mez Green said the following:

Hollow Thing is about tackling isolation and fixing yourself. It’s about letting go of something in your life, something that’s passed.

‘’Wait for the past to fade, wait for that hollow thing…’’

Hollow Thing is about moving on and overcoming hurt, taking the hits but getting through it.

‘’Wade through a sea of beige, choke on great clods of dirt…’

Hollow Thing is embracing your worth.

‘’I look much better than you, I love much deeper too.’’

Hollow Thing is littered with lyrics that reference something ending and then something beginning again. It’s a twisted pick me up!

‘’Sweep up your debris from your sexless throne.’’

The past is the past and…

‘’Dogs bark in doorways in a godless home.’

‘Hollow Thing' is the second single to be taken from LIFE’s new album (full track list below). Produced by Luke Smith (Foals) and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Parquet Courts), the band home in on a bigger and more focused sound whilst also channelling the lyrical content inwards. Whereas the band’s debut album ‘Popular Music’ was broadly political, the new album takes a more personal approach with beguilingly honest and brave lyrics that are bold in both sound and feeling, whilst also retaining the core DNA of their previous material.

Going on to speak about the album Mez says “A Picture of Good Health is not a collage of work but rather a snapshot of time; our time and the time of those around us. It’s political, but in a personal way. It’s a body of work that explores and examines the band's inner-selves through a precise period; a period that has brought pain, loneliness, blood, guts, single parenthood, depression and the need for survival and love. It is the sense and need for belonging that is the resounding end note!”

The band recently embarked on a sold out two-week European tour as main support for IDLES as well as playing one of three sold-out London shows at the Electric Ballroom, and have played packed out sets at likes of The Great Escape, Liverpool Sound City, Handmade Festival and more. Similarly, the band are also set to play numerous festivals across the UK & Europe including Glastonbury, The Great Escape, 2000 Trees, Pukkelpop (BE), Les Nuits Secretes (FR), Pohoda (SK), Rock The People (CZ), Wilkestock and local event, Humber Street Sesh – with many more to be announced.

Known for a strong community ethic, clever wordplay and energetic performances, their critically acclaimed debut ‘Popular Music’ made it onto BBC Radio 1’s best albums of the year list and gained multiple playlist adds on BBC6 Music. LIFE were also picked by the likes of DIY, Metro, So Young and Fred Perry Subculture as their ‘Ones to Watch’ at the start of last year and Steve Lamacq praised the band for being “...weirdly uncompromising and addictive” when placing lead single ‘In Your Hands’ in his best of the year list.

‘A Picture Of Good Health’ is due out 20th September 2019 via band's own label 'Afghan Moon' and also sees them partner for the first time with [PIAS].

For all press enquiries please contact Will Vincent / James Parrish on
will@prescriptionpr.co.uk / james@prescriptionpr.co.uk

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TOUR DATES:

11 JUL 2019 / UK / Upcote Farm / 2000 Trees
12 JUL 2019 / SK / Trencin / Pahoda Festival
26 JUL 2019 / FR / Lyon / Les Nuits Secrets
17 AUG 2019 / BE / HASSELT / Pukkelpop Festival 
01 SEP 2019 / UK / Frogmore Hill / Wilkestock Festival

Full UK & Euro tour announcement coming soon

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A Picture Of Good Health’
Tracklisting:


1. Good Health
2. Moral Fibre
3. Bum Hour
4. Hollow Thing
5. Excites Me
6. Never Love Again
7. Half Pint Fatherhood
8. Grown Up
9. Niceties
10. Thoughts
11. It's A Con
12. Don't Give Up Yet
13. New Rose in Love

Find LIFE online: WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | YOUTUBE | SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY

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Black Belt Eagle Scout announces new album

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Record release: 30th August 2019
Label: Saddle Creek
More info: Black Belt Eagle Scout’s website

Black Belt Eagle Scout
 - the project led by multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul - announces her sophomore album, At the Party With My Brown Friends, out August 30th via Saddle CreekAt The Party With My Brown Friends is the follow up to Mother Of My Children -  “a compact reflection on loss, queer desire, and the endurance of sacred native traditions” (Pitchfork, Best Rock Albums of 2018). The album was inspired by the reciprocal love Paul has experienced in the last few years. Throughout, she conveys a sense of community and connection, dealing with love, desire, and friendship.

At The Party with My Brown Friends is a profound and understated forward-step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters. Paul recalls specific memories - an impromptu beach trip with her friend Hayley Heyndrickx, her eternal love for her mother, and leaving one love and desperately wanting to find another. The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines Paul’s singular artistic vision.

Lead single “At the Party” is a reflection on self-navigation and the comfort that comes from a close-knit group of friends. It starts off with quintessential Black Belt Eagle Scout guitar licks before heading into booming drums and vocals. The track was written while she was in her bedroom. “Within my conscious self, there is always a sense of questioning the legitimacy of the world when you grow up on an Indian reservation,” says Paul. “We are all at the party (the world), trying to navigate ourselves within a good or bad situation. I happen to be at the party with my brown friends- Indigenous, Black, POC who always have my back while we walk throughout this event called life.”

Black Belt Eagle Scout was named a favorite new artist of 2018 by NPR Music, Stereogum, Paste and Under The Radar. Since the album’s release, she has been touring North America extensivelyThis summer she’ll play Sled Island, Newport Folk Festival, and Pickathon, before supporting Devendra Banharton a fall North American tour.

At the Party With My Brown Friends is available for pre-order now on all formats: CD, cassette, digital, LP. Additionally, there is a limited edition of 200 Saddle Creek Exclusive LP on striped vinyl and 500 Indie/Tour LP on maroon vinyl.

Listen to “At the Party”
HERE

Pre-order At the Party With My Brown Friends
https://bbes.ffm.to/atpwmbf

At the Party With My Brown Friends Tracklist:
1. At the Party
2. My Heart Dreams
3. Going to the Beach With Haley
4. Real Lovin
5. Run It to Ya
6. I Said I Wouldn’t Write This Song
7. Scorpio Moon
8. Half Colored Hair
9. You’re Me and I’m You

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At the Party With My Brown Friends artwork - download HERE

Find Black Belt Eagle Scout online: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Bandcamp

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concrete concrete share new single and announce album

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Album release: 2nd August 2019
More info: concrete concrete’s website

concrete concrete share new single 'Hues' and announce debut album 'Drifter' out 2nd August 2019

New Album Produced By Mino Takaaki Of Toe

Today, Brooklyn instrumental rock trio concrete concrete have shared their emotive and intricate new single ‘Hues’. The single is taken from their highly anticipated debut album ‘Drifter’, which is due out 2nd August 2019.

HEAR/SHARE THE NEW SINGLE ‘HUES’ HERE

The lead single from the forthcoming record, ‘Hues’ perfectly exemplifies the bands beguiling dynamic. Whereas many math-rock bands focus solely on angular rhythms and complex time signatures, concrete concrete strive to imbue emotion into their material. Whilst the ability to convey readily decipherable meaning into instrumental rock is limited, the context of ideas and themes in which songs are created can permeate the music, making it the carrier of more abstract notions of meaning.

On ‘Drifter’, concrete concrete mirror their own personal lives by telling the story of a restless soul who anxiously leaves its past life for a new destination. The atmospheric eleven-song narrative sways gently from euphoria to melancholia - and then back again - as the main character gradually transitions from a place of chaos and confusion to a new setting in which peace and self-realisation can, and do, occur.

Speaking about the record Pei Pang (guitar) says, “It is a story about the life that’s constantly on the move, where uncertainty and determination play tug of war. It’s often struggles to seek belonging, with occasional glitters of joy and fragments of nostalgia along the way. Eventually, we accept and make peace with where we are and what we have become.”

Formed in 2016, members of the instrumental rock band concrete concrete wandered twelve time zones from home to meet in the vibrant music scene of Brooklyn, New York. Andi Wang and Pei Pang founded concrete concrete after attending the same college. They soon recruited bassist Kenji Tokunaga and drummer Kiyoshi Chinzei. Spurred by their passion for exploring new territory within their favourite genres, concrete concrete embarked on a series of explosive live shows around New York (supporting the likes of Alex Cameron, Caveman and Zhaoze) and intense songwriting sessions that would soon result in ‘Drifter’.

It wasn’t long before they caught the ear of Mino Takaaki, member of Japanese math-rock heroes’ toe. Mino and Kentaro Kimura, the original duo who produced toe’s critically acclaimed cult favourite album ‘the book about my idle plot on a vague anxiety’, mixed and mastered 'Drifter'.

‘Drifter’ is as expansive as it is beautiful, exploring a narrative that journeys through the bands emotional and mental condition on incredibly touching subjects, which evoke feelings of empathy and also attainment. This is a record that requires attention and is one that rewards the listener more and more with every return. Like the nameless character from this debut record, ‘Drifter’ shows that there is much to be excited about on this innovative start of concrete concrete’s journey.

'Drifter' is due out 2nd August 2019 – Pre-order HERE

For all press enquiries please contact Will Vincent on
will@prescriptionpr.co.uk

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concrete concrete
'Drifter'

2nd August 2019

1. Departure
2. But I Still
3. Sequence Rewind
4. Foes
5. Hues
6. The Cassette
7. I Glance Through The Light
8. Iris Sky
9. If Time Has A Turning Point
10. Arrival
11. Reverie

concrete concrete is:
Andi Wang (Guitar)
Pei Pang (Guitar)
Kenji Tokunaga (Bass)
Kiyoshi Chinzei (Drums)

Find concrete concrete online:
FACEBOOK / BANDCAMP / WEBSITE

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Ada Lea debuts video and announces album

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Album release: 19th July 2019
Label: Sadle Creek
More info: Ada Lea website

“…beautiful and insightful…Often, her songs end up revealing the strange and weird thoughts grief and transition can bring out of us, feeling all the more honest and real in its chaos.” - The FADER

Ada Lea -- the project of Montreal-based artist and musician Alexandra Levy -- today debuted her video for second single “mercury” alongside an interview with The FADER. Watch the Monserrat Muro-directed clip now HERE.

Saddle Creek’s newest signing, Ada Lea will release her debut album what we say in private on July 19, 2019, and the album is available for pre-order in multiple formats -- including a limited edition glow-in-the-dark vinyl exclusive to the Saddle Creek webstore -- HEREGorilla vs. Bear debuted first single “the party” last month and the song earned additional praise from outlets including The FADER, Brooklyn Vegan, and Paste, among others.

Following a run of U.S. dates last month supporting Angelo De Augustine, Ada Lea has announced North American tour dates in August. The tour begins the 1st in Toronto and includes a Brooklyn, NY show on the 2nd at Union Pool. She’ll also head overseas for the first time in November for a stop at the Mirrors Festival in London.

To Levy -- who is also a painter -- music and visual art are different vessels for communicating similar ideas. “It's a world that I can build around me and sit inside,” she says. Through all her art, Levy explores the concept of womanhood as it feels and looks to her, as well as love and how it transforms over time. She doesn’t shy away from exploring uncomfortable and painful emotions, either. With the brightness of love, strength, and hope contrasted with the darkness of loss, suffering, isolation, and abandonment, the Ada Lea album what we say in private is a varied and vivid record that constantly seems to shift in the light, bringing together all the intricate influences she’s collected over the years.

"what we say in private" began with a need to document the ending of an important romantic relationship. Following a tormented period of staying up all night (sometimes days at a time), frantically painting or writing songs as a means of coping, she journaled for 180 days in the hope of finding herself again. She conducted this period of analysis and introspection in private, like most of her creative pursuits, and the process eventually resulted in a rebirth: a rediscovery of self and a new sense of freedom and self-acceptance. These chaotic feelings and the resulting catharsis are deeply felt in the final recording of what we say in private. Levy wanted the album to feel like a journal entry from those 180 days as she cycled through emotions. Throughout, she expresses feelings and thoughts that all humans experience behind closed doors and alone, but are conditioned to keep to themselves.

"what we say in private" truly comes alive thanks to the way these recordings utilize the very real world around them, rather than shutting it all out. Expanding the boundaries of the studio, Levy, alongside the record’s producer Tim Gowdy, found new and nuanced ways of allowing the songs to flourish. “It was all part of a bigger idea,” she says. “We stuck microphones out of windows in mid-January to capture the chilly nighttime sounds. We recorded snow removal trucks backing into the lot and airplanes flying overhead. We used voice memos, a piece from here and another from there. I had built a room with the demos of my songs and Tim helped to add a second level.” As such, the album reverberates with human warmth, defined by the signature characteristics that can be found throughout -- as on “the party,” which fittingly comes wrapped up in static white noise, a soft atmosphere lingering in the distance and gently surrounding the stark instrumentation that is gradually introduced.

Read Ada Lea’s full bio / download photos & artwork HERE.

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Ada Lea (credit Bao Ngo) - download HERE

See Ada Lea live in the UK:
November 2nd - 

London, UK
 @ Mirrors Festival 2019

Find Ada Lea online:
Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Saddle Creek Website

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Swim Deep announce new album

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Album release: 4th October 2019
Label: Cooking Vinyl
More info: Swim Deep’s Facebook page

Photo credit: Ash Kingston

SWIM DEEP herald their return today having been Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on Radio One last night -  sharing To Feel Good and announcing details of their new album Emerald Classics, on their newly formed label imprint Pop Committee through Cooking Vinyl on October 4th, 2019 across all formats.

Newly reconfigured as a five-piece they now number original frontman Austin alongside bassist Cav and James on keyboards with ex-Childhood drummer Tomas Tomaski whilst Cav’s catwalk partner-in-crime Robbie Wood takes over guitar duties.

Following the release of 2015’s album Mothers and a US tour with 1975, the band embarked on a self-induced hiatus to take stock – four years and two albums had taken their dreams and good looks and offered them everything in return – An everything that never quite materialised. Personnel changes, friendships revived, relationships requited sees the original axis of Austin and Cav return together with a steely confidence and a collection of their most fully-fledged pop songs yet.

Emerald Classics is available to pre-order here

Watch the video below.

The first taste of this new relationship is the gospel infused and spoken word of album opener To Feel Good – Featuring Margate’s Social Singing choir, the track’s a big statement and an even bigger song that transcends the group’s intrinsic feel good factor and DIY ethos of the early days through to the synth-pop strains of MothersEvoking a dose of self-loathing in the shape of a particularly dark but wonderfully shot video, To Feel Good opens another chapter in what thus far has been a life-affirming roller-coaster of reality, struggle and proof that you can keep going.

Recorded on the South East Kent coast over a three week period late last summer with Dave McCracken presiding over production duties – who has worked with everyone from Ian Brown to Beyoncé and proceeded to meld the pop sensibility of their debut and the burned out psychedelia of their second – as Austin recognises; “He’s a very vital part of this record. Maybe the most vital.”  Emerald Classics – an album for dreamers and pub jukeboxes.

1. To Feel Good
2. 0121 Desire
3. Bruised
4. World I Share
5. Father I Pray
6. Sail Away, Say Goodbye
7. Drag Queens In Soho
8. Happy As Larrie
9. Top Of The Pops
10. Never Stop Pinching Myself

Having previously announced a run of 0121 Desire hometown shows in Birmingham, now sold out, the band will be announcing further UK shows very shortly.

June live date

18 BIRMINGHAM Sunflower Lounge sold out
19 BIRMINGHAM Sunflower Lounge sold out
20 BIRMINGHAM Sunflower Lounge sold out

Find Swim Deep online: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Redd Kross announce new album

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Album release: 23rd August 2019
Label: Merge Records

Read Stereogum feature on "Beyond The Door" HERE

On August 23, Merge Records will release the much-anticipated Redd Kross LP Beyond the Door. Today, Redd Kross share Beyond the Door release details as well the title track which premiered at Stereogum and is available on all streaming platforms. Beyond the Door can be pre-ordered now on CD, digitally, and on limited-edition opaque purple Peak Vinyl in the Merge store. 

Listen to & share “Beyond the Door” by Redd Kross now

Redd Kross have also announced a massive US tour with the Melvins which kicks off on September 3rd in San Diego and includes shows in major markets including Los Angeles, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and more.

Beyond the Door is an album inspired by the band’s “total commitment to having the best f*cking time we can have while we’re all still here” (what they like to call “The Party”). It’s a rock and roll record and a celebration of everything brothers Jeff and Steven McDonald love, from cultures both high and low. Musically, it’s guitars, bass, and drums topped with a generous portion of sweet vocal melodies often delivered with an ambiguous edge.

Hi-res photo (credit Julian Fort) HERE

Beyond the Door marks Redd Kross’ most collaborative record to date. Steven describes this evolution: “Jeff is still very much the driving force behind the compositions, but with more help from me than ever. Jeff and I haven’t shared this much of the writing and singing since Born Innocent in 1981.” Guitarist Jason Shapiro and drummer Dale Crover (Melvins, OFF!) are longtime members of the Redd Kross live band, but this album marks the pair’s recorded debut with the group. Mixed in Los Angeles by Steven McDonald, Beyond the Door includes notable guest appearances from Anna Waronker (That Dog), Geré Fennelly, Buzz Osborne (Melvins), and Josh Klinghoffer.

On the surface, the album title is a playful reference to an Italian horror film the McDonald brothers watched as children, a loose rip-off of both The Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby that stars Juliet Mills of ’70s television program Nanny and the Professor. But like all things Redd Kross, it would be a sad injustice to stop digging there. No one knows what lies Beyond the Door… but we’re all in front of it.

Inspirations as varied as K-pop, glitter gangs, embarrassed tweens, long-term relationships, a mysterious character named Fantástico Roberto, and much more all contributed to Beyond the Door, an album that lures the listener into Redd Kross’ secret club full of riddles and inside jokes, with the ultimate reward of the perfect pop moment!

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The Murder Capital announce debut album

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Album release: 16th August 2019
Label: Human Season Records.
More info: The Murder Capital website

“The Murder Capital are one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instill can’t-look-away levels of captivation.”
NME

“Cacophonous noise and stage theatrics that could make them stars very, very soon.”
DIY on Eurosonic

Today, The Murder Capital announce their much-anticipated debut album, "When I Have Fears", for an August 16th release on Human Season Records.

The album will be available on gatefold colour LP, black LP, as part of a limited bundle (gatefold colour LP, t-shirt, pin & journal), CD and as a digital download.

You can pre-order HERE

Produced by Flood (PJ Harvey, New Order, Foals) the album features both singles from the band so far, "Feeling Fades" and "Green & Blue", as well as the first studio recording of breakthrough track "More Is Less".

An exercise in both darkness and light, “When I Have Fears” only serves to highlight the early ambition in the band's sound. From the post-rock build and breakdowns of the two-part "Slowdance", to the tender, bruised confessional of "On Twisted Ground" and industrial pulse of closer "Love, Love, Love", there's a consistent intensity throughout that marks out The Murder Capital as a band arriving fully formed on their debut album.

Following sell-out shows on their April tour, the group have also announced a new string of UK & European headline dates for October and November 2019 - see below.

Tickets for this tour now on sale.

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You can catch the band live on the following dates:

21st June - Body & Soul - Clonmellon, IE
29th June - Rock Werchter - Werchter, BE
30th June - Metropolis Festival - Rotterdam, NL

13th July - Heartbreakers - Southampton, UK
14th July - Citadel Festival - London, UK
15th July - The Portland Arms - Cambridge, UK
16th July - The Boiler Room - Guildford, UK
18th July - Valkhof Festival - Nijmegen, NL
19th July - Latitude Festival - Beccles, UK
20th July - The Independent - Sunderland, UK
21st July - Doune The Rabbit Hole - Port of Meredith, UK
23rd July - The Crescent - York, UK
24th July - The Cookie - Leicester, UK
25th July - The Arts Club - Liverpool, UK

16th August – The Button Factory – Dublin, IRE


7th October – The Exchange – Bristol, UK
8th October – Bodega Social Club – Nottingham, UK

10th October – Dome, Tuffnell Park – London, UK
11th October – The Haunt – Brighton, UK
12th October – Castle & Falcon – Birmingham, UK
14th October – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
15th October – The Mash House – Edinburgh, UK
16th October – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut – Glasgow, UK
18th October – YES (The Pink Room) – Manchester, UK
26th October – V11 – Rotterdam, NL
28th October – Le Grand Mix – Tourcoing, FR
29th October – Portobello – Caen, FR
31st October – Le Rocher de Palmer – Bordeaux, FR
 
1st November – La Rex – Toulouse, FR
2nd November – La Paloma – Nimes, FR
4th November – Joker’s Pub – Angers, FR
6th November – Nouveau Casino – Paris, FR
8th November – L’Autre Canal – Nancy, FR
9th November – La Poudriere – Belfort, FR
12th November – Molotow Musikclub – Hamburg, DE
13th November – Music und Frieden – Berlin, DE
14th November – Artheater – Cologne, DE

Further information on The Murder Capital

The Murder Capital ended 2018 as that rare thing: a band tipped from all corners without having released a single song. In an age where people and bands overshare by default, The Murder Capital have been doing the opposite. If you wanted to know about The Murder Capital, you had to get to a show and see for yourself. That’s if you could get in. Based on the caustic strength of one live recording of “More Is Less”, which went viral on YouTube (watch), and feverish word of mouth from those who have been lucky enough to attend these early gigs, The Murder Capital have built a formidable reputation. In just over a year, they’ve sold out shows in their hometown of Dublin (to 400 people), played with Slaves, Shame and fellow countrymen Fontaines DC and seen the likes of the NME, Loud & Quiet, Dork and DIY back them already – with The Irish Times calling them out as Ireland’s best new rock band.

With debut single “Feeling Fades” the band fulfilled their early promise – delivering a propulsive slice of post-punk recorded with Flood (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Foals). In one of their rare interviews so far, the band have stated they are driven by the genuine desire to affect cultural change, and when front-man James McGovern repeats the lyric “the now elapsed ‘round you and me, and it kept us all together” on this, their debut single, you start to believe that they’re capable of achieving just that.

STREAM "GREEN & BLUE"

STREAM “FEELING FADES”


WATCH “MORE IS LESS” (LIVE SESSION)

HI-RES PHOTO (CREDIT: GAVIN OVOCA) HERE

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The Murder Capital
When I Have Fears

Out August 16th on Human Season Records

Tracklisting:

1. For Everything
2. More Is Less
3. Green & Blue
4. Slowdance I
5. Slowdance II
6. On Twisted Ground
7. Feeling Fades
8. Don't Cling To Life
9. How The Streets Adore Me Now
10. Love, Love, Love

Press quotes so far:

“The Murder Capital are as unstinting, honest and vicious as you’d expect the next great punk band torn from the streets of Dublin to be. They see the bar, clear it, and raise it dauntingly high.”
Discovery, The Line Of Best Fit

“The Murder Capital emit a passion that will turn heads, but importantly they are a voice with something to shout about, and that could truly cement them as something to cherish.”
So Young

“If you’re into your post-punk brutal and bolshy, The Murder Capital have got you sorted. The Murder Capital as one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instil can’t-look-away levels of captivation.”
NME Hot 100 For 2019

“Caustic punk with widescreen ambition; music that sounds and feels like where it came from.”
Loud & Quiet

“As with any new band, the question always comes down to whether they can be just as sharp and thrilling when it comes to studio recordings, and today The Murder Capital give us the definitive and unforgiving affirmative on their debut single”
Track Of The Day, The 405

“A group whose live shows and sessions have (rightly) been garnering much attention… the soundtrack to your Friday night.”
Wonderland 

“Ireland’s best new band?”
The Irish Times

“Surging like waves and creating the same nervous, edge-of-your-seat atmosphere that their live shows have been so well spoken of for… beautiful chaos.”
NEU Pick Of The Day, DIY

“A brooding beat and a menacing bassline, The Murder Capital have delivered the goods.”
Gigwise

“Not just a band primed to rip your head off, but to make you throw shapes.”
Dork Hype 2019

“Furious, bellowing Irish punks who would beat you in a staring contest.”
DIY Class Of 2019

www.themurdercapital.com

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Oso Oso release new album

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Album release: 16th August 2019
Label: Triple Crown Records
More info: Oso Oso’s Facebook page

OSO OSO TO RELEASE HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED NEW ALBUM BASKING IN THE GLOW ON AUGUST 16

STREAM LEAD SINGLE “DIG” 
HERE. PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW.

Download hi-res images HERE.

Jade Lilitri is used to pessimism. It’s what he’s written most of his band Oso Oso’s music about. But on their new album, he’s radically committed to letting the light in, if only because Lilitri knows the darkness like the back of his hand.

Oso Oso will release their long-awaited new album, Basking In The Glow, via Triple Crown Records on August 16, 2019. Pre-orders are available now HERE.

If 2016’s beloved The Yunahon Mixtape found Lilitri leaning more into the pessimistic side of his brain, Basking In The Glow is an experiment in its glass-half-full opposite. Here, he acknowledges that there are certainly more bad days than good, but maybe for once he could actually embrace the latter instead of just anticipating its inevitable departure.

Sonically-speaking, Basking In The Glow delivers. Lilitri writes songs bigger than himself at times, with “dig (II)” leading us into the light with rainy-day riffing and hushed, staccato vocal delivery on the verse before its tense, charged chorus: “There’s this hole in my soul / So how far do you wanna go?” Lilitri asks, his voice ethereally aware that this won’t last. It’s an ambitious, complex scheme, and one that captures the spirit of the record: clutching tight to the unbridled glee of the short, sunny, major-key moments before they dissolve. 

Basking In The Glow is a wrestle, and it is hard work; it is the sound of refusing to capitulate to darkness, every goddamn day. It is a practice, or perhaps a battle plan (“I see my demise, I feel it coming / I got one sick plan to save me from it,” Lilitri sings, his voice and hurried guitar crackling as if they’re coming through a bedroom tape recorder.) It is filled with the delightful, subtle melodic imagination that characterises the sound Lilitri has perfected with Oso Oso, but this time, he’s put this sound to use declaring happiness (“I got a glimpse of this feeling, I’m trying to stay in that lane,” on “impossible game”).

This “one sick plan” and its bright disposition does falter and fade. The darkness does return—it always will—but Lilitri has come to terms with it, armouring himself with the good he’s found. Even as the record ends, Lilitri is clear-eyed, leaving us squarely in the sunlight: “And in the end I think that’s fine / cause you and I had a very nice time."

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Track listing:

1. Intro
2. The View 
3. Basking In The Glow 
4. Dig 
5. One Sick Plan
6. A Morning Song
7. Priority Change
8. Wake Up Next To God
9. Impossible Game
10. Charlie

Find Oso Oso online: Facebook | Twitter Spotify

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Jade Jackson announces new album

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Album release: 28th June 2019
Label: ANTI-Records
More info: Jade Jackson website

“A raspy-throated, confident-beyond-her-years songwriter channeling Hank Williams via a somber goth-folk aesthetic.” - Rolling Stone Country

“Jade Jackson is a mistress of minor-key introspection, her songs carrying the kind of emotional weight more often associated with a battle-scuffed veteran.” - Uncut

“Reminiscent of Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval, Jackson’s somber songs unfold with the easy grace of dusty sunsets and open-road drives, while her more spirited numbers are driven by a punk swagger and a south-of-the-border slink.” - 
Paste

On Jade Jackson’s second full-length album, Wilderness, she casts a light more focused on her own life than ever before. To be released on June 28th via ANTI- Records, Wilderness – like her debut record Gilded - was produced by Mike Ness, the SoCal punk rock legend has carefully helped her hone her craft and sound.

“I don’t need a man’s hands to open the jar,” Jackson quips on the charming first single, “Bottle It Up”. Watch Jade and her love interest traverse the deserts of Joshua Tree in the song’s new video HERE.

Gilded (2017) was a masterful, critically acclaimed introduction to her strong soulful stylings as told through the eyes of characters and storytelling, with Jackson keeping any hyper-personal glimpses at arm’s length. But for its follow-up, the singer-songwriter from the Central Coast of California decided to embrace the concept of building her songs from an autobiographical perspective.

Two days after her 20th birthday Jackson was hiking in nearby Sand Canyon when she leaped from a rope swing and fell 15 feet onto a rock – she sustained serious injuries and wasn’t sure if she’d be able to walk again. As she recovered, she realized she was depending more and more on prescription painkillers and after stopping cold turkey by destroying her prescription refills and flushing the remaining pills, her body and brain spiraled into depression. She also developed a control-related eating disorder that would haunt her for several years following. Jackson refers to her mind state during that time as “suicidal.”

“Needless to say, for the first time since I had written my very first song, I didn’t believe in my music anymore,” Jackson says. “Because of my depression I didn’t like myself, so I couldn’t possibly imagine someone else liking what I created. But even that couldn’t stop me from writing, and songwriting remained my therapy through it all.”

The theme of her new work deals heavily with those attitudes and feelings while focusing largely on other true encounters and relationships in her real life. Wilderness is a powerhouse of a record about the in-betweens and stepping stones we dwell in and leap across while coming to terms with our senses of self, and how melancholy can be a powerful weapon to wield—especially in the form of a roots-rock or country song. With Wilderness, Jade Jackson has braved the depths of her soul and figured out a course for survival—though she will be the first to admit that her journey still has miles to go.

“Wilderness as the title of my album is this in-between area I’m in right now as a musician. It’s the unknown—like when we’re touring, you don’t know where you’re gonna play, or sleep, what you’re gonna eat, if you’ll have monitors…there’s so much unknown at this grinding stage in the game. I am incredibly thankful for the way my career has started, but I’ve always had this urge propelling me forward. I know where I want to go—I can visualize it—but right now I’m walking through the wild, still picking up tools, still learning, and making my way.”

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Pre-order ‘Wilderness’ HERE

Online:
Website | Facebook | Instagram

Lyrics to "Bottle It Up":

Life goes faster
I'd rather be brave than what you're after babe
It moves through chapters
With no way to know what's on the next page

Bottle it up the way we feel right now
Whenever I get lonely gonna drink a little down
Bottle it up the way you're holding me
If ever I get lonely gonna pour myself a drink

All your patience
Winds down that road to frustration
And all we've dreamt of
Will crash and burn should it turn into love

Bottle it up the way we feel right now
Whenever I get lonely gonna drink a little down
Bottle it up the way you're holding me
If ever I get lonely gonna pour myself a drink

I cross my heart
I don't need a man's hands to open the jar
Where I've captured and kept safe
The things that I'm willing to share with you babe

Bottle it up the way we feel right now
Whenever I get lonely gonna drink a little down
Bottle it up the way you're holding me
If ever I get lonely gonna pour myself a drink

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Thank You Scientist release new song & announce album

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Album release: 14th June 2019
Label: Evil Ink Records
More info: Thank You Scientist website

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American Alt-Prog rock masters Thank You Scientist are proud to present, “FXMLDR,” which premiered via PROG, and is the lead off track from their forthcoming 84-minute full length album, “Terraformer."

“The video is a special LIVE performance of FXMLDR, recorded using 100% solar power, courtesy of our friends at THE SUN LAB. If you’re the observant type, you may notice a few hundred extra band members. With some frantic planning (and even more frantic arranging), we were able to meet up with DCI world champions THE BLUE COATS for this very special performance.”

The band started a relationship with The Blue Coats after they performed several TYS compositions for their 2017 concert season.  

Previously, Thank You Scientist announced their 4th studio album, “Terraformer,” will be out June 14th on Evil Ink Records. An Exclusive Comprehensive Adult Bundle of "Terraformer" with Limited Edition 2 LP Color Vinyl, exclusive Music Score and Trading Cards is available for pre-order now at www.thankyouscientist.com

You can see the solar-powered live performance for “FXMLDR” here: https://youtu.be/rxrz6RPSww0
The album version of “FXMLDR" will be on all DSPS starting next week.

Guitarist Tom Monda about the album: "This album probably features some of Sal's most personal lyrics, juxtaposed with some far reaching and topical stuff that is new for us.  There are conceptual threads linking the music and lyrics but we prefer that the listeners discover and interpret them on their own. Terraforming in really general terms is taking a planet or some type of celestial body and making it inhabitable for humans. I thought this was a fitting metaphor for the band, in terms of the changes we had gone through in the past two years.  I felt totally creatively renewed, and I think scope of the album speaks to that."

Terraformer is the band's second studio release on the label formed by Coheed and Cambria’s Claudio Sanchez and is the band's most ambitious to date. The album features more than an hour and 20 minutes on a 2-disc set.

Terraformer was recorded at The Barber Shop in Hopatcong NJ and engineer Mike Ferretti's studio in Ringwood, NJ. Main songwriter and guitarist Tom Monda oversaw production, along with contributions from the band.

The front cover was designed by Templar, who also designed the album art for the group’s previous record Stranger Heads Prevail.

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"We're really excited about this new album. We've put in so much work into this limited bundle to make sure it's perfect, and we hope our fans agree and help us crush our release week. We're a bunch of weirdos making music for weirdos that still care about weird music, and I think that's a beautiful thing." - Tom Monda

The album marks the first recordings of the Thank You Scientist's new lineup, which includes Joe Fadem on drums, Sam Greenfield on Sax, and Joe Gullace on trumpet.

“The new members were all guys that myself, Ben, and Cody play with in Cody's band ‘We Used to Cut The Grass.’  They were all a big part of the writing and arranging process for this album and I feel very lucky to be in a band with them.” - Monda

In only a few years Thank You Scientist have created a loyal and dedicated following with their unique style and indescribable sound through the albums Maps of Non-Existent Places (re-released in 2014), and Stranger Heads Prevail (released in 2016 via Evil Ink Records). The band has also toured with the likes of Periphery, Haken, Devin Townsend, as well as Coheed and Cambria, cementing themselves as a must-see live act.

Terraformer will be available 2 CD Digipak, 2 LP Vinyl, Digital, and in a Terraformer Exclusive Comprehensive Adult Bundle (For Adults)

This incredibly rare offering from Thank You Scientist and CREAM CO is available only at www.thankyouscientist.com and includes:

• Limited Edition 2LP Color Vinyl
• 21 Page Full Color Lyric Book (illustrated by Shamfoo)
• Full Score Songbook signed by all members of Thank You Scientist (Limited to the first 750 pre-orders)
• Full set of Thank You Scientist Father and Son Trading Cards (Limited to the first 750 pre-orders)

You can watch the Terraformer Preorder Infomercial Here:
https://youtu.be/mwBiaEYjQuw

Tracklisting:
1, Wrinkle  2:32
2, FXMLDR  7:56
3, Swarm  6:25
4, Son of a Serpent  8:06
5, Birdwatching 3:41
6, Everyday Ghosts  10:03
7, Chromology 9:49
8, Geronimo  6:15
9, Life of Vermin   8:11
10, Shatner's Lament  1:13
11, Anchor  9:56
12, New Moon  2:01
13, Terraformer 8:07

Band:
Salvatore Marrano
Tom Monda
Ben Karas
Cody McCorry
Joe Fadem
Sam Greenfield
Joe Gullace

Thank You Scientist: Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Website

Evil Ink online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey share new single '2 Ugly 4 NY' & announce album

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Album release: 12th July 2019
Label:
Sub Pop Records
More info: Sub Pop website

Watch Kyle Craft & Showboat Honey’s official video for lead single '2 Ugly 4 NY' from Showboat Honey, their forthcoming new album, available worldwide July 12th, 2019 from Sub Pop. The video is directed by Eleanor Petry, and stars bandleader Craft as Hobo Grimm, a skeleton-faced busker. He says of the video, “Eleanor and I were aiming to snag that “day in the life” feel, following old Hobo Grim around downtown tryin’ to make the illusive busker’s dollar and then heading off into the night to blow it.”

Showboat Honey was recorded and produced by Kyle Craft, Kevin Clark, and Billy Slater at their own Moonbase Studios in Portland over 2018. The album was mixed by Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty) and mastered by April Golden at Golden Mastering.

Showboat Honey is now available for pre-order through Sub Pop Mega Mart. Pre-orders of the LP through megamart.subpop.com and select independent retailers in North America, the UK and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on a clear blue translucent mix with spots red hi-melt (while supplies last). There will also be a new T-shirt design available.

About 'Showboat Honey'

There is this curious equilibrium to existence: In order to create balance, the universe must giveth, and the universe must taketh. Kyle Craft, along with his now solidified backing band dubbed Showboat Honey, know this all too well. And this is why their self-titled album, the contemplative yet restless Showboat Honey (Sub Pop Records, July 12th, 2019) reflects that sturm und drang. “This is basically an album centered around bad luck and good fortune hitting at the same time,” Craft explains “Then, out of nowhere, I find love. Everything went to shit except that. I guess that’s how life works.”
 
No track better captures this duality than the sweeping “Sunday Driver,” about sticking to your guns, despite a universe of blowback. “At this point, you get baptized by certain fires and start to walk with the dead a little bit, like nothing can harm you anymore,” says the Portland-based musician. “That’s what self-love sounds like to me, as aggressive as that sounds.”
 
The sticky-sweet title of the album is lifted from the brightly choral “Buzzkill Caterwaul” (“Once you were the showboat honey/ But your ship sailed out”). “I wanted to make something that sounded like a raucous collision of Leon Russell and Patti Smith,” he says, “But ‘Buzzkill Caterwaul’ was the only tune that ended up showcasing that vision.”
 
Though aesthetics veer from song to song, Showboat Honey’s steadfast formula remains the same. Drummer Haven Mutlz holds down the machine with a ’60s/’70s fast-molasses groove that locks in with the slinky rolling bass of Billy Slater. When Kevin Clark isn’t bouncing across the piano, his mellotron strings swell in and out of frame. Jack of all trades Ben Steinmetz’s organ parts well up from the deep of the songs, while lead guitarist Jeremy Kale’s solos rip through them like electricity. On top of it all, sits the tongue-in-cheek phantasmagoria created by Craft’s lyrics.  
 
Lyrically, perspectives shift to imbue life into a cast of intriguing, mysterious characters, à la Bob Dylan. (“There is not a single thing in my life that has affected me more than the first time I heard Dylan,” says Craft. “It immediately changed my life.”) “Johnny (Free & Easy)” is seemingly about a date gone awry at a swinger’s party in the Hollywood Hills. And the twangy pop of “O! Lucky Hand” appears to shadow a poor sod desperate to elude a hex. Its antidote is the stunning, cinematic “Deathwish Blue,” which sounds like a deep cut from the book of John Lennon, about the lovesick salvation found in his bride to be, Lydia. 
 
If that’s not head-trippy enough, the carefree sing-along “2 Ugly 4 NY” features a lyrical reference to a previous incarnation of Craft. Its lyrics—“Don’t wanna see Death strum for cash downtown/ Or the look on his face when the change hits the case on the ground”—call out his early days in Portland when he went by the moniker of Hobo Grim. Busking downtown, he’d cover country tunes while dressed as the Grim Reaper so as to conceal his true identity.
 
Craft started writing about as soon as he could play the guitar at the age of 15. He grew up in the isolated Mississippi River town of Vidalia, Louisiana where his chops weren’t honed in a woodshed, but rather an old, dingy meat freezer that was out of commission.  When asked about the first song he’d ever written, he laughs, saying it was an “angsty-rock tune” and “a rare bird of how bad a song could be.”
 
After years of touring, two LPs with Sub Pop Records, and solidifying the band, he’s since grown into a prodigious songwriter, to say the least. The band recorded Showboat Honey—co-produced by Craft, Clark, and Slater—at their own Moonbase Studios in Portland over 2018. “We approached this record differently for sure,” Craft says. “I’d make a demo, and after putting the songs together, shoot it to the band for ideas.” Tracks such as “Broken Mirror Pose” ended up being highly collaborative, while others settled into Craft’s original vision. “Deathwish Blue,” for instance, was tracked in a similar fashion to his solo debut, Dolls of Highland, with Craft tracking every instrument by himself. 
 
Kyle and the members of Showboat Honey worked at such a feverish wine-fueled pace that they actually ended up with two completely different albums. But at the end of the day, they decided to combine the two into what is now Showboat Honey,a moonstruck rock ’n’ roll record teeming with reckless abandon.
 
“We thought we had the album done at one point. But at the last minute, I was like, ‘Shit, this isn’t the album. This isn’t it,’” Kyle says. “It was just a gut feeling. I’m glad for that because I feel like I ended up writing some of the best songs I’ve ever written.”

More information at: subpop.com

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Duncan Lloyd announces new album Outside Notion

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Album release: 24th May 2019
Label: Afternoon In Bed Records
More info: Duncan Lloyd’s Facebook Page

Duncan Lloyd (Maximo Park / Nano Kino) is today announcing a brand new solo album, Outside Notion, along with a video for the record's first single Young Dreams, in what makes for a fresh and definite lean away from the indie-rock he is known for. Orchestrated segments circle around telling insights, executed with a depth of tender maturity. Breaking away from familiar territory, each song is it’s own defined journey of sorts. Sprawling jams and evolving layers open out to reveal the minutiae of smartly observant often heart-breaking lyrics. Young Dreams morphs oddly fitting drones with loose mannered guitars and violins that spiral over syncopated rhythm lines, into multi-dimensional layers of texture, gradually unfolding into thrilling chaos.

Of the single, Lloyd comments; "Young Dreams is a song about temptation and being taken in with the idea of a place that isn't all it promises to be, it's about young voices not being heard and a battle with what is imagination, and what is not. For the video, I wanted to create imagery I hadn’t seen or tried before, mixing colourful animation with moving footage, drifting through trees and city streets, then to a gig in a bar, and perhaps there's a subconscious sideways nod to ‘Take On Me’ by AHA." 

Watch the video below.

More about the new album Outside Notion

Deep down it is a very human record, about our flawed nature, our temptations, loneliness & limitations. What comes to the fore on Outside Notion is Lloyd's grip of engaging composition and his ability as an individual songwriter is growing into something truly special. The weightiness of certain themes is balanced by a weightless abandon of the arrangements, showing a deep complexity to his work. This is easily his most adventurous & soulful record to date.

“On this album things have taken a little more time to process, i wanted the dots to join and for it to work as one piece, each song being a window into something deeper. Be it in the form of mental escapism or loss for example, admittedly it's not always clear what I'm channelling but it felt right to follow what has been bubbling under for a while. In turn it made greater sense of the writing process & where I can take it. Ultimately, I like that there is still a sense of ambiguity in these songs, not everything needs to be spelt out or to make immediate sense as life isn't like that.”

The album opens with the long-bowed notes of distant distorted strings popped and punctured by a loose acoustic drum and a mid-tempo drawl, “Been in my car for three days / it’s a wonder i ever got away”. Historic Elements is transient and dreamlike, dragging you feet first onto a raft intent on exploration.

Young Dreams morphs oddly fitting drones with loose mannered guitars & violins that spiral over syncopated rhythm lines into multi-dimensional layers of texture, gradually unfolding into thrilling chaos. To then be encompassed by the earthy magnetism of a song like Planetarium, where every surging note resonates with purpose. Both songs achingly relevant as they wander lost through a capital on the verge of seismic change, “All the while the city she smiles / Through the gaps in her teeth”. 

With the exploratory also comes the engaging, the title song Outside Notion (Lloyd joined on vocals by his Nano Kino collaborator Sarah Suri) is fuelled by observations caught from the crumbling coastal hinterland near where they live, "from abandoned old tombs / where the city once bloomed / lightbulbs swing in lone chapels of light” vocally it’s a perfect match, Suri’s lofty vocal leads the song halfway through to re-join Lloyd’s tender delivery, highlighting adept observations that leave the listener with emotive visual markers long after the record has played out.

"I want to transport the listener in some way then bring them back down, there's a different kind of layering, some elements hypnotic, some elements wider, less predictable and then space.”

Collaborating with string arranger Amy May (John Cale, Aphex Twin, The Xx) & influenced by the likes of Vaughan Williams and Scott Walker,  Lloyd wanted to use strings to bring pastoral elements into the picture, extra textures that have worked to beautiful and fascinating effect, crossing orchestrated elements with a rawness that Neil Young or Neutral Milk Hotel would tap into.

He admits that there are messages to his father (who passed in 2010) on the gothic folk of Guess & Wonder and 5am Eyes, a song born from a bare arrangement, written at the time, now woven with scintillating strings. It is a subject which he explored as sound experiments on, Transit / Pulse an album under his Decade in Exile moniker, but here finding a way with understated, moving words. Although a melancholy breathes throughout the record he intuitively steers the weightier themes so that light flickers into the furthest of corners.

The record was recorded by Lloyd himself, joined by Tom English on drums and mixed by Dave Maughan. “As a teenager I was a fan of an album by Eric Mathews called It’s Heavy In Here, I was into his vocal style and always wanted to use strings in a way that didn’t feel obvious, instead of, hey here’s some guitar music with strings stuck on the top, it was more that the strings are the song, a vital texture, First Monday is a good example of that. I worked with Amy on recording and layering the violin parts and Gemma Kost played the cello”.  Outside Notion is an album of dark elegance, exquisitely realised, assembled from organic sounds and songs that bypass the road of slick production tricks, it is a captivating and emotive listen. If you didn't know Lloyd was the engine behind Maximo Park’s music there isn't anything here that would give you the impression he was, he has found his own patch and it's a delight to see, where he goes next is an intriguing thought.

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Outside Notion Track listing

1. Historic Elements
2. 5 a.m. Eyes 
3. Planetarium 
4. Young Dreams
5. Outside Notion
6. Journey B 
7. 'Til The Fear Breaks
8. Guess & Wonder
9. First, Monday

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Horse Jumper Of Love announce new album 'So Divine'

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Album release: 28th June 2019
Label: Run For Cover Records

"Horse Jumper Of Love writes fitting music for the shortest days of the year. The Boston trio's slow, syrupy rock songs feel heavy and dark. When the songs shimmer — in twisting riffs or in singer Dimitri Giannopoulos's sweet, sad voice — they're less like the flash of a Christmas tree and more like the glare off a snowbank." NPR 

Horse Jumper Of Love have announced their new LP 'So Divine' and have shared their lead single "Poison" via The Fader. When talking about the track Lead singer Dimitri Giannopoulos says,“Poison’ highlights themes of domesticity, learning through nostalgia, and capturing even the most mundane memories. I started working on this song about 4 years ago, and have been waiting to release it for a while. We shot the video in my Dad’s pizza shop in Boston - a very important place to me, a place that taught me how to work. 
Ty captured this feeling exactly how I envisioned. Work as a repetitive movement - just like the guitar part in the song."


WATCH/SHARE THE VIDEO FOR 'POISON' HERE

The new LP will be out 28th June via Run For Cover Records. Pre-order HERE
Download Promo photo HERE
Download cover art HERE

Memory looms large on Horse Jumper of Love’s hypnotic sophomore album, ‘So Divine,’ but it remains elusive. Throughout the record, tiny snapshots from the past float to the surface, baring themselves for brief moments before diving back into the ether. Like abstract collages, the Boston-based three-piece’s songs jumble richly detailed scenes and vivid imagery, papering over one moment with the next until each string of seemingly unrelated thoughts coalesces into a breathtaking work of art, one that reveals deep truths about ourselves and our psyches.

“A lot of these songs are about making small things into huge deals,” says guitarist/singer Dimitri Giannopoulos. “They all start with these very specific little memories that, for some reason or another, have stuck in my mind. Memories morph and change over time, though, and they become freighted with all these different meanings. We’re constantly adding to them.”

The same could be said of Horse Jumper of Love’s music. Praised by Stereogum as a “delightfully distorted mess of energy,” the band’s sound is absorbing and urgently hypnotic, with songs that develop at a glacial pace, progressing forward with almost imperceptible momentum to carve deep canyons and valleys through walls of solid rock. Giannopoulos officially launched the group with bassist John Margaris and drummer Jamie Vadala-Doran in 2013, taking their moniker from a Latin phrase that had gotten more than a little lost in translation. The band would spend the next three years refining their studio craft and live show, garnering a devoted following playing DIY gigs around New England as they climbed their way into what Pitchfork
described as “the top tier of the Boston house show scene.” In 2016, they released their self-titled debut to rave reviews, with NPR praising the band’s “slow, syrupy rock songs” as “cautiously measured and patiently curious” and Audiotree hailing the “soft spoken, contemplative trio” for their “unique sonic palette and precise compositions.” Dates with everyone from Pinegrove to Elvis Depressedly followed, and in 2017, the group released a vinyl and digital re-issue of the album along with a limited edition demo anthology.

‘So Divine’ will mark the band’s first release for Run For Cover Records.

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'So Divine' - Tracklisting

1. Airport
2. Volcano
3. Cops
4. Alien
5. Poison
6. Twist Cone
7. Ur Real Life Dress
8. John Song
9. Stray Dog
10. Nature
11. Heaven

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Kazu Makino announces new album

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Album release: Out now
More info: Kazu’s Facebook page

KAZU, Blonde Redhead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Kazu Makino, has shared a single from her first solo LP Adult Baby, which will be released on her new imprint of the same name later this year and distributed by !K7. “Salty” pulses with intricate textured synth and is layered with dynamic vocal and percussive production, demonstrating and further reinforcing the artist’s status as an iconic innovator of dream-pop and avant-pop. What’s more, the single as well as the video are evidence of KAZU’s gratifying experimentation--by no means straightforward, but both boundary-pushing and pleasurable to experience. “Salty” and all of Adult Baby are teeming with contributions from significant musical pioneers such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, Mauro Refosco (Atoms for Peace, David Byrne) and Ian Chang (Son Lux, Landlady).

KAZU splits her time between New York City and Italy’s Elba Island where the Paride Ambrogi-directed video for “Salty” was filmed. Carefully framed shots display the elysian landscapes of the island as KAZU interacts with the varied topography of the Tuscan shoreline--her residence for the last few months, a location that helped coax Adult Baby into existence by offering respite from New York. More information about the influence Elba Island had on Adult Baby is available here.

Watch the “Salty” Video Now

Adult Baby, the imprint, is Kazu Makino’s new venture which she will use to share work from both emerging and established like-minded artists who are driven by experimentation and freedom of expression. Distribution will be through !K7.

Kazu’s story begins in Kyoto, Japan, where she was born to a young unwed couple, neither of whom can recall the hospital, date, or any specific circumstances of her birth. As a youngster, Kazu had an acute sense of focus which required monitoring at all times. In one instance, while babysitting her infant cousin, she become so engrossed in a copy of Homer’s Odyssey that she failed to notice the child scald herself with a pot of boiling water. An adult rushed in and shoved Kazu back into coherence, and she was finally aware of the child’s high-pitched shrieks. Desperately searching for an object of her focus, Kazu’s parents turned her towards musical instruments. Kazu flourished in music. It opened a new mysterious world to her. At her first piano recital, she made a wrong turn in her piece and couldn’t recall the end, but Instead of stopping, she began to repeat the piece over and over again, dozens of times, increasing the tempo as she played. She continued at this shredding speed until her teacher, drenched in nervous sweat, sat next to her and brought the music to its conclusion. Kazu received her first of many standing ovations that evening.

As the years stretched her limbs and her mind, Kazu traded her pastoral childhood for the bustle and electricity of Tokyo. It was there, down a neon lit alley that she serendipitously bumped into a tall, dark and curiously handsome American stranger with a saxophone slung 'round his chest. “Live with me in New York and be my best friend.” She didn’t understand his words, but she understood his eyes, and so she followed him eleven thousand miles. That man was none other than musician, painter and actor John Lurie. Under his wing, Kazu quietly observed the world of fame, money, fashion, art and the underground. Soon, she wouldn’t be so quiet; she learned English and started to make the noises that we’ve come to know her for. Blonde Redhead was the sonic intersection of those pastoral beginnings and the electric chaos of the metropolis.

Decades felt like mere moments and Kazu’s singular obsessiveness slowly turned inwards and away from collaboration, as she began to forge a project that was solely of her own making. Adult Baby is an introspection, an unmonitored and free exploration of uncharted waters, and a massive accomplishment of melodic cacophonous architecture.

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Photo credit: Eva Michon
Design and typography credit: Gelman


On naming the album and imprint, KAZU explains, "The title came to me when an old friend told me about the existence of so-called 'adult baby club,' frequented by powerful men who go there to be treated like small children." She continues, "This discovery struck me, perhaps because I am convinced that in a way, we are all adult babies, that many people feel that way inside and that they identify with this expression. Each in his own way: Adult Baby is a title that can be taken in many ways; some will think it curious, others erotic, others still strange or tender: it all depends on how you see it."

Read a full-length and in-depth bio HERE.

KAZU Online: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

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Jamie Freeman new album out 17 May 2019

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Album release: 'Dreams About Falling' by Jamie Freeman
Release date: 17 May 2019
Label: Union Music
More info: Artist website

“‘Dreams About Falling’ alludes to the fine line between flying and falling, succeeding or failing. Some of the songs are about childhood or upbringing, how that shapes an adult and how they remember and deal with those memories. That feeling of doing something exciting and scary, or waking from a dream just before you hit the ground.”

- Jamie Freeman, 2019

Jamie Freeman returns with perhaps his most startlingly honest and remarkably vulnerable album yet, with the release of ‘Dreams About Falling’, in May 2019 via Union Music Label. Freeman skillfully tackles subjects such as parental expectations, childhood potential, and facing up to the possibility of falling short of those aspirations. These themes may be further understood when the context of Freeman’s talented family is brought into the picture. With a BAFTA and Emmy award-winning brother, Martin, and Frazier Chorus indie-dance musician (signed to 4AD, Virgin) brother, Tim, one can imagine that the family outlook has always been to ‘aim high’.

Jamie Freeman has found his own path, however, and become a respected figure within the Americana music scene after releasing his debut record ‘Just You’ in 2011, follow-up ‘100 Miles From Town’ in 2013 (under the name The Jamie Freeman Agreement) and EP ‘Hasia Dreams’ in 2017, all to critical acclaim from the likes of Americana UK, RnR, Maverick, FATEA, and more. A testament to the reputation Freeman has built is the impressive roster of collaborators and producers that have lent themselves to his projects; most recently Jamie has worked with the likes of Angaleena Presley, Mark Chadwick, Larkin Poe, Wild Ponies, Ben Glover, and Michael Logen.

Freeman's list of co-writers and contributors on ‘Dreams About Falling’ reads like a who's who of Nashville's finest. One particular highlight is ‘Down Range’, a heartbreaking tale of a Gulf War veteran returning to his wife that the Pistol Annies singer and solo artist Angaleena Presley duetted with Freeman on especially for this album. Presley actually co-wrote one of the final tracks on the record ‘I Miss Those Bars’, which Freeman explains is, “about the fear of having to fend for oneself, even if that freedom is what we desire. If we attain that freedom how will we cope? She has written and talked about hardships in her family to do with the opioid epidemic leading to addiction and prison. I had my own second-hand experience with alcohol.”

‘Down Range’ is swiftly followed by the equally poignant track ‘The Fire’, a song co-written by Ben Glover whose latest release ‘Shorebound’ won UK Album of the Year at the UK Americana Awards 2019. The track itself was written after the Grenfell Tower fire disaster in 2017 and uses powerful imagery to invoke moving scenes of spirits, smoke, and betrayal. On its creation, Freeman has said, “I didn’t want to write a political song, and I didn’t feel I had the authority to write *specifically* about Grenfell, but I wanted to honour the event and the people, so we wrote about the physical being of the fire itself; an unfeeling force that simply does what it does.”

Jamie’s commitment to music doesn’t end with his own releases. Freeman produced the critically-acclaimed 'Not Waving But Drowning' and 'Dead Stars' by The Self Help Group along with many other projects including the Noble Jacks debut 'What The Hammer' as well as taking on the role of drummer for Sam Outlaw and MD for Angaleena Presley's UK touring band. He's also a member of the Americana Music Association UK - working as their designer and volunteer, something that takes up a lot of his time and energy, but that Freeman is extremely dedicated to. “I like to take a 'high tide floats all boats' attitude to helping fellow musicians”, he explains.

“The last line in the closing song (Match Among The Ashes) says, ‘You’d believe that you can fly, because she told you, so you try.’ This is a direct reference to my own upbringing and the faith and belief that my mother instilled in me. The title is perhaps a reference to that, coupled with the fear of not living up to it.”

Stream/share new single 'All In The Name' here.

Read feature at The Boot.

On tour in the UK throughout Spring 2019 - date and tickets here.

"With its upbeat melody and universally applicable lyrics, the song is a solid reminder to stick it out with the person you love, even when things get a little tough." - The Boot

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H.C Slim debut album out 31 May 2019

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Album release: 'Sings' by H.C. Slim
Release date: 31 May 2019
Label: Svart Records

H.C Slim had amassed quite a catalogue of original songs he’s demoed on a tape recorder, deep in the Eastern Finnish countryside. Over the years cassettes and CDRs began to circulate with original copies selling for high prices, before Svart Records drove out to his remote cabin to offer Slim a deal for his debut album.

Evangelical visionary, and wayward preacher, H.C Slim calls forth revelations of pastoral love and rustic abandoned buildings. His song is that of the wandering missionary that brings to mind the Holy Joe pastor of John Huston’s Wise Blood, wandering from town to town to find the cracks of light that spill out from heaven, amongst the decline of the backwoods. A man that spent his formative years smoking cigarettes and playing his guitar, between distilling moonshine in an old empty factory, his songs are both apocalyptic and illuminating, swelling between religious fervour and starless prophecies of biblical destruction. Songs like ‘Wheels Of Judgement’, ‘Sweet Virgin Mary’ and ‘I Obeyd A Heavenly Vision’ throw up Dylanesque lines with the mastery of the old greats, such as Ramblin’ Jack Elliot or Woodie Guthrie. However Slim’s astute and contemporary flair for song-craft wouldn’t be out of place on a bill with artists like Laura Marling, First Aid Kit or The Tallest Man On Earth, if his Finnish maverick and lone wolf pilgrimage lead him out of wilderness.

Like fellow Finns Mirel Wagner and Paavoharju, his sounds are from the melancholic and mythical heart of the forest towns they sprang from. Saw blades and rusty hollow body guitar strings conjure bands playing the lonely bars of deserted factory towns and have the voice of the forgotten countryside about them.

Slim famously said to a local country newspaper, “Dark songs are cleansing, I go through the rocky roads for my listeners,” but he adds, “I don’t feel like I am singing about dark things, when the songs are dark, some sort of light starts to shine from strange places.” Like a strange light, Slims songs will shine down that lonesome road so you too might find your way between life’s hard rocks.

Hear/share the new single 'The City Is Burning’ here.

Pre-order new album here.

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Marvin Gaye new album out 29 March 2019

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Album release: ‘You’re the Man’ by Marvin Gaye
Release date: 29 March 2019
Label: Motown/UMe

In celebration of Marvin Gaye’s 80th birthday on April 2, Motown/UMe will release his never-issued 1972 Tamla/Motown album, ‘You’re The Man’, in 2LP gatefold vinyl and digital editions on March 29. ‘You’re The Man’ features all of Gaye’s solo and non-soundtrack recordings from 1972, with most of the album’s tracks making their vinyl release debuts. SaLaAM ReMi’s new mix of the album track ‘My Last Chance’ is available now for streaming and for immediate download with album pre-order.

Pre-order ‘You’re The Man’ here.

Listen to ‘My Last Chance’ here. (SaLaAM ReMi remix)

In 1972, Marvin Gaye was on top: or so it seemed. ‘What’s Going On’, ‘Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)’, and ‘Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler”)’, the three singles from his universally acclaimed album What’s Going On, had each hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (since renamed Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) and Top 10 Pop the year before. His new single, ‘You’re The Man’ – a percolating, sarcastic riff on political non-action issued as the U.S. presidential campaign was kicking off – reached No. 7 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart. He saw Motown schedule a You’re The Man album (catalogue number Tamla 316). But when the lead single didn’t cross over Pop, stalling at No. 50, Marvin retreated. Ambivalent about recording, stubborn about moving to Los Angeles with Berry Gordy and Motown, Marvin by his actions proclaimed no more new Marvin Gaye music.

Or so it seemed.

In this singular and transitional year for the late music legend, Gaye recorded more than an album’s worth of music in Detroit and L.A. He produced himself, creating a suite of aching ballads; he worked with songwriters-becoming-producers Willie Hutch, then known mainly for the Jackson 5 smash ‘I’ll Be There’, but soon to be lauded for his film scores to The Mack and Foxy Brown; and with Pam Sawyer and Gloria Jones, whose ‘Piece of Clay’ for Marvin decades later became a smash in the 1995 film Phenomenon. He cut two sought-after tracks with Freddie Perren and Fonce Mizell, half of the hit-making machine behind the Jackson 5; he got together with Hal Davis, who was preparing a Marvin Gaye-Diana Ross album, to cut another topical gem, ‘The World Is Rated X’. And Marvin funnelled his anger over the Vietnam War, and his brother’s experiences there, into a sequel of sorts to ‘What’s Going On’, the poetic holiday ballad, ‘I Want To Come Home For Christmas’. He even re-cut ‘You’re The Man’ as an eerie funk jam, perhaps for the LP as a bookend to the single.

None of these tracks or any other on the LP, except the single, were issued at the time.

Three tracks from the album are newly mixed by SaLaAM ReMi, the songwriter and producer long associated with Nas, the Fugees, and Amy Winehouse: “My Last Chance,” “Symphony,” and “I’d Give My Life For You.” Also included is the rare, long LP version of Gaye’s cancelled 1972 Christmas single, plus an unreleased vault mix of its instrumental B-side. Over the years, songs from You’re The Man have been included on several CD releases but 15 of the album’s 17 tracks have not been released on vinyl until now.

You’re The Man’s 2LP vinyl edition includes new liner notes by Marvin Gaye biographer David Ritz. In his essay, Ritz delves into Gaye’s deeply personal internal conflict as a source of creative vigor and emotional burden as he experienced What’s Going On’s massive success and all that came with it. “Now I could do what I wanted,” Gaye told Ritz in an interview that first appeared in Divided Soul: The Life of Marvin Gaye. “For most people that would be a blessing. But for me the thought was heavy. They said I’d reached the top, and that scared me because Mother used to say, ‘First ripe, first rotten.’ When you’re at the top there’s nowhere to go but down. No, I needed to keep going up – raising my consciousness – or I’d fall back on my behind. When would the war stop? That’s what I wanted to know – the war inside my soul.”

Despite his inner turmoil, that same year Gaye recorded a duets album with Diana Ross, and he accepted an offer to write what became his landmark Trouble Man film score. A year later, he released Let’s Get It On, the biggest hit of his career.

In addition to You’re The Man, Motown/UMe will release a new expanded edition of Marvin Gaye’s 1965 album, A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole, digitally on March 15. Honoring what would have been Cole’s 100th birthday, the album’s original mono mix makes its digital debut with the new edition, which also adds more than a dozen bonus tracks, including six alternate takes from the studio sessions.

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Plague Vendor new album out 7 June 2019

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Album release: ‘By Night’ by Plague Vendor
Release date: 7 June 2019
Label: Epitaph Records
More info: Band website

Today, Plague Vendor have announced their new album By Night, produced by John Congleton (St Vincent, Sharon Van Etten, Chelsea Wolfe) and recorded at legendary EastWest Studios (Brian Wilson, Ozzy Osbourne, Iggy Pop). The follow up to their 2016 debut full-length BLOODSWEAT and their widely-acclaimed debut EP Free to Eat is set for release on June 7 via Epitaph Records. The 10-song set kicks off with the raw, vital track and first single ‘New Comedown’. Hear the song and watch the Dan Monick-directed video here.

"When we were writing 'New Comedown,' there were a lot of colours and themes that were coming through, so we thought it best to finalize the verses once we were in the recording studio,” notes the band’s frontman Brandon Blaine. “The energy, urgency, and excitement there was unmatched. We caught lightning in the booth and trapped it in the recording."

Plague Vendor is Blaine (vocals), Michael Perez (bass), Luke Perine (drums and percussion) and Jay Rogers (guitar). A fearless our-way-is-the-hard-way work ethic and famously physical live shows won the Southern California-based band a ferocious fan base and place of pride on the Epitaph Records roster. They are currently on the road taking their live show to venues around the US - supporting All Them Witches now, with select headline shows set for this spring. See tour dates below.

By Night sees Plague Vendor stretch and warp their songs, discovering a merciless sense of tension and apprehension that set every moment on edge. It captures the feeling of ruin and regeneration, of charisma and catastrophe and of slashing at the night with nothing but pure electricity. And, with Congleton’s precision production, they found their own way between the powerful-but-too-polished sound of right now and the engaging-but-aging reinterpretations of classic punk/rock albums of the 60s and 70s. Congleton’s limitless encouragement also led Plague Vendor to do things they never did before: chorused bass in endless waves, lightning-strike flashes of synth, motorik man-machine drums that sound inhuman and human at once and even a string section that’ll be a surprise if they ever do it live.

On ‘By Night’, Plague Vendor broke out new vocal ideas, new vocal styles, new depths of imagery and intensity that feel like flashbacks instead of pop songs. If BLOODSWEAT was a primal scream, By Night would be a precision attack.

Album pre-save / pre-order here.

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Dreyfus 'Jazz Reference' out 10 May 2019

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Album release: Dreyfus 'Jazz Reference'
Release date: 10 May 2019
Label: Sony BMG

Dreyfus Jazz/BMG announce a further 14 new reissues from the 'Jazz Reference' collection - available for the first time on vinyl (and CD) with brand new artwork by Seb Jarnot.

Featuring Chet Baker, Count Basie, Dinah Washington, Django Reinhardt, Frank Sinatra, Lester Young, Louis Armstrong, Miles Davies, Nat King Cole, Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughan, Sidney Bechet, Stan Getz and Thelonious Monk.

The 'Jazz Reference' series was originally created by Francis Dreyfus at the very start of the 21st century. This incredible catalogue regrouped the biggest names in Jazz at a groundbreaking sound quality.

Almost twenty years later it is still perceived as one of the best ever created. To help a new generation rediscover this amazing collection, BMG is reissuing a carefully curated selection of these releases. This series will available for the first time on vinyl, and all formats display a brand new artwork from Seb Jarnot, exclusively created for this special reissue.

Having released the first selection of 14 titles in 2018 with praise from Jazzwise, MOJO, Record Collector, the Guardian, The Financial Times, The Daily Express, BBC Music Magazine and more, the series now continues with a further 14 new reissues from the collection including inimitable legends such as Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Stan Getz, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and more.

Speaking about the collection on it's original release, the late Francis Dreyfus, said:

"Since my early childhood, I’ve been crazy about Jazz. This childhood fascination is what inspired me to create Dreyfus Jazz.

I am releasing these masterpieces in order to discover, through another perspective, a collection of the most beautiful tracks ever recorded before 1960 by the biggest and most renowned creators of the lively and flawless language of jazz.

Who is this anthology for?

It’s for those who already love Jazz, and for those who will find great pleasure in re-discovering it, thanks to the sound quality that is unexpected and unequaled. It’s also for the younger generation who don’t yet realize that they are going to love this music that burnt down from its creative violence and its jubilant swing throughout the entire twentieth century.

First, I had to achieve the near impossible: “Break the wall of sound” in order to enhance the already sublime tracks of yesterday… to make them sound as though they’d been recorded yesterday. Thanks to technological information storage and the resolute research of exceptional sound engineer René Ameline (with never ending passion and patience) it was possible to give a “new youth” to the voice of Ella and Billie, and to offer an unheard freshness to formidable improvisations by Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins. We have included the best sources, the best songs, the best documents and there were no “second takes” or “false starts”.

I wanted to start from the original signals inscribed deeply in the wax, to enlarge and enrich the entire sound spectrum until it was inaudible and mute. It was necessary to carefully clean each chosen song, meaning that every useless scratch and annoying click had to be wiped, whilst avoiding stripping away the original grainy sound. With this we were able to achieve a more spacious sound, offering more depth and fullness compared to the original 78 record collection. The result is spectacular!

This collection is truly unique. From the will of a passionate perfectionist who manifested its conception like bearing a child, it was championed by a team of specialists who are lovers of jazz in all its dimensions: Claude Carrière, Noël Hervé and Daniel Nevers.

To really define the spirit of this adventure, which has lasted almost two years, I cannot think of a better way to conclude but to quote Claude Debussy: “Finally, a savage music with modern comfort”!"

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