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yndi halda 'Under Summer' album due 4 March 2016

 

Album release: 'Under Summer' by yndi halda
Release date: 4 March 2016
Label: Big Scary Monsters
More info: Band website

Eight years on from ‘Enjoy Eternal Bliss,’ Brighton based quintet yndi halda are now preparing to release their new album, ‘Under Summer’. Having toured across the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia, including shows at London’s famed Barbican Hall, Koko and Union Chapel venues, and entirely selling out a short residency at Hoxton Hall, yndi halda’s fervent and nominally patient fan base have been eagerly awaiting this new material. For those who were previously enthralled by the band’s revered string-heavy and densely layered flavour of instrumental rock, there are seemingly endless new aural delectations to unearth and embrace in the band’s intense second effort. 
 
Their music is at once subtle and joyous, hitting huge emotional peaks around moments of serene gentleness and heart-breaking sadness in its orchestration of sonorous guitar interlacing, meticulously crafted string arrangements and - now - soaring vocal harmonies. 
 
Tracks such as ‘This Very Flight’ perfectly exemplify how dextrous and explorative the band have become, with the first half of the song revisiting the already cherished sounds of ‘Enjoy Eternal Bliss’, whilst the second half presents the ‘new yndi halda’, sonically more mature yet still unafraid to experiment with new emotions and sounds. Other tracks on the album such as ‘Golden Threads From The Sun’ solidify this new temperament, making prominent use of vocals and with a lighter timbre than before. The sonic boundaries of ‘Under Summer’ are only limited by the band’s collective imagination, and which sentiments they allow to permeate that individual creative talent. There may have been eight years of musical silence between the two albums, but this has allowed the band members’ individual life and subsequent cultural experiences to redefine the way the band can collectively compose and express themselves.  
 
Speaking about writing the new album, James Vella (guitar, vocals) said “We called the album ‘Under Summer’. It is two references. For us at least. Inevitably it will mean something different to everyone who hears the album. But for us it is the very upper limit of the sky under which we wrote and recorded the album. The endless July days that we played into, a perfect calm and joy. But it’s also a sadness. ‘Under’ as in ‘beneath’; sorrow and heartache. We found that important because we want to express that in our music too. Sadness and bliss. What one means to the other.” 
 
‘Under Summer’ is captivatingly personal, with both beauty and disconsolate longing entwined throughout every profoundly textured movement. This is something that means far more to yndi halda than written words in a press release, but something that is present and perceptible in the album. 

Press reaction to date

“…they've mastered the sound.” – Pitchfork
 
“yndi halda go to town with the whole thing, playing with a passion that makes most post-rockers look as dynamic as a breezeblock.” – The Line Of Best Fit
 
“Britain’s finest on-album purveyors of modern instrumental rock music.” 
– Drowned in Sound

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The Velvet Teen to release new album All Is Illusory

Album release: All Is Illusory by The Velvet Teen
Release date:  30 June 2015
Label: Topshelf

More Info: www.thevelvetteen.com

Topshelf Records and Sonoma Country, CA-based indie-rock band The Velvet Teen are proud to announce the release of the band’s forthcoming album titled 'All Is Illusory'. Being released on Tuesday, June 30, 'All Is Illusory' marks the band’s fourth album and is the long-awaited and elegant follow-up to 2006’s Cum Laude! that was recorded and co-produced by Steve Choi (Rx Bandits, Peace'd Out) and Roger Camero (No Motiv, Peace'd Out). From its gorgeous, swirling electronics to its harder, angular, ‘90s-leaning flourishes of grunge, indie and emo, 'All Is Illusory' is a welcome return for a band whose varied influences are still very much intact after its short silence.

Since its inception in late 1999, The Velvet Teen have travelled the world and challenged the very concept of genre with its eclectic and at times schizophrenic appeal. From the early EPs which showed prowess in the pop realm, to the dynamic indie jangle of its Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie)-produced debut, Out of the Fierce Parade, to the romantic strings and quietly political lyrics of Elysium, to the sexually charged whip-it beats of Cum Laude! and No Star EP, The Velvet Teen truly has a talent for seducing the masses into a cult-like state, before promptly leaving the faithless with nothing but a Kool-Aid aftertaste. The believers, however, will vouch that the experience is well worth the risk.

The Velvet Teen officially made its debut in a brief Icelandic tour in the debatedly millennial new year, finding founding member Judah Nagler accompanied by electronic arrangements programmed on a portable sequencer. After returning home, Nagler teamed up with former bandmate Logan Whitehurst, and together they recorded the first EP under the moniker. Josh Staples soon joined the group, and the trio recorded a wealth of material while touring North America, Canada and Japan until late 2004 when Whitehurst was diagnosed with brain cancer. Whitehurst would sadly pass from the disease in 2006. Casey Deitz filled in for Whitehurst and later joined the group permanently to help extend the band’s reach to Europe and record Cum Laude! (2006).

The present day finds The Velvet Teen signed to the San Diego, CA-based powerhouse independent label Topshelf Records (Braid, The Jazz June) and preparing for the release of 'All Is Illusory', its newest material that is a culmination of its history and a body of work that represents where its members currently are, creatively. 

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New single from Meltybrains? coming in February

Meltybrains

Single release: Donegal / IV (double A side) from Meltybrains? 
Release date: February 2015
Label: Meltylabs?
Listen / more information: on Bandcamp

“Confounding categorization, loaded with an almost intimidating energy, loads of humour, and some awesome wig out moments, these boys have some serious talent and entertainment chops.” - The Irish Times

Meltybrains? is an exercise in electronic creativity doused with charm. Completing the full line up of bass, drums, electric violin, synthesisers and effected vocals, are five individuals, each more curiously charismatic than the last, with a sound progressing far beyond their already striking influences.

After playfully throwing out various tracks over the years (inspired by hip-hop, IDM, rock and contemporary classical music among other things), the band’s first full EP ‘Free Kyle’ recognized their own brand of stringed electronica and a distorted vocal technique which could rightfully be claimed as their signature. This first EP was the real beginning of their industrious endeavours, but a second closely followed, ‘Attention! Now That We Have Your Attention’, prophetically establishing the band as an act to be taken seriously. 

With a strong interest in working with visual arts and by ingratiating their live audience with everything from choreographed dance moves to freely distributed painted masks (an institution for the band now, after having created a fearsome force of splattered Meltyclones), the quintet’s live performances are a major part of their appeal. An early achievement for the band was the ambitiously crafted show at The Unitarian Church in Dublin, featuring live visuals. Ever the proactive types, Meltybrains? later put on a co-headline BYOB gig, with Alarmist and visual artists Slipdraft, turning out to be their biggest show to date with 400+ packing into the warehouse. Word quickly spread throughout Ireland and they were subsequently booked for the main summer festivals: Knockanstockan, Castlepalooza and Electric Picnic.

Far from being limited to the shores of Ireland, the Melties have already succeeded in a self organised, self promoted American tour. A FundIt campaign laid the groundwork for this, with rewards adhering to the general Meltybrains? aesthetic; including “we will have tea with your granny”, “you get to appear on a Meltybrains? song”, “join the band for 3 months” and “Brian will get a piercing of your choice”. The campaign, understandably a raucous success, led to a wealth of US gigs being solidified. The tour was made up of shows in San Diego, LA, Austin, Nashville and Cincinnati, through a mixture of support slots, and headline shows. A largely ambitious venture on the bands part, with no outside backing, proved to pay off. Without fail, in each venue, the band was invited back, with the offer to help organize and promote more gigs the next time.

New single ‘Donegal’ features an exemplary occasion for their remarkably celestial dance grooves, and extra opportunity to gather the pack with its primordial howls. Not forgetting the elegantly undulating soundscapes of adjoining A-Side ‘IV’, the strength of these tracks alone will surely allow Meltybrains? to embark upon a prosperous 2015.  

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Your Favourite Enemies: Between Illness and Migration

Your Favourite Enemies

Album release: "Between Illness and Migration" by Your Favourite Enemeies
Release date: 24 November 2014
Label: Graphite Records
Listen / more information: on official Your Favourite Enemies sit

Your Favorite Enemies are six chaotic individuals who collectively let go of their own self-depraved illusionary make-believes to surrender to the inner noises of moments they communally turned into songs, thus giving birth to a musical journey which has led them to their new album ‘Between Illness and Migration’. From reflections about the nature of letting go, redemption and mercifulness to rumination about faith, forgiveness, grace and absolution, the new album displays the bands most personal, honest and emotionally visceral work yet.

The band take influence from artists such as Sonic Youth, Fugazi, My Bloody Valentine and Mars Volta, and their unique and eclectic sound brings together fanatics from various musical backgrounds into a defining communion of high level noise, post-punk, psych, shoegaze and prog rock.  

The new album has been mixed by the estimable John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., The Kills), and was recorded and produced in the band’s own studio (a former catholic church). It’s clear that working with such an influential figure has allowed the band to find the perfect balance between the stormy dynamic intensity to its furious tones and the fragile crisp of vulnerable sparks to the whispering density of its innermost form of musing confessions. 

The 6 minute epic, ‘Empire Of Sorrows’, the lead track from ‘Between Illness and Migration’, combines brooding and dissonant spoken lyrics, (which are evocative of bands such as Listener,  and mewithoutYou), with jarring low-fi instrumentation and refined post-rock vocals.

‘Empire Of Sorrows’ is a narrative storm, which Alex Foster (vocals) says, “could be seen as a spiritual epiphanic awakening or as an uplifting moment of consciousness, it could be the anthemic heartfelt scream of every underground megalopolitan outcast, the sincere whisper of anonymous passersby secretly longing to emancipate their spirit from the faceless waving crowd they've always been in."

The band’s last Canadian release rose to #2 on iTunes on the day of its release, and was also #6 top-selling artists in Canadian charts. This comes as no surprise when the band's previous releases have sold as many as 60,000 physical copies.

Kerrang! have previously called the band “Canada’s best kept secret”, and this album is evidence that you should be playing close attention to Your Favorite Enemies, as this won’t be the case for long.

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