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Simian Ghost album out 29 September 2017

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Album release: Simian Ghost
Release date: 29 September 2017
Label: Heist or Hit
More info: Band website

Today Simian Ghost release another slice of effortless joy in the progressive pop of 'Climb The Walls', a lush 8 minutes that journeys through what they do best. A bassline that lends from fellow Swedes ABBA, meets an infectious and expansive feel that combines the likes of The Radio Dept, M83 and the sounds that have already made a name for the band in the past. You can listen to 'Climb The Walls' here.

Simian Ghost started out as a recording project by Swedish songwriter Sebastian Arnström and after two well received solo releases became a fully-fledged band a few years back – picking up extensive international press and acclaim from the likes of Pitchfork, The Guardian (who called Youth a “contender for album of the year”) and, most impressively of all, a lead review in The Times which saw a certain Bruce Springsteen designated a small column that week instead.

The band have since released an ambitious 18 track record in 'The Veil', and remained close, a family even - Sebastian and bandmate Erik Klinga being exactly that, brothers - patiently honing themselves away to work on their sound, and recently adding a fourth member in bassist Wilhem Magnusson. In 2017 they arrive having done what any band in their right mind might do to combat the uncertainty of our modern world, they’ve retained both hope, optimism and their all-encompassing knack for melody - and they’ve written a pop record.

Having made all their previous recordings at home with minimal equipment and resources, this album (self-titled and out September 29th on Heist Or Hit) will be the first to contain some studio-recorded material and you can feel that leap up in production on all four of the singles so far. ”We’re just a bunch of guys doing stuff at home really”, the band states, ”so in many ways this feels like our debut album all over again. And this time we’re ready.”

Press reaction to date

“songs so luscious you might OD on the sweetness.” – The Guardian

2 x Best New Music - Pitchfork

“the perfect balance of modernity and traditional Songwriting, belonging to a lineage of inventive pop from Beach Boys to Beach House.” **** - The Times

“sweet of tooth and of an iridescent beauty.” **** - Mojo

“maximum listening pleasure.” – Wonderland

“utterly spell-binding dose of hyped-up pop.” – The Line Of Best Fit

“Scandi dreamboats make mellifluous indie-pop.” – The Independent

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Anamanaguchi: “8-bit synths and appropriately fuzzed-out beats” – Pitchfork

Album release: Endless Fantasy by Anamanaguchi 
Release date: 30 September 2013
Label: Alcopop!
Listen: on official Anamanaguchi website

Anamanaguchi are an American chiptune indie rock band made up of hackers and producers born & raised on the Internet from New York City. They make "loud, fast music with a NES from 1985” - and they do it amazingly well.

Boasting an incredible fanbase who raised them over $100k kickstarter fund in under 24 hours, with former credits including the Scott Pilgrim Video Game soundtrack (which debuted at Number 3 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart) and a track on video game Rock Band, September sees the release of their new album Endless Fantasy worldwide. 

Anamanaguchi started in Pete Berkman’s basement in the suburbs of New York where Weezer, snacks and Super Nintendo lived in equal rotation. At 15, he began experimenting with creating punk music using an 8-bit NES. Following bass player James DeVito to NYU’s Music Technology program, Pete met Ary Warnaar who grew up in LA on raves, fashion and lazer tag. Ary began writing for the band, lending a more academic electronic-influence to Berkman’s capricious pop sensibilities. Later that year Luke joined as the band’s drummer via a MySpace message and then the band had fully formed.

Anamanaguchi is serious about being happy. They’re part of a wave of young Internet romantics, nostalgic for a future they know may never come, but can see the seeds of it in the beauty that surrounds them. They’re making emotional dance music for the video game generation and aren’t afraid to claim it. Anamanaguchi was born past cynicism and indifference; they’re in love with the universe and aim to celebrate magic-made-real with their music. The band is interested in breathing life into low-tech machines and making expressive, emotional melodies using the simplest, rawest electronic tones available.

Anamanaguchi is what the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would’ve been if they were a boy band. Ary is cool but rude, Luke is a party dude, Pete leads, and James does machines (he’s responsible for all the DIY sound-and-light electronics the band uses).

Their upcoming album Endless Fantasy is about reality and dreams, being young and searching for agency in an infinite existence. Its 22-tracks explore dreamworlds of all kinds from polygon forests, to Tokyo drifting hills at 100mph, to the lifestream from Final Fantasy VII.

They teamed up with editors from Tim & Eric to make their first music video, Meow – a fever dream version of The Warriors set in the perfect arcade. The video lives as a David Lynch by-way-of John Hughes ode to the victorious feeling of suburban escapism through friends and fun.

Anamanaguchi are lead songwriter Peter Berkman, bassist James DeVito, guitarist Ary Warnaar and drummer Luke Silas.

Reaction

  • “8-bit synths and appropriately fuzzed-out beats” – Pitchfork
  • “Awesome overload that has to power to make both eyes and smiles to wide” – theneedledrop.com
  • “One of the most eclectic, psychedelic, and out-of-this-world-sounding indie bands to arise in a long time” – Earmilk

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The Capsules: 'Northern Lights & Southern Skies' out June 24

Album release: Northern Lights & Southern Skies by The Capsules
Release date: June 24, 2013
Listen: on Youtube

The Capsules have a tendency to have sleepless nights and write pensive, late-night reveries. When they emerge from these states, they bring with them a soundtrack to the half forgotten memories that pass through the space between reality and whimsy.

The songs on Northern Lights & Southern Skies unfold in the place where the heart is open to the mysteries of the universe and help us gain a bit of insight into the experiences of love, loss, and longing that makes us human. Julie Shields has a comforting voice that sounds like your best friend whispering in your ear, while the melodic bass of Jason Shields and Kevin Trevino’s understated drumming keep things deceptively simple.

The Capsules decided to expand their pallet on Northern Lights & Southern Skies and used less guitar and more keyboards, loops and electronics than they have on previous efforts. They still have their otherworldly aura, but there’s also a dark edge that keeps everything rooted to the earth.

Jason and Julie started writing music together in high school. In the process, they fell in love, got married, and started their first band, which was called Shallow. At an age when most people are trying to figure out what they want to do with their lives, they were already signed, professional musicians touring the world.

After Shallow ended, Julie and Jason continued writing, looking for a drummer to compliment their lush, bright pop lullabies. Kevin Trevino had been a fan of Shallow and, after a few rehearsals under the newly formed name The Capsules, the trio clicked. They started touring, making records and winning fans, including Steven Hillenburg, the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, who asked them to write a song for the show. Their songs have also been used in several video games, including the megahit Borderlands 2. They have shared the stage with lot of great acts including The Flaming Lips, Garbage, Low, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Pinback, Juliana Hatfield, and The Mountain Goats.

Look out for videos for Across the Sky and Our Apocalypse, then they’ll be playing select dates while they continue to explore new sonic territory that will allow them to take their heart wrenching visions into even more exciting musical and emotional dimensions.

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