The Flaming Lips unleash “The Terror” on Monday 1st April 2013

THE FLAMING LIPS and Bella Union records are pleased to announce the long-awaited release of The Terror, the band’s thirteenth studio album, on Monday 1st April 2013.

As per usual, the album was produced by long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann and THE FLAMING LIPS at Tarbox Road Studios.  The album is comprised of nine original compositions that reflect a darker-hued spectrum than previous works along with a more inward-looking lyrical perspective than one might expect – but then again, maybe not.  It’s up to you, the listener, to decide what it means to you.

Wayne Coyne explains, “Why would we make this music that is The Terror – this bleak, disturbing record…?? I don’t really want to know the answer that I think is coming: that WE were hopeless, WE were disturbed and, I think, accepting that some things are hopeless… or letting hope in one area die so that hope can start to live in another?? Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.”

The Terror is a bold and expressive journey that has evolved over THE LIPS’ nearly 30 year tended garden of sonic delights that ebbs and flows with extraordinary splashes of darkness and light, pleasure and pain, chaos and order.  As we’ve come to know THE FLAMING LIPS, the real beauty lies with the knowledge that to expect the unexpected is all part of the manic fun.

“We want, or wanted, to believe that without love we would disappear”, Coyne continues, “that love, somehow, would save us that, yeah, if we have love, give love and know love, we are truly alive and if there is no love, there would be no life. The Terror is, we know now, that even without love, life goes on… we just go on… there is no mercy killing.”

THE FLAMING LIPS will be visiting the UK in May for two performances at the Roundhouse in London.

Monday 20 May – LONDON – Roundhouse (£32)
Tuesday 21 May – LONDON – Roundhouse (£32)

The Terror is released Monday 1st April 2013 on Bella Union records in the UK & Europe and Warner Bros in the US.

A new no-album track entitled ‘Sun Blows Up Today’ will be available from 3rd February.

Alessi’s Ark returns with third album “The Still Life”

Bella Union records are thrilled to announce the return of ALESSI’S ARK, whose third album The Still Life will be released 15th April 2013.

Travel, adventure and personal revelation mark the new album by singer/songwriter Alessi Laurent–Marke of Alessi’s Ark. The Still Life is a work both lucid and heartbreakingly lovely, a sonic landscape that roams a wide range of emotions, with (as the songwriter explains), “Nature and love, as common threads”.

“I wanted to create a musical landscape that varied in sound,” Laurent-Marke says, “but an overriding feeling of ‘stillness’ remained throughout the album. I also wanted to step back from playing acoustic guitar and immerse the songs in very different sound settings from previous recordings.

Only a few short years into her career, the London-based Laurent-Marke is already prolific: her first, self-released EP, 2007’s Bedroom Bound, garnered the then-teenage artist a major label deal and attention around the globe. A debut album soon followed, with Laurent-Marke heading to Omaha, Nebraska to record with producer Mike Mogis(Bright Eyes, Rilo Kiley). The resulting Notes from the Treehouse (EMI/Virgin, 2009) was a testament to both Laurent-Marke’s evolving talents and to her affinity with a new wave of American singer/songwriters. Her most recent release, 2011’s Time Travel, was widely praised by the press, with MOJO swooning, “The understated arrangements suggest you’re listening to a woman with impeccable taste…”

Still only 22, Laurent-Marke travelled to America to record the new album, to the small town of Athens, Georgia and the studio of producer Andy LeMaster, who has worked with everyone from Bright Eyes to Drive-By Truckers. “I had heard brilliant things about Andy as a person,” says Laurent–Marke, “and I felt extremely fortunate to spend time together and work so closely on this album. He brought some very gifted, beautiful musicians on board and I was moved by their warmth in Athens.”

That warmth is all over The Still Life: in the shimmering production, in the players’ performances and in the slow, sweet sway that underlies all the album tracks. “The phrase ‘the still life’ has always resonated with me,” says Laurent-Marke of the album’s title. “In my mind ‘The Still Life’ is what we’re all aiming for, the chapter in our lives that we find peace and understanding, within us and in our surroundings.”

The Still Life will be released 15th April on Bella Union records.

Alessi’s Ark : The Still Life tracklisting:

01 – Tin Smithing
02 – Veins Are Blue
03 – The Rain
04 – The Good Song
05 – Big Dipper
06 – Afraid Of Everyone
07 – Those Waves
08 – Whatever Makes You Happy
09 – Sans Balance
10 – Mountain
11 – Hands In The Sink
12 – Money
13 – Pinewoods

Veronica Falls ‘Buried Alive’ + new London Show

On their sophomore effort “Waiting For Something to Happen”, London foursome Veronica Falls take a major step towards the big leagues, producing a gorgeously poignant and deliciously infectious album which tackles the difficult transition period from the teenage years to adulthood in all its befuddled glory.

Buried Alive” is one of the sparkling pop highlights of the album, one which retains the band’s macabre sense of sly wit (as shown by previous singles such as “Found Love in A Graveyard” and “Beachy Head”) while at the same time marrying it to the band’s effortless way with an infectious hook. It is yet another addition to the band’s indispensable pop cannon, and yet another reason why Veronica Falls are undoubtedly in a league of their own.

In addition, the band have just announced another headline London show, after their upcoming sold out gig at Shoreditch Church in February. They’ll now be playing the Islington Assembly Hall in April, closing out their tour with another unmissable London date.

UPCOMING LIVE DATES:

February

6 – Rough Trade East Instore, London

8 – Shoreditch Church, London (sold out) (w/ La La Vasquez)

14 – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich (w/ La La Vasquez)

15 – Brudenell, Leeds

25 – Harley, Sheffield (w/ Fear Of Men)

26 – CCA, Glasgow (w/ Fear Of Men)

27 – Cluny, Newcastle (w/ Fear Of Men)

April

16 – The Fleece, Bristol

17 – Kazimer, Liverpool

18 – Whelans, Dublin

19 – Voodoo, Belfast

20 – Deaf Institute, Manchester

23 – Islington Assembly Hall, London

John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts (No Ceremony /// Remix)

With his London album launch show at Heaven having long since sold-out, JOHN GRANT has just announced news of a second London headline date at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in May. Upcoming live info below:

Wednesday 13 March – LONDON – Heaven **(SOLD-OUT!)**

Wednesday 15 May – LONDON – Shepherd’s Bush Empire (£20)

Tickets for Shepherd’s Bush Empire go on-sale on Friday morning. A full UK tour is currently being scheduled and will be announced soon.

No Ceremony have delivered an awesome remix of ‘Pale Green Ghosts’, the album’s title track and new single. The remix is currently being premiered on the Guardian’s website:

LISTEN AT THE GUARDIAN // PALE GREEN GHOSTS (NO CEREMONY REMIX)