Watch: The Trouble With Templeton – Soldiers

With their much-anticipated debut album Rookie due for release in May on Bella Union, Australian quintet The Trouble With Templeton have just unveiled a mesmerising video for new single “Soldiers”.

The video was directed by TTWT singer/frontman Thomas Calder with his brother Josh…

“The making of the video for ‘Soldiers’ was an absolutely incredible experience,” said Thomas. “It’s one of the most conceptually dense and patient of all our videos, and that’s something I find really exciting. We made a conscious effort not to push anything on the viewer or make it obvious what you should be concentrating on. We hope the audience finds something different with each viewing.”

Already a huge success in Australia, The Trouble With Templeton is the creation of singer/songwriter Thomas Calder, a 23-year-old wunderkind who formed the band in 2011. The following year saw TTWT expand to a 5-piece, the new members complimenting Calder’s emotive vocals and songwriting with a collaborative, self-assured sound.

Adventurous, eccentric and stunningly melodic, Rookie is an album that leaves a distinct musical impression. With their debut release The Trouble With Templeton have crafted a record full of warmth and heart, whilst displaying a willingness to make music that’s not afraid to affect or surprise. “The only prerequisite we had going in was that if we loved the song and we believe in it, then we were going to record it,” says Thomas. “The element of surprise is something we really enjoy in music, something we’re always shooting for. You don’t want to know where a song is going from the first two lines.”As a result, the album is a whirling dervish of moods and colours, of tempos and genres, melodies and layers, tackling concepts behind relationships and the way unique human narratives emerge from different viewpoints.

Musically, defining Rookie beyond a happily all-encapsulating idea like ‘intelligent melodic alt-pop’ isn’t worth the hassle. It’s an album that demands listening to in order to be understood. “It’s held together by something undefinable,” reckons Thomas. “For me it’s a whole kaleidoscope of sounds and genres, but there’s something holding it together, and that’s us as a band.”

Rookie will be released 12th May on Bella Union.

Hercules & Love Affair announce new album feat. John Grant

HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR
NEW ALBUM – THE FEAST OF THE BROKEN HEART
 

Released on MOSHI MOSHI on MAY 26th
Vocal collaborators include John Grant

 With 2011′s Blue Songs running the gamut from full-blown disco and jacking house to the more experimental, Hercules & Love Affair’s new album ‘The Feast Of The Broken Heart’ sees another musical reinvention from ringmaster Andy Butler – delivered by an impeccable new line up.

The ever-revolving collective led house music’s resurgence with club anthem ‘Blind’ in 2008 (Pitchfork’s record of the year), and 2014’s line up is another roll call of exceptionally talented vocalists. BRITS nominee John Grant’s ability for translating hardship into elegance is writ large on ‘I Try To Talk To You’ and ‘Liberty’;  Rouge Mary, whose deep, spiritual voice is hewn from a gospel education; Belgian singer Gustaph whose counter tenor takes lead on the single ‘Do You Feel The Same?’ and smoky voiced virtuoso Krystle Warren, who was introduced to Butler by Grant, and sings the provocative ‘My Offence’.

Andy Butler comments: “I wanted nasty basslines, stormy, bleary-eyed sounds, fiery, rough, tough and ragged old school house productions that sounded almost techno. I didn’t want polite, I wanted aggressive.”

This aesthetic coupled with tales of emotional triumph makes for something tough yet soulful. Meaningful house music that IS pop music and can speak to the most musically adroit of tastes.

Kicking off proceedings is the dancefloor single ‘Do You Feel The Same?’, a jacking pop anthem released 14th April, with B-sides ‘Raid’ (a late night dancefloor banger replete with sirens) and ‘Working Miracles’ (a sample led journey into the more experimental side of Hercules & Love Affair).

‘The Feast Of The Broken Heart’ is co-produced by Ha-Ze Factory and industrial stalwart Mark Pistel and released on Moshi Moshi on May 26th.

One of dance music’s finest live acts Hercules & Love Affair are set to announce a full run of European dates, summer shows and festivals.

Album tracklisting:

Hercules Theme 2014
My Offence feat.  Krystle Warren
I Try To Talk To You – feat. John Grant
That’s Not Me – feat. Gustaph
Think – feat. Rouge Mary
5.43 To Freedom – feat. Rouge Mary
The Light – feat. Krystle Warren
Liberty – feat. John Grant
Do You Feel The Same? – feat. Gustaph
The Key – feat. Rouge Mary

Watch: Horse Thief – Devil

Currently on a sold-out UK tour supporting labelmates Midlake, and with their much-antipated debut album Fear In Bliss due for release 14th April, Horse Thief have just unveiled a visually arresting video for “Devil”, the first single to be released from the album.

Directed by R.Travis Pierce, the video can be viewed below:

This youthful band is a purveyor of a panoramic yet nuanced sound, flowing from intimate to anthemic, the mood from vibrant to contemplative, with frontman Cameron Neal’s lyrics ranging from confessional to metaphorical. The result evokes the wide-open spaces of America’s Midwest but infuses the sense of grit and wonderment with edgier emotions.

Horse Thief originally founded in Denton, TX, moved to Oklahoma City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, from which they recently graduated. The band subsequently signed with the Flaming Lips’ management and soon came to the attention of Bella Union. Though Fear In Bliss was conceived at Horse Thief’s Oklahoma headquarters the band decided to record the album in LA, “to leave our comfort zone of Oklahoma”, and producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) has helped the band fuse their renowned stage performance with studio quality.

The over-arching theme to Fear In Bliss is “finding yourself and what you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression which comes out a lot on the new album. But when everything gets rough, I think there’s always a way to fix it. The biggest thing for me is to give comfort to people, to shed light on the truth that someone is feeling the same way as them.”

Fear In Bliss will be released 14th April on Bella Union.