Last week San Jose-based rapper ANTWON released his new single ‘Helicopter’ via Bella Union.
This cut from his very popular Fantasy Beds mixtape is available physically for the first time on a very limited purple splattered 7″ vinyl and comes with new bass-heavy track ‘LAUGH NOW’ – which features production by wonder-kid Hot Sugar – check it out below…
Listen to ‘Laugh Now’ by ANTWON
More info… http://antwonhyv.tumblr.com
Laura Veirs is off around the UK in support of her new record, and you can catch her at the following points in time and space…
Thursday 14 November – YORK – Fibbers (£15)
Friday 15 November – MANCHESTER – Academy 3 (£16.50)
Saturday 16 November – GLASGOW – ABC2 (£15)
Sunday 17 November – NEWCASTLE – Cluny (£16.50)
Tuesday 19 November – NOTTINGHAM – Rescue Rooms (£15)
Wednesday 20 November – BRISTOL – Thekla (£15)
Thursday 21 November – LONDON – Islington Assembly Hall (£19.50)
Warp & Weft is out now! Buy from the Bella Union store.
Bella Union are thrilled to announce the signing of Marissa Nadler, and the release of her new album July in February 2014.
In the US the album will released via Sacred Bones.
Nadler lays the listener – and herself – on the line with ‘July’, her sixth full-length album in nearly a decade. Set for release on February 10th, it floats freely in the pop cosmos somewhere between gauzy shoegaze, unvarnished folk, and perhaps even a hint of metal’s doom-and-gloom spirit.
Recorded at Seattle’s Avast Studio, the album pairs Nadler for the first time with producer Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Wolves in the Throne Room). Dunn matches Nadler’s darkness by creating a multi-coloured sonic palette that infuses new dimensions into her songs. Eyvand Kang’s strings, Steve Moore’s synths and Phil Wandscher’s guitar lines escalate the whole affair to a panoramic level of beautiful, eerie wonder. The results are astonishing and occasionally reminiscent of David Lynch (who is, appropriately enough, among her label mates on Sacred Bones). As Pitchfork once wrote, her songs are “as gorgeous as they are elliptical and intriguing.”
Her voice, too, is something to behold here, at once clarion but heavy with the kind of tear-stained emotion you hear on scratchy old country records by the likes of Tammy Wynette and Sammi Smith. Long gone are the days when Nadler summoned images of 1960s folk singers who got lost in the woods. She is a cosmic force on “July,” shooting these songs to euphoric highs and heartbreaking lows. Have a listen to the track ‘Dead City Emily’ on Soundcloud:
July will be released 10th February on Bella Union. New Marissa Nadler photo below:
Born from love, musical empathy, a baby grand piano discovered on Gumtree and an expired visa, Snowbird duo Stephanie Dosen and Simon Raymonde have crafted an album of exquisite melody and mood that radiates the uncanny mystery of the object it’s named after: moon.
Released early next year on Bella Union, the label that Raymonde has curated and run since his former band Cocteau Twins went their individual ways in 1997, moon comprises 11 songs composed between two continents; Raymonde was in London while Dosen was in North Carolina after being based in the capital following her 2007 debut A Lily For The Spectre. Snowbird’s album was subsequently crafted via the wonder of technology, and yet moon has one unifying and intimate sound and vision, from gently pulsating, pop-centric trails to lingering, luminous ballads.
Hear ‘Porcelain’ from the album:
moon album features a stellar castlist of guests lending their talents to proceedings: Radiohead drummer Philip Selway and guitarist Ed O’Brien, Midlake guitarist Eric Pulido and drummer McKenzie Smith and two more gifted guitarists in Paul Gregory (Lanterns On The Lake) and Jonathan Wilson all contribute.
“Having them add their magic to the record was a thrill, but really, I think this is very much Stephanie’s record,” Raymonde points out. “She’s a really special singer and I feel the simplicity of my music was the perfect backdrop for her stories and her incredible vocal arrangements.”
The pair’s first connection was Raymonde’s discovery of Dosen’s music and subsequently producing her debut album and releasing it on Bella Union. ‘Stephanie was the first singer I had worked with since Elizabeth [Fraser of Cocteau Twins] that I had a real musical empathy with,” he admits. “She could do anything. No one had ever sung with Midlake on record before Stephanie, while Massive Attack asked her to be their lead singer on tour – ironic really given that Elizabeth had too! She also sang with the Chemical Brothers. But we’d never written music together at home.”
Raymonde no longer had instruments or microphones in his flat until he saw an offer of a baby grand piano that was free apart from transportation costs. Once it was installed, he slowly began to play again. “I never intended Cocteau Twins to be my last band,” he says, “but frankly I wasn’t just going to jump back on any old nag just for the sake of it.”
It was fortuitous that he had the baby grand for company when Dosen had to return to the US to reapply for a visa. Once there, she started receiving emails, “short piano pieces, every night for 12 days,” Raymonde recalls. “And each morning, I’d wake up to an email of my piano piece with these amazing vocals that she’d recorded in North Carolina. After two weeks, we had the basis for what now makes up moon.”
“I wrote every piece of music at night, in semi-darkness so that the space didn’t feel like my living room,” says Raymonde. “The moon was very important for the light it reflected.”
“All the stories on the record are night-time stories, forest-y and moonlit,” Dosen adds. “The moon only shines because it is being seen by the sun – I like the idea of that sort of illumination of an object or a person. It’s almost like being seen makes us shine.”
moon will be released in double-disc format complete with a bonus album. The second is called luna, an album of remixes (one for each 11 tracks) by Michigan’s electronic luminary RxGibbs, who expands, annotates and shines a whole new light on the wonder of Snowbird, adding and subtracting beats, creating otherworldly ambient passages, and building the other half of a distinctly beautiful, passionate whole that gives a whole new meaning to the term “moonstruck”.
moon will be released early 2014 on Bella Union.
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