Introducing Arc Iris…

Bella Union are thrilled to announce the signing of ARC IRIS, the new project from Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem.

Their self-titled debut album will be released 31st March and the first single, “Singing So Sweetly,” can be downloaded here. The video for the song, beautifully animated and directed by Anne Beal, can be viewed here:

Arc Iris is inspired by 70s pop, folk and country traditions, cabaret, jazz and classical. The eclectic new project from the former Low Anthem member draws on diverse influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Grizzly Bear, from Joni Mitchell to Dirty Projectors, and from Miles Davis to Chopin. A singer, multi-instrumentalist, classical composer and former NASA researcher, Adams formed the collective with primary musicians Zach Tenorio-Miller (piano), Ray Belli (drums), Max Johnson (bass), Robin Ryczek (cello) and Mike Irwin (trumpet) among others to present her ambitious new songs. The rhythm section has been playing together since high school and cut their teeth at the School of Rock where they shared a stage with musicians such as Slash, Perry Farrell, Andrew WK, Jon Anderson of Yes and the Butthole Surfers. Arc Iris has recently played shows with Calexico, CocoRosie, Marco Benevento, Menomena, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Patrick Watson and Justin Townes Earle.

Before departing The Low Anthem to form Arc Iris, Adams released two universally acclaimed albums with that band, their music variously described “a sublime mix of hymnal purity and barn-storming rock” (Uncut), “magical songs laden with imagery and poignancy” (The Guardian) and “taking sadness and wistful melancholy and turning it into something beautiful” (NME)

ARC IRIS will be released 31st March on Bella Union in the UK/Europe and 1st April in the US on Anti- Records. UK and European live shows will be announced next week.

Introducing Great Ytene…

Bella Union is very pleased to welcome GREAT YTENE (pronounced ‘ee-ten’) to the family. Forming in London in early 2013, crafting sounds between studios, practices spaces and bedrooms they collected tracks for their self-titled debut EP, which will be released on Monday 3rd March on limited edition vinyl.

Great Ytene is actually a six-track, 32-minute voyage, displaying the range of sweeping guitars, gauzy vocals, bird calls and shimmering loops at their command, creating the kind of expansive mystery and imagination at the root of the finest psychedelic music.

Listen to first single ‘Away For Now’ below…

Their name is taken from an ancient term for the New Forest region on England’s south coast, where Leon Diaper (guitar/vox), Lewis Baker (drums), Jorge Stride (bass) and Tom Baker (guitar) all grew up. In summer 2013, Great Ytene released the single ‘Happy Scenes’ on their own Marshall Teller Records imprint, which secured a Guardian ‘New Band Of The Day slot. The track, “jangles and fuzzes, with a descending guitar-line that is very Byrds and a Floydish patina of strange…highly accomplished for a debut… sheer hazy glory,” while describing B-side ‘Memo’ as, “seven minutes and two seconds of psych wondrousness and slow-motion spaciness.”

The single anticipated the mood and feeling of the EP, produced, in two parts, first by Rory Atwell (Test Icicles) and then Iggy B (Money, Snowbird), which captures the band exploring their full patina of strange after playing shows with the likes of Amen Dunes, Echo Lake, Jackson Scott and Cheatahs. The EP never settles for one uniform sound while echoing various vintage eras of psychedelia, from the Byrds/Pink Floyd models of the Sixties through Eighties ‘Paisley Underground’ champions Rain Parade, Nineties shoegazers Slowdive and contemporary foragers Deerhunter and Toy. Traversing through the warped pop majesty of ‘Away For Now’ and ‘Witch, through to the EP’s twin closing six-minute epics ‘Unknowing’ and ‘Suburban Lights’, it’s clear that Great Ytene are have the widescreen vision and haunting beauty to join such illustrious company.