Bella Union welcome CELEBRATION to the family // Albumin out August 18th

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Living legends on Baltimore’s thriving music scene, Celebration return with Albumin, a seismic slice of psychedelic rock’n'soul, which will be released 18th August on Bella Union.

The first single to be released from the abum is ‘Tomorrow’s Here Today’, the extraordiary video of which features a troop of interpretive dancers doused in black powder and paint resembling arty alien ninjas. Directed by Matt Riggieri at Digital Cave Media and currently premiering on Stereogum the video can be viewed here:

Albumin is the band’s first album since 2010’s acclaimed Electric Tarot: Hello Paradise, and their first for Bella Union, initiating a new chapter in a story marked by triumph and disaster, struggle and redemption. Albumin is also Celebration’s finest record to date, the album the quintet has been leading up to. From the anthemic opener ‘Razor’s Edge’ to the pop levity of ‘Tomorrow’s Here Today’ and the shape-shifting centrepiece ‘I Got Sol’, these are their strongest melodies, most dynamic arrangements and singer Katrina Ford’s most impassioned incantations, drawing on years of studio know-how and emotional ballast.

“It’s been a long journey,” recalls Ford, who with multi-instrumentalist (and husband) Sean Antanaitis and drummer David Bergander, formed Celebration in 2004. “We’ve all experienced a lot of life, toured a whole lot, had our ups and downs, and the music reflects that. It goes deeper now.”

Clearly something in Baltimore’s water supply has a slowly seeping effect. Following the recent breakthrough by another local favourite, Future Islands, it’s now Celebration’s turn to carry the torch for bands that only improve with age. This is partly down to the permanent addition of former collaborators Tony Drummond (keyboards, percussion, backing vocals) and Walker Teret (bass, guitar), whose creative input has had a galvanising impact on Albumin’s sweltering grooves. It’s a record that revels in tradition, such as the Sixties girl-group swing of ‘Blood Is The Brine’ and the southern rock base of ‘I Got Sol’, while the album’s spread of fabulously funky-chunky organ is a hallmark of vintage psychedelia, but the music’s art-punk ambition makes Celebration a distinctly 21st century entity.

Pre-order the album in our store.

Albumin will be released 18th August on Bella Union.

Watch: Arc Iris – Lost On Me

Monday, May 19th, 2014

Following a successful debut tour on these shores and much acclaim for her new album, Jocie Adams’ ARC IRIS have unveiled a rather beautiful new video for one of the albums highlights ‘Lost On Me’.

Filmed directly onto 16mm black & white film by Robert Houlihan on a freezing day in Providence, Rhode Island, the video’s choreography floats perfectly with the song.

From Jocie…

“Providence is a beautiful place where people are willing to make art for the sake of making art. There aren’t many places or people left with this amount of passion or ambition. I feel very blessed to know all of the guys involved in making this video happen and to be involved in such and active and wonderful community.”

Happy release day! The Trouble With Templeton – Rookie

Monday, May 12th, 2014

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Happy release day to The Trouble With Templeton!
ROOKIE is OUT NOW!

Watch: Mt. Royal – More

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

The new video for ‘More’ from Mt. Royal’s debut EP, directed by Derrick Belcham, has premiered on Stereogum and is viewable below:

The band will be performing in the UK this May (dates here) including a very special London show at Oslo on May 22nd – tickets here + let us know you’re coming on Facebook.

 

Stream: Rookie by The Trouble With Templeton

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

STREAM ON CLASH

Catch the band live at Rough Trade tomorrow – 1pm!

More dates below…

8th May – Green Door Store, Brighton
21st May – the Islington, London
22nd May – Oslo, London
23rd May – Dot To Dot, Manchester
24th May – Dot To Dot, Bristol
25th May – Dot to Dot, Nottingham

Bella Union x The Great Escape

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Catch some of our gang at The Great Escape…

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