Happy Release Day, PINS!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

PINS - Girls Like Us - PACKSHOT

A happy release day to PINS.

Girls Like Us is out today in the USA. PINS are imminently embarking on a trans Atlantic trip, dates of which you can view here.

Watch: The Trouble With Templeton – Soldiers

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

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

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

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

OUT NOW: Great Ytene – Great Ytene EP

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

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GREAT YTENE – GREAT YTENE

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Watch: Horse Thief – Devil

Monday, February 24th, 2014

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.

Watch: Arc Iris – Whiskey Man

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Watch: Sumie – Speed Into

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Introducing: Tiny Ruins

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Tiny Ruins will release their second album, Brightly Painted One, on 5th May.

The album is their first since signing with Bella Union in the UK/Europe.

Formed as a solo project in 2009 by songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, the band now includes bassist Cass Basil and drummer Alexander Freer. While continuing to be based in their native New Zealand, Tiny Ruins has spent much of the past three years touring throughout Australia, Europe & the US, opening for artists such as Beach House, Joanna Newsom, Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, The Handsome Family and Calexico.

Lyrically ambiguous and poignant, the songs roughly follow in the traditions of folk and blues that Fullbrook has drawn on in the past, engaging moods both hopeful and world-weary. Yet there is more of an expansive approach to this album – where debut Some Were Meant for Sea presented a host of characterful vignettes, Brightly Painted One follows a journey, cyclical and whole, with tones falling between dream pop and folk-blues.

While still retaining a minimalist approach, this sophomore release is layered and shaped with an array of brass, percussion and strings.The arrangements are lush and fully-realized, with the warm fuzz of hammond and rhodes keyboards, subtle string parts and electric guitar jangles and thrums. Brightly Painted One was recorded with engineer Tom Healy over several months in an underground warren of passageways and small rooms known as ‘The Lab’, in Auckland, the band’s hometown.

The writing of these songs spans roughly three years, growing out of Fullbrook’s varied life of touring, working when home, relationships and everyday observation. From the mountain walks of She’ll Be Coming ‘Round , the roof-tops of White Sheet Lightning and the street corners of Reasonable Man, the songs document the stasis and the movement of life; of persevering its humour and mystery.

Brightly Painted One will be released 5th May on Bella Union.