Poor Moon announce self-titled debut album

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Bella Union records are excited to announce the release of the much-anticipated debut album from POOR MOON on 27th August 2012.

Poor Moon is a band comprised of longtime friends Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, and brothers Ian and Peter Murray. And Poor Moon is the title of their full-length debut. But before there was a band or a record, there was the music, a series of songs forged by Christian Wargo over a period of several years. That’s one of the things that makes Poor Moon sound so special: this band grew out of the songs, not vice-versa.

“I’ve known Christian for so long, and have loved his songwriting as long as I’ve known him,” says Wescott. The two men previously played together in Pedro the Lion and Crystal Skulls; both are members of Fleet Foxes. For the past few years, he and the Murray brothers had been transfixed by the solo recordings Wargo periodically shared with them.

Thanks to their affinity for warm, earthy tones the music of Poor Moon can sound deceptively simple. Assorted timbres decorate these tenoriginals—marimba, harpsichord, fretless zither—but this isn’t everything-but-the-kitchen-sink arranging. Whatever the instrumentation, the sense of choosing the right tool for the job always prevails. Thoughtful, impassioned vocal harmonies further reinforce the myriad musical bonds at play.

Likewise, the considered manner in which the words and music coexist, often despite seeming incongruities of mood, accounts for the distinctive character of the songs. The stretch between 2008 and the present when they were composed includes some of the most tumultuous episodes in Wargo’s life. Yet Poor Moon handles even the heaviest topics, including death, addiction, and spirituality, with a certain lightness. “The way I deal with those is by drawing attention to the mystery and enjoying the whimsical aspects, but without being cute or precious about it,” Wargo explains.

Poor Moon is released 27th August on Bella Union in the UK/Europe and Sub Pop in the US.

Poor Moon – Holiday by Bella Union

Andrew Bird’s “Eyeoneye”

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Etsy premiered the new animated video for ‘Eyeoneye‘ from Andrew Bird‘s most recent record, you can watch the video below:

Andrew Bird plays the Roundhouse this November 8th, and Break It Yourself is available now in the Bella Union store.

Lawrence Arabia reveals new track “Travelling Shoes”

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

New Zealand songwriter / producer Lawrence Arabia returns this July with The Sparrow, the follow up to the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Chant Darling. One of the album’s many highlights is the irresistibly catchy track Travelling Shoes which has just been made available to stream or download from Lawrence Arabia’s website.

Click on the link below to check it out:

LAWRENCE ARABIA – “Travelling Shoes”

The Sparrow‘ teaser video:

The Walkmen premiere new video

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Heaven‘ is taken from the upcoming album of the same name, out June 4th.

The video is directed by Alex Southam and was premiered over on Pitchfork.

You can pre-order the album now from the Bella Union store.

 

M Ward announces London Koko show

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

Following excellent reviews for sixth album A Wasteland Companion, M Ward has announced a London headline performance at KOKO in early July, backed by his full band, to complete a run of European shows and festivals.

Monday 2 July – LONDON – KOKO (£15)

A Wasteland Companion is out now and available in the Bella Union store.

Full summer dates here.

Beach House // #15 // Jools Holland

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

Exciting times for Beach House!

Bella Union’s celebrated duo entered the album charts at number 15 following across-the-board rave reviews for fourth album Bloom.

Beach House also made their debut appearance live on Later with Jools Holland yesterday, and the pre-recorded show will be airing this coming Friday. Watch ‘Myth’ below:

Alex and Victoria return to the UK in late August to headline the End of the Road festival as part of Bella Union’s 15th Anniversary Celebrations and again in November to perform at the Roundhouse…

Upcoming UK live info below:

Wednesday 23 May – BRIGHTON – The Haunt **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Thursday 24 May – LONDON – Village Underground **(SOLD-OUT!)**
Friday 31 August – DORSET – End Of The Road (Bella Union 15th Anniversary Celebrations)
Friday 2 November – LONDON – Roundhouse (£16)

Record Store Day releases

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

The limited Lanterns On The Lake – Low Tide white vinyl, The Czars – Sorry I Made You Cry blue vinyl and Xiu Xiu/Dirty Beaches olive green 7″ are all available now form the Bella Union store.

Bella Union sign Concrete Knives

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Concrete Knives sign to Bella Union

Bella Union is delighted to announce the signing of Concrete Knives, a band from Caen, France.

The band comprise of: Nicolas Delahaye, Morgane Colas, Adrien Lepretre, Martin Bonnet and Guillaume Aubertin.

Label boss Simon Raymonde saw the band playing live in Canada last November at the M for Montreal festival and he has been chasing them ever since. On the signing, Simon says:

“From within about five seconds, I knew they were fantastic. That’s how it always work best with me. I just KNOW. Morgane is SUCH a charismatic singer and her joint lead vocal with Nicolas works so well with their brilliantly catchy pop-punk songs. When I first watched Morgane she made me think of both St Vincent and Debbie Harry in the way she performed and in her devastatingly cool delivery. Either would have been fine, but BOTH? A bonus!”

“The band really have an infectious energy and the songs are really strong. I went to see them again a couple of months later back home in London to make sure I wasn’t romanticising over the first show, and well, they were even better than I remembered them! I am so delighted they chose Bella Union, because they could have had their pick of many great labels and now we’re already excited to get a hold of the music! Nicolas is in the studio right now in Paris putting the finishing touches to the debut record and we should have something in our hands by the summer!”.

More news to follow shortly.

Concrete Knives on Bandcamp // Concrete Knives on Facebook