Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Friday, we will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across our virtual desk.
Rapture Electronic Music Fest
Bringing Miami Music Week a fresh and alternative experience on the beaches of Historic Virginia Key Beach Park, Miami’s new Rapture Electronic Music Festival announces the phase 2 lineup for its inaugural edition. A special one-day event on Thursday, March 23, Rapture proudly adds (in alphabetical order) Dave Seaman, Dennis Ferrer, DeWalta, East End Dubs, Gaiser (live), Henry Saiz, M.A.N.D.Y., Magdalena, Rodriguez Jr. (live), plus a wave of rising local talent on a newly added fifth stage!
Boasting Virginia Key’s shorelines, lush spaces, and ocean views, Rapture brings festival goers the opportunity to take in the sounds of the underground all while enjoying a rejuvenating environment. Rapture Electronic Music Festival founders Youssef Khamis and Misha Warum wanted to take advantage of the natural beauty of Miami, stating “we feel that taking a lineup of this scale and presenting it in an alternative environment was an opportunity to showcase Miami’s geography to people outside the city. We even have beach access, so fans can take a break from dancing and enjoy the water.”
Featuring four uniquely themed stages powered by L-Acoustic Systems, each stage will play host to top global underground artists. The In-Tune Stage will see international DJs Steve Lawler, Ellen Allien, Fur Coat, andhim, and newly added Dennis Ferrer, Gaiser, Magdalena, Rodriguez Jr. (live) captain the festival’s main stage. The Flying Circus stage together with Miami’s own Secret Garden will take festival goers on a ride with its carnivalesque theme in a 5,000 square foot tent complete with stilt walkers, sexy clowns, thrilling aerialists, all to the beats of Detroit techno icon Carl Craig, Art Department, Audiofly, Matthew Dear and Francesca Lombardo, M.A.N.D.Y. plus an exclusive Miami appearance from M.A.N.F.L.Y. Presenting a highly music focused experience, The UN_MUTE Stage plays host to the minimal sounds of Romanian DJs Rhadoo and Petre Inspirescu along with tINI, DeWalta and East End Dubs. Representing the progressive side of house, The Soundgarden & Castaway Stage invites guests to dance with their feet in the sand to the sounds of Hernan Cattaneo, Guy J, Henry Saiz, Dave Seaman, and Nick Warren and Jody Wisternoff together as Way Out West for a special reunion. On the local front, Rapture welcomes Miami’s up and coming DJs to the newly added fifth stage the Nomad Stage featuring a Funktion-One sound system.
To get tix, click HERE!
Billboard Latin Music Conference
Don’t miss Erika Ender, Joss Favela, Manuel Medrano, Horacio Palencia, Servando and The Rude Boyz at the Billboard Latin Conference “I Write The Songs, The New Generation” panel in Miami in April!
To register, click HERE!
Feist will release a new album, entitled Pleasure, on April 28 via Interscope Records/ Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company.
Feist’s first album in six years reflects on secrets and shame, loneliness and tenderness, care and fatigue and is at its core a study on self-awareness . As the fourth full-length from the singer/songwriter born Leslie Feist, Pleasure builds off the warm naturalism of the Polaris Prize-winning Metals and emerges as her most formally defiant and expansive work so far. And while each album is a departure from the next, Pleasure finds the four-time Grammy Award nominee again showing the extraordinary depth of her artistry. Recorded over the course of three months—in Stinson Beach, Upstate New York, and Paris —Pleasure was co-produced by Feist with longtime collaborators Renaud Letang and Mocky. In addition to reaffirming Feist as a cagily inventive guitar player, the album threads her shape-shifting and often haunting vocals into sparse and raw arrangements.
In 2004 Feist made her U.S. debut with Let It Die (featuring “Mushaboom”) which won the Juno Award for Best Alternative Rock Album, and garnered major critical acclaim. Her 2007 follow-up The Reminder debuted in the Top 20 in the U.S. and was hailed by The Village Voice as a “greatbatch of simple, precisely arranged love songs — expertly produced, delectably sung.” The single “1234” boosted the album’s sales to more than a million units internationally. Also including lead single “My Moon My Man,” The Reminder won Feist the 2007 Shortlist Music Prize (making her only the second woman to ever win the award).
After a several-year hiatus — during which she co-created Look At What The Light Did Now, a documentary about the making of The Reminder and her subsequent tour — Feist returned with Metals in 2011. Metals was her highest charting album, debuting at #9 on Billboard. It was named Album of the Year by the New York Times and won the Polaris Prize and four more Juno Awards. To date, Feist’s music has sold over three million units worldwide and amassed more than 500 million streams.
2. I Wish I Didn’t Miss You
3. Get Not High,Get Not Low
4. Lost Dreams
5. Any Party
6. A Man Is Not His Song
7. The Wind
9. Baby Be Simple
10. I’m Not Running Away
11. Young Up
Smalltown DJs head for the stars on “Erased The Night,” a 120 Minutes-worthy slice of funky, electronic indie pop featuring vocals from Lisa Lobsinger (Broken Social Scene, Reverie Sound Revue). This Canadian threesome share an affinity for all the good things in this world – drum machines, love songs, hockey – and their effortless collaboration on “Erased The Night” scratches our new wave itch like nothing else on the label. (And in proper b-side style, the Smalltown boys flex their decades of party know-how with a beefy, dubbed out “Club Mix” of “Erased The Night” on the flip.) Grab your Wayfarers and cruise out to this.
Brother Ali has announced his first set of tour dates in support of his forthcoming album, All the Beauty in This Whole Life, which is due out May 5 via longtime label Rhymesayers Entertainment. Renowned for his firebrand, impassioned performances the Minneapolis MC sets out on The Own Light Tour in Omaha on May 2 with label mate Sa-Roc, who just released the track “I Am Her” in celebration of International Women’s Day, as well as DJ’s Last Word and Sol Messiah as they make their way across the Western seaboard before winding back through the Midwest for Soundset Festival and a few select east coast shows – full dates below. All tickets go on sale this Friday, March 10th at 10am local time.
The 15-track full length, produced entirely by Atmosphere’s Anthony “Ant” Davis, is Ali’s first official release in five years and represents the newest and most refined chapter of his life’s journey. “Each of my albums are the result of the pain, growth and eventual healing that I experience. This entire album is based on the reality that beauty is the splendor of truth,” states Ali. “Beauty in all of its forms is the outward manifestation of love and virtue. It soothes the soul and pulls it gently toward the truth it communicates. Every word and note of this album is intended to either reflect beauty, or expose the ugliness that blocks us from living lives of meaning.” Contrasting intensely heavy moments with joyous and grateful ones, All the Beauty in This Whole Life arrives right on time to help heal a divided nation through the power of music. Ali wouldn’t have it any other way. “In times of great suffering in the outside world, the most important battles start from within.”
photo by Colleen Eversman
L.A. by way of New Jersey hip hop/punk mutants, Ho99o9 have announced their debut album United States of Horror do out May 5th via their own imprint Toys Have Powers through Caroline for pre-order here http://smarturl.it/USHo99o9. You can check out their first offering from the album, the title track produced by David Andrew Sitek of TV on the Radio, now via Zane Lowe’s Apple/Beats1 show up top. Additionally, starting May 17th in Santa Ana, CA and wrapping up June 11th in Miami, Ho99o9 will be heading out on their first national US tour. The 20 date tour will include a home town stop at LA’s Echoplex, Chicago, Toronto, DC, Brooklyn and more.
Formed by theOGM (Jean) & Yeti Bones (Eaddy) the band is an amalgamation of punk, rap , militancy, industrial, metal and hardcore creating what they describe as Deathkult and what The New York Times describe as “slow subwoofer-abusing hip-hop, death metal, thrash, wriggly synthesizer tones, punk, post-punk, some splotches of pink noise…”
The History of Colour TV
Berlin-based trio The History of Colour TV are releasing their third album ‘Something Like Eternity’ on March 17 via France’s Crane Records. Earlier the band released two singles in support of this LP: ‘Wreck’ and ‘As Gray As Park Can Be’.
The back story to this album is inspired by the band’s desire to work with notable producer Peter Deimel (The Wedding Present, Shellac, The Ex), for which they traveled to France in the spring of 2016 to record with him at the legendary Black Box Recording Studio. Days of making music in the French countryside, close to the Loire Valley, saw them depart from their previous sound, instead bringing a raw, minimalist aesthetic to the new release.
Stylistically, these are both dynamic and open live recordings with minimal overdubs and, in this respect, they represent a snapshot of the album as a whole. Based on narrative themes, these songs blend melodic sensibilities with ragged guitar textures. The first track builds nicely on melancholic arpeggio patterns.
British artist Jaike Stambach founded The History Of Colour TV in 2010. Initially conceived as a solo multimedia project involving noisy hypnotic output through audio, video and soundtrack offerings, he was eventually joined byt Markus Mocydlarz and Janek Sprachta. Over the course of two albums and multiple EPs, released through Bruit Blanc and Saint Marie Records, the band has been unabashedly diverse in their approach, exploring harsh noise, sound collages and reverb-saturated dreampop, to the stripped-down rock of their more recent offerings. They also toured extensively while establishing a remarkable presence on the Berlin music scene.
The more organic approach taken for the band’s second widely acclaimed album ‘Shapes of Spilt Blood Spelt Love’ was stripped of the electronic attributes of the band’s debut album ‘Emerald Cures Chic Ills’ to present a spacious mix of strategically sparse layers of guitars, minimalist rhythmic patterns and bass-heavy riffs. In contrast, ‘Something Like Eternity’ is an album of sparse, immediate performances captured live in studio. The room seemingly reverberates to a wide dynamic range of sonic tapestries ranging from fleeting moments of near-silence to elongated passages of guitar meltdowns, loaded with emotion.
‘Something Like Eternity’ is available both digitally and on vinyl, co-released via French label Cranes Records and the band’s own imprint Weird Books. Band member Janek Sprachta has also just released ‘Grow’, his second solo album via Midira Records, worthy of exploring for a sonic journey through ambient, modern classic and post rock.
Vijay and Shaan make up the duo Ascendants, with both members having roots in Florida’s dance music scene. Distinguished by its lack of prejudice and the prevalence of a love for music, the duo curated Neon Liger – one of the only long running and all-inclusive dance parties in the state during its time. Through their work with Neon Liger, Vijay and Shaan grew a burgeoning, tight knit community in Gainesville, Florida, which attracted not only the local DJs but also many world-renowned artists. They emphasized authentic, well-crafted music in their selection of acts to play at their parties. Over the years, they accumulated names both famed and novel. Skrillex, MSTRKRFT, Steve Aoki, Odesza, Alvin Risk, Datsik, Clockwork (pre-RL Grime), and Amtrac are some of the artists that played Neon Liger, most of them making their mark before the rise of their careers.
Sensing a conclusion with Neon Liger, Vijay and Shaan made the choice to switch their focus to their own music project. The duo made their debut performance at III Points in Miami on October 8th. With many more originals on the way and parties to start, Ascendants aim to make an even greater impact on dance music than the two have already contributed.
Trementina create music for lucid dreaming. It’s an intense, yet melancholic conjuring by art students and skaters from the damp forests of Valdivia, Chile, where the rainfall creates faded polaroids out of daily life.
Valdivian shoegaze emerges from the fissures of their homeland. Isolated from urban static, Trementina has created a dizzying symphony that drowns you with noise, hallucinatory guitars, and beauty among chaos — which can be felt in the ethereal vocals of Vanessa Cea.
Their third album, 810, is the evolutionary star-child of their sound, which first made contact with the U.S. in 2013, and then again in 2015 when their song “Hazy Youth” appeared on the now famous Ear to Ear Records’ shoegaze comp.
Recorded roughly 810 kilometers south of Santiago, during the cold winter, when the “sky is charcoal gray,” to borrow a line from DIY pioneer Martin Newell, 810 upgrades their sound from My Bloody Valentine-tinged haze on 2013’s Brilliant Noise [Vinyl Junkies], into a meditative experience that’s surreal, a “dream within a dream” — the byproduct of Cristobal Ortiz’s modulated guitar and the thick bass of Lucas Martinic.
810 includes nine tracks that flood the musical landscape; ranging from songs like “Oh Child,” which capture the atmospheric pressure of Joshua Tree-era U2, or early CHVRCHES, to “Please, Let’s Go Away,” which sounds like it was recorded inside a cosmic cathedral, as opposed to a DIY studio from the Chilean countryside. It’s a track the band recorded after the sudden departure of their drummer, which inspired them to augment their sound with influences as broad as Brian Eno and Robin Guthrie. 810 includes several tracks that show the quartet reaching beyond the shoegaze galaxy, even back in time, like the opium-den tripping of “Out of the Lights” and the African textures on “A Place Up in the Sky.”
The overall effect is a youthful pilgrimage across the south of Chile, during a waking dream.
810 will be released on Burger Records on March 24, 2017. Trementina is a DIY rock band based in Valdivia, Chile, and consists of Vanessa Cea (vocals), Cristobal Ortiz (guitar), Lucas Martinic (bass), and Andrés on drums.
SOL LIFE at SXSW
Music week has official begun at SXSW! The #SolLife fam and FistUpTv are out in Austin reppin Sol Collective with an official showcase bringing you only the freshest in global music and beat heat!
When: Saturday, March 18, 8:00 pm – 2:00 am
Where: Speakeasy (412 N. Congress Ave. Austin, Texas)
Sol Life is a musically progressive cooperative record label, artist development model, and developing grassroots network which continues to grow via collective collaboration. By integrating the workflows of artists and support roles into a more dynamic, collaborative, and feedback-driven process, Sol Life aims to remix traditional roles of record labels, artist managers, and booking agents into a more streamlined, accessible, and inclusive system that is effective and self-sustainable for artists.
Artists on the line-up range from voices celebrating struggles and triumphs as contemporary American creators on a quest for equality (Linafornia, Noyz, GRUMBY, LaTour), to renegade syncretists using electronic music to negotiate North/South/East/West via the past and present (DJHarrison RVA, Nas Rockwell, MR. DIBIASE, VIC JUN, Kohinoorgasm) and unapologetic wordsmiths on a mission to rebalance the world (Rebel Diaz, The Philharmonik, DEUCE ECLIPSE with Dj Nocturnal & J.Lately).
‘SANDS’ is the debut EP from London-based multi-instrumentalist SANDS to be released 14th April via Shower Records. ‘SANDS’ was written by Andrew Sands and recorded with Brett Shaw at 123 Studios (Ghostpoet, Florence and the Machine, Daughter, Roisin Murphy) in Peckham, London.
SANDS began making music early, at the age of 13, quickly becoming obsessed by records and playing drums and guitar in bands, later getting into the recording and engineering side. His musical influences include Neil Young, The Smiths, Bowie, Talk Talk, Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Mark Lanegan, Primal Scream, David Lynch, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Gun Club, QOTSA, Chris Isaak, Grant Lee Buffalo, George Harrison, The Rolling Stones and Italian composer Carlo Rustichelli amongst others!
“Poison in You”, the first single lifted from SANDS upcoming Ep, premiered by CLASH magazine, is a hypnotic, gritty song with dark magnetic rhythms and a hint of grunge. It showcases edgy lyrics sung on a slightly upbeat and electric tempo with a sound reminiscent of Spiritualized, PJ Harvey, Type O’ Negative and Arcade Fire.
SANDS says “Being a multi-instrumentalist, it was quite natural to kind of develop the idea of the arrangement at the same time as the songs flew, so I was eager to get in the studio and see how things came out. It was fun and exciting losing myself in the process of building the whole sound, as well making some room for experimenting and improvising. Sometimes is easier, other times it seems you have to struggle a bit.”.
Having spent the last few years developing and evolving his unique sound, Swedish born and based producer SQRD returns with his latest single ‘Together’, due out on the Friday 10th March via Swedish Tastemaker label Sommarhjärta.
After the release of his critically-acclaimed ‘Gold’ EP in 2016, which saw the producer master his blend of lo-fi electronics and rich, textured compositions, ‘Together’ aims to create an atmospheric backdrop that highlights the quintessential essence of his music to date.
With strong and understandable comparisons to the likes of James Blake, SBTRKT and The xx, the producer’s latest material bridges the gap between niche appreciation and contemporary appeal. An instantly recognizable use of percussion and almost androgynous vocal style, ‘Together’ is the first statement of this artist’s intentions to create a more captivating and alluring musical style as he moves forward.
Speaking about his latest track, SQRD said, “I’d just moved back to Stockholm from Berlin, the winter nights were dark, cold, lonely, I was missing everyone I’d left behind in Germany and frantically listening to FKA Twigs and Låpsley on repeat. One night I’d just started writing ‘Together’ which turned out to be a song about my fear of losing someone very dear to me.”
‘Together’ is out NOW via Sommarhjärta, with plans for a new EP expected later in the year.
“When I play, I want to inspire people and show them that playing a brass instrument can be cool and they can have a lot of fun doing it,” says trumpeter Joshua Gawel of LUCKY CHOPS, the explosive brass/woodwind/drums juggernaut of a band who have been creating quite a stir on both sides of the Atlantic. Gearing up for the release of their new EP WALTER (independent; release date: April 21, 2017), the NYC-based five-piece successfully arranges instrumental music with Pop sensibilities and accessibility, complete with choruses and verses. “Since we’re an instrumental band, we all share the role of singer, and that vocal quality comes across in all of our playing, even with our drummer Charles.”
Kicking off with the rhythm-heavy scorcher “Temple of Boom”, the Walter EP is rife with an insidious groove that threads its way throughout the EP, a thrilling experience that successfully captures the energy of their sweat-drenched live shows. The slow-burn and epic “Stand” (written as a somber and intense recognition of the Standing Rock’s water protectors) keeps listeners keenly in-tune with the bands earnest social convictions and flows right into the funky battle of Charles Sams IV’s drums vs. Daro Behroozi’s bass clarinet in the appropriately titled “Daro and Charles’ Magnificent Journey”. Their adrenaline-injected cover of “Helter Skelter” gives the Beatles classic a fresh spin that makes you forget there aren’t vocals present while “Walter Jam” showcases each of the band members’ musical adeptness and skill. The reverent and melancholy “For Connie” closes out the EP in traditional orchestral form. Written as a tribute to Behroozi’s recently departed inspirational music teacher, it is dedicated to all of the music educators who devote their lives to teaching music to people young and old.
Photo credit: Lauren Desberg
Nomadic indiepopper, Brett Newski, is about to embark on his “Winter Sucks Tour”, traveling up and down the west coast, starting February 15th. Living on four continents in five years has equipped him with a wisdom of the DIY lifestyle that is unprecedented. Newski’s latest release, Land Air Sea Garage, was recorded at a surf camp in the Sri Lankan jungle, and produced by himself and his tour manager/compatriot The Danimal except “Mind At Large” which was produced by Victor Delorenzo of Violent Femmes.
Don’t miss him TODAY at SXSW!
1:00am – Friday, March 17 @ Stephen F’s Bar (701 Congress Ave)
Named one of “Yahoo Music’s Top 10 Bands to Watch” in 2017, the genre-melding, indie group is lead by multi-instrumentalists, Sav Buist and Katie Larson. Their debut album ‘Odyssey’ will be released this summer. Don’t miss them at SXSW this weekend!
The Victorian Room @ The Driskill
8:00pm – Hotel Van Zandt @ Hotel Van Zandt
10:30pm – Cooper’s BBQ
The never conventional, ever inventive Lupa-J recently announced a Sydney single launch and today offers up the impressive accompaniment, ‘Put Me Back Together’.
Driven by bold, electronically inspired beats that meander with Lupa-J’s angelic vocals ‘Put Me Back Together’ invites the listener into an emancipating groove. Exploring themes of relationship dynamics, and emotional expression, the track fights the idea that girls should live up to the ideal that a women should be soft, pretty and easily digestible.
“I was partially inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ about a depressed woman of the early 1900s driven insane by her ‘rest cure’ treatment. For me, it’s really about how it can be ironically somewhat liberating to embrace & express emotional instability,” says Lupa J
First coming to attention as a finalist for an unprecedented two years running in triple J’s Unearthed High competition (2014 & 2015), Lupa J has forged an incredible path for herself. In 2016 she scored some huge support spots alongside Grimes, Sarah Blasko and Tegan and Sara amongst many others. Also exploring and developing her production skills, the Sydney based producer’s first remix – of Woodes’ song ‘The Thaw’ – was acclaimed by OWLSA blog Nest HQ as ‘brilliant and outlandish’.
‘Put Me Back Together’ releases Friday March 17 with the live launch on Tuesday April 11 – the first live performance of the year for Lupa J and one of the last shows at Newtown Social Club before it closes.
Ryuichi Sakamoto has revealed the album title and artwork, inspirations and recording process behind his new studio album, async. The record is the Japanese composer’s first solo album in 8 years, and will be released on April 28th via Milan Records.
Recorded in New York, and pulling on elements from field recordings and museums around the world, async plays with ideas of a-synchronism, prime numbers, chaos, quantum physics, and the blurred lines of life and artificiality/noise and music. Ryuichi conceived the record for “an Andrei Tarkovsky film that does not exist”, drawing inspiration from everyday objects, sculpture, and nature.
Featuring 14 tracks, the LP marks the composer’s first original album since 2009’s Out Of Noise, and will be his first since after recovering from throat cancer in 2015.
11. Life, Life
15. water state 2
* Track 15 is vinyl only bonus track
Veterans of SXSW by now- the favorite garage-punks are headed out on tour with Minus the Bear and then Jimmy Eat World this Spring. Don’t miss them TODAY at SXSW!
Friday 3/17 : Pitchfork Party @ French Legation Museum – 4:30 pm
Friday 3/17 : SPIN Party @ Empire Control Room – 11:00 pm
Photo Credit: Helen Messenger
Cohen has announced she will play her first full North American tour alongside Foxygen as well as showcase at South By Southwest in March. She will then head to Europe to play The Great Escape, London Calling Festival, Vida Festival and End of the Road Festival.
The announcement comes off the back of news that Cohen has signed to Brooklyn based label Captured Tracks, sealing a worldwide deal excluding Australia and New Zealand, where she will remain on Dot Dash / Remote Control Records. Gabriella released her debut album, Full Closure And No Details, in the Spring of 2016 and Captured Tracks will be reissuing the LP on March 3, 2017 for the rest of the world.
Cohen is currently working on her second album, having stolen away to a farmhouse in Seymour, Victoria, surrounding herself with natural wonder and homemade granola. Gabriella will soon embark on an international adventure which will take her first to the US and then to Europe, as she determinedly chases perfect weather and perfect vibes.
Following on from her highly acclaimed 2014 sophomore album ‘Contra’, Swedish-native Cajsa Siik returns with her latest full-length ‘Domino’, due out on the 2nd June via Birds Records, and will include the new singles ‘Talk To Trees’, ‘White Noise’, and ‘Empire Mine’.
Much like her previous releases, Cajsa Siik aims to inject a pop sensibility into an avant-garde and experimental disposition. Giving her a sound that is both accessible and atmospheric in the process. Recorded in Stockholm with producer Rolf Klinth, ‘Domino’ sees the songstress embark on a much bolder direction than in her previous material that still manages to maintain her core sound.
The record’s lead single ‘Talk To Trees’ displays her new intentions perfectly as she uses her collaborations with Thomas Hedlund (Phoenix, Deportees), Rasmus Kellerman (Tiger Lou) and Carl Ekerstam to add texture and depth to the single, making it the perfect introduction to the album ahead. Describing the track as a, “colourful dreamy zone where I felt connected with reasons and beliefs. Like a subconscious talk with nature. Like a blessing or a blind spot.”
Speaking about the record, Cajsa Siik explained that, “DOMINO can be described in two different ways. First I wanted it to represent the fact that we’re all connected to each other and that we have a responsibility towards each other and this world. To shoulder that responsibility is easier said than done, but we must try. Be aware. Not only mind our own business. I’ve given that a lot of thought lately. Secondly, every song on this album depends and relies on the other. Together they create a unit and the unit is supposed to be diverse. I aimed for creating a dynamic album.”
‘Domino’ is due to be released on the 2nd June 2017 via Birds Records, and her lead single ‘Talk To Trees’ is available to download now. The next single ‘White Noise’ is due out on the 15th March, followed by ‘Empire Mine’ on the 21st April.
Hot off the mastering desk comes brand new music from almighty Brisbane force of nature WAAX. ‘Nothing Is Always’ is a track the band needed you to hear, a favourite live moment that will undoubtedly serve them well as they hit the road in support of the national Kingswood album tour. It’s a track that precurses the official single and a forthcoming EP release, but more on that later.
WAAX are determined to make 2017 their year. With spot spins of roaring first single ‘This Everything’, triple j took the next one all the way and added ‘Same Same’ to their playlist, causing the band’s summer shows swell to the point of bursting. The ‘Same Same’ video served as a stunning visual to front-person Maz DeVita’s evocative lyrics and it quickly racked up in excess of tens of thousands of plays within mere days.
But all these accolades are just formative – in the next couple of months we’ll see another single release, a first EP release from the now-static band lineup, a full national tour with Kingswood and their own headline shows.
For now enjoy ‘Nothing Is Always’, another furious rocker addition to the WAAX cannon with spit-fire shouts of “damage” and “panic” laced around suggestions of compromise and insecurity. It is available now via Soundcloud and Bandcamp.
The Franklin Electric
Montreal-based alt-folk band The Franklin Electric are set to release their highly anticipated sophomore album titled ‘Blue Ceilings’ on 5th May 2017 via Indica Records. ‘Blue Ceilings’ is now available for pre-order and includes new singles ‘I Know The Feeling’ and ‘Walk With You’ as instagrat tracks. The band will be touring Australia and Canada this winter before heading to the UK in Spring to play shows in support of the release, with a first date penciled at Electrowerkz in London on the 19th April 2017.
After their breakthrough album ‘This Is How I Let You Down’, the Montreal Band returns with a highly anticipated second album, ‘Blue Ceilings’. John Matte (singer, songwriter, producer) had this to say about the upcoming release; “With limitations hanging over us all we found a way to allow this album the time it needed to take its own shape and personality. The cover art fell in our laps like a gift and worked so well with the album title ‘Blue Ceilings’ done by UK artist Samuel-Burgess Johnson. It complemented the feeling of the songs and sums up all the different learning’s and challenges along the way.”
The Franklin Electric’s soaring and anthemic debut album, ‘This Is How I Let You Down’, was first released independently before catching the attention of Montreal’s Indica Records (Half Moon Run, Phantogram) who were blown away by the band’s sound. The label reissued the LP in 2014 featuring various remixes and two new songs too much critical acclaim for both their recording and their incredible chops live. Striking for both its stunning chord changes and mature musings of life and love, the title track’s video racked up over 250000 YouTube views and counting, launching the band into the spotlight with a mature, full-formed sound beyond their years.
The musical mastermind behind The Franklin Electric, Jon Matte, came by his roots honestly. Matte grew up in a household brimming with music, with musicians, with Mom’s piano at the center of it all. Matte would go on to study jazz, weaving that into a love of everything from hip-hop to Elton John and ‘70’s songwriting titans. Legendary label Verve Records soon called on Matte to remix a Nina Simone record. Hanging and learning from great engineers, he realized he could apply everything he learned to his own songwriting. After entering and winning a Nashville songwriting competition with over 8000 other bands from around the world Matte, along with his ‘tribe’ Martin Desrosby, Kevin Warren and Ken Pressé, hit the road to rave reviews spending 2015 playing over 180 shows from Canada to Australia – including 3 tours of Europe alone – opening for the likes of Ben Howard, Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, City & Colour and Half Moon Run. The driving force of a singer-songwriter became a brotherhood of the road.
A project that started out in 2004 as two guys playing and experimenting with grindcore, Goresoerd has quickly evolved into the spearhead of intelligent, vicious and tongue-in-cheek extreme music in the Estonian scene. Hectic, hyper-driven and entertaining live shows have paved the way for the band’s success.
GORESOERD blasted off as an idea for a project after some collaboration between Stig and Kari of Symbolic State in late 2004. Back then it was just for fun and experimenting, a short foray from their main band. They used a drum machine, as it gave them some advantage —skipping the part of a real drummer’s trials and tribulations in the studio. In the beginning it was meant to be grind, but after inducing humor and even some elements of parody, they found themselves head over heels committed to the project.
In March 03 2017 the band released “Antikeha” (“Antibody”), its fourth album. The poison green publication is like an expansion of the previous long play, where characteristic aggressiveness is fulfilled with melodic vocals at times. Video single “Neetud” is a good example for that. “Antikeha” was released by Crunch Industry and distributed by Inverse Records.
Outside The Academy
Hot on the tail of intricate lead single ‘Solutionism’, Outside the Academy aka Pawel Cholewa (Pa-vell Ho-li-ver) will release his new EP Second-Guessing and next single ‘Salient’, which premiered on The Music, Friday 10 March. OTA is currently launching the EP on a 100% free entry tour across several East Coast show dates, which kicked off in Byron Bay in late February.
Brimming with ambience, glitch, moody dance beats and melodic guitar, Second-Guessing weaves a tangled yet ultimately cathartic web. The irony of using technology as a method of production whilst actively criticising it is not lost on Cholewa, who admits the EP is the result of “Second-guessing this relationship, myself, others, my music, yet continuously coming back to these songs as a safety net of (mis)understanding.” Entirely self-produced, with mixing from Konstantin Kerstig (The Belligerents, WAAX, Morning Harvey), Second-Guessing offers itself as a touchstone for a culture of ambivalent creatives who are only certain about one thing: creating.
On March 13,the international artist SINthetik Messiah released a 4 track bandcamp album which consists of works made before 2010, remastered, incorporating old mastering techniques while layering the songs with reverb, creating a lush space of sound. Peep it below:
Hot on the heels of supporting Bastille on their worldwide tour and featuring on Wilkinson’s new single ‘We Will Be’, singer songwriter Matt Wills releases Emily and announces a headline show at London’s Omeara (on 25th May).
Emily was premiered on Radio 1 last night by Abbie McCarthy standing in for Huw Stephens (listen back here from 1 hour in), and follows the release of Matt’s Hurricane and Set YouFree EPs. Showcasing a new side Matt Wills’ signature style, Emily sees him layer sincere, heart-felt lyrics over a fusion of lush electronica and a subtle piano melody to create something original, touching and undeniably compelling.
Matt’s upcoming headline show at London’s Omeara on 25th May follows support slots on Bastille’s current worldwide tour and Sigala’s recent UK tour.
Matt Wills isn’t like the rest. While he sharpened his lyrical barbs in freestyle rap battles as a teenager, he cites the likes of Ben Howard, the 1975, Jamie T and The Kooks as his main influences. Lyrically, he’s a songwriter who pours romance and vitriol into his songs in equal measure. Musically, he’s an artist who likes to flex sonic boundaries, seeking out an eclectic range of studio collaborators and offbeat soundscapes.
This approach has certainly won the Fender Guitars endorsed Matt Wills some influential fans – from Bastille’s Dan Smith and Kooks front-man Luke Pritchard through to Maverick Sabre, Devlin and Halsey.
‘Emily’ is available to download at iTunes and stream across all platforms: