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Press Release Roundup: March 25

posted March 26, 2016, 5:01 pm by Carlita | Filed Under Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


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.

Funkadelic featuring Kendrick Lamar and Ice Cube

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After months of prep and internet teases, the official video for Funkadelic’s “Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?” remix has arrived and it’s got the whole gang onboard. Featuring contributions from Kendrick Lamar (who spits the opening bars of his “Blue Faces” demo at the top of the cut) and OG Comptonian, Ice Cube, the visual follows the intergalactic pursuits of of George Clinton and the torchbearers of funk, all of which co-pilot the mothership as they descend upon an interplanetary soiree. Join Funkadelic, Kendrick Lamar and Ice Cube for a ride on the mothership in the video below and hold tight for the next transmission. You won’t want to miss it.

Joywave

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Last night Joywave returned to the Late Night With Seth Meyers stage to perform their current single, “Destruction”. Currently #23 at alternative radio and quickly racking up Spotify streams, “Destruction” is prominently featured on their latest release, SWISH, (whichalso features the bonus track “Life In A Bubble I Blew”) as well as their debut album How Do You Feel Now?

Up next for the Rochester, NY-based indie band will be their debut at this year’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival April 17 & 24, followed by a spring tour with Silversun Pickups and Foals which kicks off May 2nd. All dates are below.

Joywave is vocalist Daniel Armbruster, guitarist Joseph Morinelli, bassist Sean Donnelly,
keyboardist Benjamin Bailey, and drummer Paul Brenner.

Joywave Tour Dates:

4/13 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ^
4/17 – Coachella, Indio, CA (Weekend 1)
4/24 – Coachella, Indio, CA (Weekend 2)
4/29 – House Of Blues Cambridge Room – Dallas, TX^
5/02 – Houston, TX – Revention Music Center**
5/04 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theater at the Midland**
5/05 – St. Paul, MN – Myth**
5/06 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom**
5/08 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore**
5/09 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues**
5/10 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s**
5/12- Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore**
5/16 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues**
5/17 – Greensboro, NC – The Cone Denim Entertainment Center**
5/18 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium**
6/04 – Mountain View, CA – LIVE 105 BFD 2016
** Silversun Pickups/Foals co-headline
^ Joywave headlines

Emmaline

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Check out Australian Indie Artist Emmaline and her latest single and video entitled The Path! Produced by Atlanta hip hop producers ItsaKlassik and Gee Streets, the video was also filmed by Gee Streets using his LG smartphone, on Edgewood Avenue, Atlanta in one take with the assistance of fellow producer Kyddstrumentalz.

Below you will find links to the video, soundcloud, an interview video with Emmaline about writing the song as well as her upcoming EP and anything else you may need including iTunes details.

Emmaline has spent the past 18 months writing with Atlanta artists and producers, spending time in the studio lending her vocals and hook writing talents mostly with Grand Hustle and No Genre label artists. After finishing the vocals on her EP, she has now travelled to Toronto, where she continues to write and record for her next project.

Please see interview video below for more information regarding Emmaline, her journey from Brisbane Australia to Atlanta, what its like being so far from home and a breakdown and some insight of the writing process for her new single The Path.

LAZYBLACKMAN

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Peep the latest music video from LAZYBLACKMAN. LAZYBLACKMAN is an Alt Hip-Hop Duo that hails from Pittsburgh, PA. Comprising of Singer/Rapper Lazy JP and notorious wordsmith Barz Blackman, LAZYBLACKMAN draws inspiration from places unique to the current landscape of Hip-Hop. When not rapping LAZYBLACKMAN prefers to spend their time watching David Lynch movies, Anime, and playing Sega Genesis. Their sound combines elements of Underground Hip-Hop and Indie Rock with the more contemporary style of a Kanye West or Kendrick Lamar, balancing lyricism, originality, and songcraft. They bring a raw and organic Punk-like energy to the stage designed to shock, awe, and entertain, making it a one of a kind experience the whole family can enjoy. This is their latest music video for “Fool’s Gold” sampling The Stone Roses song of the same name. Video directed by Lazy JP and shot by Overall Omniscience Production.

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“Freaks” is the key in the ignition to get the party started. This record features a highly addictive hook and energetic flow over a futuristic bass-heavy beat. “Freaks” almost sounds like a infomercial for all freaks to come and join for a limited time while supplies last.

Envision Festival

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Envision Festival – Costa Rica 2016 Brings Together Global Community For Sold Out Gathering

Glistening beaches, resplendent jungles, and the “pura vida” mantra served as the backdrop for the sixth annual, sold-out Envision Festival as 4,700 international attendees descended upon Rancho La Merced in Uvita, Costa Rica this past February 25 – 28, 2016.Uniquely distinguished from any other festival on the planet, Envisionaries united to partake in the festival’s utopian permaculture community, which inspires self-expression and conscious living through its regenerative infrastructure. World-class curation of music, art, live performance abound as yoga/movement classes and innovative workshops maintain an inclusive harmony within the sold-out event.

Hailed as one of the most fascinating festival experiences this planet has to offer, Envision exploded to life as nature collided with art in the form of incredible stages, driftwood sculptures, bamboo jungle gyms, and scores of smiling faces lounging in hammocks and tree pods. Sun-kissed days filled with mind-expanding workshops, philosophical discussions, yoga classes, short walks to the ocean, or a drive to a local waterfall transformed into celebratory tropical nights with an intoxicating musical lineup performing on one of four dazzling stages – Luna, Sol, Lapa, and The Village Stage.

For a stunning first look into the essence of Envision – check out the beautiful Envision Festival 2016 recap video filmed and edited by Ari Fararooy.

2016 welcomed expansions to the festival including Casa de Yoga, a new zone that included two permanently installed bamboo yoga temples, the Gaia fresh juice bar, the Kula Lounge offering cacao ceremonies, and a substance-free campground. Internationally known movement and yoga teachers included author and founder of 109world.com Rachel Brathen, founder of the Goddess Yoga Project Sianna Sherman, celebrated 5Rhythms facilitator Amber Ryan, pioneer of the One Yoga movement in Trinidad and Tobago Troy Hadeed, co-founder of The Avahana School of Yoga Ashleigh Sergeant, and Mexico City’s Classic Hatha Yoga master Marcos Jassan. Kids activities were enjoyed in the Family Dream Oasis to entertain and educate Envision’s adventurous families. Envision also offered both pre and post festival educational retreats, under its new division ‘Envision Education’, which showcased everything from tours of Costa Rica to permaculture immersion, an herbal clinic intensive, and a post event yoga/detox/surfing Reboot Camp — more of these boutique-Envision experiences to come in 2017.

Bass-heavy artists such as Shpongle, The Human Experience, Dimond Saints, Spoonbill, and CloZee, performed on an imported Funktion1 soundsystem on the impressive Luna Stage.Designed by visionary artist Carey Thompson, Luna bellowed in the form of a towering mariposa (butterfly), incorporating 3D projection mapping by the famed Mexico City artist, Golem. Performances were viewable across the expansive field, where attendees could climb a massive, multi-level bamboo jungle gym or witness visionary live paintings by global muralists Ernest Doty, Hazul, Mario Belem,and Anderson Deberardi on the walkways leading to the Envision Art Gallery. Alongside the howler monkeys in the treetops, day-chasers welcomed the sun as they danced to Random Rab during his fabled, ethereal sunrise set.

The equally impressive Sol Stage featured complex psychedelic 3D mapping projected onto its sun centerpiece by Zebbler Studios. Sol hosted live music from California’s experimental, world-fusion band Beats Antique (Live), Saint Croix reggae legends Akae Beka (formerly Midnite), Costa Rica’s 80s synth-pop band Patterns (noted as a top band to see at SXSW 2016), Colorado-based folk musicians Elephant Revival, and Costa Rica’s stand out electro-fusion rock band (and surprise festival favorite) Santos y Zurdo offering one of the most unique sets of the weekend complete with electric sitar.House and techno music came alive on the more intimate Lapa stage, where legends such as Desert Hearts’ Lee Reynolds, tribal house leaders Bedouin, Berlin-based DJ and production duo, M.A.N.D.Y., progressive trance dub DJ Grouch, and Los Angeles-based deep house selector Tara Brooks, drew dancing revelers into its feathered domain.

In the heart of the festival grounds stood The Village, a bustling caravan of educational workshops, inspirational speakers, vendors, and the fresh produce Vida Market complete with the live music Village Stage, Tea House Lounge,and a women’s only Red Tent pavilion. The Village Stage hosted insightful and speakers such as nutritional expert David Wolfe, astrologer Kaypacha, City Repair Project’s Executive Director Marc Tobin, and sustainable living educator and Envision Co-Founder Stephen Brooks, plus live musical performances by Vir, Camilo, and Incus. The Witches Healing Sanctuary provided a unique communal healing and ceremony space for herbalists, body workers and educators to share therapeutic practices. Craft vendors boasted unconventional souvenirs with beautiful handcrafted jewelry, art, and clothing from across the Americas. Food vendors offered a selection of mouthwatering world cuisine and local dishes made from unprocessed, fresh food sourced from local farms.

Having successfully set itself apart from other music-driven festivals through its emphasis on soul empowerment and holistic living, Envision seeks to fulfill an inherent human desire to connect with like-minded individuals and feed the innate human need to be and live interconnected with nature. Don’t miss out on the chance to cross Envision Festival – Costa Rica off your bucket list. Tickets for the 2017 gathering taking place from Feb 23-26 are already on sale and are destined to sell out! Visit the Envision website to grab your Envision 2017 ticket and start planning the trip of a lifetime to experience the wonder of Envision on the tropical pacific coasts of Costa Rica.

Khroma

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stasis (noun, sta·sis \ st?-s?s, ?sta-\, plural sta·ses)

a) a state of static balance or equilibrium, stagnation

b) a state or period of stability during which little or no evolutionary change in a lineage occurs

Stasis, Khroma’s sophomore album and multi-faceted yet highly focused effort, sees the Helsinki, Finland based electro-metal group rise to the next level artistically, lyrically and politically, once again commenting on the state of our ever-widening digital environment, where access to technology can further disengage uneven power structures. Stasis is no more the norm.

From the enraged opening track ”Brace Yourself” to the harrowing anthem ”Wrong” and the epic conclusion ”Alarmists”, Khroma continues to push the boundaries of electronic alternative metal, a genre they reclaimed with their debut album Collapse in 2014. Instead of merely exploiting electronic influences or interludes, Stasis manifests the full synthesis of machine and man, live instrumentations entwined over its electronic core.

Written, produced, engineered and mixed by the band in their Helsinki and Berlin headquarters, Stasis is also the result of a tremendous independently achieved group effort. Following the release of the album Khroma will embark on an extensive one-month European tour, the longest the band has done so far.

Khroma line-up: Antti Honka, drums & visuals; Maarik Leppä, bass; Mikko Merilinna, guitars & keys; Riku Rinta-Seppälä, vocals & electronics

Stasis written, produced and engineered by Khroma. Mixed & mastered by Khroma & Joni Tanskala. Lyrics: Riku-Rinta Seppälä. ”The Push” & ”Acid On Skin” co-written and co-produced by Janne Aulavuori.

Face + Heel

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Welsh duo Face + Heel soar back onto the scene to transport you to their formative years with their atmospheric album ‘Our Prince’s Quarry’, set to drop 15th April 2016.

The ethereal release features Luke Taylor and Sinead McMillan’s trademark electric-guitar fuelled, synth-infused sound, bridging the gap between electro-pop, dance and rock. Delving into the love/hate affair with his hometown of Aberystwyth in North Wales, lyricist Luke says of the album’s narrative that “Some of the instrument choices and structures are there to reflect what I was listening to growing up in the 90s in West Wales. It’s both in love with the place and has a sense of resentment at how remote and marginal it is and how every street has a memory of growing up; good or bad.”

The album opens with ‘Pier Video’, an ode to an art house video shop in the town, in which punching kick drum percussion, guitar riffs, plucking violins, distorted piano chords and autoharps are layered expertly to create an unmistakably analogue feel. In fact, Luke attests that “Some of the parts on the track were actually recorded onto a rental video from there that I never returned when I left.” Meanwhile, the upbeat ‘We Can Swim’, ‘Tripping At The Royal Welsh’ and title track ‘Our Prince’s Quarry’ allude to another major theme of the album; the tragic flooding of the nearby village of Dryweryn to make a reservoir for Liverpool in the 1960s. ‘We Can Swim’, reminiscent of OK Go meets Fat Segal, is a magical realism themed love song set in the doomed village “about two lovers; one who decides to stay, living underwater…and the other who decides to leave”.

The midway point of the album is marked by the climbing synths, stripped back percussion, haunting sax and tight bass of ‘In Your Room’, with Sinead’s soothing vocals floating gloriously over the top of the expert composition. The wall of guitar sound in ‘A Style Of Loving’, coupled with energetic percussion, gives the track a portentous feel, whilst ‘The Big Machine’ rounds off the release as a powerfully emotional acoustic track, with delicate piano and guitar riffs reminiscent of The Shadows allowing Luke and Sinead’s harmonised vocals to shine.

The album is accompanied by two remixes, with the first being an atmospheric reimagining of ‘We Can Swim’ by fellow Welsh artist Jauge, who has released on the likes of MTA Records, Food Music and Bad Panda Records. The second is an ominous techno-licked remix of ‘Pier Video’ by worriedaboutsatan, who have seen support from the likes of 6Music, BBC Radio 1, Resident Advisor and FACT. ‘Pier Video’ will also be accompanied by 90s inspired glitchy visuals, featuring static backing and analogue themed edited shots of the pair performing.

Having garnered past support from a host of platforms including Hillydilly, Pigeons and Planes, The 405, Dummy, The Line of Best Fit, Notion and Crack Magazine, Face + Heel have taken their unique blend of sound to the next level with ‘Our Prince’s Quarry’. The album oozes raw emotion, with soaring yet intimate vocals and unique production creating a cohesive release that looks set to be their strongest yet.

Clairity

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Clairity is an 18 year old singer, songwriter, and self-taught pianist from Whitehouse, Tennessee. Most recently, she was featured on DJ Steve James’ track “Renaissance” which amassed 3.7 million Spotify plays in a month, reached #1 on both Spotify Global Viral 50 & US Viral 50 charts, and hit #1 on Hype Machine. She also debuted her haunting cover of Coldplay’s “Don’t Panic” during the Super Bowl- which was featured in the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer, and became one of the top 5 most shazamed songs during the broadcast. Listen HERE. Past performances include SXSW, Live in the Vineyard, and CMJ. Her track, “DNA” off her debut Alienation EP, is featured in the trailer for CW’s The 100 and “Exorcism” has been featured on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Selected as one of Idolator’s “On The Verge: 20 Artists to Watch In 2016,” Clairity is currently working on a debut album with the likes of Fraser T Smith, Robopop, Kevin Kadish and Nathan Chapman.

The Joy Formidable

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The Joy Formidable are happy to share their latest album Hitch, out today via their own record label C’Mon Lets Drift in partnership with Caroline (US), Orchard/ Membran (Europe) and MapleMusic (Canada!) Recently described by Rolling Stone as “wickedly bracing and Himalaya-huge,” the fantastic live band went to work on their third studio album with one mission: to make sure their unique live performance and energy was captured on record. “We realized we needed to build a space and do it ourselves, go back to being three people in a room again” said Ritzy Bryan regarding the band’s decision to self-produce and engineer the new album.

No stranger to boundary pushing topics, The Joy Formidable also recently premiered their entirely NSFW music video for their first single ‘The Last Thing On My Mind.’ Ritzy explains “It’s a song about freedom, about feeling alive & a part of that is about sexual liberation too, which is why we wanted to make a music video from the perspective of a heterosexual female gaze. It shows men in many forms, being free, being sexy, being watched, it’s beautiful and provocative and is some small attempt to re address the existing imbalance of perspective and nudity in music videos.”

The entire album is coherent with one theme; the desire to find their place, making this album their most vulnerable work to date. Ritzy states “There was a deep longing towards the end of the last touring cycle; kind of a nostalgia and a romance about going home. We were chasing a sense of belonging. I don’t necessarily think you need too much of that in life, either – I’m quite happy feeling like things are constantly fucking changing – but as you get a little bit older, you start thinking about what you’ve missed back home, and the melancholy that comes from that was important on this album.”

Hitch features exclusive artwork by Ralph Steadman and anyone who orders the album from the band’s web store will receive bonus track “Passerby” (not available on the album.)

Track Listing:
1. A Second In White
2. Radio Of Lips
3. The Last Thing On My Mind
4. Liana
5. The Brook
6. It’s Started
7. The Gift
8. Running Hands With The Night
9. Fog (Black Windows)
10. Underneath The Petal
11. Blowing Fire
12. Don’t Let Me Know

Live Dates:
Monday, March 28th 2016 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Tuesday, March 29th 2016 Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
Wednesday, March 30th 2016 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Friday, April 1st 2016 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Saturday, April 2nd 2016 Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s
Tuesday, April 5th 2016 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Wednesday, April 6th 2016 Chicago, IL @ Double Door
Thursday, April 7th 2016 Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
Friday, April 8th 2016 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Saturday, April 9th 2016 Columbus, OH @ Express Live
Sunday, April 10th 2016 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr Small’s Theater
Tuesday, April 12th 2016 Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Wednesday, April 13th 2016 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Thursday, April 14th 2016 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Friday, April 15th 2016 Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
Saturday, April 16th 2016 Spring, TX @ 94.5 Buzzfest
Tuesday, April 19th 2016 Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
Wednesday, April 20th 2016 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
Thursday, April 21st 2016 Pensacola, FL @ Club Vinyl
Friday, April 22nd 2016 Orlando, FL @ The Social
Saturday, April 23rd 2016 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Monday, April 25th 2016 Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Tuesday, April 26th 2016 Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
Thursday, April 28th 2016 St. Petersburg, FL @ The Theater
Friday, April 29th 2016 West Palm Beach, FL @ SunFest
Saturday, April 30th 2016 Dallas, TX @ EDGEFEST
Sunday, May 1st 2016 Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival
Friday, May 27th 2016 Napa, CA @ BottleRock Napa Valley
Thursday, July 28th 2016 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Friday, July 29th 2016 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Saturday, July 30th 2016 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza

ROCK’N DERBY

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The inaugural ROCK’N DERBY – presented by SLP Concerts and GameLoud – will take over the 35+ acre Schaghticoke Fairgrounds in Schaghticoke, NY (69 Stillwater Bridge Rd., just minutes outside Albany) on May 20-22, 2016! This isn’t just a festival, this is a three-day, 24 hour camping, demolition derby concert experience!

The bands just keep on coming – ROCK’N DERBY has added even more of today’s hottest rock and heavy metal bands to the official performance line-up, including Corrosion Of Conformity, Hollywood Undead, State Champs, Sebastian Bach, Enter Shikari, Born of Osiris, Avatar, For Today, Rings of Saturn, Cilver and Bad Case For Big Mouth. They join previously announced bands Five Finger Death Punch, Shinedown, A Day To Remember, Halestorm, Megadeth, Coheed and Cambria, Sixx: A.M., Lamb Of God, Clutch, Parkway Drive, Anthrax, Ghost, Collective Soul, Extreme, Wolfmother, Sevendust, Dokken, Trivium, Memphis May Fire, We Came As Romans, Scott Stapp, All That Remains, Stray From The Path, Pop Evil, Thy Art Is Murder, Red Sun Rising, Wild Throne, Like A Storm and Currents, plus Tool tribute band Schism and ’70’s dirt rock cover band Chevy Metal.

Get tix HERE!

Non-stop music begins upon the opening of gates each day – multiple stages, including the Upstate Concert Hall Arena, will host the artists above, with more to be announced. Plus, Pre/After Parties will include tributes to your favorite acts and some very unique surprises daily. See below for a day-by-bay performance line-up.

CONFIRMED DAILY LINE-UP:

Friday, May 20, 2016
Five Finger Death Punch
Lamb of God
Clutch
Parkway Drive
Wolfmother
Pop Evil
Scott Stapp
Corrosion Of Conformity
Red Sun Rising
Wild Throne
Schism (Tool Tribute)
and more TBA…

Saturday, May 21, 2016
A Day To Remember
Halestorm
Anthrax
Chevy Metal
Hollywood Undead
Extreme
State Champs
Sebastian Bach
Beartooth
We Came As Romans
Memphis May Fire
All That Remains
Avatar
Thy Art Is Murder
Stray From The Path
For Today
Rings of Saturn
Cilver

and more TBA….

Sunday, May 22, 2016
Shinedown
Coheed And Cambria
Megadeth
Sixx: A.M.
Collective Soul
Ghost
Sevendust
Dokken
Trivium
Enter Shikari
Born of Osiris
Like A Storm
Currents
Bad Case Of Big Mouth
and more TBA…

In addition to presenting performances from the world’s greatest bands, ROCK’N DERBY strives to showcase today’s best up-and-coming talent. Unsigned bands are welcome to enter “The Crusade”, a special battle of the bands style competition where bands can vie to perform at ROCK’N DERBY alongside musical legends! Sponsored by GameLoud, JRV Films, and Band Bodega, prizes include $250 and a main stage slot for the first prize winner, $100 and a side stage slot for the second prize winner, and four other slots are available to other winners. A video recap of the winners’ performances will be provided by JRV Films and artist merchandise packages will also be provided courtesy of Band Bodega. All battle competition performances will take place at Upstate Concert Hall, 1208 Route 146 in Clifton Park, NY. Enter now and get more info at http://thecrusade.rocknderby.com/.

Non-stop music is only half the fun – YOU are invited to take part in electrifying ROCK’N DERBY Demolition Derbies! That’s right – as an attendee, you can sign up to compete in real demolition derbies against your friends or even performing bands. Together, fans (first-timers or die hard hobbyists) and bands can join the fun and compete against one another.

Competing derby vehicles will include everything from cars to short buses! Teams/interested parties can register to enter their car at $40 per entry until April 1st (on April 1st, the price goes up to $50 and closes May 13th) and paint and supplies will be provided to each team and derby fans to decorate their car on Friday night for the opening ceremony. Registration, fees and rules are posted now at www.rocknderby.com. See below for prizing information.

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