Kelly Lee Owens

Watch: “Anxi” Video

Mar 20, 2017

Up and coming London producer/vocalist Kelly Lee Owens' debut album is out this Friday, March 24th via Smalltown Supersound. She shared her first music video for “Anxi” featuring Jenny Hval today. It was directed by visual artist Kim Hiorthøy and features some very cool animation.

Hval murmurs and swoons into into the minimalist, syncopated pulse-wave submerged in tension. Owens says of working with her cohort in disquieted plunging, “It has been my most freeing and open collaboration so far, and my first time working with a female..It was a very powerful experience for me, I felt she brought something strange and quite beautiful.”

The debut album follows the release of her Oleic EP this past fall. Owens produced the album herself, taking inspiration from Daniel Avery, who’s 2013 densely motorized Drone Logic, features Owens’ vocals. In the press release the album is described as one, “that bridges the gaps between cavernous techno, spectral pop, and Krautrock’s mechanical pulse” Together, Kelly Lee Owens and Jenny Hval tap something absorbing. 

Reptaliens

Watch: “Prequel” Video

Mar 14, 2017

The husband-wife and friends group from Portland, Oregon, Reptaliens, just signed to Captured Tracks and yesterday announced the release of their debut single, "Prequel/Olive Boy", out March 31st. Check out the dreamily domestic video for "Prequel" below. Right after another husband and wife musical team Tennis released a new album of free and easy pop, Bambi and Cole Browning follow in their own step, with the help of friends Julian Kowalski (guitar), Bryson Hansen (synth), and Tyler Vergian (drums).

Captured Tracks had this welcome for their new artists: "Named in reverence for their interests in cult mentality, transhumanism, and conspiracy theories, Reptaliens quickly evolved from a bedroom-recording project to a full-fledged band that explores fringe pop culture through analog synthesizers, electric guitars, melodic bass lines, and Bambi’s lulling vocals. Inspired by science fiction writers like Philip K. Dick and FM-2030 and music ranging from Paul McCartney and Wings to African artists Francis Bebey and Nahawa Doumbia, the band creates lo-fi chameleonic dreamscapes that fall sonically and visually somewhere between abstract expressionism and surrealism."

  

Nick Hakim

Watch: “Bet She Looks Like You” Live ATO Session Video

Mar 11, 2017

Fresh nightingale out of Brooklyn by way of D.C. Nick Hakim has breathed some life into the soul game, stepping in like the introduction of a sick new member of The X-Men. “Bet She Looks Like You” is the deeply echoing, vivacious and throwing first single from his upcoming debut album Green Twins and the live video was released today. The swing step of the live video version throws it up a few tics in tempo from the album recording. Shot in B&W, it looks like they found the perfect room for acoustics, shut the windows that framed passing subway cars in the background and filled it with a groove that moves with the mood of their good spirits.

Hakim is about to lift spirits at SXSW with a number of performances and then set out on a North American / Canadian tour. This should build plenty of anticipation for his debut full-length album Green Twins, out May 19th on ATO records.

As described in the press release, “Hakim’s debut comes as the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician. Hailing from Washington, D.C., he grew up in a musical household—his older brother introduced him to bands like Bad Brains and Nirvana, and his parents exposed him to Nueva canción—while he set out on his own to discover the DC music scene. He didn’t take an interest in learning an instrument until high school, when he taught himself to play the keys. After graduation, he moved to Boston to continue his study of music. In the time since moving to Brooklyn and setting to work for three years on Green Twins, he embraced the live circuit, both as a solo musician and with his band, whom he’s brought together from within his community in Boston and New York.”

Nick Hakim SXSW Performances:

Mar 15 Noisetrade x CLIF Bar @ Blackheart Bar - 2:00 PM
Mar 16 Urban Outfitters @ Space24 - 1:00 PM
Mar 16 South By San Jose @ Hotel San Jose - 3:00 PM
Mar 16 ATO Records @ Cedar Street Courtyard - 9:00 PM
Mar 17 Laneway @ Mohawk - 12PM
Mar 17 Austin Oasis @ Hole In The Wall - 1:50PM

Nick Hakim Tour Dates:

Mar 10 Blueberry Hill - St. Louis, MO
Mar 11 Proud Larry’s - Oxford, MS
Mar 13 Gasa Gasa - New Orleans, LA
Mar 14 White Oak Music Hall Upstairs - Houston, TX
Mar 19 Valley Bar - Phoenix, AZ
Mar 21 Voila! Gallery - Los Angeles, CA
Mar 22 Brick & Mortar - San Francisco, CA
Mar 24 Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
Mar 25 Alexander Gastown - Vancouver, BC
Mar 26 Barboza - Seattle, WA
Mar 29 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
Mar 30 The Back Room - Milwaukee, WI
Mar 31 Hi-Fi - Indianapolis, IN
Apr 01 Club Café - Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 19 The Dome - London, UK (Sold Out)
Apr 20 Le Pop Up du Label - Paris, FR
Apr 22 Studio 672 - Cologne, DE
Apr 23 Bitterzoet - Amsterdam, NL
Apr 25 Berghain Kantine - Berlin, DE
May 11 The Drake Hotel - Toronto, ON
May 12 Bar Le Ritz PBD - Montréal, QC
May 13 Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
May 14 Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton, MA
May 17 Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
May 20 Rock & Roll Hotel - Washington, DC

Gold Connections

Listen: “Isabel”

Mar 09, 2017

The momentum for Charlottesville, VA's Gold Connections has been building like his song structures. Led by songwriter, guitarist and lyricist Will Marsh and produced by fellow Virginian turned global rocker Will Toledo of Car Seat Headrest, the band has systematically rolled out its introduction through releases of songs from the self-titled debut EP out March 31st on Fat Possum.

"Isabel" is the third single, following the recently released “Faith in Anyone" and "New Religion". It’s further evidence that the songwriting of Marsh combined with the production of Toledo - who also plays drums, electric guitar, bass, and backing vocals throughout the EP - yields something substantial. Marsh calls out from the contained rage of guitar feedback and distortion. The press release characterizes it as “(building) from interlocking guitar patterns into an acid-drenched sonic storm rich in the tradition of the very best road-ready indie rock.”

Marsh says: "'Isabel' is not a song about a girl, but a blurred portrait of the circus we call love. It took two years to write because I kept on finding new bizarre angles...If Isabel is a girl then she's parading somewhere out of view." Take a listen:

Gold Connections also announced an expansion of its US tour. After appearances at SXSW, The band will embark on a short east coast run with Philadelphia's Suburban Living before joining Car Seat Headrest for a trio of summer dates in Virginia, Ohio and Vermont. A full itinerary is listed below.

Gold Connections Tour Dates:

3/09 -  Columbus, OH @ The Basement *
3/10 - Indianapolis, IN @ The HiFi *
3/11 - St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway *
3/17 - Austin, TX @ Rachael Ray's Feedback House, 6pm (1102 East Cesar Chavez St.)
3/18 - Austin, TX @ ROSQUATCH ~ A Hairy & Sweaty SXSW Day Party @ Swan Dive, 4PM (615 Red River St)
3/18 - Austin, TX @ NME Showcase, 11:20 PM (Barracuda - 611 E 7th St)
3/30 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern (Record Release Party) #
3/31 - Charlottesville, VA @ Sidetracks Music (In-store)
4/06 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge %
4/04 - Harrisonburg, VA @ The Artful Dodger (Macrock)
4/09 - Washington, DC @ DC9 ^
4/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's ^
4/11 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter ^
4/12 - Raleigh, NC @ Neptune's ^
4/14 - Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery ^
4/15 - Norfolk, VA @ Charlie's Cafe ^
6/30 - Richmond, VA @ Brown's Island (Final Fridays) $
8/01 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom $
8/03 - Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground Ballroom $

* = w/ The Districts
# = w/ Angelica Garcia and The Winstons
% = w/ Active Bird Community
^ = w/ Suburban Living
$ = w/ Car Seat Headrest

Brightness

Listen/Watch/Learn – “Oblivion” Lyric w Guitar Tabs Version

Mar 08, 2017

Alex Knight is a new artist releasing through Godmode and I Oh You as Brightness. The lead single “Oblivion” is a great entry point. Check out the lyric and guitar tabs version, along with the video here.  

The Aussie turned out to be more of a country boy after all. After a stint in London, Knight returned to his home town a couple of hours outside Sydney and between cleaning windows and sailing large boats for their owners, Knight writes down home rocking tunes. You can get a sense of the place in the video for “Oblivion” directed by Mclean Stephenson.

Knight's way of finding balance is to record music, playing all the instruments himself on Teething, Brightness's forthcoming debut LP out later this spring. The album looks to be a statement of resilience after the songwriter lost his way a bit in London. As the label puts it: “Anybody who's brushed up with the grind of city life will find comfort and companionship in (the record) "

"Oblivion" is out now via I Oh You and Godmode. The ebullient fuzz of warmed-up gutiar pushes forward behind Knight’s tenuous vocals, giving it projection. In some ways it feels like a grittier version of early Death Cab for Cutie.

Knight describes it this way: ”It’s about witnessing somebody mentally unravel and being unable to help them. I’d sat with a different version of this song for a long time and was never really sold on it until I had the idea to replace the chorus with one from another song and move the instrumental breaks to the beginning and end. While I was recording it I often referred back to the production style of a track by Blake Mills called ‘Hey Lover’.”

Charles Steinberg

Methyl Ethel

Methyl Ethel: Stream New Album – Everything Is Forgotten

Mar 06, 2017

The upstarts from Perth, Australia, Methyl Ethel have mounted a steadily building buzz since their debut last year, Oh Inhuman Spectacle. Their anticipated second full-length, Everything is Forgottendropped Friday and has been getting rotation since. The trio has somehow seemed to strike a balance between Hall & Oats, George Michael and a spiral of glam rock and syth pop of their own that feels both pleasantly dated and fresh. Stream it below.

The Band's label 4AD had this to say about the new album: "Methyl Ethel’s second full-length, the record is a vivid, compelling and mysterious creature, all curvaceous pop nuggets and enigmatic currents.  Written and recorded by Perth-based frontman Jake Webb, it was brought to life by acclaimed British producer James Ford (Arctic Monkeys, Foals).  The pair’s collaboration has infused Methyl Ethel’s shoegaze dream-pop palate with electronic and polyrhythmic flourishes, allowing Webb’s keening, gender-fluid vocals and searing poetry to take centre stage."

 

Pantha du Prince

Listen – “Islands In The Sky” Ambient Version

Mar 03, 2017

Last year, German producer Hendrik Weber, known by his electronic super hero alias as Pantha du Prince, returned to the scene with the highly textural and far reaching The Triad, a collaboration with NYC’s Scott Mou and Norway’s Bendik Kjeldsberg of Bell Laboratory.

Today, Weber announced a limited edition, “totally reworked ambient re-envisioning” of the album. The hypnotic and escapist ambient version of “Islands In The Sky” was shared as well, along with the announcement on the Rough Trade site. Take it on a spin here:

Along with the ambient reinterpretation, there will be a digital EP of remixes of the album’s songs from a selection of other electronic auteurs including “deep-house royalty Solomun, Berlin acid house adventurer Recondite, eclectic minimalist Efdemin, Amsterdam-via-Nigeria house innovator Shinedoe, experimental polymath Alva Noto, and more.” This is quite the roster to go in on a signature Pantha album and the whole bundle seems too good to be true.

Weber describes the concept behind 'The Triad - Ambient Versions':

“The Triad Ambient Versions bring the listener into a free space, as music consists of strictly folded sonic spaces that can be structured for the dance, for body-movement: the heart beat synchronizes the movement. The ambient versions have no beats and the listener gets a more transparent musical picture, an image full of light-atmosphere non-defined and free, for the human spirit to unfold its own way of receiving space folded into time. The straight columns of rhythm were taken away for a light wind of silence and non-structured fluid movements."

To support both versions of The Triad, Pantha du Prince will make his long-awaited return to this US this May. His last US shows took place in 2014.

TOUR DATES

Wed, May 17 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL

Thu, May 18 – The Ground - Miami, FL

Fri, May 19 – Together Festival at Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA

Sat, May 20 - Flash Factory - New York, NY

Sun, May 21 – Marble Bar – Detroit, MI

Thu, May 25 - The Regent Theater - Los Angeles, CA

Sat, May 27 - Great Northern - San Francisco, CA

  

 

 

 

Gonjasufi

Listen – “Your Maker” Remix by Massive Attack’s Daddy G

Mar 01, 2017

Collaborations of artists from different genereations are intriguing from the standpoint of learning what current music the older guard digs on, and visa-versa. Daddy G of Massive Attack – the standard bearer for bleak, underworld fusion production in the 80's and 90's – has lent his trademark trip-hop drums to his remix of "Your Maker" by Gonjasufi. The original set off last year's Gonjasufi album CALLUS, a journey into the experimental zones of mobidity from the fearless producer. It makes sense that the music spoke to Daddy G and his remix provides a slap in the face to the drugged stooper of "Your Maker"'s sound. Give it a listen here:

Gonjasufi expressed his appreciation of the legendary producer on the Warp Records announcement: "Speaking on the collaboration, Gonjasufi said "Daddy G!!!!!.. is the king of the 'decrepit chant'! & his work on all the Massive Attack records proves that sh**! so to have him rework the funeral chords of "ya maker" !!??!!..... I'm beyond honored! Massive attack remains 1 of the most influential groups of all time! & w/o their records their would be no 'Gonjasufi'”

The announcement adds that, "The Bristol-born pioneer blends atmospheres into a swelling moment of anxiety as the track is reimagined in classic form. The pairing spans generations and the collaboration will ring true to fans of both producers." It also provided information about Gonjasufi's upcoming spring tour through the UK and Europe: "Gonjasufi will be returning to the stages of Europe for his first major live run in nearly 5 years, touring in support of 2016's Callus and forthcoming releases. Confirmed dates are below."

Charles Steinberg

GONJASUFI - UK/EU TOUR

w/ support from Skrapez
April 18 – Leipzig, GER @UT Connewitz 
April 19 – Cologne, GER / Gebude 9
April 20 – Frankfurt GER/ Das Bett
April 21 – Hamburg GER/ U&G 
April 22 – Berlin, GER / Gretchen
April 23 – Munich, GER/ Feierwerk 
April 25 – Nuremberg GER/ Z-bau
April 26 – Geneva, CH / La Graviere 
April 27 – Zurich, CH/ Hotel Fabrik 
April 28 – Bern, CH/ Dempfzentrale 
April 30 – Krems, AT / Donau Festival
May 02 – Copenhagen, DK/ Lille Vega Club
May 03 – Paris, FR / Badaboum
May 05 – Arnhem, NL / Willemeen
May 06 – Brussels, BE / Botanique
May 07 – Aachen, GER / Musikbunker
May 09 – London, UK / Archspace
May 10 - London, UK / Archspace
May 12 – Bucharest, Romania / Club Control

May 13 – Cluj Napoca, Romania / Form Space