London '90s indie revivalists Yuck recently finished its first ever U.S. trek, supporting Fat Possum labelmates Smith Westerns, and now they're unveiling their somewhat-NSFW music video for "Get Away." They filmed the clip in L.A. and Orange County. The kaleidoscopic visuals also push forward a little sordid tale: The band pick up a naked hitch-hiker, and proceed to douse her with some type of oily substance, before dropping her off in the middle of nowhere. Damn. That's one rough day. Yuck just firmed up its ultra-busy SXSW schedule, and it includes a stop at our party. They will also tour withTame Impala very soon. Yuck's self-titled LP is out now on Fat Possum. Also, check out frontman Daniel Blumberg's mellower side project, Oupa.
Critical darling and multi-instrumental pop maven Anni Rossi will release her third LP, Heavy Meadow, on May 2 via the boutique imprint 3Syllables Records. The New York City-via-Minnesota singer, violist and keyboardist was originally going to issue the synth-pop release through 4AD last summer, but mysteriously postponed the release until this year. Download the garage rock-y "Land Majestic," above. Rossi worked with composer/drummer Devin Maxwell and engineer Matt Boynton in New York for this release. They recorded the LP at Boynton's Vacation Island studio in Brooklyn, a space that's been used by Bat For Lashes, Gang Gang Dance, and MGMT in the past. Peruse Rossi's tour dates at her official site.
Boston dream-folk songstress Marissa Nadler is sending out more free music to promote her upcoming, self-released, self-titled LP. She recently funded its production on Kickstarter and now she's taken to her Bandcamp page to release a few aural gems. Her new song is entitled "Baby, I Will Leave You In the Morning," and it's naturally a forelorn ballad about waylaid love. Ms. Nadler knows how to make us weep. (via Epitonic)
Colin Stetson: "Awake on Foreign Shores" / "Judges" / "Red Horse (Judges II)" / "In Love and In Justice" (A Take Away Show) Videos
Ann Arbor, Michigan-born, Montréal-based brass and woodwinds player Colin Stetson is a touring member of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre. He's also performed on stage and in the studio with well-known artists such as Tom Waits, David Byrne, Feist, Sinéad O'Connor, LCD Soundsystem, TV on the Radio, The National, Bon Iver, among others. He just issued his excellent second full-length for bass and baritone sax. It's called New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges and you can grab it via Constellation.
The devastating release was recorded live in single takes at Montréal's Hotel2Tango studio. No overdubs or looping were used and over 20 mics were placed on the sax and throughout the recording space. One brief, multi-tracked french horn and guest vocals by Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) and Laurie Anderson are the only examples of overdubbing on this beautiful release. It's one of the best albums of the year.
This week, Stetson performed four live tracks for La Blogothèque's A Take Away Show. The first vid was filmed in Stetson's swanky living room and the second took place in Belle Orchestre's basement studio. All four compositions ("Awake on Foreign Shores," "Judges," "Red Horse (Judges II)," "In Love and In Justice") are taken from Vol. 2: Judges. Enjoy the polyphonic audio and visual magic and do seek out Vol. 1 and 2 as soon as possible.
Wild Beasts: "Albatross" MP3 Stream
Dalston indie-pop outfit Wild Beasts will release their third LP, Smother, on May 10 in the U.S. and May 9 in the U.K.,via Domino. Domino's website is now offering a full stream of the LP's debut single, "Albatross." Listen to that below. The single will street on May 2, with a special 7-inch version available on Record Store Day (April 16). See upcoming tour dates here. According to the group, the new release is a more synth-oriented sound, influenced by "moving to Dalston," Brazilian scribe Clarice Lispector, Mary Shelley's classic novel, Frankenstein, and noise-electronica duo Fuck Buttons.
Fleet Foxes' Robin Pecknold released today three new solo songs via his Twitter account. The acoustic tracks were recorded in Los Angeles "a couple weeks ago with my friend Noah," Pecknold writes in an update. He makes it clear that they are not exclusive preview material from the forthcoming Fleet Foxes record, nor is it a cheeky way for Pecknold to announce a solo project-yet.
The last in his trio of new music is the forlorn yet elegant cover of "Where Is My Wild Rose," originally performed by New England folk artist Chris Thompson.