One of the sleeper best albums of last year was Mark Pritchard's Under the Sun. The macabre video for “Give It Your Choir” Feat Bibio was just shared. It comes from acclaimed Dutch video director Emmanuel Adjei and was shot as a single take full frame monochrome. The video also features Olegar Fedoro who starred in Andrei Tarkovsky’s cult classic ‘Stalker’. The camera takes us through the dark hallways of a acomplex of hidden lives converging.

This is what Adjei had to say about the video:“The idea for ‘”Give It Your Choir” came from the track as I felt like it was chanting a cry for help in a modern world, losing its humanity. I wanted to show a not too distant reality where storage containers function as personal homes, and materialism seems to have become the new religion. 

This, in turn, is a neo industrial church where goods are being idolised; containers function as personal temples, and above all, the only spaces humans have left. As a similar parallel to cities all over the world enduring mass overpopulation and rising house prices, by wrapping our materialism in ribbons, carving tombs for our memories, we fill our fights with fumes, cry for our losses, and give our greed a choir” 

Big Thief

Watch: Big Thief “Mythological Beauty” Video

Apr 05, 2017

Big Thief, one of the very big and welcome surprises of 2016 with their debut Masterpiece, just released their video for "Mythological Beauty" from the forthcoming sophomore album Capacity, out June 9th on Saddle Creek. The Band announced the new record today. 

A press release describes the new album: "The trails that the band takes us down on Capacity are overgrown with a wilderness of souls. These are carnivorous stories, with pangs of sadness and joy. (Adrianne) Lenker shows us the gentle side of being ripped open, and then recounts the second act of pulling oneself back together to prepare for it all to happen again.

 “There is a darker darkness and a lighter light on this album,” reveals singer and guitarist Adrianne Lenker. “The songs search for a deeper level of self-acceptance, to embrace the world within and without. I think Masterpiece began that process, as a first reaction from inside the pain, and Capacity continues that examination with a wider perspective.”

"Mythological Beast" will be available on Record Store Day as a 7" b/w non-album track "Breathe in My Lungs". Learn more about the song via her interview with NPR Music's Bob Boilen on All Songs Considered

The video for features a cameo by Lenker's mother (who also graced the cover of Masterpiece) and was directed by Vanessa Haddad and Adam Gundersheimer. "It leaves itself open to interpretation as it follows a resolute woman played by Adrianne carrying a stricken man played by Buck Meek through the woods."

 

Big Thief also has a bunch of shows coming up:

BIG THIEF TOUR DATES (new dates in bold)
Thu. Apr. 27 - Washington, DC @ Songbyrd w/ Twain, Infinity Crush
Fri. May 5 - Sun. May 7 - Winooski, VT @ Waking Windows Music & Arts Festival
Wed. May 31 - Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre w/ Conor Oberst 
Thu. June 1 - Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Art & Music Festival
Fri. June 2 - Richmond, VA @ Friday Cheers at Brown's Island w/ Conor Oberst 
Sat. June 3 - Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa w/ Conor Oberst 
Sun. June 4 - Wilmington, NC @ The Throne Theater w/ Conor Oberst 
Tue. June 6 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Wed. June 7 - Lancaster, PA @ Arcade Lancaster
Fri. June 9 - Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade NYC
Thu. June 22 - Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
Fri. June 23 - Sun. June 25 - North Adams, MA @ Solid Sound Festival
Tue. June 27 - Montreal, QC @ Bar Le "Ritz" P.D.B.
Wed. June 28 - Toronto, ON @ The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
Thu. June 29 - Buffalo, NY @ Traif MusicHall
Fri. June 30 - Toledo, OH @ Ottawa Tavern
Sat. July 1 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell's Eccentric Cafe
Sun. July 2 - Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
Mon. July 3 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
Wed. July 5 - Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
Thu. July 6 - Sun. July 9 - Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Folk Festival
Mon. July 10 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
Tue. July 11 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
Wed. July 12 - St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
Thu. July 13 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room - Outside w/ Conor Oberst 
Fri. July 14 - Springfield, MO @ Gillioz Theatre w/ Conor Oberst 
Fri. July 14 - Sun. July 16 - Louisville KY @ Forecastle Festival
Mon. July 17 - Chicago, IL @ Millennium Park w/ Overcoats
Thu. July 20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Celebrate Brooklyn! w/ Conor Oberst, Hop Along
Fri. July 21 - Sun. July 23 - Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival
Fri. July 28 - Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Sat. July 29 - Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion w/ The Head and the Heart
Thu. Aug. 3 - Sun. Aug. 6 - Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon Festival
Tue. Aug. 8 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre w/ Belle and Sebastian
Sat. Aug. 12 - Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West Festival
Mon. Aug. 14 - Antwerp, BE @ Rivierenhof Theater w/ Conor Oberst, M. Ward
Tue. Aug. 15 - Frankfurt, DE @ Batchkapp w/ Conor Oberst
Wed. Aug. 16 - Erlangen, DE @ E-Werk w/ Conor Oberst
Thu. Aug. 17 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg w/ Conor Oberst
Fri. Aug. 18 - London, UK @ Koko w/ Conor Oberst
Sat. Aug. 19 - Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Sun. Aug. 20 - Stirling, UK @ Doune the Rabbit Hole
Mon. Aug. 21 - Liverpool, UK @ Academy w/ Conor Oberst
Tue. Aug. 22 - Glasgow, UK @ ABC w/ Conor Oberst

Amber Arcades

Listen: Amber Arcades “Can’t Say That We Tried”

Apr 03, 2017

The Dutch songwriter Annelotte De Graaf known as Amber Arcades, shared the celestial progression of "Can't Say That We Tried" today, leading up to the release of her forthcoming Cannonball EP, out June 2nd on Heavenly Recordings. The EP was recorded over a two days short stay in New York during her tour last September and was elected to be released as contained, stand alone session. The frayed innocence of De Graaf's voice rises over slow building organs to a finale of grandeur. It's an absorbing listen. Check it out below.

De Graaf says of the track: "I feel like a lot of times when I am attracted to a certain person or situation, it is not so much the person or situation itself but more my idea of what they represent, and this idea does not necessarily represent reality in any way. Getting to know people is scary because it necessarily requires you to bury your idealised version of a person and thereby bury a little piece of yourself or your childlike dreams maybe. But then again if you run away the moment someone doesn't seem to nicely conform to your idealised vision you can't really say you've tried or given anything a fair shot."

Geotic

Stream: Abysma

Apr 01, 2017

Will Wiesenfeld is a prolific LA producer who makes music under the aliases Baths, which he distinguishes as "active listening" and Geotic, which he calls passive. Wiesenfeld has released nine albums along with some singles and EPs on bandcamp. Yesterday Abysma was released, his first lalbum as Geotic on the Ghostly International label.

Ghostly offers this nice description of Geotics new music: "Abysma might be dance music created for at-home listening, but it’s replete with a quiet beauty and private communion that can rival anything made to command the totality of your attention span. In a world riven by noise and distraction, Abysma is as subtle as Sunday morning ritual, a tender epiphany in a bombastic fireworks show."

 Stream Abysma below. It's the weekend y'all..

Reptaliens

Premiere: Reptaliens “Olive Boy” Video

Mar 30, 2017

A lovely ennui flows naturally from Portland, Oregon's Reptaliens and their melancholic pop has the kiss of a quiet breeze. It's a family affair for the dream pop group recently signed to Captured Tracks, fronted by husband and wife Bambi and Cole Browning with band of friends Julian Kowalski (guitar), Bryson Hansen (synth), and Tyler Vergian (drums) playing along. Repataliens release the first single for the label "Prequel," b/w "Olive Boy" tomorrow and Under The Radar is premiering the exclusive video for "Olive Boy" today. The dreamily domestic vibe of their first video for "Prequel" turns down a dark hallway in "Olive Boy", directed by Verigin, with sinister exploits offset by the song's steady lounge groove. It makes for an amusing dichotomy.
 
"Olive Boy is about the life and making of a serial killer. It takes you through the Olive Boy's childhood, his adult life, and into a frenzy of his uncontrollable urge to kill. It was inspired by the beautiful olive groves of SoCal. After our last tour we came home and went straight into Julian's basement to write the song instead of celebrating our return. Doug Russel plays the olive boy and was cast as soon as the video concept was created. We all laughed about how he was the first and obvious choice for the part because he looks like a serial killer, but he's actually one of the sweetest and kindest humans we know- and he conveniently had a super creepy trap door on his back deck. Our drummer, Tyler Verigin, filmed and directed the whole thing. We shot everything in a day and, as always, our fog machine helped with some much needed special effects!"
 
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."

Explosions in the Sky

Watch: Explosions in the Sky - “The Ecstatics” Video

Mar 29, 2017

The potential harnessed by the layering of sound with moving image is endless. Based on the discography of Austin, Texas instrumental rock voyagers Explosions in the Sky, they fully appreciate this. In addition to the band's six albums, the most recent being last year's impressive The Wilderness, their film and television soundtrack credits include David Gordon Green's Prince Avalanche and both the motion picture and television show, Friday Night Lights. Explosions in the Sky have unveiled the first music video from The Wilderness, a stop-motion animation clip for "The Ecstatic" by director Hayley Morris. The synergy between Morris's incredible animation and the beauteous depth of "The Ecstatic" confirms the band's unique place in enhancing visuals through sound.

Morris elaborated on the meticulous animation process via an interview and behind the scenes clip at Fast Company.

The Wilderness is described as, "a bold, experimental work combining the band's unique song craft with the cinematic sensibility that has elevated them to the level of regard and demand they enjoy as film composers. It is an album where shoegaze, electronic experimentation, punk damaged dub, noise, and ambient folk somehow coexist without a hint of contrivance and cohere into some of the most memorable and listenable moments of the band's expansive body of work - "proper" studio albums and major motion picture soundtracks alike." That pretty much says it all. Have a look:

 

Explosions in the Sky are also set to head out on a new run of North American tour dates in continued support of The Wilderness:

EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY UPCOMING TOUR DATES
 
4/6/17 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
4/7/17 - Baton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
4/8/17 - Mobile, AL - Soul Kitchen
4/9/17 - Birmingham, AL - Iron City
4/10/17 - Tallahassee, FL - The Moon
4/12/17 - St. Petersburg, FL - Jannus Live
4/13/17 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
4/14/17 - Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
4/15/17 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
4/16/17 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
4/18/17 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
4/19/17 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
4/20/17 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall
4/21/17 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
4/22/17 - Port Chester, NY - Capitol Theatre
4/23/17 - Toronto, TN - Rebel
4/25/17 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
4/26/17 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
4/27/17 - Grand Rapids, MI - Covenant Fine Arts Center
4/28/17 - St Louis, MO  - The Pageant
4/29/17 - Oklahoma City, OK - Criterion Theater

The Proper Ornaments

Premiere: The Proper Ornaments Cover The Jesus and Mary Chain

Mar 28, 2017

It's raining today in New York and I can't think of a better thing to listen to than The Proper Ornaments cover of The Jesus & Mary Chain's "Deep One Perfect Morning", off of their immaculate Darklands album. The London indie pop group is the project of James Hoare (Ultimate Painting, Veronica Falls) and Max Oscarnold (Toy). Their second album Foxhole was released in January through Slumberland Records (US). Today they surprise us with their stripped down and lulled out rendition of a classic. It's a welcome surprise at that.

Taken away are JMC's signature tom tom's and bloody electric guitars and instead we drift through a warm key laden acoustic version of "Deep One Perfect Morning" that touches on, among other things, the best of The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

"We've been obsessed with Darklands for a long time now, we just love that record." says the band "It's difficult to differentiate the songs, it feels like a big long pessimistic one, like existentialist Beach Boys music, where the ocean is polluted and the nice cars have been burned or stolen."

 

The Proper Ornaments label, Slumberland sheds some light on the latest album: " On Foxhole they’ve sliced away a whole stratum of their sound, removing some distortion and lowering the frequency of plectrum strokes to allow more nuanced, piano-led ideas to emerge." Says James Hoare, “We wanted to move in a slightly different direction from ‘Wooden Head’, away from the distorted guitars and into a more peaceful area...That’s why the record has a laid back, conversational, not imposing or anxious feel in my opinion,” Adds Oscarnold, “There’s also the technical limitation of doing it on an 8 track which gives the songs a sparser sound.”

Between the pleasant surprise of album Foxhole to begin 2017, and the reverent ode to The Jesus and Mary Chain today, The Proper Ornaments are ingratiating themselves swiftly. 

TIGERS JAW

Watch: TIGERS JAW “Guardian” Video

Mar 22, 2017

Scranton, Pennsylvania emo rockers TIGERS JAW kind of disbanded after their 2014 album Charmer. Members Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins kept making music and now have announced details of their new LP spin, which will be released May 19th on Black Cement Records. Check out the video for the first single, "Guardian" below. It's a fun look inside recording studio life and the track has a catchy melodic guitar hook. spin was recorded with producer and longtime collaborator Will Yip at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, PA. It's the inaugural release from Black Cement Records

Says the press release "Comprised of Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins, TIGERS JAW has gripped listeners and press across the globe with their candid compositions and alluring harmonies. spin (stylized all lowercase) sees Walsh and Collins trading off lead vocals which glow with sincerity on this collection of incredibly understated indie--pop classics. Tracks such as “Guardian,” “June,” and “Escape Plan” shine on spin, which follows TIGERS JAW’s 2014 critically adored LP, Charmer." The new TIGERS JAW will be on tour beginning in the spring. Dates are below.

 

 

 TIGERS JAW

spin USA TOUR 2017

 

5/19 - WASHINGTON, D.C. - ROCK & ROLL HOTEL

5/22 - RICHMOND, VA - THE BROADBERRY

5/23 - CARRBORO, NC - CAT’S CRADLE

5/24 - ATLANTA, GA - THE MASQUERADE

5/25 - JACKSONVILLE, FL - 1904 MUSIC HALL

5/26 - TAMPA, FL - THE CROWBAR

5/27 - LAKE PARK, FL - KELSEY THEATRE

5/29 - HOUSTON, TX - WHITE OAK MUSIC HALL

5/30 - AUSTIN, TX - THE MOHAWK

5/31 - DALLAS, TX - GAS MONKEY BAR & GRILL

6/2 - MESA, AZ - THE NILE

6/3 - POMONA, CA - THE GLASS HOUSE

6/4 - LOS ANGELES, CA - THE REGENT

6/6 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SLIM’S

6/7 - SACRAMENTO, CA - GOLDFIELD TRADING POST

6/9 - PORTLAND, OR - HAWTHORNE THEATRE

6/10 - SEATTLE, WA - EL CORAZON

6/12 - SALT LAKE CITY, UT - THE COMPLEX

6/13 - DENVER, CO - MARQUIS THEATRE

6/15 - CHICAGO, IL - METRO

6/16 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN - CABOOZE

6/17 - DETROIT, MI - EL CLUB

6/18 - TORONTO, ON - VELVET UNDERGROUND

6/20 - CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH - GROG SHOP

6/21 - PITTSBURGH, PA - REX THEATER

6/22 - NEW YORK, NY - WEBSTER HALL

6/23 - PHILADELPHIA, PA - UNION TRANSFER

6/24 - BOSTON, MA - ROYALE