Rostam

Stream: Rostam – Half-Light Remixes EP1

May 31, 2018

Today Rostam released a four-song Remix EP from his's Luminous 2017 debut solo album Half-Light Nonesuch Records. The EP features new takes on "Gwan" from Tourist, "Warning Intruders" from Jim-E Stack, "Half-Light" (featuring Kelly Zutrau) from Instupendo, and "Bike Dream" from Matsor Projects. Presumably, there will be more Half-Light remixes. For now, enjoy these and check out Rostam summer tour dates below.


 

Rostam Summer Tour Dates:

May 31 Primavera Sound Festival Barcelona, SPAIN
Jun 2 All Points East Festival* London, UK
Jun 4 Point Ephémère Paris, FRANCE
Jun 5 Blue Shell Köln, GERMANY
Jun 6 Nochtewache Hamburg, GERMANY
Jun 8 NorthSide Festival Aarhus, DENMARK
Jun 10 Best Kept Secret Hilvarenbeek, NETHERLANDS
Jun 12 Rotonde, Botanique Brussels, BELGIUM
Jun 13 The Haunt London, UK
Jun 14 Scala London, UK
Jun 16 Donnybrook Stadium* Dublin, IRELAND
     
Jul 28 Newport Folk Festival (Sold Out)^ Newport, RI
     
Sep 13 Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
Sep 14 The Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
     

*special guest of The National

^w/Hamilton Leithauser 

Brooke Annibale

Premiere: Brooke Annibale ” Glow” Video

May 30, 2018

Singer-songwriter/guitarist Brooke Annibale out of Pittsburgh is putting out her newest record Hold to The Light, her third full-length record following 2015’s The Simple Fear. Hold to The Light is a pop-progressive album that offers a fusion of textured electronic and traditional instrumentation and "Glow" stylishly represents this shift. Under the Radar has the premiere of the video.

“When I wrote this song, it was kind of just a sweet soft little acoustic song, but I knew I wanted it to have a lot of energy", explains Annibale. "We initially recorded it with acoustic guitar at the forefront, but when I started playing it on electric we quickly shift gears to feature it instead. The acoustics are still there but they really just serve as another percussive element. The drums almost feel like a marching band but with distortion effects. It’s probably the “happiest” song I’ve ever released and it’s got some summer vibes for sure, so it feels really fun to release it this time of year...We were halfway through recording the song. My producer (Sam Kassirer) had been playing around with this pulsating synth/keys part that reminded me subtly of something…which I quickly realized was the intro to Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own” …After a dinner break, I asked him if he ever listened to it, and played it for him. It immediately, ironically inspired the rest of the song. Not the typical production reference for me, but I’ve always loved that song so it really worked. Obviously, the songs don’t end up sounding that similar, but that was certainly our inspiration for finishing the song."

Produced by Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Lake Street Dive) Hold to The Light features the contributions of seasoned artists Sam Kassirer on Keys; Zachariah Hickman (Josh Ritter, Ray Lamontagne) on Bass; Josh Kaufman (The National, Josh Ritter) on accompanying guitars; Sean Trischka on Drums; and Matt Douglas (Sylvan Esso, Mountain Goats) on Woodwinds.

 

Perfume Genius

Listen: Perfume Genius “Run Me Through” King Princess Remix

May 29, 2018

Perfume Genius is about to gift us with a remix EP of tracks taken from his wonderful fourth album No Shape. Reshaped will be released June 8th on Matador Records and features remixes by Mura Masa (“Slip Away”), Laurel Halo (“Die 4 You”), Jam City (“Just Like Love”), mmph (“Braid”), and No Shape producer Blake Mills (“Every Night”). The remix of "Run Me Through" by King Princess was just shared. Listen below and check out Perfume Genius summer tour dates.

 

 

Tour Dates:
6/8 - Forest Hills, NY - Forest Hills Stadium w/ Belle and Sebastian
6/13 - Madrid, Spain - Mad Cool Festival
6/14 - Lisbon, Portugal - Passeio Maritimo de Alges
8/8 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl w/ Bon Iver
8/10 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands Festival 

Jenny Hval

Watch Jenny Hval “Spells” Video

May 25, 2018

Jenny Hval's new EP The Long Sleep is out today via Sacred Bones. It's her first official release since 2016's marvelous Blood Bitch and follows the Lost Girls collaborative EP with Håvard Volden, released this past February. She also shared the video for Spells, directed by Constance Tenvik. 

As Hval describes it, “A detective like version of Jenny is carrying a mysterious suitcase through various disco infused rooms. At times her doppelganger appears. Soon enough the content of the chased suitcase is revealed to be pastel colored marshmallows. The slumber party is officially open and the sweets are up for grabs. A pillow fight evolves into a carnivalesque parade serving dance moves and crocodiles made out of bread and spinach - and with hard boiled eggs as eyes (recipe found in Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes). On the dance floor, Jenny attempts to become a disco ball by draping herself in silver sequins and by pointing with a Maglite on the rotating body. While she is covered in silvery fabrics and spinning, she is not noticing that the party is leaving her.”
 
Produced by Hval and Lasse Marhaug and recorded with Volden, “The Long Sleep” EP sees Hval embracing an instinctive, even subconscious, approach to creating meaning. In contrast to her more explicitly conceptual work, “The Long Sleep” foregrounds the act of composition itself, letting the melodies and structures reveal the other elements of the songs. All of the songs on the EP recycle the same compositional motives, but manipulate them into very different shapes that take them further and further out of their original, "life-like" context.

Wooden Shjips

Watch: Wooden Shjips “Already Gone” Video

May 24, 2018

The new video from San Francisco psych-rockers Wooden Shjips for the single "Already Gone" makes the Pacific Northwest look awfully nice...and sound nice too. "Already Gone" is from the forthcoming album V. 

Laura Jean

Listen: Laura Jean “Girls On the TV”

May 22, 2018

Melbourne songwriter Laura Jean just released the single "Girls On the TV" off of her forthcoming release Devotion. The new album, her fourth, sees Jean embracing a more of a chill-pop sound, based on the first single "Touchstone" and now  "Girls On the TV".

Ovlov

Listen: Ovlov “Spright”

May 21, 2018

Out of Newtown, CT fuzz rockers Ovlov will release their second proper full-length Tru in July, following their humorously titled Greatest Hits, Vol. II last year, a collection of songs from their many eps. They've shared the single "Spright". This one has a bit of a Pinback vibe to it. Check it out:

Phantogram

Listen: Phantogram Two Track Single In Support of American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

May 18, 2018

The passing of Scott Hutchison has once more brought needed attention to the mental health issues in artistic communities. Today Phantogram shared a two track digital single of particular significance in this light. Here's all the information from the press release:

After over two years processing the tragic loss of Sarah Barthel's sister (and Josh Carter's childhood friend) Becky to suicide, Phantogram today have shared their new original track "Someday""Someday" depicts the unspeakable grief, self-blame and sorrow that ensue after a loved one's death from suicide, but ultimately also conveys a transition toward hope, and an acknowledgment that life goes on and must be lived fully by survivors... and also a message of hope and love for anyone struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts or other crises as the songs darker initial verses give way to the light of the chorus lyric: "I'm always going to miss you, I'm always going to feel you in everything that I do... oh I love you so".

Proceeds from sales and streams of both tracks will go towards the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to support their mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Phantogram has previously worked with the organization and was honored with AFSP's Public Awareness Award at the non-profit's Lifesavers Gala on May 16th, 2018 in New York City.During their acceptance speech, Barthel spoke about the power of community support and their own journey since Becky's death, saying "We've learned that when you reach out, people reach back. Our fans, our friends and family, other artists and strangers were overwhelming in their support for us, and also for each other. The stories we've all shared with each other have helped fend off feelings of isolation, building an ongoing community that will continue together to break down stigmas and a tendency toward silence." 

 

Take a moment to listen to "Someday" below and donate to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) here.