Tom Rogerson & Brian Eno

Stream: Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno Collaboration Album - Finding Shore

Dec 11, 2017

A record well worth giving a listen surfaced quietly on Friday. Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno’s collaboration album Finding Shore was released on Dead Oceans. The label introduced it this way: "Finding Shore is an immersive, expansive record – truly a world unto itself – born from a simple construct, Tom improvising at the piano and Brian twisting those signals with the Moog Piano Bar (an obscure piece of Moog gear that works by using infrared beams focused on each piano key). We recommend you grab a seat, someplace comfy, and dive in headfirst." Recommendation taken and heeded. Get lost:


Son Lux

Listen: Son Lux “Dream State” Brighter Night Reimagination

Dec 07, 2017

Ahead of their highly anticipated new album Brighter Wounds dropping in February, Son Lux already has a reimagination of the lead single "Dream State". The tidal impact of the album version is toned down into a simply beautiful classical string composition on this Brighter Night version, over which the fragile power of Ryan Lott flutters. Check it out:

 

Total Control

Listen: New Total Control “Laughing At The System, Pt. 1”

Dec 06, 2017

Seemingly out of nowhere, Total Control will be releasing their new album Laughing At The System this Friday on Alter Records. The Melbourne band's last album Typical System was one of the best albums of 2014. Total Control was formed by Eddie Current Suppression Ring's Mikey Young and UV Race's Dan Stewart, other great Aussi punk groups. Today they revealed the first track off the new album, "Laughing At The System, Pt. 1". Listen below.

From total Control's Bandcamp page: Their new 12", 'Laughing At The System,' is a succinct statement, but it feels like the sharpest thing they've ever assembled. Written and recorded over the past couple of years in various lounge rooms, bedrooms, and rehearsal studios, across Melbourne, regional Victoria, and Western Australia, Al Montfort, Daniel Stewart, James Vinciguerra, Mikey Young, and Zephyr Pavey are—for the record—all accounted for in the process. 

Lionlimb

Watch: Lionlimb “Maria” Video

Dec 05, 2017

Lionlimb is comprised of founding members Stewart Bronaugh (formerly of Angel Olsen's band) and Joshua Jaeger (currently of Angel Olsen's band.) Their new album, Tape Recorder, coming out February 23rd on Bayonet follows 2016’s Shoo. With the album announcement, Lionlimb is sharing the video for lead single "Maria". It recalls the bigger songs of Elliot Smith. Check it.

“‘Maria’ addresses Maria Goretti, one of the youngest saints to be canonized,” explains Bronaugh. “Beyond that it’s about feeling a part of something bigger than yourself. It could be a connection you have to someone you’ll never meet. Or, appreciating what another person is going through even if you'll never fully understand it. We all have certain experiences in common, more or less, and music is a universal tool that reflects that. You don’t need any prior skills or knowledge in order to engage with it. ”

Tape Recorder seems like an album to look forward to in the new year: "Tape Recorder is a collection of six tracks written by Bronaugh after Lionlimb’s second European tour in Fall 2016, primarily on piano in Columbia University practice rooms. After having collaborated with a friend who plays cello, Bronaugh began expanding the songs to include violin, cello and bass clarinet. Having been the first time he scored music by hand, Bronaugh looked to ‘70s minimalist composers for research."

 

Wolf Parade

Watch: Wolf Parade Perform “You’re Dreaming”

Dec 04, 2017

Here's a little new Wolf Parade to rouse you out of any lingering Monday blues. Check out "You're Dreaming" from their First Play Live performance just after the new album dropped in October.

Walter Martin

Watch: Walter Martin on NPR’s Tiny Desk Ahead of New Album

Dec 01, 2017

Walter Martin has made hay since The Walkmen went on hiatus back in 2013, releasing three solo albums and today, Martin (co-writer/multi-instrumentalist of The Walkmen) announced the forthcoming release of his fourth - Reminisce Bar & Grill. The new album is set to release in early 2018 via Ile Flottante Music. 

He celebrated the announcement by appearing on NPR's Tiny Desk with a barbershop quartet, The Glen Echoes, a group of singers he found online and met for rehearsals the day before coming to NPR. Two of the three songs performed are from Reminisce Bar & Grill -  "I Went Alone On A Solo Australian Tour" and "Me & McAlevey." - the former being a wonderfully amusing call and response between Martin and The Glen Echoes about his observations and reflections from a recent solo tour to Australia. It's a refreshing reminder to not take yourself too seriously and that music can be light and funny.

Here's some background on Martin's new album from the press release:

Reminisce Bar & Grill is one that might throw fans of his two award winning kids' records (2014's We're All Young Together and 2017's My Kinda Music) for a loop. Listeners will still recognize the same affable narrator and quirky musical style as his previous solo work, but here the subject matter is shifted dramatically. With frankness and poignancy, Martin, now a 43-year-old married man with two young children, squarely tackles the subject of adulthood - specifically, his own.
 
"I think this is my mid-life crisis album," said Walter. "These days my friends and I all seem to be thinking the same dark thoughts - 'What the hell am I doing? What the hell's going on? I'm lost. I'm running out of time and I'm doing everything wrong. And I'm probably dying.' This is definitely an insane period," he continues, "but most of the time I kind of love it."
 
While Martin approaches these subject matters with candor and sincerity, he clearly also enjoys mining them for humor. "I wanted this album to be an entertaining discussion of marriage, fatherhood, work, fear, and weakness," he explained. "I'm definitely influenced by Woody Allen movies. No matter how serious or romantic or dark his story may be, there's always a strong undercurrent of comedy."

  

Amber Arcades

Premiere: Amber Arcades “Can’t Say That We Tried” - Stolen Sessions Live Performance

Nov 30, 2017

Back in the summer, Dutch musician Annelotte de Graaf, known as Amber Arcades, released the Cannonball EP, recorded during a two-day session in New York last fall. One of the beautiful standouts from the EP was "Can't Say That We Tried". The frayed innocence of De Graaf's voice rises over slow building organs to a finale of grandeur. It's an absorbing listen and recently, Stolen Sessions captured Amber Arcades performing the song live, with an added minimal drum loop. Under the Radar is sharing the premiere. 

Similar to NPR's Tiny Desk concert series, Stolen Sessions brings specially shot live tracks from the best new artists, traveling from all across the world to be captured in London’s most iconic spots. They’ve already filmed Danish three-piece Baby In Vain, electro-pop duo Anna Of The North and Nuria Graham, a young Catalan songwriter who just released her 3rd record with Primavera Sound’s label.

de Graaf had this to say about the song: "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 idealized 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 idealized vision you can't really say you've tried or given anything a fair shot."

Well said. Amber Arcades just started mixing her next record due spring 2018.

 

Totally Mild

Premiere: Totally Mild Shares Second Single “Lucky Stars” From Forthcoming Album

Nov 29, 2017

Melbourne, Australia pop quartet Totally Mild will be releasing its sophomore album Her via Chapter Records on February 23, 2018, and Under the Radar is premiering the new album's second single "Lucky Stars". The band calls "'Lucky Stars" "...a love song to a band. It's about being thankful for the good things in an uncertain situation." The new song is an unassuming piano ballad of poignant truth.  

Her is the follow up to the band's 2015 acclaimed debut Down Time. About the new album, singer Elizabeth Mitchell says "Her is a record of failure and victory, new desire, stale romance, queer domesticity and what comes when the party is over. I was torn between a new domestic life and the impulse to tear it all away with bad choices. I fell in love, but I wrestled for independence. I was always trying to prove that I didn't need anyone; my wife, my friends, my band. Her is a document of a woman struggling with the idea of potential. We are told that we could be limitless, but we wrestle with unseen personal and structural walls." Her was produced by one-time Architecture In Helsinki member James Cecil.

Totally Mild started out as the solo project of Mitchell and has now become a lush pop quartet made up of guitarist Zachary Schneider, drummer Dylan Young and bassist Lehmann Smith.