The 'Cold Cold Heart' EP -- out February 12th via Bensen's own label Puncture Records (Universal) -- boasts intense, deep arrangements with pulsing electronics, bacchanalian horns, and feverish backing vocals, sounding like a mix of Jack Ladder, David Byrne, and Jarvis Cocker.
Novelty Daughter has released the second single from her long-awaited debut album 'Semigoddess' today via German-based fashion, art, and media magazine KALTBLUT Magazine. "Shellbody" follows "Day of Inner Fervor," which premiered late last year via Stereogum.
Stereogum praised Novelty Daughter for her "mesmerizing voice," saying the track "feels like a welcome fever dream, incorporating disco and jazz and a free-flowing sense of time to craft a wholly unique experience." New single "Shellbody" shares these same qualities, but punchy, crunchy synths have been replaced with soft, elegant textures.
'Too Far Out,' the band's debut LP will be released on March 4th via FeelTrip Records.
Chicago's genre-busting, celestially riotous Sexy Fights create sounds that seem equally beamed in from the past, the future, underground and from the skies. Retro disco sounds merge with psych-rock textures while soaring vocals meet futurist synthscapes, all evoking the classic and the modern in a body of work that subverts the fashionably vintage for a thrillingly propulsive new world style.
Noisey premiered the leading single and video late last year -- the band's first release since 2012's self-titled debut EP. "Bending Light" fits somewhere on the spectrum between the Knife, Tame Impala, and Black Moth Super Rainbow, with vibrant female vocals, warm electronics, and elevated beats: "A throbbing night-time cut that polished modern-day synth pop with an '80s sheen" (Consequence of Sound).
"Underflow" – the first single from Emma Louise’s forthcoming, second album – has captured much attention since it was released last month. Premiered by Beats 1 and immediately added to triple j, it quickly rose up the single charts, hitting the Top 10 of Hype Machine’s ‘Now’ Chart and Spotify playlists worldwide.
This week, Pigeons and Planes have premiered a remix of "Underflow" from none other than Little Dragon. "Underflow" is the first remix from the critically acclaimed Swedish electronic band in four years.
Young & Sick, once dubbed "the mysterious visual artist-turned-R&B innovator" by The FADER, has remixed a track off of 'NyQuil pop' duo Bent Denim's debut album Romances You. "City of Gardens" has been given the "dad's dance moves" treatment and Stereogum has the premiere.
Bent Denim met Nick Van Hofwegen (Young & Sick) back in 2014 when they were tapped to open for him on his national headlining tour of North America. Of the remix, Bent Denim's Ben Littlejohn writes, "Nick did a ridiculously good job of giving this song an entirely different landscape and changing it to something more methodical and rhythmic. It has the pulsating bass and swirling grooves that I've come to expect and love from him, but with mine and Dennis's voice on it. I couldn't be happier about where Nick took this." Van Hofwegen would like for listeners to, "Picture your dad dancing to it while listening."
Bent Denim is also thrilled to announce the release of Romances You on vinyl via German label Anette Records. The duo's acclaimed debut album was originally released on April 28 2015, digitally and on CD and cassette.
I'm an Island announced his debut LP Bored Days, Old Years late last year via Consequence of Sound, offering the entire A-Side for streaming. "Bored Days sounds like Gardner at his most intimate," wrote Consequence of Sound, and in late 2015 Indie Shuffle included one of the tracks in their 'Best Folk Songs of 2015' list alongside Sufjan Stevens, Jose Gonzalez, Edward Sharpe and more.
Today I'm an Island reveals album artwork and the first single off of the B-Side, "Vitamin D," at The Wild Honey Pie. "An Ode to the shining rays that disintegrate January blues" (- The Wild Honey Pie).
Back in December, Half Waif released "Nest" -- the first single from their forthcoming new full length album Probable Depths. Stereogum had the premiere, and later that week the track was featured as one of the '5 Best Songs of the Week,' winning praise for its creative use of found sounds.
DIY Magazine has the accompanying video premiere today, which seems fitting, as the making of the "Nest" video was very much a DIY Half Waif family affair: Bassist Adan Carlo shot the video alongside his partner Celina Carney, who edited the clip as well, and all of the projections were created and operated live by frontwoman Nandi Rose Plunkett's partner Zack Levine, who also plays the drums.
The video was dreamed up and filmed in apartments in both Williamsburg, Brooklyn and Ridgewood, Queens. Many of the images, which appear to be cells or skeletons or microbial planets, were effects dreamed up by Carney: Poly-Fil lit up from behind, flashlights turning on and off in unfocused light, sequins reflected to look like tiny insects or sparks from the cosmos, etc. The final result is a true extension of the song, one that's dreamy, psychedelic, and alien.
The Golden Dawn Arkestra returns to Earth today from ions of spacetime travel in order to bring you their debut LP Stargazer -- a grand, expansive record that represents the joy and rapture the band brings to audiences as they spread their message of ecstatic consciousness.
Line of Best Fit had the very first listen to the record and premiered the title track as "Song of the Day" on December 18th, saying: "It's intergalactic, it's a little bit weird, and it's bloody great." The band are releasing another single from the album today, a psychedelic jammer called "SAMA CHAKA" -- premiering at CLASH: "Sitting somewhere between Sun Ra and Sly Stone, their outer-galactic, intra-national hymns soar into space with a funky stride."
twig twig is the new solo project from Brooklyn-based producer and composer Zubin Hensler.
He quietly released his warm and spacey debut single "Talk Go" back in October via SoundCloud, earning thirteen-thousand listens in just three months. Today he follows up the track with an emotive and delicate new ballad called "Fade Away" -- premiering at The Line of Best Fit as SOTD:
"Much like pillows or small furry animals, Hensler’s twig twig is a loving embrace; a sense of warmth and comfort; self effacing and, most importantly, a damn good listen."
- The Line of Best Fit
The PitchBlak Playlist is a free new monthly series at Manhattan Inn, hosted by PitchBlak Brass Band and presented by HYPNOCRAFT. Each month, the Playlist will feature a different hip-hop artist -- some emerging, some established -- in an evening of collaborations arranged by PitchBlak members.
Birthplace Magazine announces the first PitchBlak Playlist artist of 2016, today: Bond St. District. The duo's debut EP 'Everybody's So Sleepy' fuses the aggression of hip-hop with the heyday of Motown, culminating in a sound that is irresistible and familiar yet idiosyncratic.
Wednesday, January 6th -- 10pm [Facebook Event]:
Jesse Harris & Star Rover + Adrianne Lenker (Big Thief)
Thursday, January 7th -- 10pm [Facebook Event]
Holly Miranda + Ambrosia Parsley + Gracie & Rachel
Sunday, January 10th -- 8:30pm [Tickets] [Facebook Event]
A Tribute to Lou Reed, featuring: Jolie Holland + Mirah
+ Sinkane + Pencil (mems of Big Thief) + Invisible Familiars
+ Cassandra Jenkins and Sam Owens (Celestial Shore) + Your 33 Black Angels
[TICKETED: $12 Adv | $15 Day of Show]
Monday, January 11th -- 9:00pm [Facebook Event]
Legs + SKP (LIP TALK)
Sunday, January 17th -- 8:30pm [Facebook Event]
Bay Uno + C. Gibbs + Hunter Simpson (WILD YAKS)
Monday, January 18th -- 8:30pm [Facebook Event]
Tongues in Trees + Teletextile
Steve Marion (Delicate Steve) & Jeremy Gustin (Albert Hammond Junior)
Wednesday, January 20th -- 10pm [Facebook Event]
Charguax + Paris_Monster
Sunday, January 24th -- 8:30pm [Facebook Event]
Annique Monet + Uni Ika Ai + Kelli Frances Corrado
Monday, January 25th -- 8:30pm [Facebook Event]
Star Rover + Aerial East + Sam Evian
Thursday, January 28th -- 10pm
Elle Winston + TBA
Sunday, January 31st -- 8:30pm
PitchBlak Playlist Residency
Half Waif have released the first single from their forthcoming new full length album Probable Depths today -- streaming exclusively at Stereogum. Expanding upon the successes of 2014's debut album KOTEKAN, Probable Depths unfolds like a rose slowly opening itself to the sunlight.
In a sense, Probable Depths is an homage to frontwoman Nandi Rose Plunkett's childhood home: "My producer Zubin Hensler and I went to Williamstown for a week in December 2014 to sample sounds from in and around the house, and those became the percussion for the album (with the exception of a couple of instances of live drums). So the frigid New England woods, the clank of the wood stove, the floors I ran across as a kid; they all quite literally exist within the confines of the album."
On "Nest," the album's leading single, Plunkett's plaintive vocals are wed to crackling beats and lush backwards loops, like an audio version of a down comforter. Although she wants to "keep you safe," "Nest" funnels itself into a mid-song vortex; then, the beat straightens itself out, revealing the hidden pop core of Half Waif's music. The track shows Half Waif playing with similar personal-is-political themes as Holly Herndon and Jenny Hval.
As Nandi tells it, “Half Waif was born at a time when all my identities were fracturing and shifting. A waif is someone without a home, but here I was with too many homes, a half waif by virtue of feeling unattached to any specific place, but to many places at once. I took up the torch of Half Waif to make sense of all of the sounds and stories that have made me -- dark piano-based melodies that weave in strains of Celtic folk song and medieval chant with the gravity of doom metal. The music I make is as diverse as my bloodline.”
Half Waif has gone through many iterations, utilizing a plethora of collaborators (such as Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier) and instrumentation. The current line-up features Zack Levine on drums/electronic percussion and Adan Carlo on electric bass. Levine, Carlo, and Plunkett are also part of Pinegrove, who've just signed to Run For Cover.
Aside from her work as Half Waif, Nandi Rose Plunkett tours with OneBeat -- an organization that brings musicians from around the world together to create original work. She also curates a monthly residency at the reclaimed former iron works factory Pioneer Works (in Redhook, Brooklyn) called Found Sound Nation, which features diverse artists, both local and international, crossing over the classical / world / pop / experimental genres. As Nandi says, “Creating community--whether through these two bands or through my work with Found Sound Nation-- is so important to me, because it becomes yet another home to draw inspiration from. I hope that the music I'm making finds an audience that takes it in and feels energized by it, or soothed, and hears in it the echoes of their many homes.” This echo is an invitation -- from Half Waif to you -- and extending ever outward. Heed its call.
Probable Depths will be released this spring.
Introducing Kid Flicks -- the experimental/pop project from Athens-based musical craftsman Nickos Dervisis. Kid Flicks' first two full length albums were released as Dervisis' solo project -- one that explored the nature of childhood memories -- earning praise from DIY Magazine, Impose, No Fear of Pop, and more. But on March 2016, Kid Flicks will release a new full length as a full band, with the addition of Danae Palaka and Haris Neilas on drums/percussion/electronics, as well as Themos Ragkousis on bass.
The new album explores diverse influences, from sunshine pop to sample-based electronica, incorporating elements of Greek, Middle Eastern, and African music. "Textiles," the first single to be released from the album, is a plunderphonic-pop gem (ie a "sound collage") filled with arabic inspired rhythms, dionysiac arpeggiators, as well as tributes to Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, 70s Greek rock band Eksadaxtilos, Alice Coltrane, and La Grande Illusion, among others. Gold Flake Paint has the premiere.
"Underflow" – the first single from Emma Louise’s forthcoming, second album – has captured much attention since it was released last month. Premiered by Beats 1 and immediately added to triple j locally, it quickly rose up the single charts. Drawing in listeners from all parts of the globe with Emma’s stunning, heartfelt vocals, raw sentiment and blissful production, "Underflow" hit the Top 10 of Hype Machine’s ‘Now’ Chart and popped up on Spotify playlists aplenty worldwide.
Now, Emma reveals the beautiful video for the song. Shot by the supremely talented Dylan Duclos, the video takes viewers deep into Emma’s psyche in an explosion of texture and colour.
“First time I heard ‘Underflow’ it lingered in my mind for hours after. I wanted to explore an impending emptiness, contrasted with that little glimpse of hope you find deep within yourself. For me, it had to be something visual; something that felt like an art piece, or a high-end fashion shoot. Working with Emma was great. To collaborate with an artist who has such a clear direction in terms of her aesthetic and image was really cool and proved such a smooth process.”
– Dylan Duclos
"I wrote Underflow about that feeling that swells up inside of you when you know that things in your life are about to change. It's like an undercurrent that at first you ignore, and it builds and builds until you know you need to make a decision, albeit hard and scary at the time. Then the change comes, and everything is new and different."
– Emma Louise
Emma herself created the single artwork for "Underflow," a testament to the fact that everything she releases is 110% Emma Louise. She painted the single cover’s protagonist bald, and in a classic case of life imitating art, later had to shave her own head due to a mishap during the making of the video.
Bent Denim is thrilled to announce that their debut album Romances You is now available on vinyl via German label Anette Records -- just in time for all of the holidays! The album is also available digitally, as well as on CD and cassette. The band also has a new video, for "China Doll," premiering today -- exclusively at CMJ.
Glass Vaults are a group of close friends making pop music in Wellington, New Zealand. Formed in 2010 and once referred to as 'Glacial Pop', the songs from Sojourn, the bands debut LP (after three EPs), are from a warmer climate. Written during a summer in New York, Southern Florida and Wellington, New Zealand, it's songs are lush psychedelic folk, celebrating environment and love. Sojourn premiered at #1 on the New Zealand Independent Charts and at #5 on the overall charts. The album is available on iTunes and via Flying Out in NZ, on vinyl, CD, and as a digital release.
Gold Flake Paint premieres Glass Vaults' new "West Coast" video, today -- a euphoric track off ofSojourn. The clip, which GFP labels as "quietly magical counterpoint" to the song, was directed by Glass Vaults and shot in their home town of Wellington, New Zealand. It features the band's friend Kwame who "loves Michael Jackson and basketball."
Since their conception in 2010, Glass Vaults have: released three EP's on North American indie label Jukboxr; played to capacity crowds inside empty swimming pools and forests; topped alternative radio charts; toured New Zealand, Australia and the East Coast of the U.S.A; taken up residence in New York and had considerable praise across the blogosphere.
Golden Dawn Arkestra hails from a small planet in the constellation Cygnus, light-years away in the outermost reaches of the galaxy. The Arkestra conducts experiments involving space and time travel through the use of sound and movement. Their followers delight in these rituals; all bear witnesses to their higher selves and joyously bask in the eternal light that joins us all as one.
Armed with unique instrumentation that includes, horns, percussion, synthesizers, vibraphone and bass clarinet, Golden Dawn Arkestra combines deep grooves with cinematic textures. The theatric visuals of The Arkestra are enriched further by appearances from various dancers who, like the musicians, are adorned in shimmering garments reminiscent of intergalactic kingdoms of yore. Inspired to exuberance by ritualistic practices such as processions, chanting, and the power of the music itself, the audience falls into spellbound frenzies.
The Golden Dawn Arkestra returns from ions of spacetime travel to planet Earth to bring you their debut LP Stargazer. The Line of Best Fit has the first listen of the title track today, premiering the song as their "Song of the Day." Stargazer brings you a grand, more expansive sound that represents the joy and rapture that Golden Dawn Arkestra brings to audiences as they continue to spread a message of ecstatic consciousness.
Recorded & produced by Erik Wofford (Black Angels, Okkervil River, Octopus Project) in his cathedral of sound on the banks of the Colorado River, Erik brings his expertise in psychedelia, analogue sound and reverberations to the already eclectic vibrations.
Stargazer will be released in February 26, 2016 via Modern Imperial Recordings.
Novelty Daughter, the project of Brooklyn-based musician Faith Harding, unites a childhood of jazz training in vocals and piano, countless Wednesday nights spent at Los Angeles’ beat scene fortress Low End Theory, and formative time spent in Berlin’s warehouses. The result of this stylistic wanderlust is music that strives to contain the best of the various worlds Harding inhabits—loop-heavy beat constructions that are rich in texture, hard-hitting in delivery, and a devout consciousness of melodic intricacy and song-centered structures.
After several one-off singles and an EP, Novelty Daughter will finally release her debut full length album Semigoddess on March 25, 2016 by way of Brooklyn electronic indie Stereocure (A Sol Mechanic, Native Eloquence). Stereogum has the first look into the album today, with the premiere of "Day of Inner Fervor." The Dennis-Moran-directed animated video "captures all the weirdness and wonder that is [Novelty Daughter's] take on pop" (Stereogum).
I'm an Island is the brainchild of J. Gardner -- talented multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter, and food truck entrepreneur.
In April 2014, Earmilk premiered a track off of his debut EP Crown Jewel -- an intriguing first effort that drew hints of inspiration from Devendra Banhart and Chad VanGaalen, winning praise from Indie Shuffle, CMJ, Consequence of Sound, and NYLON for its serene and sophisticated, dreamy take on indie/psych-pop. "Keep an eye on I'm an Island," Earmilk said. "A bright future [is] ahead."
Today Consequence of Sound is premiering the entire A-side of I'm an Island's debut full length Bored Days, Old Years, that, much like his debut EP, was recorded in Gardner's bedroom in Nashville, where he relocated (from New Orleans) in early 2014. "Bored Days sounds like Gardner at his most intimate," CoS writes.
> Premiere: Bored Days, Old Years (Side A) at CoS
As Gardner settled into his new home and began work on his debut full length with four new band-members, themes of settling into adulthood and struggling with complacency emerged:
"A lot of [the album] addresses how I really feel like I'm getting older, but I still struggle with the monotony of boredom and loneliness... A lot of stuff that I felt as an adolescent, stuff that I felt would magically disappear once got older, are still things I feel and struggle with as an adult."
But Bored Days, Old Years has a softness. There's a positivity to each song even when the subject matter is bleak, like if Trevor Powers (Youth Lagoon) and Mac DeMarco were to write and co-produce an album together. Each song on the record is impressive on its own, but the sum is greater than its parts -- it's meant to be listened to in full. "The album is definitely intentionally fluid. I wouldn't call it a concept album, but it flows," Gardner says.
Bored Days, Old Years will be released in 2016.