Almost three years in to the making of this project, it quickly turned in a labour of love, lost love and tragedy.
When asked to write a new version of the story of Scheherazade for the Post Romantic Empire project of Italian, Giulio Di Mauro, Roger was first introduced to the cellist Julia Kent. They collaborated on the suite written in three movements by Roger for piano and four cellos and decided to explore this liaison further. After a solo performance by Julia in Spring 2011 the two met and in one of those moments of open thought and excitement decided to add two other stories to Scheherazade and complete an album together.
Amusers and Puzzlers is the new, posthumous album from New York City’s Sightings.
After the release of their well-received ninth studio album, Terribly Well, and their successful month long European tour in 2013, Sightings did the unexpected and quietly disbanded without notice or explanation. More than 15 years in the trenches and making a mess throughout New York City, the band made more of a polarizing impact to formalized underground music that most of their peers. Sightings would have been a national treasure if the whole country was laid to waste in Armageddon.
The introduction of SURVIVE’s work to the cinematic medium fits quite naturally given the attention to theme and the profound level of detail and depth poured over every stage of their composition and recording process. Group Film One (UK) discovered “Hourglass” in Adam Winguard’s movie,The Guest. Enamored with the track, the collective immediately went into production immersed in the idea around intimacy, desperation and confinement. FACT debuted the video calling it “extremely creepy and incredibly close.”
SURVIVE’s dedicated and comprehensive approach to sonic-arrangement is the result of the band’s uncompromising standards of quality spread across hundreds of hours in the band’s own Omniverse Studios integrating a vast collection of both antique and modern synthesizers. Their highly anticipated, self-titled debut keeps the middle path between reserved minimalism and gorgeously lucid melodic structures. Underlined by the band’s methodically designed production style, the album maintains a damaged quality that allows elusive yet dense song-forms to fully convey every nuance of each deeply emotive track.
Hints’ latest, No Regrets in Old English (set to be self-released on June 9th) is the band’s crispest, most ambitious collection of songs to date. The five-track EP hums with energy, like an adrenalized meditation on a youth spent in New England and an elegy to the ones who fell by the wayside. The EP is the result of lively recording sessions with Ayad Al Adhamy (of Team Spirit, Passion Pit) and the mixing board finesse of Andrew Maury (RAC, Ra Ra Riot, Kisses, Panama Wedding), who also guided the previous Hints releases Vol I, Vol II, Vol III and the one-off ‘All At Once.’
“Grounders, a Toronto-based quartet specializing in synth-pop of the dreamy variety, all shimmery licks and groovy kicks.” - Flood Magazine
“Toronto quartet Grounders sound hazy but are anchored by strong pop hooks.” - Brooklyn Vegan
“Gorgeous, shimmering songwriting with just a hint of psychedelia, the uplifting track sounds like Tame Impala at their most direct or even the baroque pop of 60s legends The Zombies.”- Clash Magazine
Taking inspiration from the psychedelic nostalgia of The Velvet Underground and The Zombies, and reinventing it into a more contemporary sound, Grounders have created a debut album that captures the true essence of what it means to be an emerging band in 2015.
GROUNDERS, consisting of Andrew Davis (vocals and guitar), Daniel Busheikin (keyboards), Mike Searle (Bass) and Evan Lewis (guitar) – will release their first full-length album this summer via Nevado Music, a collection of dense and intricate pop music under the gauzy veil of psychedelia and lo-fi pop.
Birth Records & Heavenly Recordings are thrilled to announce the signing of DRINKS, the new project from Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley, aka White Fence, whose album Hermits On Holiday will be released August 21. Click HERE to listen to the title track and HERE for the album trailer. The track will be released as a 7″ single backed by a track titled ‘Eighteen Teenage Revenge Pair’ and you can pre-order it HERE
“Beyond the expertly choreographed video, Nightmare Fortress is a must listen for all Zola Jesus fans. If that seems like a very specific reference…it is, but the combination of churning industrial rhythms, immense female vocals, and disorientingly beautiful strings/synths is pure sonic candy for anybody that cut their teeth on Nika Danilova..” - Don Saas, Baeble Music
There is something inherently intoxicating and memorable about the auditory bouquet of Nightmare Fortress. Perfecting their kinetic, alienated dreamscape sound since 2011, the Seattle group’s debut long-player, The Wanting, is an immaculate collection of high-strung synergy, bound to get the mind thinking while dirtying the dance floor. (more…)
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On the heels of their recent stints in the U.S. and Japan, Lust For Youth are heading back out on the road for stops at a few European festivals (Roskilde, Rockorama, & Trailerpark) and a string of shows in North America including the just-announced Berserktown festival in Los Angeles. The band have been busy in the recent months recording the followup to their critically acclaimed International LP which is due out next year. Find the tour dates as well as their recent video for “Running” below!
Toronto-based trio DOOMSQUAD is set to release their latest musical offering, the “Pagentry Suite” EP digitally on May 19th and on limited turquoise vinyl June 16th 2015 via Hand Drawn Dracula (CAN / ROW) and Bella Union (EURO/UK).