“The art-sleaze of Alex Cameron’s second album transcends its surface-level smarm to become a biting piece of commentary. Thankfully, the songs are as effortlessly catchy as they are eminently creepy.” — Pitchfork
Currently wrapping up a UK support run for The Killers, with another North American and New Zealand tour on the horizon, Alex Cameron presents yet another standout video today in support of Forced Witness, out this past September on Secretly Canadian. This time it’s a video from the mind of Cameron’s business partner and saxophone player, Roy Molloy, for the album’s final number, “Politics of Love,” a song written by Cameron, Molloy, Jonathan Rado, Brandon Flowers, and Jacknife Lee. Continue reading →
Smerz are on a roll at the tail end of 2017, with their second new track and video released in as many months.
Premiered on their NTS show, Catharina and Henriette’s new track ‘Half life’ continues the duo’s penchant for minimalist beats and R&B vocals.
Watch the video here:
The video was produced and directed by Smerz, and as with all Smerz music, the track was produced, programmed and sung entirely by the Norwegian duo. The video is an off-kilter version of those classic R&B music videos.
This coveted 7″ release is TOTALLY SOLD OUT on pre-order online – so keep your peppers wide for any copies arriving in local stores for November 24th!!
The 7″ features covers of Black Sabbath tracks “Solitude” and “Snowblind.”
Recorded in the Midwest in the late ’90s, the intimate takes on these songs serve as bittersweet artifacts of the late singer-songwriter, as well as an ode to Molina’s longtime love of metal. Here, he takes Black Sabbath’s songs and makes them singularly Molina, his own personal and artistic mythology looming large over visceral, brooding tracks.
Molina extracts Ozzy Osbourne‘s cooed vocals and transforms it into his signature high and lonesome sound, an eternal campfire howler on “Solitude,” from 1971’s Master of Reality. On “Snowblind,” taken from 1972’s Vol. 4, the influence of Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi on Molina’s catalogue of work suddenly becomes obvious. Side B of the 7? features an etching of a black ram by longtime Molina album artwork artist, William Schaff.
In addition to the standalone physical and digital 7?, Secretly Canadian is also offering The Jason Molina Covers 7? Bundle, comprised of both The Black Sabbath Covers and The Townes Van Zandt Covers 7?, which was originally released for Record Store Day 2016. The bundle also includes a baseball tee featuring the original ram head etching by artist William Schaff, as shown on the cover art.
“Appelez de la terrel’esprit de ma grand-mère” “Call from the earth the spirit of my grandmother”
Written on the eve of her paternal grandmother’s passing, today Estère shares possibly the most personal song of them all off her newly released body of work, My Design Part 1. Watch the official music video, filmed by Zenn Van Zyl, produced by the empress herself and directed by Paascalino Schaller here. Continue reading →
THIS PALE FIRE Alchemy, the debut album Out December 1st on Tone Tonic
Following a Huffington Post premiere for ‘End of Science’ over the weekend, Auckland singer-songwriter Corban Koschak aka. This Pale Fire is set to release a stunning debut album Alchemy on December 1st via Tone Tonic.
Koschak has been dubbed one of the most unique new voices to emerge from the Auckland scene – a voice that threads emotion throughout his unique brand of classically inflected ambient folk-pop.
Having worked with acclaimed Auckland ambient artist and producer Levi Patel on the forthcoming work, the songs on Alchemy dance between the subtle and gentle pastures of tracks like ‘Northern Lights’ and ‘Curse’ to the darker, angstier depths of Koschak’s repertoire like ‘End of Science’. The whole album is a self-written and overseen project – with everything from the songs to the album artwork created by Koschak. With initial recordings taking place at Patel’s isolated Matakana studio, the tracks were recorded and finalised at Kingsland’s Studio 509. The 12-track offering takes you to the centre of Koschak’s fabric through deep observations, love songs and existential thought.
This Pale Fire – Northern Lights
Meet This Pale Fire:
Born in Wellington and moving to the concrete jungle of Auckland from a young age, and having never formally studied music, the 27-year-old’s passion started when he was gifted a guitar when he was just 14-years-old. He’s always loved poetry and soon started writing song after song in his bedroom. It wasn’t until a fellow musician and close confidant heard some of this and encouraged him to pursue it that he broke out of those four walls.
The result was his first EP Dusk. Enlisting the help of Ekko Park’s Nick Douch (drums), alongside Dead Favours’ Kyle Wetton (electric guitars and bass) and Josh Steyn-Ross (keys), the band added further layers to his honed pop instincts, with the result a stunning introduction to the honest independent artist.
It was also during this time that This Pale Fire had a very fortuitous meeting with fellow local artist and producer, Cymbol 303 – who had been steadily building a profile in his own right, taking out the George FM Remix Factor Competition in 2013 and playing high-profile shows including Rhythm & Vines. Crossing paths professionally, the two would ultimately go on to release collaborative EP The Cycle in July 2015.
While dance floor EDM meets earnest indie rock may at first seem like an unlikely collaboration, This Pale Fire and Cymbol 303’s collaboration was a bold and realized one. Compiling a compelling collection of songs, the EP explored the different stages of relationships, from infatuation through to bitter resentment, while the artwork – which features an infinity sign – is all about trying to break this relationship cycle. Lead single off the record ‘Burst of Colour’ has had over 460k + streams to date.
This Pale Fire – Alchemy
Tracklist: Northern Lights Virago Float Out The Stag The Sky Wolf Delicate Words Mountains End of Science Birdcage Curse Outro
Out December 1st on Tone Tonic
Cymbol 303 & This Pale Fire – Burst of Colour
“closest maybe to Dan Smith with some of Thom York’s falsetto brilliance brushed on. This gets you into the neighbourhood rather than an exact address, Corban’s sound is all his own.” – NZ Musician
“Koschak’s voice, irrefutably impressive, imbues the music with a hauntingly bruised essence of melancholy surging with a sonic aura of elegance. It’s a voice difficult to define, simultaneously exuding constrained flamboyance, charming delicacy and assertive vitality.” – Huffington Post