LANKUM present New Track + Video ‘The Granite Gaze’

Check out new track ‘The Granite Gaze’ from Lankum’s new album “Between the Earth and Sky”, which is released now on Rough Trade / Rhythmethod. Described as a song “Dedicated to the women and children of Ireland, past and present” by Lankum themselves and sung by Radie Peat of the band.

The accompanying video has been made by cult Irish filmmaker Stephen McCollum (also responsible for the hilarious Award winning ‘Pullin’ The Devil By The Tail’ animated short film series).  Stephen has described the video as: ‘A metaphysical allegory exploring mankind’s capacity for ignorance and destruction of innocence in the face of celestial mystery, expressed in plasticine.”

Rough Trade label head, Geoff Travis contextualised,“On their first album the original song “Cold Old Fire “ is rapidly becoming an anthem for these times, listen to the Dublin audience sing every word with the band in concert. On the new album another original song “Granite Graze” serves a similar function of reminding us that the band are not merely traditionalists but classic song chroniclers of these modern times”.

Lankum are one of the most talked about bands to come out of Ireland in decades. They’re a Dublin four-piece who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. The band comprises of brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch along with Cormac MacDiarmada and Radie Peat. When not on tour Ian lectures in Irish Folklore and musical traditions in University College Dublin, while Cormac and Radie grew up as champion traditional players, on the fiddle and concertina, respectively. Yet Lankum are not purely trad themselves, in the same way The Pogues were more urban music. Rough-hewn and raw, they’re the most exciting thing in Dublin right now.

The band was originally formed by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations, culminating in the four-piece group playing today. The release of their album ‘Cold Old Fire’ and a subsequent appearance on the BBC television programme, ‘Later… with Jools Holland’ cemented their reputation as a band that successfully crosses genres. Although an acoustic group whose repertoire is fundamentally based on traditional song, influenced by legends such as Frank Harte, Planxty, The Dubliners and the Watersons, subtle traces of the group’s collective influences can be detected, ranging from American old-timey music to krautrock and drone. Lankum are busy breathing new life into old music.

“Lankum are the darlings of Dublin’s 300 year-old folk scene.” Colin Irwin – The Guardian

5/5 fRoots

8/10 Uncut

4/5 MOJO

ALGIERS SHARE PRURIENT REMIX OF ‘DEATH MARCH’,

FROM CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM  – THE UNDERSIDE OF POWER – OUT NOW

Praise for The Underside Of Power: 

“… a righteous blast of punk, hip-hop and soul. As a dismal political year ends, he’s living proof anger is still an energy” – Q 

“…. gleefully fuses classic 60s soul with post-punk experimentation to frequently astonishing effect” – The Observer 

“… the 20th century reimagined as a series of revolutionary spirituals” – The Wire

“Soul music for the end of the world” – FACT

Algiers’ second album, The Underside Of Power, has emerged since its June release as one of the most pertinent and critically regarded albums of 2017 – an uncompromising treatise on injustice, oppression and in turn resistance, delivered through an incendiary amalgamation of post-punk, hip hop, soul and noise.

Ahead of the band’s imminent UK and European tour dates, Algiers today share a remix by Prurient of album highlight ‘Death March’. The ten-minute rework sees the US multi-media artist, real name Dominick Fernow, weave charred drum loops, looming synths and arresting vocal shards into an alternately hypnotic, towering and beautiful sonic landscape.

The Underside Of Power sees the transatlantic four piece or Franklin James Fisher, Ryan Mahan, Lee Tesche and Matt Tong, stationed between NYC and London, delve into political unrest both in the US and UK, touching on oppression, police brutality, and hegemonic power structures, via a musical palette traversing Northern soul and gospel to IDM, industrial, italo, grime, and musical touchstones such as Suicide, Afrika Bambaata, The Pop Group, Public Enemy and Nina Simone.

Algiers:

Official Site / Twitter / Instagram / Facebook / Spotify

American minimalist/ambient music ensemble from Brooklyn…

BING & RUTH
Release new EP Dorsal

Bing & Ruth – the ever-evolving collective steered by composer and pianist David Moore – have a new EP, Dorsal. A short collection of songs written and recorded alongside the group’s recent album, No Home of the Mind, Moore says, “as the full length came into view it became clear that these sounds were a small family deserving of their own house separate. So here they are. A little line in a short crest. No meaning suggested. As is. Have at.”

Operating since 2006 with Moore at its nucleus, Bing & Ruth’s third album No Home of the Mind was released earlier this year on 4AD. After a year of heartfelt composition and with everything meticulously rehearsed in advance, it was recorded in two days and in the fewest takes possible in an attempt to recreate the immediacy of classic session-style musicianship, where one-take recordings were a standard to keep costs down. The final, stunning album explores piano’s percussive qualities alongside running woodwinds, warbling tape delays and splattered upright bass lines that stare out with a wide-eyed transcendence.


Bing & Ruth – Dorsal EP
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NZ synth-pop duo, Dunes, announce debut album

DUNES

Announce self-titled debut album

Share acoustic cover of ‘Hard

Dunes have announced the official release of their new self-titled debut album, scheduled to surface on February 9th 2018 via DRM NZ. To commemorate the occasion, the magnetic pair have also shared a delicate acoustic cover of their latest single ‘Hard’, filmed by Christian Tjandrawinata (watch here).


The songs on their debut offering were born out of a musical collaboration between New Zealand-born sisters Jamie & Tessa McDell, through fusing together their contrasting music influences to tell raw and honest stories of their lives.

Produced and engineered by Thomas Healy (Tiny Ruins, Clap Clap Riot, Paquin), it is a melting pot of Jamie’s penchant for strong, structured pop tunes, and experimentation with new and unique synth and instrumental laters inspired by Tessa’s diverse listening leans.

The sisters started writing collaboratively when they realized how little involvement they had in each other’s lives growing up. With music being their common ground, writing and recording in close, creative proximity over the past year became their way of opening up to each other about some of their most difficult experiences. While Tessa, like Jamie, has also grown up listening to country music, her influences expand further into Hip Hop and R&B, which pulled them further down the rabbit hole in finding and developing a sound that is Dunes’ own. The result is refreshingly honest and relatable, as much as it is autobiographical.

Jamie is no stranger to the New Zealand music industry, having two Gold singles and a Gold-selling, NZ Music Award-winning album under her belt, while sister Tessa has, up until the past year, spent most of her spare time studying animal behaviour and releasing her own solo material.

Earlier this year, the pair’s debut single ‘Horses’ took on the world, gathering attention towards the sisters’ synthpop side project after being uploaded to Soundcloud and shared around by fans. It was picked up by NOISEY, who said of the track: “on first listen justifies their early comparisons to the big pop of Grimes and Purity Rings.”). Since then, Dunes have released a new single (‘Hard’) with an accompanying Benjamin Brooking directed music video, which followed on in the footsteps of its sleek predecessor – presenting the family disposition for strong melody crafting and songwriting.

Dunes – out February 9th 2018 via DRM NZ
Available to pre-order here

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Spoon – release new face dissecting video

SPOON RELEASES OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR “DO I HAVE TO TALK YOU INTO IT” 

HOT THOUGHTS OUT NOW ON MATADOR RECORDS

GA GA GA GA GA TENTH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OUT NOW 

 

Clearly it was time Lou Reed’s ‘No Money Down’ video was remade for the 21st century,” says Britt Daniel, adding, “We did the research, and it turns out 80 percent of our fan base is composed of graphic designers. This one’s for y’all.”

Set in the world of a YouTube Photoshop tutorial, Spoon have released what may be one of the most simple-yet-brilliant music videos of all time for Hot Thoughts standout single, “Do I Have To Talk You Into It.” We’re here to help break it down…

Step 1 – Hire Brook Linder, the mastermind behind recent Nine Inch Nails and Beck videos, to direct.  He explains the method behind the madness in today’s behind-the-scenes interview with Gizmodo, HERE

 

 

Step 2 – Take some captivating photos of the notoriously sharp Britt Daniel

Step 3 – Erase his eyeballs

 

Step 4 – Let your inner Picasso fly

 

Step 5 – Remove his skin (it’s almost Halloween after all)

 

Step 6 – Erase his face

 

Step 7 – Well… we can’t give everything away…

Recent live reviews can confirm the face-melting, actually happens in real life, sans Photoshop:

“Each song was everything it could possibly be… Few bands are as intuitively in-sync as Spoon. Exuding a meticulous yet ferocious energy, they made sure no one in the crowd forgot it” –San Francisco Weekly (Greek Theatre)

“A greatest hits show… there were no sleepers in this rapid fire rock set” –Billboard (Lollapalooza)

“[They] demonstrate how it’s possible to evolve and bring in fresh ideas while retaining the terse, melodic impulse of its vintage days” –Chicago Tribune (Lollapalooza)

“The perfect festival band” –Brooklyn Magazine (Panorama)

“The perfect way to end an incredible weekend of music” –American Songwriter (Forecastle)

Spoon’s ninth album, the Dave Fridmann-produced Hot Thoughts, came out to a cavalcade of critical ecstasy in March, and has sustained continuous praise the “Mid-Year Best-Of” lists of Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, SPIN, Billboard, Consequence of Sound, and more, a sure sign of what’s to come as we enter the last leg of 2017.

THE NATIONAL – NEW VIDEO!!!

THE NATIONAL RELEASE RAGNAR KJARTANSSON DIRECTED VIDEO

FOR ‘I’LL STILL DESTROY YOU’

PLAYING AUCKLAND’S VILLA MARIA WINERY SUNDAY FEBRUARY, 25TH, 2018

Tickets Selling Fast!

 Today, The National released the video for ‘I’ll Still Destroy You’, off their most recent album Sleep Well Beast.

‘I’ll Still Destroy You’ was directed by Allan Sigurðsson and Icelandic performance and installation artist Ragnar Kjartansson. Ragnar, who also appears in the video, collaborated with The National for A Lot Of Sorrow which saw the band play their song ‘Sorrow’ for six hours in front of a live audience at MOMA’s PS1. ‘I’ll Still Destroy You’ was filmed in Copenhagen, Denmark during the Aaron and Bryce Dessner created HAVEN Festival.

‘I’ll Still Destroy You’

Directed by Allan Sigurðsson and Ragnar Kjartansson

Produced by Lilja Gunnarsdóttir, Ingibjörg Sigurjónsdóttir and Haven Festival

Set design: Anda Skrejane, Christoph Fischer, Camilla Hägebarth, Julia Krawczynski.

 

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DREAM WIFE FIRE REMIX EP OUT NOW

London-based and British/Icelandic born Dream Wife have released their Fire EP, a collection of four remixes of their latest single of the same name; “Fire” (biLLLy remix) .

LISTEN TO ‘FIRE’ EP

Earlier in the week, Gorilla vs. Bear premiered the Ellie Herring remix. Of this edit, Dream Wife had to say: “In Ellie’s remix of ‘Fire’ the song takes on a new and moody form. It’s exciting to hear this transformation of something so familiar to us.

Ellie commented: “Remixing ‘Fire’ was challenging in the sense that I did what I normally do by creating 12 edits in 3 different genres… but then multiply that by 10. I’m exaggerating, but this production timeline really caught me in one of my more indecisive stints of 2017 & I overworked it until pigs flew. Fortunately Dream Wife handed over a lot of great cuts from the original; I pulled off the shredding guitar riffs & focused more on keeping Rakel’s vocal lead towards the front. The remix ended up more of a rework, but in a format that I’ve been playing out lately.

DREAM WIFE

Rakel Mjöll (lead vocals)
Alice Go (guitar and vocals)
Bella Podpadec (bass and vocals).

PRAISE FOR DREAM WIFE

Dream Wife have made the perfect song for Leo season.
The FADER

Icelandic-Brightonian three-piece with the attitude of New York
punks and pizazz of disco queens.

The Guardian

A well-oiled machine worthy of the Strokes but performed with the righteous
indignation of Bikini Kill…snappy, punk-informed rock ‘n’ roll.

Stereogum

“Dream Wife is a perfect example of what makes SXSW special,
the discovery and excitement of seeing something real that
has feeling and meat to it, and makes you grateful you
were there to witness it.

NPR Music

“Dream Wife offer a soundtrack ripe for a punk Sofia
Coppola movie soundtrack.

NYLON

For more information:
www.dreamwife.co
www.facebook.com/dreamwifedream
www.twitter.com/dreamwifemusic
www.instagram.com/dreamwifetheband

 

 

Smerz share new track ‘No Harm’

Copenhagen based duo Smerz take you to the dark corners of the club in the video for new track ‘No harm’. As premiered on their new NTS show, Catharina and Henriette’s new track showcases a darker side to their musical palate, a feeling echoed in their visuals. 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 duo use their first hour-long NTS mix to play everything from minimalist R&B to deconstructed club music and full on techno floor-fillers, introducing listeners to their eclectic palate and wide range of influences. It’s a display they are bringing to various European cities this winter with their series of ‘Half life’ parties, which started in Copenhagen with a sold out show and after-party this weekend.

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