LUCY DACUS ANNOUNCES NEW RECORD ‘HISTORIAN’

LUCY DACUS
Shares new single ‘Night Shift’
Announces new album Historian

Lucy Dacus’ sophomore album Historian will be released on March 2nd 2018 on Matador / Rhythmethod. It arrives two years after her 2016 debut, No Burden, which won her unanimous acclaim as one of rock’s most promising new voices, alongside breakout single ‘I Don’t Want To Be Funny Anymore’.

The album announcement comes with the release of a new song titled ‘Night Shift’ which boasts a devastatingly powerful vocal performance and scathing lyrics telling off a former lover, the only breakup song Dacus has ever written.

Historian is a remarkably assured 10-track statement of intent that finds Dacus unafraid to take on the big questions — the life-or-death reckonings, and the ones that just feel that way. It’s a record full of bracing realisations, tearful declarations and moments of hard-won peace, expressed in lyrics that feel destined for countless yearbook quotes and first tattoos. “This is the album I needed to make,” says Dacus, who views Historian as her definitive statement as a songwriter and musician. “Everything after this is a bonus.”

Dacus recorded the album in Nashville, re-teaming with No Burden producer Collin Pastore, and mixed by John Congleton. The sound they created, with substantial input from multi-instrumentalist and live guitarist Jacob Blizard, is far richer and fuller than the debut — an outward flowering of dynamic, living, breathing rock and roll.

She emphasises that she does not take her newfound platform as a touring musician for granted.Realising that she would have a dramatically expanded audience for her second album, she felt an urgent call to make something worthwhile.

The past year, with its electoral disasters and other assorted heartbreaks, has been a rough one for many of us, Dacus included. She found solace in crafting a thoughtful narrative arc for Historian, writing a concept album about cautious optimism in the face of adversity, with thematic links between songs that reveal themselves on repeat listens — touching on everything from systemic racism to creative burnout to the death of her grandmother. “It starts out dark and ends hopeful, but it gets darker in between; it goes to the deepest, darkest, place and then breaks,” she explains. “What I’m trying to say throughout the album is that hope survives, even in the face of the worst stuff.”

Pre-order Historian: https://lucydacus.lnk.to/historian

Lucy Dacus – ‘Night Shift’

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MOANING ANNOUNCE DEBUT ALBUM!


The impassioned, self-titled debut from Los Angeles-band Moaning will be released March 2nd, 2018 worldwide through Sub Pop

Moaning

On March 2nd, 2018, Moaning will release their impassioned self-titled debut on CD/LP/CS/DL worldwide through Sub Pop.  The 10-track album, featuring the “Don’t Go” along with highlights “Artificial,” “The Same,” and “Misheard,” was recorded and engineered by Alex Newport in Los Angeles.

Moaning have delivered a charmingly chaotic, black & white visual for “Don’t Go,” which was directed by Michael Schmelling. The video stars the band and a few of their dear friends, and was shot in Los Angeles in the waning days of summer.

Watch official video for “Don’t Go”

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This Pale Fire Announce New Album ‘Alchemy’

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

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KINGS Releases Debut Album ‘Chapter One’

Kings
Releases debut album
Chapter One
Out today on Arch Angel Records / DRM NZ

He first caught the attention of New Zealanders in the summer of 2015 with what would become his chart-topping debut single ‘Don’t Worry Bout It’. From then on, Kingdon Chapple-Wilson, the young producer, singer-songwriter and performing artist known to us all as Kings solidified his place in the New Zealand music scene as one to watch.

As he rose further through the concrete with his debut release Kings EP released through Warner Music, he showed us his skills as a producer and songwriter, presenting the broad musical influences that inspire him. This led to four Pacific Music Awards (NZ Music Commission Best Pacific Male Artist, Niu FM Best Pacific Urban Artist, MAINZ Best Producer, NZ On Air Radio Airplay Award) and a string of powerful singles including ‘Someday’ and ‘What We Supposed To Do’.

Today he releases his debut album Chapter One into the world – a further extension of his exploration into the sounds of hip-hop, house and memorable pop hooks. Released independently on his personal label Arch Angel Records via digital music distributors DRM NZ, Chapple-Wilson hopes to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

“I’ve always encouraged artists and musicians to do things themselves and to study the game thoroughly. It was only right that I do this entire project the way I preach. From directing the music videos to designing the cover art, everything is written, produced, mixed, and mastered the way I intended, with the hope that it inspires people and encourages you to do the same in your industry! Or in your life!”

Every song on Chapter One was self-written, produced and recorded in Chapple-Wilson’s Awataha marae studio, which has been home to his creative process since day one. In August this year, the young artist let the first track off his forthcoming album take flight – the electronic, feel-good party track ‘Kush Rolled x Cup Filled’ which let us into Chapter One through the party entrance. Second single ‘HYLMN’ invited us further into the young artist’s journey, on a track that pays tribute to the hustle and the hard times. The following track ‘Intermission’ took us even closer to home, as Kingdon reflects on the past, the present and future.

His current single ‘We’ll Never Know’ has spent 6 weeks at #1 on the IMNZ Top 10 Airplay chart, while taking the #3 spot on the Top 20 NZ singles chart and hitting #1 on the Radioscope NZ Singles Airplay chart last month.

Chapter One is an album the supercedes any stylistic genre by blending Kingdon’s favourite flavours of slick electronic textures, danceable beats, underneath memorable melodies – further introducing us to his well-rounded sound. A personal tapestry of stories in a cohesive body of work that documents the young kiwi artist’s rise to the top.

‘WE’LL NEVER KNOW’ (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

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Destroyer shares “Cover From the Sun”

Destroyer shares “Cover From the Sun” as final preview of new album ken, out Friday

Before the October 20 release of Destroyer’s 12th album ken, Dan Bejar is sharing one final preview from the release that Record Collector has already called “a luxury item, one of the most vital pieces of hand luggage on our hero’s journey.”

Listen to & share Destroyer’s “Cover From the Sun” now

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Wolf Parade – NEW ALBUM!! NEW VIDEO!!

WOLF PARADE’S CRY CRY CRY IS OUT NOW!

PRAISE FOR WOLF PARADE

“…Their best yet,” ****The Guardian

“A dark and beautiful reunion record”SPIN

9/10Drowned in Sound

“Cry Cry Cry is 21st century rock at its most delectably omnivorous [8/10].”Uncut

“Cry Cry Cry is fully and completely a Wolf Parade record. The band not only sounds like itself, it sounds as good as ever.” [8.5/10]Under the Radar

Wolf Parade’s Cry Cry Cry, the band’s excellent fourth album, is out now on Sub Pop / Rhythmethod.

In celebration, Wolf Parade dropped a new long-form video entitled “Cry III (King of Piss and Paper / Artificial Life)” during their Indieheads AMA.

WATCH HERE:

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WHITNEY ANNOUNCES ‘LIGHT UPON THE LAKE’

WHITNEY ANNOUNCES ‘LIGHT UPON THE LAKE: DEMO RECORDINGS’ OUT NOVEMBER 10TH

Whitney are pleased to announce the release of Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings coming out November 10th, and share the previously unreleased song, “You and Me.” The track was written in 2014-2015 during the early sessions for Light Upon The Lake.

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LANKUM ANNOUNCE NEW LP ‘BETWEEN THE EARTH AND SKY’

LANKUM
Between the Earth and Sky
Album Release Date: 27 October 2017

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

Lankum are one of the most talked about bands to come out of Ireland in decades. They are 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 edgiest thing in Dublin right now.

Having spent the last number of years performing as ‘Lynched’ a play on Ian and Daragh’s family name Lynch, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.

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. Lankum are busy breathing new life into old music.

27 October 2017 sees the release of the bands second album, and their first on the
Rough Trade label.

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.

ONLINE:

www.lankumdublin.com/