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Listen to the new Boycrush track ‘Holy Water’

Stay under the ocean, we can unwind
Move slow motion, we’re
 baptised
Holy Water stings my eyes

Today New Zealand producer Boycrush debuts a mesmerizing new track; the first to come from his forthcoming album Desperate Late Night Energy, due for release on June 15. Continue reading

Listen to ‘My Boy’

Car Seat Headrest has unveiled another preview from forthcoming new album Twin Fantasy – a re-recorded, re-imagined new version of the 2011 self-released Bandcamp masterpiece of the same name – which will be released February 16th on Matador Records. The track was featured as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1.

Album opener ‘My Boy (Twin Fantasy)’ commences with the sparse declaration of “my boy, we don’t see each other much,” and blossoms into a towering climax, with the life-affirming mantra of “It’ll take some time, but somewhere down the line / We won’t be alone” standing as the statement-of-intent for the record’s exhilarating, adventurous sonic and emotional world. Continue reading

Estere shares ‘Rent’

In a society that values material possessions as a measurement of success, how do we rebuild the meaning of ‘ownership’ to give true power?

Singer-songwriter, producer and social anthropologist, Estère encourages us to think about the preceding question in her hyper-percussive new track ‘Rent’, out today.

This new track is accompanied by a stunning, dance-heavy video, which sees Estère twist her way around various physical obstacles, including an army of pink pastel doors. The dance was choreographed by Estère with Wellingtonian dancer Emma Martin, creating a dance sequence that is both powerful and playful.

“My movement [in the video] sometimes comes across a bit unpolished, gawky – which I think rings true to this idea of ownership and just doing what you would naturally do in your own body. It’s not about being the best,” Estère reflects.

The entrancing visual was filmed in the lush surroundings of the Waitakere Ranges, directed by Alexander Gandar (Humans) and produced by Billie Ruck. Photo credit – Shamima Lone.

‘Rent’ is the first taste of whats to come from Part Two of Estere’s forthcoming double album, My Design, On Others’ Lives. The two-part work is due for release on Friday 27th April. It will be available on CD and vinyl (via RPM), cassette (via Prison Tapes) and all digital platforms (via DRM NZ). Continue reading

JOSIENNE CLARKE & BEN WALKER ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘SEEDLINGS ALL’

JOSIENNE CLARKE & BEN WALKER ANNOUNCE ALBUM:

 

‘SEEDLINGS ALL’

Rough Trade Records are excited to announce Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker’s new album Seedlings All will be released on March 23rd. Check out stunning new track ‘Chicago’ with its accompanying video by award-winning filmmaker Bob Gallagher who has shot several recent videos for Girl Band amongst others.

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SUUNS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘FELT’

Suuns Announce New Album, Felt, Out March 2nd On Secretly Canadian

Watch Video For Lead Single “Watch You, Watch Me”

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Suuns are pleased to announced their new album, Felt, coming out March 2nd on Secretly Canadian. Singer/guitarist Ben Shemie says, “This record is definitely looser than our last one [2016’s Hold/Still]. It’s not as clinical. There’s more swagger.” You can hear this freedom flowing through the 11 tracks on Felt. It’s both a continuation and rebirth, the Montreal quartet returning to beloved local facility Breakglass Studios (where they cut their first two albums [Zeroes QC and Images Du Futur] with Jace Lasek of The Besnard Lakes) but this time recording themselves at their own pace, over five fertile sessions spanning several months. A simultaneous stretching out and honing in, mixed to audiophile perfection by St Vincent producer John Congleton (helmer of Hold/Still), who flew up especially from Dallas to deploy his award-winning skills in situ.

Felt lead single “Watch You, Watch Me” debuts today via NPR Music. The song showcases an organic/synthetic rush that builds and builds atop drummer Liam O’Neill’s elevatory rhythm. O’Neill exclaims, “It was different and exciting. In the past, there was a more concerted effort on my part to drum in a controlled and genre-specific way. Self-consciously approaching things stylistically. Us doing it ourselves, that process was like a very receptive, limitless workshop to just try out ideas.”

Complementing O’Neill are the ecstatic, Harmonia-meets-Game Boy patterns unleashed by electronics mastermind Max Henry. Eschewing presets, Henry devised fresh sounds for each song on Felt while also becoming a default musical director, orchestrating patches and oscillations. Quietly enthusing about “freaky post-techno” and Frank Ocean’s use of space, he’s among your more modest studio desk jockeys: “Yeah, I sat in the control room while the others played – hitting ‘record’ and ‘stop’. It also gave me the flexibility to move parts around and play with effects. I do have a sweet tooth for pop music.” 

Accompanying “Watch You, Watch Me” is a video directed by Ruff Mercy

Suuns are proud of their roots in Canada’s most socialist province, while sonically standing apart from Quebec’s string-swept, accordion-driven, choral chamber indie scene. Quebecois natives Shemie and Joseph Yarmush founded the group just over a decade ago, the latter having moved to Montreal from a nearby village. The only member not to be formally schooled in jazz, guitarist Yarmush studied photography and utilized his visual training to help realize Shemie’s novel concept for the eye-catching album artwork.

“I was at a barbecue last summer and there were balloons everywhere,” recalls the singer. “I like this idea of pressure, resistance, and pushing against something just before it brakes. And there is something strangely subversive about a finger pushing into a balloon. It seemed to fit the vibe of the record we were making. We made plaster casts of our hands, going for a non-denominational statue vibe. Joe came up with the colour scheme, the sickly green background, and shot the whole cover in an hour.”

It’s a suitably outré image for Felt, which breaks with Suuns’ earlier darkness for a more optimistic ambience. The record’s playful atmosphere is echoed by its double meaning title. “Some people might think of the material,” muses Ben. “I like that that could be misconstrued. Also it’s to have felt and not to feel – a little introspective, but that feeling’s in the past.”

Felt Tracklist:

  1. Look No Further
  2. X-ALT
  3. Watch You, Watch Me
  4. Baseline
  5. After the Fall
  6. Control
  7. Make It Real
  8. Daydream
  9. Peace and Love
  10. Moonbeams
  11. Materials

Pre-order Feltsuuns.lnk.to/felt

Suuns Online:  

http://www.suuns.net/

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https://www.instagram.com/SUUNS_MTL/

https://www.facebook.com/suunsband

http://www.secretlycanadian.com/artist/?name=suuns

Car Seat Headrest announces ‘Twin Fantasy’

Car Seat Headrest fans, new and old alike, will be elated to learn that Will Toledo’s 2011’s Bandcamp masterpiece, Twin Fantasy, has been re-recorded and re-imagined and will come out on February 16th, 2018 on Matador Records.

With a seven-piece band in tow (including members of Naked Giants), Car Seat Headrest will bring its explosive and revelatory live show to New Zealand in early 2018 for Auckland City Limits on March 3rd, 2018 at Western Springs. Toledo and his band of troubadours first stepped foot in New Zealand for last year’s Laneway Festival in Auckland, proving to the southern hemisphere they are not ones to be missed! ACL festival details can be found here. Continue reading