Makeness Shares “Day Old Death” (DJ Python Remix)
Listen to the lush, joyous track now HERE
Hundred Acres will arrive in stores on February 23, 2018 via Jagjaguwar and is available for pre-order now HERE. First single “Fool’s Gold” — which has seen praise from outlets including Stereogum, Entertainment Weekly, Paste, Alternative Press, Brooklyn Vegan, The Line Of Best Fit, DIY, and more — was released in mid-November, and can also be heard HERE.
Hundred Acres finds Carey at his most confident, mature, and grounded, writing the strongest songs of his career. At its core, the album is a poetic treatise on what is truly necessary in life, a surprisingly utilitarian art project that underscores the power of enduring. Carey challenges himself and the listener to strive for a near-utopian ideal of returning to a simpler way of life, and loving those around you, to heal personal wounds.
Carey employed a smaller, more focused scale of instrumentation on Hundred Acres, centered around guitar, synths, pedal steel, strings, drums and percussion, with his soothing vocals front and center — more distinct than ever. In effect, the album’s production echoes its underlying message: the beauty in simplicity. Relying on more traditional song structures instead of the Steve Reich-ian repetitions of his past work, a new balance is struck that creates something unique. The result is a collection of poetic yet clear-eyed songs that both stand brightly on their own and tightly weave together to create a powerful album.
Hundred Acres was produced by Carey, with engineering and co-production from Hanson and Chris Messina. The album was predominantly recorded at April Base in Fall Creek, WI, and features backing vocals by Gordi on three songs, musical contributions from Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens) and signature string arrangements from Rob Moose (yMusic), as well as art direction and photography by longtime collaborator Cameron Wittig.
Today, U.S. Girls presents a new song, ‘Pearly Gates’, from her forthcoming album, In a Poem Unlimitedout Friday 16 February via 4AD / Rhythmethod.
Frankie Cosmos to release Vessel,
their Sub Pop debut, worldwide on March 30th, 2018
Listen to the explorative single “Jesse”
Destroyer shares new video for“Stay Lost”
Releases New Song ‘Heart Attack’ +
Technicolor Dance-Filled Video
Watch Moaning’s 120 Minutes-style, official video for “Artificial,”
from their forthcoming, self-titled debut.
Moaning out March 2nd worldwide on Sub Pop
Moaning – Artificial
JOSIENNE CLARKE & BEN WALKER ANNOUNCE ALBUM:
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.
Suuns Announce New Album, Felt, Out March 2nd On Secretly Canadian
Watch Video For Lead Single “Watch You, Watch Me”
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.”
- Look No Further
- Watch You, Watch Me
- After the Fall
- Make It Real
- Peace and Love
Pre-order Felt – suuns.lnk.to/felt