U.S Girls Announces New Album + New Single ‘Velvet 4 Sale’

U.S. GIRLS
Announces new album In a Poem Unlimited
Releases new video ‘Velvet 4 Sale’

2017 marks a decade of U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. Today, Remy announces her sixth studio album In a Poem Unlimited will be released Friday 16 February via 4AD / Remote Control. To celebrate she has shared a new single ‘Velvet 4 Sale’.

Remy’s second release for 4AD, which also includes her recently released single, ‘Mad As Hell’ was tracked in collaboration with Toronto-based instrumental collective the Cosmic Range, and features arrangements by long-time contributors Maxmilian Turnball and Louis Percival. The dizzying buffet of live grooves on In a Poem Unlimited represents an inversion of the dusty, sample-based minimal textures of Half Free, Remy’s 4AD debut.

In a Poem Unlimited features dark meditations reflecting charged atmospheres that precede and follow acts of violence. Many of the songs are character studies of women grappling with power. Remy also rallies against the public lies told by political and religious leaders, and more crucially, questions the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.

Following ‘Mad As Hell’, album opener ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ is released today. The song concerns a female narrator imploring another to buy a gun for protection, impressing that the only way to change men is for women to use violence. Remy says, “Men are lucky women (and children) have yet to take up arms. And although I hope this never happens and I completely disagree that violence is ever effective, this very idea was ripe for a song.”

The accompanying video explores the idea of acknowledgement as a form of retribution, a counterbalance more powerful than violence itself. Remy plays a police officer who discovers that a fellow cop who has beaten his wife will be left off the hook as a “professional courtesy”. By the power of her unrelenting gaze she banishes the abuser in the final images of this powerful and provocative video. This striking tableau representing the power of bearing witness ties back into the album’s underlying theme; that truth and acknowledgement are our most potent and corrosive weapons in the fight against repressive inequality. Remy’s work with this video (which she co-directed with Alex Kingsmill) and the album as a whole, illustrate and seek to inspire the taking up of these moral arms.

WATCH ‘MAD AS HELL’

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U.S. Girls – ‘Velvet 4 Sale’
Stream / Purchase: RemoteControl.lnk.to/VelvetForSale

U.S. Girls – Velvet 4 Sale (Official Video)

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WOMAD ADDS NEW ARTISTS TO 2018 LINE-UP

WOMAD 2018 ADDS NEW ARTISTS TO THE LINEUP!

Today, four new acts have been added to the already impressive WOMAD festival 2018 line up.

Blick Bassy from Cameroon / France will deliver an inspiring set of blended blues, Bossa Nova, folk and the sound of New Orleans. From Aotearoa, the award winning M?ori acoustic soul artist Maisey Rika will capture hearts and win new fans. With deep roots in the classical world, Black Quartet will impress with their vast sea of influences, from blues, rock, jazz and pop. The Curious Game, a site installation at the 2018 festival, will entertain young and old alike with their physical, visually engaging and highly interactive performance.
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Phoebe Bridgers Shares New XMAS Track!

PHOEBE BRIDGERS
Shares a very special version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Phoebe Bridgers today shares a very special version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas. This heartbreaking cover follows on from Phoebe’s critically acclaimed debut album Stranger In The Alps featuring singles:
‘Motion Sickness’ 

‘Smoke Signals’
Produced by Tony Berg and Ethan Gruska and mixed by Mike Mogis, the ten haunting and introspective songs on Stranger In The Alps further introduce the 22-year-old Bridgers as a singular voice. There is a delicate balance to her work, a dance between veiled narratives and earnest emotions, between whispers and shouts. Throughout the album, Bridgers contemplates and reflects on personal experiences through her unique lyric writing perspective: there are overt references to lost idols, canonical pop songs and actual incidents, but her stories unfold through specific, evocative imagery sung in her subtle, confessional style. According to Bridgers, everything you hear has arrived by feeling; her music is what comes when she is at her most honest, without specific intention, and she aims to be in her songs the person she is in the world.
Phoebe’s debut LP follows on from 2015 three-song single Killer, produced by Ryan Adams in his L.A. studio and released on his Pax-Am label. Since early 2016, she’s toured with Julien Baker, Connor Oberst (who also guests on the Stranger In The Alps track Would You Rather), and Ryan Adams.
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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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