Introducing Tom Rogerson New Signing to Dead Oceans Debut album,
Tom Rogerson with Brian Eno
out December 8th on Dead Oceans
Dead Oceans is happy to welcome the pianist Tom Rogerson to the roster. His elegant and evocative debut, Finding Shore, a 13-track collaboration that began after Rogerson met Brian Eno after a gig, arrives December 8th.
Listen to ‘Motion in Field’ here:
Finding Shore is the sound of Rogerson distilling the essence of what he does after a protracted musical journey from childhood until now. He took the traditional route of music lessons and learning notation before starting composing “properly”. As a 17-year-old he had the odd contrast of being taught by the composer Harrison Birtwistle but also working as lounge pianist in a dilapidated hotel in Peterborough.
He spent some time in New York playing jazz, recording with Reid Anderson of The Bad Plus, and had a successful career with post-rock group Three Trapped Tigers, yet however enjoyable that experience was, he admits it was “definitely a diversionary tactic”. Everything seemed to be an escape from the classical world or, as Rogerson himself puts it, “falling out of my ivory tower very slowly”.
Upon meeting Eno, the pair didn’t speak about music at all, but bonded over their roots in the Suffolk town of Woodbridge, located on the strange flat landscape of Eastern England, all heathland, military testing sites, estuary mud and the site of the ancient Sutton Hoo ship burial.
Eno’s influence on Finding Shore began by enabling Rogerson to overcome his fear of committing any one piece to its own album. As a way to open Rogerson up, Eno suggested they try experimenting with the Piano Bar, an obscure piece of Moog gear that works by using infrared beams focussed on each piano key; these are then broken as the keys are played, transforming the piano’s note into a midi signal that can then be used to trigger or generate new, digital sound. As Rogerson improvised at the piano, Eno improvised with the midi signal to create a unique piece of music.
The chance meeting with Eno and subsequent conversation about the Suffolk landscape did find its way into Finding Shore. “I do totally hear it, I’ll listen and think ‘oh that sounds like the bells at Woodbridge, that’s the birds, the wind rustling in the reeds’. I think it permeates my music, and Brian’s ambient records. That ‘is it organic or is it electronic thing’ is so interesting”.
1. Idea of Order at Kyson Point 2. Motion in Field 3. On-ness 4. March Away 5. Eastern Stack 6. Minor Rift 7. The Gabbard 8. Red Slip 9. Quoit Blue 10. Marsh Chorus 11. An Iken Loop 12. Chain Home 13. Rest
Share ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ video New album Ash out today!
Friday 29th September 2017 – Overnight Ibeyi have shared a music video for ‘I Wanna Be Like You,’ a new song off their album Ash, out today on XL Recordings / Rhythmethod.
Lisa-Kaindé wrote the track for Naomi – her twin by nature but opposite in reality. Lisa-Kaindé explains further, “Sometimes I want to be like Naomi. I want her eyes, to feel the rhythm as deeply as she does, to dance like her, to be as wild as she is; sometimes I just want to be her for even just a few seconds.” The video, which stars the twins, was shot in France and directed by Remi Besse and produced by Standard Films. Watch the gorgeous clip here, or below.
The xx ‘ON HOLD (JAMIE XX REMIX)’ OUT TODAY B/W FOUR TET REMIX OF ‘A VIOLENT NOISE’
At the end of 2016, The xx announced their return and news of a new album (I See You) with the lead single ‘On Hold’. An undoubted highlight of one of the year’s most critically acclaimed albums, ‘On Hold’ has quickly become one of The xx’s biggest songs to date.
Today, the band’s very own Jamie xx reveals his ‘On Hold’ remix – his first official remix in over four years. It comes accompanied by a ‘remix video’ from Alasdair McLellan, who made the original ‘On Hold’ video and has been a key I See You visual collaborator. McLellan also created videos for recent xx singles ‘Say Something Loving’ and the star-studded ‘I Dare You’ video (a collaboration with The xx and Raf Simons which featured, among others, Millie Bobby Brown, Ashton Sanders, Paris Jackson, Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes).
WATCH ALASDAIR MCLELLAN’S ACCOMPANYING ‘ON HOLD’ REMIX VIDEO HERE
Released October 13th on XL Recordings/ True Panther Sounds
shares new single & video ‘Dum Surfer’
Picture Credit: Frank Lebon
One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall returns with the dense, sprawling “The OOZ”, the much anticipated follow up to his debut “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”. Drifting and seeping through the cracks of South London like the album title, King Krule casts an unflinching eye over his kingdom, transforming his observations of all the disorientation and heartbreak of his youth into piercing narratives and poetry that are both startlingly honest and brutally beautiful. With “The OOZ”, Marshall finally takes the crown as poet laureate for the dazed and confused generation, painting a bleak and sometimes harrowing picture of a rapidly splintering city.
“The OOZ” is released October 13th on XL Recordings/ True Panther Sounds, and can be pre-ordered HERE. It also comes preceded by the raucous new single “Dum Surfer” which can be pre-ordered HERE, as well as a brilliant Brother Willis directed video which you can see HERE (link). This autumn also sees Marshall hitting the road for a worldwide tour this autumn; for further details head to http://kingkrule.co.uk/live
Where “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”, released in 2013, was a rigorous, rambling excavation of Marshall’s expansive body of work to date, “The OOZ” snaps into focus quickly and sharply, his modus operandi coming into view almost immediately. Over jazzy curlicues and guitars, the opener “Biscuit Town” sets out its stall irresistibly as Marshall sings about rapidly disintegrating romance and personal dissolution with acute, almost painful detail. These wrenching themes of self-annihilation and fraying relationships seem inextricably linked in Marshall’s eyes – once you lose yourself to someone else, you inevitably wind up losing yourself completely when they leave – and recur in other tracks. “Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson” he spits on the roiling “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver)”, and, even layered with the warm vocals of Okay Kaya, “Slush Puppy” is an unsparing dissection of a couple with nothing left to give, like a Gainsbourg and Birkin ballad gone toxic. Elsewhere, things only get darker, as Marshall desperately tries to find safe harbor in the city he knows and loves, only to be thwarted constantly, as on “The Cadet Leaps” and first single “Czech One”. Not even the synthetic high of chemicals, as shown in “Emergency Blimp” and “A Slide In (New Drugs)”, can stanch the suffering.
Although seeming at first abstract, “The OOZ” as a title proves oddly fitting. There are references littered throughout about its physical manifestation, or as Marshall himself says, “about earwax and snot and bodily fluids and skin and stuff that just comes out of you on a day to day basis”. But it works on a more figurative level too, with the OOZ also representing the unknown depths or horizons the solitary mind can travel to, whether it’s sinking into the deep sea or soaring through the night sky. It may be messy, unwieldy, even unsightly, Marshall seems to say – but we need The OOZ in order to exist.
“A beautiful, mad jigsaw of ideas.” – Loud And Quiet – Album of the Week
“Do Hollywood is a special little record with surprises around every corner that constantly thrill and excite.” – The Line Of Best Fit – Album of the Week
“Do Hollywood is a curiosity, but a pretty glorious one.” – The Guardian ****
“The Lemon Twigs have created their own world, and it was exciting to witness it for the first time.” – The Times ****
“A hugely entertaining, hyperactive romp crammed with lush, Beatles-y harmonies, vaudeville pop and histrionic rock opera flourishes.” – Q
“Baroque and power pop splendour.” – MOJO
“The future of rock ‘n’ roll.” – NME ****
Ahead of their Brothers of Destruction EP, The Lemon Twigs have shared a second song from Brothers of Destruction, their forthcoming six-track EP due to be released on September 22 on 4AD. Premiered by BBC 6Music and Stereogum yesterday, ‘Why Didn’t You Say That?’ is now available on all streaming services.