Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Japanese musician and programmer Hinako Omori has released her debut EP "Araelia" via Villette’s Injazero Records.
The London-based synthesist built the EP from four years’ worth of instrumental demos, lyrics and field recordings that she was able to thematically link and mould into songs after experiencing “a strange period of having daily migraines with auras for a month.”
“The physical reaction I was experiencing from the auras – the haziness/blurriness/partial loss of sight and spots of light surrounding every day vision – also seemed to reflect the emotions I was feeling at the time – confusion, lack of clarity, ambiguity, mixed feelings of hope and melancholy…”
The title track ‘Auraelia’ speaks to this same haze via fore-fronted, gently distorted vocals that Omori performs as if giving voice to the aura itself.
Auraelia is available now.
Posted by Muddy at 12:50 AM
Monday, December 9, 2019
Marking a return to the vintage analogue equipment with which the producer developed his sound in the early ’90s.
Squarepusher is back after a five-year hiatus with a new album on Warp.
Be Up A Hello sees producer Tom Jenkinson abandoning the software he developed over 15 years to make albums like Ufabulum and Damogen Furies, instead returning to the equipment he used to define his sound in the early ’90s, including a collection of analogue synths, vintage effects units and a Commodore Vic20.
Since his 2015 album Damogen Furies, Jenkinson has scored a one hour episode of a show on CBeebies and collaborated with James McVinnie on an album of organ music, All Night Chroma. He also formed the speed jazz band Shobaleader One to reinterpret classic Squarepusher tracks.
Be Up A Hello arrives on January 31 and is available to pre-order now. The first single, ‘Vortrack’ and a ‘Fracture Remix’ is out on December 6.
Posted by Muddy at 9:03 PM
Sunday, December 1, 2019
The producer nods to Vangelis on her new track.
ELLLL is back on Glacial Industries with a new two-track release.
Following on from the cinematic direction she took on the Glisten EP for Paralaxe Editions, her new track ‘POLARBERGS’ sees the producer channeling the frosty atmospherics of Blade Runner for a chilly ambient outing.
ELLLL debuted on Glacial Industries with the club focused CONFECTIONARY EP earlier this year. She also contributed an excellent remix to India Jordan’s debut release on Local Action, DNT STP MY LV.
POLARBERGS / HOT WHEELS arrives on December 6 and is available to pre-order now.
Posted by Muddy at 1:54 PM
Saturday, November 30, 2019
Bill Fay is one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
You know, the best things usually happen in their own time and place. For instance, fifty years after he first tiptoed a toe’s tip onto the British experimental folk scene, the ever-elliptical and enigmatic Bill Fay is returning (at his own damn pace, thank you very much) with a new album.
The legend’s latest (and third release since resurfacing back in 2012) is entitled "Countless Branches", and it’ll will be released January 17 via Dead Oceans on CD, LP and Deluxe 2xLP sets. On it, Fay “collects compositions drawn from the trove of material [he] has amassed over 40 years,” adding “newly written words and melodies” to previously unfinished songs.
Alongside the announcement, Fay has unveiled a Emily Scaife-directed video for the album’s first single “Filled With Wonder Once Again.” Commenting on the clip’s creation, Scaife explains: “I wanted to create a dreamy, warm world that melted reality into abstraction and filled the audience with wonder, while conveying themes of cycles/phases — both of the tree (inspired by Bill’s Countless Branches) as well as the planet more generally. I combined several techniques: hand-drawing shapes and parents in nature; animal skins, organic textures, and coloured gels and slides on overhead projectors to produce soft dappled washes of light.”
But whoa, whoa, whoa. Just take it easy. Sure, you can watch the clip for “Filled With Wonder” down below and pre-order "Countless Branches" here from Dead Oceans. But there’s really no need to HURRY. Relax. Take a few breaths first. Slow and steady wins the race, you know.
Countless Branches’ countable tracklist:
01. In Human Hands
02. How Long, How Long
03. Your Little Face
04. Salt Of The Earth
05. I Will Remain Here
06. Filled With Wonder Once Again
07. Time’s Going Somewhere
08. Love Will Remain
09. Countless Branches
10. One Life
11. Tiny - Bonus Track
12. Don’t Let My Marigolds Die (Live in Studio) - Bonus Track
13. The Rooster - Bonus Track
14. Your Little Face (Acoustic Version) - Bonus Track
15. Filled With Wonder Once Again (Band Version) - Bonus Track
16. How Long, How Long (Band Version) - Bonus Track
17. Love Will Remain (Band Version) - Bonus Track
Posted by Muddy at 5:43 PM
Monday, November 18, 2019
Electro, disco and acappella.
Brazilian-born, Berlin-based DJ and producer Terr will release her sophomore 12″ for London’s Phantasy Sound later this month.
It’s her second 12″ for the label this year following her exquisitely catchy and addictive debut Tale of Devotion, which featured a remix by Prins Thomas.
No samples are yet available but the label has teased the record as a blend of “electro and disco influences with flawless songwriting”.
Pre-order it here ahead of its November 29 release and see tracklist below.
01. ‘Energy Sync (club mix)’
02. ‘Energy Sync’
03. ‘Energy Sync (acappella)’
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Wintersleep shared a new video for their song 'Free Fall', which arrived on a Record Store Day 7-inch earlier this year and was recently added to streaming services.
The clip finds the Canadian band once again linking up with filmmaker Christopher Mills, who also helmed the animated video for the group's "Forest Fire."
In a statement, the director offered the following about his "Free Fall" video:
"For me, this song is the sound of the wind if you're in a forever fall through a bright and colourful sky. If you were falling into infinity, it seems likely that, at some point, the world around you would become abstract, and you might imagine people falling around you, or the shapes of their bodies absorbed into clouds that would then shift and evaporate into even more abstract shapes."
The urgency of this music, romantically embracing what could be our last epic journey of a plastic-congested spin around the earth was something I wanted to turn into a bright and flashing dance video you could put up on your video projector with your friends. The construction of this idea and world is a bit like taking an old spinning rolodex, and adding layers upon layers of clouds, atmosphere, and people. Free Fall wanted to feel like a sort of cuckoo clock like installation that could sit on your desktop, for you to get lost in. Static paintings find their movement through spinning layers, and data-moshing. The video ends with a sombre reflection of the last fall from grace into a plastic polluted, dystopian sea, no less beautiful because of its floating forms, and endless blue colours.
You can watch the animated clip for yourself down below.
Wintersleep's most recent album remains this year's "In the Land Of". The band have a series of tour dates coming up, both here in Canada and overseas.
Posted by Muddy at 6:29 PM
Friday, November 15, 2019
Posh Isolation affiliates Boli Group have released a new composition ‘reprise / BPA free / river Baguette’ via Denmark’s Anyines.
It follows their Posh Isolation debut N.P.D.S. released back in 2018 and continues along that album’s same starkly minimalist classical path.
Boli Group is a chamber ensemble spearheaded by Copenhagen based-composer and producer Asger Hartvig. As MC Boli, Hartvig recently contributed to Posh Isolation 10-year anniversary Summer Storms compilation.
‘reprise / BPA free / river Baguette’ is out now.
Posted by Muddy at 12:34 PM
From 2005 to 2013, Joe Coss - singer/songwriter/guitarist for the Long Island based band Liquid Phase spent his days traveling from Long Island to downtown New York City to work as the Lead Mechanical Engineer on the new World Trade Center. His journey is chronicled in the band’s song “Bright Colors”, now available as a remastered single on Spotify and all the major services.
“Bright Colors” is an infectiously upbeat song which brings to light Coss’s love for both the city whose most triumphant landmark he’s had the privilege of erecting to the oceanside oasis that is Montauk, NY. This comes to light in the songs lyrics “See a row of purple roses live on the oceanfront. And the cliffs of Earth eroding slower than we have fun. When I climbed up the iron ladder the sky was the bluest one. Looking out as our friends were leaving just as the keg was done” and coming full-circle with “Look West as the sun sets, castle stands in our way. Out East there's an orange moonrise, radar's aimed our way”.
The song - coupled with Coss’s diverse background (from his days as a Berklee College of Music student to his work in theoretical physics) and his relationship with legendary Singer/Songwriter Paul Simon and wife Edie Brickell - have made for an incredibly unique blend of infectious rock and pop. The band was invited by Brickell to rehearse in Simon’s home studio in Montauk while Joe also worked on Guitar Lead's and Charts with Edie before receiving a prized gift - Edie's custom Orange Electric Tom Anderson Guitar. Joe will be playing Acoustic Guitar this Fall 2019 mainly in Rockville Centre, Malverne, Lynbrook and Port Jefferson at Chadwick’s, Connolly’s, and Pearsall’s.
Liquid Phase, the NYC Rock Band from Montauk, is a five piece rock outfit featuring Coss on Vocals and Guitar, Jamie Grubb on Keyboards, Dan Zellan on Guitar and Vocals, Johnny Molinari on Bass, and Steve Collins on Drums. The band brought its diverse blend of colorful laid-back surf and skate beach music as well as its hard hitting electric rock and alternative sound to stages across the U.S., opening for guitar legend Slash of Guns n’ Roses and famed Southern Rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Now, as Joe and the band continues to write and perform throughout the NY area and all over Long Island - they’ll bring their unique sound to fans new and old!