MATTHEW E. WHITE TO RELEASE FRESH BLOOD, HIS FIRST ALBUM IN TWO YEARS FOR DOMINO ON 9 MARCH

Matthew E. White to play special solo show at St. Luke’s, London on 10 March: 
http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?id=17296

Watch the Fresh Blood trailer filmed in Super 8 here: www.fresh-blood.net

Artist: Matthew E. White
Title: Fresh Blood
Release Date: 9 March 2015
Label: Domino
Formats: Vinyl/CD/Digital
Cat Number: WIGCD309, WIGLP309, WIG309D
Web: Official Site | Twitter | Facebook | www.flesh-blood.net

On 9 March, Richmond, Virginia-based singer, bandleader and modern soul visionary Matthew E. White will release Fresh Blood, his first full-length album for Domino and the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut Big Inner. Produced by White and Spacebomb partner Trey Pollard and mixed by Pat Dillett (David Byrne, Nile Rodgers), Fresh Blood marks the next chapter of White’s Spacebomb Records – an analog studio, record label and production house with in-house strings, horns and a choir at his behest. Audacious, confident and masterful, Fresh Blood is a bracing, beguiling record and a bold advance for White – a record that feels like the brilliant bloom to Big Inner’s striking bud. White has also confirmed an album release show at LSO St. Luke’s in London on 10 March 2015. Watch the new trailer, which was filmed in Super 8 and features a clip of the song ‘Tranquility’, itself a tribute to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZryzsrF_PRw

In 2009, White and his friends established Spacebomb to turn the tunes of songwriters they liked into grandiose, graceful statements. To demonstrate the Spacebomb ideal, White and his wide cast of musicians – possessing a vast knowledge that could pivot from the gusto of New Orleans to the verve of Detroit, from tube-amp rock to hi-fi pop – recorded a few songs he’d pieced together and called it Big Inner, hoping to show other songwriters how the system would work. In the 18 months that followed the release, White toured America and Europe extensively, sharing the stage with St. Vincent, The National and Bon Iver among many others, eventually signing with Domino to release Big Inner worldwide. White played major festivals, including Glastonbury, Primavera, and more, and Big Inner earned five stars in The Guardian and a spot on its year-end list, plus those of Pitchfork, The Line of Best Fit and others. Uncut called it “one of the great albums of modern Americana,” while The Independent deemed Big Inner ”a genuine classic.”

If the first album had been serendipity, every step of Fresh Blood was to be deliberate – from his co-writing sessions with longtime friend and former bandmate Andy Jenkins, to his steady arrangement brainstorms with the trusted Spacebomb house band—bassist Cameron Ralston, drummer Pinson Chanselle and guitarist Trey Pollard. Simultaneously recognising the trouble and delight that life can bring, these 10 original songs of Fresh Blood are guides for times of joy, agony and the middle distance where we most often linger.

Fresh Blood will be available on CD (WIGCD309), Vinyl (WIGLP309) and via digital download (WIG309D). There is also a special edition of the album, which is a double LP gatefold heavyweight vinyl (WIGLP309X) containing a bonus LP titled Fresh Blood: No Skin – a full length minimalist mix of the entire album, minus strings/horns or choir. You can pre-order Fresh Blood via iTunes or DomMart.

Fresh Blood tracklist:

1. Take Care My Baby
2. Rock & Roll Is Cold
3. Fruit Trees
4. Holy Moly
5. Circle ‘Round The Sun
6. Feeling Good Is Good Enough
7. Tranquility
8. Golden Robes
9. Vision
10. Love Is Deep

Live dates:

Tue 3 Mar – Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC
Mon 9 Mar – Paris, France @ New Morning (solo)
Tue 10 Mar – London, UK @ LSO St Luke’s (solo)

Praise for Big Inner:

‘Over seven elegant tracks, White and his musicians achieve the kinds of loveliness that Spiritualized, Lambchop, Cat Power and the Beta Band have tilted at, at different times in the past, and quite often missed’
5/5 The Observer ‘Album of the Week’

‘A genuinely great artist’
5/5 The Guardian ‘Album of the Week’

‘A contender for album of the year’
5/5 The Sun

‘A genuine classic.’
5/5 Independent On Sunday

‘One of the great albums of modern Americana and one suspects that a reluctant start is born’
9/10 Uncut ‘Album of the Month’

‘A debut album of psychedelic gospel-tinged gems’
4/5 Mojo

‘Incredibly accomplished’
4/5 The Times

‘Pure quality’
4/5 The Evening Standard

‘A hugely impressive debut’
4/5 The Independent

‘An uplifting record, all the more enjoyable for its sense of restraint’
4/5 Metro

‘White has sewn together a psychedelic patchwork from various indigenous sounds – cosmic soul and funk, morning-after blues – that’s as great as any of its obvious influences… cosmically knowing but with nifty footwork’
4/5 Q

‘Many have tried to recreate the vibrancy and laidback groove of vintage soul-pop, but to absolutely nail it you need to be someone truly cosmic. Amy Winehouse just about managed it and Matthew E. White is one other such person.’
8/10 NME

‘Soaked in a bygone age of classic country soul… one of the coolest cats you’re likely to come across in 2013’
Music Week

‘If you like Randy Newman and Lambchop, Big Inner will have a similar effect on you’
The Sunday Times

‘Bathe in the redemptive charm of an orchestrally dense paean to the seventies… somewhere between Nick Drake and Cat Stevens’
GQ

‘This is the kind of debut on which devotional followings are founded’
4/5 The Skinny

‘Reading the classics will never guarantee making a classic album, but Matthew E. White is certainly one student that’s just joined the masters’
9/10 The Line of Best Fit

Following the rapturously received top ten album Our Love, which has dominated end-of-year lists, Caribou has revealed a gloriously layered remix of ‘Your Love Will Set You Free’ by the one and only Carl Craig.

Dan Snaith had this to say about the remix: “Carl Craig is a peerless remixer. I’ve dreamed of having him remix one of my tracks for ages. He was one of the first people to publicly mention how much he liked Swim when it was released and we’ve been in touch since then. Before I’d gathered up the courage to ask him to remix a track on this album he got in touch and suggested it himself. The result is superlative and speaks for itself.”

Listen here:
https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/your-love-will-set-you-free-c2s-set-u-free-rmx

In what is quickly becoming a thrilling end to a monumental year for Caribou, his show at Brixton Academy on Saturday 14 March is now sold out. What’s more, Caribou will also be giving a headline performance at next year’s Field Day, playing on Saturday 6 June.

Listen to ‘Can’t Do Without You’ here: https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/cant-do-without-you

Praise for Our Love
“This is rich, strange, endlessly fascinating music: a subtle, beautiful triumph” 5/5 The Guardian
“One more reason to admire this underrated maestro – he’s made one of the most glorious and addictive albums of the year” 5/5 Time Out 
“Another modern-day classic to add to Caribou’s formidable catalogue” 17/20 Crack 
“Wholly life-affirming” 9/10 ‘Album of the Week’ The Line of Best Fit 
“Dan Snaith’s most profound and accomplished piece of work to date” 9/10 ‘Album of The Month’ Mixmag 
“Earnest, evocative but most of all emotive, Our Love will be yours too” 9/10 DJ 
“The Canadian producer’s thrilling album ties together over a decade’s worth of sonic kicks” 9/10 ‘Album of The Week’ NME 
“A subtle, supple navigation of love’s extreme’s; the deeper you dive, the more it reveals” 4/5 ‘Album of the Week’ Independent on Sunday 
“The whole thing is perfectly poised between the intimacy of that melancholy vocal and the sharp focus of the synths” ‘Album of The Week’ Dummy 
‘9/10’ Uncut 
‘4/5’ The Telegraph 
’4/5′ The Times 
‘4/5’ Evening Standard 
‘4/5’ FT 
’4/5′ Record Collector 
’4/5′ DIY 
“This beautiful, open-hearted album explores every one of its title’s implications, wrapping both the blessed and the lost in its generous embrace” 4/5 Q 
“Irresistibly immersive” 4/5 Mojo 
Our Love is the Caribou album that best defines the tension between his electronic explorations and pop sensibilities” 4/5 FACT
“The fine line between euphoria and melancholy is negotiated brilliantly” 4/5 The Observer 
Our Love is a hot contender for 2014’s Most Irresistible Dance Record” 4/5 Metro
“Another immersive electronic triumph” Shortlist 
Our Love is another striking step forward” 8/10 Loud & Quiet 
“Holds in abundance all the hallmarks of a master” 8/10 Drowned in Sound 
“This is something to be played over and over, around those you love, and those you may come to” 8/10 Clash 
“It’s a smart, attentive, demanding progression that deftly captures various stages of love’s cycle” 4.5/5 Music OHM 
“Deliberate, thoughtful and sophisticated” 8/10 The 405 
“The magic of Snaith’s songs is not just that they’re clever, not just that they have such a direct effect on the nervous system, but that they reveal intellectual achievement, bodily pleasure and social interaction as utterly inseparable” 4/5 The Arts Desk 
“Only Hot Chip blend tender electronic pop and head-spinning house music with as much imagination and generosity of spirit as Dan Snaith” GQ 
“As every bit as eclectic, danceable, odd, populist and clever as its predecessor … it’s the work of a musician who has grown into his sound only to absorb a whole new palette of sonic possibilities along the way” London in Stereo 
9/10 ‘Album of The Month’ Future Music

31 Jan Laneway Festival, Brisbane, Australia
1 Feb Laneway Festival, Sydney, Australia
3 Feb Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia
5 Feb The Forum, Melbourne, Australia
6 Feb Laneway Festival, Adelaide, Australia
7 Feb Laneway Festival, Melbourne, Australia
8 Feb Laneway Festival, Fremantle, Australia
16 Feb Legacy Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan
21-22 Feb Hostess Weekender, Tokyo, Japan
26 Feb The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA EXTRA DATE ADDED *
27 Feb The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT *
28 Feb The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT *
1 Mar The Fillmore, SF, CA SOLD OUT *
2 Mar The Fillmore, SF, CA EXTRA DATE ADDED *
3 Mar Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR *
4 Mar The Showbox, Seattle, WA *
5 Mar Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC EARLY SHOW – SOLD OUT *
5 Mar Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC LATE SHOW ADDED *
10 Mar AB, Brussels, BE *
11 Mar Olympia, Paris, FR *
12 Mar Columbiahalle, Berlin, DE *
14 Mar Brixton Academy, London, UK SOLD OUT *
6 Jun Field Day, London, UK

*support from Koreless

ALEX G

‘HARVEY’

WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp7yEzcxBNk

One to Watch 2015 – The Line of Best Fit

“An instant classic, the kind of window into a fascinating mind that you wish every solo album could be.” - 4/5 Time Out ‘Album of the Week’

Lucky Number is thrilled to present the video for ‘Harvey’, the latest off-kilter single to be lifted from Alex G’s DSU. Though only 21 years of age, and until recently a student at Philadelphia’s Temple University, DSU is Alex Giannascoli’s fifth album under his shortened moniker. All recorded at home almost exclusively solo, and until recently all digitally self-released, DSU has been highly received, having been nominated as one of the albums of the year by CrackThe Line of Best Fit and Time Out.

‘Harvey’ is an enticing bite of Giannascoli’s world, one that’s sure to get you hooked from the direct opening salvo of “success for my buddies, success for my friends”. Short and sweet with a structure that poses one verse into its own compelling chorus, ‘Harvey’ is all jangling guitars and reinvigorating confidence. The video delves deeper into Giannascoli’s abstract universe, featuring footage of a burning doll’s house and mysterious, swirling images of Giannascoli himself.

Alex has just completed his first ever UK visit, which included a sold out show at London’s Sebright Arms. His final set list was a mammoth 21 songs, with request after request being shouted out from his audience of enraptured fans. His next run of UK dates for this coming March are set to take place in Brighton, Bristol, London and more.

Sun 1 March Brighton, Green Door Store, Tickets
Mon 2 March Bristol, The Cube, Tickets
Tues 3 March London, Chats Palace, Tickets
Thurs 5 March Manchester, Soup Kitchen, Tickets
Fri 6 March Glasgow, Broadcast, Tickets
Sat 7 March Leeds, Brudenell Social Club, Tickets

Praise for DSU 
“The new name to drop in alt-rock circles” The Guardian
“An instant classic, the kind of window into a fascinating mind that you wish every solo album could be” 4/5 Time Out ‘Album of the Week’
“It has the potential to be one of the defining American indie records” The Quietus
DSU is carved up into palatable little nuggets of joy. As non-debuts go, they don’t come much stronger” 9/10 The Line of Best Fit 
DSU is a record that’s so full of pure, raw greatness that it’s hard to pin down the exact element that makes it so great” 16/20 Crack Magazine 
DSU is an album for kids that scour the internet as they would a crate full of physical records. It’s careful yet effortless, passionate yet distant but above-all, wholly unique” 8/10 Drowned in Sound 
“A masterful handling of mischievous lyrics and beautiful melodies” 8/10 Uncut 
“Richly diverse record” 8/10 NME 
DSU‘s charm is its blissfully care free vibe” 4/5 Mojo 
“Every single track charms” 4/5 Metro 
“A raw and refreshing talent” 4/5 The Skinny 
DSU may well be the year’s most genuinely exciting and, ultimately, rewarding album” London in Stereo 
“Everyone who comes into contact with him seems to fall in love” The 405 
“The Internet’s Secret Best Songwriter” FADER 
“Idiosyncratic sketches each capable of winding its way to a distinct place into the hearts of anyone” 7.9 Pitchfork 
“Music so immensely personal, it’s hard to believe you’re even capable of comprehending the majority of what you’re hearing.” CMJ 
DSU is a homespun gem from virtually out of nowhere” Consequence of Sound

http://www.luckynumbermusic.com

Having revealed her new single ‘Stealing Cars’ last week, Nadine Shah has pulled the curtains back on the track’s accompanying video, directed by Matthew Cummins. Seemingly finding herself lost in a house of mirrors after dark, the kaleidoscopic clip spins and swirls around Shah, perfectly accompanying the track’s smoky wonder without detracting from its gritty guitars or Shah’s majestic vocal.

Watch the video for ’Stealing Cars’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PznUsKnRuSU

“It signals a clear-cut evolution for Shah.” - The Line of Best Fit
“A heart stopping comeback.” - DIY
“A smoky and brooding return to form.” - Drunken Werewolf

‘Stealing Cars’ is out now via Apollo and is available to purchase via iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/stealing-cars-single/id941099075

A full album will follow in early 2015.

http://nadineshah.co.uk

Praise for Nadine Shah:
Love Your Dum and Mad is astonishingly coherent’ Sunday Times ‘Album of the Week’
‘It’s utterly magnetic. There are few albums that will make you experience so many emotions concurrently, and even fewer that will still give you chills hours later’ 8/10 ‘Album of the Week’ The Line of Best Fit
‘An assured launch of a career that will provoke and explore in the style of Bjork or PJ Harvey’ ‘Stand Out Album’ 4/5 Daily Mirror
‘Cosy and cataclysmic all at the same time, this is one of the most compelling expressions of Great British gothic since Morrissey made a date at the cemetery gates’ 4/5 Time Out
‘Subtle electronics and the creation of desolate, 3-D spaces is the icing on a seductively ruined cake’ 8/10 Uncut
‘A piercingly direct seduction of the senses’ 4/5 Mojo
‘The voice of a goddess’ 4/5 Evening Standard
‘Nadine Shah’s voice is a revelation’ 4/5 The Skinny
‘A dark, delicious masterpiece’ Diva
‘An album that beguiles and bruises at every turn’ DIY
‘An extraordinarily delectable noise to behold’ London in Stereo
‘Shah is clearly going to be around for some time’ 7.4/10 ‘Record of the Day’ Bowlegs
‘Expect her to be next year’s critics’ darling’ The Independent
‘Her dark tales of lust, loss and vengeance bring to mind Broken English-era Marianne Faithfull and are due belated critical acclaim’ The Guardian
(Love Your Dum and Mad) retains a dynamism through Shah’s magnetic voice’ 7.9 Pitchfork

“‘Why Don’t You Believe in Me’ is all slow-motion strut, with a solid rhythm section anchoring the piano flourishes and flashes of brass.” - Best New Track Pitchfork

Following the news that she’ll be releasing her debut self-titled album on 26 January 2015 via SpacebombNatalie Prass has announced details of her first UK show at The Lexington on 27 January. ‘Why Don’t You Believe In Me’ – the latest track to emerge from Natalie Prass - has been richly received; a gutsy soul-pop tune that grabbed everyone’s attention with its distinctly Matthew E. White guitars and funky horns.

Listen to ’Why Don’t You Believe In Me’ here: https://soundcloud.com/spacebomb/natalie-prass-why-dont-you-believe-in-me/

 

For those on Natalie’s mailing list, a pre-sale will be taking place on Friday 21 November at 4pm. Sign up for that here: http://natalieprassmusic.com/

Tickets go on general sale Monday 24 November at 4pm and can be purchased here: http://www.seetickets.com/Event/natalie-prass/the-lexington/831067

WATCH RICK ALVERSON-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR ANGEL OLSEN’S “WINDOWS”

BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO WITNESS DELUXE EDITION OUT NOW ON JAGJAGUWAR

The deluxe edition of Angel Olsen’s excellent Burn Your Fire for No Witnessis out now via Jagjaguwar. After recently sharing two of the deluxe edition’s bonus songs, ‘All Right Now’ and ‘May As Well’, Angel now reminds us of one of the many ways in which Burn Your Fire for No Witness is so special via a video directed by Rick Alverson for the album’s powerful closer, ’Windows’. In describing her and Rick’s work together, Angel says, “I gave him total freedom to set the tone and I wanted only to be present within it. I wanted to make something cinematic and forward, and I believe he did that here.”

WATCH ANGEL OLSEN’S ‘WINDOWS’ VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CQSOoFlaxI

Angel Olsen online:
http://angelolsen.com/
http://www.jagjaguwar.com/
https://www.facebook.com/angelolsenmusic

Praise for Angel Olsen:
“Her second album is one of those records that hypnotises as it unfurls” The Observer ‘Album of the Week’ 
“An understated sincerity that burns directly to the heart” The Telegraph 5/5
“The sublime Burn …is testament that Olsen’s philosophy of self-belief pays off” 9/10 NME 
“As compelling a case for the singer-songwriter’s art as we have heard in ages” Sunday Times 
“The hypnotic sounds of Angel Olsen’s voice is the runaway star of this, her second album. Listening to this record feels like gorging yourself; I just want to consume it” ‘Album of the Week’ 4.5/5 Artrocker 
“This superb second album does indeed make a dramatic leap forward – vaulting straight from promise to its stringent, unarguable realisation” 4/5 Mojo
Burn Your Fire for No Witness confirms the St Louis singer-songwriter’s arrival as a major new voice” Uncut 
“I wonder if you’ll hear a more urgent and wonderful record than Burn Your Fire for No Witness this year?” Monocle
“More flawless than ever” 8/10 Loud & Quiet
“Treating heavy weather with an impressive lightness of touch” 4/5 Q
“Exceptional voice” 4/5 The Times 
“A voice that’s all kinds of beautiful: sometimes bruised and sweet, sometimes fierce and blazing” 4/5 Time Out
“A rather fine voice that hovers between the ethereal and the belting” 4/5 Evening Standard
“She could be singing The Birdy Song and it would be sad. It would probably sound lovely too” 4/5 The Guardian 
“White Fire breathes the same thickened air as Leonard Cohen’s ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ but never suffers by comparison. High praise that” 4/5 Independent on Sunday 
“Like its riddling title, this album leaves us wanting to find out more” 4/5 The FT 
“4/5” The Sun 
“4/5” The Mirror 
“An album of true beauty” 4/5 The Skinny 
“Always vivid and often affecting” 4/5 DIY Magazine 
“It’s the perfect soundtrack to the blooming of this year’s first snowdrops” Dazed & Confused 
“Glorious, pensive intensity” London in Stereo
“Progression is a great thing to hear in any artist’s work, and there’s plenty of that to the largely excellent Burn Your Fire for No Witness” The Quietus
“Angel’s lyrics cut through bullshit with laconic wit and rough directness, giving an inroad into existential discussion that doesn’t feel forced, pretentious or entirely hyperbolic” 9/10 The 405 
“In an age marred by insincerity and guardedness, she brings a frankness to her songwriting that immediately sets her apart from her contemporaries” 8.5/10 ‘Album of The Week’ The Line of Best Fit 
“Powerful” 8/10 Drowned in Sound
“Devastation has never sounded so beautiful” Gold Flake Paint 
Burn Your Fire for No Witness conjures the past without ever imitating it, swirling its influences into something intimate, impressionistic and new” 8.3 Pitchfork

The inimitable Nadine Shah has announced her return with the majestic rush-of-a-track ‘Stealing Cars’. Following the critically acclaimed debut album Love Your Dum and Mad in 2013, opening for Bat for Lashes and Depeche Mode and playing live for Vivienne Westwood’s Red label London Fashion Week show, her new single is a statement of intent – 2015 could be hers for the taking.

‘Stealing Cars’ is a yearning, tender yet billowing thing of smoky wonder. A heady mix of clattering percussion, serrated guitar lines, minimal yet addictive piano refrains, and those all-important enigmatic vocals; it will be ringing in your ears for days.

Check ‘Stealing Cars’ here: https://soundcloud.com/nadineshah/stealing-cars-radio-edit/s-TdQLR

The track was once again recorded at The Pool in London with Peter Jobson(I am Kloot), Nick Webb and Ben Hillier – who oversaw production duties.

‘Stealing Cars’ is out now via Apollo and is available to purchase via iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/stealing-cars-single/id941099075

A full album will follow in early 2015.

http://nadineshah.co.uk

Praise for Nadine Shah:
Love Your Dum and Mad is astonishingly coherent’ Sunday Times ‘Album of the Week’
‘It’s utterly magnetic. There are few albums that will make you experience so many emotions concurrently, and even fewer that will still give you chills hours later’ 8/10 ‘Album of the Week’ The Line of Best Fit
‘An assured launch of a career that will provoke and explore in the style of Bjork or PJ Harvey’ ‘Stand Out Album’ 4/5 Daily Mirror
‘Cosy and cataclysmic all at the same time, this is one of the most compelling expressions of Great British gothic since Morrissey made a date at the cemetery gates’ 4/5 Time Out 
‘Subtle electronics and the creation of desolate, 3-D spaces is the icing on a seductively ruined cake’ 8/10 Uncut
‘A piercingly direct seduction of the senses’ 4/5 Mojo
‘The voice of a goddess’ 4/5 Evening Standard
‘Nadine Shah’s voice is a revelation’ 4/5 The Skinny
‘A dark, delicious masterpiece’ Diva
‘An album that beguiles and bruises at every turn’ DIY
‘An extraordinarily delectable noise to behold’ London in Stereo
‘Shah is clearly going to be around for some time’ 7.4/10 ‘Record of the Day’ Bowlegs
‘Expect her to be next year’s critics’ darling’ The Independent

‘Her dark tales of lust, loss and vengeance bring to mind Broken English-era Marianne Faithfull and are due belated critical acclaim’ The Guardian
(Love Your Dum and Mad) retains a dynamism through Shah’s magnetic voice’ 7.9 Pitchfork

 José González will release his first solo album in seven years, Vestiges & Claws on 16 Feb 2015 via Peacefrog Records.

Watch the album trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_jQ-C7F_2w&list=UUOxQXnxLdxQjvu9FHk1jsdQ

“Every age has its turn / Every branch of the tree has to learn/ Learn to grow, find its way / Make the best of this short-lived stay” José González

It’s the quiet ones we should watch, they always say. Which is particularly astute advice right now, when loud, constant self-declaration and saturated “brand” visibility have become the norm. But above the babble and brightness, some voices will always speak quiet volumes – with calm eloquence and the kind of certitude that comes from valuing the playing out, not just the prize.

Sweden’s José González is just such a voice. He first charmed his way into the UK’s earshot via the murmurous and elegant, classically finger-picked folk pop of his 2005 album, Veneer, which has since sold over a staggering 430, 000 copies in UK alone. Two years later came In Our Nature, a further exploration of José’s influences (Argentinian Folklore, the ’60s US folk tradition and the British pastoral folk-pop style of the same era), on which he resisted the temptation to beef up his alluringly introvert aesthetic. The albums made the UK Top 10 and Top 20 respectively.

It may be seven years since he released a solo record, but José has been anything but idle in that time. He’s delivered two albums with the bandJunip, his more fulsome, electronic-edged, pop project and has toured with both the Berlin/Göteborg String Theory orchestra (in 2011), co-performing 11 reworking’s of his songs, Sidi Touré and played with Malian desert blues troupe Tinariwen (both in 2012). In 2013, Hollywood came calling when Ben Stiller commissioned José to work with Theodore Shapiro on the soundtrack to his remake of ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and most recently, he’s contributed his version of ‘This is How We Walk On the Moon’ to the Red Hot charity compilation honouring Arthur Russell. Community and collaboration are obviously satisfying in their own ways, but now José is again stepping centre stage solo, with Vestiges & Claws.

Conceived as the natural third part in an acoustic trilogy, Vestiges & Claws is a(nother) hushed and delicate solo set that forefronts the artist and guitarist’s compellingly intimate vocal style and intricate playing technique, but it’s often strikingly rhythmic in nature and cohere’s perfectly, with hand claps and taps on the body of his instrument underlining the songs’ mantric rise-and-fall pattern, while elsewhere, over-dubbed guitar parts and multi-tracked vocal harmonies entwine to sweetly immersive effect.

The title refers to both cultural practices and biological features that survive despite having lost their original function, and to currently useful tools, ie the “claws” of modern life.

Vestiges & Claws was recorded almost entirely by José and self-produced, mostly in his Gothenburg home, using computer plug-ins to achieve a warm, analogue sound. He prefers working alone, mainly for artistic reasons. “There were a couple of things that enabled me to complete this record: one was curiosity, to be able to play percussion and do a lot of harmonies and also to produce and mix the album; the other was aesthetics. I love to listen to Arthur Russell and Shuggie Otis, to music that has been done mostly by one person in their solitary state.”

As José sees it, the record is his personal, “zoomed-out eye on humanity on a small, pale blue dot in a cold, sparse and unfriendly space. The amazing fact that we are all here, an attempt at encouraging us to understand ourselves and to make the best of the one life we know we have – after birth and before death.”

Vestiges & Claws Tracklist: With The Ink Of A Ghost / Let It Carry You / Stories We Build. Stories We/ Tell / The Forest / Leaf Off/The Cave / Every Age / What Will / Vissel / Afterglow / Open Book

Vestiges & Claws Pre-order:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/vestiges-claws/id933152071?uo=4&at=10lJMI&ls=1

Watch New Video For Stunning Album Opener ’5AM’ Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv4WMjh6E4I

Praise for Black Hours
‘Excellent solo LP’ Q
‘Leithauser’s voice is that of a passionate, but reasonable man; his songs projecting an intelligent, emotional veracity’ 8/10 Uncut
‘You can bet your hat he won’t be overlooked this time’ 4/5 Mojo
‘An album as big in heart as it is in ideas’ 4/5 DIY
‘Effortless and timeless’ 4/5 The Sun
‘8/10’ Loud & Quiet

Hamilton Leithauser has unveiled the video for new single ‘5AM’, which is out on 8 December through Ribbon Music/Domino. The track is lifted from his debut solo album Black Hours and is the arguable highlight. It finds Leithauser at his most moving and unabashed. It’s directed by Tristan Patterson whose debut feature Dragon Slayer won the title of Best Documentary at the 2011 SXSW Film Festival.

The brooding and cinematic video, reminiscent of Bruce Weber’s Let’s Get Lost and the works of David Lynch, can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv4WMjh6E4I

In the darkest part of February 2013, Leithauser took a warbly, meandering piano recording sent from New Orleans by fellow-Walkmen member Paul Maroon and began composing the song that would become Black Hours’ opener, ‘5AM’. As he himself states “I wanted to write something that never repeats, that keeps changing. The strings, the lyrics, and the melody all came at the exact same time, line-by-line. Each one drove the other forward, and I had no idea where it was going. I didn’t know if it was rock ‘n’ roll or what…I only knew that it definitely wasn’t rock ‘n’ roll as I’d come to play it.”

Following turns at Green Man and End of the Road (w/ The Gene Clark No Other Band), Leithauser returns to London to support Spoon at Shepherds Bush Empire and will also hit the road as a duo around the UK.

Hamilton Leithauser will be playing the following dates:

Fri 7 Nov London, Shepherds Bush Empire (Support to Spoon)
Sat 8 Nov Manchester, Night and Day
Tues 11 Nov Leeds, Wardrobe
Wed 12 Nov Edinburgh, Electric Circus

http://www.hamiltonleithauser.com
https://twitter.com/HLeithauser
https://www.facebook.com/jameshamiltonleithauser

Wildbirds & Peacedrums stream new album Rhythm in full ahead of its release via Leaf Label on 3 November.

“Crackling with energy, intent and fire, this is a wilful, wild and wonderful record; easily their best” Monocle

The formidable new Wildbirds & Peacedrums album Rhythm is now available to stream on Spotify UK ahead of its release next week. Fear not if you are from distant shores, you can also stream the album worldwide via Bandcamp.

http://open.spotify.com/album/4YBJtLOXIqn83kQjSXg9wj
https://wildbirdsandpeacedrums.bandcamp.com/album/rhythm

Wildbirds will be all over your radio on 6 November, as Rhythm has been selected as BBC 6 Music’s ‘Album Of The Day’. The have also just added an instore performance at Rough Trade East in London on 13 November. This precedes their first full live in the UK for four years at Village Underground on 14 November [Tickets].

Rhythm is released 3 November and is available to pre-order from Bandcamp and the Leaf store on CD, digital and limited edition vinyl LP + CD.

Watch recent video ‘Keep Some Hope’ here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Epm_tGrsQXs

Press quotes:
“Live, they gain an animalistic intensity… Fantastic” 5/5 The Guardian
“Beautifully imaginative… magnificent” 8.3 Pitchfork
“Seriously stripped-down and unexpectedly intoxicating” The Observer
“Their most emotionally satisfying work yet… Rivers is a record that will haunt you long after you’ve heard it” 4/5 Mojo
“They just about trump White Stripes for stripped-down raw power” Music Week
“Great natural pop” NME
“Hauntingly intense” Q
“At times it’s hard to believe the majesty and racket is the work of but two musicians, such is the impact they have… incredible” Drowned in Sound
“Astonishing, disturbing, beautiful stuff” Time Out
“Shimmers like rivers at dusk” 4/5 Uncut