AMEN DUNES SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘BLUE ROSE’

ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL UK TOUR DATES IN BRIGHTON AND LEEDS FOLLOWING A US TOUR WITH FLEET FOXES

NEW ALBUM FREEDOM OUT 30 MARCH VIA SACRED BONES

“His voice rings with gorgeous desperation, but the music never loses its cool”
Pitchfork

“Damon McMahon’s fifth album as Amen Dunes promises to be one of 2018’s best indie records”
Music Week

“This is set to be the fullest sounding Amen Dunes record yet”
‘Track of the Day’, The 405

“[Amen Dunes] has a striking gift for articulation”
GoldFlakePaint

Watch the video for ‘Blue Rose’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A64wcAgpbrM

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Amen Dunes (aka the project of New York-based Damon McMahon) will release his fifth album, Freedom, on 30 March via Sacred Bones. Throughout his career, Amen Dunes has transformed continuously, and Freedom, the follow-up to 2014’s Love, “an intimate work of mystery” (Pitchfork) is the project’s boldest leap yet. In conjunction with the album announcement, Amen Dunes shared lead single ‘Miki Dora’, today he follows up with the video for second single ‘Blue Rose’. He has also announced that in addition to his live show at London‘s Omeara in May he’ll be playing shows in Leeds and Brighton as well as appearing at NOS Primavera Sound in June and End of the Road in August.

The song is a teenage clarion call born from McMahon’s growing up with an unpredictable father, his fighting back with music, drugs and fantasy, and his eventual escape from it all via one of the many identities, that of a musician, that Freedom ultimately works to unravel. The video, shot in Queens, NY and directed by Alex Goldberg, moves from McMahon’s narration to a depiction of his younger self propelled by smoke and fantasy into a dream world of friends and escapism.

In creating Freedom, McMahon brought in a powerful set of collaborators and old friends. Along with core band members, including Parker Kindred (Antony & The JohnsonsJeff Buckley) on drums, came Chris Coady (Beach House) as producer, and Delicate Steve on guitars. This is the first Amen Dunes record that looks back to the electronic influences of McMahon’s youth with the aid of revered underground musician Panoram from Rome, who finds his place as a significant, if subtle, contributor to the record. The bulk of the songs were recorded at Electric Lady in New York, and finished at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, where McMahon, Nick Zinner, and session bass player Gus Seyffert (BeckBedouine) fleshed out the recordings.

Watch the previously shared video for Miki Dora here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RONXqXaF8oI

Pre-order Freedom here: https://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/products/sbr195-amen-dunes-freedom

Image credit – Michael Schmelling

Tour Dates:

30 Apr – Brighton @ Prince Albert
1 May – Leeds @ Headroom House
2 May – London @ Omeara

7 – 9 Jun – Porto, PT @ NOS Primavera Sound
14 – 17 Jun – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
30 Aug – 2 Sep – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival
6 – 9 Sep – Portmeirion, UK @ Festival No. 6

23 Apr – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
24 Apr – Hamburg, DE @ Goldener Salon
25 Apr – Copenhagen, DK @ Hotel Cecil
27 Apr – Brussels, BE @ Grand Salon Boutique
28 Apr – Paris, FR @ Badaboum

DJ KOZE ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM KNOCK KNOCK, OUT 4 MAY VIA PAMPA RECORDS

SHARES FIRST SINGLE ‘SEEING ALIENS’ (EXTENDED BREAKTHROUGH LISTEN) PLUS B-SIDE ‘NEIN KÖNIG NEIN’

Listen to the new tracks here:
https://soundcloud.com/pamparecords/sets/pampa030-dj-koze-seeing-aliens/s-sDkbS

DJ Koze has announced the release of his new album, Knock Knock, out 4 May via Pampa Records. Along with the announcement comes first single ‘Seeing Aliens’ and its B-side and non-album track ‘Nein König Nein’ both of which are available to stream now.

Like all DJ Koze records, Knock Knock exists outside of trend and influence. In fact, Knock Knock is a step further beyond: absolutely every single thing here, from grooves to voices to handclaps, is otherworldly and unique. Which is not to say it is utter alien abstraction. There is still disco, there is still soul, there is still techno, there is still hip hop, there is still psychedelia – there are even wafts of easy listening and lost crackly thrift store record memories – but though it may sound familiar, it never does what your brain thinks it’s going to do.

More than ever before on Koze’s records, there are fascinating, individualist and well-known voices throughout Knock Knock. Each of them is rendered strange, drawn into a different reality. Bon Iver‘s ghostly hymnals on ‘Bonfire’ are very recognisably his own, but the way they twist and merge with synthetic sounds until choir and computer are writhing around one another in bliss are something else. The ever-unique Róisín Murphy, on two stunning tracks, becomes a cyborg funk diva. Speech from Arrested Development delivers luscious and lazy R&B-funk on ‘Colors of Autumn’, but Koze’s warping bass, dubwise echo and alien nature sounds take it to an alternate-dimension tropical landscape. Kurt Wagner of Lambchop is a vocoder bohemian, Sophia Kennedy is a sci-fi Weimar cabaret star and José González is a holographic projection from an old film of the South Sea Islands. On it goes, nothing is real, everyone is an inhabitant of Koze-world.

And that’s what is crucial here. Koze is a world-maker, Knock Knock is far and away his greatest statement of that. You don’t get to choose how you hear his music – you enter his world or you don’t, that’s it. And that’s why individual influences as demonstrated so strikingly in his DJ-Kicks mix in 2015 right up to the disco and pop leanings of his Extended Disco Version of Låpsley’s ‘Operator’, a track that you couldn’t move for in the summer of 2016, are so pertinent. Knock Knock is an album that came together slowly and steadily, his working processes arcane and mysterious in their steady accumulation of sound and inspiration. It’s so complete and bursting with detail and consistency in every way that you’d swear it was meticulously planned (but there was no master plan) to create a definitive artifact: the record itself decided when it was ready. And now it is ready, the most perfectly constructed portal into that other world, you had better be ready too!

Pre-order Knock Knock here: www.pamparecords.com/
*Very Limited Box Edition available

Knock Knock tracklist:

1. Club der Ewigkeiten
2. Bonfire
3. Moving in a liquid (feat. Eddie Fummler)
4. Colors of autumn (feat. Speech of the band Arrested Development)
5. Music on my teeth (feat. José González)
6. This is my rock (feat. Sophia Kennedy)
7. Illumination (feat. Róisín Murphy)
8. Pick up
9. Planet Hase (feat. Mano le tough)
10. Scratch that (feat. Róisín Murphy)
11. Muddy Funster (feat. Kurt Wagner)
12. Baby (how much i LFO you)
13. Jesus
14. Lord knows
15. Seeing Aliens
16. Drone me up, Flashy (feat. Sophia Kennedy)

LOMA, NEW PROJECT BY CROSS RECORD AND SHEARWATER’S JONATHAN MEIBURG, SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘JOY’

ANNOUNCE UK TOUR DATES INCLUDING SHOW AT LONDON’S THE LEXINGTON

LOMA OUT 16 FEBRUARY VIA SUB POP

“A manifestation of brilliant musical minds in organic workspaces”
The Line of Best Fit, ‘Song of the Day’

“Beautiful”
4/5 Q Magazine

“[‘Black Willow’] is a hugely promising marker for what’s to come”
The 405

“Immediately engrossing”
GoldFlakePaint

“The group graces us with some beautifully mystical vibes in the form of the devastating, ASMR-inducing first single”
Gorilla vs. Bear

Listen to ‘Joy here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMUApFRVfRw&

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Loma, the new project comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop.

After presenting singles ‘Black Willow‘ and ‘Relay Runner‘, Loma share the first song the trio wrote and recorded together, ‘Joy’. Of that initial session, Meiburg noted “There was something special about the combination of the three of us, and very different from either of our bands. But I think we were afraid to say so out loud, for fear of jinxing it. I remember the hairs on the back of my neck standing up when Emily hit that high, screaming note on the clarinet on ‘Joy’; it sounded like a human voice.” That sense of discovery, stoked by the album’s urgent and searching lyrical themes, is felt throughout the entirety of Loma and extends to the listener.

Watch:
‘Black Willow’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4yA8zM0ifY
‘Relay Runner’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAIeORh7TLs

Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop here

Tour dates:

30 May – Brighton @ The Hope
31 May – London @ The Lexington
1 Jun – Bristol @ Rough Trade
3 Jun – Manchester @ Gullivers
4 Jun – Leeds @ Headrow House
5 Jun – Glasgow @ Hug and Pint
7 Jun – Dublin @ Whelan’s (upstairs)
8 Jun – Liverpool @ Buyers Club

25 May – Kortnijk, BE @ De Kreun
26 May – Amsterdam, NL @ London Calling Festival, Paradiso
27 May – Brussels, BE @ Botanique

Tickets are available here: http://www.toutpartout.be/Artists/LOMA

Praise for Loma:

“A manifestation of brilliant musical minds in organic workspaces.”
The Line of Best Fit, ‘Song of the Day’

“Beautiful”
4/5 Q Magazine

“Compelling”
Uncut

“[Black Willow] is a hugely promising marker for what’s to come”
The 405

“Immediately engrossing”
GoldFlakePaint

“Hypnotic”
DIY

“Somnambulist pop that arrives with a still, midnight air”
Clash

“[Loma] promises to be one of the most fascinating and exciting musical moments of 2018”
For The Rabbits

AMEN DUNES SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘MIKI DORA’

ANNOUNCES FREEDOM, NEW ALBUM OUT 30 MARCH VIA SACRED BONES

ANNOUNCES LIVE DATE AT LONDON’S OMEARA ON 2 MAY

Watch the video for ‘Miki Dora’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RONXqXaF8oI

Tickets for Omeara are available here:
http://www.birdonthewire.net/events/amendunes-omeara

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Amen Dunes (aka the project of New York-based Damon McMahon) will release his fifth album, Freedom, on 30 March via Sacred Bones. Throughout his career, Amen Dunes has transformed continuously, and Freedom, the follow-up to 2014’s Love, “an intimate work of mystery” (Pitchfork) is the project’s boldest leap yet. In conjunction with the album announcement, Amen Dunes presents lead single ‘Miki Dora’, and its accompanying video, directed by cinematographer Steven Brahms as well as the announcement that he’ll be playing at London’s Omeara on 2 May. The video features 17-year old Boomer Feith with McMahon appearing as both the story’s narrator and its subject.

In creating Freedom, McMahon brought in a powerful set of collaborators and old friends. Along with core band members, including Parker Kindred (Antony & The JohnsonsJeff Buckley) on drums, came Chris Coady (Beach House) as producer, and Delicate Steve on guitars. This is the first Amen Dunes record that looks back to the electronic influences of McMahon’s youth with the aid of revered underground musician Panoram from Rome, who finds his place as a significant, if subtle, contributor to the record. The bulk of the songs were recorded at Electric Lady in New York, and finished at Sunset Sound in Los Angeles, where McMahon, Nick Zinner, and session bass player Gus Seyffert (BeckBedouine) fleshed out the recordings.

On the surface, Freedom is a reflection on growing up, childhood friends who ended up in prison or worse, male identity, McMahon’s father, and his mother, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer at the beginning of recording. The characters that populate the musical world of the album are a colourful mix of reality and fantasy. Each character portrait is a representation of McMahon, of masculinity, and of his past.

Yet, if anything, these eleven songs are a relinquishing of all of them through exposition; a gradual reorientation of being away from the acquired definitions of self we all cling to and towards something closer to what’s stated in the Agnes Martin quote that opens the record, “I don’t have any ideas myself; I have a vacant mind” and in the swirling, pitched down utterances of “That’s all not me” that close it.

“Miki Dora was arguably the most gifted and innovative surfer of his generation and the foremost opponent of surfing’s commercialization. He was also a lifelong criminal and retrograde: a true embodiment of the distorted male psyche. He was a living contradiction; both a symbol of free-living and inspiration, and of the false heroics American culture has always celebrated. With lyrics of regret and redemption at the end of one’s youth, the song is about Dora, and McMahon, but ultimately it is a reflection on all manifestations of mythical heroic maleness and its illusions.” – Damon McMahon

Pre-order Freedom here: https://www.sacredbonesrecords.com/products/sbr195-amen-dunes-freedom

Image credit – Michael Schmelling

Freedom Tracklist:

1. Intro
2. Blue Rose
3. Time
4. Skipping School
5. Calling Paul the Suffering
6. Miki Dora
7. Satudarah
8. Believe
9. Dracula
10. Freedom
11. L.A.

STICK IN THE WHEEL SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘AS I ROVED OUT’

NEW ALBUM FOLLOW THEM TRUE RELEASED 26 JANUARY

“Britain’s most exciting new folk band”
Uncut

“Attitude, imagination and authenticity”
4/5 MOJO ‘Folk Album of the Month’

“Urgent, uncompromising, intelligent – Stick In The Wheel are the bristles on the clean broom the UK folk scene badly needs”
4/5 Record Collector

“Stick In The Wheel are everything people think is absent from folk music”
4/5 The Skinny

Follow Them True – promises to be one of the most intriguing releases of early 2018″
The 405

“One of those “folk” outfits who stretch the genre’s envelope”
The Observer

“Stick In The Wheel don’t merely tweak existing formulas, but present folk songs as something thrillingly current”
fRoots

Watch the video for ‘As I Roved Out’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H9blQusUZI

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East London five-piece band Stick In The Wheel, headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter, will release their second album Follow Them True on 26 January 2018. Today they share the third and final single ahead of the album’s release, ‘As I Roved Out’. The track follows the previously shared lead single ‘Over Again‘ as well as the title track.

The track is a deconstruction of all those dull “May morning” songs that prevail in the English tradition and beyond. The album sessions were already done when Nicola pressed record on her phone and this came out in one long five-minute story. Sent straight to Ian, the deconstructed is reconstructed, chopped up to make a different story, a new form with samples and rhythms. An exorcism of ghosts past and present.

Speaking of the track Kearey says:

“I’d say that that trope is one you come across readily in folk songbooks. It’s one which I personally feel is difficult to connect with, not least because they usually follow with a description of a pretty lady met along the way, then the objectification thereof. I can’t relate to that. Plus “roving” – like its equivalent personality the “flaneur” by and large have the leisure time to rove. Me and my ancestors don’t/didn’t. We got up in the dark and went directly to work, toiled all day then came home again, exhausted. There is a nostalgia and fetishisation of the past in folk music which is mostly at odds with our approach.”

The songs within Follow Them True examine rituals and cycles, our inherent power to change ourselves and the world around us, the past repeating itself, ghosts and death, land and place, thieves and beggars. It continues to question the notion of what folk music is, and what it means in 2018. The new album expands the radical sound of their debut to include electronic and found sounds, using a broader sonic palette to create a greater depth full of layers and meaning, yet at the same time remaining totally connected with the tradition.

Pre-order Follow Them True here.

Tour dates:

8 Feb – London @ Borderline

20 Jan – Glasgow @ Celtic Connections: Oran Mor
2 Feb – Doncaster @ Roots
3 Feb – Kendal @ Brewery Arts Centre
9 Feb – Basingstoke @ The Forge: The Anvil
2 Mar – Edinburgh
3 Mar – Sheffield @ Greystones
4 Mar – Liverpool @ Philharmonic Hall
10 Mar – Bury @ The Met
11 Mar – Halifax @ Square Chapel
24 Mar – Widcombe Bath @ Wharf Room
29 Mar – Colchester @ Colchester Arts Centre
6 Apr – Sevenoaks @ St Ediths Hall
7 Apr – Aldershot @ West End Centre

Tickets available at www.stickinthewheel.com

LOMA, NEW PROJECT BY CROSS RECORD AND SHEARWATER’S JONATHAN MEIBURG, SHARE VIDEO FOR ‘RELAY RUNNER’

EXTEND NORTH AMERICAN TOUR, WITH EUROPEAN/UK DATES COMING SOON

LOMA OUT 16 FEBRUARY VIA SUB POP

“A manifestation of brilliant musical minds in organic workspaces”
The Line of Best Fit, ‘Song of the Day’

“[‘Black Willow’] is a hugely promising marker for what’s to come”
The 405

“Immediately engrossing”
GoldFlakePaint

“The group graces us with some beautifully mystical vibes in the form of the devastating, ASMR-inducing first single”
Gorilla vs. Bear

Watch the video for ‘Relay Runner’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAIeORh7TLs

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Loma, the new project comprised of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record and Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, will release their self-titled debut album on 16 February via Sub Pop. A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, it’s a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album. After presenting the lead single, ‘Black Willow‘, they shared ‘Relay Runner’ and have now followed up with the video.

Speaking of the video, directed by Allison Beondé and Emily Cross herself, Cross says:

“This song is about transitioning from one state to another…specifically from the feeling of being boxed in and trapped to the feeling of freedom and liberation. It is about the ongoing drive to attain that movement. I think of the ‘relay’ as the endless series of versions of yourself that each hand off to the next version of yourself. Beyond that, I wanted to express unbridled joy–for being alive, for moving my body, for being able to build myself a human dog agility course from supplies I bought at the Home Depot.”

In creating Loma, the trio convened in a house in the Texas hill country over a few months during a strangely charged time. When they began recording, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Dogs wandered by the microphones; the sounds of birds and wind in junipers and live oaks hovered at the borders of the songs. A close listen to new single ‘Relay Runner’ even reveals cicadas and frogs from a nearby stream. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed. This feeling of freedom let buried energies find expression. Cross wrung catharsis from Meiburg’s lyrics and melodies, while Duszynski immersed himself in the engineering and mixing.

Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop here. A new T-shirt design is also available. UK and European pre-orders of the limited Loser edition LP will be available on clear vinyl from select independent retailers (while supplies last). The North American pre-orders of the limited Loser edition LP will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last).

Full US dates are here with Europe/UK to follow.

SUFJAN STEVENS SHARES VIDEO FOR ‘LIFE WITH DIGNITY (HELADO NEGRO REMIX)’

TAKEN FROM THE GREATEST GIFT MIXTAPE, OUT NOW VIA ASTHMATIC KITTY

Watch the video for ‘Life With Dignity (Helado Negro Remix)’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5HKtCoIlGs

Sufjan Stevens’ video for ‘Life With Dignity (Helado Negro Remix)’, taken from his The Greatest Gift mixtape, debuts wide today after an exclusive on Apple Music—watch it here. Directed by Adam Carboni, the video follows three people living with cancer. A portion of proceeds from the release—a collection of outtakes, remixes and demos from Stevens’ lauded 2015 album Carrie & Lowell—benefit the Cancer Support Community. Get it here.

The Greatest Gift capped off a banner year for Stevens, which also saw him contribute two new songs to Luca Guadagnino’s massively critically acclaimed film Call Me By Your Name, including ‘Mystery of Love‘, which is nominated the 2018 Critics’ Choice Awards’ Best Song (January 11). While in December, Stevens released ‘Tonya Harding’, a tribute to the legendary figure skater and American icon. Furthermore, Stevens released a live recording and film, Carrie & Lowell Live, and Planetarium, a collaborative album with Nico Muhly, Bryce Dessner and James McAlister imbued with themes of the cosmos.

Based in New York, NY, Sufjan Stevens’ preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan and Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), an expansive EP in homage to the Apocalypse (All Delighted People), a full length partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson (The Age of Adz) and two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10). BAM has commissioned two works from Stevens, a programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE) and an instrumental accompaniment to slow-motion rodeo footage (Round Up), and he has collaborated extensively with the New York City Ballet choreographer Justin Peck (Year of the RabbitEverywhere We Go and The Decalogue).

The Cancer Support Community (CSC) and its Gilda’s Club affiliates are dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. CSC achieves its mission through three areas: direct service delivery, research, and advocacy. The organization touches more than one million people a year through its international network of Affiliates that offer the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and over the phone. For more information, please visit www.cancersupportcommunity.orgSo that no one faces cancer alone®

HUNDRED WATERS SHARE VIDEO FOR ‘WAVE TO ANCHOR’

NEW ALBUM COMMUNICATING OUT NOW VIA !K7

“Extraordinary experimentation that burns bright against the stark vocals of frontwoman [Nicole] Miglis”
The Line of Best Fit

“Hundred Waters remind us just how brilliant they can be”
The 405

“Undulating, ever-evolving pop”
Clash

Watch the video for ‘Wave To Anchor’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMUZEMoBi4w

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LA-based trio Hundred Waters have shared a buoyant video for ‘Wave To Anchor’, a particularly effusive and ebullient track from their recently released full length Communicating. The video was directed by Allie Avital (Moses Sumney‘s ‘Doomed’) and shot entirely on location in Bulgaria with a cadre of local dancers, sheep, and bystanders on hand to augment vocalist Nicole Miglis’s exuberant performance.

Watch the previously shared video for ‘Fingers’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1v7mGD14lo

Communicating is available on vinyl, cd and digital now here: http://www.hundred-waters.com

LOMA, NEW PROJECT BY CROSS RECORD AND SHEARWATER’S JONATHAN MEIBURG, SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘RELAY RUNNER’

LOMA OUT 16 FEBRUARY VIA SUB POP

“[‘Black Willow’] is a hugely promising marker for what’s to come”
The 405

“Immediately engrossing”
GoldFlakePaint

“The group graces us with some beautifully mystical vibes in the form of the devastating, ASMR-inducing first single”
Gorilla vs. Bear

Listen to ‘Relay Runner’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rd2n_0m5xgI

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Loma, the new project comprised of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record and Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, will release their self-titled debut album on 16 February via Sub Pop. A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, it’s a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album. After presenting the lead single, ‘Black Willow’, the trio now shares ‘Relay Runner’.

As Meiburg describes it, “’Relay Runner’ was the happiest accident on the record. We discovered it when we wired up a tremolo pedal the wrong way, and got this funny, stuttering loop – and then we built a whole song around that sound. The last thing we did in the mix was erase the loop, which had gone from inspiring the song to ruining it! But it made sense that what was left underneath was a song about how to escape from a sealed room.”

In creating Loma, the trio convened in a house in the Texas hill country over a few months during a strangely charged time. When they began recording, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Dogs wandered by the microphones; the sounds of birds and wind in junipers and live oaks hovered at the borders of the songs. A close listen to new single ‘Relay Runner’ even reveals cicadas and frogs from a nearby stream. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed. This feeling of freedom let buried energies find expression. Cross wrung catharsis from Meiburg’s lyrics and melodies, while Duszynski immersed himself in the engineering and mixing.

Loma is now available for preorder from Sub Pop here. A new T-shirt design will also be available. UK and European pre-orders of the limited Loser edition LP will be available on clear vinyl from select independent retailers (while supplies last). The North American pre-orders of the limited Loser edition LP will be available on clear vinyl with red and black swirlies (while supplies last).

Watch the video for the previously shared ‘Black Willow here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u4yA8zM0ifY

Praise for Loma:

“[Black Willow] is a hugely promising marker for what’s to come”
The 405

“Immediately engrossing”
GoldFlakePaint

“Hypnotic”
DIY

“Somnambulist pop that arrives with a still, midnight air”
Clash

“A breathtaking introduction”
For The Rabbits

“The group graces us with some beautifully mystical vibes in the form of the devastating, ASMR-inducing first single”
Gorilla vs. Bear

SUFJAN STEVENS SHARES NEW TRACK ‘TONYA HARDING’

Listen to ‘Tonya Harding’ here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUvVjWR3zTQ

TONYA HARDING, MY STAR

by Sufjan Stevens

I’ve been trying to write a Tonya Harding song since I first saw her skate at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in 1991. She’s a complicated subject for a song partly because the hard facts of her life are so strange, disputable, heroic, unprecedented, and indelibly American. She was one of the greatest figure skaters of her time, and the first American woman to perform a triple axle in an international competition. She was an unlikely skating star, having been raised working class in Portland, Oregon. Being a poor outsider, her rise to fame in the skating rink was seen, by some, as a blemish on a sport that favored sophistication and style. Tonya’s skating technique was feisty, fierce, and full of athleticism, and her flamboyant outfits were often hand-made by her mother (who was abusive and overbearing). (They couldn’t afford Vera Wang.) And then there was the Nancy Kerrigan incident. In January 1994, Tonya’s then-boyfriend Jeff Gillooly hired an assailant, Shane Stant, to break fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan’s leg at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships at Cobo Arena in Detroit, so that she would be unable to compete at the upcoming Winter Olympics. The after-math of the attack was recorded on camera and ultimately set off a media frenzy (and an FBI investigation). Gillooly and Stan were eventually found guilty, and Tonya pleaded guilty to hindering the prosecution, and was subsequently banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association. Nancy Kerrigan recovered from her injury and won a silver medal at the Winter Olympics. Tonya Harding finished eighth.

But that’s not even half the story. When Tonya and Gillooly got married, they filmed themselves having sex on their wedding night and produced one of the first-ever celebrity sex tapes (which they sold to Penthouse for $200,000 each). Tonya also had a brief career as a boxer, and is most famous for her bout with former Arkansas state employee Paula Jones (whose sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton precipitated his impeachment in 1998). Tonya was also (very briefly) in a band called the Golden Blades (they were allegedly booed off the stage during their first and only performance). She also raced vintage automobiles (setting a record by driving a Ford Model A over 97 miles per hours on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah). And in 1996 Tonya used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to revive an 81-year-old woman who collapsed at a bar in Portland while playing video poker. That’s a lot to accomplish before the age of 30!

Tonya Harding’s dramatic rise and fall was fiercely followed by the media, and she very quickly became the brunt of jokes, the subject of tabloid headlines and public outcry. She was a reality TV star before such a thing even existed. But she was also simply un-categorical: American’s sweetheart with a dark twist. But I believe this is what made her so interesting, and a true American hero. In the face of outrage and defeat, Tonya bolstered shameless resolve and succeeded again and again with all manners of re-invention and self-determination. Tonya shines bright in the pantheon of American history simply because she never stopped trying her hardest. She fought classism, sexism, physical abuse and public rebuke to become an incomparable American legend.

I admit, early drafts of this song contained more than a few puns, punch lines and light-hearted jabs—sex tapes and celebrity boxing make for an entertaining narrative arc. But the more I edited, and the more I meditated, and the more I considered the wholeness of the person of Tonya Harding, I began to feel a conviction to write something with dignity and grace, to pull back the ridiculous tabloid fodder and take stock of the real story of this strange and magnificent America hero. At the end of the day, Tonya Harding was just an ordinary woman with extraordinary talent and a tireless work ethic who set out to do her very best. She did that and more. I hope the same can be said of us all. “

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‘Tonya Harding’ is out today via Asthmatic Kitty. A one off release with additional production from Doveman and Helado Negro, the track is available digitally as well as on limited edition cassette and a limited, 7” split on blue marble vinyl—pre-order here. A special, screen-printed tote bag featuring cover art by Stephen Halker is also available now.