ANGEL OLSEN ANNOUNCES BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO WITNESS DELUXE EDITION, OUT 18 NOVEMBER ON JAGJAGUWAR

UK TOUR STARTS MON 22 SEPT

LISTEN TO ‘ALL RIGHT NOW’ FROM BURN YOUR FIRE FOR NO WITNESS DELUXE EDITION
https://soundcloud.com/jagjaguwar/angel-olsen-all-right-now

WATCH ANGEL OLSEN-DIRECTED VIDEO FOR ‘HIGH & WILD’
http://vimeo.com/103812576

Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire for No Witness was released this past February to a wealth of praise. After being universally heralded, Jagjaguwar decided it was only right to give people even more of Angel this year. So they are excited to announce the Burn Your Fire for No Witness Deluxe Edition, available as a digital-only release on 18 November. It features five bonus songs, two of which were pressed as a 7” for the album’s initial pre-order and three more from the album’s recording sessions. Listen below to the previously unreleased, ‘All Right Now’ here: https://soundcloud.com/jagjaguwar/angel-olsen-all-right-now

Angel will also be touring the UK from Monday, full tour dates below, including a return to London on 25 September playing the Electric Ballroom, which is now sold out.

Angel Olsen Tour Dates
Mon 22 Sept Leeds Brudenell Social Club
Tues 23 Sept Manchester The Deaf Institute
Wed 24 Sept Newcastle The Cluny
Thurs 25 Sept London Electric Ballroom SOLD OUT

Support comes from Rodrigo Amarante

Burn Your Fire for No Witness Tracklisting:
01. Unfucktheworld
02. Forgiven/Forgotten
03. Hi-Five
04. White Fire
05. High & Wild
06. Lights Out
07. Stars
08. Iota
09. Dance Slow Decades
10. Enemy
11. Windows

BONUS:
12. White Water
13. All Right Now
14. Only With You
15. May As Well
16. Endless Road

Purchase Burn Your Fire for No Witness:
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/angelolsen_itunes
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/angelolsen_amazon
SC Distribution – http://www.scdistribution.com/angelolsen

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 feels like a big step forward from its predecessor” 8/10 Uncut
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 WitnessThe 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

photo credit: Thomas Neukum 

Following the rapturously received news of his forthcoming album (due 6 October via City Slang), Caribou has revealed album title track ‘Our Love’.

Built around warm, bubbling beats and Dan’s distinctive vocal loops before taking a bass heavy turn in the middle, you can listen to ‘Our Love’ here: https://soundcloud.com/caribouband/our-love

Having sold out London’s Koko on 8 October, Caribou have also announced their biggest UK show to date as they play Brixton Academy on 14 March 2015. A full worldwide tour has been announced, details can be found below.

Lead track ‘Can’t Do Without You’ has racked up well over 3.5 million plays across Soundcloud, Spotify and You Tube since announcement and has been played by everyone from Annie Mac to Zane Lowe on Radio 1, whilst also being the most played track on 6 Music in the last 3 months after being A-listed.

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

‘Our Love’ will be available from Midnight tonight via itunes. Pre-order the album Our Love here: smarturl.it/ourlove_itunes

Praise for ‘Can’t Do Without You’

‘Track of The Day’ Q Magazine
‘Track of the Week’ NME
‘Leftfield ‘Track of the Month’ 9/10 DJ
‘Surely the most dizzying, life-affirming, dangerously infectious electronic dance track you’ll hear all summer’ Metro
‘The most invigorating dance track of the year’ The 405
‘F-cking incredible’ Mixmag
‘Fantastic … warped, warm, wildly idiosyncratic electronica’ The Guardian
‘A quietly confident return that recalls the halcyon days of summer before they’ve even begun’ ‘Song of the Day’ TLOBF
‘A euphoric masterpiece’ ‘Track of the Week’ London in Stereo
‘Track of the Day/ Week/ Month/ Maybe Year’ Dots and Dashes
‘Finely tuned electronica that flips from leisurely haziness to sharp-focus hedonism faster than you can say “summer anthem”’ The Times

‘Our Love’ is the glorious slow-burn kaleidoscopic pop masterpiece forming the backbone of yet another joyous album from Dan Snaith. Strings are provided by Owen Pallet. As Dan explains, “Our Love’ was supposed to be a sort of mellow coda to ‘All I Ever Need’ [the track that precedes it which Owen also wrote the violin arrangements for] but then I made the big bassline and I liked the way it unexpectedly turned 90 degrees in the middle. This track went through a million versions. The bassline was definitely made out of fascination/admiration for dance music that is mind-numbingly simple. When I sent it to Owen and asked him to write parts I was talking about the arrangement and layout of the song as a kind of chess game where the parts move around one another in a sort of dance. He came back with the spectral Penderecki high strings and the more baroque riffs you can hear which we both agreed had to be used super super sparingly so it was more like a little treat for the listener when they appeared.”

The album Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop inspired beats, muted house basslines and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart which are, of course, all filtered through Dan’s own unique perspective. The warm analogue sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they weave themselves most intensely into the records DNA. In fact, Our Love is probably Caribou’s most soulful record to date, chock-full of heartfelt lyrics and organic sounds which cut through the blissful euphoria of bubbling synths and the albums synthetic constructions.

Our Love is due out on 6 October via City Slang and features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans/ Matthew Cooper.

Caribou Worldwide Dates:
23 Aug FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA
27 Aug 27 Dimensions Festival, Pula, HR
5 Sept Bestival
6 Sep Estragon, Bologna, IT
8 Oct KOKO, London* SOLD OUT
9 Oct Botanique, Brussels, BE*
10 Oct Ewerk, Cologne, DE*
11 Oct Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, DE*
12 Oct Melkweg Old Room, Amsterdam, NL*
13 Oct The Circus, Helsinki, FI
14 Oct Berghain, Berlin, DE*
15 Oct Conne Island, Leipzig, DE*
16 Oct Meet Factory, Prague, CZ*
17 Oct A38, Budapest, HU*
18 Oct Electronic Beats @ TMuseumsquartier, Vienna, AT*
19 Oct Muffathalle, Munich, DE*
20 Oct Komplex 457, Zurich, CH*
21 Oct Transbordeur, Lyon, FR*
22 Oct Aeronef, Lille, FR*
23 Oct Liverpool Music Week at Camp & Furnace, Liverpool*
24 Oct Simple Things Festival at Motion, Bristol* [Tickets]
31 Oct The Warehouse Project, Manchester, UK* SOLD OUT
1 Nov Pitchfork Festival Paris, Paris, FR*
5 Nov Vicar Street, Dublin, IE*
6 Nov Razzmatazz, Barcelona, ES*
7 Nov Alfa MiTo Club To Club, Turin, IT*
8 Nov Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik, IS*
10 Nov Le National, Montreal, QC*
11 Nov Paradise, Boston, MA*
12 Nov Webster Hall, New York, NY*
13 Nov Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA*
15 Nov Black Cat, Washington, DC*
16 Nov Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC*
17 Nov Terminal West, Atlanta, GA*
18 Nov The Social, Orlando, FL*
19 Nov Grand Central, Miami, FL*
20 Nov Club Downunder, Tallahassee, FL*
21 Nov One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA*
22 Nov Fitzgeralds, Houston, TX*
23 Nov The Mohawk, Austin, TX*
24 Nov Danforth Music Fall, Toronto, ON*
12 Mar Columbiahalle, Berlin, DE
14 Mar Brixton Academy, London, UK [Tickets]

*support from Jessy Lanza

Following the release of his acclaimed second album Wysing Forest in June this year, Luke Abbott will be showcasing the ever-evolving music sourced from and inspired by his record across a new string of UK dates – taking in Brighton, Liverpool, London and more.

Central to the run of dates are two showcase events at Café OTO (11 November) and the Vortex Jazz Café (12 November) in London where he will be joined by a specially curated bill of performers including Jack Wyllie of Portico Quartet and electronic musician Karen Gwyer. Full show dates and billings below. All tickets are available via www.lukeabbottmusic.com

In the run up to his festival appearance at Green Man this weekend, Luke has also released a new mix via Resident Advisor, a 60 minute otherworldly ambient journey that is a must-listen. You can hear it over at http://www.residentadvisor.net/podcast-episode.aspx?id=427

Luke Abbott Tour Dates

Sat 16 Aug Green Man Festival
Fri 29 Aug Liverpool LIM Festival
Sat 13 Sept Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
Thurs 25 London Union Chapel with Hauschka (Tickets)
Sun 5 Oct Nottingham Wigflex
Mon 10 Nov Brighton Green Door Store
Tues 11 Nov London Cafe Oto w/ Karen Gwyer + Laura Cannell (Tickets)
Wed 12 Nov London Vortex w/ Jack Wylie + guests (Tickets)
Fri 14 Nov Norwich Arts Centre

Praise for Luke Abbott:

‘Extant and elemental’ 9/10 DJ
‘As beguiling and intriguing as any record released this year’
8.5/10 ‘Album of The Week’ The Line of Best Fit
‘Great albums don’t need first impressions, just lasting ones’ 8/10 Loud & Quiet
‘There are few British producers creating such brilliantly odd pieces of music as this’ 8/10 NME
‘An album that further refines the disorienting beauty we’ve come to expect from Luke Abbott’ 4/5 RA
Wysing Forest is an incredibly accomplished piece of work and another weighty chapter in what is already proving to be an impressive career.’ ‘Album of the Month’ Data Transmission
Wysing Forest is a cohesive, multi-layered collection’ 4/5 Mojo
‘A heartfelt, very sophisticated set’ 4/5 Metro
‘Impossible to define, yet all the more enthralling for it’ London in Stereo

Lucky Number is thrilled to present DSU, the incredible new album from the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Having already amassed a fan base stateside, DSU is due out on 10 November in the UK but lead track ‘After Ur Gone’ – hypnotic and minimal in its mournfulness; driven by wailing guitars and rock solid drums – is streaming right now.

You can listen here: https://soundcloud.com/luckynumbermusic/alex-g-after-ur-gone

Alex G will play his debut international show at Sebright Arms London on 19 November. Tickets: https://parallellines.ticketabc.com/events/ae/

Artist: Alex G
Title: DSU album
Label: Lucky Number
Release Date: 10 November 2014
Formats: Limited Edition Heavyweight Vinyl LP/
CD & Digital (+ Bonus Tracks)
Web: luckynumbermusic.com

“It has the potential to be one of the defining American indie records” The Quietus

Though only 21 years of age, and still a student at Philadelphia’s Temple University, DSU is Alex G‘s fifth album. “I have been making music for as long as I can remember. My older brother is a talented musician and, as a kid, I would take after him by playing the keyboard. I always preferred writing my own music to learning other people’s work,” says Alex, which may go some way to explaining the volume of original material that exists. All recorded at home, almost exclusively solo, and, until recently, all self-released and available only via Bandcamp; the volume of his work online – combined with its vitality – has helped build a fervent cult fan base, resulting in two sell out US-only pressings of DSU via the esteemed Brooklyn bedroom label Orchid Tapes.

Wise beyond his years, Alex’s lyrics draw upon personal experiences whilst conveying something universal as if touching upon topics with a world-weary authority: the frustration that comes with dealing with reprobate friends, self-centred drug-use and the stinging loneliness of an unreciprocated affection all feature prominently. Like classic artists Neil Young and Alex Chilton, Alex’s songs are refreshingly robust and rapturous, with enough lo-fi grit to ground them in a sparse, impressionistic space.

Sonically, his palette fluctuates from the rolling rhythms of album opener ‘After Ur Gone’ to the distorted atmospherics of ‘Hollow’; a shift that makes more sense when you realise Alex counts Silver Jews, Aphex Twin, Lucinda Williams and Boards of Canada amongst his diverse musical reference points. Everything is tied together by the ever present winding open spaces of his languid acoustic strums and the meandering melodies of that classic indie aesthetic. Lyrically each track on DSU – from the more intricate narrative of addictive highlight ‘Harvey’ to the overtly questioning elements of album closer ‘Boy’ – reveals just enough to embolden the listener to explore beneath its surface – making what they will of Alex’s introspective musings.

Offering a sense of cathartic comfort in its moodiest moments, DSU is evidence of Alex G’s pliable sound – one which has whole crowds singing his own words back to him with voracious intent. In the US the album has already been ecstatically received, earning Alex the accolade of “the Internet’s Secret Best Songwriter” from The Fader while Rolling Stone named him “a bright new talent”.

Though Alex seems to gel with other musicians – “The Philadelphia scene has a few bands that I really like. Orchid Tapes is cool. Everyone in the scene is very supportive”- in many ways, he is even an outsider in a scene of outsiders; determined to succeed on his own artistic terms. As the furore for him grows internationally, the clearest and “the most magical thing about Alex G is that everyone who comes into contact with him seems to fall in love” The 405.

DSU Tracklisting -

1. After Ur Gone
2. Serpent Is Lord
3. Harvey
4. Rejoyce
5. Black Hair
6. Skipper
7. Axesteel
8. Sorry
9. Promise
10. Icehead
11. Hollow
12. Tripper
13. Boy

Artwork:


DSU is due, on all formats, on 10 November. Pre-order here:
Physical – https://www.recordstore.co.uk/recordstore/Alex-G/
Digital – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dsu/id907405007

Praise for DSU –
“The Internet’s Secret Best Songwriter” FADER
“It has the potential to be one of the defining American indie records” The Quietus
“Idiosyncratic sketches each capable of wending its way to a distinct place into the hearts of anyone” 7.9 Pitchfork
“Everyone who comes into contact with him seems to fall in love” The 405
“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

With three critically acclaimed albums under their belts, Sweden’s Wildbirds & Peacedrums return with their first full length in four years. The fierce, unflinching creation from husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin, Rhythm is due out on 3 November via The Leaf Label.

‘The Offbeat’ (released today), is the perfect track to introduce you to Rhythm‘s manifest immediacy. There is power and confidence in its minimal execution; a simple statement of intent. The provocative video, edited by Jacek Zmarz, fuses the primal elements of rhythm and desire inherent in the song.

Watch it here: http://youtu.be/0MdFprpSURw
Download for free now: http://wildbirdsandpeacedrums.bandcamp.com/track/the-offbeat

Wildbirds & Peacedrums will be heading out on a European tour later this year stopping off in London for a show at Village Underground on 14 November [Tickets].

Artist: Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Title: Rhythm Album
Label: The Leaf Label
Release Date: 3 November 2014
Formats: Limited Edition LP / CD / Digital
Cat No: BAY 94V / BAY 94CD / BAY 94E
Web: Website | Label | Facebook | Twitter

Photo credit: Klara Källström & Thobias Fäldt

“We wanted a Wildbirds album that was 100% us. The two of us. The sound that feels like you’re in front of us, like you’re inside.” Wildbirds & Peacedrums 2014

Wildbirds & Peacedrums return with their first record in four years; lean, hungry, and defiant. Staying true to its namesake, Rhythm is the sound of husband and wife duo Mariam Wallentin and Andreas Werliin stripping back the layers to reveal the taut muscular structures that have always been at the core of everything.

Having established themselves as a powerful, single-minded proposition over the course of three critically acclaimed albums – Heartcore (2008), The Snake (2009) and Rivers (2010) – and countless tour dates, Wildbirds & Peacedrums needed a break “to create new music, to explore new ways of expressing ourselves with sound,” explains Mariam. “After years of touring it all got overheated. We couldn’t separate anything. Who were we without the band?” Luckily, according to Andreas, they found that both of them are “maniacs when it comes to music.”

So the intervening four years have been spent working on a range of projects and collaborations; the pair having been involved in at least 20/30 albums both as band members, mixing engineers, co-producers, and session musicians. Mariam won Best Artist at the Swedish Jazz Awards for her solo project Mariam The Believer and starred in Ben Frost‘s celebrated Wasp Factory Opera while Andreas has been working as a producer, performing with Fire! Orchestra (who won Best Band at the Swedish Jazz Awards), and with the three time Swedish Grammy-winning Tonbruket as well as acting in Ingmar Bergman‘s home theatre Dramaten in Stockholm. It is this relentless creativity that drives Wildbirds & Peacedrums, the desire to push themselves is evident in everything they do.

Rhythm’s gestation was longer than previous’ albums but following a move to Stockholm Mariam and Andreas spent time building up their own recording studio, so that they would work in their own space, in their own time. No other ears. No other fingerprints. Written, recorded and produced exclusively by the two of them; there is an unshakeable confidence in Rhythm‘s execution that could only have been achieved by working in this way. “It was very important to us to be able to create the sound of a Wildbirds album that was 100% us. The two of us. The sound that feels like you’re in front of us, like you’re inside” says Mariam.“We wanted it to feel like a live experience – rich, intense and powerful,” adds Andreas. “Almost every song is one take. We recorded standing in the same room, no screens or isolation, looking each other in the eyes.”

With no outside influences there is a certain element of cabin fever evident in the songwriting. Never one to censor herself, Mariam’s lack of inhibition is magnified in this context. Wordless invocations and desperate mantras hint at the frustrations inherent in such an intense creative relationship. There is a constant internal dialogue, the lyrics and delivery veering from a lucid menacing swagger to self-doubt and introversion. “This is an album that explores desperation, despair, fighting back,” Mariam expands. “When you don’t know what is real or just happening inside of your head; when you’re breaking the boundaries between day-to-day life and the imagination. There’s also an elemental theme about change, changing and changes in the world. The need for movement.”

Good then that the intuitive and primal interplay between voice and drums not only has the power to leave you breathless, but the power to make you move – especially when combined with cues taken from tropicalia, punk and contemporary R&B. This is particularly evident in the economical drive of opening one-two ‘Ghosts & Pains’, the understated cacophony of lead track ‘The Offbeat’, and the neo-gospel of ‘Soft Wind, Soft Death’. The latter marks Rhythm’s centrepiece, the moment the tension releases. The vocals no longer going blow for blow with the drums, instead rising above, moving over the clatter in waves, finding peace in a space of their own.

“When we play, we are completely dedicated to the song, the beat, the energy,” adds Mariam.” We push each other further and further. We wanted the record to sound as intense as our live shows, and as chaotic as the world around us. We decided this should be our ‘going back to our roots’ album. Drums and voice. Rhythms.” While the drums and vocal template is timeless in itself and central to the band’s vision, that raw focussed energy leaves a record as vital as it is life-affirming. The liberated abandon of their primitive soul music striking an immediate and invigorating chord.

Wildbirds & Peacedrums will tour Europe in November, including London’s Village Underground on the 14th (their first UK show in four years).

Artwork:

Tracklisting

1. Ghosts & Pains
2. The Offbeat
3. Gold Digger
4. Mind Blues
5. Who I Was
6. Soft Wind, Soft Death
7. The Unreal vs The Real
8. Keep Some Hope
9. Everything All The Time

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

Full Tour Dates
Sat 8 Nov Hamburg Kampnagel
Sun 9 Nov Berlin Grüner Salon
Fri 14 Nov London Village Underground [Tickets]
Mon 17 Nov Paris l’Espace
Tue 18 Nov Grenoble Le Ciel
Wed 19 Nov Milan Biko
Thu 20 Nov Luzern Südpol
Fri 21 Nov Bern Saint Ghetto Festival

“Brilliance & beauty, abounding in equal measure” 8/10 Uncut
“A haunting melange of undulating noise. Music to be lost in” 8/10 DJ
“One of the richest and most compelling threads of the last 15 years in music” 4/5 The List
“4/5″ Mojo

Ahead of the release of their new album Instrument and London show this coming Monday July 21st, To Rococo Rot reveal a new video, full album stream and add a free show at Rough Trade East to their UK trip.

One of the more hazily ruminative moments on Instrument, single ‘Classify’ exhibits the German trio’s first venture into songs with vocals, featuring DNA frontman Arto Lindsay, and was recently described by FACT Magazine as “a charming lullaby in waltz-time”.

In the new video to accompany the track, Orson Sieverding and Pola Sieverding teamed up and, taking the song’s title as a point of departure, decided to feature various sea animals. All of them were filmed in a public aquarium where they are divided into groups by a specific system of classification.

Filmed through a photographic approach, still and observing, the video almost seems to be a moving slide show joining in Arto Lindsay’s calm and poetic lyrics and To Rococo Rot’s melodic soundscapes.

Watch the video for ‘Classify’ here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkHaNN__0QI

Instrument, To Rococo Rot’s eighth record, is also streaming in full now: https://soundcloud.com/cityslang/sets/to-rococo-rot-instrument/

Over the course of 18 years, Berlin-Duesseldorf trio To Rococo Rot have carved an identifiable niche for themselves, and one which has crossed a variety of styles; neither wholly in the realms of ambient or pure electronics. The late 1990s albums of Veiculo and The Amateur View brought their fundamental and innovative landscapes of sound to the fore, whilst 2001’s collaboration with I-Sound, Music is a Hungry Ghost, showed their ability to blend disparate influences into something cohesive. Remixed by Four Tet and Daniel Miller and heralded by the likes of Modeselektor, their influence extends as far as their unique approach deserves.

The music of brothers Robert and Ronald Lippok and Stefan Schneider has always existed in its own world and Instrument is a landmark record for the group. The serenely soft melodies of No Wave pioneer Arto Lindsay adorn three tracks, offering up a new perspective. Though melodies have always been a big part of their sound, the inclusion of a human voice is a distinctive modification.

It may be a To Rococo Rot record unlike any other – and one that treads unfamiliar ground – but it also represents a return to the beginning.

“I think maybe we’ve come in a way back to where we started. We’ve been through a lot of experimenting, buying new gear, trying this and that with electronic and non-electronic stuff,” says Lippok. Yet Instrument is by no means a regression; the process this time has merely been a vehicle for To Rococo Rot to reaffirm and even advance their relevance and status as one of ambient electronic music’s great innovators.

See To Rococo Rot live:

21 July London Café Oto (Tickets)
22 July London Rough Trade East @ 7pm

Following the rapturously received news of his forthcoming album Our Love (due 6 October via City Slang), Caribou has revealed an extended DJ friendly mix of ‘Can’t Do Without You’ – the song that accompanied his triumphant return to the fore last month. The extended version is available as a limited edition 12″ via Dan Snaith’s very own label JIAOLONG and from all digital services now.

Having racked up over a million plays on Soundcloud in little over a month and been played by everyone from Annie Mac to Zane Lowe on Radio 1 whilst also being A-listed on 6 Music, the original track also accompanied news that Caribou would be headlining Koko in London on 8 October – a show which has now SOLD OUT.

Listen to the extended mix here.

Listen to the original here.

Pre-order Our Love here.

Praise for ‘Can’t Do Without You’

‘Track of The Day’ Q Magazine
‘Track of the Week’ NME
‘Surely the most dizzying, life-affirming, dangerously infectious electronic dance track you’ll hear all summer’ Metro
‘The most invigorating dance track of the year’ The 405
‘F-cking incredible’ Mixmag
‘Fantastic … warped, warm, wildly idiosyncratic electronica’ The Guardian
‘A quietly confident return that recalls the halcyon days of summer before they’ve even begun’ ‘Song of the Day’ The Line of Best Fit
‘A euphoric masterpiece’ ‘Track of the Week’ London in Stereo
‘Track of the Day/ Week/ Month/ Maybe Year’ Dots and Dashes
‘Finely tuned electronica that flips from leisurely haziness to sharp-focus hedonism faster than you can say “summer anthem”’ The Times

You reach a point in life where the question of how to stay at the top of your game looms; the only real solution being, you change the game. Our Love, the new album from Caribou, is the sound of Dan Snaith doing just that.

Our Love is formed around a mixture of digital pop production, hip hop inspired beats, muted house basslines and a love of shuffling garage that can be traced all the way back to the time of Start Breaking My Heart which are, of course, all filtered through Dan’s own unique perspective. The warm analogue sounds of classic soul should not be overlooked either, for they weave themselves most intensely into the records DNA. In fact, Our Love is probably Caribou’s most soulful record to date, chock-full of heartfelt lyrics and organic sounds which cut through the blissful euphoria of bubbling synths and the albums synthetic constructions.

Our Love is due out on 6 October via City Slang and features collaborations with Jessy Lanza and Owen Pallett. It was mixed by David Wrench and features artwork by Jason Evans/ Matthew Cooper.

The album is available for pre-order on iTunes beginning at midnight on June 3. All iTunes pre-orders come with an instant download of “Can’t Do Without You”.

Tour Dates

UK Dates:
Fri 15 Aug Greenman Festival
Sat 16 Aug Jabberwocky ATP London
Fri 5 Sept Bestival
Wed 8 Oct London KOKO* SOLD OUT
Thurs 23 Oct Liverpool Liverpool Music Week at Camp & Furnace *
Fri 24 Oct Bristol Simple Things Festival at Motion * [Tickets]

*support Jessy Lanza

Following her ‘Best Alternative Album’ Grammy nomination for the critically lauded The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You and celebrated turns at Coachella and The Governors Ball, the singularly spellbinding Neko Case returns with new single and album highlight ‘City Swans’, to be released on 18 August. She is also heading over for a clutch of European live dates – including what is sure to be a superb show at Union Chapel on 15 August (“Every note pitch-perfect, every lyric aimed straight at the heart… Case’s full-throated, effortlessly controlled vocals dominate” noted a 4/5 The Guardian live review) followed by a festival appearance at Green Man.

Listen to ‘City Swans’ here: https://soundcloud.com/antirecords/neko-case-city-swans-2

Neko Case Live Dates:
Sat 9 Aug Oslo Norway, Øya Festival SOLD OUT
Fri 15 Aug London UK, Union Chapel £19 Tickets
Sat 16 Aug Brecon Beacons Wales, Green Man Festival Tickets

Praise for The Worse Things Get…:
‘The Worse Things Get could hardly be better’ ‘Album of the Week’ The Sunday Times
‘Stand Out Album Of The Week’ 4/5 Daily Mirror
‘The compositions are acutely well-observed and raw. A balancing act between confession, wit and hard-won wisdom, Case’s music can me devastating; the work of an artist old enough to bear the scars and young enough to still care” The Guardian Guide
‘Case’s fire is still very much in evidence’ 9/10 Uncut
‘Defiantly self-determining and fearlessly honest’ 4/5 Mojo
‘Another sweepingly beautiful, emotionally bruising suite of songs… a record fashioned by a singer in a world of her own’ 4/5 Q Magazine
‘Neko Case’s sixth album is typically sumptuous and lusciously heart-rending’ 8/10 NME
‘Neko’s time is definitely now’ 4/5 The Sun
‘4/5’ The Guardian
‘With each new album, Neko Case becomes one of the most commanding singers around’ Diva
‘It’s an album 100% in control of itself, a journey of discovery that just won’t let you go’ London In Stereo
‘Case summons more than you’d ever imagine using less than you’d think possible’ 8/10 The Line Of Best Fit
‘4/5’ The Arts Desk
‘Not an easy listen, but a satisfying one’ The Independent
‘4/5’ Financial Times
‘One of the best voices in modern music’ 4/5 Daily Mail
‘Neko is back with her best album yet, a timeless collection of songs’Grazia

Neko Case returned with her first album in over four years, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love Youlate last year via ANTI to universal acclaim. Since then, Case has earned a third Grammy nomination, scored number two in The Sunday Times’ albums of the year and played one of the shows of the year with Angel Olsen at London’s Forum in December. Case returns to the UK to wow us once more with European dates in August, including London’s Union Chapel and the Green Man festival.

Emilie Nicolas will headline The Lexington in London on 16 July.
Tickets are on sale now.

Listen to recent single ‘Grown Up’ Now.
Watch the video here.

Emerging from the suburbs of Oslo as an unknown music student back in 2013, 26-year-old Norwegian singer Emilie Nicolas has spent the last year rapidly establishing herself as one of the most exciting voices in pop. Dumdum Boys cover ‘Pstereo’ sparked whispers of a new mysterious talent that left people clamouring for more while latest track ‘Grown Up’ - a wonderful, vulnerable and quietly confident song written as a tribute to her father – cemented her as something exceptional.

Following a unanimously praised by:Larm Festival set and a rapturously received UK debut at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival (“The most exciting new Scandinavian export. It’s impossible to take your eyes off Emilie Nicolas” The Line of Best Fit), Emilie has announced she will be heading to The Lexington on 16 July for her first London headline show. She will also be supporting Chvrches at their sold-out Somerset House show on the 17 July.

Having amassed a small but devoted following Emilie’s name still has something of a whisper to it but it won’t remain that way forever, especially since she appeared on the cover of Gaffa Magazine (Scandinavia’s No.1 music paper) earlier this year.

Listen to ‘Pstereo’ here: https://soundcloud.com/emilienicolas/pstereo

Watch Emilie perform live for P3 Gull (the Norwegian Public Broadcaster Awards Show): http://youtu.be/1kG9D7yuXpg

It’s Emilie’s raw honesty draws you in but it’s the combination of that honesty with her knack for an addictive, defiantly euphoric pop hook which keeps you, helplessly, going back for more. With every word, Emilie’s vocals – from melancholic murmur to dizzyingly intense cry – captivate and pull you further into her world.

This is only the beginning though as Emilie is currently working on her debut album and will be playing the following shows in the UK this summer.

Live Dates:
Wed 16 July London The Lexington (Tickets)
Thurs 17 July London Somerset House supporting Chvrches (SOLD OUT)
Fri 18 July Latitude Festival

First Aid Kit have made a triumphant return with their brand new album Stay Gold entering the UK chart at #11 this weekend. Stay Gold also became the duo’s second #1 album in their native Sweden – following The Lion’s Roar in 2012 – and hit #23 in the US.

The girls marked the release of Stay Gold with an appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, where they performed the album’s lead single, ’My Silver Lining’. Watch the exquisite and string-assisted performance here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owTmdfiTjIM

Having sold out London’s Islington Assembly Hall earlier this year, First Aid Kit will play Latitude and Green Man festivals in the UK this summer before embarking on a UK headline tour in September, culminating in a night at London’s hallowed Royal Albert Hall on 24 September. Full listings below.

With Stay Gold, First Aid Kit – sisters Klara and Johanna Soderberg – have honed their musical skills and blossomed as vivid storytellers in creating an ambitious 10-song collection. Recorded at ARC studios in Omaha and produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk), the duo enlisted local Omaha musicians to play on the record, with arrangements by Nate Walcott (Bright Eyes, Broken Bells, Rilo Kiley).

Praise for Stay Gold
“First Aid Kit’s songs are as ancient as music itself, but as new as a freshly broken heart. Extraordinary” Sunday Times
“As if Lion’s Roar had been rerecorded in widescreen format without losing any of the albums’ naive charm” 5/5 Independent On Sunday
“A towering body of stirring, beguiling original songs” 9/10 Clash
“A confident, beautifully crafted work filled with songs set to raise the roof in ever larger venues” 4.5/5 The Sun
“Anything Jack White can do, they can do too. Twice over” 4/5 Q
“The aural equivalent of lying down in a sunny meadow, located somewhere between Stockholm and Nashville” 4/5 The Telegraph
“Those harmonies still aim right for the heart” 4/5 The Independent
“Embracing experience in all its prickly incarnations might make for a tricky life but the payoff is the creation of ever more beautiful and emotionally engaging music” 8/10 Uncut
“The siblings have carefully crafted a tender batch of songs that disarm with not only their beauty but their honesty” 8/10 NME
“A resounding success” 4/5 DIY Magazine
“It sounds roughly like Neko Case fronting Fleet Foxes, but on Alice in Wonderland’s big pills” Observer
“The duo’s excellent third album has the sweetness of a babbling creek and the toughness of a sun-bleached prairie” Esquire
“The sound of a hazy summer” Shortlist
“First Aid Kit ought to be your first port of call when it comes to harmonious country folk” Evening Standard
’4/5′ The Guardian
’4/5′ The Times
‘4/5’ Mojo
‘4/5’ Metro
“Consistent and ambitious” The Quietus
“Stuffed with melodies to sing along to, beats to boogie at and choruses to go wild in” 9/10 Music OMH
“The beauty of their harmonies and the sheer perfection of the sound of their voices together elevate their songs to something beautiful” 8.5/10 The Line of Best Fit

First Aid Kit live dates summer 2014
19 July Latitude Festival
17 August Green Man Festival
16 Sept Old Fruitmarket Glasgow
17 Sept Empire Music Hall Belfast
20 Sept Albert Hall Manchester
21 Sept Colston Hall Bristol
24 Sept Royal Albert Hall London