August 19th, 2014 , by John Beeler
Castanets’ new album is out today.
When we asked writer Will Boast to pen the liner notes for Decimation Blues, here’s what he wrote:
Decimation Blues [is] the music of a man who’s learned to live and build among the wreckage—twelve seemingly offhand, secretly meticulous tracks that we can hunker down in. “Still always good to be alone in someone else’s home,” Raposa sings. He’ll lend us his place, or teach us how to fix up our own. Come in out of the rain, put your shoes by the fire. The walls might shake, the wind might howl, but you’ll be safe here a while.
Fred Thomas reviewed the record at Allmusic:
Perhaps the complete lack of self-consciousness is at once the most impressive and strangest thing about the album. This is the sound of an artist open to a range of possibilities so vast they can’t help but contradict each other, and he just can’t be bothered by the confusion or annoyance those contradictions may cause his listenership. In the end it doesn’t matter anyway, as Raposa is already on to one of the album’s many moments of brilliance by the time our heads have stopped spinning from one of its moments of unfettered oddness.
We have some limited edition marbled blue vinyl still left, which you can see and buy here.
And be sure to watch the new music video to “Tell Them Memphis” below
August 18th, 2014 , by John Beeler
Lily & Madeleine’s goal is to release an album a year. So far, they’re on track to hold to that promise. Last week we announced Fumes, Lily & Madeleine’s follow-up to last year’s self-titled LP. We also released “The Wolf is Free,” the first single from the album, a song that promises not just a new album but a developed maturity in sound for L&M.
Now we’re proud to release the video to the song. Directed by Laurel Cohen in the woods of Indiana, the video features Lily & Madeleine making preparations for a mysterious tea party.
Rookie debuted the video and also interviewed the girls about the song, the new album, and life in general. Read it here.
Fumes is due at the end of October. You can preorder it here.
August 14th, 2014 , by John Beeler
New song out today from My Brightest Diamond’s forthcoming This Is My Hand.
Says Shara Worden of MBD: “‘Lover/Killer’ is based on the idea that we all have two sides: the lover, the warrior. We’re all capable of both. The lyrics started out with me singing ‘I am a lover and a killer’ over and over again. I was trying to channel ‘bad-ass,’ be the Karen O type, show off bravado. But as I sang it, I questioned why violence equals power. ‘At the wall in the mirror’ is the resolution of that. It’s facing your own demons and embracing the shadow of your character. It’s about embracing your own power and your own frailty.”
You can listen to the song over at Refinery 29 or above.
Preorder the album on iTunes, your local record, or from Asthmatic Kitty (or Paper Bag Records in Canada) here.
August 14th, 2014 , by John Beeler
IMPOSE debuted a new song from the forthcoming Helado Negro album. It’s called “Ojos Que No Ven.” Here’s what IMPOSE wrote about the song:
Mysterious and yearning, it’s filled with lusty calls that whisper “ámame” (“love me”) and is a desirous dweller that simmers with sticky synths and tropical-leaning percussion.
Double Youth is available in CD, LP, and digital. You can even preorder it in a special VIP handmade edition, limited to just 100 worldwide. Preorder it here.
Be sure to check out the latest video to “I Krill You” here.
August 10th, 2014 , by John Beeler
Thanks to Stereogum for premiering the video to “Tell Them Memphis,” the latest from Castanet’s impending full length Decimation Blues. The video, directed by Sam Hamilton, is a slow, revealing single shot of a forested street as two skateboarders come over the hill. Stereogum’s Chris DeVille describes the song as “eerie and alluring, like a stranger’s comforting hand on your shoulder.”
This is one of our favorite songs on the whole album.
Of “Tell Them Memphis,” he wrote, “simply beautiful, proof that the power of a song is all a true musician really needs.”
Decimation Blues is available next week. You can reserve your copy of the limited edition marbled blue LP here.
Lyrics to “Tell Them Memphis:”
Take the rest, (believe I’ve) had my fill
Take it down to where the boys are laying still
Can’t figure where to go
Can’t say just how much it shows
But I can say that surely if I stay
That you would only bear the worst
The awful brunt of what the others might say
And wouldn’t that bear quite a thirst
Can’t figure what’s to become
When it’s hard enough to say just what we done
So if I don’t see you before you see them
Do give my best to those giving friends
And tell them ‘Memphis’
Though I am down the road a little ways
August 5th, 2014 , by John Beeler
Mozart’s Sister debut full-length, Being, is out now. It’s what you’ve been waiting for. File under “dirtpop.”
Line of the Best Fit reviewed Being and wrote, “Sure, she’s quirky and she plays synth – but Caila Thompson-Hannant is most definitely not some Manic Pixie Dream Girl kind of creature. She’s got a sampler and the voice of cabaret diva but, most of all, she’s got a hell of a lot of chuztpah.”
Last week, the Montreal Gazette interviewed Caila Thompson-Hannant of Mozart’s Sister:
Being comfortable as a solo artist, she continued, involves “managing a way to be happy with what you’ve done. To stick by it even if it’s not what other people want you to do. When you can feel confident with what you’ve done, that’s when people will come around and want to be a part of it. There’s a lot at stake — I can’t up and leave myself.”
Read the interview here.
Mozart’s Sister is touring Canada with PS I Love You in September. Tourdates here.
You can order the album here.
August 4th, 2014 , by John Beeler
Lily & Madeleine’s goal is to release an album-a-year for three years — a rare feat when the trend among singer-songwriters is to space albums by half-decades. So far, they’re on track: Fumes, the duo’s second LP, will be released October 28, 2014, 366 days after last year’s Lily & Madeleine.The sophomore album is a leap forward for the duo, a mature sentiment of two gifted young artists who have launched from their hometown onto the world stage with speed and grace.
When Indianapolis sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz first started making music together, it didn’t cross their minds that they could make a living at it. Although they now find themselves in an acclaimed full-fledged career, what got them here has nothing to do with money, and everything to do with the spirit.
“The music will always be first,” says Lily. Indeed, Lily & Madeleine’s artistic souls are obvious to anyone who has heard their recordings. From the beginning, the sisters’ calling card has been the breathtaking and intuitive union of their voices.
NPR’s All Songs Considered debuted “The Wolf is Free,” our first listen from the fall-bound album. It’s a wispy, ethereal, haunting song, a perfect summer track for that moment when the day turns to dark and the shadows start to loom among the trees. NPR Music’s Stephen Thompson, who’s heard the full record, praises, “This record has a little more of a kick to it…it’s fuller and more produced and more fleshed out…this whole record is zippier. I am excited about it.” Hear it on NPR here, or above.
July 22nd, 2014 , by John Beeler
Noisey has premiered Helado Negro’s latest music video, directed by Ryan Dickie and set to the album’s first single “I Krill You.” The video features Roberto Lange (aka Helado Negro) set against a projection of electronic nature: trees, bright lights, streamers, and lasers.
Helado Negro will be touring with Son Lux and Sinkane in the fall. See his tourdates here.
The album is out September 2. Limited edition blue vinyl, as well as VIP hand-made edition, are available to preorder here.
July 16th, 2014 , by John Beeler
It starts today: the latest phase in the musical evolution of My Brightest Diamond has officially begun with the release of None More than You, an EP of new material from composer/performer Shara Worden.
The five tracks collected here hint at a new direction for My Brightest Diamond, as Worden begins combining lullabies and laments of an almost tremulous intimacy with pop songs that take as much inspiration from classic poetry as they do from the latest dancefloor anthems.
Two of those tracks are a pair of vastly different takes on “Dreaming Awake”: the raw Son Lux Mix that opens the EP, and a mix by Mason Jar Music, who got caught trying to record the song at a secret session inside of an abandoned power station. Footage of that recording session—including the bust by the police, and the subsequent al fresco performance—has been uploaded to YouTube and premiered by Consequence of Sound, along with an embedded Soundcloud stream of the complete EP.
None More than You has been released exclusively on translucent purple vinyl or as a digital download here. In addition, iTunes has bundled together a Prismatic Edition of the forthcoming My Brightest Diamond LP, This Is My Hand, that includes a download of this EP, a pre-order of the LP (due in September), and a special advance download of “Pressure,” the lead track from This Is My Hand. It’s all available now.
July 8th, 2014 , by John Beeler
A lovely new digital EP is out today from Lily & Madeleine. The EP highlights seven acoustic versions of songs from their self-titled debut, and features a striking version of “Sea of Love” by Phil Phillips, later covered by Cat Power. You can purchase the EP on Bandcamp, iTunes, in our own store, or hear it on Rdio here.
Having just returned from a robust west coast tour with cellist Shannon Hayden, Lily & Madeleine also managed to record sessions at KCRW, Jefferson Public Radio, See also KCRW’s history of “Sea of Love” here. And if L&M weren’t busy enough, they managed to shoot a new music video set to the original, album version of “And Tonight.”