Category: nugget of the day

Mogwai’s KIN soundtrack

the tireless and amazing Mogwai announce today the forthcoming release of KIN: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, which is due for release on 31st august via their Rock Action Records label. the band invites us to discover already two very appealing new songs, on one hand, the very shoe-gazing We’re Not Done, a new contagious, and cheerful, singalong melody,

and also the dreamlike, but very intense, Donuts that sees Mogwai carrying on their beguiling journey to the outer space.

the original score was made for Jonathan and Josh Baker‘s debut film, which release is also expected on 31st august. available on CD, digital and heavyweight black vinyl, this new soundtrack is available to pre order now at mogwai.co.uk.

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Sällskapet’s Disparition

last evening we were rummaging about in one of our record shops, when the recommendation section appealed to us through an alluring cover. a black and white beauty showing punctilious geometrical sketches of buildings, strongly inspired by the darkest hours of humanity. a sticker displayed on the plastic packaging revealing the participation of german artist Andrea Schroeder convinced us that the discovery of Sällskapet would be the most remarkable finding of the day. and, as a matter of fact, it was.

founded in 2003 but kept secret until 2007, the brainchild of Joakim Thåström, Pelle Ossler and Niklas Hellberg, seem to have received almost an immediate critical acclaim, at least in their homeland, in sweden. Sällskapet (which may be translated by “a small group of people” or a “small society”) released the very same year a debut single Nordlicht, named after a bar in hamburg, and two ambient-industrial albums respectively entitled Sällskapet (2007) and Nowy Port (2013). it must be said that both of them evinced already a strong appetite for highly-enjoyable dystopian flavours and murky shadows. with 2018’s Disparition published a few days ago via BMG, the band that no longer consists of Thåström who appears however as guest singer, further widens the furrow of desperation and propounds a disquieting suburban wander in an oppressive, uninviting wasteland – served also by Andrea Schroeder’s eerie voice. Hellberg resides currently in berlin and this explains logically the relevant presence of Schroeder on this third album, and the singular hopelessness instilled through the nine meaningful pieces offered by Disparition.

the heart-rending (german) lyrics of this breathtaking songwriter and musician, whose discovery a few years ago had hooked us on for months, pair superbly with Sällskapet’s haunted airspace. together, they collide with the disruptive disappearance of both people and time, the fugacity of our lives that fly away like impatient birds, and the needfulness to enjoy each moment, as they arise.
all this might sound quite distressing and tragic, but the warmth of Andrea Schroeder’s undaunted voice suggests to withstand, even if time remains elusive eventually. in Die Zeit vergeht (time is flying by), the piano and violin notes, and Schroeder’s mellow lalalas magnified by Thåström’s upper voice,  make every effort to soothe the palpable tension but are quickly rejoin by sultry and threatening humming. the end of the song sets clearly the tone anyway, since “es ist zu spät” (it’s too late). an obvious magnificence emanates from this inescapable despair through Ossler’s roaring guitar, which howl acts as a cry wolf in a puzzling winsomeness.

Westerplatte and Tiefenrausch, the both unspoken songs, confirms the inevitability of the verdict in a very beguiling spectral way. this might be the very end, but this is a very beautiful one. with Walzer, Schroeder breathes nerve, shows that all this is bearable, provided that you/she hold tight to someone – “an Dich” (to you), this very you that may be a lover, a friend, a compass, a lifeline, indeed something, someone of upper importance. in Wandler, Andrea Schroeder tells about her stroll in ghostly streets. she dreams about life, about death, she states that this is only a dream, yet it conveys a bitter aftertaste that this is an inescapable loophole.

in the end, it makes no difference whether you understand Goethe’s language or not, because Sällskapet’s music and surroundings, together with Shroeder’s cogent interpretation, speak for themselves and deliver the message intended quite plainly. unquestionably, Disparition is the ideal spacey companion till doomsday and has already entered the competition for the best album of the year. because never before had the quietus been so inviting.
Disparition can be purchased here.

Pale Grey

bosom friends of melancholy, heady bum-swinging melodies and musical experiments, they will for sure greatly rejoice to discover Pale Grey‘s music. the pond got hooked today by the band’s most recent song entitled Late Night featuring the terrific voice (and phrasing) of Serengeti, one of the pond’s favourite rappers.

the four-headed belgian band published last year a very elegant EP entitled Ghost via Jaune Orange and has just released Waves, a very inspired second album on which indie pop, electronica and groove pair admirably with hip hop, but also abstract notes and evident spleen. the band’s new album is a logical follow-up of their 2013’s Best Friends that contained already very valuable and peerless melodies. Pale Grey’s post-rock stimulus has been evidently eclipsed by more incisive shining indie tunes and thoughtful compositions.

Waves is a sparkling wonder, the perfect nonesuch to wait for the spring. you can listen to it entirely and purchase it here.

No Age’s Send Me

No Age’s Randy Randall and Dean Allen Spunt unveiled Snares Like a Haircut, a new album released a few days ago on Drag City.

taken from this new upper-class noise-rock record, Send Me shows that No Age’s witty eloquence is still in great shape. the video was directed by Jonn Herschend and the connoisseurs will recognize both Spunt and Randall in the leading roles.

at the end of february, the band will start an extensive tour in both the USA and Europe, so be prepared to welcome them in the pond on march 22nd. Snares Like a Haircut can be purchased here, here and here.

Sex Music

if the summer seems to be gone for good, nothing prevents us from giving an ear to some alluring tune to extend this very feeling of well-being and sexiness, and enter the next season with appetite and lust. for this purpose, Beak> asked a gentle white bear to accomplish a few well-chosen pas de deux at listening to their own interpretation of Sex Music.

the single was released in june 9th on Invada Records digitally, and a 7″ will follow on october 7th (pre-order here). the video was directed and animated by Paloma Baeza, and Win Butler (from Arcarde Fire) took care of a glossy cover which you may be tempted to discover here.

The Hour After Sunset

the nugget of the day goes to Ensemble Economique’s demo The Hour After Sunset, a new track that Brian Pyle (half of Starving Weirdos) published a few minutes ago, directly inspired by his brainy and shining thirst for cinematic, droning glides. this amazing outer-space track goes directly to the head, providing perfect disquieting pedal effects that seem to set the imperativeness of an immediate action. The Hour After Sunset is a perfect companion to a quiet but enrapture evening.


 
Ensemble Economique has released his 12th album In Silhouette on Denovali Records in late march, and despite the fact we haven’t listened to it yet in its entirety, the new album depicts strong images of some ethereal wide grey yonder, made of subtle textures suspended in the air, which are ready to blossom into a mass of weightless flowers.

we were very lucky to discover Ensemble Economique at Denovali Swingfest Essen in 2014, and since we are genuine fans of EEc’s heady atmospheres, we invite you to open your ears (and eyes) to this handsome live concert captured at the Les Yper Yper Gallery on the same year.

 

Nothing @ Amoeba Green Room Session

Nothing, as if the band was to perform an acoustic set in your bedroom, well, almost. the quartet performed an intimate, very moving, live session in the green room at Amoeba Hollywood in last february.
a good occasion to finger the band’s spleen and beauty.

Mark Lanegan Band’s Nocturne

it’s been a while.

Mark Lanegan Band will release Gargoyle on 28th april on Heavenly Recordings, three years after the radiant Phantom Radio.

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the 10-track LP features guest appearances from long-term and first-class collaborators such as Josh Homme, Greg Dulli and Duke Garwood.

Nocturne, the first single, lives up to its name and is best served at a full moon. with your headset on, this heady, fantastic song will take you company magnificently.

Near To The Wild Heart Of Life with Japandroids

oh boy, 2017 will augur well. the fantastic Japandroids plan to offer us a vibrant new start of the year under the form of a third album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, highly expected on 27th january via ANTI-.

like Post-Nothing (2009) and Celebration Rock (2012), the album will contain 8 songs. the band explains that  “this is because 8 songs is the standard template for a great rock’n roll album: Raw Power by The Stooges, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, Marquee Moon by Television, IV by Led Zeppelin, Horses by Patti Smith, Paranoid by Black Sabbath, Remain In Light by Talking Heads, Master Of Puppets by Metallica, etc.”

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Japandroids is the brilliant brainchild of Brian King (guitar, lead vocals) and David Prowse (drum, lead vocals), a genuine energetic bomb of tremendous exhilarating tunes. the band’s critically acclaimed albums, including No Singles (2010), are a clever mixture of refreshing garage, noise rock and post-punk that will make you out of breath.

the band has just started a comprehensive tour, first Mexico and Australia, and from 2017 on, USA and Europe (april 22nd in berlin). the complete schedule is here and you can pre-order Near To The Wild Heart Of Life alongside the eponymous 7” on Anti- website directly.

MULL of OA

mysterious projects are always a thrilling experience, especially when they pair with music.

tomorrow, on the 31st october, MULL of OA will release their first album Rainy Days Friends Bring Me The Horizon on IMANCE.

as we got shaken by the amazing disquieting piano line and fineness of Chaos Lilla/Caol Ila, we got in touch with MULL of OA to know a little more about them. in this specific case, “them” refer to an intimate encounter. an unexpected rendez-vous between a (wo)man and a piano, on a scottish island called islay. a stroke of good fortune in a disused, deconsecrated church close to lagavulin, where a (wo)man met up with a piano, which beautiful, inspiring sound convinced him/her to found MULL of OA, name of the wild and tempestuous western tip of the island.  MULL of OA tells us that she/he first chased the visitors out of the church before recording improvised pieces, improvised moments of intimacy of a new-born musician. an unsuspected one-(wo)man band born last summer while travelling on this piece of land.

as his/her fingers skate on the piano keys for the first time, MULL of OA had no idea that it would give rise to a musical project. without pretending being a pianist, the fingers started to improvise, inspired by the intrinsic qualities of the piano. playing the piano’s valuable, but also imperfect, notes — playing this piano, and not any other one. MULL of OA points it out: “I have played on other pianos since then, and, for the moment, I haven’t found any other instrument with any comparable endearing nature”.

uncertain of the follow-up of the project, MULL of OA is however ready to release new improvisation albums to show listeners how the (wo)man is willing to change as she/he learns the piano further. “Yes, it a genuine project. I started to take piano lessons as I came back from Scotland.”

so, just before the official release of Rainy Days Friends Bring Me The Horizon, we are happy to introduce you to MULL of OA’s captivating music. the video of Chaos Lilla/Caol Ila, which offers a terrific mysterious echo to the piece, was created by Rodolphe Cobetto-Caravanes and Baptiste Sibony.

an authentic masterwork, both musically and visually.