Category: release your vinyls

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.

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APTBS announce Pinned


oh joy, A Place To Bury Strangers released today a new song on their bandcamp page entitled Never Coming Back that announced Pinned, a new album coming out april 13rd via Dead Oceans. any enlightened ears will for sure notice the female voice contributing to Ackerman’s usual chocked (mesmerizing) phrasing – a voice that belongs to Lia Simone Braswell, APTBS’s new drummer.

 
explaining Braswell’s arrival in the band, Ackerman pointed it out (that)

“being a band for ten years, it’s hard to keep things moving forward. i see so many bands that have been around and they’re a weaker version of what they used to be. this band is anti-that. we try to push ourselves constantly, with the live shows and the recordings. we always want to get better. you’ve got to dig deep and take chances, and sometimes, i questioned that. it took really breaking through to make it work. i think we did that.”

Pinned‘s both LP and CD bundles can already be pre-ordered here and here. the tracklist so far is the following:

1. Never Coming Back
2. Execution
3. There’s Only One Of Us
4. Situations Changes
5. Too Tough To Kill
6. Frustrated Operator
7. Look Me In The Eye
8. Was It Electric
9. I Know I’ve Done Bad Things
10. Act Your Age
11. Attitude
12. Keep Moving On

as usual, the band will tour extensively in the USA and in Europe, with as essential stop at the pond on May 7th. all the tour dates are available on Dead Oceans website.

and, last but not least, Never Coming Back exists also under the form of a video directed by Oliver Ackermann himself and Ebru Yildiz.

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.

Behind the Shadow Drops

Behind the Shadow Drops is the new solo project of Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto, founding guitarist of the fantastic instrumental band MONO. formed in 2016, the project integrates many different forms of music, most notably ambient, trip-hop and other minimal musical elements, and will soon give birth to a first album named H a r m o n I c.

expected on 22th september on Temporary Residence, the album features drums, percussion and programming by John McEntire (Tortoise and The Sea And The Cake) who also mixed the album, as well the fabulous Helen Money, a very impressive rock cellist, who toured with Russian Circles last year.

the first single Positive Shadow, Negative Light directed by Julien Levy offers us an elegant spectral journey under the stars.

you may pre-order H a r m o n i c  by clicking on the above album cover.

Hiss Spun

the sumptuous Chelsea Wolfe is treating us with a new video entitled 16 Psyche, a second excerpt taken from her sixth album Hiss Spun, out on 22nd september on Sargent House. you will probably notice the presence of Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens Of The Stone Age’s sensational guitarist) who supports Wolfe on lead guitar. Hiss Spun features also bandmate Ben Chisholm on bass, piano and electronics, and drummer Jess Gowrie (from Happy Fangs), a long-time companion who reunites with the goth-folk songwriter for the occasion.

the deep-howling voice of Aaron Turner (singer for Isis) also accompanies Wolfe’s childish vocal part on Vex, the first single unveiled at the beginning of the month.

we invite you to read the enlightening interview that Wolfe gave to Noisey, in which she unfolds Hiss Spun‘s genesis. the new album can be preordered here.

Oiseaux-Tempête’s AL-‘AN ! الآن

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another demonstration of rage and discontentment is expected on march 31st, another statement that will for sure meet our endless appetite for melancholic promenades and restrained expressions of anger.

AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams) is the title of Oiseaux-Tempête‘s new album that will be released in a little month on the belgian label Sub Rosa. for this third part of a journey around the Mediterranean opened in 2012, Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul travelled to beirut to work with local musicians, and surrounded themselves with Mondkopf, Charbel Haber, Sharif Sehnaoui, G.W. Sok and Tamer Abu Ghazaleh, among others.

the first track unveiled, Carneval, shows sumptuous anxious patterns common to Oiseaux-Tempête and Mondkopf. this new track manifests clearly that the band keeps discovering new territories, offering their post-rock mark a brighter spectrum and a flight of genuine poetry.

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.

Cloud Nothings: Life Without Sound

yeahh, Cloud Nothings‘ forthcoming album Life Without Sound will power up the winter on january 27th, 2017. Chris Brown (lead guitar) joins the forces on the fifth album of the band founded by Dylan Baldi  (guitar, lead vocals), with TJ Duke (bass, backing vocals) and Jayson Gerycz (drums).

Modern Act is the first single taken from Cloud Nothings’ new album, expected on Carpark Records.

 

the thrilling noise-rock band from cleveland, ohio, will be in town in 2017 to present the follow-up of the highly acclaimed predecessor 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else. the complete schedule can be found here:

October 14th – Greenville, SC – Fall for Greenville Fest
November 12th – Santa Ana, CA – Outpost Festival
November 14th – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club
November 16th – Los Angeles, CA – Hi Hat
January 26th – Cleveland, OH – Beachland ballroom
January 27th – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
January 28th – Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
January 30th – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
January 31st – Boston, MA – Paradise
February 1st – New York, NY – Webster Hall
February 3rd – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
February 10th – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
March 1st – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
March 2nd – Malmo, SE – Babel
March 3rd – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Strand
March 5th – Oslo, NO – Parkteatret
March 6th – Hamburg, DE – Knust
March 7th – Berlin, DE – Bi Nuu
March 8th – Munich, DE – Kranhalle
March 9th – Cologne, DE – Luxor
March 11th – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
March 12th – Brussels, BE – Botanique
March 14th – Paris, FR – Petit Bain
March 16th – Bristol, UK – Thekla
March 17th – Glasgow, UK – Stereo
March 18th – Manchester, UK – Deaf Institute
March 19th – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
March 21st – London, UK – Koko
March 22nd – Birmingham, UK – The Hare & Hounds
March 23rd – Brighton, UK – The Haunt

MONO’s Requiem (for Hell)

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the amazing post-rock MONO are back in town, and ready to bath the winter in sunlight with Requiem For Hell, their ninth album expected on 14th october on Temporary Residence in the USA and on Pelagic Records in europe. after touring with Shellac during their japanese tour last year, the band asked Steve Albini to (re)join the forces on the new album, reviving a long collaboration that initiated with Walking Cloud and Deep Red Sky (2004) and wound up with the highly-acclaimed Hymn To Immortal Wind (2009). the renewal of the Albini collaboration for Requiem For Hell coincided with the birth of a close friend’s first child (Ely, the daughter of Temporary Residence’s owner), whose actual in utero heartbeat serves as the foundation for the aptly named Ely’s Heartbeat .


 
unlike their remarkable last double album The Last Dawn / Rays Of Darkness – and especially Rays Of Darkness which was the first album in 15 years to feature no orchestral instruments –, the band decided to introduce strings again, probably because their music has always found inspiration in the coexistence of entangled conflicts, such as love and loss, faith and hopelessness, light and darkness.

the heavy 18-minute title track of Requiem For Hell shows yet that MONO intertwines, with splendour, scary melodies and blazing flight of poetry. the official video published today, which was directed by Harri Haataja, offers a mysterious and disquieting glide path to the song.

Takaakira ‘Taka’ Goto, MONO’s lead guitarist and composer, explains shortly the birth of Requiem For Hell:

“This album is a series of songs from a flood of inspirations in 2015. After writing song after song and giving them titles, we stumbled upon Dante’s “Divine Comedy” and the story struck a chord with us. “Divine Comedy” is a story about travelling down to Hell, through to purgatory… this is when we decided to use Gustave Dóre’s illustration from “Divine Comedy”’s last scene as the main cover.”

MONO will head to the pond in november on the occasion of an extensive european tour (in the company of the fantastic Alcest and pg.lost, oh joy, oh glorious evening!) and you can already preorder Requiem For Hell here.