Yorkston/Thorne/Khan release their new album Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars on 7th April. Itfollows the band’s debut album, 2016’s critically acclaimed Everything Sacred, and presents a confluence of currents, among them the north Indian sarangi; jazz-tinged bass, reminiscent in places of Danny Thompson; acoustic guitar that owes a debt to Elizabeth Cotton, Dick Gaughan and Mississippi John Hurt; and three very different vocalists - James Yorkston (East Neuk of Fife), Jon Thorne (Isle of Wight) and Suhail Yusuf Khan (New Delhi).
The first track to be shared from Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars is ‘False True Piya’ – mingling traditions as diverse as Britain and India via the Appalachian Mountains.
“Piya is a word in the Hindi language, meaning beloved,” explains Khan. “The Hindi lyrics of the song were composed and written by me. They talk about a lover who is longing for a beloved, devastated by pain. A point comes when the lover starts hallucinating that the beloved has arrived and starts having conversations with this hallucination. There is a strange feeling of dark happiness: the beloved is there, but only as a hallucination.”“When Suhail explained the Hindi lyric to me,”Yorkston continues, “it reminded me of the great old song The Daemon Lover, also known as The House Carpenter, so I sang a fragment of Annie Watson’s version to introduce the piece.”
This harmonious and singular collaboration can be found across all of Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars, and in fact, YTK’s Everything Sacred may be the only precedent. “The combination of a singer-songwriter, a jazz bassist and an Indian classical sarangi player is totally unheard off,” says Khan.
A collection of traditional Indian and UK folk songs, beautiful originals and idiosyncratic covers, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars does not only bring together Indian classical music and jazz, then, but kosmische too; Yorkston also cites dub reggae, Uilleann pipes and the Madagascan guitarist D’Gary as influences. That breadth, says Thorne, is critical: “I think YTK is a fine example of how music operates without boundaries as a common international language and a source of cross-cultural unity. It’s an important message in the times that we live in.”
Produced by YTK and recorded entirely onto 24 track 2” tape at Analogue Cat studios in Northern Ireland by Julie McLarnon, Neuk Wight Delhi All-Stars comes after a period of steady touring for the band (including incredible main stage performances at Green Man, Celtic Connections and Edinburgh International Festival, and tours in India, Spain and Ireland) and reflects the confidence and increasingly fluid interplay between Yorkston, Thorne and Khan. The trio will head back on the road in April for a headline UK tour.
Yorkston/Thorne/Khan live dates
27th March – Kitchen Garden Café, Birmingham TICKETS
30th March – Dreel Halls, Anstruther TICKETS AVAILABLE ON DOOR
Domino seeks a Project Manager to join its London team.
Project Managers at Domino are in charge of running artist campaigns inside the company while being “ambassadors” of the artist and their team inside the business.
The successful candidate will have significant experience in working closely with recording artists and their managers while a proven track record in devising and delivering creative and notable marketing campaigns is essential
The candidate should have a solid general knowledge of the music industry, the marketplace, the digital space and how this informs all aspects of marketing.
The role also includes being responsible for the creation of all campaign content - so the candidate will need to be confident in commissioning high quality music videos, remixes, artwork and all types of digital content / marketing assets.
• Devising and implementing quality and highly creative marketing campaigns alongside the rest of the team, for a designated roster of artists.
• Delivering the campaign to the rest of the Domino global team.
• Formatting and origination of physical and digital releases and liaising with our distributer on all aspects of driving retail sales and retail marketing initiatives.
• Responsible for all content origination and commissioning and delivery of all video, audio and digital content, as well as marketing assets, to meet deadlines and relevant specs, liaison with management/licensors to ensure global co-ordination.
• Responsible for originating the overall timeline for the campaign and making sure the various deliverables are meeting designated deadlines.
• Making sure that all aspects of the campaign are communicated, objectives are set and followed up on by the wider Domino team, and in charge of getting input from the various members of the team on the project, including but not limited to A&R, Marketing/Digital Marketing, Promotions, International, Production, Digital Account Management.
• Managing of given budgets and liaising with Head of Project Management / Marketing on budgets for all artists.
Minimum 2 years appropriate experience.
Salary dependent on experience.
Please send a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements along with your CV to email@example.com before 6pm on Monday 27th February, 2017.
Domino seeks a Paralegal / Business Affairs Assistant to join record label and publishing company assisting the Business Affairs department. Reporting to the Business Affairs Manager and Company Directors, the role will provide every opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their commercial and legal skills in the music industry. This combined and challenging role is a fantastic chance to work within a successful and dynamic music company exposing the successful candidate to many parts of the music business.
drafting, amending and negotiating a wide range of label and publishing company agreements including deal memos, songwriter agreements, exclusive recording contracts;
supervise all short form agreements for producers, videos, compilation releases, broadcasts, and sync licenses;
initiate all sample deals and featured artist arrangements;
responding to internal day to day queries where required including terms, budgets, option periods and territories;
notifying relevant departments on all pertinent terms of company agreements, in particular third party royalty provisions and contractual amendments;
coordinating signature of agreements;
general contracts administration and file maintenance.
The ideal candidate will have:
experience of the music industry in a business affairs/legal capacity;
excellent attention to detail and a proven track record in negotiating and concluding deals in challenging environment;
a law degree or legal background;
excellent drafting skills, with a keen commercial mind;
the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels of the business;
the ability to work autonomously, think strategically and creatively;
strong administrative, time management, organisation and planning skills.
Real Estate has confirmed details for their upcoming fourth LP – In Mind – out March 17th via Domino. Recorded in Los Angeles with Grammy-winning producer Cole M.G.N. (Beck, Snoop Dogg, Julia Holter), album opener ‘Darling’ is available now along with accompanying music video, directed by Weird Days.
Over 11 songs, In Mind pushes the band in new directions, while still retaining the warmth and soft-focus narratives that one has come to expect from Real Estate —pastoral guitars, elegantly deployed arrangements, a mindful melancholy. In Mind offers the sound of a mature band not only at the height of its power, but in a period of change. Since their last record – 2014’s Atlas – primary songwriter Martin Courtney became a father of two and moved to upstate New York, while bassist Alex Bleeker relocated to California. In addition, following the departure of co-founding member and lead guitarist Matt Mondanile in 2015, Courtney, Bleeker, drummer Jackson Pollis and keyboardist Matt Kallman welcomed longtime friend and New Jersey native Julian Lynch into the band as a full-time guitarist.
Atlas was an undisputed breakout for the band. Apart from being one of the most lauded records of that year, it earned them performances on Letterman and Conan, their third consecutive Pitchfork Best New Music, and saw them sell out London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire – their biggest UK headline date so far.
In addition to a spot at Coachella this Spring, Real Estate will tour extensively behind In Mind - more info coming soon.
In Mind will be available on CD, LP and digitally. An exclusive limited edition deluxe LP featuring heavyweight colored vinyl, gold foil imprinted packaging, and a slipmat, is available to pre-order from Domino Mart. iTunes pre-orders will come with an instant download of ‘Darling’.
In Mind Tracklisting: 1. Darling 2. Serve The Song 3. Stained Glass 4. After The Moon 5. Two Arrows 6. White Light 7. Holding Pattern 8. Time 9. Diamond Eyes 10. Same Sun 11. Saturday
Electric Lines, the new album from producer Joe Goddard, is all about connections. The title refers to the colourful cables that link the modules in his Eurorack synthesizer and to the invisible wires that run between all the different kinds of electronic music that he loves. An apt title for a record which brilliantly unites the strands of his prolific career: member of Hot Chip and the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, Grammy award nominated remixer and co-founder of the Greco-Roman label.
Like Four Tet, Caribou and Jamie xx, Joe combines a thirst for experimentation, an instinctive understanding of the dancefloor and a love of left-of-centre pop music. Electric Lines confirms his place in the front rank of British producers.
Today Goddard also drops the video for new single ‘Music Is The Answer’, the second track to be heard from the forthcoming album.
Following hot on the heels of ‘Lose Your Love’, ‘Music Is The Answer’ is an infectious left-of-centre pop track featuring London singer-songwriter Jess Mills, also known as Slo (previous collaborations include Photek, Distance and Breakage).
Directed by Shynola creative collective (Radiohead ‘Pyramid Song’, Beck ‘E-Pro’, Blur ‘Good Song’, Queens of The Stone Age ‘Go With The Flow’), the video epitomises the track’s optimistic message and much needed modern day mantra. Director Richard Kenworthy says: “The message of this track really resonated with us coming off the back of what for most people was a dispiriting year. We'd recently been reading about the AWOL Hitomi satellite, and also the incredible Pinchas Gutter hologram and that lead to imagine a story about a satellite lost in the vastness of space, broadcasting a recorded message of hope.”
Elsewhere on the album, Hot Chip bandmate Alexis Taylor features on the title track ‘Electric Lines’, while Michigan based singer Daniel Wilson makes an appearance on disco-sampling deep house track ‘Home’. Jess Mills graces the album’s two most irresistible pop songs, ‘Ordinary Madness’ and ‘Music Is the Answer’. Joe himself sings on a few tracks including the deeply personal ‘So Long’, a tender reflection on parenthood and mortality. Electric Lines treasure chest of styles also includes lustrous electronic soul (‘Lose Your Love’), rippling UK garage (‘Truth Is Light’) and shamanic psychedelic techno (‘Children’). The result is an album set to draw the map of 2017’s musical landscape and cement Joe Goddard as one of the UK’s most credible and well respected producers.
Electric Lines will be available on Deluxe Edition Vinyl, featuring a signed double LP on heavyweight vinyl with a wide spined sleeve, exclusive bonus 12” featuring 3 tracks from the Electric Lines’ album sessions, download card with album + 12” tracks. A UK specific edition will also include entry to the Electric Lines album launch show at London’s Heaven on Thursday 4th May 2017. The CD will feature an initial card pack pressing with a 6 page artwork booklet. You can purchase the album digitally HERE and via Amazon HERE. Vinyl and CD both feature completely unique, separate artwork.
Electric Lines tracklisting:
1 Ordinary Madness
2 Lose Your Love
5 Human Heart
7 Truth Is Light
8 Nothing Moves
9 Electric Lines
10 Music Is The Answer
‘Electric Lines’ will be released April 21, 2017 on Greco-Roman/ Domino
The new Dirty Projectors song ‘Up In Hudson’ is an elegy — to the Obama years, to a generation of indie rock, and to a relationship. Over the course of nine verses and almost eight minutes, the lyrics situate David Longstreth & his band in the vivid textures of the recent past like a millennial Blood On The Tracks. It is a piece of epic storytelling unlike anything else in Dirty Projectors’ discography.
To arrive where we began and know the place for the first time: ‘Up In Hudson’ is an origin story for a new chapter of Dirty Projectors.
And with it, Dirty Projectors announce their long-awaited 7th LP.
The new album does everything we want and expect from Dirty Projectors — but in a way we never could have imagined or anticipated. In a career of surprising conceptual gambits, unexpected stylistic evolutions, and continually changing lineups — this is, as DJ Khaled says, “ANOTHER ONE”!
Dirty Projectors will be out February 24, 2017 on Domino.
01. Keep Your Name
02. Death Spiral
03. Up In Hudson
04. Work Together
05. Little Bubble
06. Winner Take Nothing
07. Ascent Through Clouds
08. Cool Your Heart
09. I See You
The deluxe edition LP will be available exclusively through the Domino Mart. The deluxe features the album on 150g clear with black smoke double LP, housed in a wide spine jacket with a 16-page 11x11 libretto, and an etched D side. The first pressing of the CD features an O-card sleeve with a 16-page libretto.
Domino are proud to announce Solide Mirage, the fourth studio album from Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains. An album of strength, beauty, ups and downs, Solide Mirage is the group’s most outspoken and deep-rooted work to date, and is set for release on March 3rd 2017.
Alongside the announcement of Solide Mirage, Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains have shared the album’s first single, ‘Grand Dereglement’, plus a video directed by Jack Barraclough and Frànçois himself. The video is a collaboration between Frànçois and Palestinian Dabké dancer Mohamed Okal, who fled with his family from the conflicts in Gaza, where he used to work as an ambulance driver. The two met in a volunteer refugee space in Brussels where Okal taught Dabké. On the video Frànçois says: “The lyrics of the song are about the great changes in the world that move populations, and force the weaker to adapt to an intense and strenuous lifestyle. Filming Dabké dancing inside one the most emblematic buildings of the Capital of Europe (Palais de Justice) is a way of showing the positive side of civilisation shifts.”
In the time since 2014’s Piano Ombre, Frànçois Marry rediscovered his adolescent passion for the power of grunge. This energy he “lost on the way”, in his own words, resurfaced on two occasions. A collaboration with Hedi Slimane, who allowed him to immerse himself in the punk and grunge scene of L.A. - with bands like Wand and Sunflower Bean in particular - revived his passion for this electricity. Secondly, and especially, as the band performed live dates in the Middle East, they found themselves playing to a youth still feverish after its Arab Spring. “We played in Istanbul, Lebanon, Alexandria and Cairo in 2015”, explains Frànçois. “We discovered a youth eager for music, in particular the Egyptian youth, who had made the revolution two years earlier.”
As a man and as an artist, it felt necessary to have that grunge-ful spite, that healthy anger, to survive the horrors of 2015 and the chaos of the world, referred to in “Grand Dérèglement”, the introduction of Solide Mirage. Attacks, wars, the migrant crisis, generalised fear, the pre-apocalyptic atmosphere: a dark year for all and one which incited profound questions in Frànçois Marry. “We questioned ourselves a lot. It’s delicate to speak about politics in songs, but inevitable when you write in moments like these. I have a natural attraction to abstract poetry but I realised that it had become a head-in-the-sand technique. I do not understand why musicians do not ask themselves more questions about the responsibility of their words. And considering the realities of life in the year 2015, I had to think about what we wanted to say”
Solide Mirage - like an imperceptible dream, a fantasy where reality shifts as one approaches it – is a perfect definition for this protean, changeable-yet-direct album which reveals new facets and new territories in every listen. Sometimes soft (on 1982, Apocalypse à Ipsos, Pepétuel été, 100.000.000), sometimes tough (Bête Morcelée and its rush of pure grunge, Grand Dérèglement and the roughness and splinters of Jamais Deux Pareils), sometimes crazy (the digitized trance ofÂpres Après), but always highly political, whether direct or reading between the lines.
The album was recorded in Jet Studios in Brussels and produced by Ash Workman, who also worked on Piano Ombre and who has worked with Metronomy and Christine & The Queens, with strings performed by Owen Pallett.
To celebrate the release of Solide Mirage, Frànçois will be playing a string of live dates across the UK at the end of March 2017.
It’s been eight years since Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs (founding member of Pavement and Preston School of Industry), released any new music. He knows that. The years just have a habit of slipping away sometimes.
You can’t hurry genius – not even the genial, unforced and unpretentious genius that has long been Scott’s forte. Today, Spiral Stairs announces news of his second album Doris and The Daggers – to be released on March 24ththrough Domino - and shares the first track from it, the album opener ‘Dance (Cry Wolf)’. Its Roxy Music meets Wire slink and stompable groove is a “positive, dance-away-the-pain thing” says Scott whilst the video features Jason Lytle from Grandaddy.
Doris and The Daggers is worth the wait, it showcases the most personal and emotional music Kannberg has ever written, reflecting the life changes that occurred over those eight years. During that stretch, Scott weathered the loss of friends, treasured the joys of fatherhood, lived life as an Australian and even ate haggis meat – experiences that inform these warm, sweetly melodic and soundly honest songs.
The first Spiral Stairs record The Real Feel came in 2009, just as Pavement were announcing a hugely successful burst of reunion shows. After that, Scott and his wife moved to Brisbane, Australia, started a family and life simply got in the way.
Having moved back to Los Angeles, the original concept for the album was to go to Seattle’s Orbit Studios and “record the whole thing in a week, like the old days.” Then, a month before the trip, Scott awoke to heart-breaking news: Darius Minwalla, who had drummed with Preston School of Industry and on The Real Feel, and was scheduled to play on the mooted Seattle sessions, died suddenly in his sleep.
Scott was deep-sixed by the news, and it would be another three months before he was ready to return to the studio. By that time, the album had changed – the songs had grown in the interim, become longer, more emotional. Following Darius’ death, Scott went to spend time with his friend, singer-songwriter Kelley Stoltz, up in San Francisco, where they bounced ideas off each other. “His influence made me turn the record in an entirely different direction.”
Instead of a week-long blitz, Doris and The Daggers was recorded over a more civilised, considered batch of short sessions at Exactamundo studios in Eagle Rock, California. Long-time low-end foil Matt Harris returned on bass duties, while the drum-stool was adopted by Broken Social Scene’sJustin Peroff. The trio cut 30 songs in all, while a number of Scott’s close musical friends stepped in to make some key contributions. Peroff’s Broken Social Scene cohort Kevin Drew sang on ‘Emoshuns’, Kelley Stoltz lent guitar to the summery chime of ‘AWM’, and The National’s Matt Berninger lends vocals to the bittersweet, zephyr-light ‘Exiled Tonight’.
“I guess I’ve been writing songs for a while now,” reflects Kannberg on his second album. “I like hearing echoes of things I love in the music that I make. Writing music doesn’t come easy to me – it’s hard to write a song that’s good. But our memories slowly escape us as we get older, and in songs you kind of relive those moments, the things that matter.” And that’s part of the key to Doris and The Daggers’ charm, along with the lyrical wit and Scott’s unerring knack for tuneage as embraceably familiar as a beloved sweater; these songs are full of life, stories engagingly told, and a sense of affection for everything that happens within them. You’ll keep returning to them again and again, and hope that Scott doesn’t wait so long to cut his next batch.
Dance (Cry Wolf)
Trams (Stole My Love)
Doris and The Daggers
Doris and The Daggers is available to pre-order now on deluxe vinyl with bonus tracks, standard vinyl, CD and digital download.
Domino is proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Buzzcocks’ groundbreaking ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP with its reissue on the 27th of January 2017. ‘Time’s Up’, the 1976 demos recorded with founder & singer Howard Devoto and originally released as a bootleg, will be reissued on the 10th of March, alongside the Buzzcocks (mk.1) Box , containing vinyl and CD of both ‘Spiral Scratch’ and ‘Times Up’ alongside rare reprinted ephemera of the time. Watch ‘Breakdown’, filmed at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall shows in 1976 HERE.
‘It’s the Buzz, Cock’.
Howard Devoto read this headline from a January 1976 Time Out review of ‘Rock Follies’, the 1970s TV musical drama following the ups and downs of the fictional female rock group, ‘Little Ladies’.
Adapting and appropriating it as the name for his new band that he had just formed with Pete Shelley having realised what a Sex Pistol was before anyone else.
Buzzcocks formed having witnessed firsthand the white-heat of the early Sex Pistols. Howard and Pete went about organising the now infamous 1976 Lesser Free Trade Hall gigs that brought punk to the provinces and galvanized the new Manchester music revolution. The plan was to simply play support to the Pistols and then see what happened next…
Featuring the original line-up of Howard Devoto (vocals & songwriter), Pete Shelley (guitar & songwriter), Steve Diggle (bass guitar) and John Maher (drums), ‘Time’s Up’ was recorded at Revolution Studios, Bramhall Lane Stockport on the 18th of October 1976. The session, recording Buzzcocks’ live set at the time, cost £45 and was engineered by Andy MacPherson.
In December of the same year, the band recorded the four track ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP with a minimum of fuss in ‘downtime’ at Indigo Studios, with Martin Hannett (then going under the pseudonym of Martin Zero) producing. The band inexplicably took it upon themselves to release the EP themselves, somehow finding the monies necessary to press up 1000 copied on 7” vinyl, on their own New Hormones label. The EP sold for £1 a copy. Within days of the initial release, with typical punk chaos and sweet disregard for any cohesive business strategy, Howard Devoto revealed that he was quitting the band. The ‘Spiral Scratch’ EP quickly sold out its initial 1000 pressing, went on to sell 16,000 copies over the next six months and is now recognised as one of, if not the, most important records of the punk explosion – the first self-released record of its time, with the band responsible for everything, from sleeve design to distribution.
‘Spiral Scratch’ is testament to the power of punk’s possibilities and is an object lesson in how to debunk and demystify any hurdles presented by the establishment. The impact of this incredible seven inches of vinyl that kick-started the whole D.I.Y. culturegoes on, and on, and on, and on, and on…
‘Spiral Scratch’ will be available on 7” vinyl and digitally + a limited edition 7” with an insert including the original press release via Dom Mart. Stream ‘Spiral Scratch’ HERE
Buzzcocks (mk.1) Box contains 7” vinyl and CD of ‘Spiral Scratch’, LP vinyl and CD of ‘Time’s Up’ and audio & video download codes, plus reprinted ephemera of the time, including assorted 10” x 8” photographs, 1976 gig flyers and posters, pin badges, the ‘Spiral Scratch’ story and a new re-imagined edition of Manchester fanzine, ‘Shy Talk’ with original contributions from those who were there at the time. You can pre-order the box set HERE.
Double Six Rights Management is recruiting for a Repertoire Assistant.
Double Six Rights Management
Double Six Rights is Domino Music Group’s agency dedicated to the worldwide collection of Neighbouring Rights income for a rapidly-expanding roster of performers and record labels. We’ve significantly increased collections for this client base since our inception in 2011 and are now looking to add to our close-knit team.
The Repertoire Assistant will report to the Co-ordinators for Label and Performer Repertoire, assisting in the day-to-day operation of the business with a particular focus on our clients’ metadata. Duties will include:
registering – and auditing registrations of – catalogue at collecting societies worldwide
collating, sourcing and managing metadata
gathering supporting evidence/artwork
society unclaimed and dispute processes
Candidates should possess a keen eye for detail, above average numeracy and be comfortable working with large volumes of data. Some familiarity with database systems or royalty/accounting software would also be an asset. Experience with Excel is essential.
How to apply
To apply, please email a CV and covering letter stating how you meet the requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 20th January, 2017.
Domino is proud to launch Documents, an irregular new series of live studio recordings designed to capture the ever-evolving arrangements of our artists and their bands in high fidelity. Taking its inspiration from classic BBC sessions, each Documents release will be recorded in no more than a day or two at a world class studio in London. Or at least that’s the plan.
The first official Documents release is In The Same Room by Julia Holter, although Domino count Villagers’ Where Have You Been All My Life? as the honorary inaugural Document in all but name.
In The Same Room – to be released March 31st 2017 – is named after a song from Holter’s 2012 album Ekstasis, andthis new career-spanning collection is the fruit of two days recording by Julia and her tremendous band (Corey Fogel – drums/vocals; Dina Maccabee - viola/vocals and Devin Hoff - stand-up bass) at RAK Studios in the days after their main stage performance at Green Man Festival in Wales.
Listen to ‘So Lillies’, a re-working of the track from her debut album Tragedy (2011)that highlights Julia’s constant progression and the breadth of her capabilities.
Comprised of new arrangements of songs from three of her previous studio releases (Tragedy, Loud City Song and 2015's breakthrough Have You In My Wilderness), Holter's Domino Documents is an essential release for anyone who has witnessed her brilliant, beguiling band on tour around the world in the last five years as well as the perfect introduction to a truly important and innovative young artist.
In the 15 months since Have You In My Wilderness, Julia has gone from strength to strength, including playing the biggest headline show of her career in the UK last month – at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire – and scoring the soundtrack for the new Miles Teller film Bleed For This.
In The Same Room Tracklisting:
Horns Surrounding Me (Live at RAK)
So Lillies (Live at RAK)
Silhouette (Live at RAK)
How Long (Live at RAK)
Feel You (Live at RAK)
Lucette Stranded on the Island (Live at RAK)
In The Green Wild (Live at RAK)
City Appearing (Live at RAK)
Vasquez (Live at RAK)
Betsy on the Roof (Live at RAK)
Sea Calls Me Home (Live at RAK)
In The Same Room is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe coloured vinyl with exclusive Polaroid photographs from the RAK session, standard vinyl, CD and digital download.
‘Anyone with a nose for genuine rock & roll already knows that Fat White Family are plainly the most exciting, influential and talked about band to come out of this country in the last few years. We are delighted, if slightly nervous, at the prospect of taking them to the next level.’ – Laurence Bell, Domino
Domino is thrilled to announce that Fat White Family have signed to the label. The band, fresh from a UK tour which culminated with their sold out, headline show at Brixton Academy, are currently working on new material.
Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, is pleased to announce Future Politics, the third full length in their discography. Future Politics will be out on January 20th 2017.
Accompanying today’s announcement is a video for first single ‘Utopia’. Directed by THAT GO (Chairlift, Lapsley, Father John Misty), the video stars Stelmanis held hostage in an icy, modern apartment by an insidiously sinister device.
Says THAT GO on the video: "Katie came into the video project with a lot of ideas about the future. We discussed everything from food trends to Star Trek: The Next Generation. The video is more near-future than distant-future, with recognizable technology and modern protein sources.”
Future Politics, Austra’s third, and most ambitious album to date, calls for radical hope: “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia,”says Katie Stelmanis, who leads Austra with the support of Maya Postepski (Princess Century, TR/ST), Dorian Wolf, and Ryan Wonsiak.“Not just hope in the future, but the idea that everyone is required to help write it, and the boundaries of what it can look like are both fascinating andendless. It’s not about ‘being political,’ it’s about reaching beyond boundaries, in every single field.”
Future Politics is a collection of urgent, disciplined anthems for dancefloors and headphones alike, that asks each of us to remember that apocalypse is not an inevitability, but the product of human decision-making.It aims for a world without borders, where human compassion and curiosity drive technological innovation rather than profit, where the necessity of labour is replaced with time for creativity and personal growth, and the terror and destruction wrought by colonialism and white supremacy is recognized as a dark age in human history. The album is radicalism distilled: to galvanic beats, gorgeous, kinetic melodies, and the vulnerable majesty of Stelmanis’s voice.
Inspired by her time living in two cities – Montreal and Mexico City – and propelled by economic and philosophical texts she was reading throughout the album’s creation, Stelmanis was driven to face the world’s ailments with positivity, purpose, and engagement, rather than detachment or despair. Inspiration also came from European club culture - Objekt, Peter Van Hoesen, Lena Willikens as well as the likes of Massive Attack; in all, artists who understand the dancefloor as a source of radical ideas and radical joy.
Change, Rebecca Solnit (author, activist, environmentalist and editor at Harper’s Magazine) writes, comes from “writers, scholars, public intellectuals, social activists, and participants in social media”. Stelmanis adds “artists, club scenes, parties, teenagers, ghettoes” to that list - “every single person’s idea about the future is valid and relevant, especially the freaks and the queers and the outsiders.”
Future Politics tracklisting:
We Were Alive
I’m A Monster
I Love You More Than You Love Yourself
Angel In Your Eye
Beyond A Mortal
Future Politics is available to pre-order now on limited edition deluxe colored vinyl with exclusive signed art print, CD, and digital download.
The Last Shadow Puppets release ‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP on Friday, the 2nd of December 2016. The EP was recorded live in one day at Future-Past Studios, Hudson NY and features new versions of album favourites ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’ alongside a selection of cover versions, first heard live during The Last Shadow Puppets’ summer touring. Watch their cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Is This What You Wanted’, directed by Focus Creeps below.
Les Cactus - original by Jacques Dutronc
Totally Wired – original by The Fall
This Is Your Life – original by Glaxo Babies
Is This What You Wanted – original by Leonard Cohen
As the release ofLodestar - Shirley Collins’ first album in 38 years - draws closer, Shirley is pleased to share a third track, ‘Pretty Polly’, from the forthcoming record.
The song ‘Pretty Polly’ comes from the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, Shirley says of the song: “I recorded this myself from the singing of Mrs Ollie Gilbert in 1959, on the field trip with Alan Lomax”.
Directed by Layla Atkinson, the video was given one stipulation by Shirley, to incorporate a very special kind of puppet, a jig doll. These puppets come to life when jigged on a vibrating board and have been popular street entertainment for hundreds of years. Inspired by ‘Pretty Polly’ and these jig dolls, Atkinson decided to handcraft all the scenes in the video from cardboard and timber and shot it on 16MM on the hottest September day of the last 100 years.
Lodestar – to be released on November 4ththrough Domino Records-is a collection of English, American and Cajun songs dating from the 16th Century to the 1950s, recorded at Shirley’s home in Lewes by Stephen Thrower and Ossian Brown of Cyclobe and produced and musically directed by Ian Kearey.
Additionally, Shirley Collins will be performing at two record shops next month to launch the album – Rough Trade East in London alongside a Q&A with Pete Paphides and Union Music Store, Lewes where she will be joined by Brighton Morris Men.
Born in Hastings in 1935,Shirley was fascinated by folk songs as she was growing up, songs she heard on the radio or sung by her grandparents in Anderson shelters. She left home for London to immerse herself in the burgeoning folk scene; at a party held by Ewan MacColl she met Alan Lomax, and in 1959 she joined him in the USA on the renowned field trip ‘Southern Journey’, recording American folk songs and blues, a formative journey for her personally and professionally.
On her return to England, Shirley cemented her role at the forefront of the Folk Revival, recording over a dozen albums including the influential Folk Roots, New Routes with avant-garde guitarist Davy Graham, and No Roses, from which The Albion Country Band was formed. However, in the 1980s, Shirley lost her singing voice – later diagnosed as a form of dysphonia - and withdrew from performing live. It was only in 2014, after coaxing from David Tibet (Current 93), that Shirley sang in public for the first time since 1982.
Though Shirley Collins (MBE) has been absent from the music scene for many years, her impact has not diminished, the likes of Graham Coxon, Jonny Greenwood, Stewart Leeand Angel Olsen laud her and a documentary The Ballad of Shirley Collins is currently in progress. Additionally, she was given the ‘Good Tradition’ award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2008, elected President of the English Folk Dance & Song Society in the same year and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Music from Sussex University this year. Shirley released her first memoir, America Over the Water, in 2004 and is currently working on her second book.
Now Shirley Collins has sung once more (with a mischievous delight in defeating expectation), the accepted canon of her great recordings will have to be comprehensively recalibrated, yet again.
“Shirley is a time traveller, a conduit for essential human aches, one of the greatest artists who ever lived, and yet utterly humble” Stewart Lee
Last month, King Creosote released Astronaut Meets Appleman, a beautiful addition to his repertoire and an exploration of the tension and harmony between tradition and technology that invoked a feeling, KC says, of “being caught between heaven and earth”.
Otherwise known as Kenny Anderson, KC is now pleased to share the video for ‘Love Life’. The glorious ‘Love Life’ showcases Kenny’s knack for a killer couplet: “Her jealous accusations know no bounds / Scarlett Johansson was never in my house”.
Directed by Euan Robertson, watch the video for ‘Love Life’ below.
Following on from his sold out show in London last month, Anderson will be heading out on a full UK tour in January 2017 and will be joined by his 8-piece band at several of the shows including London’s Barbican.
Astronaut Meets Appleman follows KC’s breakthrough record From Scotland With Love (2014) and his Mercury-nominated collaboration with Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine (2011).
The KC idiom – equal parts geometry, self-deprecation, cosmic wonder and seafaring poetry – remains intact on Astronaut Meets Appleman. But there is a renewed sense of space and letting the music breathe (lead, even) on the album – all the better to showcase a stunning ensemble cast that includes Catriona McKay (harp), Mairearad Green (bagpipes), Gordon Maclean (double bass), Hannah Fisher (violin, vocals), Sorren Maclean (guitar, vocals) and Pete Harvey (cello), alongside KC's regular rock diviners, and his baby daughter Louie Wren (on ambient reverie, 'Peter Rabbit Tea').
“I wanted to push myself songwriting-wise, so I went in with hardly anything and had to wing it,” KC reveals. “I wanted to try and flip the clock all the way back to sound like a younger me – or a less cynical me. In the past, I've been fixated on twisting and wrenching every line, but here I've let that go a bit, and I hope that lets you concentrate more on the music; on what’s going on around it.”
“I always feel I’m reaching for something, but I never get there, I wanted to get out of the usual places” KC muses, and this is reflected in the album's geography, which is more far-flung than usual. It was variously recorded at Analogue Catalogue in Ireland's County Down, An Tobar on the Isle of Mull, and Glasgow's Chem19 studios (HQ of long-time ally Paul Savage, who co-produced the LP with KC).
On Astronaut Meets Appleman, King Creosote is still upsetting apple-carts and dealing with the fallout, still appraising love and life, the moon, the stars; tide tables, bagpipe scores, zeros and ones; mathematics, ticking clocks and the beat of our hearts.
Dirty Projectors, the beloved, decade-plus-long recording pursuit of producer, multi-instrumentalist, and vocalist David Longstreth, has today released the first new music since 2012’s Swing Lo Magellan.
Introducing London band Little Cub, whose debut single ‘Loveless’ is streaming now and officially released on 11th November 2016.
Little Cub are Dominic Gore, Duncan Tootill and Ady Acolatse.
Merging a wry, worldly and subversive form of self-effacing, diarist lyricism with sumptuously evocative electronic production, ‘Loveless’ announces the arrival of a band at once deeply in tune with the greatest traditions of progressive, homespun British pop music and at odds with the increasingly vacuous pop culture they are born to.
Little Cub’s burgeoning reputation as one of the city’s finest new exponents of electronic pop has seen them sell out a four-night headline residency at Peckham’s Copeland Estate off the back of the release of their debut ‘Breathing Space’ EP.
‘Loveless’ showcases Little Cub at their direct best, harnessing Tootill’s astute production work – which has seen him work with the likes of George Fitzgerald, Lil Silva and more – to frontman Gore’s refreshingly self-reflexive, honest and occasionally uncomfortable poetics. Watch the video for ‘Loveless’, directed by visual artists Dexter Lander and Nick Pomeroy, now.
With a melody by Acolaste, the lyric of ‘Loveless’, was written by Gore about a relationship Acolatse was in at the time. "Did we really lose our hearts?” the soaring chorus ponders with an odd and infectious kind of triumphant melancholy.
"I was perceiving this relationship between two great people", Gore says, "but could see it was kind of becoming less than the sum of its parts. It was neither party's fault but it was clear that both were becoming colder through the very nature of being together. It's something I've perceived a lot, these situations where if it were merely a friend going through that pain then you'd automatically feel empathy but in a romantic setting those feelings in someone else gradually come to seem ridiculous or embarrassing or even grotesque.
It's about how every time you have a relationship like that it seems to remove a part of you. You can lose your heart a little. Of course this should be horribly sad, and in a way it is, but I also think it might be in a way necessary and so the song's not completely mourning that loss."
‘Loveless’ will be released on 11th November as part of the ‘Loveless’ 12” including 3 reworked versions of the track. Pre-order the EP viaDom Mart.
Loveless 12” Tracklist:
Loveless (Single Version)
Loveless (Beatless Version)
Loveless (Late Night Edit)
Loveless (Dark Edit)
The band’s debut tracks, ‘Breathing Space’ – leading the tracks on its accompanying EP - and ‘Intent’, are available for free download now via their website http://wearelittlecub.com/ and streaming now on Spotify and Apple Music.
Forthcoming Little Cub live dates:
Thurs 29th Sept Kamio (formerly Red Gallery), London w/ Boxed In
Tuesday 15th November Electrowerks, London (headlining show)