Neneh Cherry & RocketNumberNine in session for Resident Advisor

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We welcome a true original for the next instalment of RA Sessions.

The Swedish-born artist Neneh Cherry recently returned with Blank Project, her first solo album in 17 years. The record was essentially a collaboration between Cherry, one of pop’s most creative and unpredictable figures, and RocketNumberNine, a sibling duo who push an often frantic form of contemporary jazz and electronica. Four Tet produced the album, which was recorded and mixed in five days. “In terms of its energy and sheer lust for life, it could not sound fresher,” said RA’s Tony Naylor. Cherry’s music has always had this air of vitality—from her hip-hop influenced albums of the late ’80s, to her more recent work with Norwegian/Swedish jazz trio The Thing, an irrepressible spirit has characterised her music. We got to see that spirit first hand when Cherry and RocketNumberNine stopped by London to perform “Weightless,” a track that’s sure to be a highlight of the group’s many worldwide festival appearances this summer.

Credits:
Producer & Director – Patrick Nation
Camera – Patrick Nation, Simeon Higginson, Guy Clarke
Sound Engineers – Robert Harder, Rich Cufley (Sound Services), Guy Clarke
Production Assistant & Editor – Debbie Butts
Colourist – Adam Clarke (Absolute Post)

Hauschka – Agdam

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German composer, songwriter and experimental musician, Hauschka, is pleased to announce ‘Agdam’, an exclusive new video taken from his critically acclaimed album ‘Abandoned City’ out now on City Slang. The video was directed by Jordan Bruner and Lee Gingold.

Named after a city in Azerbaijan that was emptied and destroyed during 1993′s Nagorno-Karabakh War, the song is among the album’s more lyrical selections, sounding like a classical-minimalist take on Yann Tiersen’s Amélie theme. Awaking the loneliness and unattainable romance of timeless unfamiliar places, cinematic melodies full of resonant overtones blend with bright cheerful keyboard patterns and dark percussive touches.

New album ‘Abandoned City’ marks a highlight in an already stunning catalogue. The album’s expansive tracks celebrate the marriage of neoclassical composition and dance music rhythms. Not only is the music on the album breathtaking, it goes to great lengths in transcending the boundaries of contemporary music.

Hauschka’s music encompasses the beautiful use of prepared piano which is intertwined with his unique twist on neoclassical composition. The piano plays simple, hooky, repeated Kraftwerkian note clusters, propulsive rhythms swish like brushes on a snare drum which combine with bright pizzicato accents that sound like a cross between koto and violin.

An EU tour stretching through Summer and Autumn in support of ‘Abandoned City’ sees Hauschka continue to push the envelope and raise the bar. Powerful in performance, Hauschka’s extraordinary experimentation with classical piano music has seen him gain accolades throughout Europe.

If you haven’t already, order ‘Abandoned City’, available on vinyl, CD, or limited edition CD including special bonus disc ‘I close my eyes’, 10 études played on a standard non-prepared piano, now from our webshop: http://glnk.it/2f9 or digitally via iTunes, http://glnk.it/2fb

HAUSCHKA 2014 TOURDATES:

13.05. Brighton UK – Brighton Festival
14.05. Reading UK – South Street Arts
15.05. Bristol UK – The Lantern
16.05. Manchester UK – Burgess Foundation
22.05. Zagreb HR – Teatar & TD
23.05. Paris FR – La Maroquinerie
24.05. Bruges BE – Cactus Club
25.05. Düsseldorf DE – Schumann-Festival
04.06. Bratislava SVK – Koncertné štúdio Slovenského rozhlasu
05.06. Warsaw PL – Red Bull Music Weekender
06.06. Cork UK – Triskel Christchurch
07.06. Dublin IRL – National Concert Hall (Kevin Barry Room)
10.06. Danzig PL – Gdansk Dance Festival
21.06 Duisburg (DE), Traumzeit Festival
12.07. Moscow, RU – Muzeon Park
21.08. Cologne DE – CO Pop Festival
06.09 Tübingen (DE), Musikwissenschaftliches Institut
11.09. Leipzig DE – Leipziger Jazztage
19.09 Berlin (DE), Volksbühne
25.09. London UK – Union Chapel
26.09. Glasgow UK – CCA
27.09. Ghent BE – Festival Of Flanders
05.10 Essen (DE), Denovali Swingfest

See some photos from our Great Escape 2014 event at The Loft

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Theo Verney | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Theo Verney | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Novella | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Novella | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Novella | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Novella | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Novella | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Novella | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Soft Walls | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

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Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

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Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

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Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

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Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Mazes | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Teardrop Factory | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Teardrop Factory | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Teardrop Factory | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Teardrop Factory | Photo by Oleg Pulemjotov (http://www.Photogruff.com)

Wye Oak – Glory

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“glory”, From Upcoming Album ‘shriek’, Out 28 April On City Slang. Buy ‘shriek’ Via Itunes: Http://glnk.it/2i6, On Amazon:http://glnk.it/2i5, Or Direct From The Label: Http://glnk.it/2hn

Directed By Michael Patrick O’leary And Ashley North Compton
Written And Performed By Wye Oak

The Band’s Full List Of European Dates Is:

28.05. Vienna At – Chelsea
29.05. Prague Cz – Meet Factory
31.05. Mannheim De – Maifeld Derby Festival
02.06. Cologne De – Studio 672
03.06. Hamburg De – Prinzenbar
04.06. Berlin De – Lido
05.06. Munich De – Strom
07.06. Kleinreifling At – Seewiesen Festival
09.06. Paris Fr – Le Point Ephemere
10.06. London Uk – Islington Assembly Hall
11.06. Manchester Uk – Soup Kitchen
12.06. Leeds Uk – The Brudenell Social Club
13.06. Glasgow Sct – King Tuts
14.06. Dublin Irl – The Sugar Club
15.06. Belfast Irl – Mchughs Basement
29 – 31.08 Dorset Uk – End Of The Road Festival

Watch: Kevin Drew – Good Sex [NSFW]

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Kevin Drew – Good Sex from Arts & Crafts on Vimeo.

As a sexy Valentine’s Day treat, Kevin Drew – co-founder, songwriter and frontman of Broken Social Scene – has just released a steamy and admittedly NSFW video for new single ‘Good Sex,’ the first track off of his upcoming solo album entitled Darlings (out March 24th via City Slang).

Drew piqued our interest at the end of 2013 when he posted the news of a casting call for real couples ready to engage in “passionate and intimate sexual moments” while in “various states of undress” on-camera. Couples came out to participate and the final product, directed by Samir Rehem and produced by LaRue Entertainment, is above.

Darlings shows Drew growing from his role in indie vanguard Broken Social Scene to create a breakthrough statement of personal artistry. Darlings is also his first solo album that is truly, to put it bluntly, solo. If Drew’s 2007 effort Spirit If… was his inaugural step beyond the decade-long shadow of his former band, Darlings spotlights Drew with seven years more experience and maturity. Darlings reveals a more focused and refined sound; more honest, revelatory songwriting, with Drew’s craft concentrated on lyrical and emotional connections, less so than guitar pedals and studio jams.

This isn’t to say these aren’t classic Kevin Drew songs. His unorthodox lyrical explorations of family, hope and disappointment, skin and spit, intercourse, cultural infection and the death of communication, figure clearer than ever into the hallmark of his infectious melodic phrasing. Darlings is a fist-pumping fight for the euphoria of the after-party and the crush of pre-dawn passions. It’s a best friend’s zealous pep talk to not give up, and bring youth back into the fresh focus of life. On Darlings, Kevin Drew casts reflective inspiration forward into the brightness of the future with a soundtrack to kick everything into high gear.

Darlings features longtime collaborators Charles Spearin and Ohad Benchetrit (Do Make Say Think, Broken Social Scene) along with Dean Stone (Apostle of Hustle) and Dave Hamelin (The Stills). Darlings was co-produced by Dave Hamelin, Kevin Drew and Graham Lessard.

Watch: The Notwist – Kong

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We are thrilled to share the official video for “Kong,” the lead single from The Notwist’s stunning new album Close To The Glass. The animated visual, directed by Yu Sato and featuring illustrations from Tim Divall, tells the true story of a young boy and his family trapped in their home by a flood, dreaming of being saved by a superhero as the water rose around them.

As previously announced, the band will be touring Europe in support of ‘Close To The Glass’. The tour begins 24th February in Wiesbaden at tje Schlachthof ends on 28th at Amsterdam’s Melkweg, including sold-out shows at Berlin’s Heimathafen, La Maroquinerie in Paris and St. Gallen Open Air festival – all tour dates below.

The Notwist’s ‘Close To The Glass’ will be available this 24th February on CD / 2LP / Digital via City Slang. The album will also be available in the following territories: in Japan from Afterhours on February 12th; in Australia via Spunk on February 21st; and in North America via Sub Pop on February 25th. ‘Close To The Glass’ features “Kong” and the title track, along with highlights “Run Run Run,” and “Casino.”

Fans who pre-order ‘Close To The Glass’ via iTunes will receive the album’s title track and “Kong” immediately. Both singles can be purchased individually as well.

European Tourdates:

Feb. 24 – Wiesbaden, DE – Schlachthof
Feb. 25 – Bielefeld, DE – Forum
Feb. 26 – Berlin, DE – Heimathafen (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 10 – Stuttgart, DE – Wagenhallen
Mar. 11 – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne
Mar. 12 – Nantes, FR – Stereolux
Mar. 13 – Paris, FR – La Maroquinerie (SOLD OUT)
Mar. 14 – Lille, FR – Le Grand Mix
Mar. 15 – Manchester, UK – The Deaf Institute
Mar. 16 – Glasgow, UK – Mono
Mar. 17 – Bristol, UK – The Fleece
Mar. 18 – London, UK – Village Underground
Mar. 19 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
Mar. 20 – Cologne, DE – E-Werk
Apr. 05 – Milano,
IT – Magnolia
Apr. 06 – Foligno, IT
- Serendipity
Apr. 07 – Roma,
IT
- Auditorium Parco della Musica
Apr. 08 – Bologna, IT
- Estragon
Apr. 09 – Padova, DE
- 
Mame
Apr. 10 – Ljubijana, SK – TBA
Apr. 11 – Zagreb, HR – Mochvara
Apr. 12 – Linz, AT – Posthof
Apr. 13 – Munich, DE – Circus Krone
May 26 – Berlin, DE – C-Club

May 27 – Hamburg, DE -
Laeiszhalle
May 28 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
Jun. 28 – 
St.Gallen, CH – Open Air St. Gallen 
(SOLD OUT)
July 19 -
Gräfenhainichen, DE – Melt! Festival


North American Tourdates:

Jun. 09 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Jun. 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre Of Living Arts
Jun. 11 – Montreal, QE – Société Des Arts Technologiques
Jun. 12 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
Jun. 13 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge @ House of Blues
Jun. 14 – San Francsico, CA – The Regency Ballroom
Jun. 15 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
Jul. 04-06 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival

Wye Oak announce new album and tour dates

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We are thrilled to announce that Baltimore two-piece Wye Oak (Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack) will release their fourth full-length studio album this 28th April on City Slang! Fans can pre-order the album starting today, via iTunes as well as through the City Slang webshop – ‘Shriek’ will be available on both CD and LP, including a limited run on orange vinyl. Yesterday, BBC 6Music’s Lauren Laverne unveiled the first track “The Tower” on her show, and today the band have made the song available to listen to and share via Soundcloud and YouTube.

Following extensive touring in support of their critically acclaimed 2011 release ‘Civilian’, Wye Oak members Jenn and Andy found themselves apart for the first time. Andy had recently moved to the west coast, leaving their hometown of Baltimore. Simultaneously but separately, the two began exploring new ways of writing. Jenn, having picked up the bass did not begin with her typical guitar and likewise Andy began to explore different ways of layering keyboards. The freedom of these new methods allowed for a new found emotional immediacy and in spite of, or perhaps because of the distance, Wye Oak have recorded their most personal album yet. ‘Shriek’ was a co-production between Wye Oak and Nicolas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Vernhes also engineered and mixed the album. His inventive production work complimented the band’s new direction, helping them to create their immensely layered and emotive new sound.

Wye Oak will be on tour throughout the spring beginning 3 March and including stops at both Coachella and SXSW. Other highlights include a sold out show at The Lexington in London, the M4M Music Festival in Zurich and Webster Hall in New York City on 7 May. All confirmed dates are below – more to follow!

Wye Oak Tourdates

20.03. London UK – Lexington (Sold Out)
21.03. Brussels BE – Botanique
22.03. Amsterdam NL – MC Theatre
25.03. Berlin DE – Privatclub
28.03. Zurich CH – M4Music Festival
29.03. Istanbul TR – IKSV

Listen: The Notwist – Kong (+ tour dates)

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City Slang is excited to present the premiere of “Kong”, the irresistably upbeat first single from The Notwist’s much anticipated forthcoming album ‘Close To The Glass’, coming February 24th. The track, driven by its beat and anthemic guitar chords, is The Notwist’s homage to 90’s indie-pop. The lyrics tell the true story of a young Markus and his family trapped in their home by a flood, dreaming as hard as he could about being saved by superheroes as the water rose around them. The eponymous Kong is, according to Markus, “a mixture of King Kong and Superman”, swooping in to rescue the desperate young boy and his family from disaster.

‘Close to the Glass’ is available for pre-order now, and fans who pre-order the album digitally via iTunes will receive the album’s title track and “Kong” immediately!

The Notwist will soon be taking ‘Close To The Glass’ on the road in Europe, beginning with two Austrian shows this weekend: January 24th in Innsbruck and January 25th in Vienna at FM4 Geburtstagsfest. The band will resume performances on February 24th in Wiesbaden, DE at Schlachthof, with a series of tour dates that currently end May 28th in Amsterdam, NL at Melkweg. There will also be a North American tour announcement shortly. Please find a full list of tour dates below.

More about The Notwist:
The Notwist have always been pioneering their own sound, walking a trail of songs across genres toward something definitively new and distinctly them. Yet the German born band are never running ‘from’ their previous creations rather ‘toward’ the next, and in doing so have crafted a series of personal yet impeccable records that warmly thread together the far corners of independent music. Simply speaking, the Notwist make this careful and banging, private yet pop, post-everything music, for the movie going on inside you.

Their latest full length ‘Close To The Glass’ is yet another courageous leap into the sky of songs. It is a catchy and unpredictable marriage of playing your heart out on an instrument and the magnetic pulse of precise programming. While the band always creates music ripe with authenticity and mood, we find them now defining their edges with no shortage of bravery or beat. As romantic as it is robotic, ‘Close To The Glass’ is a bottomless collage; part pop song, part science, part band, part story telling and all Notwist. The sturdy glue between the layers of ‘Close To The Glass’ is their newfound synergy as a band, no longer co-writing parts, Markus Micha and Martin have finally found their human form and in some ways, at last, have ‘become’ the Notwist. Along side Max and Andi, they write, re-write, and record songs as one, tapping into the energy they possess on stage, and naturally arriving at the band all their exploratory recorded music had cut out for them.

‘Close To The Glass’ Tracklisting
1. Signals
2. ‘Close To The Glass’
3. Kong
4. Into Another Tune
5. Casino
6. From One Wrong Place To The Next
7. 7-Hour-Drive
8. The Fifth Quarter Of The Globe
9. Run Run Run
10. Steppin’ In
11. Lineri
12. They Follow Me

TOURDATES:

24.01. Innsbruck AT – Weekender Club
25.01. Vienna AT – FM 4
24.02. Wiesbaden DE – Schlachthof
25.02. Bielefeld DE – Forum
26.02. Berlin DE – Heimathafen (Sold Out)
10.03. Stuttgart DE – Wagenhallen
11.03. Lyon FR – Epicerie Moderne
12.03. Nantes FR – Sterelux
13.03. Paris FR – La Maroquinerie
14.03. Lille FR – Le Grand Mix
15.03. Manchester UK – The Deaf Institute
16.03. Glasgow UK – Mono
17.03. Bristol UK – The Fleece
18.03. London UK – Village Underground
19.03. Brussels BE – Botanique
20.03. Cologne DE – E-Werk
05.04. Milano IT – Magnolia
06.04. Foligno IT – Serendipity Club
07.04. Rome IT – Auditorium Parco Della Musica
08.04. Bologna IT – Estragon
09.04. Padova IT – Radar Festival
10.04. Ljublijana, SL – Channel Zero
11.04. Zagreb HR – Mochvara
12.04. Linz AT – Posthof
13.04. Munich DE – Circus Krone
26.05. Berlin DE – C-Club
27.05. Hamburg DE – Laeiszhalle
28.05. Amsterdam NL – Melkweg
28.06. St. Gallen CH – Open Air St. Gallen

Watch: EMA – Satellites

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The first video from EMA’s new album “The Future’s Void”.

Shot and Directed by EMA and Leif Shackelford

Edited by: Will Rahilly

Additional Photography:
Marcus Estes
Judah Switzer
Ghassan Ammar

City Slang is excited to announce the release date and album details for the forthcoming LP from EMA, “The Future’s Void”. The album will be released throughout Europe by City Slang on April 7 (via Matador in North America April 8). The follow-up to her acclaimed 2011 LP, “Past Life Martyred Saints,” “The Future’s Void” was written by Erika M. Anderson, recorded in Portland, Oregon, and produced by Erika and Leif Shackelford.

EMA recently told NME that the album was influenced by, among other things, NiN demos, the heavier side of early K Records, and William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and that the album looks at the digital commodification of our online lives. She says, “I gravitate toward hooks and melodies, and in some ways the structure of these songs are my poppiest yet,” while noting that the jarring production includes a lot of first takes and spontaneously-recorded ambient sounds “to keep the songs from sounding like advertisements”.

Last month the first single “Satellites” was released to raves, garnering “Best New Track” from Pitchfork, who said, ““It’s discontent composed to Carl Sagan proportion, and it’s easily the most bracing thing yet from an artist already more bracing than most.“ Spin said, “it’s a rumbling mammoth that feeds off canned, clapping percussion and waves of static feedback,” while Stereogum noted, “anxiety this ferocious is a timeless thing.”

Today also sees the debut of the “Satellites” music video, see above. It’s a DIY affair from EMA which uses tech effects that she says are either “primitive or sophisticated, depending on your point of view”. This is coupled with an interactive “nightmare media” cube on her website, featuring a slow-motion fake-plant fetish and the only footage on the internet that shows the true nature of cats.

Pre-order the album on iTunes at this link: http://glnk.it/2fy and receive “Satellites” as an instant download. iTunes version comes with bonus track “Drown”.

Pre-order CD, LP, and Cassette (yes, cassette) on the City Slang Store (LP on limited edition vinyl!) http://glnk.it/2h9.

EMA will be touring, including select performances during SXSW Music.

“The Future’s Void” track listing:

Satellites
So Blonde
3Jane
Cthulu
Smoulder
Neuromancer
When She Comes
100 Years
Solace
Dead Celebrity

Watch: EMA – Satellites

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EMA has unveiled a new track ‘Satellites’, the first new music from the Portland-based artist since the brilliantly scuffed debut album Past Life Martyred Saints was released to a multitude of acclaim in May 2011.

Taken from her anticipated second album ‘The Future’s Void’, due for release in Spring 2014, ‘Satellites’ hints at a further emboldened Erika M. Anderson, without forgoing the industrial-noise sound and glorious fuzz of her solo debut and previous work with Gowns. Crucially, she still maintains the visceral songwriting and a DIY recording ethos unique to herself (aided once again by Leif Shackelford on production duties). Opening with a wall of hiss, scree and galloping piano motif, ‘Satellites’ bursts into a flame of feedback and bass to provide one her best tracks to date.

The track also introduces us to some of the new album’s metaphysical themes, of struggling to understand where we fit in the digital age and where we are all headed. ‘Satellites’ explores the places where everyone has equal access, but is also under constant surveillance; “We fought the wars with information. Outer space seems very cold.”

With ‘Satellites’, EMA continues to evoke a distinctive sonic signature that saw her rightfully recognised as one of the most singular artists to emerge in 2011, and is likely to see her bound into the public consciousness once again in 2014.

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WATCH: BEAUTIFUL BOY – BEGGING THE MOON [LIVE ON THE CLOCKWORK OWL SESSIONS]

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It is rare to hear a live recording as fantastic as this and to learn that, not only are they unsigned, but a brand new band, who formed just 7 weeks ago! I felt this had to be heard by the masses.. so i decided to share it with you.

Also, check out a demo of their track ‘Home’ here:

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CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND TO FOLLOW THE BAND

Bex from ROM

Watch: Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals

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Lucky Number are thrilled to announce that New York-based duo Sleigh Bells will release their new album, Bitter Rivals, on 7th October 2013 on Lucky Number / Mom + Pop. Bitter Rivals will be the band’s third album, and, following their 2010 debut, Treats, and 2012 album Reign Of Terror, it is surely their best yet.

The 10 song album, which has been produced by guitarist, Derek Miller, mixed by Andrew Dawson (Kanye West) and written by Miller and singer Alexis Krauss, finds the band showing their established and unique aesthetic as strongly as ever, whilst clearly continuing to create an ever more relevant and excitingly badass form of pop music.

The video for the album’s title track and first single, Bitter Rivals, is now available to watch via the band’s Website Click here to preorder signed CD from RecordStore.co.uk

Bitter Rivals track listing:
1. Bitter Rivals
2. Sugarcane
3. Minnie
4. Sing Like A Wire
5. Young Legends
6. Tiger Kit
7. You Don’t Get Me Twice
8. To Hell With You
9. 24
10. Love Sick

Van Dyke Parks announces special one-off London show

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Well, they say every cloud has a silver lining. Following the rescheduling of Grizzly Bear’s I’ll Be Your Mirror event from 5th May to 2nd November, at which VAN DYKE PARKS was one of the headline acts, our intrepid hero almost found himself without a UK show on the eve of the release of Songs Cycled, his first album of new material in over 20 years. However, the good news is Van Dyke WILL still be appearing in London on the 5th May as he’s just scheduled a special one-off performance at the Borderline in central London. The last time Van Dyke Parks performed in London was at a sold-out Barbican so this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the true musical legends in a such an intimate setting. Date/info below:

Sunday 5 May – LONDON – Borderline (£20) Click here for tickets

Following the success of his classic album reissues last year Bella Union is thrilled to be releasing the new album from the truly legendary composer, musician, lyricist, producer and singer Van Dyke Parks. There has been one live album and one soundtrack record in the last 24 years, but Songs Cycled contains the American’s first new material since 1989, expanding even further Parks’ pioneering handle on Americana with the crystal clarity of a 21st century recording. All this in Park’s 70th year, which makes Songs Cycled extremely special indeed in so many ways.

Alongside new originals such as ‘Dreaming of Paris’, ‘Wall Street’ and ‘Missin’ Missippi’, new collaborations such as ‘Sassafras’ and ‘Money Is King’, there are new cover versions and re-recordings of older tracks, and guest vocals from Gaby Moreno and Inara George. Click HERE to hear “Hold Back Time” from the album.

Songs Cycled is released 6th May on Bella Union.

Watch: Young Dreams – First Days of Something

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Following on from recent appearances at ByLarm, symphonic pop band Young Dreams have revealed their new video for current single First Days Of Something.

Taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Between Places’, you can watch The First Days Of Something above.

Directed by frequent collaborator and creative ally Kristoffer Borgli, the video is a distinctively filmed, unusually tracked music video. ‘First Days Of Something’ plays as a backgrounded, sporadic soundtrack to the main event: the melancholy narrative of a man in a falling-apart long distance relationship: isolated, self-loathing, and fucking up as he feels his relationship disintegrate.

Kristoffer Borgli says, “This is the most personal video or film I’ve ever made, both in concept and story. I always try to connect certain periods of my life to specific songs, almost to the level of the actor in the video. And I thought it would be a good concept for a music video to have a character do that. The story is a cross between my own experience with a break-up last winter, and also the actors own experiences.”