'Loud City Song' is the new studio recording by Los Angeles based artist Julia Holter, out 19th August 2013. The album is Holter’s third full length release in as many years – following 2011’s groundbreaking debut 'Tragedy' and last year’s follow-up, the critically lauded 'Ekstasis'.
'Loud City Song' have origins that pre-date 2011’s debut Tragedy – coaxed out and finessed as demos in Holter’s bedroom studio and then finally coalesced into one thrillingly cohesive experience in the latter stages of 2012 by Holter and co-producer Cole Marsden Grief-Neill and an ensemble of Los Angeles musicians. The result is an album of enormous ambition – Holter taking inspiration from Collette’s 1944 novella Gigi and using it as a prism through which to explore her relationship with her hometown of Los Angeles and modern life universally, taking cues from the work of Joni Mitchell and the poetry of Frank O’Hara but forging those touch-points into something resolutely unique.
Paracosm was recorded by Ernest Greene with returning producer Ben Allen in Athens and Atlanta, Georgia. Exploring the album’s namesake phenomenon where people create detailed imaginary worlds, the concept has been used to describe fantasy lands like Tolkien’s Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis’ Narnia. The idea of escaping is the main thrust behind the music, which finds Greene distancing himself from the modes and methods that informed Washed Out’s previous recordings. No, he hasn’t thrown away his computer or synths, but Greene made a conscious decision to expand his sonic palette, which resulted in the employment of more than 50 different instruments, the most significant of which turned out to be old keyboards like the Mellotron, Chamberlin, Novatron, and Optigan.
Between The Wallscaptures the sound of a band 'playing'together, in both senses of the word - experimenting and trying things, being playful, as much as being a group performing as a unit together. Between The Walls is the sound of people pushing towards and pulling against one another simultaneously. It is the sound of buzzing amplifiers, sudden musical non-sequiturs, loud blasts of straight synth lines cutting through melody and structure. And it is also the sound of beautiful and odd electronic textures and brilliantly defined and deliberate drums, underpinning fragile but deliberate performances of sad songs and country ballads.
As founder and half of the songwriting engine that drove the mighty Hüsker Dü, to his maverick solo work, Grant Hart has cut a singular path across the last three decades of music. It is with great confidence that we say he has made an album to rival his greatest achievements. A double album based on John Milton's 'Paradise Lost' - to show both the light and the dark of the album in its initial introduction, so we are offering two tracks for preview via Soundcloud: 1)'Is The Sky the Limit?' is a melancholy song of the aftermath of rejection built upon the eerie and lonely sound of Sputnik 1; and 2) 'Letting Me Out' follows in all its propulsive Buddy Holly glory as the Artist formerly known as Lucifer offers up his cunning business proposition to populate the netherworld.
The release will be supported by extensive touring with his band, Grant Hart and The Burn/Burning, with plans for a more conceptual presentation. [PLAY]
Game features the songs: 'Wounder' / 'Loner' & 'Spaceape (Feat. Spaceape) by Burial
Cloud Chamber orchestrates 'found footage' across a variety of media. Players navigate, collaborate and interact in order to access found media (films, diaries, documents, etc) – they are detectives discovering what actually happened. The experience can be described as 'a single site Altered Reality Game'. It is fiction for the Facebook generation - part social network, part filmed mystery and part game.
The tone mixes psychological thriller elements with supernatural horror and real space science to draw players into a dark mystery. As players explore the story, the mysteries of the human psyche and the heartless voids and immensities of outer space become one.
Directed and produced by Tim Main. Petite Noir aka Yannick Ilunga is to release Noirse, the first single since the breakthrough Disappear. It's a glistening noir-wave production of tropical marimba and shuffling grooves from his Congolese and Angolan origins. It rises from graceful beginnings to a rousing, insatiable crescendo. The single features sterling remixes from Deptford Goth, NUGUZUNUGUZU and Pional.
Petite Noir will be performing across the summer, kicking off with an enviable support slot for Solangein NY for which he was personally invited. More dates are still to come.
Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, the fourth studio album by Franz Ferdinand, will be released by Domino on 26th August 2013.
Recorded over the last year at Kapranos’s Scottish studio, McCarthy’s Sausage Studios in London, Club Ralph and a couple of trips to Stockholm and Oslo, the LP cements their status as a unique and adventurous British band: emboldened by a decade’s undreamt-of worldwide success, but still daring and defiant. It’s an ecstatic rejection of the drab conventions often accompanying that level of attention and expectation.
When asked for a quote, Kapranos came back with: “The Intellect Vs The Soul, played out by some dumb band.”
The tensongs that make up Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action take what propelled Franz Ferdinand from the incestuous Glasgow Art School world to, well, the entire world - painterly lyrical detail, heavyweight hooks, precise aesthetic vision and that uncanny ability to marry arch artistic sensibility with pop punch – and push it even further. The breadth of influence, musicality and invention on show here is enormous. If this is unmistakably a Franz Ferdinand record, it is as much by virtue of its sonic daring and perfectly patch-worked eclecticism as the timeless songwriting flair that has long been their calling card.
Franz Ferdinand are still Alex Kapranos, Nick McCarthy, Bob Hardy and Paul Thomson.
On June 18th, 4AD will release With Love, the third album from Zomby. Divided into two volumes, the 33-track triple vinyl/double CD moves seamlessly between the dance floor and after-hours emotional introspection, serving as a love letter to the soulful dance music of his past.
The 2013 MYKITA campaign was shot at the place where it all began back in 2003: in Berlin. Untouched nature and forests that are home to alpacas and deer provide insights into the Brandenburg region surrounding the city.
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