New music from Angel Olsen, Moses Sumney, Estere and more
New music from Angel Olsen, Moses Sumney, Estere and more this week!
Out this week!
Check out our exciting new releases coming to you this Friday!
(XL / Rhythmethod)
Set for release on September 29 via XL Recordings / Rhythmethod, Ash is the follow-up to the twin’s 2015 critically acclaimed, eponymous debut album that made Ibeyi a globally recognized name. Today Ibeyi share a video for album track ‘Deathless’ directed by Ed Morris (director for ‘River’).
While Ibeyi’s first album grappled with the past—the sister’s relationship, origins, loss, and roots. It earned them fans and collaborators in some of the most iconic and crucial artists of today, Beyoncé and Alvin Ailey included.
By contrast, Ash is a more visceral and potent political statement, and while firmly rooted in Afro-Cuban culture and history, finds itself entirely concerned with Ibeyi’s present: Who Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi are, what’s important to them, and how they live today, especially given that the spheres, both personally and politically, are entirely different from when Ibeyi was recorded.
Washington - Harmony of Difference (EP)
(Young Turks / Rhythmethod)
The new music is an original six-part suite that explores the philosophical possibilities of the musical technique known as “counterpoint,” which Washington defines as “the art of balancing similarity and difference to create harmony between separate melodies.” Beyond the artistic impulse to expand the possibilities within counterpoint, Washington wanted to create something that opened people’s minds to the gift of diversity.
Each of the first five movements is its own unique composition. “Truth,” the sixth movement, fuses all five compositions into one simultaneous performance. Echoing this fusion, Amani created five paintings focused on raw shapes and colours, each inspired by one of the first five movements of the suite. Amani then combined these paintings to create a sixth: an abstract depiction of a human face.
Torres - Three
(4AD / Rhythmethod)
TORRES is the creative alter-ego of Brooklyn-based Mackenzie Scott. In describing the album, Scott says it “is entirely about using the body that each of us has been given as a mechanism of joy.” The 10 original tracks on Three Futures embrace ecstasy, desire and indulgence rather than self-denial, and exude this idea via immersive music. Mechanized grooves are placed at the forefront, providing a framework for perforated electro-pop static, harsh gothic / industrial textures, and insistent Krautrock motifs.
For Three Futures, Scott reconnected with producer Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey), who worked on TORRES’ last album Sprinter, to record in Stockport and Dorset, England. David Tolomei (Beach House, Future Islands) mixed the album.
MEET SHAME - DEAD OCEANS' NEWEST SIGNING!
Today, one of the UK’s most talked about young bands (and new Dead Oceans signing) Shame shares their new single and video, 'Concrete'. A bracing jolt of a song, 'Concrete' races forward on a tightly wound post-punk riff, its call-and-response vocals capturing the turmoil and schizophrenic internal dialogue of the song’s subject matter.
“It’s about someone who’s trapped in a relationship and they’re being pummelled into surrender,” says singer and lyricist Charlie Steen. “It’s not about a physically abusive relationship – more an emotionally and psychologically draining one. The call-and- response vocals [between Steen and bassist Josh Finerty] is the central figure’s own internal dialogue. They are dealing with two different things that they don’t want to address.”
The band cite The Fall, Parquet Courts, Country Teasers, Television Personalities and Wire among their biggest influences, and the icily claustrophobic sound of Concrete sets it in a lineage with Magazine, Joy Division and Siouxsie & The Banshees.
Angel Olsen announces 'Phases'
Angel Olsen will release Phases, a collection of B-sides, rarities, and demos from the past several years, including a number of never-before released tracks, on November 10th via Jagjaguwar / Rhythmethod. Balancing tenacity and tenderness, Phases acts as a deep-dive for longtime fans, as well as a fitting introduction to Olsen’s sprawling sonics for the uninitiated.
Listen to the new tracks 'Fly On Your
Wall' and 'Special' HERE
Fresh New Tracks
Estère is back with a brand new
Listen to Estère - Control Freak
Watch: Moses Sumney - Lonely World / Read more here
Out today: Watch Kings' new video for 'We'll Never Know' / Read more here
Watch: METZ -
Cellophane / Read more here
2017 Release Schedule
Kamasi Washington - Harmony Of Difference (Young Turks)
Ibeyi - Ash (XL)
Torres - Three Futures (4AD)
Wolf Parade - Cry Cry Cry (Sub Pop)
Estere - My Design, Part 1 (Estere / DRM)
Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile - Lotta Sea Lice (Milk! Recordings / Matador)
Destroyer - ken (Dead Oceans)
Cut Worms - Alien Sunset (Jagjaguwar)
William Eggleston - Musik (Secretly Canadian)
KINGS - Chapter One (Arch Angel / DRM NZ)
Princess Nokia - 1992 Deluxe (physical copies)