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EMERGING ELECTRONIC PRODUCER DEFSET SHARES NEW CUT ‘SHIRA2’
Named after a camp on Mt. Kilimanjaro – the track features field recordings captured by DEFSET during his trip. It is another fine example of DEFSET’s analog and modular approach to electronic music – resulting in lush, energetic and enigmatic textural sounds.
Maple Glider is the project of Tori Zietsch (pron. like ‘peach’ with a z), and on To Enjoy is the Only Thing she compiles a striking set of vignettes from her life; growing up in a restrictive religious household, falling in and out of love, cross-country and international travel, longing, alienation, and more. Moments both unremarkable and life-altering, but always deeply felt, brought to vivid life by the beauty of Tori’s artistry and wry sense of dark humor.
TEENAGE FANCLUB – Share new video for ‘In Our Dreams’
Today, Teenage Fanclub share a final preview of their highly-anticipated album with a new song and video. “In Our Dreams”, written by the band’s Raymond McGinley, is the fifth single off Endless Arcade, out 30th April. The song evokes an exploratory voyage inward and reflects the melancholic yet uplifting themes present throughout the rest of the record. The video was shot at Motherwell Concert Hall by long-time collaborator Donald Milne.
Meet Yamato, the Japanese DJ/producer who has redefined CDJ mixing
Meet Yamato, an impossibly highly skilled DJ and producer from Japan who has redefined the boundaries of CDJ mixing. Over the course of his career, Yamoto has been blessed by the late DJ Avicii, and, more recently, contributed tracks for Konami’s ‘beatmania’ games. Yamato’s latest track, ‘Blaze’, has been featured in a campaign to attract visitors to the city of Nagoya.
Just two years after his DJ debut, Yamato took first place in the ‘burn WORLD DJ CONTEST 2013 JAPAN’ competition, which was sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. Soon after, during the ‘burn STUDIOS RESIDENCY’ global contest held in Ibiza, Spain, he was selected by superstar DJ Avicii to co-star at the ‘burn YARD in Budapest’ festival in Hungary, becoming the first Japanese artist to perform with Avicii. Since then, Yamato has been a fixture at clubs and large festivals in Japan and around the world.
Metal Female-Fronted Band MAGG DYLAN RELEASE “PAWNS”
The Metal Band, Magg Dylan, have released their next single/video “Pawns” with Eclipse Records (4/9). At times the greatest expression of frustrations bleeds itself over into lyrics, vocals, strings, and a beat. “Pawns” is that collection that rides itself through the metal power of who Magg Dylan is – their music sets a standard. The vocal expression plays a power-hungry performance – together their band sanctifies the simple into the metal foray of unabashed truth. “Pawns” speaks through, so play it loudly.
Mabe Fratti Announces New Album ‘Será que ahora podremos entendernos?’ Out 6/25
Originally from Guatemala, Fratti is now based in Mexico City and Será que ahora podremos entendernos? was created and recorded at La Orduña—an artist loft converted from an old juice factory in Veracruz, MX—throughout the spring of 2020. While her 2019 debut LP, Pies Sobre la Tierra, introduced the world to Fratti’s lush & hypnotic cello compositions, earning acclaim from The Wire, The Guardian, XLR8R, Bandcamp, and more, Será… finds a space for lyrical invention, elevating her otherworldly creations to new heights. The album’s title translates as Will we be able to understand each other now?, and Mabe explains its central theme explores human issues with communication: “The everyday act of communication is contradicted by the idea that communicating with others, and yourself, is never simple: it’s ultimately an absurd desire to want to be absolutely understood yet we insist to be because we have this human desire for connection.”
Orla Gartland Tackles Toxic Masculinity on “Zombie!”
Of the track, Orla shares: “’Zombie!’ is about repressing emotions until one day they burst out of you all at once. Specifically it’s about a very common, very male kind of repression I witnessed in a boy I loved once – I could see that he felt things but there was a barrier stopping him from expressing them. I hated that for him, it made me so angry at the societal pressures that led him to that place. For me living “like a zombie” became a metaphor for this way of living; someone so seemingly unemotional on the surface they barely seem alive. I scream my head off in the outro of the song and that scream is meant to feel like a huge release, like the moment you let it all out.”
Today Adrian Crowley releases “Bread and Wine” with a hand-drawn storybook music video by Crowley featuring a cast of anthropomorphic characters and harmony vocals by Katell Keineg. A folk sea ballad with elegant strings and gentle guitar, Bread and Wine is an ode to outcasts (“The stray dogs here follow me around / they seem to know their kind”). “Bread and Wine” is the second single from Crowley’s forthcoming John Parish produced LP The Watchful Eye of The Stars, out April 30th, 2021.
Tōth shares starkly autobiographical new song & fantastical video for “Guitars Are Better Than Synthesizers for Writing Through Hard Times”
“This a song is about writing songs. The lyrics are from a diary entry I made for a songwriting magazine pretty much word for word. I turned it into a song as a sort of joke to myself and I guess it kept being funny to me. The music video picks up autobiographically where the song’s story leaves off: Butterfly and Bumble Bee fall in love but Grim Reaper shreds and messes things up and escorts Butterfly back to the cocoon. Moral of the story: Growth is not linear and sometimes you gotta go back to the cocoon. Ok bye. <3” Alex Toth
My debut LP, VIISIONS, is officially out in the world. It’s a collection of songs that, through their evolution, took on a character and accompanying narrative.
This record is a cosmic journey through the beauty and mystery of time and space in search of pure consciousness and understanding.
Andre Ethier (feat Sandro Perri and Joseph Shabason, ffo Randy Newman, Bonnie Prince Billy) | Shares new single
We announced the new record, Further Up Island last month earning support at GoldFlakePaint, Brooklyn Vegan, Exclaim and more – this comes as the final piece in a trilogy of Sandro Perri-produced solo records from Ethier with this specific track featuring the sax of Joseph Shabason (prev. tips from Pitchfork, NPR and Aquarium Drunkard). The first album (Under Grape Leaves) was very much about building a home, the second one (Croak in the Weeds) was about living in it and this new one, Further Up Island is about leaving it and exploring, packed with plenty of Ethier’s tongue-in-cheek humour akin to Randy Newman, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and that ilk of songwriter.
Alt-pop act Kyd the Band (aka Devin Guisande) returns in the first single “Glory” off his EP Season Four: Finale slated for release later this year via Four Music / Sony. Devin cuts deep in every song he releases and “Glory” is no different. The track is an uplifting ballad, inspiring the listener to follow their dreams whether they win or lose in spite of any obstacles.
International alt-pop artist, Amiena, has released her powerful new single “Flare.” The bold single sets fire to the past in order to begin anew without hesitation. “Flare” is the second song from Amiena’s forthcoming album Flares & Halos and is available to download and stream on digital music platforms worldwide.
Yoo Doo Right (ffo Godspeed! You Black Emperor, A Place to Bury Strangers) | Share new single
We announced the debut album last month with the album-titled single, earning some tips at FLOOD, NPR and Under The Radar Magazine with the band selling out all of their limited edition vinyl in under 24 hours. This debut record follows previous releases which have found the trio collaborating with members of Braids, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Acid Mothers Temple who they put out a split 7″ with last year titled “The Moral Compass of a Self-Driving Car” (they have quite a way with song titles).
Danny Trejo Stars in New Video – Destigmatizing Mental Illness
LA based electronic duo OYLS are releasing the music video for their song “Netflix (Your Product Is Too Good)” directed by Nicole Lipp. Both the third single off their most recent album OYLS (For Your Consideration), as well as the third episode in a series of seamless videos dubbed as a visual ‘Pop Opera,’ the video stars legendary actor and Los Angeles local Danny Trejo (Machete, Spy Kids) in a very humanizing role: a lost soul binging Netflix late at night in a motel – with snacks, naturally.
Movie City Films, in association with Evolve Studios, is proud to announce the premiere of the new documentary, CHASING WHISKEY – THE UNTOLD STORY OF JACK DANIEL’S, available now across all streaming platforms. Much more than a simple narrative chronicling the origins and impact of the iconic Tennessee whiskey, the full-length film features original music composed and performed by 2x GRAMMY® Award-winner Shooter Jennings, who also appears alongside such famous names as Tim Matheson, Eric Church, John Grisham, Tina Sinatra, and many more.
Groove-Charged “Planet B” from Indie Electronic Fried Monk x beautiful-fortune
For over a decade Kozinski, under the moniker “Fried Monk,” has been creating dusty boom bap and downtempo electronic tracks in Philadelphia, where he is also the co-owner of Sleepless Sound recording studio. It was there that he began working with Farruk (who was recording under the nome de plume “beautiful-fortune” and his melodious alternative indie-rock releases. Being so familiar with each other’s music, Here As One flowed quickly and instinctually from their minds to the recording, giving the three-song collection the confident drive of two artists who know how to highlight their distinct sounds.
“Moments” is the latest collaboration between Australian producers Fitch & Hexl, following their 2020 smash “Kaizen.” On the new single they are joined by fellow Aussie musician Aerborn, whose ethereal vocals glide alongside the piano and climbing rhythms, further elevating the track’s transcendent nature. The result is an expansive composition filled with breathtaking cinematic soundscapes. As the multi-talented artists continue to advance their discographies, follow along for plenty of new music coming soon.
Indie-pop artist Wolf Saga has released the noteworthy song, ‘Fall Out’, taken from his authentic self-titled album (18 November, 2020). On the album, listeners will find eight songs, one to honour each year of Wolf Saga’s career. The musician is known for his vibrant stage presence, appearing at the WayHome Festival (Neil Young, Sam Smith, Alt-J) as well as Wake The Giant Festival (Metric, July Talk). The talented artist was a JUNO Masterclass Finalist in 2018 and was named RBC’s Canada’s Emerging Artist. Wolf Saga has received radio play from Sirius XM and CBC and has reached over 3.3 million plays across streaming platforms.
PAYDAY Joins ILoveMakonnen For New Track, ‘Whoopsy’ – Out Today
PAYDAY’s ascension continues today, as she joins forces with ILoveMakonnen on the new track, “Whoopsy,” out now. The track appears on ILoveMakonnen’s new album, ‘My Parade’, which is also out today, released in partnership with Makonnen’s Own Timeless Magic and COR/TAN Records.
Speaking about the collaboration, PAYDAY reveals, “Thank you to the legend Makonnen for having me on this track and his debut album. I heard the line ‘I lost your hoe and now you know’ and it spoke to my soul.”
T. Hardy Morris is set to return with The Digital Age of Rome on June 25th via the New West Records imprint Normaltown Records. The 10-song set was produced by Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Rayland Baxter) and mixed by engineer Nate Nelson. It follows the Diamond Rugs and Dead Confederate member’s 2018 acclaimed Dude, The Obscure, which Pitchfork said “may be Morris’ best record; it’s certainly his most complex and compelling statement” and “it’s sharp focus is refreshing,” while AllMusic said, “Morris takes his ambitions skyward, infusing a joyous psychedelia into the mix…”
Alt-metal rockers MAGG DYLAN express frustration in new “Pawns” music video & single
“This song has a very deep meaning for us, and it is a lot heavier than most of the songs from our full-length Amethyst” says lead singer Suzanne De Iulio. “We shot this video exactly 365 days after we shot Delusional with the same director – Digital Thunderdome and they are masters of their craft. The School Bus Graveyard was a perfect location for this video because it signifies abandonment, and I think this really conveys the overwhelming emotions in the song. This was our first experience with a drone camera and that was epic, making for some big shots.” Bassist Les Moseley adds, “it was a bone-chilling day and night… freezing! If we were doing anything outside of something for this band it certainly would have been in our top 5 most miserable days because I could feel every degree of that day through every little rip in my jeans and I can only imagine how Suzie felt. Thankfully, Scott, Desiree and the rest of the crew kept us on point and handled everything so professionally. I don’t think we could’ve managed without them!”
Baroque Pop & Folk – Awakening New Visuals
MEARA has created a sophisticated tale of independence, told as a mother, a storyteller and a friend to our vulnerabilities. Flying from the ashes, the smoke still warm on her wings, MEARA has a voice like no other. She sings with the purpose of an addict and the touch of a maestro. Cinematic and vast like the call of a bird, suddenly free from its cage, her music will lift you away while her writing, her vision and her stories will keep you afloat in a space of light and empathy where your own voice can now be heard.
Romania’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf Breathe Secret Wars Through Music Video “Bellicose”
“Bellicose” is the sonic representation of furious anger aimed at the clashing worlds that keep colliding onto us, turning us into feral beasts, nurturing the darkest of wishes, bidding serenity a sickening farewell. It is the title track of the 2020 album from Romania’s The Boy Who Cried Wolf and they are now presenting it in video form.
Father’s Son, Pt. 1
We are getting in touch to share a re-interpretation of “Father’s Son, Pt. 1” taken from our upcoming album Post-Apocalipstick, which is out on May 7th. This record is an out-of-the-box re-imagining of the tracks from our 2017 record, Apocalipstick.
Many of these songs reflect our desire to bring a more cinematic style drama to the music, a sonic adventure with concept-album-like flow.
MAGG DYLAN ‘Pawns’ – new music out now (Alt-Metal)
Wounded Buffalo Beats ft. El Da Sensei, KD & Ruste Juxx “A Serious Threat” [Audio Single]