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Zulu Winter : Let’s Move Back to Front

11:56 PM

New music from London is coming to us through the hands and voices of Zulu Winter. While we are still figuring out, if the band name rather refers to a Scottish or South-African season, their very first song got us (and should get you) immediately. The nicely arranged and mellow “Let’s Move Back to Front” makes it quite easy for you to love it and doesn’t seem to want you leave again too soon. Two of the yet unknown band member’s also write under the monikers (or real names) Dom and Henry over at ZW’s own blog.

(If you like to) file next to: The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Wild Beasts

Zulu Winter : Let’s Move Back to Front [via Don’t Die Wondering]

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs : Trouble (Lapalux Remix)

09:29 PM

First remix of new single “Trouble” (video review) by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (interview) comes from Lapalux, a solo project of Essex ambient producer Stuart Howard. Canonically restructured and numerously overgrown and perforated again, the result is more likely a painting of sounds than a classic song (which still makes it a great listening). Just last March Howard released his recent EP Many Face Out Of Focus via Pictures Music, who also host Seams.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs : Trouble (Lapalux Remix)


Lapalux : Time Spike Jamz

Jamie xx : Far Nearer (Single)

12:16 PM

Since today Far Nearer the actual debut solo single by Jamie xx, the beat genius behind The XX and collaborator of the sadly recently passed away Gil Scott-Heron, is out via Numbers. Premiered already about nine months ago, the sweet title track now comes with its own website and contrarily darker B-side “Beat For”, which is even a bit rave-flavoured.

Jamie Smith can be heard on the label’s show tomorrow. He will also spend the summer playing festivals such as Glastonbury, Field Day, Øyafestivalen or Germany’s Open Source and awake Summer Break.

Jamie xx : Far Nearer

Jamie xx : Beat For

Dear Reader : MONKEY

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And suddenly she was on her own: When a letter now opens with Dear Reader, it’s Cherilyn MacNeil only signing, since Darryl Tor is as not a member of the band anymore as  South-African Johannesburg is its home base. MacNeil has moved on and to Berlin. Maybe one could have spared the press text’s subliminal retaliation as the first foretase of her new album Idealistic Animals completely (and positively) speaks for itself.

“MONKEY (You Can Go Home)” was recorded with the rest of the to be released on September 2 via City Slang (check their new website) full-length with Fritz Brückner in East-German Leipzig, where Dear Reader already played live with their debut Replace With With Funny in 2009 and Katrin Huth shot the above photo (see the complete gallery of the gig here). Back then, support came from the band Band Ramona Falls of Brent Knopf, who recently left his home band Menomena as well and now produced Idealistic Animals. The mix was done in Portland, a local shape-note choir and musicians from three different continents contributed.

Respectively dramatic (and darker) in comparision to its predecessor the album comes around. The ark concept not only unites the creatives, but also man and animals, which represent the single tracks – a similar imagery was recently used by iamamiwhoami among others. Congruously “MONKEY” focuses on what it takes to be great. And in this context the cooperation between MacNeils and Knopf stands out as great, recognising his ideas in the rich instrumentation and the Menomena-like shattering end of the song.

Dear Reader : MONKEY (You Can Go Home Now) (Download)

Dear Reader Idealistic Animals
1. FOX (Take Your Chances)
2. MONKEY (You Can Go Home)
3. MOLE (Mole)
4. EARTHWORM (All Hail Our Ailing Mother)
5. GIRAFFE (What’s Wrong With Us)
6. MAN (Idealistic Animals)
7. CAMEL (Not Black or White but Camel)
8. WHALE (BooHoo)
9. BEAR (Young’s Done In)
10. ELEPHANT (Hearter)
11. KITE (Soon We’ll Light Up)

Tasseomancy : Soft Feet

03:42 PM

Tasseomancy, the art of reading tea leaves and coffee grounds for fortune telling, was already the title of  the first ever EP by Ghost Bees anno 2008. Now the Canadian twin sisters Sari and Romy Lightman have also renamed the project. It was their great great grandmother who practised the spooky (if it works) hokum, but their voices on the new track and foretaste “Soft Feet”sound as eerily-beautiful. Like they would be standing on the iceberg singing of the ill-fated Titanic out into the cold night.

Their by now also renamed debut full-length Ulalume (formerly In A Glass Darkly) got produced by Taylor Kirk of Timbre Timbre and will be released August 9 via Turf in the UK. Tasseomancy are also part of the Austra live band and will hence support them(selves) on their upcoming European tour in June.

Tasseomancy : Soft Feet


Tasseomancy – Healthy Hands

Waters : For The One

12:11 AM

A few weeks ago, Californian folk band Port O’Brien announced its disbandment, now singer Van Pierszalowski, formerly also part of the Morning Benders, wages a new start with Waters, a project, he appears to be working on for quite a while already. If you visited Germany’s Immergut Festival last Saturday, you may have been lucky to watch his first official show. Now the debut album Out In The Light shall soon arise through the labels TBD (USA) and City Slang (Europa), the latter also released all Port O’Brien records.

Pierszalowski wrote the (expected) twelve there-compiled songs over a three month stay in New York City, but formed Waters with his new band mates, “multi instrumentalist” Nikolai Haukeland and drummer Zygmunt Ko?niewski, in his home of choice, Norwegian Oslo. (The dog above seems to be a part-time member only.) Eventually, the album got recorded in Dallas, Texas, with John Congleton, who also recently produced Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! (as we reported).

First made-available song, “For The One”, comes around as straight and catchy US rock, highly energised. Van here (probably autobiographically tries leaving all made (and bad) experiences behind, while waiting for the one. Download it below and if you want to listen to it (and other) songs live, you can meet Waters as support act of their label mates Wye Oak very soon all over (Western) Europe. In the meanwhile, you can also take a look on the very young Van, who scored his first blog post newspaper article at the age of six.

Waters : For The One (Download) [via]

Waters live (with Wye Oak):
07.06. Amsterdam, Paradiso
08.06. Ghent, Vooruit
09.06. Hamburg, Molotow
10.06. Gronigen, Vera
11.06. Munich, Atomic Cafe
12.06. Vienna, Chelsea Club
13.06. Frankfurt, Sinkkasten
14.06. Berlin, Festsaal Kreuzberg
16.06. London, Hoxton Bar & Grill

PHOTO: Amber Chavez

The Horrors : Still Life

04:24 PM

“I think, it’s their best yet!” Rachel Zeffira highly praised the new album of her band partner Faris Badwan’s main project The Horrors, when talking to us before yesterday’s gig of Cat’s Eyes in Berlin (interview and photos will follow). The third LP by the Britons, called Skying, will be released on July 11 via XL Recordings (whose logo already rotates through the above video in acid-screensaver-style).

But the first foretaste “Still Life” is only partly causing himmelhoch jauchzende (ski-highly cheering) reactions. Slowed down once again, the take songs returns to the wide-screen aesthetics of the (fantastic) second work Primary Colours, weaving the net even tighter. But the excessive use of synthesizers not only reminds Swedish colleague Lisa Ehlin or the Guardian of no other than Simple Minds’ “Alive and Kicking“. The stoic bass line might do his bit, too.

So maybe it’s a hidden prophecy that Badwan meanwhile sings, “don’t worry, give it time. Things are what they used to be. (…) The moment that you want is coming, when you give it time.” So there’s a lot of hope for the rest of ten tracks, all produced and recorded by then band themselves in their studio in Dalston, London. The first live dates can also be found on the band’s website.

The Horrors Skying
01 Changing the Rain
02 You Said
03 I Can See Through You
04 Endless Blue
05 Dive In
06 Still Life
07 Wild Eyed
08 Moving Further Away
09 Monica Gems
10 Oceans Burning

Jools Hunter

02:43 AM

If you want to see Cat’s Eyes on their last two German live dates (and we’re still giving away some last-minute guestlist invites for Berlin tonight), should come early, since with Jools Hunter there’s eventually an exciting new project doing the warm-up round before. The Berlin-based musician just played her live debut last Wednesday, supporting Japanther at West Germany, but now the classical-trained is on the road already (which shouldn’t be her first time because of a few previous band experiences).

“while I waited for some cosmic secrets to come along jools hunter was born. no cosmic, no secrets,” she describes the recent genesis. In her music she combines sample beats with halls, ‘wrongly’ played guitars and even drone sounds, although she’s mostly not fearing genuine pop melodies. Verbally she changes the meaning of supposedly religious symbolic to lewdness for instance (“drop your soul“), while the basic topics are the courting and adoption right up to consuming of other bodies and souls.

Lots of potential can be found here, which you should properly experience on Jools Hunter’s Soundcloud and live this week or any time soon.

Jools Hunter : oh boy, oh lovely (Download)


Jools Hunter : soul eater

PHOTO: Pascal Flamme (#2)

Caged Animals : Girls On Medication

02:44 PM

After Friends, Lucky Number Music once again reached over the Atlantic to Brooklyn pulling Caged Animals on their ship. The four-piece around creative mastermind Vincent Cacchione (the one without a mask above) has now announced the release of its new album Eat Their Own for September on the British label. Arriving on July 4, first single “Girls On Medication” (download below) already captivates with finely tuned shoegaze, while its cover artwork pictures the vacantly starring keyboarder Magali Francoise.

Just one year ago, Cacchione’s self-produced CA debut album was released on cassette via Healing Light, followed by two singles. The New-Jersey-born also released two other full-lengths with his former project, Soft Black, until 2007.

Caged Animals : Girls On Medication (Download)

Digits : Smooth Liar

01:29 AM

In Germany, Spex and Byte.FM are currently searching for new protest song. In the (at least topographically) distant Canada, musician Alt Altman may not encourage you to revolt, but is parallel disputing with his political enemy in a new Digits song. The new and old PM Stephen Harper (“an odious man to say the least”) is hereby an as big thorn in Altman’s side as the old electoral voting system, that according to the artist Harper benefited a lot of during the recent elections. The unflatteringly titled “Smooth Liar” (download below) pictures the politician as a slick trickster of the masses, while Roxanne Ignatius created the artwork to it. Previously, we featured “Pale Green Morning”  of Digits’ current Lost Dream EP here.

Digits : Smooth Liar (Download)