Wednesday, April 1, 2020
Happy April my friends!
Because you are the special ones, the ones in the inner circle, the great ones etc I didn't want to play an April Fools trick on you like I've done to the folk who only have Instagram. So... for the last few years I've been releasing a new song on April Fools day and this years one is as song called '157' which is essentially me singing my way to the number 157. It's eleven minutes long lol. And to be honest I've never put more time into a song than this one. It's got many different instrumentalists in it, 11 guest voices, my kids voices, and 2 separate choirs. In many ways it might just be my fave song I've ever made. It also has such a great animation.
Anyhoo here it is
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
"A masterpiece” (Metro *****) / “Deliciously dark and endlessly engaging” (The Sun) / “This is Smoke Fairies’ strongest, most urgent album to date” (MOJO ****) / “Jessica Davies and Katherine Blamire continue to beguile” (Record Collector ****) / “An album you can truly get lost in” (Clash 8/10) / "Spellbinding” (Uncut 8/10)
The new music on the Q36 Forgotten Astronaut Special Feature EP explores four totally different sonic perspectives, each one a way for the listener to approach The Rentals’ sincere tribute to astronaut Michael Collins. The “acoustic mix” of the song has been stripped back down to where it all began, with only a couple original scratch tracks of Matt Sharp’s beaten up 1920’s Martin parlor guitar and his vocals, plus nothing but endless space for his friends in The Gentle Assassins Choir to fill the chorus backgrounds with a bed of glorious, Beatles-esque harmonies. On the two “Z36” (vocal and instrumental) mixes, the arrangements focus primarily on the atmospheric worlds built on the guitar work of Nick Zinner and Sharp’s own vintage synthesizers. These polar opposite musical viewpoints offer a better understanding and sense of depth to Dave Fridmann’s main album mix featured in the video.
The long awaited Annie Hamilton EP follows a string of standalone singles, including "Kitchen", "Fade" and "My New Tattooed Chameleon". The six tracks tie together the frays of navigating, processing and documenting her own lived experiences. Never more evident than on her debut EP is Hamilton’s North Star; her songwriting. Examining the mundane and profound, the everyday and the bigger picture she creates a world so vulnerable and accessible that her specific experience feels like universal truth.
“This EP is the culmination of the last few years spent finding my voice as a solo artist. These songs have come from a place of introspection and experimentation, following my intuition while improving my production and engineering skills in the process.” she says.
Saturday, March 28, 2020
i also want to single out the amazing band @bonny__doon, my comrades in saint cloud. i’ve said it many times but their friendship & collaboration truly made me fall in love with music again. there’s so much to say about this record & i’m sure i’ll say it all over time, but mainly i just want to express that making it & singing these songs has been the joy of my life. it really is my favorite thing i’ve ever made. i’m so grateful to everyone who helped me see it through & i hope you all like it ♥️ i also want to share that i have a new video for the first single “fire” that i directed along with the brilliant @andreeeinabyrne ♥️ & to top it all off i’m also announcing a big tour, my first in a long while. thank you all for listening. love love love. & more soon! xoxoxo.
Friday, March 27, 2020
“Clara,” I had just written with (US singer/writer) Griffin House in his garage in Nashville, Tennessee. We were playing guitars and goofing around with songs for our band called Otis Redneck, when Griffin’s FOUR-YEAR-OLD daughter Clara was riding around on her bike dressed in a SWAT team suit. We skipped what we were working on and described her in a song instead.
Teitur is releasing videos for each song on the EP, using images from the artwork, other films and elsewhere, all edited filmed and directed by Teitur himself.
Influenced by 80s post-punk, shoegaze and contemporary indie, THE BRAVE FACES push forward bristling melodies and sweeping soundscapes. Wiry, melodic guitars layer driving industrial drums. Their first single, 'In the Dark', features glimmering chords, dreamy synths and palm-muted melodies - providing a stark soundscape for the singer’s cold commentary. The backing singer’s reverberating falsetto adds to the overarching feeling of uneasy catchiness.
I hope this finds you well and that you are safe and not losing your minds being locked away. I am getting close...
But before I do I'm trying to be productive on a new record. Chipping away at home, no timeframe yet in mind, but the songs are done and it's nice to start making sounds in the studio.
I also wanted to let you know that I have a new single out today called "CIrcles" and it's about losing touch with the people who come in an out of your life...
Anyway, thanks for all your support and stay in touch!
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 150
Hamilton, Ontario L8P2K5
Our mailing address is:
PO Box 150
Hamilton, Ontario L8P2K5
«I’m terrible at describing how my music sounds. But this is definitively more AOR than indie. At last you can say that – retro is still king.
The above quote is Mats Mentzen Wang’s humble attempt at describing the sound on his upcoming album Rock Omelette, the follow-up to 2018’s EP Scuzz. The young songwriter was unwittingly booked to a handful of showcase festivals in 2015, based on a few bedroom demos. And that’s how Mats Wawa was born – he needed a band. Now, four years later, Wang is older, and so are his musical tastes.
Call it AOR, slacker soul or just classic rock – let the listener decide. Whatever you call it, the album is chock full of tunes. From a short rock opera about French & Moland (two Norwegian mercenaries imprisoned in DR Congo), via the song “Canned Heat” which sounds like…and to the first single “Sparkly Eyes”, some of the most beautiful blue eyed soul you’ll hear this year, with strings imported from 70’s Philadelphia.
"Building from moody ballad, to Cobain-worthy misdirection... ending in a sparse trance of harmonics..." -Black Book
Cuny’s sultry and expressive vocals while being prominently placed front and center, effortlessly glide over lush yet spacious arrangements of shimmering acoustic guitars, atmospheric electronics and twinkling keys with the material possessing a cinematic air that recalls Dummy-era Portishead, Tales of Us-era Goldfrapp, Radiohead circa OK Computer and others.
Earlier this week, High Waisted's new single "Drive" was added + featured in Spotify's coveted Fresh Finds playlist. Last week, Bandsintown exclusively premiered the track, calling it the "new single that we need right now" and praising, "High Waisted are giving us the positive vibes that we need in these seemingly dreary time." High Waisted also took over Bandsintown's official Instagram, posting exclusive photos and behind the scenes content from their adventures over the past years on tour, including memories from SXSW and stops all around the US