Archive for May 23, 2011

Asa Brings Her “Beautiful Imperfecti​on”to the US, Playing NYC and LA+free download

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Asa to Release Beautiful Imperfection in the US

September 6th via Naïve Records

 
Catch Her Live in New York and LA

Download : Asa -Why Can’t We

Nigerian songstress Asa will release her soulful and uplifting sophomore album, Beautiful Imperfection, in the US on September 6th through Naïve Records.  Building upon the tremendous international success of her 2007 self-titled debut, Asa expands both her emotional and stylistic range on her follow-up.  Beautiful Imperfection has already received acclaim in numerous countries across the sea, and now Asa is setting her sights on the US.
 
From the opening track, “Why Can’t We,” it is apparent that Asa is exploring new territory with this collection of songs.  While being anchored in the same timeless and heartfelt spirit of her debut, she has also grown as an artist and taken the next logical step in her evolution as a singer and songwriter.  Asa first caught the ears of her global audience with her smoky voice and confident political messages, which were wrapped in deceptively sweet melodies and laid-back acoustic guitar strumming.  On Beautiful Imperfection she has shifted her goal towards creating more joyous, uplifting music, while weaving together 60’s soul, pop, reggae, rock, and more.  Tracks like “Be My Man” have a playful, up-tempo feel while others, such as closing track “Questions,” are gorgeous, haunting ballads.
 
The decision to include songs with more of a positive, hopeful sentiment was a natural one, as Asa wrote the new material while her aspirations of being a musician were finally fully in motion.  Growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, she spent countless hours getting lost in the music and messages of artists like Fela Kuti, Marvin Gaye, Michael, Jackson, and King Sunny Adé.  Though she always dreamt of being a musician herself, she didn’t think this goal was within the scope of her reality.  However, as a teenager Asa’s mixture of perseverance, talent, and good fortune led to her being discovered while performing while an ensemble in France.  Now Asa is ready to fully follow her muse and bring the whole world along with her.
 
Asa US Dates:
 
06/08:  New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
06/13:  Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Cafe

The Rapture new album ‘In The Grace of Your Love’ September 6 via DFA Records

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 THE RAPTURE

In The Grace of Your Love

September 6, 2011 via DFA Records
 
The Rapture have announced the release details for their long awaited third album In The Grace Of Your Love on September 6th through DFA Records.
 
The release of In The Grace Of Your Love marks the dawn of a new chapter in the bands history and a welcome return to DFA Records, having re-signed with the label that released some of their most acclaimed early singles, and whose founders James Murphy & Tim Goldsworthy produced their debut album Echoes. This an exciting release for the DFA familiy who will also be celebrating that same month the iconic label’s 10th Anniversary.
 
Together with French producer Philippe Zdar (Phoenix, Beastie Boys, Chromeo) they have crafted and shaped a bold & euphoric album that sounds definitively & distinctly like The Rapture and no one else. Through the course of its eleven tracks, you can immerse yourself as waves of lyrical optimism & introspection crash between angular guitars & pulsing synthesizers, pounding drums & into sweet rhythmical lullabies. This is the sound of The Rapture re-engaged and revitalized with a voice as clear as they ever had.
 
The full tracklisting is as follows:
 
In The Grace Of Your Love
1) Sail Away
2) Miss You
3) Blue Bird
4) Come Back to Me
5) In the Grace of Your Love
6) Never Gonna Die Again
7) Roller Coaster
8) Children
9) Can You Find a Way?
10) How Deep Is Your Love?
11) It Takes Time to Be a Man
 
In The Grace Of Your Love was recorded at Motorbass, Paris and Gary’s Electric in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
 
The Rapture are Gabriel Andruzzi, Luke Jenner & Vito Roccoforte

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