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Sam Thomas – ‘Gift’ ( Just Music)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2013 by dk

Sam_Thomas_press_shot_2_580pSam Thomas has just revealed his second single, ‘Gift’  which is out on Just Music this July.
Just Music are the original label behind Jon Hopkins. Originally signing him 14 years ago, they now continue to guide his career as managers having signed him onto Domino after his third album. Pioneers for spotting interesting and burgeoning talent, Sam Thomas is their latest find.

Son of a former Opera singer, multi-instrumentalist Sam Thomas takes influence from the slow-building classical music he listened to growing up and fuses this with the rockier sounds of his teenage years. Influenced by the likes of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and My Bloody Valentine, he creates an emotive post-rock sound, juxtaposing heavy instrumentals with soft pastoral calms.

San Fermin Announces Debut Self-Titled Album On Downtown Records+Sonsick (Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2013 by dk

San Fermin Announces Debut Self-Titled Album On Downtown Records on September 17th
SAN FERMIN ALBUM
Brooklyn musician Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the songwriter and composer behind San Fermin, has announced his signing to Downtown Records and the subsequent release of his self-titled, debut album San Fermin on September 17. Ludwig-Leone, who studied music composition at Yale University, envisioned the album’s concept prior to writing the music or knowing who would perform it. Pulling inspiration from Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, he conceived the album as a dialogue between an earnest, unhappy man and a cynical, elusive woman. Upon Ludwig-Leone’s graduation he traveled to the Canadian Rocky Mountains where he wrote the album over the course of six weeks. “Writing for a group of unknown musicians gave the writing process a kind of operatic scope,” Ludwig-Leone says. On his return he enlisted the help of longtime friend and vocalist Allen Tate as well as female vocalists Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe (Lucius) to give voices to the characters he developed.

A pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition, San Fermin is strongly influenced by Ludwig-Leone’s unique background in classical music, and the album fittingly features instrumentalists from the likes of Bon Iver, yMusic, and Asphalt Orchestra. A composer of instrumental music as well, Ludwig-Leone recently finished a ballet score for BalletCollective (comprised of New York City Ballet members), to be premiered by ACME at the Joyce Theater this summer, and is currently arranging a piece with Sonic Youth‘s Lee Ranaldo for the Solistenensemble Kaleidoskop. He is an assistant to the composer Nico Muhly.

 
SAN FERMIN ALBUM TRACK-LISTING
SAN FERMIN ALBUM TRACK-LISTING

1.   Renaissance!
2.   Crueler Kind
3.   Lament for V.G.
4.   Casanova
5.   Sonsick
6.   Methuselah
7.   At Sea
8.   Torero
9.   At Night, True Love
10. The Count
11.  Bar
12.  In Waiting
13.  True Love, Asleep
14.  Oh, Darling
15.  In The Morning
16.  Daedalus (What We Have)
17.  Altogether Changed

 


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Uncut- Best Albums Of 2012

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Uncut’s Top 75 Albums of 2012
75 Carter Tutti Void – Transverse
74 Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
73 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Meat + Bone
72 Rufus Wainwright – Out of The Game
71 Lee Ranaldo – Between The Times And The Tides
70 Simone Felice – Simone Felice
69 Ty Segall – Twins
68 Woods – Bend Beyond
67 Cornershop – Urban Turban: The Singhles Club
66 Goat – World Music
65 Nite Jewel – One Second Of Love
64 Orbital – Wonky
63 Calexico – Algiers
62 Ian Hunter & The Rant Band – When I’m President
61 Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II
60 The Liminanas – Crystal Anis
59 Father John Misty – Fear Fun
58 Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
57 David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
56 Pond – Beard, Wives, Denim
55 The 2 Bears – Be Strong
54 Yeti Lane – The Echo Show
53 Public Image Ltd – This is PiL
52 Cate Le Bon – Cyrk
51 Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
50 Laetitia Sadier – Silencio
49 Damon Albarn – Dr Dee
48 Howlin Rain – The Russian Wilds
47 Anais Mitchell – Young Man In America
46 Cat Power – Sun
45 Japandroids – Celebration Rock
44 Sun Araw & M Geddes Gengras Meet The Congos – Icon Give Thank
43 Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana
42 Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
41 Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
40 First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
39 Dirty Three – Toward The Low Sun
38 Lightships – Electric Cables
37 Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance
36 Sun Kil Moon – Among The Leaves
35 Six Organs of Admittance – Ascent
34 Bobby Womack – The Braves Man In Universe
33 Micachu & The Shapes – Never
32 Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
31 Hot Chip – In Our Heads
30 Ry Cooder – Election Special
29 The Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Big Moon Ritual
28 Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
27 Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
26 Graham Coxon – A&E
25 Patti Smith – Banga
24 Allah-Las – Allah-Las
23 Julia Holter – Ekstasis
22 Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral
21 Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold
20 The xx – Coexist
19 Neneh Cherry and The Thing – The Cherry Thing
18 Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
17 Grimes – Visions
16 The Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse
15 Field Music – Plumb
14 Paul Buchanan – Mid Air
13 Dexys – One Day I’m Going To Soar
12 Go-Kart Mozart – On The Hot Dog Stands
11 Tame Impala – Lonerism
10 Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
09 Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
08 Grizzly Bear – Shields
07 Ty Segall & White Fence – Hair
06 Bill Fay – Life is People
05 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
04 Dr John – Locked Down
03 Jack White – Blunderbuss
02 Bob Dylan – Tempest
01 Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas

(Via Brooklynvegan)

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NME Top 50 Albums of 2012

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UK music weekly NME has just published their Year-End issue and have named Tame Impala’s Lonerism as album of the year, with Grimes, Frank Ocean, Crystal Castles and Alt-J rounding out the Top 5.

1. Tame Impala – Lonerism
2. Grimes – Visions
3. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
4. Crystal Castles – III
5. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
6. The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
7. Pond – Beard Wives Denim
8. The Cribs -In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
9. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
10. Jack White – Blunderbuss
11. Django Django – Django Django
12. David Byrne & St Vincent – Love This Giant
13. DIIV – Oshin
14. The XX – Coexist
15. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
16. Melody’s Echo Chamber – Melody’s Echo Chamber
17. Grizzly Bear – Shields
18. Tribes – Baby
19. Toy – Toy
20. Howler – America Give Up
21. Cat Power – Sun
22. Beach House – Bloom
23. Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
24. Merchandise – Children Of Desire
25. Ariel Pink – Mature Themes
26. Spector – Enjoy It While It Lasts
27. Jessie Ware – Devotion
28. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
29. Mac DeMarco – 2
30. Breton – Other People’s Problems
31. Kanye West – Cruel Summer
32. Graham Coxon – A+E
33. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
34. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
35. Metz – Metz
36. The Vaccines – Come Of Age
37. Enter Shikari – A Flash Flood Of Colour
38. TEED – Trouble
39. Liars – WIXIW
40. Polica – Give You The Ghost
41. Ty Segall – Twins
42. Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
43. Ratking – Wiki93
44. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, MAAd City
45. Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
46. Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe
47. John Talabot – Fin The
48. 2 Bears – Be Strong
49. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
50. Purity Ring – Shrines

(Via Brooklynvegan)

Piano Interrupted – Two By Four

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by dk

Piano Interrupted is the project of London-based pianist and composer Tom Hodge and French electronic producer Franz Kirmann.

Piano Interrupted’s creative process starts from the digital manipulation of musical phrases played by piano and other instruments…

“Two By Four” is some kind of musical summation of the evolution of Piano Interrupted over the past 3 years, from an exclusively studio project (centred around the manipulation of Tom’s piano by Franz computer) to a fully fledged live band with the addition of Greg Hall on the cello and Eric Young on percussion.
Some of the tracks on the album have appeared in various forms on previous releases, but the spirit of the band is one of exploration, mutation, recycling and reinventing and the album documents this journey and how the music has evolved though the years.
“Etude” and ” London Waltz” are more representative of the early days of Piano Interrupted. Recorded as a duo, they are a blend of subtle electronica, skewed rhythms and unusual time signatures, the sonics arguably more cold and the electronic arrangements more prominent.
The rest of the material on the record is played as a quartet, and reflects the progressive change the compositions have undergone through the live concerts and studio experiments.
Three of the tracks (Hedi, Hobi, Bulbus) have a distinctly Tunisian feel as Piano Interrupted were asked to write the score to ‘Papa Hedi’- a intimate documentary film about the life and times of Hedi Jouni, the ‘Frank Sinatra’ of Tunisia, as told by his grand-daughter.
They had access to Hédi Jouni’s original recordings, and samples of his music were used as starting point for the compositions.

Mastering the whole album with Nils Frahm in Berlin was an important decision Tom and Franz made: “ We wanted to finish the record with someone we felt close to in terms of sensibility and who is not only a technician but a great musician and artist- we knew it would give a great coherence to the record.”

With cinematic piano, dreamy soundscapes, fragile and broken melodies colliding over complex rhythm structures, it’s difficult to categorise the musical style of Piano Interrupted. It seems to vary from EP to EP, gig to gig, track to track, even from bar to bar. There are nods to minimalism, film scores and cinematic soundscapes, glitch and ambient, post-rock, neo-classical piano and jazz… The eclectic list goes on but to them in the end, it is unimportant:
“What is important is that whenever we meet, we always try to make music that we believe in.”

Piano Interrupted will play a live date at Radial System in Berlin on December 2nd for the launch of the album.

More on Piano Interrupted:
www.pianointerrupted.com

Daniel Rossen Shares New Single “Silent Song”

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 1, 2012 by dk

Daniel Rossen presents the new single from the EP Silent Hour/Golden Mile,forthcoming on Warp Records on March 20, 2012.More info HERE

Listen to “Silent Song”


 

Preorder – http://bit.ly/At4VDS

Daniel Rossen Announces Debut Solo Release (Out March 20)+Saint Nothing (Stream)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on January 18, 2012 by dk

Daniel Rossen 
Announces Silent Hour/Golden Mile
March 20, 2012

Having written some of the most critically-acclaimed songs of the last several years as part of Grizzly Bear and Department of Eagles, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Daniel Rossen is sharing a brand new collection of wholly personal songs on his debut solo release Silent Hour/Golden Mile. It is an output from a musician you know, yet reveals the core you might not know he had.


Tracklisting
01. Up On High
02. Silent Song
03. Return To Form
04. Saint Nothing
05. Golden Mile

Nicolas Vernhes mixed Silent Hour/ Golden Mile at New York’s Rare Book Room and it will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally on March 20.

Listen to first teaser “Saint Nothing” taken from the EP :

 

Rossen recorded almost all of Silent Hour / Golden Mile himself in rehearsal rooms and small spaces across New York City. From the sighing strings and surging drums of opener “Up on High” to the tessellated guitars and resplendent one-man choir of “Return to Form,” Rossen served largely as both imaginer and enactor. He did, however, enlist the help of Scott Hirsch’s lap steel and horn arrangements from Ian Davis and Kris Nolte; the closing track’s propulsive drums come courtesy of Dr. Dog’s Eric Slick. Lifted by brass, the lulling piano lament of “Saint Nothing” is built largely from Rossen’s first take of the song. That methodology offered a stark break with Grizzly Bear’s more meticulous and piecemeal approach to songcraft.

“Whenever possible, I like just keeping the very first impression of an idea, the first take of something. You very rarely get to do that because the recording quality is below standard,” says Rossen. “It’s very liberating to just leave it.”

Upon first sitting down to write these songs, Rossen had thought they might simply be demos for a new Grizzly Bear album or themes he’d soon forget. But late in 2011, these tunes started to feel for Rossen like a unified declaration—about unease with the world around you, about indeterminacy in your own life, and the ability somehow to navigate both. These five songs cut stiffly against compromise, delivering sometimes uneasy thoughts redeemed by strong-willed rock settings.

“When you spend so much time touring around, you can lose perspective on what you’re trying to do. All the sudden, I had no idea what to do or what to make or anything,” explains Rossen.“These songs were a way for me to figure that out again, getting my legs back.”

Fittingly, the EP’s title comes lifted from its closing track, “Golden Mile,” a gem that eases its lyrical despair with walloping rhythms and gnawing guitars. “For a silent hour, for a golden mile,” sings Rossen, pulling immediately from past difficulties to the infinite and unknowable future. “There’s bliss in this mess. There’s madness all around.”Bio credit: Grayson Currin.