NEW MUSIC: Unwed Sailor – Camino Wheel

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Find a riff, nail it down and wear it out. That’s the approach from the best psych-rock and shoegaze bands and the central guitar chords and bass in Unwed Sailor’s track ‘Camino Wheel’ is a perfect example. They know how long to stretch it out for, peppering with adjacent sounds before opening up the music with a sweeping gesture of held electric notes akin to clouds parting on a summer’s day. Elsewhere the bass is given the spotlight to dig dark grooves over this varied and compelling track.

Unwed Sailor are led by Johnathon Ford (ex-Pedro The Lion) and they carve out a fine sound that recalls Swervedriver with elements of the darker, more cosmic end of Krautrock as well as English post-punk. The album Look Alive will be released June 12th by Old Bear Records via Light In the Attic Records.

NEW MUSIC: Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Announce New Album and Single/Video

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have announced their second album Sideways To New Italy will be released on June 5th and to mark the news they’ve released the video clip for their new single ‘She’s There’. It’s jam-packed with their now trademark busy rhythms, heady strums and jangly guitars. Wistfully melancholic, it’s a great precursor to the new full-length album.

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NEWS: Light In The Attic Announce Livestream Festival

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This Friday from 4pm PST (Saturday morning 10am Australia EST) The label Light In The Attic are presenting a livestream Covid-19 relief benefit festival featuring an amazing line-up of label artists and friends.

In hopes of bringing some much-needed joy to the planet, acclaimed archival/reissue label and distribution company Light in the Attic will be presenting a free charity concert this Friday (4/3), streaming live on their Twitch and YouTube channels beginning at 4:00 pm PST. Light In The Attic & Friends at Home will feature new performances from legendary artists whose music LITA has re-released over the past 20 years, along with a handful of talented friends from the around the globe, each covering songs from the label’s renowned catalog. 100% of all donations will go towards MusiCares’ COVID-19 Relief Fund, assisting those in the music community affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

While quarantined at home – from Rio to Tokyo; Cardiff to Austin; Barbados to Italy – each musician will be doing what they do best, sharing the gift of song, maybe in their pajamas and maybe with their kids, and wherever feels comfy and cozy in the privacy of their home.

The artist lineup for Light In The Attic & Friends at Home includes:

Texas soul queen Barbara Lynn
Fred Armisen
British folk legend Michael Chapman
Jarvis Cocker
Italian composer Gigi Masin
Devendra Banhart
Brazilian great Marcos Valle
Jim James (My Morning Jacket)
Sandy Dedrick of sixties soft-psych outfit The Free Design
Japanese ambient pioneers Inoyama Land (Kankyō Ongaku)
Alex Maas (The Black Angels)
Money Mark
Singer-songwriter Lynn Castle
Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals)
Leonard Sanders of modern soul-gospel group the Supreme Jubilees
Jazz giant Azar Lawrence
Grant & Frankie Olsen (Gold Leaves / Arthur & Yu)
Beach Boys poet and lyricist Stephen John Kalinich
Mark Lightcap (Acetone)
Sessa
Ben Gibbard

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NEW MUSIC: Jacaszek – November Late

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Polish composer Michal Jacaszek has just released his new album Music For Film on the Ghostly International label and it’s a wonderfully immersive and contemplative collection of compositions that showcase his amalgamation of ambient, classical, and musique concrete styles. He deploys field recordings, acoustic samples, poetry, and baroque instrumentation to paint pictures, oftentimes melancholic, nostalgic, tragic.

‘November Late’ begins tentatively before slowly morphing, swelling and rising into a dramatic invocation of both an intimate space and a grand scale that traverses the tone and texture from ambient to modern classical. That ability to weave disparate moods and contrasting, yet coexisting, emotive entities is impressive. His work is custom-made for soundtracks but it also is a wholly rewarding solo listening experience where the music creates the imagery rather than accentuating pre-existing visuals.

 

NEW MUSIC: Pinball – Skies

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Post-rock is a genre that in its finest moments has boundless possibilities, multiple genres instrumentally intertwined to create moods and atmospheres that range from the intimate to the widescreen. Pinball are a France-based group comprised of Australian expats Melissa Cox (violin) and Alex Stuart (guitar), and French musicians Benjamin Body (bass) and Simon Clavel (drums).

‘Skies’ is a track that builds evocatively over four minutes, Cox’s violin making it impossible to avoid comparisons with fellow countryman Warren Ellis of the Dirty Three. The quartet employ a wonderful sway and gently propulsive motion, gradually lifting the music into a headier place without ever overplaying their hand. Lovely stuff.

Their debut album, recorded live in the studio in one afternoon, is due out March 27th.

NEW MUSIC: Akkor – Durma

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Akkor is Turkish electronic composer Üstün Lütfi Yıldırım who has just released his new album Durma, an electroacoustic narrative in a progressive cinematic sound universe through piano, synthesizers, soundscapes and recorded/found noises from Istanbul.

The title track is an immersive track that starts shrouded in atmospheric and ominous sonic mist, eventually gaining clarity with micro-percussive elements that give the piece structure and forward motion. Piano adds haunting melodies as the composition gains momentum over ten minutes, through late-night city streets and the flickering lights of shop signs. It’s certainly cinematic in style and quality, a great example of building a piece of music without losing its core emotionality.

 

 

NEW MUSIC: Suzie Stapleton – Blood On The Windscreen

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Australian expat Suzie Stapleton has been based over in the UK for a few years now, continuing to build her career and working with a number of respected musicians. Her latest single ‘Blood On The Windscreen’, is a churning and surging piece of dark majestic rock that features drummer Jim Macaulay (The Stranglers) and Gavin Jay (Jim Jones & The Righteous Mind) on bass. You can hear the likes of PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Mark Lanegan and The Bad Seeds in the song’s quixotic blend of influences.

The song is the second single from her forthcoming debut album We Are The Plague which is slated for release in June via Cargo Records.

“I had a meeting with a photographer in early January to discuss the artwork for We Are The Plague. I joked, ‘I hope a pandemic doesn’t sweep across the world before the album release’. About a week later, coronavirus starting hitting the headlines… and here we are.

“When I wrote the title I was thinking not only of plague as in the disease, but of plague in the proportional sense. We are prone to knee-jerk reactions when another species appears to threaten us in some way, yet it’s our own actions that pose the biggest threat to our survival.

“Why have we reacted so swiftly to coronavirus worldwide, yet we drag our feet to combat climate change which could bring down not only us but our entire global ecosystem?”

NEW MUSIC: Talk Show – Stress

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Talk Show are another of the current wave of post-punk bands coming out of the UK. From Idles to Fontaines DC, Squid to Black Country, New Road and The Murder Capital. They’re all putting their own stamp and flavour on the sound and Talk Show have a knack for thrilling and hummable melodies as evidenced on this track, ‘Stress’. The song follows their other 2020 single, ‘Banshee’ and shows that their upcoming EP will be one to look out for.