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.

 

NEWS: Protomartyr Announce New Single/Video And Album

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Protomartyr, one of our favourite bands of the last decade, have today announced that their new LP Ultimate Success Today will be released by Domino Records on May 29th.

It follows the re-release of their debut album All Passion No Technique last year and their 2017 record Relatives In Descent. They’re one of those bands that keeps developing and evolving and from the sound of the first single ‘Processed By The Boys’, they’re continuing that sonic adventure.

“The re-release of our first album had me thinking about the passage of time and its ultimate conclusion, says singer Joe Casey of Ultimate Success Today. Listening to No Passion All Technique again, I could hear myself hoping for an introduction and a long future, but also being cognisant that it could be one and done for us. So, when it came time to write Ultimate Success Today, I was reminded of that first urgency and how it was an inverse of my current grapple with how terribly ill I’ve been feeling lately. Was that sick feeling colouring how I felt about the state of the world or was it the other way around?”

“This panic was freeing in a way. It allowed me to see our fifth album as a possible valediction of some confusingly loud five-act play. In the same light I see it as an interesting mile marker of our first decade of being a band – a crest of the hill along a long highway. Although just to cover my bases, I made sure to get my last words in while I still had the breath to say them.”

NEW MUSIC: Senn – Anew I : A Love Of Peace

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Senn hails from Dallas, Texas and trades in heavily emotive and visceral electronic compositions. This track, ‘Anew I : A Love Of Peace’ comes from the recently released album Anew and even though the artist says “This is one of the few serene movements of the album. A confrontation with peace within chaos’, it still contains a slow build of discomfort and crushing dissonance under its surface.

The rest of the album is an intense experience of decimated digital lava flows and sonic acid rain. Deconstruction reconstructed into a disorientating panic attack of noise composition. Start with this track and then go deeper…