Tame Impala – Elephant [Listen]

Aussie psychedelic rockers Tame Impala are back with the quite frankly brilliant Elephant. First single from Lonerism, the follow up to their brilliant 2010 debut Innerspeaker, it’s chugging riffs, driving rhythm, seriously infectious bassline, fuzzy warm production and epic jams (all in the space of three and a half minutes!) evoke some serious early Pink Floyd vibes and even, as Martin pointed out to me across the office, hints of a heavier Beatles in there – If you really imagine, you can hear John Lennon in those vocals. [sorry, couldn’t resist.] It doesn’t stray from the sound they forged previously but they’re definitely back with a bang. It’s classic production and ethos meet a modern energy and style that really no one else manages like Tame Impala do. Elephant is a big tune and a great way to bring in the new album, no question about that.

Elephant is out now; available in all the usual places, and full-length Lonerism follows on October 5th (Australia) / October 8th (United Kingdom) / October 9th (United States). Preorder links can be found over on their website. Track listing is as follows.

Lonerism

1. Be Above It
2. Endors Toi
3. Apocalypse Dreams
4. Mind Mischief
5. Music To Walk Home By
6. Why Won’t They Talk To Me?
7. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
8. Keep On Lying
9. Elephant
10. She Just Won’t Believe Me
11. Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control
12. Sun’s Coming Up

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Four Tet – Pink [News/Listen]

Over the past year or so Kieran Hebden AKA Four Tet has been releasing a number of 12” singles via his own Text record label. For the benefit of those without a turntable he has decided to bring these tracks together in album form. This new collection of tracks is called Pink (artwork above). It has been released digitally via Hebden’s Text label today, and is available from all the usual places. There will be a CD release of the album too, although this is restricted to Japan only. You can listen to two of the tracks from the album below.

Four Tet – Pink

1. Locked
2. Lion
3. Jupiters
4. Ocoras
5. 128 Harps
6. Pyramid
7. Peace For Earth
8. Pinnacles

Four Tet – 128 Harps


Four Tet – Jupiters

The Revival Hour – Pyre / Clusterchord EP [Listen/News]

After the superb debut tracks from The Revival Hour released late last year (see my writeup from back in April), the band finally have some news to share with the announcement of the duos debut EP Clusterchord which will be releasing 5th of November on Antiphon; a prelude to the bands debut album which will follow early 2013.

In the meantime however we’ve been treated to Pyre, a sample if you will from the Clusterchord EP. It’s nice to hear The Revival Hour’s sound back and with all the grandeur of the previous two tasters, although dialled back from the simply epic Hold Back, it’s still a big sound. This time maybe slightly mellower, more reflective and a little less overdramatic in its entirety, but definitely The Revival Hours sound through and through. Pyre is a great teaser for what’s to come. November seems too far away…

On another note, The Revival Hour are embarking on their first tour of the UK, dates are below.

Tuesday 20 November – MANCHESTER – Band On The Wall (£9)
Wednesday 21 November – LEEDS – Brudenell (£10)
Thursday 22 November – LIVERPOOL – Parr St Studio 2 (£9)
Friday 23 November – NORWICH – Arts Centre (£9 adv/ £11 door)
Monday 26 November – BRIGHTON – Komedia (£10)
Tuesday 27 November – BRISTOL – Louisiana (£10)
Wednesday 28 November – EXETER – Phoenix (£9)
Thursday 29 November – LONDON – Village Underground (£10)  
Friday 30 November – OXFORD – Jericho (£9)

Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams [News & Listen]

“No time to rest. I’m gonna find me a life, baby, way out west”

After the success of his previous two EP’s, Ben Schneider a.k.a Lord Huron is now set to release his first album. Since the announcement of Lonesome Dreams (2012), a handfull of videos, images and songs and have been released on his website, giving us a glimpse of what is to come.

His previous EP’s have all been complimented with distinct and tasteful artwork, and this seems evident in his new release too. Currently on his website are grainy teaser videos of deserts and dense forests accompanied by excerpts of music from the album. There’s no doubt Lord Huron has adopted a Western theme, with grubby cowboys in bandanas and Mexicans tied up with knives to their throats. Red Dead inspired perhaps?

What’s most exciting is the full track he’s released called Time To Run, which is also free to download. Lord Huron has a knack for creating atmospheric, well paced songs that keep your finger hovering over the repeat button, and this track does exactly that. Lonesome Dreams is set to be released on October 9th but until then here’s Time To Run, and also one of his hit tracks from his previous EPs Mighty called, The Stranger.



Atoms For Peace [Listen]

If you haven’t heard of Atoms For Peace you must have been living under a rock or in space for the last few years. Just in-case this applies to you then I will explain. They are the supergroup originally created by Thom Yorke of Radiohead, to tour his 2006 solo album The Eraser. The band played a small US tour in 2010 where they played the Coachella Festival, the only date outside of America played being the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan. The band itself consists of Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Mauro Refosco, Joey Waronker and long-time Radiohead collaborator and producer Nigel Godrich.

Since playing their final live date in Japan, all has been quiet with the band. That was until September 2011 when Thom Yorke confirmed that he was preparing an album by the band for release. Flea then also confirmed soon after in a separate interview that the band had recorded together and an album would be out soon. The album is expected to be released this year.

In April of this year Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich also performed a DJ set in LA using the name Atoms For Peace. At this DJ set they played several new songs, but it is still unclear whether these tracks were actual songs or remixes of Atoms for Peace songs. They also now have another DJ set lined up at MoMa PS1 in September. You can watch a video of the band performing Cymbal Rush from Fuji Rock Festival 2010 below.

Finally, earlier this month it was announced that the band would release its first music in the form of a 12” on Monkeytown Records, the label run by Modeselektor. This vinyl consists of a remix of the track Tamer Animals by Other Lives and on the B-side they have remixed their own song Other Side.

Tracklisting
A1. Other Lives – Tamer Animals (Atoms For Peace Remix)
B1. Atoms For Peace – Other Side (Stuck Together Remix)

You can listen to samples of both the tracks below, and keep an eye out for the album which will hopefully be out soon, it’s sure to be an amazing piece of music.

Other Lives – Tamer Animals (Atoms For Peace Remix)

Atoms For Peace – Other Side (Stuck Together Remix)

Kishi Bashi – 151a [Listen]

“Grand and transcendent… the layers of beautiful sound, homage to Japanese culture, and use of violin make 151a a dreamy, pocket-sized symphony, perfect for anyone needing a lift.”
BUST

This artist has jumped to the top of my ‘most played’ this summer. Kishi Bashi, aka K Ishibashi is a solo artist who has toured with the likes of Of Montreal, and is also a founder of the NY indie rock band, Jupiter One. Now going solo, K Ishibashi has produced something fresh, new and wonderfully weird. From listening to the first intro track on his debt album, 151a, you wouldn’t expect what would follow.


It’s electronic, folky, classical – a tornado of musical goodness that’s entertaining from the beginning to end. Drawing from his classical routes as a violinist, K Ishibashi conjures a melody of genres, which I can only compare to an artist such as Animal Collective. He mixes up English and Japanese in his lyrics, which add to the sometimes manic feel to the songs. The transition from each track to the next leaves you wanting more of his feel-good musical world he creates.


The birth of this album was conceived through a Kickstarter campaign – a site where entrepreneurs, filmmakers, musicians etc pitch their project and rely on the support of the public to donate money to fund it. Ishibashi’s target was $12,000, and within three weeks he raised $20,000, an impressive achievement, and one that paid off. Since the album’s release in April, Ishibashi has been impressing critics and the public with his live loop-based performances.

“The way I create my loops, I just kind of — they’re not exact. So a lot of it has to do with a feeling and it might be faster, I also like changing things up, so I’ll change things and kind of make it different, and I also like the audience to have a different experience.”
KISHI BASHI – RIVERFRONT TIMES

The album is diverse and unexpected. It paints a picture of both joy and melancholy, and it leaves you feeling great. Ishibashi is currently on tour around the US, and is yet to pencil in anything for Europe. You can get your hands on his album here.

Hidden Orchestra announce new album ‘Archipelago’ + Listen to new single ‘Vorka’ [News]

Update: The debut single from Archipelago has since been debuted on www.thelineofbestfit.com. It’s an upbeat and slightly more playful sound for the Hidden Orchestra yet retains the sweeping cinematic feel of their debut and live shows. The single is officially out in September, in the mean time have a listen on Soundcloud.

Original Story:

Hidden Orchestra have announced ‘Archipelago’ as the follow up to their inspired 2010 debut Nightwalks. It’s due October 1st on Tru Thoughts, which is tantalisingly close yet so very far…

Sadly there are no audio samples as yet. In the mean time check out Footsteps from the debut Nightwalks. Hidden Orchestra’s sound can be described as a sweeping,emotional and incredibly cinematic experience with strong jazz and classical influences layer with organic sampling.

On a side note, I’m particularly fond of the continuity between artwork which comes courtesy of Norman Ackroyd.

Brian Jonestown Massacre – I Wanna To Hold Your Other Hand [Listen]

Brian Jonestown Massacre, the band made infamous by their various ups, and mainly downs, in the documentary Dig! are back with a new album Aufheben.

The band have had a few line-ups over the years and unfortunately the music is often overlooked by many in favour of the on screen antics, that have been mostly sensationalised in the media. This is such a shame as their music is superb; Anton Newcombe, the constant in the psychedelic collective has consistently put out a great library of music over the last 20 years.

The new LP is due out on May 1st and after the electronica tinged sound of the last release Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?, Aufheben brings the traditional Brian Jonestown Massacre sound back, mixed with eastern influences.

The track I Wanna To Hold Your Other Hand has been made available for streaming and has a delightfully laid back, and heavily sedated Beatlesque sound that even makes a nod to the fab four in the title.

Listen below.

 

The track listing for Aufheben:

1 – Panic in Babylon
2 – Viholliseni Maalla
3 – Gaz Hilarant
4 – Illuminomi
5 – I Wanna To Hold Your Other Hand
6 – Face Down On The Moon
7 – Clouds Are Lies
8 – Stairway To The Best Party
9 – Seven Kinds Of Wonderful
10 – Waking Up To Hand Grenades
11 – Blue Order New Monday

Brian Jonestown Massacre play London this July – on sale now

New Black Moth Super Rainbow track and album to follow [Listen]

After a two year break – Black Moth Super Rainbow, the experimental electro-psych pop group from Pittsburgh are back with a new track Spraypaint and the announcement of a new album.

The sound on the track has the familiar serene and warm soft fuzzy acid sound of previous releases, along with heavily Vocoder drenched vocals.

Although there is no definite release date for the upcoming and as of yet untitled album, frontman Tobacco has hinted at the record dropping in the summer.

Listen to Spraypaint here:

 

A clip from Like A Sundae

Band website

Quakers – Fitta Happier [Listen]

Geoff Barrow of Portishead fame; under the moniker of Fuzzface, has a new hip-hop project called Quakers.

Barrow, producing the project along with Portishead engineer 7-Stu-7 and Australia’s DJ Katalyst, worked with over 35 artists to create a 41 track album.

The album started when the producers uploaded a series of beats to their Myspace page for anyone to download. People were then encouraged to rap over the samples and return them to the group. Entries that the group liked were then included on the album. Artists that contributed include Dead Prez, Prince Po, Aloe Blacc, Guilty Simpson, and M.E.D.

The reasoning behind the project is that the three like-minded producers, disillusioned with the current hip-hop landscape, wanted to create a record that they would like to listen to themselves. The method they used, meant that a wide range of genuine talent could be be showcased on the project, not just the current hottest names. Hence the name Quakers; it comes from ‘earthquake’ – they’re here to shake the foundations.

The various vocal talent is held together with a heavy, lo-fi and gritty production style, that can be heard to great effect on the first track released – Fitta Happier. The track features Guilty Simpson and M.E.D rapping over what seems to be a marching band covering Radiohead’sNational Anthem’.

Listen to Fitta Happier (ft. Guilty Simpson and M.E.D.) below

I really like the sound of this track and I’m looking forward to the album that comes out on 27th March.

The album will be available on Stones Throw Records as 2/LP, Digital, and 2/CD (vocal disc & instrumental disc).