Together for more than a decade, Efterklang have constantly pushed the boundaries of pop experimentalism over the course of three critically acclaimed albums. This desire to experiment has informed their approach to performing live, garnering the band plaudits for playing in diverse settings – whether alongside the Danish National Chamber Orchestra or Britten Sinfonia (‘Performing Parades’ tour), or in the company of family members on a remote Danish island (Vincent Moon’s ‘An Island’ documentary).
It comes as no surprise then, that Efterklang would look to present new material in a unique setting and on a grand scale. On May 26th 2012, Efterklang will make their debut performance at the prestigious Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony, as part of Sydney Vivid Festival 2012. The Vivid Live event will be a worldwide premiere of the music from the Danes’ forthcoming album Piramida, due for release later this year.
Working towards their Australian debut, Efterklang have engaged classical arrangers Missy Mazzoli (Kronos Quartet, Victoire), Karsten Fundal (Under Byen, Oh Land) and Daniel Bjarnason (Sigur Rós, Múm) to help their new songwriting fully integrate with the Sydney Symphony orchestra, conducted by Matthew Coorey.
For this special concert, the Danish trio will be performing as a six-piece, augmented by Peter Broderick (piano), Katinka Fogh Vindelev (choir) and Toby Dammit (drums). Efterklang feel Sydney Opera House is the perfect place to mark a new beginning, on the grounds that fellow Dane Jørn Utzon designed nearly sixty years ago.
Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo will release his first proper, song-oriented studio album Between The Times and The Tides on 16 March 2012 via Matador / Remote Control.
Recorded with longstanding Sonic Youth producer John Agnello, Between The Times and The Tides is a shimmering and melodic tapestry of rock sounds.
You can listen to the the album in entirety thanks to Rolling Stone!
Bobby Womack is set to release a brand new album The Bravest Man In The Universe this June via XL/Remote Control.
Produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, The Bravest Man In The Universe was recorded at Albarn’s ‘Studio 13′ in west London and New York’s Manhattan Center. It’s Bobby Womack’s first album of original material since 1994’s Resurrection
The first track to be taken from the album is ‘Please Forgive My Heart’, which you can listen to and download now:
Perfume Genius has filmed a stunning La Blogtheque Take Away Show session. Read and watch below:
*info via www.blogotheque.net
When an artist is sincere in all that you know this artist, it is the conviction with which he expresses his deepest intimacy in his songs, the meeting can be intimidating.
But from the first second, Mike Hadreas is charming. He has just completed a week of concerts and promo. It is dawn, the neighborhood is still asleep, but he and his band are energetic, willing to share their songs so intense.
We start in the main hall of the restaurant in Manhattan. A grand piano awaits us under a skylight, which illuminates a vegetation which none of us will say if she is alive or not. Mile’s voice fills the hall deserted, with a song perfectly suited to the intimacy of the moment. We move to the bar, sanitized, without light. Another blank canvas that Mike fills one with slow notes, island.
Put Your Back N 2 It is out now via 4AD/Remote Control.