NEW ALBUM: ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI ‘MATURE THEMES’


Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti are to release their new album, ‘Mature Themes’ on August 17 via 4AD/Remote Control.

Ariel recently talked to David Bevan at SPIN.com about Mature Themes“Sonically, it’s comparable (to Before Today),” Pink says of the new work. “There are definitely not any links to my lo-fi origins. It’s so diverse but so different from anything I’ve done before. In a sense, it’s really the record I wanted to make back when I made Before Today, but couldn’t due to pressures and different factors. We had time to let our hair down and try new things.” To read the full article, click here.

The first single from the album will be a cover of Donnie and Joe Emerson’s ‘Baby’, which also features guest vocals from Dâm-Funk.

You can hear ‘Baby’ below.

COLLARBONES RELEASE NEW SINGLE & ANNOUNCE TOUR

Collarbones return with their brand new single ‘Missing’. The track is taken from their forthcoming second album, due for release in 2012 on Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control.

‘Missing’ is a sinister track that aches with desperation. The ghostly drone of synthesisers on the track cushion Marcus Whales’ heartbreaking vocals, sung with refrain and yearning, throughout the track (“I’m missing you … I’ll be so close”). An almost hollow drum machine is scattered throughout the chorus, ticking like a clock, marking time. On a bed of electronic screws and groans, Marcus’ voice rises above to its crescendo (“I’ll be so close I could almost kill you”). Here Collarbones delve into something dark and sinister. Something unresolved. Closeness can be comforting, but it can also be dangerous.

STREAM & DOWNLOAD ‘MISSING’ BELOW:

COLLARBONES ‘MISSING’ SINGLE LAUNCH TOUR

SATURDAY 16 JUNE
THE GASOMETER, MELBOURNE VIC w/ Bon Chat, Bon Rat and Namine
SATURDAY 23 JUNE
THE GATE AT PABLOS, EPPING NSW (ALL AGES) w/ Swimwear and special guests
SUNDAY 24 JUNE
BRASS MONKEY, CRONULLA NSW w/ Bon Chat, Bon Rat and Letters to Lions
THURSDAY 28 JUNE
TERRACE BAR, NEWCASTLE NSW w/ Bon Chat, Bon Rat and special guests
FRIDAY 29 JUNE
ALHAMBRA LOUNGE, BRISBANE QLD w/ Bon Chat, Bon Rat and special guests
THURSDAY 5 JULY
FBI SOCIAL, SYDNEY NSW w/ Bon Chat, Bon Rat and Mr Maps

THE XX ANNOUNCE AUSTRALIAN TOUR IN JULY!

With details of their second album Coexist just announced, Mercury Music Prize winning UK artists The xx will return to Australian shores this July.

Catch The xx perform at The Forum Theatre in Melbourne on Wednesday 18 July 2012 and The Metro in Sydney on Friday 20 July 2012.

Tickets for these intimate shows are strictly limited and will be available via a ballot. The ballot will open at 10.00 am AEST on Monday 4 June and close at 11.59 AEST on Tuesday 5 June. Winners will be notified at 9.00 am AEST on Wednesday 6 June.

“We are very excited to be returning to Australia soon for two small shows. We will play The Forum in Melbourne on July 18th and The Metro in Sydney on July 20th. To try and stop touts getting all the tickets, there is a lottery system which you can apply for. Hope to see you xx”. The xx

The xx – Oliver Sim, Romy Madley Croft and Jamie Smith (Jamie xx) – formed in 2005 at London’s Elliot School, the alma mater of notable alumni Hot Chip, Burial and Four Tet. Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive 80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The xx’s unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences combine beautiful, hushed vocal duets and a brilliantly inventive use of samples and low-end frequencies to produce stark, sweet, melancholic pop.

The xx have announced details of their new album Coexist, to be released in Australia on 7 September 2012 via Young Turks / Remote Control. Coexist was produced by The xx’s Jamie Smith and was recorded between November 2011 and May 2012 in the band’s own studio in London.

Coexist is the follow-up release to The xx’s debut album xx. Released in August 2009, xx achieved gold sales in Australia, platinum sales in the UK, and accumulated over 1.3 million sales worldwide.The album has also been awarded the highly prestigious Mercury Music Prize, The Guardian’s First Album Award, Album of the Year by both Rough Trade Shops and XFM, and two South Bank and one NME Award nominations.

In addition, Jamie xx has crafted a name for himself as one of the world’s hottest producers, with his brilliant 2011 underground hit ‘Farer Nearer’ and remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Gil Scott-Heron. Jamie xx’s remix of Drake and Rhianna’s ‘Take Care’ was a worldwide #1 and The xx remix of Florence & The Machine’s ‘You’ve Got The Love’ was also a massive internet sensation.

Known for their incredible live shows, The xx have captivated the world over, playing sold out shows in the UK, USA, Australia and mainland Europe. Don’t miss your chance to catch The xx live in Sydney and Melbourne this July.

The xx
Australian Tour – July 2012
Presented by Handsome Tours

WEDNESDAY 18 JULY 2012
The Forum Theatre, Melbourne
154 Flinders St, Melbourne
Ticket ballot opens at 10.00am AEST on Monday 4 June and closes at 11.59 AEST on Tuesday 5 June
Sign up for The Forum ballot: http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/promo/niswpv

FRIDAY 20 JULY 2012
The Metro, Sydney
624 George St, Sydney
Ticket ballot opens at 10.00am AEST on Monday 4 June and closes at 11.59 AEST on Tuesday 5 June
Sign up for The Metro ballot: http://comps.ticketek.com.au/THEXX.php

THE XX ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM ‘COEXIST’

The xx have announced details of a new album via their Facebook page.

“We’re so excited to share with you the news that our second record ‘Coexist’ will be released on September 7th. After a long time on the road, we took a break, created our own studio and wrote these new songs that we’re so looking forward to playing to you. We will be touring throughout the summer and beyond, and hope to play somewhere near you soon. xx” The xx

Coexist has been produced by The xx’s Jamie Smith and is the follow up to their 2009 debut xx. It was recorded between November 2011 and May 2012 in the band’s own studio in London.

Coexist will be released in Australia on Friday 7 September 2012 via Young Turks / Remote Control.

The xx are: Oliver Sim, Romy Madley Croft and Jamie Smith.

Meanwhile, following recent intimate shows in the UK and France and an appearance at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound last night, The xx are set to play shows in North America, Europe and Japan over the summer.