Here’s a sneak peak of what the Interpol reissue will look like!
Hardbound book containing double vinyl + DVD, hardbound book containing double CD + DVD, or digital album. Full details on the contents here. Preorder it here.
Clickhereto download an MP3 highlight from the package, the very first demo of the song ‘Roland’. It was originally released on the band’s first EP, Fukd ID #3 (Chemikal Underground) on December 11, 2000.
In addition, you can watch the band talk some more about New York locations from back in the day – here it’s Context Studios, where they rehearsed:
From salt, sand and circuitry, Australian industrial dance act Forces assemble their self titled EP, available on limited edition 12″ vinyl via Siberia Records. Simultaneously sumptuous and sterile, Forces new framework offers guidance through the hostile terrain it generates.
Thirsting for a synthesis between body, land and technology, this work is the first significant artifact in Forces exploration of dance and pop. Their sound embodying both the vastness of Australia’s arid landscapes and its voracious appetite for technology.
First single ‘World in Focus’ is available as a free download. Exploring the notion of Australia as playground, ‘World in Focus’ offers visions of a dynamic landscape worthy of the bodies of tomorrow.
Forces have surged to prominence since emerging in 2011, quickly establishing a reputation for confronting live performance coupled with concise and visceral dance music. Forces live highlights include performances at The Sydney Opera house for Vivid Festival, alongside Zola Jesus and Light Asylum, and many shows with their contemporaries including My Disco, Gang Gang Dance and label-mate Kirin J Callinan.
The self titled EP will be available on limited edition 12″ vinyl on Midnight Juggernauts’ label Siberia Records on 9 December 2012. The digital release will be available via technodissidents.bandcamp.com.
Saturday 17 November – Puppies, Wellington
Friday 23 November – Secret Rave, Sydney
Saturday 24 November – Siberian Nights for Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne
Dispelling any burden of ‘the difficult second album’, Esben and the Witch have comprehensively transcended any such slump or curse with Wash the Sins Not Only the Face: a majestic, haunting and triumphant work that is not ‘difficult’ in the slightest.
Their second full-length brings to fruition concepts that glimmered on their first, 2011’s acclaimed Violet Cries, but there are no laurels being rested upon here. To make their second album, Esben and the Witch questioned, challenged and rewired their past to find the way to their future and have produced their first masterpiece.
To quote Daniel Copeman, “We had a clearer idea of what we wanted to achieve on this album, and how we could achieve it. We’re more focused, more confident.”
Their first album took them on the road, and the road took them all over the globe. It was on these journeys, during van-held conversations, that their second album began to take shape, the band happening upon an ancient Greek palindrome “Nipson anomēmata mē monan opsin” which, when translated, gave Wash the Sins Not Only the Face its title.
They wanted the album to unfurl like a journey, like a day, where opening songs are possessed of a brightness, an optimism that ebbs away over the record’s course. The radiant glide of opener ‘Iceland Spar’, gives way to the bleak lonesomeness of ‘Yellow Wood’, the moment where the sun sets, with closing track ‘Smashed to Pieces in the Still of the Night’ ending proceedings at a peak of drama and intensity.
Previously, lyrics were written more collaboratively between the trio; this time Rachel assumed the sole responsibility herself, honing her words and stories. The lyrics are inspired by T.S. Eliot and Sylvia Plath, by the works of Vladimir Nabokov and Philip Pullman, Salvador Dali and the surrealist movement; that, and van conversations questioning what it would be like to meet your doppelganger thousands of miles from home.
The result is an album that finds new shades within the Esben palette, and when placed alongside Violet Cries, feels like a fuzzy image that’s pulled successfully into focus.
All of this makes you wonder where this road will take them next. More to the point, it makes you want to savour where Esben and the Witch are at now, because Wash the Sins Not Only the Face is a sublime experience, an album whose mysteries and riddles will entrance.
Click here to download “Deathwaltz’ first track taken from the forthcoming album.
January 25th will see Indians release their debut album, Somewhere Else, via 4AD/Remote Control.
Coming to the attention of the label after a clutch of demo tracks went online early this year, Indians are still a relatively new proposition. From Copenhagen, Indians is actually one man, Søren Løkke Juul, who brought his band in to being last winter when he felt the need to challenge himself and do something different. Not aiming for anything other than satisfying a creative urge, things have snowballed quickly since. Having performed his first show back in February and self-releasing his debut single a few months later, he then signed a worldwide record deal with 4AD, recorded an album and enjoyed a fruitful summer on the road with tours throughout Europe and North America (playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Dan Deacon, Lower Dens, Perfume Genius, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages, Weird Dreams and more).
Recorded in a countryside studio outside Copenhagen, Somewhere Else is a highly personal document that’s equal parts melancholic lament and hopeful stargazing, with the album title itself an indication of the sense of otherness that runs throughout Søren’s music. Heavily evocative of the natural world, the album’s cavernous tones and Autumnal warmth just as much recall the vastness of the Scandinavia landscape that formed the backdrop of its conception as it does classic long players from likeminded avant-pop purveyors Flaming Lips and The Radio Dept.
Marking their signing to the label with the recording of a special 4AD Session on Osea Island (a little-known, privately owned island in the estuary of the Blackwater in Essex), three tracks were aired early last month to much intrigue. The session showed Indians fleshed out as a three piece, with the intention to capture the sense of air and atmosphere in the music as well as embracing the challenge of playing, recording and filming outside, placing the music into a vast open space, under sky and near water.
Indians Somewhere Else is out now via 4AD/Remote Control