For the past few years, Devon Welsh’s been recording solo material composed between rural Ontario and Montreal, and collaborating in production & performance with Matthew Otto under the guise Majical Cloudz.
Matador and Remote Control have the distinct pleasure to bring his next full-length to record stores worldwide.
It’s been written of Majical Cloudz: Their performance is deeply expressive — strong vocals sit on top of washes of white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds. The songs are intensely lyrical, oriented around themes of death, patience, family and desire. The live show celebrates the joy in sadness and the value of a shared musical experience.
We’ll have more details on the full-length release shortly, but we can tell you that you’ll be hearing this song on it.
Download “Turns Turns Turns” (as previously heard on a 2012 Arbutus/Merok EP) HERE.
Watch Majical Cloudz perform the track live via Yours Truly below.
British Sea Power will release their fifth album Machineries Of Joy on Friday 29 March 2013 via Rough Trade / Remote Control.
Machineries Of Joy was written in the Berwyn mountains in north Wales and recorded in Brighton with Dan Smith and mixer Ken Thomas (David Bowie, Sigur Ros).
“We’d like to think the album is warm and restorative,” says singer Yan. “Various things are touched on in the words – Franciscan monks, ketamine, French female bodybuilders turned erotic movie stars. The world often seems a mad, hysterical place at the moment. You can’t really be oblivious to that, but we’d like the record to be an antidote – a nice game of cards in pleasant company.”
British Sea Power Machineries of Joy is out Friday 29 March 2013 via Rough Trade / Remote Control.
“An album bigger and more ambitious than their debut, but just as lovely and melodic.” The Guardian
Stornoway’s second album, Tales From Terra Firma, is an album of stories – birth, death, marriage, coming of age: The Big Stuff. Out 8 March 2013 via 4AD/Remote Control, the songs were mostly
written in a camper van in land-locked Oxford but on listening, the yearning for adventure and the freedom of the coast and wild places is palpable.
As is true of classic songwriting partnerships, lyricist Brian Briggsʼeloquence coupled with his crystalline voice unite with Jon Ouinʼs stunning arrangements and alchemise to form a musical mirror. Tales From Terra
Firma reflects powerful life experiences, the great outdoors and the passing of time, which is a major theme of the album. And with that, Stornoway have self-produced a record that marks a new sophistication in
compositional and, in particular, lyrical qualities, while still retaining the charm of their debut that so many fell in love with.
And so to the songs themselves. Brian suggests: “The title of the album conjures up for me, the romantic notion of an adventurer, exploring new lands and reporting on his experiences. Discovering what it is to be human
and an enthusiasm for adventure, which I feel is true of me.” This notion was seized upon by drummer Rob Steadman who worked in conjunction with artist Kirini Kopcke to bring an action-adventure sensibility to the
albumʼs artwork. Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Hergé and Ukiyo-e and using the ligne claire style, the aim was, as in the songs, to contrast the drama and adventure of the high seas with something very rooted in the real world.
Bass player and other band multi-instrumentalist Oli Steadman transformed into the bandʼs “super geeky esoteric experimentalist” as well as tutor to Brian in the finer points of learning Logic. Oli and Robʼs parentsʼ garage in
Oxford became band HQ: Stornostudios. It was here that they together brought Tales From Terra Firma into being. Whilst the band strengthened their grip on experimenting, arranging, song writing and the accompanying
artwork; the majority of the tracks are simple, melodic pop songs that are warm and inviting and quintessentially Stornoway.
Stornoway are : Brian Briggs, Jon Ouin, Oli Steadman and Rob Steadman.
Stornoway – Tales From Terra Firma is out 8 March 2013 via 4AD / Remote Control
Civil Civic will release their debut full-length album Rules on 1 February 2013 via Remote Control. The release coincides with the duo’s upcoming debut Australian tour and appearance at ATP Melbourne’s ‘I’ll Be your Mirror’ Festival.
Rules is an album that came into the world slowly, the songs delicately pieced together over a two year period. The title of the record reflects the in-built set of guidelines that Civil Civic was founded upon and operates within. Guided by the desire to adhere to bare bones drum programming and minimal production trickery, Civil Civic have created a record that hinges on its ability to be performed in a live setting.
A wholly instrumental affair, Rules is a swirling maelstrom of guitar buzz and reverberating atmospheric intensity. It does not dictate any stories nor does it proclaim wisdom or insight into human affairs. Being liberated from the burden of messages, Rules can do what it does best, delivering a mix of teeth-grinding intensity, pop triumphalism and party-on abandon.
Civil Civic are Aaron Cupples and Ben Green, two Australian ex-pats, now living in London and Barcelona respectively. In February 2013, the duo will perform live in their first series of Australian shows since meeting in Barcelona in 2009.
See Civil Civic live at the Black Bear Lodge in Brisbane on Thursday 7February, at Brighton Up Bar in Sydney on Friday 8 February, at ATP Melbourne’s ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ Festival on Saturday 16 February, and a special show at The Tote in Melbourne on Tuesday 19 February.
Civil Civic – Rules is released on 1 February 2013 on LP, CD and digital formats
via Remote Control Records
Panthu Du Prince returns with a new album titled Elements of Light, a collaborative project with The Bell Laboratory. The album is out now via Rough Trade / Remote Control.
Over the course of three albums — and as an in-demand remixer of artists ranging from Animal Collective to, most recently, Philip Glass — the Berlin-based musician and producer Pantha Du Prince (Hendrik Weber) has been celebrated for pushing the envelope of electronic music. His newest effort, Elements of Light, a collaborative project with The Bell Laboratory, is doubtless his most ambitious to date: The work is a symphony for electronics, percussion and bell carillon, a three-tonne instrument comprising 50 bronze bells.
Elements of Light is a natural next step in the Pantha Du Prince oeuvre. Bells figured prominently on his last album, the highly acclaimed Black Noise, released on Rough Trade in 2010.
The genesis of the project began in Oslo in the summer of 2010, when Weber was having lunch with the local curators Mattis With and Håkon Vinnogg and heard, in the distance, one of the concerts that are played multiple times daily on a bell carillon inside the city hall. Weber was struck by how the frequencies and overtones unfolded unpredictably, influenced one another, and resonated, more or less, throughout the Norwegian capital.
With and Vinnogg suggested he compose for the carillon, which was developed in China 3,500 years ago, during the Shang Dynasty, and made its way to Europe during the Middle Age. Weber began collaborating with the Norwegian Lars Petter Hagen, who served as arranger and conductor.
The album is a single continuous work, although it has been broken down into five tracks named for elements of light: ‘Wave’, ‘Particle’, ’Photon’, ‘Spectral Split’ and ‘Quantum’. Sonically, the work is a fusion of electronic music and classical composition, and draws on house and minimalism, jazz and new music, gamelan and western sacred music. Influences include John Cage, Iannis Xenakis, Steve Reich, LaMonte Young and Moondog.