Låpsley’s ‘Long Way Home’ out today!

unnamed-17Today – Friday 4th March – sees the release of 19 year old singer, producer and songwriter Holly “Låpsley” Fletcher’s highly anticipated debut album Long Way Home on XL Recordings / Remote Control Records.

The twelve track album features new versions of her previous releases ‘Hurt Me’, ‘Falling Short’, ‘Painter’ and ‘Station’, in addition to current single ‘Love Is Blind’. For much of the album Låpsley worked with XL’s in-house producer Rodaidh McDonald, in addition to production contributions from Paul O’Duffy and Mura Masa.

Listen to Long Way Home via Spotify | Apple Music | Google Play
Purchase Long Way Home via iTunes | Google Play

Long Way Home documents a turbulent time in Låpsley’s life — a period in which she revelled in her new-found music career as it took her from Liverpool to London to Los Angeles and back again. Of the album, Låpsley says “I think it’s helped me to be able to collect everything for those moments when I’m writing. I think that’s what’s driven this album.”

Låpsley’s determined views on her own production have ensured her involvement in every element of these songs — a fact that in the early days seemed to confuse many of the producers she met. “They didn’t want to listen to me,” she says, “or they think a girl’s just there to add a top line, or they come to the table with ideas already. Straight away if I come in to a studio and someone says ‘I’ve written something for you’, then I’ll just walk out. I don’t care. I’m not there for that.”

Listen to ‘Love Is Blind’

‘Hurt Me’

Methyl Ethel sign to 4AD + announce ‘Australia’ tour

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Methyl Ethel are incredibly excited to announce that they are the latest signing to the illustrious 4AD roster which currently includes The National, Grimes, Purity Ring, Deerhunter, Ariel Pink and many more.

After the release of their debut album Oh Inhuman Spectacle in June 2016 via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records the band has gone from strength to strength. First impressing music industry and fans with their incredible performances at BIGSOUND in September which inked them three (AUS, USA & UK/Europe) booking agent deals. The band then took their electric live show to New York playing CMJ in October impressing tastemakers and garnering international attention. 2016 saw Methyl Ethel embark on the national St Jerome Laneway Festival playing to huge crowds in each state.

On top of that the band have announced their ‘Australia’ tour & shared their video for ‘Idée Fixe’

Get your ‘Australia’ tickets here.

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HÆLOS share new video ‘Separate Lives’

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Stereogum has premiered UK trio HÆLOS’ video for ‘Separate Lives’. The new single is taken from their darkly shaded and radiant debut album, Full Circle, out March 18th via Matador / Remote Control.

Made entirely by the band and filmed during their first west coast tour, the ‘Separate Lives’ video gives insight into HÆLOS’ Lotti Benardout, Arthur Delaney and Dom Goldsmith’s lives on the road.

As described by the band, “’Separate Lives’ was one of the last songs we wrote for the record. We wanted it to be a nod towards some of our more gospel and Delta blues influences. It’s a reflection on the moment when you are choosing between staying or leaving and the underlying love that keeps you there. We liked that, it was simple and human and something we could all share experience in.”

Born out of a mutual fascination with the lost hours of a night out – the exhilarating privacy of a cavernous club’s dark pockets and the introspective comedowns that accompany rainy 5am cab rides – HÆLOS create rippling electronic pop that both reflects and soundtracks these moments, each one of their tracks retracing their steps between stress to sanctuary, desperation to relief, darkness into light.

Introducing – Chris Cohen

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Chris Cohen has announced his upcoming sophomore album, ‘As If Apart’, to be released on Friday 6 May via Captured Tracks / Remote Control. In celebration of the announcement, Cohen has premiered ‘Torrey Pine’ the first music to be heard from the forthcoming album via Stereogum.

The project will be Cohen’s first release since his 2012 solo debut, Overgrown Path. Stream the track below and read more on Chris Cohen and ‘As If Apart’ below.

As If Apart, the long-awaited sequel to Chris Cohen’s 2012 soft psych garden of unearthly alter-pop earworms and studio-sonic delights Overgrown Path, follows on its predecessor with another bittersweet ensemble of dreamy, complex songs. Pushing the idiosyncrasies of Cohen’s melodic and rhythmic approach into even more fractured, shifting spaces, As If Apart unsettles lazy pop conventions, upending jaded heads and hearts with an expansive, moody psychedelia. Where Overgrown Path plunged within, As If Apart voyages out. And up.

Sometimes as a leader, sometimes as a sideman and collaborator; sometimes as an invisible musician but you’ve heard him: the chest-high bass drum thump, the tightly paired flight of guitars in odd harmony, the disorienting shift in time and texture that resolves itself into song. Chris Cohen has plied the inside and outside folds of pop musical possibility since at least 1978, when he first set infant drumstick to skin at the tender age of three, initiating decades of sonic experimentation across multiple bands and nearly a dozen recordings.

Introducing: Jaye Bartell

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Originally from from Massachusetts, Jaye Bartell laid the groundwork for his music career after relocating to Asheville, NC in the early 2000’s. During this time, he began to play music among friends, parallel to his poetry and other writing endeavors, which included a reading/performance series and a small magazine. After relocating, again, to Buffalo, NY in 2006, Jaye joined up with the publishing collective House Press and released his first record, Feeling Better, Pilgrim, in the company of Buffalo musicians and writers. The record helped establish Jaye’s sound utilizing field recordings and manipulated loops, centered on vocal melody.

Upon returning to Asheville in 2009, Jaye released his second record, The Dog’s Dinner. This marked Jaye’s departure from the self-production of his earlier work, and the beginning of his collaboration with guitarist Shane Parish of Ahleuchatistas, and visual artists Ursula Gullow and Nathanael Roney. The years 2012 and 2013 saw the releases of Elation, an EP recorded with J Seger, and Loyalty, a full-band record featuring Parish, Seger, and Emily Easterly. Followed by a 2014 UK tour with like-minded troubadour, Angel Olsen.

Listen to his new single ‘Tuesdays’ from his forthcoming LP Light Enough out Friday 29 April via Sinderlyn / Remote Control Records.

Bartell’s move to Brooklyn, NY in 2013, as well as the work of Spalding Gray and Eileen Myles, heavily influence the content presented on his latest record, Light Enough. In his own words, “Resettlement is an implicit theme in much of the writing, and the process of making the album itself was an act of resettlement, finding out where I lived as a means of coming to live there.”

Bartell spent about a year secluded in his Greenpoint bedroom, piecing together the intricate tunes and gentle melodies that furnish his new record.

FKA twigs shares new video for ‘Good To Love’

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FKA twigs has shared a brand new single and video, ‘Good To Love’. The song was originally aired live during FKA twigs’ Soundtrack 7 residency at the Manchester International Festival and is produced by FKA twigs alongside Rick Nowels.

‘Good To Love’ is available to hear right now via a self-directed video below, and will be available across all digital platforms this afternoon, featuring cover photography by Alexandra Horgan.

The release of ‘Good To Love’ follows FKA twigs’ acclaimed 2015 M3LLI55X EP and her 2014 debut album, LP1, for which she recently won two awards at the 2016 Music Producers Guild Awards (for ‘UK Single of the Year’ and ‘UK Album of the Year’).

FKA twigs is also pleased to announce that she will perform ‘Good To Love’ on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon this coming Wednesday 24 February.

Alabama Shakes win 4 Grammy Awards

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Alabama Shakes have won 4 GRAMMY Awards for Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Song, Best Rock Performance and Best Engineered Album for their critically acclaimed record Sound & Color out now via Rough Trade / Remote Control.

Watch the band’s acceptance speeches here.

Watch ‘Best Rock Song’ – Don’t Wanna Fight below

B Boys have announced their debut EP No Worry No Mind

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B Boys have announced their debut EP No Worry No Mind will be released on Friday 18 March via Captured Tracks / Remote Control Records.

Born in different times from alternate altered states, these B’s convene on the astral plane, channeling the individual experience and wisdom from their respective points of origin into a singular entity. Abstraction takes a triangular form: vibrant guitar melodies, undulating bass lines, deep swirling grooves. Sounds that transcend a linear timeline, splintering out across multiple spectrums. Interlocking vocals skillfully bob and weave overtop, their mantras resounding. But don’t be fooled, they’re just like anyone else — they put their chinos on one leg at a time.

You’ve got something growing out your neck, my friend. Are you willing to hear its call? Open your self to the frequencies and let the vibrations illuminate your being.