Majical Cloudz will release their new album Impersonator on Friday 24 May via Matador / Remote Control.
For the past few years, Devon Welsh has been recording solo material composed between rural Ontario and Montreal, and collaborating in production & performance with Matthew Otto under the guise Majical Cloudz.
Impersonator’s expressive power and swagger belie its extremely minimal music. These are intensely lyrical songs about death, patience, family, friendship and desire, with Welsh’s rich vocals atop Matthew Otto Kolaitis’ quiet looped waves of white noise, filtered synths and sparse thuds.
Majical Cloudz’ Devon Welsh explains of Impersonator:
In the last few years there’s been a massive explosion of amazing music made with computers, samplers and other electronic equipment. The possibilities became nearly endless and musicians indulged those possibilities. I love that kind of music but it also started to overwhelm me. I wasn’t cut out for the maximalist expressions of that style. So I took a break from music, and when I started again it was to make music that barely existed and felt like stillness more than movement. Where the songs could be more about humanness. I love all forms of electronic music, techno, house, rave, hip-hop, but I never want to feel like the music I’m making is just about stylistic play. The easiest way for me to do that is try to make something without obvious movement; where the music isn’t overstuffed sonically or referentially, it’s emptied out as much as possible. So the vision for Impersonator was to communicate a lot with as little as possible. It’s not meant to energize and turn you out to the world, it’s meant to do the opposite; it’s more like a cocoon.
Savages will release their debut album Silence Yourself on Friday 3 May 2013 via Pop Noire / Matador / Remote Control.
Available on LP, CD and download, the album was recorded in north-west London’s Fish Factory during a three week period in December 2012, and was produced by Johnny Hostile and Rodaidh McDonald.
Clocking in at 38 minutes, Silence Yourself opens with an excerpt from the John Cassavetes film ‘Opening Night’, and features brand new recordings of ‘Husbands’, ‘I Am Here’ and ‘City’s Full’ – first heard on debut single ‘Husbands / Flying To Berlin’ and the ‘I Am Here’ live EP. Both tracks were previously released on singer Jehnny Beth’s record label Pop Noire.
Silence Yourself comprises of eleven tracks that are uncompromising and delivered with fierce conviction.
The album is available to pre-order from iTunes now, and fans who do so will instantly receive an mp3 download of ‘She Will’.
Earlier this year Iceage visited New York to play two shows and help present the ‘Thrown Together‘ gallery event, an art exhibition featuring some artworks from their friends local and global. Los Angeles-based artist/photographer/director/label boss Cali Thornhill Dewitt came along for the ride and produced a striking short film tracking the band’s activities that weekend in the city & shots of the visuals on display, set to live audio of “Morals” from ‘You’re Nothing‘
Set your eyes to stunned – the new Esben and the Witch video for “When That Head Splits” is a psychadelic animated wonder, created by director Rafael Bonilla Jr, the video uses almost 9,000 still frames.
The new album Wash The Sins Not Only The Face is out now via Matador/Remote Control.