Month: January 2014

Listen: Låpsley – Station

:: This is… really great. Listen!


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Cover Art:
Låpsley

Artist: Låpsley
Title of Track: Station
Release Date: December 24, 2013
Label: self-released

Follow ‘Låpsley’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Bandcamp

New Album: Matthew E. White – Fresh Blood (2015/03/10)

:: A snippet of the new song “Tranquility”


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Cover Art:
Matthew-E-White-Fresh-Blood

Artist: Matthew E. White
Title of Album: Fresh Blood
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Label: Domino

Tracklist:
01 Take Care My Baby
02 Rock & Roll Is Cold
03 Fruit Trees
04 Holy Moly
05 Circle ‘Round the Sun
06 Feeling Good Is Good Enough
07 Tranquility
08 Golden Robes
09 Vision
10 Love Is Deep

Upcoming Tour Dates 2015:
Mar 03 // Brooklyn, NY // Bric
Mar 09 // Paris, France // New Morning
Mar 10 // London, UK // St. Lukes
Mar 16 // Dallas TX // Three Links
Mar 22 // San Diego CA // Casbah
Mar 24 // Los Angeles CA // The Echo
Mar 25 // San Francisco CA // Rickshaw Stop
Mar 27 // Portland OR // Mississippi Studios
Mar 28 // Seattle WA // Sunset Tavern

Follow ‘Matthew E. White’ on:
Official WebsiteFacebook | Twitter

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More ‘Matthew E. White’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Dec 29 – New EP: Outer Face / Track ‘Hot Hot Hot’
2012, Sep 03 – One of These Days [Free Download] / Debut Album ‘Big Inner’ (2012/08/21)

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New Single: Balthazar – Leipzig [Official Video] (2014/01/13)

:: A terrific live band. If you ever get the chance to attend one of Balthazar’s shows, make sure not to miss it!

It’s only fifteen months now that Balthazar released their latest full-length Rats, but the Belgian  already please us with a completely new track. It’s named after German town Leipzig and was released as single on January 13, 2014 via Play It Again Sam/PIAS Recordings, it’s available to buy digitally via iTunes.

Leipzig comes with an official video directed by Thomas Nolf and Wouter Bouvijn. The clip lets us glimpse into the band’s life on the road touring, watch it above. Next week, Balthazar will hit they road for European touring again. They’ll start with four shows in East Europe, check out the entire schedule below

Cover Art:
Balthazar - Leipzig (2014)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Wed 05 Feb 2014 // Vilnius, Lithuania // Loftas
Thu 06 Feb 2014 // Poznan, Poland // Meskalina
Fri 07 Feb 2014 // Warsaw, Poland // Hydrozagadka
Sat 08 Feb 2014 // Prague, Czech Republic // Lucerna Music Bar
Tue 11 Feb 2014 // Paris, France // Le Trianon
Wed 12 Feb 2014 // Groningen, Netherlands // De Oosterpoort
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow Balthazar on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

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More ‘Balthazar’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Nov 25 − Do Not Claim Them Anymore / New Album ‘Rats’ (2012/10/15)

EP: Tropics – Home & Consonance / Track ‘Home & Consonance’ [Official Video]

:: Simply beautiful.


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Cover Art:
Home Consonance

Artist: Tropics
Title of EP: Home & Consonance
Release Date: April 29, 2013
Label: Five Easy Pieces

Tracklist:
1 Home and Consonance
2 Courage (feat. Gavin Turek)
3 Don’t You Know
4 Fleeting Haunt

Follow ‘Tropics ‘ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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New Album: The Jezabels – The Brink (2014/01/31) [Full Album Stream]

:: Could be listening to this all day long…

In 2011, Australian indie-rock band The Jezabels released their Australian Music Prize winning debut album Prisoner. The foursome comprised of Nik Kaloper [drums], Samuel Lockwood [guitars], Hayley Mary [vox] and Heather Shannon [keys] spent two years with constant, worldwide touring before they took their time off to reflect, relax and ultimately work on their sophomore LP which has arrived now:

Entitled The Brink, The Jezabels second album drops officially in Australia and New Zealand tomorrow (January 31, 2014) via Play It Again Sam/PIAS Recordings. North American release follows on February 18 while The Brink is released in the rest of the world on February 17. The album will be available as digital download, CD and 12″ LP – you can pre-order your copy in all versions via The Jezabels webstore.

The Brink is now streaming in its entirety over at themusic.com.au, head on and give it a listen.  The set of ten tracks was recorded with UK producer/engineer Dan Grech-Marguerat who worked with Radiohead, Scissor Sisters, Kooks and Lana Del Rey before.

In a press release, singer Hayley comments on The Brink: “We played between 180 and 200 shows last year and it was possibly a bit extreme. But the low came from not performing. We basically had a year off and I realised how much I live to do shows. For me, writing is the self-deprecating, self-loathing stage. We all had our reasons for feeling low at various times, but I felt like I was on the brink of a lot of things on this album. Some of them good, some of them bad: youth and age, alternative and pop, giving up and pushing through. I guess hope is part of that. And also fear.”

Look Of Love is the second single taken from The Brink. Watch above the official video directed by London filmmaker Jacob Harper whose previous work include collaborations with Vivienne Westwood, Saint Laurent and Sky Ferreira. The Jezabels are currently playing the Australian Festival season before they had over to play European shows in February. Check out the touring schedule below and listen to the album’s lead single The End.

Cover Art:
The Jezabels - The Brink (2014)

Tracklist:
01. The Brink
02. Time To Dance
03. Look Of Love
04. Beat T o Beat
05. Angels Of Fire
06. No Country
07. The End
08. Got Velvet
09. Psychotherapy
10. All You Need

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Fri 31 Jan – Sun 02 Feb 2014 // Brisbane, Australia // Laneway Festival
Fri 07 Feb 2014 // Adelaide, Australia // Laneway Festival
Sat 08 Feb 2014 // Perth, Australia // Laneway Festival
Mon 24 Feb 2014 // Nottingham, UK // Rescue Rooms
Tue 25 Feb 2014 // Manchester, UK // Gorilla
Wed 26 Feb 2014 // Glasgow, UK // Oran Mor
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘The Jezabels’ on:
Official Website | TumblrFacebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

Read more:
Music Feeds AU − Review: The Jezabels – The Brink

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More ‘The Jezabels’ on Music Pickings:
2011, Oct 24− Endless Summer [Official Video]
2011, Oct 05 − Dark Storm / Mace Spray [Official Video]

Listen: Majid Jordan – Patience / EP ‘Afterhours’ [Full Album Stream + Free Download]

:: This is fu**ing beautiful…

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Majid Jordan, the name is a hybrid of Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, a pair of Toronto producers formerly known as Good People. Take a listen to their EP below and download here.

Cover Art:
majid-jordan-afterhours

Artist: Majid Jordan (Good People)
Debut EP: Afterhours
Release Date: August 23, 2013
Label: OVO

Tracklist:
01. Take Control
02. Hold Tight
03. Give Me A Reason (For Lovin’ You)
04. Far Away
05. Tea & Coffee 06.Patience
07. The Law (Part 1)
08. Chill Pad Deluxe

Follow ‘Majid Jordan’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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Read more: okayplayer – First Look Friday: Majid Jordan – ‘afterhours’ EP Stream

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New: WhoMadeWho – Hiding In Darkness [Free Download]

:: It’s gonna be an anthem of nights spent dancing. Terrific tune!

 

WhoMadeWho have unveiled the second track off their forthcoming full-length Dreams. It’s entitled Hiding In Darkness, you can listen to it above  and download it completely for free via the band’s Soundcloud.

Dreams drops on March 03, 2014 via Darup Associates. Pre-order links are not yet up, but I’ll keep you posted since especially vinyl lovers better be quick. The vinyl version will be a white coloured double LP, including four bonus tracks on side D of which two are vinyl-exclusive. The LP comes in a fully printed, special designed plastic sleeve in 3 different colours, each limited to 333 copies.

The new song is inspired by a legendary Berlin night club. Singer/guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg explains: “Hiding In Darkness was inspired by a one off trip to Berghain, the legendary techno-club in Berlin that opens very late and goes on for the whole weekend. I just remember dancing and there was this dark energy and I was thinking about all these destinies and what they were thinking about. Hiding In Darkness is reflecting specifically on that situation and trying to grasp the thoughts and feelings of that moment.

Cover Art:
WhoMadeWho - Hiding In Darkness (2014)

Follow ‘WhoMadeWho’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud | Youtube

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More ‘WhoMadeWho” on Music Pickings:
2013, Nov 29 − New Single: The Morning (2013/11/25)
2012, Feb 14 − Below The Cherry Moon [Free Download]
2011, Dec 17 − New Single: Inside World (Official Video)
2011, Oct 27 – Every Minute Alone (Official Video)