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New Album: Feist – Pleasure (2017/04/28)

:: Welcome back Feist!

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Artist: Feist
Title of Album: Pleasure
Release Date: April 28, 2017
Label: Universal Music

Track Listing:
01 Pleasure
02 I Wish I Didn’t Miss You
03 Get Not High, Get Not Low
04 Lost Dreams
05 Any Party
06 A Man Is Not His Song
07 The Wind
08 Century
09 Baby Be Simple
10 I’m Not Running Away
11 Young Up

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More ‘Feist’ on Music Pickings:
2011, Dec 16  – How Come You Never Go There (Beck Remix)
2011, Oct 22 – Feist LIVE
2011, Sep 07 – Feist presents new songs

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New Album: Marker Starling – I’m Willing (2017/01/13)

:: Last night I fell in love with this album… thank you, Kai!


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“I guess I’ll never learn… I can’t begin to know the meaning of love,” once sang New York jazz piano innovator Steve Kuhn atop a swirl of lush cello and skittering drums, on 1971 track The Meaning Of Love. Those same words might sound strange to hear tumbling from the husky vocal of Toronto troubadour Marker Starling on his new covers album I’m Willing – the latest chapter in the career of a Canadian avant-pop charmer whose music has, after all, long basked in the mysteries and meaning of romance. “I’m very much a romantic in real life,” smiles Marker, real name Chris A. Cummings. “There are love songs – then there are also love-of-life songs.” Both kinds are reinterpreted on the remarkable I’m Willing – an album that strips back the huge orchestral bloom of tracks by John Cale, Bobby Cole, Sergio Mendes and more to their raw, minimalist, emotional bare bones – just breezy bossa nova drum machine clicks, lilting Yamaha CP-70 electric piano melodies and one unmistakable voice.

Arriving hot on the heels of his March 2015 album Rozy Maze – a sanguine dream of McCartney pop, 1960s movie soundtrack sparkle with stoned Beach Boys melodies, released on Tin Angel Records – I’m Willing sees Marker move further away from his previous guise, Mantler, under which he released four cult acclaimed albums on German imprint Tomlab. “I wanted to make an album that would contrast strongly with my previous one,” explains Marker, who grew up listening to Miles Davis between episodes of Sesame Street. “It was my first time making a record outside of Toronto, and without any of my usual collaborators.” The opportunity had come up to make a record in a small studio on the fringes of Paris with Laetitia Sadier producer Emmanuel Mario (aka Astrobal), “so naturally I wanted to make that happen! But I only had two months before the session, and I quickly had the idea to make an all-covers record, which had been a long-simmering idea of mine.”

The result is a tender patchwork essay on the nature of love that, across 10 spell-binding covers, adventures through ecstatic proto-disco (‘For Real’, originally by Flowers), Brazilian Tropicalia (Caetano Veloso’s ‘Lost In The Paradise’), spiritual jazz (Doug Hammond’s ‘Moves’) and other eclectic sounds, put together in 5am writing sessions last winter, as the frost-covered rest of the city was just stirring into life, in his house – a 100-year- old building nestled between 1970s builds in east Toronto’s remote inner-suburbs. Stereolab’s Sadier turns up on a rendition of Bobby Cole’s ‘Perfect Day’ that dials down the scatty fervour of the original in favour of something more svelte. “I was overawed, since she has been someone I’ve admired and looked up to for years and years,” says Marker.

Marker found songs took on different meanings from the romance of the originals, shaped by events in his life. “Every time you walk my way, I know love is only moments away,” he sings on ‘For Real’, but he may also be singing about his infant child. “Rosy Maze was written before my daughter was born. Since that time, she’s grown from an infant to a baby to a toddler to a real, full blown, very articulate child, with her own thoughts and opinions, so living through all those phases of her life, and all the phases of fatherhood that went along with them – some of them exhilarating, some of them exhausting– was a new thing for me, a new chapter in my life. And really, the making of music was just a sidebar to that,” he says. “When your emotions are running high, which is often the case when there is a crying, laughing, jumping, running, emotional child in the house, different feelings can come up in the music that maybe weren’t there before.”

“Most of these songs are over 35 years old. I tried to make a unified album out of other people’s songs,” explains Marker. “I have a tendency towards schmaltzy 1960s pop with slightly over-egged arrangements, done right of course, and unjustly maligned forms of music such as 1970s jazz funk and so-called smooth jazz” – genres, he says, have been written off, but deserve critical and cultural renaissances. “Romance is writ large in jazz!”

“Let’s forget all our troubles and sorrows,” sings Marker on the album’s defiantly upbeat closing track, a cover of Brazilian MPB mainstay Ivan Lins. “This is the smiling hour.” Warm, wise and wonderful, the beautiful I’m Willing will put a grin on your face that long outlasts 60 minutes. [Press release via Tin Angel Records]

Cover Art:
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Artist: Marker Starling
Title of Album: I’m Willing
Release Date: January 13,  2017
Label: Tin Angel Records

Track Listing:
1. Stormy
2. Perfect Day
3. I’m Willing
4. For Real
5. Amsterdam
6. Lost In The Paradise
7. The Meaning Of Love
8. Would You Believe In Me
9. Moves
10. The Smiling Hour (Abre Alas)

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Debut Album: Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 – Star Stuff (2017/03/31) / New Track ‘Star Stuff’

:: Recommended for you.


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Chaz Bundick meets The Mattson 2 “Star Stuff” is the kind of record that only comes about every once in a blue moon. It slips into existence by the merest margins at the very edge of universal consciousness and then expands to fill a vacuum that we didn’t know needed filling until it appeared full right before us.

The unspoken brotherly bond of the Mattson 2 and the incredibly refined and aesthetic genius of Chaz Bundick (playing both the role of musician and producer) combined to invoke this album from the ether. The Mattsons’ brotherly forgetfulness acted as a catalyst for this most spectacular of collaborations: Jared Mattson (Guitar/bass/extra dimensional texture) forgot to pack a drum stool for Jonathan (Drums/Intra dimensional rythmality) for a show in Oakland in late 2014.

A mutual friend, photographer Andrew Paynter, said he knew someone nearby who might have one, that someone was Chaz Bundick. Chaz stayed to watch their show, and over the following few months they recorded with no set schedule, no set plan, no rules and no limits.

“We all got together after that first encounter, meeting at Chaz’s home studio in Berkeley. We had no set musical ideas because we wanted this to be fresh and pure and 100% collaborative… The songs started morphing and the camaraderie got so strong, inspired, and positive that it was absolutely exhilarating working together! We had the utmost trust in one another. It naturally became a joint record so it became fitting to call it a “meets” project.” – Jared Mattson [Press Release via Bandcamp]

Cover Art:
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Artist: Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2
Title of Album: Star Stuff
Release Date: March 31, 2017
Label: Company Records

Track Listing:
1. Sonmoi
2. A Search
3. JBS
4. Star Stuff
5. Steve Pink
6. Disco Kid
7. Don’t Blame Yourself
8. Cascade


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Upcoming Tour Dates:

11/07: Neptune – Seattle, WA
11/09: Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
11/10: The UC Theatre – Berkeley, CA
11/11: SLO Brew – San Luis Obispo, CA
11/12: Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival – Los Angeles, CA
11/14: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
11/15: Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
11/16: Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM
11/17: Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
11/18: Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
11/19: Knitting Factory – Boise, ID
11/20: The Badlander – Missoula, MT

Follow ‘Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2’ on:
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New Album: Ásgeir – Afterglow (2017/05/05) // First Single ‘Unbound’

:: Absolutely beautiful!

 

Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and collaborator; the mighty Ásgeir returns in 2017 with his highly anticipated brand new album, ‘Afterglow’. The Icelandic artist has spent three years honing and perfecting the eleven tracks that make up this magnificent and affecting body of work. Lead single ‘Unbound’ is a stunning, yearning piece of music – surely a career-defining moment for the musician, who’s follow up to debut album ‘In The Silence’ is greatly anticipated by fans worldwide.

The brand new record, which is released on 5th May 2017, sees Ásgeir depart from the sentiment and sound of his debut album in many ways, bringing a great deal more electronic instrumentation into the fold, and adopting r’n’b and soul elements. The album leaves behind the folk-tinged acoustics of ‘In The Silence’ and dives head first into melancholic, melodic electronica in its purest form. The spell-binding artist has also once again collaborated with his father, Einar Georg, for ‘Afterglow’, who is credited with writing the lyrics for the entire album alongside long-time musical collaborators, Ásgeir’s brother, Thorsteinn, Julius Robertsson & Hogni.

Renowned for his silky, falsetto vocal, the musician has previously drawn comparisons to Bon Iver, James Blake and Kings of Convenience, however ‘Afterglow’ sees Ásgeir refine his own distinctive style. The record undoubtedly comes from a place of darkness, reminiscent of ANOHNI’s ‘HOPELESSNESS’, yet it retains an essence of hopefulness at its core. Talking about ‘Afterglow’, Ásgeir said: “I feel like I have achieved plenty already with this album, gotten to know myself better, feel like I’ve grown a lot. Not just because of the album, but it has definitely helped.”

Ásgeir couldn’t have predicted the immensity of his success off the back of 2014 debut album, ‘In The Silence’ – coming from the Icelandic town of Laugarbakki, populated by just 40 people, Ásgeir is every bit as introverted, humble and unassuming as he is gifted. The same year, Ásgeir sold out two shows at Sydney Opera House, one at Shepard’s Bush Empire and played a mesmerising show at London’s Union Chapel, which sold out months in advance. The original Icelandic version of the album, ‘Dyrd í dauðathogn’, became the fastest selling debut from a home grown artist in Iceland, breaking all previous records and outselling Bjork and Sigur Ros by a long way.

The album won Ásgeir four Iceland Music Awards and a nomination for the prestigious Nordic Music Prize. In October 2014 he also picked up an EBBA Award for cross-border European chart success. The ubiquity of Dýrð í dauðaþögn caught the attention of musician John Grant, and the Midlake collaborator immediately recognised Ásgeir’s musical talent. Grant saw plenty of beauty in the album’s lyrics—a poetic collection touching on nature, fantastical creatures, weather and old short stories—and he ended up translating the lyrics into English for the international version of the album, titled ‘In The Silence’.

Over 10% of the entire Icelandic population now own ‘Dýrð í dauðaþögn’, and the album has accumulated over 70million streams worldwide. Debut single ‘King and Cross’ was #1 on the Spotify Viral Charts in the UK, achieving over 4.7m views on YouTube, while second single ‘Torrent’ was #10 in the same week on the same chart. The record had hit the top 10 in Australia, and the top 40 in the UK, France, Japan, Denmark, Holland and Belgium. At just 20 years of age, Ásgeir had become an overnight sensation. [Press release via One Little Indian]

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Cover Art:
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Artist: Ásgeir
Title of Album: Afterglow
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Label: One Little Indian

Track Listing:
1 Afterglow
2 Unbound
3 Stardust
4 Here Comes the Wave in
5 Underneath It
6 Nothing
7 I Know You Know
8 Dreaming
9 New Day
10 Fennir Yfir
11 Hold
12 Afterglow (Alternative Version)
13 Unbound (Alternative Version)
14 Where Is My Mind
15 Trust

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 6 // Train // Aarhus, Denmark
May 7 // Vega // Copenhagen, Denmark
May 9 // Festaal Kreuzberg // Berlin, Germany
May 10 // Mojo Club // Hamburg, Germany
May 12 // Plaza // Zurich, Switzerland
May 13 // Strom // Munich, Germany
May 15 // Cabaret Sauvage // Paris, France
May 16 // CIRQUE ROYAL-KONINKLIJK CIRCUS Bruxelles // Brussel, Belgium
May 17 // Luxor // Cologne, Germany
May 18 // Paradiso // Amsterdam, Netherlands
>> The full touring schedule is available here.

Follow ‘Ásgeir’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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More ‘Ásgeir’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Nov 24 – New: It Will Rain / ‘In The Silence’ Deluxe Edition / ‘King and Cross’ [Electric Piano Version]
2014, Apr 20 − New Single: Here it Comes (2014/04/19)
2014, Jan 23 – Debut Album: In The Silence (2014/01/27) [Full Album Stream]
2013, Nov 14 − New Single: Torrent [Video Portrait] (2013/12/16)
2013, Aug 08 − Debut Single: King and Cross [Official Video] (2013/08/12)

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New Track: Father John Misty – Ballad of the Dying Man / New Album ‘Pure Comedy’

:: Brilliant lyrics and arrangement!


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Father John Misty
Title of Album: Pure Comedy
Release Date: April 07, 2017
Label: Sub Pop Records

Track Listing:
1 Pure Comedy
2 Total Entertainment Forever
3 Things It Would Have Been Helpful to Know Before the Revolution
4 Ballad of the Dying Man
5 Birdie
6 Leaving LA
7 A Bigger Paper Bag
8 When the God of Love Returns There’ll Be Hell to Pay
9 Smoochie
10 Two Wildly Different Perspectives
11 The Memo
12 So I’m Growing Old on Magic Mountain
13 In Twenty Years or So


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More ‘Father John Misty’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Apr 18 – New Song: I Loved You, Honeybee
2014, Nov 05 – New Album: I Love You, Honeybear (2015/02/09) / New Track ‘Bored in the USA’
2013, Jun 07 – New Video: Funtimes In Babylon [Official Video]
2012, May 01 – Debut Album: Fear Fun (2012/05/01)
2012, Mar 22 – Nancy From Now On [Official Video]
2012, Feb 02 – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings [Official Video]

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Debut Album: Syd – Fin (2017/02/03) [Full Album Stream]

:: Ready for The Internet Syd’s album, Fin!


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Cover Art:

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Artist: Syd
Title of Debut Album: Fin
Release Date: February 03, 2017
Label: Columbia Records

Track Listing:
1 Explicit Shake Em Off
2 Know
3 No Complaints
4 Nothin to Somethin
5 All About Me
6 Smile More
7 Got Her Own
8 Drown in It
9 Body
10 Dollar Bills
11 Over (feat. 6LACK)
12 Insecurities


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Debut Album: Loyle Carner – Yesterday’s Gone (2017/01/20) / Lead Single ‘Ain’t Nothing Changed’ [Official Video]

:: Yes man! You should listen to this album…


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Loyle Carner
Title of Album: Yesterday’s Gone
Release Date: January 20, 2017
Label: AMF Records

Tracklist:
1. The Isle Of Arran
2. Mean It In The Morning
3. Damselfly (FT Tom Misch)
4. Ain’t Nothing Changed
5. Swear
6. Florence (FT Kwes)
7. The Seamstress (Tooting Masala)
8. Stars & Shards
9. No Worries (FT. Rebel Kleff & Jhest)
10. Rebel 101
11. No CD (FT. Rebel Kleff)
12. Mrs C
13. Sun Of Jean (FT. Mum and Dad)

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 02 | Workmans Club | Dublin
Feb 03.02 | Garage | Glasgow
Feb 04.02 | Liquid Room | Edinburgh
Feb 05.02 | Riverside | Newcastle
Feb 07.02 | O2 Academy | Oxford
Feb 08.02 | Belgrave Music Hall | Leeds
Feb 09.02 | Academy 2 | Manchester
Feb 11.02 | Waterfront | Norwich
Feb 12.02 | Motion | Bristol
Feb 13.02 | The Hub | Plymouth
Feb 15.02 | Engine Rooms | Southampton
Feb 16.02 | O2 Institute 2 | Birmingham
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Loyle Carner’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

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