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Debut Single: Midnight Sister – Leave You [Official Video]

:: Good vibes for a cloudy day.


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Artist: Midnight Sister
Title of Album: Leave You
Release Date: April 19, 2017
Label: Jagjaguwa

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Debut Album: Harriet Brown – Contact

:: Yeeessss!


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Ascending from Los Angeles by way of the Bay Area, artist, writer and producer Harriet Brown is back to deliver his debut album, Contact, the follow-up to his 2014 EP, New Era. Composed, arranged, co-produced and performed by your very own himself, Contact is a concept album about communication and the contact we purposely, accidentally and inherently struggle to make between friends, lovers and strangers, be them human or otherwise. And when it comes to the live show, Harriet Brown will stun you. It’s an all-in-one package deal with sensual vocals, live loops, groovin’ drum machines, manic guitar lines and thick synths, all at the hands of one being. It’s no secret that this multi-instrumentalist and producer is influenced sonically and ethically by The Artist himself. And If Prince is his king, Sade is his queen, as they reside over an ever expanding court of every genre that falls in between. Harriet Brown’s sound is not what you’d expect from a one man band – sexual and sensitive, ambiguous and androgynous, prepare to be paralyzed by the sounds of Harriet Brown.

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Artist: Harriet Brown
Title of Album: Contact
Release Date: April 21, 2017
Label: Innovative Leisure

Track Listing:
1 Intro
2 ESP
3 Paralyzed
4 Cybernetiplegia
5 Contact
6 Mother
7 Obsession
8 Cryptid
9 Atlantis
10 Outro (Athanasi)
11 In My Head

Follow ‘Harriet Brown’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | SoundCloud | Bandcamp

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New Album: Arca – Arca / New Track ‘Desafío’

:: Amaze.


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Artist: Arca
Title of Album: Arca
Release Date: April 07, 2017
Label: XL Recordings

Track Listing:
1 Piel
2 Anoche
3 Saunter
4 Urchin
5 Reverie
6 Castration
7 Sin Rumbo
8 Coraje
9 Whip
10 Desafío
11 Fugaces
12 Miel
13 Child

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Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

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Low Roar – Give Me An Answer / New Album ‘Once In A Long, Long While…’

:: Absolutely in love with this awesome music!

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Artist: Low Roar
Title of Album: Once In A Long, Long While…
Release Date: April 14, 2017
Label: Nevado Music

Track Listing:
1. Don’t Be So Serious
2. Bones (feat. Jófriður)
3. St. Eriksplan
4. Give Me An Answer
5. Waiting (10 Years)
6. Without You
7. Gosia
8. Once In A Long, Long While
9. Crawl Back 10. Poznan’
11. Miserably
12. 13
13. I Won’t Be Long

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 20 // Biltmore Cabaret // Vancouver, BC, Canada
Apr 21 // The Crocodile // Seattle, WA, US
Apr 22 // Doug Fir Lounge // Portland, OR, US
Apr 24 // The Independent // San Francisco, CA, US
Apr 25 // The Independent // San Francisco, CA, US
Apr 26 // The Roxy Theatre // West Hollywood, CA, US
Apr 27 // The Casbah // San Diego, CA, US
Apr 28 // Valley Bar // Phoenix AZ, US
Apr 29 // Lowbrow Palace//  El Paso TX, US

Follow ‘Low Roar’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter

Follow ‘Low Roar’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jul 13 – New Album: 0 (2014/07/08) [Full Album Stream] / New Track ‘Vampire On My Fridge’

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New Album: Little Dragon – Season High // New Track ‘Sweet’

:: Excellent Album!


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Artist: Little Dragon
Title of Album: Season High
Release Date: April 14, 2017
Label: Loma Vista

Track Listing:
1 Celebrate (feat. Agge)
2 High
3 The Pop Life
4 Sweet
5 Butterflies
6 Should I Little
7 Don’t Cry
8 Strobe Light
9 Push
10 Gravity

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Apr 14 // Coachella // Indio, CA
Apr 16 // The Observatory North Park // San Diego, CA
Apr 18 // The Observatory (w/Goldlink) // Santa Ana, CA
Apr 20 // The Roxy Theatre // West Hollywood, CA
Apr 21 // Coachella Indio, CA Tickets & More
Apr 22 // Santa Barbara Bowl (w/Glass Animals) Santa Barbara, CA
Apr 23 // Livewire // Scottsdale, AZ
Apr 25 // Majestic Theatre (w/Goldlink) // Dallas, TX
Apr 26 // Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater (w/Goldlink) // Austin, TX
Apr 27 // White Oak Music Hall (w/Goldlink) // Houston, TX
Apr 29 // Granada Theatre // Lawrence, KS
Apr 30 // The Pageant (w/Goldlink) // Saint Louis, MO
May 02 // Newport Music Hall (w/Goldlink) // Columbus, OH
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Little Dragon’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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More ‘Little Dragon’ on Music Pickings:
2014, May 13 – New Track: Paris / New Album ‘Nabuma Rubberband’
2014, Feb 15– New Album: Nabuma Rubberband (2014/05/13) / First Single ‘Klapp Klapp’
2012, Jul 05 – New Single: Sunshine
2011, Sep 19 – Little Dragon European tour dates
2011, Sep 09 – Seconds (Syd the Kyd Remix)

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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

Follow ‘Feist’ on:
Official WebsiteFacebook | Twitter

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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]

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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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