Debut Album: Moses Sumney – Aromanticism (2017/09/22) / Track ‘Doomed’

:: Incredible album!


Since emerging onto the scene in 2014, Moses Sumney has ridden a wave of word-of-mouth praise, hushed recordings, and dynamic live performances. It’s an organic, patient ascent all too rare in today’s musical climate. In a voice both mellifluous and haunting, Sumney makes future music that transmogrifies classic tropes, like moon-colony choir reinterpretations of old jazz gems. His vocals narrate a personal journey through universal loneliness atop otherworldly compositional backdrops.

Following the self-release of his debut cassette EP, Mid-City Island, and 2015’s 7″, Seeds/Pleas, Sumney has performed around the world alongside forebears like David Byrne, Karen O, Sufjan Stevens, Solange, James Blake and more. With his 2016 Lamentations EP, The California and Ghana-raised troubadour widened the spectrum of his heretofore “bedroom” music, incorporating songs that feature more elaborate production and evocative songwriting. Now his inspired ascent continues.

His proper debut album, Aromanticism is a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. It seeks to interrogate the social constructions around romance. The debut will include the devastating, billowing synths of “Doomed,” which in a way serves as the album’s thesis statement, as well as new versions of standouts “Lonely World” and “Plastic.” It’s a deliberate, jaw-dropping statement that can leave you both enlightened and empty. [Press release by Bandcamp]

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Artist: Moses Sumney
Title of Debut Album: Aromanticism
Release Date: September 22, 2017
Label: Jagjaguwar

1. Man on the Moon (Reprise)
2. Don’t Bother Calling
3. Plastic
4. Quarrel
5. Stoicism
6. Lonely World
7. Make Out in My Car
8. The Cocoon-Eyed Baby
9. Doomed
10. Indulge Me
11. Self-Help Tape


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Sep 22 // Irenic // San Diego, CA
Sep 24 // Hollywood Bowl // Los Angeles, CA
Sep 26 // Great American Music Hall // San Francisco, CA
Sep 28 // The Crocodile // Seattle, WA
Sep 29 // Doug Fir Lounge // Portland, OR
Sep 30 St. James Hall // Vancouver, BC
Oct 03 // Icehouse // Minneapolis, MN
Oct 04 // Old Town School of Folk Music // Chicago, IL
Oct 05 // Mod Club Theatre // Toronto, ON
Oct 09 // The Sinclair // Cambridge, MA
Oct 11 // Music Hall of Williamsburg // Brooklyn, NY
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Moses Sumney’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Bandcamp


More ‘Moses Sumney’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Nov 03 – Listen: Seeds



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

:: Welcome back Feist!

Cover Artwork:

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


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


New Single: The xx – On Hold // New Album: I See You (2017/01/13)

:: Listen to first single.



Cover Art:

Artist: The xx
Title Of Album: I See You
Release Date: Janaury 13, 2017
Label: Young Turks

1. Dangerous
2. Say Something
3. Lips
4. A Violent Noise
5. Performance
6. Replica
7. Brave For You
8. On Hold
9. I Dare You
10. Test Me

Upcoming Tourdates:
Nov 28 // Bocarski Dom // Zagreb, Croatia
Nov 29 // Forum Karlin // Prague, Czech Republic Sold Out
Nov 30 // Hala Nr 2 MTP // Poznan, Poland
Dec 1 // Nowy Teatr // Warsaw, Poland Sold Out
Dec 3 // Compensa Arena // Vilnius, Lithuania Sold Out
Dec 6 // Toyosu PIT // Tokyo, Japan
Mar 23-25 // Festival Estereo Picnic // Bogota, Colombia
Mar 25 // Lollapalooza // Sao Paulo, Brazil
Mar-Apr 31-1 // Lollapalooza // San Isidro, Argentina
Apr 1-2 // Lollapalooza // Santiago, Chile
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘The xx’ on:
Official WebsiteFacebook


More ‘The xx’ on Music Pickings:
2012, June 02 – The xx Announce New Album ‘Coexist’ for September
2011, Dec 28 − New Demo Track: The xx – Open Eyes / New Album in 2012
2011, Dec 11 − The xx – Islands


New Album: C Duncan – The Midnight Sun (2016/10/02) / Track ‘Wanted To Want It Too’

:: So goddamn beautiful!


Glasgow’s prodigious talent C Duncan released his critically acclaimed and Mercury Prize nominated debut album Architect earlier this year (last summer in the UK.) Now, his follow-up The Midnight Sun sees the bedroom producer return with a more expansive and experimental second offering, blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation.

The album borrows its name from a Twilight Zone episode aired in 1961, in which the Earth’s orbit has been perturbed, causing it to fall slowly towards the sun. “’The Midnight Sun’ is one of my favorite episodes,” Duncan muses, “it embodies the style of Twilight Zone perfectly, which is often claustrophobic, mysterious and unnerving. Like Architect, The Midnight Sun was recorded and produced entirely by C Duncan in his Glasgow flat, using his bedroom studio set-up and gradually adding each layer and each instrument one at a time. Though time-consuming, the process allowed him to lovingly assemble an intricate and subtle collection of songs that pick up where Duncan began with Architect and move toward a cleaner and more precise vision of the Scottish songwriter’s vision. Duncan has heralded the new album as his “most coherent and concise work, sonically.”

The album’s artwork, a painting of a dimly lit staircase, is also a piece by C Duncan, who also happens to be a skilled painter. “This being another album made from home, I wanted the artwork to parallel that.” elaborates the artist. “The paintings I have done for it are of interiors – the stairwell outside my flat to be precise. I spend a lot of time out there thinking about music, and I wanted there to be a very personal element to the artwork.”

The Midnight Sun is decidedly personal, a testament to why he’s been so lavished with praise in his home country and now, on the precipice of this new release, its clear that Duncan will charm the rest of the world as well. [via Bandcamp]

Cover Art:

Artist: C Duncan
Title of Album: The Midnight Sun
Release Date: October 02, 2016
Label: FatCat Records

1 Nothing More
2 Like You Do
3 Other Side
4 Wanted To Want It Too
5 Who Lost
6 On Course
7 Last To Leave
8 Do I Hear?
9 The Midnight Sun
10 Jupiter
11 Window

Upcoming Tour Dates:
20 Oct // Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) // London, UK
24 – 29 Oct // DDW Festival 2016 // Eindhoven, Netherlands
26 Oct // Le Grand Mix 2016 Tourcoing, France
27 Oct // La Lune des Pirates 2016 Amiens, France
27 – 29 Oct // Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2016 // Paris, France
29 Oct // Chapelle Saint-Jacques // Vendôme, France
31 Oct // Hafenkneipe // Zürich, Switzerland
02 Nov // Grüner Salon // Berlin, Germany
03 Nov // Turmzimmer, Uebel & Gefährlich // Hamburg, Germany

Follow ‘C Duncan’ on:
Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud | Bandcamp


More Follow ‘C Duncan’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Oct 20 –  Listen: Architect
Feb 17 – New Single: Say (2015/02/16)


New: Glass Animals – Youth [Official Video] / New Album ‘How To Be A Human Being’ (2016/08/26)

:: Yes!

Cover Art:
Glass_Animals_How To_Be_A_Human_Being

Artist: Glass Animals
Title of Album:
 How To Be A Human Being
Release Date: August 26, 2016
Label: Wolf Tone Limited

1 Life Itself
2 Youth
3 Season 2 Episode 3
4 Explicit Pork Soda
5 Mama’s Gun
6 Cane Shuga
7 Explicit [Premade Sandwiches]
8 Explicit The Other Side of Paradise
9 Explicit Take a Slice
10 Poplar St.
11 Explicit Agnes

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Jul 26 // House Of Yes // Brooklyn, New York United States
Aug 07 // Wilderness Festival // Oxfordshire United Kingdom
Aug 19 // Pukkelpop Festival // Hasselt Belgium
Sep 03 // Electric Picnic Festival // County Laois Ireland
Sep 08 // Bestival // Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
Sep 24 // The Ritz, NC // Raleigh United States
Sep 25 // Echostage // Washington, DC United States
Sep 26 // The Fillmore Philadelphia // Philadelphia, PA United States
Sep 28 // Terminal 5 // New York, NY United States
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Glass Animals’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud


More ‘Glass Animals’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jun 11 – New Album: ZABA (2014/06/09)
2013, Jul 07 – New Single: Black Mambo (2013/06/28)



New Album: Metronomy – Summer 08 / Official Video ‘Night Owl’

:: Watch the new video for ‘Night Owl’, the latest single from METRONOMY, directed by Quentin Dupieux.


Cover Art:
Metronomy - Summer 08

Artist: Metronomy
Title of Album: Summer 08
Release Date: July 01, 2016
Label: Because Music

1 Back Together
2 Miami Logic
3 Old Skool
4 16 Beat
5 Hang Me Out To Dry (with Robyn)
6 Mick Slow
7 My House
8 Night Owl
9 Love’s Not an Obstacle
10 Summer Jam

Upcoming Tour Dates:
08 Sep // Darwin Caserne Niel // Bordeaux, France

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


More ‘Metronomy’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Mar 05 – New Album: Love Letters (2014/03/10) [Full Album Stream] / New Video for ‘Love Letters’
2013, Nov 13 − New Single: I’m Aquarius (2013/11/11)
2011, Nov 29 − The Look / Everything Goes My Way


New Track: Two Door Cinema Club – Are We Ready? (Wreck) / New Album ‘Gameshow’

:: The first track off their third album.


Cover Art:
Two Door Cinema Club

Artist: Two Door Cinema Club
Title of Album: Gameshow
Release Date: 2016


Follow ‘Two Door Cinema Club’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud


More ‘Two Door Cinema Club’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Aug 27 – New Album: Beacon (2012/09/03) [Full Album Stream]
2012, July 20 – New Single: Sleep Alone [Free Download for 24 Hours]
2012, June 29 – New Album ‘Beacon’ Announced for September