New Album

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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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: Fleet Foxes – Crack-Up (2017/06/16) / New Track ‘Third of May / Ōdaigahara’

:: Long-awaited and highly anticipated! So good to hear them back with Third of May.

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Fleet Foxes will release Crack-Up, its long-awaited and highly anticipated third album, June 16 on Nonesuch Records. Crack-Up comes six years after the 2011 release of Helplessness Blues and nearly a decade since the band’s 2008 self-titled debut. Fleet Foxes has released the album track “Third of May / Ōdaigahara,” a nearly nine-minute epic powered by piano and electric twelve-string guitar, string quartet, and the group’s trademark sparkling harmonies. In addition, the band has announced new tour dates, including their first North American shows since October 2011; see below for details. Crack-Up pre-orders are available now from iTunes and in the Nonesuch Store, where “Third of May / Ōdaigahara” may be downloaded instantly; you can watch the lyric video for the track, created by Sean Pecknold and Adi Goodrich, below. Nonesuch Store pre-orders of the album also include an exclusive, limited-edition print featuring artwork by Hiroshi Hamaya.

All eleven of the songs on Crack-Up were written by Robin Pecknold. The album was co-produced by Pecknold and Skyler Skjelset, his longtime bandmate, collaborator, and childhood friend. Crack-Up was recorded at various locations across the United States between July 2016 and January 2017: at Electric Lady Studios, Sear Sound, The Void, Rare Book Room, Avast, and The Unknown. Phil Ek mixed the album, at Sear Sound, and it was mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound. Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold (vocals, multi-instrumentalist), Skyler Skjelset (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Casey Wescott (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), Christian Wargo (multi-instrumentalist, vocals), and Morgan Henderson (multi-instrumentalist).

Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut made a profound impact on the international musical landscape, earning them Uncut‘s first ever Music Award Prize, and topping numerous “Best of ” lists, including Rolling Stone‘s 100 Best Albums of the 2000’s and Pitchfork‘s 50 Best Albums of 2008. Fleet Foxes is certified Gold in North America and Platinum in both the UK and Australia. The follow-up album Helplessness Blues was met with the same critical praise as its predecessor (MOJO five stars, Rolling Stone four stars, Pitchfork Best New Music); that album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, went Gold in the UK, and earned the band a Grammy nomination. [Press Release by Nonesuch Records]

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Artist: Fleet Foxes
Title of Album: Crack-Up
Release Date: June 16, 2017
Label: Nonesuch Records

Track Listing:
01 I Am All That I Need / Arroyo Seco / Thumbprint Scar
02 Cassius, –
03 – Naiads, Cassadies
04 Kept Woman
05 Third of May / Ōdaigahara
06 If You Need To, Keep Time on Me
07 Mearcstapa
08 On Another Ocean (January / June)
09 Fool’s Errand
10 I Should See Memphis
11 Crack-Up

Upcoming Tour Dates:
May 26-29  // Sydney Opera House // Sydney, Australia
Jul 01 // Vida Festival // Vilanova I La Geltru, Spain
Jul 03 // Piazza Castello // Ferrara, Italy
July 6-8 // Bilboa BBK Live // Bilboa, Spain
Jul 13 // Iveagh Gardens // Dublin, Ireland
Jul 14 // Iveagh Gardens // Dublin, Ireland
Jul 16 // Latitude Festival // Suffolk, United Kingdom
Jul 27 // Thompson’s Point // Portland, ME
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Fleet Foxes’ on:
Official Website | Facebook

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More ‘Fleet Foxes’ on Music Pickings:
2012, Jan 15 – Fleet Foxes – Mykonos
2011, Nov 13 – Sun Giant / Sun It Rises live In The Basement

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New Album: Alt-J – Relaxer (2017/06/09) / New Track ‘3WW’

:: I can´t wait!

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Artist: Alt-J
Title of Album: Relaxer
Release Date: June 09, 2017
Label: Canvasback Music

Tracklist:
01 3WW
02 In Cold Blood
03 House of the Rising Sun
04 Hit Me Like That Snare
05 Deadcrush
06 Adeline
07 Last Year
08 Pleader

Upcoming Tour Dates:
20 Jun // INmusic festival 2017 // Zagreb, Croatia
23 – 25 Jun // Hurricane Festival 2017 // Scheessel, Germany
23 – 25 Jun // Southside Festival 2017 // Tuttlingen, Germany
28 Jun // Ferrara Sotto Le Stelle Festival // Ferrara, Italy
28 Jun // Bands Apart / Ferrara Sotto le Stelle 2017 // Ferrara, Italy
29 Jun – 2 Jul OpenAir 2017 // St. Gallen, Switzerland
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Alt-J’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

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More ‘Alt-J’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Oct 25 – Listen: Every Other Freckle / New Album ‘This Is All Yours’
2014, Jun 20 – New Album: Alt-J – This Is All Yours (2014/09/19)
2012, Jul 17 – New Single: Tessellate [Official Video]
2012, Jun 29 – Something Good
2012, May 31 – Debut Album: Alt-J (∆) – An Awesome Wave (2012/05/28)
2012, Feb 10 – Alt-J (∆) – Fitzpleasure

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New Album: Valerie June – The Order Of Time (2017/03/10)

:: Fantastic.


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Valerie June
Title of Album: The Order Of Time
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Label: Caroline (Universal Music)

Tracklist:
1 Long Lonely Road
2 Love You Once Made
3 Shakedown
4 If And
5 Man Done Wrong
6 The Front Door
7 Astral Plane
8 Just In Time
9 With You With You
10 Slip Slide On By
11 Two Hearts
12 Got Soul

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Feb 24 // The Waiting Room // Omaha, NE
Feb 25 // Knuckleheads Saloon // Kansas City, MO
Feb 27 // Granada Theater // Dallas, TX
Feb 28 // The Paramount Theatre // Austin, TX
Mar 01 // The Heights Theater // Houston, TX
Mar 02 // The Republic // New Orleans, LA
Mar 03 // Saturn // Birmingham, AL
Mar 04 // The Loft // Atlanta, GA
Mar 05 // Charleston Music Hall // Charleston, SC
Mar 06 // Orange Peel // Asheville, NC
>> The full touring schedule is available here

Follow ‘Valerie June’ on:
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Soundcloud

More ‘Valerie June’ on Music Pickings:
2014, Jan 27 – Listen: Pushin’ Against a Stone / Track ‘Workin’ Woman Blues’

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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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New Single: Fink – Cold Feet / New Album ‘Fink´s Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol. 1’ (2017/03/10)

:: Can’t wait to hear the album!


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Cover Art:
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Artist: Fink
Title of Album: Fink´s Sunday Night Blues Club, Vol. 1
Release Date: March 10, 2017
Label: R’COUP’D

Track Listing:
1. Cold Feet
2. She Was Right
3. Little Bump
4. Boneyard
5. Hard To See You Happy
6. Keep Myself Alone Now
7. Hour Golden
8. Black Curls

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Nov 6 // Ahoi! Festival // Linz, Austria
Oct 30 // Tavastia // Helsinki, Finland
Oct 28 // Klubben // Stockholm, Sweden
Oct 27 // Rockefeller // Oslo, Norway
Oct 19 // De La Warr Pavilion // Bexhill, United Kingdom
Oct 17 // Academy2 // Manchester, United Kingdom
Oct 16 // The Forum // London, United Kingdom
Oct 15 // Anson Rooms // Bristol, United Kingdom
Nov 27 // KOKO London London, United Kingdom

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

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More ‘Fink’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Mar  03− New EP: Pilgrim
2014, Oct 15 − New EP: Shakespeare (Remixes) 
2014, Jul 11− New Album: Hard Believer (2014/07/11) / Track ‘Hard Believer’ [Free Download]
2014, May 14− First Single: Looking Too Closely / New Album ‘Fink – Hard Believer’ (2014/07/11)
2013, Mar 20 – New Song: Hard Believer [Free Download]
2013, Aug 23 − New Album: RCO (2013/10/14)
2013, Mar 14− New EP: Warm Shadow (2013/03/10)
2012, Sep 04 – Debut Live Album: Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet / Upcoming European Tour Dates [Free Download]
2012, Jan 14 – In Bloom (Nirvana cover)
2011, Dec 23 – “Best of the Given” Mixtape
2011, Oct 13 – LIVE TONIGHT
2011, Sep 19 – Autumn tour dates + new single “Perfect Darkness / Berlin Sunrise “
2011, Aug 31 – Perfect Darkness / Q&A

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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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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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