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

:: Amaze.

Cover Art:

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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New Album: SOHN – Rennen (2016/01/13) / New Track ‘Conrad’

:: Can’t wait for the album!


Cover Art:

Artist: Sohn
Title of Album: Rennen
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Label: 4AD


Upcoming Tour Dates 2017:
Feb 13 // Arena // Vienna, Austria
Feb 14 // Technikum // Munich, Germany
Feb 15 // Circolo Magnolia // Segrate, Italy
Feb 16 // PPC // Graz, Austria
Feb 17 // Astra Kulturhaus // Berlin, Germany
Feb 18 // Die Kantine // Cologne, Germany
Feb 20 // Debaser Strand // Stockholm, Sweden
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘SOHN’ on Music Pickings:
2016, Sep 02 – New Track: Signal (2016/08/31)
2014, Aug 31 – New Song: The Chase
2014, Apr 09 – New Track: Lights / New Album ‘Tremors’ (2014/04/07)
2014, Feb 14 – Debut Album: Tremors (2014/04/07) / Track ‘Artifice’
2013, Sep 23 – New Single: Lessons (2013/09/23)
2013, Jun 13 – Bloodflows [Official Video]
2012, Oct 18 – New Track: Red Lines / Debut EP ‘The Wheel’ (2012/11/05)
2012, Oct 01 – Debut Single: The Wheel


New Album: Agnes Obel – Citizen of Glass (2016/10/21)

:: Agnes has finally released new music. I am so excited…


Cover Art:

Artist: Agnes Obel
Title of Album: Citizen of Glass
Release Date: October 21, 2016
Label: Play It Again Sam

1 Stretch Your Eyes
2 Familiar
3 Red Virgin Soil
4 It’s Happening Again
5 Stone
6 Trojan Horses
7 Citizen of Glass
8 Golden Green
9 Grasshopper
10 Mary

Upcoming Tour Dates: 
Oct 28 // Ev. Johanneskirche Stadtkirche // Düsseldorf, Germany
Oct 29 // Ev. Johanneskirche Stadtkirche // Düsseldorf, Germany
Oct 30 // Liederhalle Mozartsaal // Stuttgart, Germany
Nov 01 // Den Atelier // Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Nov 02 // Ancienne Belgique (AB) // Brussels, Belgium
Nov 03 // Paradiso Grote Zaal // Amsterdam, Netherlands
Nov 04 // Ferien- und Freizeitpark Weissenhaeuser Strand // Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Agnes Obel’ on Music Pickings:
2013, Sep 02 – New Album: Aventine (2013/09/30) / New Single ‘The Curse’



New Album: Mick Flannery – I Own You (2016/10/14)

:: lll

Cover Art:

Artist: Mick Flannery
Title of Album: I Own You
Release Date: October 14, 2016


Upcoming Tour Dates:
Aug 16 // The Dolphin Hotel // Galway, Ireland
Aug 25 // Tonder Festival // Tønder, Denmark
Aug 27 // Tonder Festival // Tønder, Denmark
Oct 02 // Cork Folk Festival – Cork Opera House // Cork, Ireland
Oct 08 // The Spirit Store // Dundalk, Ireland
Oct 13 // Dolans Warehouse // Limerick, Ireland
Oct 14 // Wexford Spiegeltent Festival // Wexford, Ireland
Oct 15 // The Milford Room // Carlow, Ireland
>> The full touring schedule is available

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More ‘Mick Flannery’ on Music Pickings: 
2014, May 09 – New Album: By the Rule (2014/05/09) / New Track ‘Get What You Give’
2012, Apr 06 – Ships in the Night [Official Video] / New Album ‘Red To Blue’
2011, Dec 03 – Goodbye / – Safety Rope


New Album: Douglas Dare – Aforger (2016/10/14) [Full Album Stream]

:: Fabulous.


In a conversation with Douglas Dare on July 11th 2016:

The album title plays with the idea of a forger – someone creating imitations or copies, and reimagines them as the creator of something that’s no longer real. Prior to writing the record, I came out to my father and came out of a long relationship, both were hugely challenging for me and questioned my idea of identity and reality. These thoughts leaked out into the record and formed the core of Aforger. I was determined not to write a break-up album or repeat what I’d done before..

I grew up on quite an isolated farm in Dorset, surrounded by fields and not much besides. My mother taught piano from home and we didn’t have a computer, or the internet or mobile phones. In fact, my family still chooses not to use these things. It’s worlds apart from my life now in London where technology seems to dominate everything I do.

After finding out my boyfriend had been leading this double-life, I became obsessed with the question of what is real and George Orwell’s 1984 felt appropriate for me to re-read. Orwell explains this idea of reality control and Doublethink, and it struck a chord with me. The idea that truth can be steered or changed, and we might be able to believe two contradictory things at once. In my case, ignorance was my protection from the truth and ignorance really is bliss, until you’re no longer ignorant.

Binary talks about the idea that technology is allowing us to live on after we’re gone. A relative of mine whose parent passed away kept a picture of them on their phone as a background image. A friend saw this and asked ‘how can you have that there to constantly remind you of your loss?’ They replied, ‘no I have to, it shows me that they’re still here’. This resonated with me and I thought ‘okay, this is just an image to me but to them it’s more than a reminder or a reassurance, it’s a reality’. At the same time, I was finding myself haunted by the digital reminder of my ex-partner and wishing they would disappear. I had to realise that it’s all just pixels on a screen.

I think New York can be thought of as this fabricated, magical place. I was there with my boyfriend after touring the U.S., but when I came back to London I discovered all these lies and began questioning everything. I even questioned whether New York actually happened or not. New York is a song that’s literally describing that very real feeling of not knowing who or what to believe any more – scary and magical at the same time.

Lyrically I wanted to be as honest as possible. The album deals with so much dishonesty, so I felt the lyrics had to be the counterbalance. I was inspired by Björk’s album Vulnicura and how everything is almost awkward in its honesty. Like my first album, Aforger started as poetry, but I consciously tried to be less poetic. For instance, Oh Father is an example of complete unambiguity. It’s certainly the most personal song I’ve put out there, and the realisation that people may hear it makes me feel very vulnerable. That’s the most real feeling of all for me right now.

Cover Art:

Artist: Douglas Dare
Title of Album: Aforger
Release Date: October 14, 2016
Label: Erased Tapes Records Ltd.

01 Doublethink
02 Greenhouse
03 Oh Father
04 New York
05 The Edge
06 Binary
07 Stranger
08 Venus
09 Thinking Of Him
10 Rex

Upcoming Tour Dates:
13/10/16 – ESPACE B, PARIS (FR)
14/10/16 – LE GRAND MIX, LILLE (FR) *
16/10/16 – LUXOR, COLOGNE (DE) *
19/10/16 – BERGHAIN, BERLIN (DE)
23/10/16 – ROTE FABRIK, ZURICH (CH) *
25/10/16 – MAGNOLIA, MILAN (IT) *
>> The full touring schedule is available here

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More ‘Douglas Dare’ on Music Pickings:
2015, Feb 16 – Listen: Caroline/If Only [Full Album Stream] 
2014, May 03 – Debut Album: Whelm (2014/05/12) / Track ‘Nile’


New Single: Nick Murphy (aka Chet Faker) – Fear Less

:: First track since the name change! I’m loving this direction and can’t wait to hear what else is to come!

Cover Art:

Artist: Nick Murphy
Title of Single: Fear Less
Release Date: September, 2016

Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 27 // Pitchfork Music Festival Paris // Paris, France
Nov 09 // O2 Academy Brixton // London, United Kingdom
Jan 21 // Laneway Festival // Singapore,  Singapore
Jan 26 // Laneway Festival // Brisbane, Australia
Jan 28 // Laneway Festival // Melbourne, Australia
Jan 30 // Laneway Festival // Auckland, New Zealand
Feb 03 // Laneway Festival // Adelaide Sa, Australia
Feb 04 // Laneway Festival // Sydney, Australia
Feb 05 // Laneway Festival // Fremantle, Australia

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Listen: Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky

:: Paolo Nutini, thank you for your music!


Cover Art:

Artist: Paolo Nutini
Title of Album: Caustic Love
Release Date: April 11, 2014
Label: Atlantic Records UK

1. Scream (Funk My Life Up)
2. Let Me Down Easy
3. Bus Talk (interlude)
4. One Day
5. Numpty
6. Superfly
7. Better Man
8. Iron Sky
9. Diana
10. Fashion
11. Looking For Something
12. Cherry Blossom
13. Someone Like You

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