SBTRKT ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM “WONDER WHERE WE LAND” ANNOUNCES WORLDWIDE TOUR LISTEN TO NEW SONG “NEW DORP. NEW YORK. (FEAT. EZRA KOENIG)” NOW
Today, SBTRKT announces details of his much-anticipated second album. The London-based producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist will release Wonder Where We Land on September 23rd on Young Turks.
Check out the first single “NEW DORP. NEW YORK. (feat. Ezra Koenig)”
Since the release of his debut album in 2011, SBTRKT has cemented his role as one of the most acclaimed electronic artists and performers around. What began as praise in his hometown of London has now reached to every corner of the globe.
Wonder Where We Land follows his critically acclaimed eponymous debut album and a recent interim release of six instrumentals called Transitions, which joined the creative dots between the first and second albums.
Album sessions began on Osea Island, a tidal island in an estuary off Essex where the winding coastal road is submerged for 8 in every 12 hours. It was here that SBTRKT began the early stages of the recording process, inviting a host of collaborators including Sampha, Koreless and Caroline Polachek to join him and record throughout the night free from any distraction – the tapes continuously rolled, animation was projected on the walls and every creative impulse was documented. Inspired by this new ‘open’ method of recording, and ready to focus his new found ideas into more intense sessions, SBTRKT visited New York and Los Angeles armed with a wish list of collaborators to track down. It was here he worked with newcomer Raury, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend, A$AP Ferg and Emily Kokal from Warpaint. Speaking about the experience, he writes
“With this album I wanted to bring a wider, immersive storyline without losing the simplicity of the song …I wanted to let go of the rules that dictate a certain genre or aesthetic and create something unique to the people I’m collaborating with at the time”
SBTRKT’s captivating and ever changing live show will be touring the world for the rest of the year. Catch him at the following dates:
2014 / 2015 Tour Dates
09/26/14 – Leeds, UK
09/27/14 – Glasgow, UK O2 ABC
09/29/14 – Bristol, UK
09/30/14 – Manchester, UK Albert Hall
10/01/14 – Nottingham, UK
10/02/14 – London, UK Brixton Academy
11/08/14 – Turin, Italy
11/10/14 – Munich, Germany Theaterfabrik
11/11/14 – Berlin, Germany
11/12/14 – Warsaw, Poland Basen
11/13/14 – Hamburg, Germany
Uebel & Gefährlich
11/15/14 – Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg Rockhal
11/16/14 – Amsterdam, Holland@ Melkweg
11/17/14 – Gent, Belgium
11/18/14 – Paris, France Trianon
10/07/14 – Atlanta, GA
10/09/14 - New Orleans, LA Republic New Orleans
10/10/14 – Houston, TX
House Of Blues
10/11/14 - Mexico City, MX Corona Capital Music Festival
10/12/14 – Dallas, TX
House Of Blues
10/14/14 - Tempe, AZ The Marquee Theatre
10/15/14 – Los Angeles, CA
The Belsaco Theater
10/16/14 – Los Angeles, CA The Belasco Theatre
10/17/14 – Oakland, CA
10/18/14 - Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
10/20/14 – Denver, CO
10/23/14 - Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
10/24/14 – Cleveland, OH
House Of Blues
10/25/14 - Washington, DC Lincoln Theatre
10/26/14 – New York, NY
10/29/14 - Boston, MA Royale
10/31/14 – Toronto, ON
Danforth Music Hall
11/01/14 – Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
WONDER WHERE WE LAND
22nd SEPTEMBER 2014
1. Day 1
2. Wonder Where We Land (feat. Sampha)
4. Higher (feat. Raury)
5. Day 5
6. Look Away (feat. Caroline Polachek)
7. Osea (feat. Koreless)
8. Temporary View (feat. Sampha)
9. NEW DORP. NEW YORK (feat Ezra Koenig)
10. Everybody Knows
11. Problem (Solved) (feat. Jessie Ware)
12. If It Happens (feat. Sampha)
13. Gon Stay (feat. Sampha)
14. The Light (feat. Denai Moore)
15. Voices In My Head (feat. A$AP Ferg)
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) Soused Released September 22nd on 4AD
When Sunn O))) first approached Scott Walker about appearing on their 2009 albumMonoliths & Dimensions, little did they know what it would actually lead to. Four years on, Scott was back with something even more enticing, collaborating on Soused, a body of work he was writing with them in mind.
With a career spanning more than five decades, Scott Walker’s cult status remains as significant as ever before. Experiencing mega-stardom as part of The Walker Brothers before carving out a career as a solo crooner who released a quartet of peerless self-titled LPs that painted rich vignettes of life in the late 60s, Scott went through what felt like a massive U-turn by recording a collection of masterfully challenging albums:Climate Of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1996), The Drift (2006) and Bish Bosch (2013). While there’s some truth to this artistic arc, the actual picture is a lot more complex, with his knack for introducing the disturbingly counter-intuitive and the uncanny into his songwriting dating back to the likes of ‘The Plague’ (1967) and ‘It’s Raining Today’ (1969).
Centred around the core duo of Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, Sunn O))) have been at the heart of underground and experimental metal since they began in Los Angeles back in 1998, broadening in range to increasingly encompass avant-garde and jazz dynamics to their dark music. Anderson runs Southern Lord (Sunn O)))’s usual label home), whilst O’Malley is involved in a remarkable web of projects as a musician, designer, and label head of Ideologic Organ. They appear alongside extended Sunn O))) member Tos Nieuwenhuizen on this recording.
Recorded in London in early 2014 and produced by Scott Walker and long-time ally Peter Walsh with the assistance of musical director Mark Warman, Soused is a 5-track, 50-minute collaborative record that cements the status of both act’s wide-reaching and otherworldly renown.
Scott Walker + Sunn O))) Soused
Lower & Merchandise announce North American tour
Lower’s second visit to North America this year — and first since the release of ‘Seek Lower Climes’ — kicks off September 23 in Austin and runs through mid-October in Boston. All dates are in support of Tampa’s Merchandise, who release their 4AD debut, After The End August 26.
Canadian dates include:
Sat. Oct. 4 – Vancouver, BC
Wed. Oct. 15 – Toronto, ON Wrongbar
Thu. Oct. 16 – Ottawa, ON
House Of Targ
Fri. Oct. 17 – Montreal, QC La Vitrola
PERFUME GENIUS ANNOUNCES NEW LP TOO BRIGHT + NEW TRACK “QUEEN”
Over the course of two astonishing albums, Perfume Genius, aka Seattle native Mike Hadreas, cemented his place as a singer-songwriter of rare frankness, with achingly emotional songs that offered empathy and hope, rather than judgment or handwringing. Sparse, gorgeous and with Hadreas’ quavering vocals often only accompanied by piano, they were uncommonly beautiful tales of a life lived on the dark side – scarred, brutalized, yet ultimately reclaimed.
Too Bright, however, is something else altogether. Less self-conscious, and less concerned with storytelling and easily-digested melodies, it is a bold and unpredictably quixotic exploration of what Hadreas calls “an underlying rage that has slowly been growing since age ten and has just begun to bubble up”.
Recorded with Adrian Utley of Portishead and featuring John Parish on several tracks, it is a stunning about-face which brings to mind audacious career-shift albums like Kate Bush’s The Dreaming or Scott Walker’s Tilt, records which walk the tightrope between pure songwriting and overt experimentation.
The fragile yet defiant “I Decline” opens the album, draped in hushed, languorous beauty, but it is an outlier. On the following track (and first single) “Queen”, Hadreas forcefully asks, “Don’t you know your queen?” over ominous keyboards. Hadreas deconstructs gay panic with relish, singing “no family is safe, when I sashay” before the chorus explodes into a cacophonous symphony of synths and vocals. It is both the most anthemic work Hadreas has done so far and his most perverse, a gleeful kiss-off to what he describes as “faces of blank fear when I walk by…if these fucking people want to give me some power – if they see me as some sea witch with penis tentacles that are always prodding and poking and seeking to convert the muggles – well, here she comes”.
Similarly, a surreal threat hangs over songs like “My Body” and “Grid”, with piercing screams, tribal drums and electronic stabs highlighting disturbing lyrics of self-destruction and temporary respite. On “Fool” meanwhile, swinging doo-wop rhythms disguise a story of social mutiny, with Hadreas tearing into the stereotype of “a walking, talking candelabra” and rejecting it for something much more volatile and dangerous.
Which is not to say that Hadreas has completely abandoned the shimmering, exquisite piano ballads that he is so known for. “No Good” is a heartbreaking meditation on a difficult life lived on the outside but “spent looking in”, while the somber closer “All Along” is a resigned yet firm rebuke to acceptance and reassurance from external forces, preferring instead to find refuge from within. This, in fact, is the overarching theme of Too Bright, the connective tissue joining up these 11 stunning, weird, wonderful tracks: The discovery of strength and power where previously Hadreas felt he had little. As he himself puts it, during the making of the album, “I felt like I had woken some ancient beast which began to rattle and threaten to rise”.
i. I Decline
iv. No Good
v. My Body
vi. Don’t Let Them In
ix. I’m a Mother
x. Too Bright
xi. All Along
UPCOMING LIVE DATES (US in bold)
1 – OFF Festival, Katowice, Poland
2 – Visions Festival, London
27 – Feeerieen, Brussels, Belgium
28 – Mas Mas, Cardigan, UK
30 – End of the Road Festival, Salisbury
1 – Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow
2 – Band on the Wall, Manchester
3 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
7 – MITO SettembreMusica, Milan, Italy
8 – Circolo degli Artisti, Rome, Italy
9 – Locomotiv Club, Bologna, Italy
26 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
27 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
29 – Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
30 – Triple Rock Social Club – Mpls, MN
1 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
2 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI
4 – Virgin Mobile Mod Club – Toronto, ON
6 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA
7 – Music Hall of Wmsburg – Brooklyn, NY
8 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
9 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC
10 – Cat’s Cradle Back Room – Carrboro, NC
11 – Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
13 – Three Links – Dallas, TX
14 – The Parish – Austin, TX
16 – Club Congress – Tucson, AZ
17 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA
19 – Roxy Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
21 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
22 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
24 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR
25 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
11 – La Maroquinerie, Paris
12 – Exil, Zurich
13 – Le Romandie, Lausanne,
14 – Depot, Leuven
16 – Vega, Copenhagen
17 – Lido, Berlin
18 – Pret-a-ecouter Festival, Heidelberg
19 – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam
21 – Le Guess Who Festival, Utrecht
23 – Caves, Edinburgh
24 – The Wardrobe, Leeds
25 – Oobleck, Birmingham
26 – The Haunt, Brighton
27 – Islington Assembly Hall, London
INTERPOL PREMIERE "ALL THE RAGE BACK HOME," FIRST NEW TRACK FROM FORTHCOMING ALBUM 'EL PINTOR'
“All The Rage Back Home” was co-directed by frontman Paul Banks and Sophia Peer.
El Pintor is Interpol’s fifth and most exhilarating studio album. It’s a driving, relentless record, taut and epic in equal measure.
The album, recorded as a three-piece with frontman & guitarist Paul Banks picking up the bass, kicks off with “All The Rage Back Home,” signalling a return to what Interpol does best, layering pulsing bass, bursts of guitar, and driving drums beneath Banks’ instantly recognizable voice.
In contrast with previous records, Interpol took a step back on El Pintor and let the songs happen. What emerged is something urgent and compelling, something revitalized and reenergized. The result is as accomplished and thrilling a collection as the band has ever released.