JOSIENNE CLARKE AND BEN WALKER TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM ‘OVERNIGHT’ OCTOBER 14 ON ROUGH TRADE
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker will release their debut album for Rough Trade, Overnight on October 14th, 2016. The album which is self-produced, follows their Rough Trade debut, the Through The Clouds EP, which was released earlier this year.
Overnight is their most ambitious record to date, focusing on Clarke’s extraordinary voice and lyrics, and Walker’s prodigious guitar-playing and arranging; the album features panoramic orchestration by an eclectic core of acclaimed musicians, including strings, horns, piano, double bass, and drums. The twelve songs – ten originals and two covers – recorded almost entirely live at Rockfield Studios in Wales – serve as a snapshot of the endless cycle of night into day and back again, morning light, into dusk, into black midnight, into greying dawn, and on, and on.
The album’s lilting first single, “The Waning Crescent,” is almost an answer in ballad form to the portrayal of the moon in traditional and popular music as a soothing, confessional, companion (i.e. “Blue Moon”). Coming at the darkest and stillest point in the album, the song – like the moon – brings a reassuring lightness.
Clarke explains, “I started to think about if I was the moon, what I might think and feel, and what the moon might sing back,” adding, “I’ve given it a slightly whiny, self-pitying quality because it’s whimsical and a bit funny.”
One of the poppier songs on the album, the sound of “The Waning Crescent” is meant to fit the song’s subject matter. “We’ve done vignettes before where we’ve taken on a musical genre because that’s what fits the concept of the song. On this one, we’ve used the ‘50s and ‘60s space-race era pop sound to deliberately compound the moon theme,” says Josienne.
Other Overnight highlights include the stunning country/soul ballad “Something Familiar” and their marvelous take on Gillian Welch’s “Dark Turn Of Mind,” the eerie folk of “Dawn Of The Dark” and “The Light Of His Lamp,” and the traditional-leaning “Sweet The Sorrow” and “Weep You No More Sad Fountains,” the latter a traditional English ballad set to song.
Though Clarke & Walker’s previous work is very much steeped in the the folk tradition – the two in fact won the BBC Folk Award for Best Duo in 2015 – Overnight draws just as much inspiration from more-straightforward 1970s AM radio rock like Fleetwood Mac or Neil Young as they do from folk-rockers like Fairport Convention or Joni Mitchell.
‘Overnight’ Full Track Listing:
01. Nine Times Along
02. Something Familiar
03. Sweet The Sorrow
04. Dawn Of The Dark
05. Dark Turn Of Mind (Gillian Welch cover)
06. Weep You No More Sad Fountains (traditional English ballad)
07. The Light Of His Lamp
09. Milk and Honey
10. The Waning Crescent
12. Light Of Day
13th Aug – Winchester, Boom Town Fair – UK
27th Aug – Thame, Towersey Festival – UK
28th Aug – London, National Theatre – UK
3rd Sept – Salisbury, End Of The Road Festival – UK
7th Sept – Boston MA, Club Passim – USA
8th Sept – New York NY, Rockwood Hall – Stage 3 – USA
9th Sept – New York NY, Rockwood Hall – Stage 3 – USA
10th Sept – Philadelphia PA, Tin Angel – USA
13th Sept – Toronto ON, The Dakota – CANADA
16th Sept – Bloomington IN, Lotus World Music & Arts Festival – USA
17th Sept – Chicago IL, Hungry Brain – USA
18th Sept – Milwaukee WI, Colectivo Back Room – USA
19th Sept – Minneapolis MN, Turf Club – USA
1st Oct – Derby, Derby Folk Festival – UK
7th Oct – Bristol, Bristol Folk House – UK
8th Oct – Dartmouth, Flavel Arts Centre – UK
12th Oct – Birmingham, Red Lion Folk Club – UK
14th Oct – Cambridge, Cambridge Folk Club – UK
21st Oct – Buxton, Buxton Opera House – UK
22nd Oct – Glasgow, The Hug and Pint – UK
23rd Oct – Leeds, Oporto – UK
24th Oct – Salford, The Eagle Inn – UK
26th Oct – London, Shoreditch Town Hall, UK
28th Oct – Aldershot, West End Centre, UK
29th Oct – Dublin, Upstairs at Whelan’s, IRE
30th Oct – Waterford, venue TBC, IRE
4th-5th Nov – Weissenhauser Strand, Rolling Stone Weekender 2016, GER
Merchandise Detail New Album A Corpse Wired For Sound
Following 2014’s After The End — a full-band effort recorded in a closet — the band stripped back to its core of Carson Cox (vocals, electronics), Dave Vassalotti (guitar, electronics) and Pat Brady (bass). The trio travelled to Rosà, Italy for their first ever sessions in a recording studio, with a local, ICIO. The nine-song nocturnal A Corpse Wired For Sound was recorded half in the studio and half at home, in Tampa as well as Cox’s newly adopted bases of New York and Berlin – the culmination of a long-distance collaboration between Cox and Vassalotti.
The album’s metallic title is inspired by a science fiction short story by JG Ballard, but equally sums up the band’s current state of mind. “We were ‘reborn’ as a rock band for After The End,” says Vassalotti, “and then we straight-up died again. It couldn’t last. The result is this distended corpse responding to you from both sides of the Atlantic, forever singing in spite of everything.” Cox continues further “It’s about the truth of growing up. You can’t take your friends or lovers with you. It’s about finding peace with that loneliness.”
The second song to be aired from A Corpse Wired For Sound, ‘End Of The Week’ is “really about personal reflection and horror,” says Cox, who is responsible for the song’s visuals (he also created the video for lead single ‘Flower Of Sex’). The video is a subliminal homage to Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni and his motion pictures Blow Up and Zabriskie Point. “The smashed mirror isn’t just a symbol of death,” Cox continues. “It’s the broken image of humanity reflecting back at everyone when they read the news. Reality is an unbearable pill to swallow this year. Somehow the evil people that make up society can still wake up everyday and look at themselves in the mirror.”
A Corpse Wired For Sound will be released digitally and on CD and vinyl on September 23rd.
A limited edition blue vinyl pressing will be available to pre-order from http://smarturl.it/ACorpseWiredForSound. Any pre-orders made at the 4AD Store will be eligible to win one of 100 individual collage art pieces created by Carson Cox. Digital pre-orders of the album will receive Instant downloads of both ‘End Of The Week’ and ‘Flower of Sex’.
A Corpse Wired For Sound
LP: CAD3660 | CD: CAD3660CD | DL: EAD3660A
1. Flower Of Sex
2. Crystal Cage
3. Right Back To The Start
4. End Of The Week
5. Lonesome Sound
6. Shadow Of The Truth
8. I Will Not Sleep Here
9. My Dream Is Yours
“Merchandise”: twitter.com/wmerchandise will make a welcome live return this Autumn, beginning in North America before heading across the Atlantic for shows in the UK and Europe. Canadian dates below.
Oct 3 – TORONTO, The Silver Dollar
Oct 5 – MONTREAL, Vitrola
Dec 2 – VANCOUVER, BC, Fortune Sound Club
JAMIE XX & ROMAIN GAVRAS PRESENT ‘GOSH’ WATCH IT NOW ON APPLE MUSIC
Jamie xx is proud to present the brand new video for ‘Gosh’. Directed by Romain Gavras (famed for his work with Kanye West & Jay-Z, M.I,A., Justice and The Last Shadow Puppets among others), the epic film provides the perfect accompaniment to Jamie’s anthemic In Colour album opener. Huge in both scale and ambition, ‘Gosh’ features a cast of over 400 actors with no CGI or 3D effects whatsoever.
‘Gosh’ is taken form Jamie xx’s acclaimed 2015 debut solo album In Colour. The album led to Jamie being nominated for multiple Brit (British Male Solo Artist and British Album of the Year) Grammy (Best Dance / Electronic Album )and Ivor Novello (Best Album) awards.
LUCY DACUS SIGNS TO MATADOR RECORDS
Richmond, VA-based songwriter Lucy Dacus is the latest addition to the renowned Matador Records roster.
The 21-year-old’s critically acclaimed debut album, No Burden, which was released earlier this year, is out now digitally, with a re-pressing of CD and LP formats coming on September 9th.
For a behind-the-scenes look at Lucy’s life on the road, which includes recent headlining shows, SXSW, and dates with Daughter, Houndmouth, and Julien Baker, a new video set to “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore” can be viewed below.
sigur ros new single ovedur
Sigur Rós’s 24-hour Icelandic, Slow TV happening, Route One, culminated earlier this evening with the release of the band’s first new music since 2013’s ‘Kveikur’ album.
The original, song-form version of Óveður, is accompanied by a new video by Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund, shot in the small town of Grindavík on the Reykjanes peninsular. The video features Icelandic choreographer Erna Ómarsdóttir, as well as cameos from the band.
Óveður, which is currently opening the band’s festival appearances, has been streaming live on Icelandic National TV and YouTube in an endless, ‘generative’ version since 9pm last night, as soundtrack to the live broadcast of the 1332km journey the round Iceland’s coastal ring road. At the time of writing around half a million people have tuned in to watch the stream.
Óveður was written and recorded by the band at their Reykjavik studio, and co-produced by the band with Paul Corley.