East India Youth announces new album
Over the last year, London-based East India Youth has combined strikingly original music with euphoric live performances and has quickly become recognized as one of the most experimental and captivating artists around.
Today he announces details of his brand new album titled CULTURE OF VOLUME; his first since signing to XL Recordings. The record follows his critically acclaimed debut album TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER (released in January 2014 on Stolen Records) that went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.
Mostly recorded and produced in his bedroom at home in London and named after a fragment of verse from the poem ‘Monument’ by Rick Holland, CULTURE OF VOLUME was mixed by Graham Sutton and the artwork was created by visual artist Dan Tombs (inspired by Andy Warhol’s experiments with computer technology). The full tracklisting is as follows:
HEARTS THAT NEVER
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MANNER OF WORDS
Shlohmo Announces New Album, Dark Red Released April 7th, 2015 on True Panther/WeDidIt
Dark Red is the second full-length album from Shlohmo, aka 25 year-old Los Angeles native Henry Laufer. The record is an uncanny marriage of his ever-evolving, richly textured sound with shades of ’90s IDM, R&B, cassette-tape Jungle, and, in an unexpected turn, sludge metal. “It sounds like if Electric Wizard tried to make an R&B record,” he says, “or Boards of Canada meets Burzum by the River Styx.”
Shlohmo’s music thus far exists in the poles between the subtly textured tracks of Bad Vibes and the booming sinister synths and hi-hats of his production work and remixes (such as his split EP with Jeremih, Banks’ “Brain”, remixes for Drake + The Weeknd). Dark Red utilizes Shlohmo’s existing palate but also mines the noises and imperfections inherent in analog production and naturally damaged sounds. Side-stepping current trends that lean towards pristine, computer-generated production, Dark Red explores natural distortion, fuzz and noise as compositional tools, intentionally distressing sounds to echo the feeling of the icy menace and emotional charge found on early black metal tapes. The result is a deeply personal listen, Shlohmo’s boldest statement yet.
This isn’t an album which fades into the shadows. The eerie, squalling synths of “Ten Days of Falling” usher in a world of phosphorescent disintegration and decay; from the looming claustrophobia of new single “Buried” to the minimalist pindrop orchestration of “Remains” and the carnal hum of “Ditch”, there is palpable anxiety and discord. “Relentless” and “Slow Descent” explore an internal sense of pain and sorrow that adds a stark emotional charge to the record.
“When I started working on Dark Red about two and a half years ago, I had just moved back to LA and built a small studio in my apartment, mostly with my dad’s old gear from the 80s. I had just lost some people close to me and was dealing with another loved one’s health issues. I was all over the place mentally, and I think it reflects in this record whether I like it or not.
The only thing I did know going into it, was that I wanted this one to be loud, and not just loud but really really f***ing loud. I wanted the sound of the thing to be devastating and violent. Recordings that force you to feel something even if that something isn’t good. I’m proud to have made something polarizing, a record that’s strong and undeniable even in its moments of pure anxiety and confusion. It’s tragic and painful at times, but that’s all part of it and I want that to be heard and felt. You don’t have to like it, just listen to it.”
Dark Red Tracklisting
(April 7th, 2015 | True Panther/WeDidIt)
1. Ten Days of Falling
2. Meet Ur Maker
4. Emerge From Smoke
5. Slow Descent
Shlohmo 2015 Live Tour Dates
Mar 31 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
Apr 1 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
Apr 2 – Sister – Albuquerque, NM
Apr 3 – Parish – Austin, TX
Apr 4 – Fitz (Upstairs) – Houston, TX
Apr 5 – Trees – Dallas, TX
Apr 6 – Republic – New Orleans, LA
Apr 8 – U Street Music Hall – Washington, D.C.
Apr 9 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 11 – Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Apr 12 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
Apr 14 – Signal Kitchen – Burlington, VT
Apr 15 – SAT – Montreal, QC
Apr 16 – Hoxton – Toronto, ON
Apr 17 – Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
Apr 18 – Plush – St. Louis, MO
Apr 22 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
Apr 24 – Neumos – Seattle, WA
Apr 26 – Branx – Portland, OR
Apri 29 – The Arcata Theatre – Arcata, CA
Apr 30 – The Fillmore – San Francisco, CA
May 2 – Casa De La Roza – Santa Barbara, CA
May 7 – The Fonda – Los Angeles, CA
WATCH ARIEL PINK ‘DAYZED INN DAYDREAMS’ VIDEO
Following on from promos for pom pom tracks Put Your Number In My Phone and Picture Me Gone, Dayzed Inn Daydreams finds Singer continuing to explore the mundanity and bliss of suburban American life. The central role is performed by Rick Wilder (from cult punk band The Mau-Mau’s), with the video including a cameo appearance from Ariel.
“It’s the story of a man, played by Rick Wilder, who was once the frontman of a band that existed decades ago. Through a series of scenes depicting his everyday life, we tell his story.” - Grant Singer
WATCH INTERPOL’S NEW MUSIC VIDEO FOR “EVERYTHING IS WRONG”
“Everything Is Wrong” will also be released as a limited edition 7“single on Record Store Day.
The 7” single, (which includes the B-side “What Is What,”) features artwork by Shepard Fairey, a continuation of the collaboration that began with Fairey’s original ‘El Pintor’ inspired mural in Williamsburg, Brooklyn last fall.
The band will be performing at The Metropolis in Montreal on July 31st. Details of a make-up date for the postponed Toronto show will be announced next week.
HOUNDMOUTH TO RELEASE ‘LITTLE NEON LIMELIGHT,’ NEW ALBUM PRODUCED BY DAVE COBB, MARCH 17 ON ROUGH TRADE
The follow-up to their “near perfect” (NPR Music) debut album, which saw them perform on Letterman, Conan, CBS This Morning, and tour with The Alabama Shakes, The Lumineers, and more, Little Neon Limelight was recorded in Nashville with producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson).
The music video for their new song “Sedona,” was filmed near Joshua Tree and directed by Naomi Yang (Neutral Milk Hotel).
The 11 new, original songs on Little Neon Limelight are the band’s best to date, blending their signature four-part harmonies with the gritty foot-stomping rock swagger of their live shows and a loose confidence in the studio. “I’ve grown up a lot since our first record,” reflects frontman Matt Myers (guitar / vocals), adding, “the inspiration falls close to the struggle of figuring out exactly what it means to be a man, let alone an artist.”
Highlights of Little Neon Limelight include the live fan-favorites “By God,” “My Cousin Greg,” and “Say It,” and the acoustic track “For No One,” which recently premiered on NPR Music, and is unlike anything else Houndmouth have ever recorded. Ann Powers called “For No One” an “epic ballad, stuffed full of vivid imagery.” On “Gasoline,” Katie Toupin (keyboard / vocals) barbs the confessions of a perennial party girl with the spectre of mortality (“Maybe I’ll meet my maker on a bedroom floor”). Shane Cody (drums / vocals) leads vocals on the album’s heartbreaker, “Honey Slider,” and the group embraces their garage-rock influences on the thrilling, needle-in-the-red cut, “15 Years,” which finds Zak singing one of the album’s most infectious refrains (“15 Years on the county line / Enough to make a man nearly lose his mind.”)
‘Little Neon Limelight’ tracklist:
3. 15 Years
4. For No One
5. Black Gold
6. Honey Slider
7. My Cousin Greg
9. By God
10. Say It