ALGIERS CONJURE DEAD SOUNDS TO LIFE ON SELF-TITLED DEBUT OUT 6/2 ON MATADOR RECORDS
Steeped in radical politics and deeply indebted to post-punk’s sonic trailblazing and gospel’s spiritual bloodletting, the album imbues neo-modernist hymns with caustic social sentiment and explosive noise.
Algiers comprises singer/guitarist Franklin James Fisher (deemed “one of the most powerfully guttural vocalists in rock today” by SPIN), guitarist Lee Tesche, and bassist Ryan Mahan.
From the militant stomp of “Remains” to Fisher’s commanding presence on the gospel no wave blowout “Black Eunuch,” Algiers channels righteous fury into an incisive, innovative assault that Vice Noisey calls “intense…right on the beat of the current cultural climate.”
A trio of émigrés of the American Deep South, now split between New York and London, Algiers synthesizes its eclectic influences, from Nina Simone and PJ Harvey to Suicide and Public Enemy, into frightening new forms.
Algiers also announced tour dates, including a run of shows with Interpol in the spring. The band will tour the United States extensively later this year.
More Early Praise for Algiers:
“Gospel spook…a double-edged sword of religion and politics to slice through the pasty, vapid mess of pop culture in America.” — Stereogum
“Mesmerizing…really sucks you in with its weird power.” — The Wire (Byron Coley)
“Dark stuff, but good grief they’ve got soul.” — The Guardian
“Insane…Rowland S Howard vs Nitzer Ebb vs politics vs Southern Gospel.” — The Quietus
“Sounds like the end of the world.” — Line Of Best Fit
SHAMIR SHARES VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE ‘CALL IT OFF’
Las Vegas-based artist Shamir has revealed the video for his brand new single ‘Call It Off’.
Directed by Philip Hodges as part of the YouTube Music Awards, the joyous music video stars both real-life and puppet Shamir and takes inspiration from his life in Las Vegas, celebrating the desert as a place where we can all be ourselves and run free.
‘Call It Off’ is about the transformative joy we feel when we finally get ourselves out of bummer situations – relationships, bad career moves, whatever it is. It follows the widely loved single On The Regular and both tracks appear on his first full-length LP titled ‘Ratchet’ (released on May 18th in the UK and May 19th in North America on XL Recordings).
Earlier this month, Shamir posted his statement on ‘Ratchet’
Philip Hodges directed the video as part of the YouTube Music Awards, a celebration of the platform as a place where new artists start their careers and connect with new fans. Hodges, who holds an office at the Jim Henson Studios, designed a puppet Shamir in an iconic American style, complete with moving eyebrows and Shamir’s hightop of dreadlocks. In Hodges’s video, human Shamir magically transforms into the puppet Shamir – an ecstatic and unselfconscious presence and an avatar of living carefree. As a special nod to his supporters, YouTube invited a young fan from Philadelphia to play a key-supporting role in the video, complete with his own puppet transformation.
Last week Shamir performed everyday at the SXSW festival and by the looks of his Instagram account made many friends.
FKA TWIGS PREMIERES NEW SONG AND VIDEO
FKA twigs has today premiered a brand new song and video.‘Glass & Patron’ was written and produced by FKA twigs and Boots and features a new video that was directed and choreographed by her as part of the 2015 YouTube Music Awards. ‘Glass & Patron’ is the first piece of music to be revealed from a brand new FKA twigs EP that will be released later in the year, and will be FKA twigs’ first new release since her acclaimed debut album LP1 in 2014 on the Young Turks label.
The YouTube Music Awards are a celebration of the platform as a place where new artists start their careers and connect with new fans. FKA twigs was one of ten artists selected by YouTube and Vice as an artist who has done exactly that, and together with YouTube and Vice, she has created this ‘Glass & Patron’ video:
Meanwhile, FKA twigs recently debuted her widely acclaimed Congregata live show with two sold out events at London’s legendary Roundhouse venue in February. She’s now set to take the Congregata show to New York, with two dates at the Brooklyn Hangar on May 17th and 18th as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival. In addition, FKA twigs will play a series of festival shows including Coachella, Primavera Porto, Field Day, Sonar and Parklife. July will also see FKA twigs take up residency at the Manchester International Festival. Over seven days, FKA twigs and collaborators will create seven short films in front of live audiences who’ll be invited into the studio to encounter and observe the process as it unfolds.
STEVE GUNN SIGNS TO MATADOR, SHARES VIDEO FOR “WILDWOOD”
Steve Gunn capped off 2014 receiving best of accolades for Way Out Weather (Paradise of Bachelors) and it’s select singles from a slew of publications, including MOJO, The Wall Street Journal, Grantland, NPR Music, Pitchfork, and many others.
In addition to presenting a new video for Way Out Weather’s “Wildwood,” Steve is continuing touring extensively in support of this album in the months to come.
He’ll play SXSW, the Pitchfork Music Festival, plus a run of dates with Ryley Walker and select shows supporting Wilco.
Furthermore, we are excited to announce Steve will continue his trajectory with Matador, a very new fitting home for the virtuosic guitarist and songwriter.
Holly Herndon's Platform Album Released May 18th
Holly Herndon has become a leading light in contemporary alternative and electronic music by fearlessly experimenting within the outer reaches of dance music and pop songwriting structures. A galvanizing statement, Platform cements Herndon’s reputation as a unique musician with a singular voice.
Born in Tennessee, but reared on music abroad, Herndon broke out from her formative years in Berlin’s minimal techno scene to repatriate to San Francisco, where she currently lives and studies as a doctoral candidate at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).
To achieve Platform, Herndon has opened up her process to vital artists and thinkers from her creative circle, including radical Dutch design studio Metahaven and digital DIY artist Mat Dryhurst, leading by example to tackle a host of topics ranging from systemic inequality, surveillance states, and neo-feudalism. Platform underscores the need for new fantasies and strategic collective action.
Herndon’s debut album Movement, released in 2012, showcased Herndon’s fascination with trance and the disjunctive sampling techniques pioneered by avant-garde composition. Subsequent singles ‘Chorus’ and ‘Home’, rolled out in advance of Platform, humanized the laptop by celebrating its capacity for memory-storage and lamenting its vulnerability in light of revelations of mass surveillance.
4. Morning Sun
5. Locker Leak
6. An Exit
7. Lonely At The Top
10. New Ways To Love