PARQUET COURTS ANNOUNCE NEW RECORD, HUMAN PERFORMANCE, OUT 4/8 ON ROUGH TRADE SHARE VIDEO FOR ALBUM TRACK “DUST” ADD APRIL TOUR DATES
Today, Parquet Courts announce their new record, Human Performance, out 4/8 on Rough Trade.
Recorded over the course of a year against a backdrop of personal instability, Human Performance massively expands the idea of what a Parquet Courts record can be. They’ve been one of the most critically acclaimed bands of the last 5 years; this is the record that backs all those words up.
“Every day it starts, anxiety,” began the first song on 2014’s Content Nausea. Those were essentially the song’s only lyrics, but Human Performance picks up where that thought left off, picking apart the anxieties of modern life: “The unavoidable noise of NYC that can be maddening, the kind of the impossible struggle against clutter, whether it’s physical or mental or social,” says singer, guitarist and Human Performance producer/mixer Austin Brown.
There has always been the emotional side of Parquet Courts, which has always had an important balance with the more discussed cerebral side, but Savage sees Human Performance as a redistribution of weight in that balance. “I began to question my humanity, and if it was always as sincere as I thought, or if it was a performance,” says Savage. “I felt like a sort of malfunctioning apparatus,” he says. “Like a machine programmed to be human showing signs of defect.”
The sonic diversity, time, and existential effort that went into its creation makes Human Performance Parquet Courts most ambitious record to date. It’s a work of incredible creative vision born of seemingly insurmountable adversity. It is also their most accessible record yet.
Today, the band shares a video for the song “Dust,” and announces a string of new tour dates.
HUMAN PERFORMANCE TRACKLISTING
2. Human Performance
4. I Was Just Here
6. Captive Of The Sun
7. Steady On My Mind
8. On Man, No City
9. Berlin Got Blurry
10. Keep It Even
11. Two Dead Cops
12. Pathos Prairie
13. It’s Gonna Happen
PARQUET COURTS CANADIAN TOUR DATES
Fri. Feb. 19 – Calgary, AB
Sat. Feb. 20 - Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater w/ Dumb
Fri. Apr. 22 – Toronto, Ontario @ Phoenix Theater w/ Soda
BEIRUT LAUNCH ‘PERTH’ VIDEO
Beirut have launched an official video for No No No album track ‘Perth’. The split-screen film, directed by Clara Aranovich and filmed in Yosemite and Santa Monica, focuses on a dancing Maceo Paisley sashaying between snow and sand.
There’s something in the rhythm and sound of ‘Perth’ that immediately conjures images in my mind of funk-era dance; I knew I wanted to throw back to that period.
Nature is a somewhat like a church to me – a place of reverence that is deeply democratic in that it belongs to both everyone and no one. These places are as beautiful as they are a neutral canvas, as real as they are surreal.”
jennylee premieres video for “boom boom”
jennylee (aka Jenny Lee Lindberg, also of Warpaint), released her debut solo album just over a month ago. right on! was released by Rough Trade Records and today we are excited to launch the video for the track “boom boom”.
Directed by J.T. Gurzi, “boom boom” shows jennylee and her friend Micky Adams dancing along to the song. In speaking about her album and her own musical evolution, jennylee said “my love has always been movement – dance – and it dawned on me one day, how cool would it be if I could make music to move to?!?”. The video for “boom boom” brings this full circle.
right on! was co-produced in Los Angeles by jennylee and long time friend and collaborator Norm Block, a rhythm section in his own right. The stripped down openness of the instrumentation allows Lee’s haunting melodies to carry their weight as needed, sometimes rising to a powerful scream, and others whispering quietly into the fog.
jennylee and her band will make her Canadian debut in Toronto on Sunday, February 21st
LÅPSLEY ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM
Southport-raised, London-based singer, songwriter and producer Holly Låpsley Fletcher today reveals details of her highly-anticipated debut album. The 19 year old will release Long Way Home on Friday 4th March on XL Recordings. The twelve track album features new versions of her previous acclaimed releases ‘Hurt Me’, ‘Falling Short’, ‘Painter’ and ‘Station’, as well as brand new single ‘Love Is Blind’
‘Love Is Blind’ was premiered last night as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’ on BBC Radio 1.
Long Way Home documents a turbulent time in Låpsley’s life — a period in which she revelled in her new-found music career as it took her from Liverpool to London to Los Angeles and back again “It’s an autobiography of my emotions and events over the past year,” she says. “Everything that’s happened, I’ve channelled in some way into a song – whether that’s the theme of a long distance relationship, or something that he’s said, or the way that I’ve felt, or an argument. I only revisit the memories of that relationship when I go into the studio. I think it’s helped me, to be able to collect everything for those moments when I’m writing. I think that’s what’s driven this album.”
Låpsley’s determined views on her own production have ensured her involvement in every element of these songs — a fact that in the early days seemed to confuse many of the producers she met. “They didn’t want to listen to me,” she says, “or they think a girl’s just there to add a top line, or they come to the table with ideas already. Straight away if I come in to a studio and someone says ‘I’ve written something for you’, then I’ll just walk out. I don’t care. I’m not there for that.”
For the bulk of Long Way Home she worked with XL’s in-house producer Rodaidh McDonald. “This album wouldn’t be how it is if it wasn’t for Rodaidh,” she says. “He’s at the top of the thank yous.” There were two tracks recorded with Paul O’Duffy, a producer she admired because “The way that he thinks is different to anybody else. He’s not tainted by a commercial idea, it’s so creative and beautiful and what I aspire to be like in the future.” She worked with Mura Masa for the album’s closing track, a song that gave the record its title. “That lyric about taking the long way home just sums up the relationship,” she says. “It has two different meanings: the album’s about a long distance relationship, but also if you walk the long way home with someone you’re trying to spend as much time as you can with them.”
Long Way Home track list:
2. Hurt Me
3. Falling Short
5. Operator (He Doesn’t Call Me)
7. Tell Me The Truth
9. Love Is Blind
12. Seven Months
Meanwhile, Låpsley today announces a run of UK, European and North American tour dates. The tour will include three Canadian dates begining with Vancouver’s Fortune Sound Club in late April. Tickets for the UK And European shows go on sale Wednesday 20th January, and for the US show on Friday 22nd January. The full dates are:
5th March Academy 2, Manchester, UK
6th March Trinity, Bristol, UK
9th March Institute 3, Birmingham, UK
10th March The Haunt, Brighton, UK
21st March Gebäude 9, Cologne, Germany
22nd March PBHF Club, Berlin, Germany
24th March Nochtspeicher, Hambury, Germany
28th March Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, Holland
29th March La Boule Noir, Paris, France
30th March Heaven, London, UK
15th April Coachella Festival, Indio, CA, USA
20th April The Independent, San Francisco, CA, USA
21ast April El Rey, Los Angeles, CA, USA
22nd April Coachella Festival, Indio, CA, USA
25th April Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR, USA
26th April Fortune Sound Club, Vancouver, Canada
27th April Chop Suey, Seattle, WA, USA
30th April 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN, USA
1st May Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL, USA
3rd May Mod Club, Toronto, Canada
4th May Fairmount Theatre, Montreal, Canada
5th May The Sinclair, Cambridge MA, USA
8th May World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA, USA
9th May U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC, USA
11th May Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York, NY, USA
ROSTAM ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE “EOS”
The song sees Rostam releasing his starkest and perhaps most arresting music to date— the merging of western classical and Middle-eastern music that has always been an aspect of Rostam’s work is still intact—however it’s never been placed in such a minimalist environment.“I invited engineer Shane Stoneback to live with me for five day stretches to work on recordings. On the last day of his first trip I was fatigued from all the songs we’d worked on and wanted to start recording something new,” explains Rostam on recording the new single, “I had this one idea from a while back stored as a voice memo on my phone. It was the chorus of “EOS” and it had come out of me all at once: melody, lyrics and chords. It’s rare that that happens for me—I’m always collecting ideas on my phone but usually it’s individual building blocks of a song, this was the essential elements all coming out together. The rest of the song started to take shape because what I recorded kept reminding me of a very specific place and time in my life. I wanted to capture that feeling, and finishing the song became about chasing it down.”
EOS debuts with a video directed by Rostam, with animation by Jon Race. “The video is based on a 25-second exposure photograph I took during a trip to the desert dunes outside of Jaisalmer, India in 2011. The stars depicted in the video were the same ones captured that night by the lens of the camera, and the outline of the figure was the result of tracing a friend’s body with the glow of a cellphone during the 25 seconds that the lens was open. So the initial idea was just to have that glow pulsate along to the music. But I kept having more ideas—and [motion graphics artist] Jon [Race] was able to realize them —in the middle of making it I felt like I was painting my dreams.”
Watch the music video for EOS
EOS is part of a collection of songs Rostam is releasing in 2016.