WATCH FUTURE ISLAND'S 4AD SESSION
Future Islands has unveiled their 4AD Session featuring live performances of album cuts “Sun In The Morning,” “Doves,” “Seasons (Waiting On You),” “Light House” and “A Song For Our Grandfathers” accompanied by a string quartet and brass section.
The sessions were directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard, the duo behind many past 4AD session and more recently the Nick Cave documentary, “20,000 Days On Earth.”
NPR and Time Magazine named Future Islands’ Seasons (Waiting On You)’ of the Best Songs of 2014 so far.
Their performance of “Seasons” on the Late Show with David Letterman now has over 2.5 million views.
Their album Singles has been named one of the Best Albums of 2014 so far by SPIN Magazine and Stereogum calls it “an absolute and unqualified triumph.”
FKA twigs DEBUTS NEW CONCEPT FILM #THROUGHGLASS
Today FKA twigs has released a new concept film tilted #throughglass in which she seamlessly emulates the choreography references and inspirations she’s searched for using Glass. Working both as a performer and director, the piece is set to a re-scored version of her songs “Video Girl” and “Glass & Patron.”
FKA twigs was also recently nominated for a Barclaycard Mercury Prize award for her debut LP1 which is out now on Young Turks.
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN ANNOUNCE “GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE” DETAILS ALBUM PACKSHOT, AND TRACK LISTING,
As previously announced, Belle and Sebastian will release their ninth studio album on January 20, 2015 (Jan 19 in the UK and Europe), Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance Today, a peek at the album cover, track listing, and more.
Last week, The Quietus published an interview with Stuart Murdoch and Richard Colburn which gives a hint of what to expect. The album opens with “Nobody’s Empire,” which Stuart said “is absolutely the most personal [song] I’ve ever written.” About the beginnings of his lifelong struggle with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome which led to his first forays into songwriting, it is easily one of his most musically and emotionally epic songs.
What it doesn’t indicate is how fun the album is. Produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others, the band – who have been listening to things like vintage Detroit techno and Giogio Moroder – have brought a dance-party element (and a disco song about Sylvia Plath) into their gorgeous tales of sensitive souls navigating a world gone awry. It is perhaps the most inspired and wide-reaching album Belle and Sebastian have ever made.
1. Nobody’s Empire
3. The Party Line
4. The Power of Three
5. The Cat with the Cream
6. Enter Sylvia Plath
7. The Everlasting Muse
8. Perfect Couples
9. Ever Had a Little Faith?
10. Play for Today
11. The Book of You
12. Today (This Army’s for Peace)
- Digital (iTunes comes with bonus track ‘Piggy In The Middle‘ and pre-order bonus ‘A Politician’s Silence’)
- CD (with 24 page booklet)
- Vinyl: 2x LP gatefold vinyl
- Box set: Limited edition 4x LP with exclusive bonus tracks, extended mixes and poster
BELLE AND SEBASTIAN ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM; “GIRLS IN PEACETIME WANT TO DANCE” OUT JAN 20
Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance is the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s “Write About Love”. The album was produced and mixed at Maze Studios in Atlanta by Ben H. Allen III, best known for his work with Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, and Raury, among others. Additional mixing was done with longtime collaborator Tony Doogan in Glasgow, and the album was mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.
Watch a short video clip from their time in Atlanta – set to one of the new tracks.
As a reminder, the band’s entire vinyl catalogue will be back in print on October 7, with new cover art for “Dear Catastrophe Waitress” and the compilation “Push Barman To Open Old Wounds”.
D.D Dumbo announces 4AD debut Tropical Oceans EP
The four-track Tropical Oceans EP will be released digitally on October 28th whilst the 12” vinyl will be made available in November.
Hailing from Castlemaine, a small township deep inside the Victoria bush, The creative alias of Australian resident Oliver Hugh Perry, D.D. Dumbo’s reverb-soaked songs erupt in thunderous rhythm and euphoric drone. Minimal in structure and complemented by Perry’s astonishing voice, they subtly reference traditional stylings from around the globe such as African desert blues, Tanzanian ilimba and transcendental Tuvan melody.
D.D Dumb will begin a tour of his home turf with Courtney Barnett this week before making a second visit to the UK next month to coincide with the release of Tropical Oceans. He will join Jungle on their UK tour and headline his own show on November 9th at the intimate St. Pancras Old Church, London. Along the way D.D Dumbo will also make his live European debut at Pitchfork Festival, Paris on October 31st, ending the trip with a five-date tour of North America including a stop at Toronto’s Drake Hotel on November 18th
Tropical Oceans EP (BAD 3439)
1. Tropical Oceans
2. I Woke Up Covered In Sand
“Unfathomably cool.” NME
“A dazzling patchwork of melodies.” Q