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
Put Your Number In My Phone
The song has been earning rave reviews including a Best New Track nod from Pitchfork calling it some of Ariel’s “best work” and Entertainment Weekly praising it’s “groovy, mellow vibes.”
Speaking about the video, shot in Ariel’s native Los Angeles, director Grant Singer says, “It’s a story about friendship and the pursuit of happiness. Joe Buck and Ratso Rizzo dream of life outside the sea of vacant storefronts and lonesome chattel on display in middle America.”
pom pom, and its 17 tracks of sublime pop perversion, will be released on November 18th.
IBEYI SHARE NEW SINGLE ‘MAMA SAYS’
‘Mama Says’ sees Ibeyi (19 year old French-Cuban twins Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz) at their most natural. Relying solely on the piano, the Cajon (a Peruvian percussive instrument) and the enchanting combination of their voices in harmony, the pair seamlessly switch between lullaby-like story telling and traditional Yoruban chanting.
‘Mama Says’ follows the release of the Oya EP, out last month on XL Recordings and produced by Richard Russell. The Oya EP is available to download and stream immediately and a 12” vinyl version will be released on 22nd September.
Lisa and Naomi are the daughters of the late Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz. Naomi plays percussive instruments, the Cajon and the Batas, while Lisa plays piano. Together the twins have learned the songs of their father’s culture, Yoruba.
Yoruba travelled from West Africa to Cuba with slavery in the 1700s. The Yoruba people have the highest twinning rate in the World, and twins occupy an important position within Yoruba culture. Ibeyi is pronounced “ee-bey-ee” and translates as “Twins” in Yoruban.
Ibeyi sing in English and Yoruban, and have created a minimalist sound that merges elements of their heritage with their natural love of modern music as teenagers growing up in Paris, citing artists such as James Blake and King Krule amongst their wide range of influences.
Ibeyi are currently recording their debut album for XL, with Richard Russell on production