FUTURE ISLANDS Launch New Track ‘Cave’ + Lyric Video
The chest-pounding ‘Cave’ speaks directly to the bruised but brave romantic in each of us. For a unique spin on a lyric video, the band enlisted American sign language interpreter Jonathan Lamberton to sign ‘Cave’’s lyrics. Listen to the track in full here and watch the video below.
The Far Field is released worldwide on April 7th.
PERFUME GENIUS ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM NO SHAPE, OUT MAY 5
Perfume Genius, nom de poster-wraith of musician Mike Hadreas, will release his fourth album, No Shape, May 5 on Matador Records. The album was recorded in Los Angeles, produced by Blake Mills, mixed by Shawn Everett.
With his new songs, Hadreas goes even further, merging church music, make out music, R&B, art pop, krautrock, and queer soul into his take on stadium anthems, completing the journey from critically acclaimed underground hero to fully fledged pop auteur.
First single ‘Slip Away’ encapsulates this bold, expansive and sophisticated sound, marrying powerful and intimate song craft with a newfound visceral and immersive sonic gusto.
Directed by frequent Björk collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, the video for ‘Slip Away’ is a phantasmagorical narrative painting come to life, depicting the intimate relationship between two sisters, one of whom is played by Perfume Genius.
Of the album, Hadreas says: “I pay my rent. I’m approaching health. The things that are bothering me personally now are less clear, more confusing. I don’t think I really figured them out with these songs. There’s something freeing about how I don’t have it figured out. Unpacking little morsels, magnifying my discomfort, wading through buried harm, laughing at or digging in to the embarrassing drama of it all. I may never come out the other side but it’s invigorating to try and hopefully, ultimately helpful. I think a lot of them are about trying to be happy in the face of whatever bullshit I created for myself or how horrible everything and everyone is.”
Spoon Announce Canadian Tour Dates, Hot Thoughts out now on Matador Records
Heralded by triumphant appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Late Late Show with James Corden and a tidal wave of advance accolades, Spoon announced today 5 Canadian concert dates in support of Hot Thoughts, the band’s just released ninth album.
The following shows have been added to the band’s world tour, which kicked off this past week with a three-night release week SXSW residency. Pre-sale begins on Wednesday (March 22nd). General on sale on Friday. Sign up for pre-sale ticket code here
July 23rd – Montreal, QC; Metropolis*- with New Pornographers
July 25th – Toronto, ON; Massey Hall**-with Cherry Glazerr
August 30th – Edmonton, AB; Windspear Centre
August 31st – Calgary, AB; MacEwan Hall
September 2nd – Vancouver, BC; Malkin Bowl
Spoon’s Hot Thoughts world tour continues next week with a pair of dates in Australia, after which Spoon will be bringing Hot Thoughts to the South with stops in Mobile, Tampa, Orlando, Charleston, Raleigh and more, marking the beginning of a rigorous year of touring for the band—one that will include an extensive UK/Europe trek as well as previously announced engagements from Panorama in NYC to the Hollywood Bowl in L.A.
Hot Thoughts was released on Friday to overwhelmingly positive praise.
8/10 – “Adding some new tricks to the mix while still finding time to play to their strengths, Hot Thoughts is another strong entry in Spoon’s sterling discography.” – EXCLAIM MAGAZINE
8/10 – “Daring, experimental but also, undeniably pop – ‘Hot Thoughts’ is the sound of a band enjoying some artistic freedom that’s been granted after over 24 years of being on the musical map.” – NORTHERN TRANSMISSIONS
“Spoon still has us eating out of their rock ‘n’ roll dish.” – WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
FOUR STARS —ROLLING STONE
“gobsmackingly great”—THE ATLANTIC
“couldn’t make a bad record if they tried… they score once more with a heady cocktail of textured guitars, weirdo synths, and Britt Daniel’s seductive sandpaper-rough croon.”—ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“the most consistent rock band of the 21st century”—ESQUIRE
“Another knockout… incapable of releasing a bad record” —NEW YORK MAGAZINE
“it’s absolutely remarkable that, nine albums deep into their career, Spoon are still capable of something like this… they’re a truly remarkable beast.”—STEREOGUM
“There’s a case to be made for Spoon being the greatest rock band of the 21st century”—THE RINGER
“Spoon at its best… a tremendous achievement… a masterpiece.”—TEXAS MONTHLY
“It’s really great. Of course it’s really great. This is what Spoon does… unyielding greatness”—UPROXX
“They were treated like conquering heroes by the crowd, and deservedly so.”—AUSTIN CHRONICLE
“in top form… what the band does best while adding new colors in spots… a victory lap with friends and bands in the crucible that saw them become one of the best Austin bands ever.”—AUSTIN 360
“The best band I saw last night was Spoon!”—NPR
“an epic kick-off …one of the tightest, most well-executed acts in independent rock and roll”—PASTE
ARCA REVEALS ‘REVERIE’ VIDEO
Shot in one take and featuring Arca (aka Alejandro Ghersi) front-and-centre both visually and vocally, the stunning ‘Reverie’ video was created by longtime visual collaborator Jesse Kanda, who also directed the video for previous Arca cut, Anoche
In ‘Reverie’. Arca is a wounded matador, made mighty with mechanical legs, or bleeding onto falling flower petals “Bullfighting is a piercing metaphor: you are fighting a bull, and at the same your self. You are not the victim or the oppressor, you are both— Animality and bestiality are conflated,” he says. “Evoking sex invokes our animality.” On this new album, the opposite also holds true. “And evoking our animality, in turn, invokes spirituality.”
‘Reverie’ is the latest song to be released from Arca’s much-anticipated new album. Released on 7th April 2017, Arca will be the Venezuela-born, London-based artist’s first album on XL Recordings, following the release of his two previous albums: 2014’s Xen and 2015’s Mutant.
FUTURE ISLANDS Watch The Official Video For ‘Ran’
Future Islands have shared a video for their latest single, ‘Ran’. Filmed by Albert Berney, it centres around the restless vocalist Samuel T. Herring in motion, running through Baltimore and Maryland’s countryside.
‘Ran’ is taken from The Far Field which is released worldwide on April 7th
The Far Field refines and builds on the breakthroughs of their 2014 album Singles, bursting with undeniable hooks and disarmingly honest lyrics written by Samuel T. Herring (vocals, lyrics), William Cashion (bass, guitars) and Gerrit Welmers (keyboards, programming).
The band began writing new material in January 2016 on the coast of North Carolina, and continued throughout the year in Baltimore before road-testing these songs at a series of secret shows under fake names. Later that year, they travelled to Los Angeles to record with Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton at the legendary Sunset Sound, where everyone from The Beach Boys to Prince have laid down masterpieces. With string and horn arrangements by Patrick McMinn, The Far Field is the first Future Islands record to feature live drums by Michael Lowry, who joined the band prior to their sensational performance of ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’ on David Letterman’s late night TV show. Blondie’s Debbie Harry also makes a guest appearance, in a duet with Herring on penultimate track ‘Shadows’.
Across The Far Field’s twelve chest-pounding love songs and odes to the road, Future Islands brilliantly expresses the band’s central themes they’ve been exploring for the last decade: that there is power in emotional vulnerability, that one can find a way to laugh and cry in the same breath – and be stronger for it.