ARCA ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM
“Here’s my voice and all my guts: feel free to judge it. It’s like a bullfight: you’re watching emotional violence for pleasure. So this is a character who, almost as a mockery of the transaction, goes uncomfortably deep, into self-mutilation. ‘You want gore? Here’s gore’” – Arca on Arca
On the 7th April 2017, Arca will release his third full-length album. The self-titled record will be the Venezuela-born, London-based artist’s first on XL Recordings and follows the release of his two previous albums: 2014’s Xen and 2015’s Mutant.
To mark the news, Arca today reveals the first track from the record: album opener ‘Piel’. It is the first piece of Arca music to feature his singing voice, standing as a defiant, delicate statement of intent.
The album features stunning artwork from long time Arca visual collaborator Jesse Kanda and will be available on CD, gatefold single vinyl LP and on all digital services. It is available to pre-order now HERE with ‘Piel’ available immediately as an instant grat track.
The tracklisting for Arca is as follows:
7. Sin Rumbo
Spoon reveal new track 'Can I Sit Next To You'
If the new Spoon single “Can I Sit Next To You” feels eerily familiar, like something that’s been playing in the background of your life for the last few months, there’s actually a good chance it has.
For the last few months, a campaign of subliminal placements of “Can I Sit Next To You” has seen the unreleased, unidentifiable track being played at various retailers, clubs and venues; as American Airlines boarding music, even by the house bands of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
“Can I Sit Next To You” follows on the album’s first single and title track—and its mystical Aura Reader (LINK)—with a slick, steady-paced groove, as eerie bits of synth skitter around the chorus.
To accompany the new single, Spoon has unveiled a new video, directed by Winnipeg native Marcel Dzama, the acclaimed contemporary artist whose previous musical collaborators have included the likes of Beck and Bob Dylan, not to mention last year’s costume and stage design for the New York City Ballet’s The Most Incredible Thing.
Their forthcoming new album Hot Thoughts is already being touted as one of the albums of the year. Produced by Spoon and Dave Fridmann, they have created the bravest, most sonically inventive work of their illustrious career. Within the space of 10 captivating songs, ‘Hot Thoughts’ confirms why Spoon are one of the most critically acclaimed acts of the first decade of the new millennium.
Reuniting the band with the label that released their 1996 debut, ‘Telephono’, and following on Spoon’s streak of three consecutive US Top 10 albums—‘Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga’ (2007), ‘Transference’ (2010) and ‘They Want My Soul’ (2014)—‘Hot Thoughts’ is nothing short of epic.
Spoon are: singer/guitarist Britt Daniel, drummer Jim Eno, bassist Rob Pope and Alex Fischel on keyboards and guitar.
LONDON O'CONNOR SHARES "NOBODY HANGS OUT ANYMORE" VIDEO
To coincide with the album release, London also shared his self-directed music video for his melancholy ode to the smart phone-obsessed internet generation, “Nobody Hangs Out Anymore.”
Along with the release, London will be performing his first proper headline shows in NYC and London. On February 22nd, he will be headlining Rough Trade in Brooklyn on with Honduras and Quiet Luke. Early arrivals will be treated to the O∆ VR experience, where attendees will have the chance to explore a virtual expanse scored by London’s ambient/spatial music. Directly following NYC, London will be heading out on a West Coast run of dates alongside BadBadNotGood and Hodgy, playing San Francisco, Santa Ana, and Los Angeles.
A few days before he plays the second release show at The Montague Arms in London on March 21st, London will play in support of Glass Animals at their sold out show at O2 Brixton Academy on March 16th. Following the UK plays, London will make his Paris debut at Les Bains on March 23rd.
O∆ is now available on all digital and physical formats. A deluxe version of the vinyl is also available which arrives with a 3’ x 5’ signature O∆ flag. Order the deluxe edition, download the album and stay up to date with London at CircleTriangle.Earth.
SAM GELLAITRY ANNOUNCES ESCAPISM III EP
Sam Gellaitry is ready to present the third chapter in his Escapism saga: a coming-of-age trilogy that demonstrates the young prodigy’s unique, filmic musical productions.
Hot off the heels of the previous two Escapism instalments, Escapism III sees Sam Gellaitry’s sound transcending, invoking a cinematic feel of technicolour-esque scope to his experimental production.
Gellaitry, now 20, started producing at the age of 12. Growing up in central Scotland and being influenced by a wide range of musical genres, Gellaitry used his imagination and love of nature to create eclectic soundscapes. The Escapism series in turn weaves a progressive sound throughout with each instalment evolving from the other.
As Sam says of the project:
“I always liked when people would compare my tracks to a story or a journey. It is something I’ve always strived for and I love imagining my fans getting lost in my tracks just as you would with a book or when exploring. I also feel that having an escape and something that takes your mind off the negativity in life is essential. When I realised that my escape would turn into what I do as a living, naming the project Escapism only felt right.”
In 2016 Sam Gellaitry toured in Europe and widely in the US playing his first headline shows in Paris, Los Angeles and New York. With more dates to be confirmed, Sam is taking in SXSW in March, Coachella in April, Lightning in a Bottle in May and Vancouver’s Seasons Festival also in April
PIXX Announces Long-Awaited Debut Album
Hannah Rodgers, the 21 year old musician behind Pixx, has announced details of her long-awaited debut album, The Age Of Anxiety and previews its opening salvo, ‘I Bow Down’. Following the singles Baboo and Grip, its technicolour video was created by Natasha Lawes
A deeply personal document of heartbreak, those four folk-infused torch songs drew early critical praise, with the Sunday Times hailing it “one of the most arresting debuts of the year,” and let to tours with the likes of Daughter, Lush and Glass Animals.
Instead of tales of loss and affairs of the heart, The Age Of Anxiety finds Rodgers ostensibly place herself outside looking in. Her twelve-song collection seeks to address a generation increasingly isolated by an unprecedented new world order, from the pressures of social media to ever-changing political turbulence. This bold debut borrows its title from W.H. Auden’s final poem, charting one man’s quest to find substance and identity in a shifting and increasingly industrialised world. Published in 1947, Auden’s six-part rumination on human isolation in the modern age parallels the overarching themes of Pixx’s work some 70 years later.
Originally from Chipstead, just beyond the fringes of south London where suburban sprawl start to break into countryside, Rodgers experienced a year-long period of insomnia caused by recurring nightmares at age 9 – her first awareness of anxiety. It left a lasting impression, inspiring a fascination with different states of consciousness, and is one of many somnolent events she draws upon for The Age Of Anxiety
The Age Of Anxiety is released on June 2nd digitally and on CD and limited coloured vinyl formats.