We’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of Royal Canoe‘s new album Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit, which follows their excellent 2013 album Today We’re Believers. The Winnipeg based sextet had already shared the colourful first single ‘Somersault’, and they’ve just shared another stunning taste from the forthcoming record called ‘Living A Lie’. Here’s what the band’s Matt Peters had to say:
“On the new record we spent a lot of time manipulating organic sounds with elaborate pedal chains and effects loops that we later ran into sampling devices. The goal was to create libraries of sounds that felt somewhat alien, but that still had a familiar “skin” on them and that we could play like a real instrument. On “Living a Lie” the organ, vocals, sax, and a bunch of the drums were all created with this approach. The rhythms in the song are also caught in a similar space between two worlds, with both analog and digital kits playing against each other. The chorus’ have a triplet feel, but the versus’ are so lazy they exist right between swung and straight – Like a constant push & pull. All of this rhythmic interplay is so the song could have the deep sexiness of a slow jam, but with a desperate frenetic energy. We wrote this song while a couple of us were still hung up on old flames and finding it difficult to disengage. It’s about realizing how much you subconsciously manipulate your plans and routines in an attempt to be closer to somebody you can’t get over. And then trying to come to terms with how much of your identity is indebted to their presence in your life and whether or not you even want to let go.”
Take a listen to ‘Living A Lie’ now.
In other related news, Royal Canoe have announced a huge tour with dates all across North America for the rest of the year.
Having released their third album, Mud Belief, last month, London based 9-piece Perhaps Contraption premiered this week an amusing animated video for new single ‘Up & Out’. Inspired by the 16 bit megadrive, and written and animated by Mikibo, the effort takes the form of a video game. Watch it below.
Hot on the heels of their recently released debut album Terry HQ, Melbourne based outfit Terry have unveiled a new video for the album’s excellent ‘Hot Heads’. The video, made by the band and also Tim Hillier and Mia Mcdonald, pairs the song brilliantly with country line dancing. Here’s what the foursome said about the song:
“Terry is packed tightly into a Volkswagen golf hurtling along the Xpressway in the rain, 5pm and the sun is already gone, just a grey haze interrupted by glowing factories and headlights. Everyone is wearing berets except the stranger in the car, he goes by Big Mac or Mr Scissors, he has laid out the plans for Terry’s trip. Sweaty backs. Clippity clop.”
Suuns released their excellent third album, Hold/Still, earlier this year and they dropped three singles, ‘Translate’, ‘Paralyzer’ and ‘Brainwash‘, all paired with a visual accompaniment part of a triptych of videos. Now, the Montreal based quartet has unveiled a new video for ‘Instrument’, also off Hold/Still, directed by Italian photographer Pamela Maddaleno. Watch it below.
Since releasing Hold/Still in April, Suuns have been touring relentlessly in both Europe and North America, and they aren’t looking to slow down just yet. Suuns have a ton of dates lined up throughout the summer in a multitude of European festivals, and several more dates confirmed for Autumn.
Heat & Entropy, the new album from Ben Chatwin, is nearing its release date and he has previously enticed us with the magically wonderful opener ‘Inflexion’. Ahead of the album’s release, the experimental Edinburgh based composer shared another marvellous track from the album, ‘Euclidean Plane’. Referring to the track, Chatwin had this to say:
“Heat & Entropy deals with contradictions and opposing forces in a kind of symbiosis. The challenge was seeing how far I could push both the acoustic and electronic elements resulting in simultaenous beauty and chaos. Euclidean Plane is one of the more harmonious tracks on the album.
The Octopus became a visual representation for this as it represents organic life and nature yet hints at something alien and desolate.”
With Nat Urazmetova on direction duties, ‘Euclidean Plane’ has been paired with a stunning visual accompaniment. Urazmetova describes the ideas behind it:
“An unexplainable, visceral fascination with the mysterious otherworldliness of octopuses, the ethereal grace and the complexity of their behavior and temperament that magnetises me the most. This is something I tried to capture in the video for Ben’s ravishing track, “Euclidean Plane”: delicacy and unpredictability, the strong physicality but also a shimmering illusion, the pulsation which might have the extraterrestrial source.”
Watch the video below and watch out for the release of Heat & Entropy on July 29th via Ba Da Bing Records.
We usually get excited with all the releases that Constellation puts outs and recent news of Sandro Perri‘s forthcoming collaborative project has got us all the more excited. Under the moniker Off World, Perri brings to life a collection of his collaborative work with other producers, including Lorenz Peter (Corpusse, Processor), Drew Brown (Lower Dens, Blonde Redhead, Beck), Susumu Mukai (Zongamin), M J Silver (Mickey Moonlight) and Craig Dunsmuir (Glissandro 70, Kanada 70), and musicians Eric Chenaux and Jesse Zubot.
Set to be released in three volumes, the first one, Off World 1, drops on September 30th. The label describes it as “alien electronics played humanly, with real-world accents throughout”.
We had already heard the incredible first single ‘Wonder Farm’, and to entice us further, Perri has unveiled another track from Off World 1 called ‘Extraction’.