Hanging Valleys‘ new album, Behind The Backs Of Houses, is finally out tomorrow through Pedro Y El Lobo. After enticing us with the cinematic and sublime title track, the duo of Thom Byles and Michael Phillips have shared a gentle and otherwordly new single called ‘Sleeping Sound’. Vocalist and lyricist Thom Byles exlained the inspiration behind it:
“The song is about that deep amazing sleep that only arrives after you’ve truly earned it. In an era of desk jobs and screen time it can be impossible to find. A recent mountaineering trip in the lake district reminded me of how human it feels to be using your body all day and how sweet it is to be asleep the second your head hits the pillow.”
With a sublime new album, Waxing Moon, released last week, Rebecca Foon has unveiled a stunning accompanying video for the album track ‘Vessels’, featuring Patrick Watson. The video was directed by Stephanie Weber Biron and the wonderful cellist and composer penned her thoughts about it:
“Stephanie Weber Biron created a beautiful visual tale to “Vessels”, capturing interweaving themes of love, loss, memories, transcendence and how the spirit, imaginative world can feel more real at times than physical reality. Featuring Sasha Korbut and Karine Plantadit, the dancers gracefully get lost in each other and the natural landscape around them, taking us on a beautiful path into an ethereal plane. The narrative is both meditative and otherworldy, leaving you grappling with the interconnection of our past, present and future realities and reflecting on those that have been here and those to come.”
Watch the video below.
Waxing Moon is out now through Constellation and all its royalties will be donated to Pathway To Paris and its “1000 Cities” Green Transition initiative in collaboration with the United Nations.
Following their critically acclaimed fourth album, A Gaze Among Them, which was released via Southern Lord last year, Montreal trio BIG|BRAVE prepare for an extensive UK and European tour with a new video for standout track ‘This Deafening Verity’. Taking in several dates across April and May, the tour kicks off on April 19th at Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands and includes shows at Electrowerkz in London on April 21st and at Maus Hábitos in Porto on May 2nd.
The band commented on the video:
“The video is made from re-appropriated footage from a hot dog eating competition in the USA. With the video we didn’t want to only investigate the competitive hot dog eating community but rather at all spectacles of this character. Ones where gratuitous displays of abundance are celebrated and worshiped.”
Watch it below and take a look at their live dates here.
One of the many extraordinary performances that swept us away at Le Guess Who? last year was that of French outfit Oiseaux-Tempête, playing on Friday November 8th at TivoliVredenburg’s Ronda. Two years on from their first foray into the festival, the duo of multi-instrumentalists Frédéric D. Oberland and Stéphane Pigneul returned to Utrecht with a new album under their belts, Somewhere From Invisible, and an expanded line-up featuring the musicians involved in the album, including longtime collaborators Jean-Michel Pirès (Bruit Noir), Mondkopf and G.W.Sok (The Ex), as well as special guests Jessica Moss (Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band) on electric violin and Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem in My Heart on buzuk and modular synths. Mighty and majestic, powerful and gripping, they stood at a crossroads of light and darkness, deftly traversing a sonic terrain that stands as a powerful testament to the range of emotion they can grasp. Drawing from their improvisational energy and disparate genres from post-rock and free-jazz to Arabic music and electronica, they find compelling beauty underneath the places of turmoil in which their music is anchored. For those unable to experience this poignant and intense performance, or eager to relive it, Le Guess Who? has unveiled the full audio recordings of the Oiseaux-Tempête & Friends’ performance at the festival, recorded and mixed by Marc Broer and Philip ten Brink. Immerse yourself in it.
Haley Fohr has brought her fictional alter ego Jackie Lynn back to life as a “lady of the road”, with the help of Cooper Crain, Rob Frye and Dan Quinlivan of Bitchin Bajas. With a new album, Jacqueline, on the way, she had already shared the first single, ‘Casino Queen’, a killer song with a disco feel. Ahead of the album release on April 10th through Drag City, Jackie Lynn is giving us another exciting preview with new single ‘Shugar Water’, featuring Ben Chasny on lead guitar. “‘Shugar Water’ was designed to bring us all together. It is a calling for us all to drink from the same cup and allow ourselves to let go” noted Fohr. “Let us seek refuge in each other’s arms. Let us get lost on the byway of comfort and celebration. We need each other every day (even if our mind does not remind us of this every day). Do not get lost in your own soul! What if we are, after all, just different versions of the same person?”
‘Shugar Water’ comes with an accompanying video by Jacob Forman, who had this say:
“I can only imagine what the tiniest bit of celebrity feels like, so when given the character of Jacqueline, it kind of allowed me to project onto her my own anxieties about what growing stardom (or just progression in life) could do to me, or anyone really. The present is purgatory and the past is grainy, ugly, and violent. Shugar Water grounds and binds us. Thinking about all these things coupled with what I would do stylistically with the video, I felt particularly inspired by Lynch’s INLAND EMPIRE, Cronenberg’s VIDEODROME, and the films of Abel Ferrara.”
Listen and watch the video for ‘Shugar Water’ below.
Different Geographies, the long-awaited new album from Collectress is finally nearing its release date, and they had already enticed us with two magical and beautiful singles, ‘Landing’ and ‘In the Streets, In the Fields’. The collective have now shared a third single, ‘Mauswerk’, a mesmerizing post-classical track with a pulsing Krautrock-infused groove. The track comes with an accompanying video, and they explained the inspiration behind it:
“The film for “Mauswerk” took the experimental abstract animation of Len Lye as its inspiration combined with a nod to the electro pop aesthetics of Kraftwerk. The eventual combination of grids and abstract shapes was an exploration of finding ways to visualise early digital imaging through filming geometric structures found in our local environments. The cut out shapes move as if guided by a series of algorithms, they flow to the music sometimes overlapping, echoing early modernist explorations and experimentations in colour theory.”
Watch the video below and grab the album when it’s out on March 6th through their own imprint Peeler Records.