There’s an exciting new release from Nawa Recordings just around the corner. Comes June 2nd, Lebanese electro-acoustic noise duo Two or The Dragon will drop their debut EP Prelude for the Triumphant Man. Abed Kobeissy and Ali Hout formed the project in 2014 “under the premise of exploring Arabic music’s ability to express industrial city scapes and the violence that has plagued the Arab world”. As the press release describes, “the drilling and banging of post-war reconstruction and urban development, the incessant hum and vibration of electricity generators, private water pumps and gasoline motors, the cacophony of car horns in unpredictable traffic, all are represented alongside a wailing pseudo-political rallying cry in an unfathomable psuedo-Arabic tongue.”
Coiciding with the EP release, Two or The Dragon are returning to Europe for a string of dates, including a show at Supersonic Festival on June 18th and at London’s Cafe Oto on June 19th.
The pair have shared ‘Prelude for the Triumphant Man (Part II)’ as the first taste from the EP. Take a listen now.
There’s a new album on the way from Public Service Broadcasting, following their 2015 The Race for Space, themed around the American and Soviet space race. The duo’s new album, Every Valley, is centred and informed by the history of the mining industry in South Wales. With a specific industry and time at its core, the album is as relevant today. The band’s J. Willgoose, Esq hopes it “is applicable to industries all over the western world and possibly beyond, in the way that the Industrial Revolution generated these communities that were so dependent on one particular industry, and what happens to that community when you remove that industry from it, and where that leaves us now”.’
Ahead of the album’s release on July 7th through Play It Again Sam, Public Service Broadcasting have shared a new single from it called ‘They Gave Me A Lamp’. Inspired by women’s support groups active during the South Wales mining strike in 84/85, the track features longtime favourite trio Haiku Salut. J. Willgoose, Esq. had this to say about it:
“When I was doing the research for this album, one of the stories that leapt out at me most obviously was of the role of women’s support groups in the strike. It seemed like a genuine political awakening for a whole generation of women, who suddenly came to realize both their potential and the power they had to shape the society they were part of; I really wanted to try to do their movement justice. Getting Haiku Salut on board, as well as samples of women talking about their role in the strike, was another key factor for me in putting this song together”.
A year on from the release of debut album Terry HQ, Melbourne based four-piece Terry are ready to unveil its follow-up. Entitled Remember Terry, the record is slated for a June 30th release via Upset The Rhythm. As the labels describes, Remember Terry is “an album full of wish fulfilment, critiqued characters, memorial muscle and historical hustle”.
The announcement comes with the first single ‘Take Me To The City’ and a fitting jolly video. Here it is.
After sharing lead track ‘Walkie Talkie’, Philadelphia’s four piece Palm are teasing their upcoming EP again with the title track ‘Shadow Expert’. “Emotional yet clinical, wild yet contained,” describes a press release, “the sounds they offer are equally bizarre as they are pleasantly pretty.”
The 6-track EP arrives on June 16th through Carpark Records and it will be available in the usual formats, including a limited edition dark blue vinyl.
Take a listen to ‘Shadow Expert’ and ‘Walkie Takie’ below for a double taste of what you’re in for.
Diagrams, the project of Sam Genders, has just released a new full-length album last Friday through Bookshop Records. Entitled Dorothy, the album is named after Dorothy Trogdon, the 90-year old American poet with whom he collaborated to bring this album to life. With both interested and writing about similar subjects, and after turning one of her poems into a song, Genders asked her to help him write some songs. Dorothy explains how she felt about the project:
“As Sam reached out to me, I quickly felt my work was in respectful hands. We understood each other, were compatible in our means of expression. When we finally met in person here on Orcas Island, so far away from Britain, our friendship only deepened. My poems were out in the world seeking a reader, they met Sam who replied with music and a conversation began. Which is how all creation starts. We make nothing new alone.”
Coinciding with the album’s release, Diagrams has unveiled a video for the beautiful and jubilant third single ‘I Tell Myself’, directed by Ewan Jones-Morris. “The song is partly about accepting all those millions of thoughts and perceptions that move through our consciousness from moment to moment,” explained Genders. “The video is full of colour and light and has that sense of everything constantly changing.”
The latest offering from Erased Tapes comes from the hands of two incredible composers, Ben Lukas Boysen and Sebastian Plano, who were brought together to compose the score for Everything, a video game created by Irish animator David O’Reilly’s and narrated by the late British philosopher Alan Watts. An interactive experience and simulation game, Everything lets the player explore everything. Whether it’s plants or animals or galaxies, the player can take the role of anything and simply be it.
“Composing something quite modular yet coherent that connects with the idea and fabric of the game was quite a task”, explained Boysen. “We discussed many approaches, from really mathematical and direct, to abstract and philosophical, and we ended up with a mixture of both. Every element depends and builds on another and connects to previous and following songs. May it be on a compositional or on an abstract and conceptual level, the game and the music follow the same path and shares almost the same inspirational DNA”.
Everything will be out physically on July 28th and ahead of it Boysen and Plano have shared a track from it, the magnificent ‘Winding and Unwinding’.