Today sees the release of Jamire Williams‘ new solo album ///// EFFECTUAL through Leaving Records. We first heard and loved the extraordinary first single ‘Children Of The Supernatural’ and the jazz drummer and percussionist followed it with a new track, ‘Collaborate With God’, earlier this week. The song features French composer Chassol and you can listen to it below.
Last year, Japanese instrumental trio Mouse On The Keys released their magnificent third album, The Flowers Of Romance, which was one of our 15 Picks of the Year. They are ready to follow it up with a new EP entitled Out of Body, slated for an early 2017 release. Encompassing their usual far-flung influences and genres, from classical, jazz and electronic to math-rock, hardcore and heavy metal, Out of Body sees the band “take a darker turn”, as the press release describes. The EP “carries a more sombre atmosphere than that of previous releases, as each track is centered on the macabre theme of near-death experiences”. The band’s own Akira Kawasaki explains:
“After the disaster of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in 2011 and through my experience of suffering from asymptomatic brain infarction, I came to feel death familiar. I have been influenced by the book ‘Near-death experience’ by a Japanese journalist Takashi Tachibana and the documentary TV program about it”
Out of Body arrives on January 25th via Topshelf Records and we can already get a taste from it with the powerful and poignant ‘Earache’.
2017 may be just around the corner but our ears remain tuned to the sounds of 2016. And with good reason, with incredible albums still slated to drop before the end of the year. One we’re eagerly waiting to hear is the new full-length from Serafim Tsotsonis, She Swims, arriving on December 9th through Hush Hush Records. The new effort from the Greek composer, electronic musician, and producer “is marked by a collection of instrumental-heavy compositions that confidently display his cinematic and evocative blend of neo-classical, ambient electronics, post-rock, and dream-pop styles”, as the press release describes.
Tsotsonis had previously unveiled ‘Cold Naive’ as the first taster from the album and he’s following it with the glorious and dramatic track ‘Imaginary Friends’. Listen to both below.
Orchestra of Spheres released Brothers And Sisters Of The Black Lagoon last May and they are keeping us interested in the album with a brand new video for ‘In the Face of Love’. Being big fans of fellow New Zealand singer and song writer Lori Watt, the band asked her to make the video. “She has a unique artistic vision”, explained the band. “What you might call naive art… she conjures up her own world which is somehow also a view into small town New Zealand life.” Watch the video below.
Brothers And Sisters Of The Black Lagoon is out now via Fire Records.
We’re only a couple of days away from the release of Remain Calm, the debut collaborative album from Mica Levi and Oliver Coates. The pair had already enticed us with the staggering first single from the album, ‘Barok Main’, and they have teased it again with another magnificent track, ‘Dolphins Climb Onto Shore For The First Time’. It comes with a video made by Leah Walker and you can watch it below.
Remain Calm is out on November 25th via Slip.
Royal Canoe have shared a fantastic new video for ‘Walk Out on the Water’, taken from their recently released second album Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit. The video was directed by Dan Huiting, and it features Anton Sokalski with choreography credits to Kaja Irwin.
In support of the new album, Royal Canoe are crossing the Atlantic again for a string of European shows, starting in Hamburg on January 25th and including a stop in London at The Slaughtered Lamb on February 1st.