With only two weeks to go for tUnE-yArDs to release their third album, Nikki Nack, they’ve paired the excellent first single, ‘Water Fountain’, with a fittingly colourful and fun-filled video. Joel Kefali, who directed the video, explains how the idea for it came about.
“When Merrill approached me wanting to make a video with a Pee-Wee’s Playhouse vibe I had to say yes. I’d had plenty of ideas for a kid’s show that had been waiting to see the light of day. I didn’t want to make a straight homage piece; there are moments of nostalgia in there but the video is our own modern, manic, collage of a kids show. Like many great kids shows I wanted to cram in as many ideas as possible and sneak in the occasional wink to the art world, contemporary and historic. The musical dynamic of “Water Fountain” lends itself perfectly to the concept and I think this video is best viewed while consuming a big bowl of cereal. Then again, what isn’t?”
Watch the video for ‘Water Fountain’ below and grab Nikki Nack when it drops on May 6th via 4AD.
Photo:Marco van Rijt
Little Dragon‘s highly anticipated fourth full-length album, Nabuma Rubberband, arrives in less than a month. The album is set to be released on May 12th in the UK via Because Music and May 13th in the US via Loma Vista Recordings. Following ’Klapp Klapp‘ and ‘Paris’, the Swedish quartet are keeping us excited and have shared the third single off Nabuma Rubberband. Listen to ‘Let Go’ below.
Photo: Tom Barnes
The tremendously brilliant pianist / composer Neil Cowley and his long time band mates drummer Evan Jenkins and bass player Rex Horan, who make up Neil Cowley Trio, are set to release their fifth studio album entitled Touch and Flee.
The album sees them evolving and exploring newer territories. “The familiar hook laden tunes and pounding crescendos”, as the press release explains, are “replaced, in the main, by shifting, expansive melodies and longer elegant passages”.
Ahead of the album’s release on June 9th via Naim Jazz Records, Neil Cowley Trio are offering the first taste from it in the form of a video for the marvellous track ‘Kneel Down’. Here it is.
London based multi-instrumentalist Tom Vek has announced the release of his third solo album, Luck. The good news comes paired with the first groovy single ‘Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)’. Give it a listen below and grab your Luck when it comes out on June 9th via Moshi Moshi.
May 13th will see the release of TOBACCO‘s third solo album Ultima II Massage. Thomas Fec, the prolific man behind the project, who also shares frontman duties on Black Moth Super Rainbow, explores further his very own weird and enchanting sounds. As the press release describes, “each disparate track damaged to the point of contributing to some sort of greater, lurching Frankenstein-like state”. Speaking about his approach to the album, TOBACCO said he “wanted to push each song just enough, so that even when the album’s at its wildest, it’s something you can zone out to.” He added, “It feels like a definitive end to a concept I’ve been trying to perfect forever. Maniac Meat was linear. This time I wanted to do a lot of different things and have them come together as one meditative piece. At least for myself.”
To whet our appetite, TOBACCO shared last week one of the tracks off Ultima II Massage, the ace ‘Streaker’ featuring Notrabel. Listen to it below.
Pre-order TOBACCO’s Ultima II Massage now via Ghostly.
Adam Schatz’s latest and main project Landlady had already announced a second album and teased it with the first taste ‘Above My Ground’. The upcoming album, Upright Behavior, has now been confirmed for a July 15th release via Hometapes. To keep us excited, the quintet have shared another cut from the album, the wonderful ‘The Globe’. Give it a listen now.