Watch Poppy Ackroyd’s video for second single ‘Release’

This November will see the release of Pause, the new album from talented multi-instrumentalist and composer Poppy Ackroyd. After sharing the delicate and delightful first single, ‘Seedling’, she has unveiled ‘Release’, a stunning new track said to be “about the feeling of wanting to run free, and embracing life and love”. ‘Release’ is offered  with a video made by designer, creative technologist and long-time collaborator Tom Newell. Speaking about the visuals, he explained they were “made by melting ice with a hair dryer under a macro lens, then using different light sources and a rotating plate to capture different movement and reflections, this video is an attempt to capture some of the beauty of this natural reaction”. Here’s the video.

Pause is out on November 12th through One Little Independent Records.

Patrick Shiroishi unleashes video for new single ‘To Kill A Wind-Up Bird’

Patrick Shiroishi has a new solo album on the way, Hidemi, and we were instantly and utterly taken by the first single, the compelling ‘Tule Lake Like Yesterday’, when it emerged last month. A multilayered woodwind record, Hidemi was written and performed in its entirety by Shiroishi and is a tribute to his grandfather and his personal experience after getting out of Japanese-American concentration camps.
With just over a month to until the album drops, the Japanese American saxophonist and composer is enticing us again with a new single, ‘To Kill A Wind-Up Bird’, a gorgeous and exhilarating track we cannot stop listening to. The song comes with a video made by visual artist Dylan Pecora, who had this to say about it:

“It’s a gentle attempt at a Looney Tunes/Carl Stalling type of thing, where we’re getting a 1-to-1 fraudulent representation on screen of the sounds we hear. A tiptoeing porky pig sounds like a xylophone ascending. A puppet shaking an ancient bowl sounds like this.”

Watch the video for ‘To Kill A Wind-Up Bird’ below and watch out for the release of Hidemi on October 29th through American Dreams.

Le Guess Who? reveals 70 new acts for 2021 edition

Le Guess Who? is celebrating its 14th edition this year with a bold and monumental program. With just under two months to go until the musical extravaganza kicks off throughout Utrecht, the organisers have now revealed the full line-up. The last cluster of acts features 70 new exciting performers including Suuns, Jessica Moss, Aksak Maboul, tenniscoats, Chúpame El Dedo, claire rousay, and many more.

After enticing us with a plethora of magnificent curators and artists announcements over the last few months, including many of our favourite artists and bands, Le Guess Who? has now unveiled the full line-up for its 14th edition running from November 11th-14th in a multitude of idyllic venues scattered throughout the quaint city of Utrecht.

Newly added to the general line-up is legendary experimental pop group Aksak Maboul who returned last year with Figures, their first album in 40 years, Indian American composer Arushi Jain, popular singer of Frafra gospel from Ghana Alogte Oho & His Sounds of Joy and Suuns, the Canadian band who boasts excellent musicianship, reflected and augmented on live shows and who have just release their new album, The Witness, earlier this month. Also enriching the general line-up will be the soulful and energetic sounds of Lyra Pramuk, the library music and kosmiche compositions of Samuele Gottardello aka Blak Saagan, French psych duo The Limiñanas and the mesmeric folk-pop of singer/songwriter Shannon Lay whose new album, Geist, arrives next month. Berlin / Manchester duo Space Afrika will bring their evocative and experimental soundscapes to  Le Guess Who? as will University Challenged, the trio of Ajay Saggar (“Bhajan Bhoy”), Oli Heffernan (“Ivan The Tolerable”) and Kohhei Matsuda (“Bo Ningen”).

Elsewhere on the curated programs, there are also plenty of thrilling additions. Don The Tiger, the project of Galician musician Adrián de Alfonso, who has played with the likes of Lydia Lunch, Mark Cunningham, Robert Forster and Carla Bozulich, the tropical and intense rhythms of Colombian duo Chúpame El Dedo, featuring members of The Meridian Brothers and Romperayo and Typhonian Highlife, the project of mysterious experimental musician Spencer Clark will all join the bill curated by Lucrecia Dalt.

The mesmeric and compelling compositions of brilliant and ingenious violinist, vocalist and composer Jessica Moss, the gospel and R&B sounds of South London based singer and producer Klein, and Ice Balloons, the Brooklyn noise supergroup of Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), Sean Powell (The FuckEmos), Giselle Reiber (Midnight Masses), and Rob Bryn (Wild Yaks) join Matana Roberts’ curated bill.

Curator John Dwyer has also invited Meril Wubslin, the Swiss trio who describe themselves as ‘two guitars, two voices, rhythms and trance’, Japanese heavy psych rock band DMBQ and the cosmic fusion of electronic music with folk and jazz of London-based Caribbean-Belgian composer, producer and musician Nala Sinephro.

Phil Elverum’s curated program will host the gorgeous melodies of American folk singer-songwriter Mariee Sioux and the beautiful and unique sounds of Tokyo’s pop duo tenniscoats.

There’s more special projects newly lined up for this year’s edition including Portuguese Tia Maria Produções, a sublabel of contemporary dance music label Príncipe Discos, presenting Bboy, Dj Danifox, Puto Márcio and Lycox, Dutch label Knekelhuis presenting De Ambassade, Jean-Luc, Patricia Kokett, Reymour and Spill Gold, and British underground punk label La Vida Es Un Mus showcasing Kohti Tuhoa and Taqbir. Uncloud presents will host shows from Near Stoic, Mark IJzerman & Sébastien Robert present As Above, So Below and experimental musician claire rousay, who in addition to an album released this year, kept herself busy last year releasing 9 full length albums and 10 additional singles, 12″s and Eps.

Head over to leguesswho.com to take a look at the complete list of phenomenal performers added. 4-Day Festival Passes for Le Guess Who? 2021 have now sold out but limited day tickets are still available so if you want to embrace the diverse, daring and dazzling musical experiences Le Guess Who? will offer, hurry up!

Bremer/McCoy announce new album, Natten, and share title track

Bremer/McCoy, the Copenhagen based duo of pianist Morten McCoy and bassist Jonathan Bremer, have been developing their signature sound over the last four albums, using their custom built soundsystem. Formed in 2013 as a reggae group, they morphed into a jazz, dub and neo classical outfit crafting melodic, serene and immersive compositions and soundscapes infused with emotion.

This Autumn they will release their fifth album, Natten, an effort that has been in the works for the last couple of years and “is inspired by the cosmos, by the sunset and by the nordic woods”, as they put it. “We felt a greater freedom this time around because we now have a much deeper understanding and grounding in what we’re doing,” Bremer comments. “This allows us to venture further out than ever before, because we know that things typically fall into place.”

Along with the album news, Bremer/McCoy have let loose the first single, ‘Natten’, a track recorded straight to tape. “When it works for me,” explained McCoy, “it’s pure meditation, pure prayer. Pure gratitude for simply being, without all kinds of jibber-jabber filling my thoughts.”

Listen to ‘Natten’ below and grab the album when it’s out on November 19th through Luaka Bop.

JP Coimbra’s debut solo album, Vibra, out now

Last week saw the release of a gorgeous, delicate and adventurous album, Vibra, from Portuguese musician JP Coimbra. The talented multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer has kept himself busy with many projects and collaborations for over two decades. Vibra, which translates from Portuguese as ‘vibrate’, marks his first solo release.  An instrumental affair, the album blends together elements of neo classical, jazz and electronics and was recorded in various locations in Porto including a tube station, an underground river, a concert hall and a contemporary art gallery. Speaking about Vibra, Coimbra comments:

“It was written as a concept record rather than a random collection of pieces, with the objective of combine the plasticity of untreated public spaces and their inherent acoustic characteristics into the composition, the spaces becoming an extension of musical instruments. The reason for this was the idea that these locations, with their geometry and materials, would change the way we played the music and would inspire changes in their composition… and it worked!!”

For a taste of what’s on offer, listen to ‘Invincible Summer’, one of the sublime and striking tracks off the album. It comes with an accompanying video directed by Vasco Mendes and you watch it below.


Vibra is out now through Cognitive Shift Recordings

Circuit des Yeux unveils video for new single ‘Sculpting the Exodus’

After enticing us with ‘Dogma‘, the phenomenal vocalist, composer, and producer Haley Fohr aka Circuit des Yeux has shared ‘Sculpting the Exodus’, the second monumental single from her much anticipated sixth full-length album, -io. About the track, she writes:

“What is Sculpting the Exodus?
It is devotion. It is the well.
It is my grandmother going into hospice, writhing in pain.
It is reality exploding on an island made of sand. It is depression and the isolation of deep grief.
I was trapped in a choir of myself with nothing to grab onto but echoes of past selves.
It obliterated my heart until the only working parts of me were the appendages furthest from my mind.
A few notes here
A couple notes there…
The fingers were working when nothing else could. And I was fantasising of leaving like I always do…”

‘Sculpting the Exodus’ is offered with a video directed by herself. Here it is.

-io is out on October 22nd through Matador Records