Prepare yourself for a new album from French multi-instrumentalist and composer Colleen. A flame my love, a frequency follows her 2015 album Captain of None, which was one of our 15 Picks of the Year. Slated for an Autumn release, the upcoming album saw Colleen steering away from previous acoustic recordings to embrace new sonic territories in the realm of electronics and trading her usual viola da gama for a Critter and Guitari Synth.
With the relation between life and death as a core theme, A flame my love, a frequency is described as a record “that finds optimism in the face of tribulation, a meditation on humanity’s ability to prevail.”
The album will see the light of day on October 20th through Thrill Jockey but we can already hear the first enticing single ‘Separating’. The song, as the press release says, ” is an emotional response to being overwhelmed by the inevitability of death”. We’ve been playing it on a loop and can’t wait for October to come.
It’s been a while since Balmorhea released new material but there’s a new album on the way from the Austin, Texas based duo of Rob Lowe and Michael Muller. The follow-up to 2012’s Stranger, Clear Language, arrives on September 22nd through Western Vinyl.
On Clear Language, the pair goes back to the simplicity of their roots. “They eschewed complexity for complexity’s sake, allowing a watery, sand-hued mood to settle over their use of analog synthesizers, piano, vibraphone, electric and bass guitar, violin, viola, field recordings, and, for the first time in the band’s history, trumpet,” describes the label. “A relaxed, clear-eyed sense of reflection flows gracefully through the album as these two old friends transmit unfettered meaning through simple sonic gestures that resonate with the cosmos as much as they echo the pulse of a human heart.”
Balmorhea had previously shared the album’s opener and now they are offering another gorgeous taste with a new track, ‘Sky Could Undress’. It comes with a video, the first of a Clear Language Film Trilogy by LA based artist Claire Cottrell. Check out both below.
Singer Oumou Sangaré has been treating us to wonderful videos for each new single from Mogoya, her first album in eight years. Following ‘Kamelemba’ and ‘Yere Faga’, the Malian diva has shared a video for new single ‘Fadjamou’, which translates to ‘family name’. Centred around the importance of family in Malian culture, the track’s theme is reflected on the video. Watch it below.
With recent festival appearances at Glastonbury and Citadel, Oumou’s upcoming dates will see her gracing stages at WOMAD and Shambala this summer and at Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? in November.
Tomorrow sees the long-awaited release of Cornelius’s new album Melow Waves, his first in eleven years. Keigo Oyamada, the maverick musician behind Cornelius, had already enticed us with the album’s opener, ‘あなたがいるなら[If You’re Here]’. Now he has let loose a new delightful single, ‘In A Dream’, for another taste of Mellow Waves just before it drops. The track comes with a video directed by Groovisions. Here it is.
Fresh off the back of releasing their excellent EP Shadow Expert, Palm hit the road today for a string of shows across the US until the end of the month. The Philadelphia’s four piece has also announced a UK/European tour in September, including a show in London at The Montague Arms on September 19th.
To celebrate, Palm have shared an amazing video for the EP’s title track, with the four members as avatars inhabiting a kaleidoscopic and surreal world. The video was directed by JP Mayer and you can watch it below.