Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith unveils new single ‘To Follow and Lead’

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The KidLast month we heard ‘An Intention’, the first taste from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith‘s upcoming album The Kid. Set for release on October 6th through Western Vinyl as a double record, The Kid charts the four different stages of life.

The synth star and composer is teasing the album again with another track from it, the jubilant ‘To Follow and Lead’. As the press release describes, the track “represents the third phase of life in which a person uncovers their true personality through experiments with following, leading, and trying new things”. Take a listen below.

Pevin Kinel releases new video for ‘Systemic Risks’

Pevin Kinel - Systemic RisksWe’ve been eagerly waiting for Pevin Kinel to resurface with a follow-up to his outstanding Syntactic Sugars, which was one of our Album Picks of 2012 and remains a favourite. The effort was followed a couple of years later with SEO Your Friends, a marvellous and compelling A-side single featuring ‘Fifteen’ and ‘In a Way you would Care’. Although there’s no new music in sight, Pevin has shared a fittingly excellent new video for ‘Systemic Risks’, lifted from Syntactic Sugars. The London based multi-instrumentalist, who has been filming more than recording, explains how the video came about:

“About a month ago I realised I had shot enough bits and bobs to put together something bigger than your usual found footage music video. I picked the instrumental track Systemic Risks and instantly, everything became clear. Out of those random clips I would weave a complex multi-threaded narrative juxtaposing the immensity of the cosmos with the futile aspirations of man, contrast that with the heart-tugging beauty of nature, then riff about the end of the world for a bit.
I started the editing work and it quickly became apparent there was no way I would be able to tell a comprehensible story with just random bits of video. So I had to settle for that harmless found footage music video feel everybody as come to dread, but with the comforting thought that all that footage had been found on my own hard drive.”

To tide you over until Pevin releases new music, enjoy the video for ‘Systemic Risks’ below.

Watch Tanya Tagaq’s video for ‘Sivulivinivut’

Tanya Tagaq - SivulivinivutTanya Tagaq‘s Retribution is an album utterly powerful and urgent. One of our 15 Album Picks of 2016, we’ve hailed it time and again as an album to be treasured evermore. Tagaq has recently unleashed a video to accompany a quieter and soothing song from the album, ‘Sivulivinivut’, which means ‘Ancestors’ and finds her singing in Inuktitut. Featuring the Northern Sky, the video was directed by Light Echo Productions. Watch it below.

Retribution is out now via Six Shooter Records.

Malihini share lead single off upcoming debut EP Lose Everything

Malihini - Lose EverythingMalihini, the duo of Giampaolo Speziale and Federica Caiozzo, are gearing up to release their debut EP Lose Everything. Named after the Hawaiian word for newcomer, the pair met in Rome in 2015, before embarking on a road trip and moving to London last year. Lose Everything features Richard Formby (Ghost Poet, Wild Beasts) on production duties and is set for release on September 29th through Memphis Industries.
Alongside the EP announcement, Malihini are offering a superb taste of what they have in store for us with lead single ‘Drums Rock And Roll’. “‘Drums Rock And Roll’ is four minutes of free play about youth, fun, addiction, lack of manners,” said Giampaolo. “Our producer, Richard Formby, really brought his synths to the fore on this on this one, while Federica and I, sung some of the sounds we sometimes sing to each other.” Give it a listen now.

To celebrate the release of Lose Everything, Malihini will play a special show at The Waiting Room in London on October 2nd. Head over here to grab free tickets.

Seamus Fogarty premieres video for ‘Carlow Town’ from upcoming album The Curious Hand

Seamus Fogarty - Carlow TownFive years on from the release of God Damn You Mountain, the second full-length album from London based Irish alt-folk singer songwriter Seamus Fogarty is on the way. Entitled The Curious Hand, the effort is Fogarty’s first release on Domino and it arrives on October 6th. The news comes paired with ‘Carlow Town’, a bewitching new song tinged with electronica elements that finds Fogarty narrating a night spent sleeping in a church in Carlow Town. What’s more, Seamus Fogarty has shared a fittingly gorgeous video for the track, featuring himself and bandmates Emma Smith and Aram Zarikian pulling some choreographed moves blended with hand drawn animation. The effort was directed by Jack Barraclough and animated by Venla Linna. Here’s what Fogarty had to say about it:

“I wanted to do something that would reflect the variety of styles and influences that people will hopefully hear on the record. Jack has made some of my favourite videos and I wanted to get the other two (Emma & Aram) in on the act because they are amazing dancers and played a huge part in getting the album across the line”

Here’s the video.

To celebrate the album’s release,  Seamus Fogarty is embarking on an extensive UK tour this Autumn,  with a show at London’s Old Queen’s Head on October 4th. Take a look at all his upcoming live dates below:
17th August  – AKA Fringe Festival, Kilkenny
26th August – Sea Change Festival, Devon
16th Sept – Head for the Hills Festival, Bury
4th October – Old Queen’s Head, London
21st Oct – Ritual Union Festival, Oxford
3rd November – Christ Church, Castlebar
8th November – The Workmans Club, Dublin
9th November – Roisin Dubh, Galway
10th November – Phil Grimes, Waterford
11th November – Kasbah Social Club, Limerick
12th November – The Roundy, Cork
21st November – The Canteen, Bristol
22nd November – The Basement, York
23rd November – The Lamplight Club @ The Regather Works, Sheffield
24th November – The Hug & Pint, Glasgow
25th November – High & Lonesome Festival, Leeds
26th November – The Prince Albert, Brighton

Listen to two new singles from Liars’ upcoming album TFCF

Liars - TFCFWe’re getting excitingly close to the release of TFCF, Liars‘ eighth album and first as the solo project of singer and guitarist Angus Andrew. After sharing the first single ‘Cred Woes’ last month, Liars know how to turn heads. The outfit is offering not one but two new and very different cuts from the album, ‘The Grand Delusional’ and ‘Coins In My Caged Fist’. ‘The Grand Delusional’ is a quieter and darker affair opening with acoustic guitar, while ‘Coins In My Caged Fist’, featuring drum machines and samples, navigates a much wilder territory. “I wanted to do lots of sampling,” explained Angus. “I’d done a little in the past, but I’d started to realize the possibilities of the process, of sampling myself playing ‘proper’ instruments, and then using the sampler to put it all together in an ‘artificial’ way.”

Grab TFCF when it drops on August 25th through Mute and listen to ‘The Grand Delusional’ and ‘Coins In My Caged Fist’ below.

With a new touring band and a mammoth tour kicking off tomorrow at Visions Festival in London, Liars are hitting stages all over Europe and North America throughout the Summer and Autumn. The band is also set to perform at the mighty Le Guess Who? Festival which takes place in Utrecht November 9th-12th.