News of a new album from the mighty supergroup that is Cologne Tape emerged last month and we’ve been eagerly anticipating it. The collective’s last release, 2010’s Render, will be followed with Welt later this month. “A freewheeling ceremony of grand piano, synthesizers, vibraphone, organ, drums, guitar, and more”, as the press release describes, “Welt is a work of panoramic music that offers listeners entrance to a world of deeply reflective sounds and rhythms”.
The first taster of their world of sounds came in the shape of a short film featuring unreleased material. To entice us even further, Cologne Tape have let loose two tracks from the album, ‘Welt 8’ and ‘Welt 3’. Listen to both below and don’t forget to nab their album when it drops on March 31st through Magazine.
Last month we heard the moving and magnificent ‘I Only Wish This For You’, the first single taken from Saltland‘s upcoming album A Common Truth. In addition to many other musical projects and collaborations, Rebecca Foon, the wonderful cellist behind Saltland, is also involved and dedicated to the fight for climate justice. This is reflected and central to A Common Truth, an album that explores themes of climate change and sustainability.
Ahead of the album’s release on March 31st through Constellation, Saltland is offering another incredible single from it, ‘Light Of Mercy’. Listen to it below.
On March 24th, Tonstartssbandht return with their new album, Sorcerer. The follow-up to 2011’s Now I Am Become, due out through Mexican Summer, was first previewed last month with the title track, an opus navigating the realms of many genres including psychedelia, low-fi pop, rock and blues. Now the duo of brothers Andy and Edwin White are teasing their forthcoming record with another outstanding track, the opener ‘Breathe’. It “slips suddenly from a small intimate moment of realization (“breathe / and know you are forgiven”) into a thundering wall of disarming blues rock”, describes the issued press release, adding that ‘Breathe’ “traverses a motorik offroad into a safe haven, and spends its last moments basking in a numbing yet chilly synth drone.”
Listen to ‘Breathe’ below and let yourself fall under de spell of Tonstartssbandht.
Tonstartssbandht are currently touring the UK. Having kicked off the tour at London’s Moth Club last Monday, the pair are still set to play this week in Dublin, Liverpool, Manchester and Brighton.
Nearly five years removed from the release of Architecture Of Loss, Icelandic composer and musician Valgeir Sigurdsson is ready to unveil his new full-length album, Dissonance. Recorded between 2015 and 2016 at Sigurdsson’s renowned Greenhouse Studios, the record arrives on April 21st via Bedroom Community.
Dissonance “treads elegantly along a fine line between traditional symphonic organicism and the fissures of the faltering structures of reality”, explains the press release. “It takes forward Sigurdsson’s typically expansive, panoramic writing, and elevates it to a perpetual construction and deconstruction of time and space.”
‘Infamy Sings’ is the first monumental composition to emerge from the album. Wrap your ears around it.
Last month we heard ‘Kale Me‘, the first single lifted from Daniel Brandt‘s upcoming debut album Eternal Something. Brandt, who normally dazzles us as one third of Brandt Brauer Frick on drumming duties, is teasing the album again with a new single, ‘Chaparral Mesa’ where he shines playing and building layers of guitars. Named after his time recording in California between Joshua Tree and Malibu, the track builds slowly before turning “into a sea of organized electronic chaos”, as the press release describes. Brandt himself explains:
“I recorded Chaparral Mesa a year ago while I was involved in a recording session for another album in Malibu. We had rented a very beautiful place overlooking hills and the sea and we had a nice basic setup to record in there with a few guitars and a moog synth. I started recording a lot of guitars on top of each other and somehow the song arranged itself. I didn’t really touch it and just went along with naturally had to happen within the song. Later I added the second part, the drum-heavy one. This one was based on a session I once had with my friend Bryan Philips from Chile when I was visiting him in La Serena. I took the basics from that session and added a lot of new drums later on when I was at a proper studio and then added that part to the new song. In the end Chaparral Mesa was the quickest made song on the album but has also become the longest.”
Watch out for the release of Eternal Something on March 24th via Erased Tapes. Now listen to ‘Chaparral Mesa’.
Last week we heard the poignant and compelling ‘Carnaval feat Mondkopf’, the first single lifted from Oiseaux-Tempête‘s upcoming album AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams). The French outfit are enticing us further with another single, the wonderful and ethereal ‘I Don’t Know, What Or Why (Mish Aaref Eish W Leish)’ featuring Palestinian musician Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Alif). Take a listen below and watch out for the album’s release on March 31st via Sub Rosa.