We love St. Vincent. Her self-titled fourth album was one of our Picks of 2014 so we’re thrilled to know a deluxe edition is being released on February 9th via Loma Vista. It comes with four bonus tracks, the unreleased ‘Bad Believer’, ‘Del Rio’, ‘Pieta’ and ‘Sparrow’, and a remix of ‘Digital Witness’ by Darkside.
‘Bad Believer’, an infectious glam-rock cut, is streaming now. Enjoy.
When two brilliant outfits like Suuns and Jerusalem in My Heart team up, it’s reason to celebrate.
Ben Shemie, Liam O’Neil, Max Henry and Joseph Yarmush, who make up Suuns, and longtime friend Radwan Ghazi Moumneh of Jerusalem In My Heart rented a studio for a week back in 2012. “The idea was to collaborate on rough sketches of song ideas and to complete as much recording as possible without discrimination”, explains the press release. “The session was successful, yielding many vibe-laden songs featuring heavy analog synths, Arabic influences and electronic sensibilities.”
Both bands released albums and went on tour following these recordings, only to come back to them last summer, when they overdubbed and re-worked the songs. The result will drop in the form of self-titled collaborative album, on April 14th via Secretly Canadian and Secret City. Speaking about it, Suuns’ Shemie said “It’s not a Suuns record, it’s not a Jerusalem In My Heart record. It’s really a product of 5 musicians that had spent a lot of time on tour listening to music together.”
To get us enticed, Suuns and Jerusalem In My Heart are offering a first tremendous taste from the upcoming release. Listen to ‘Gazelles In Flight’ now.
Yonatan Gat is ready to follow up his debut EP, Iberian Passage, released last year. A full-length album, entitled Director, arrives on March 3rd via Joyful Noise Recordings.
The New York-by-way-of-Tel-Aviv composer and guitar virtuoso doesn’t really rely on overdubbing and Director is again an intense and improvisational affair drawing from many genres and roots from across the world. “Inspired by soundtrack virtuosos like Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota”, as the press release describes, “Director is a cinematic circular journey around the music of the world, East to West and North to South. This journey is interconnected by field recordings that Gat has taken during his travels, lending it a feeling of space and time, with a certain directionality.”
‘Goldrush’ is the first taste being offered from the upcoming album. Take a listen below.
Irreal “plays out as a dream sequence – hazed dub landscapes give way to the group’s most experimental and open music yet”, describes the press release. “Irreal sits in the negative space where art rock and post punk collapse onto each other. It’s the sound of Disappears reporting back from The Void. “
In support of the album, Disappears are embarking on a European tour, which kicks off this Thursday 22nd in Metz, France. The tour also includes a date at The Lexington in London on February 6th. Head over here to check all other dates and info.
The album’s ‘Halcyon Days’ has been paired with a befittingly hypnotic and kaleidoscopic visual accompaniment, directed and created by Nick Ciontea and Matt Levy.”. Check out the video below and straight after listen to another cut off Irreal called ‘Another Thought’.
DRKWAV is the new project of saxophonist Skerik, keyboard player John Medeski and drummer Adam Deitch. The three have played together in different constellations before forming DRKWAV. February 24th will see the release of their debut album, The Purge. via Royal Potato Family. The effort was co-produced and mixed by Randall Dunn.
‘Darkwave’ is the first single lifted from The Purge. Check it out below.