This September Montreal outfit The Luyas return with the release of five-track EP Says You, the band’s first new music in four years. Says You, which will be released on September 16th via Paper Bag Records, follows their 2012 third album Animator.
“Each of the EP’s five songs is a little world of its own characters, particular sense of humour, rules of physics, blue skies and acid rain”, describes the press release. “Like sitting down at a table with a friend, Says You bounces from the banal, to the absurd. It cuts a joke, it empties its wallet, it promises to get the tip next time, and when you smile, it smiles back.”
To get us excited, The Luyas have shared the marvellous EP opener ‘Engineers’. Take a listen now.
Four years after Jherek Bischoff released his magnificent debut Composed, which was a Pick of the year then and remains a favourite of ours to this day, the follow-up has finally arrived. Cistern, a profoundly beautiful and majestic album, came out a couple of weeks via The Leaf Label. Coinciding with its release, and marking his first UK show, the immensely talented multi-instrumentalist and composer launched the album last Tuesday at The Courtyard Theatre in London, accompanied by a string quartet in what was an incredibly special and sweaty show. Bischoff’s longtime friend and collaborator Amanda Palmer also took part in the show, joining him to perform material from their Strung Out In Heaven: A Bowie String Quartet Tribute EP as well as a few of her own songs. The two and a stellar slew of other musicians and guests will perform Bowie cover songs arranged for string quartet tomorrow at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.
In more recent related news, Bischoff has shared a video for the album’s resplendent and poignant ‘Automatism’, directed by Jim Batt. Here it is.
Sharpener, the third album from East London’s nine-piece brass band Hackney Colliery Band came out to wide acclaim just last week. As we had already mentioned, the album features original songs as well as some unusual covers. The mighty ‘Cramm’ off Three Trapped Tigers’ 2011 debut album is one of the songs that has been given a unique brassy spin. The result is a monstrous beast of a song you’ll want to hear over and over again. Here it is.
We’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of Royal Canoe‘s new album Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit, which follows their excellent 2013 album Today We’re Believers. The Winnipeg based sextet had already shared the colourful first single ‘Somersault’, and they’ve just shared another stunning taste from the forthcoming record called ‘Living A Lie’. Here’s what the band’s Matt Peters had to say:
“On the new record we spent a lot of time manipulating organic sounds with elaborate pedal chains and effects loops that we later ran into sampling devices. The goal was to create libraries of sounds that felt somewhat alien, but that still had a familiar “skin” on them and that we could play like a real instrument. On “Living a Lie” the organ, vocals, sax, and a bunch of the drums were all created with this approach. The rhythms in the song are also caught in a similar space between two worlds, with both analog and digital kits playing against each other. The chorus’ have a triplet feel, but the versus’ are so lazy they exist right between swung and straight – Like a constant push & pull. All of this rhythmic interplay is so the song could have the deep sexiness of a slow jam, but with a desperate frenetic energy. We wrote this song while a couple of us were still hung up on old flames and finding it difficult to disengage. It’s about realizing how much you subconsciously manipulate your plans and routines in an attempt to be closer to somebody you can’t get over. And then trying to come to terms with how much of your identity is indebted to their presence in your life and whether or not you even want to let go.”
Take a listen to ‘Living A Lie’ now.
In other related news, Royal Canoe have announced a huge tour with dates all across North America for the rest of the year.
Having released their third album, Mud Belief, last month, London based 9-piece Perhaps Contraption premiered this week an amusing animated video for new single ‘Up & Out’. Inspired by the 16 bit megadrive, and written and animated by Mikibo, the effort takes the form of a video game. Watch it below.
Hot on the heels of their recently released debut album Terry HQ, Melbourne based outfit Terry have unveiled a new video for the album’s excellent ‘Hot Heads’. The video, made by the band and also Tim Hillier and Mia Mcdonald, pairs the song brilliantly with country line dancing. Here’s what the foursome said about the song:
“Terry is packed tightly into a Volkswagen golf hurtling along the Xpressway in the rain, 5pm and the sun is already gone, just a grey haze interrupted by glowing factories and headlights. Everyone is wearing berets except the stranger in the car, he goes by Big Mac or Mr Scissors, he has laid out the plans for Terry’s trip. Sweaty backs. Clippity clop.”