With brilliant musicians that count numerous contributions and membership in other projects like Stereolab, Tame Impala, Melody’s Echo Chamber and Acid Mothers Temple, Aquaserge is a band you ought to know, if you don’t already. They create incredibly original music drawing influences from various genres, from psych pop, free jazz and noise to vintage French lm music and 60s/’70s rock. Julien Barbagallo, Julien Gasc and Benjamin Glibertin, who formed the band in Toulouse in 2005, were “eager to explore the abyssal depths of the rock; kraut, noise, progressive, free … and explode the “song format” in the spirit of the late 60s in the manner of Wyatt, Gainsbourg, Coltrane, Zappa, Hendrix and the Beach Boys”, explains a press release. Their music, it adds, “tells of the strange mythology of Captain Serge wandering in the abyss aboard his submarine cigar…”.
Aquaserge’s ever evolving line-up has incorporated a number of different collaborators, with Audrey Ginestet and Manon Glibert now being a core part of the band.
The quintet are set to release a full-length album in early 2017 via Crammed Discs. Preceding the album’s release, Aquaserge will also be releasing an EP entitled Guerre EP which comes out September 16th. The EP features four songs, each a universe on its own. The wonderful and exotic opening track ‘Les Zouzes’ serves as a marvellous teaser for what is to come. And it comes with a video made by Olia Eichenbaum.
Royal Canoe are gearing up to drop their forthcoming album Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit. The record arrives next month and ahead of it the Canadian sextet had already enticed us with two singles from it, ‘Somersault’ and ‘Living A Lie’. Now they’ve shared ‘Love You Like That’, offering another taste of things to come on their highly anticipated second album. Stream it below.
With Neil Cowley Trio‘s impending and highly anticipated sixth album, Spacebound Apes, getting excitingly close to release, they are teasing it again with a new song, the superb and sprightly ‘The City and the Stars’. As we had previously mentioned, Spacebound Apes is a concept album lacing their music with a written story, based on an ordinary guy called Lincoln. The stories are being unfolded here up until the album’s release. Due out on September 16th via Hide Inside, the record will be available on vinyl, CD and digital formats and also as an exclusive LP-sized book containing Lincoln’s full story, including illustrations and full piano transcriptions of all the tracks from the album.
Now check out the great video for ‘The City and the Stars’. You’ll want to listen to the song again and again.
Norway’s improvisational avant-jazz ensemble Supersilent have been steadily releasing exquisite albums for nearly two decades. Their most recent album, 2014’s 12, is now being followed up by 13. Helge Sten, Arve Henriksen and Ståle Storløkken, who make up the trio, recorded it live, as the album blurb describes, “while blasting their sound through a PA system, so that they can feel the physical air moving as if they were on stage”. They have evolved and adjusted to being a trio since the departure of drummer Jarle Vespestad in 2009, and we now find “all three often handling their respective instruments as if they were percussion, stabbing buttons and keys in real time”.
13 arrives on September 30th via Smalltown Supersound, and ahead of it, we can already hear the sublime ‘13.9’. Take a listen now.
Helado Negro has announced the follow-up to his wonderful 2014 album Double Youth. Entitled Private Energy, the record was written and produced by Roberto Carlos Lange, the talented prolific musician behind the project. Revolving around the central themes of self-love, pride, and the embrace of constant change, as the press release explains, the forthcoming album “is an interpersonal communication of sounds about his surroundings past, present, and future”.
Following the first single ‘Runaround’, Helado Negro has shared another magical cut from Private Energy called ‘Transmission Listen’. Listen to both now.
Mesmerizing Inuit artist Tanya Tagaq has announced a new album, the follow-up to her breathtaking Polaris Prize winning album Animism. Two years on from its release, the aptly titled Retribution is described as being “even more musically aggressive, more aggressively political”, an album informed, documenting and protesting environmental and human rights violations and abuse, and many other issues that affect all of us. Retribution “is about rape: rape of women, rape of the land, rape of children, despoiling of traditional lands without consent”, says the press release, “it’s about rejecting the toxic, militaristic outlook that’s taken over the world since the rise of Western industrial capitalism, and is rapidly destroying human life support systems through climate change and pollution.”
To bring the record to life, Tagaq collaborated with a slew of stellar artists, including violinist Jesse Zubot, who also produced the record, drummer Jean Martin, Tuvan throat singer Radik Tyülyüsh, rapper Shad, traditional Inuk singer Ruben Komangapik, and her own young daughter Inuuja.
Retribution arrives on October 21st in North America and November 18th in Europe via Six Shooter but we can already hear the first single. The poignant and intense ‘Aorta’, previously shared as an accompaniment to footage shot at the Emmanuel Vigeland Museum in Oslo, Norway, is now streaming.