Tanya Tagaq releases new song ‘Frostbite’ for Adult Swim’s singles series

Tanya TagaqAdult Swim have started rolling out new music as part of their 2017 singles series, which is set to feature artists from the likes of Brian Eno, Explosions in the Sky, Julian Casablancas, Thundercat and Run the Jewels, to name but a few. We’re in for a treat with their latest instalment coming from the hands of Tanya Tagaq, whose latest album Retribution was one of our 15 Album Picks last year. Entitled ‘Frostbite’, the new single is both otherworldly and delicate and you can listen to it below.

Listen to TOBACCO’s new single ‘Got Wet In The Bomb Shelter’

TOBACCO - Got Wet In The Bomb ShelterNearly a year on from the release of his fourth album Sweatbox Dynasty, TOBACCO has just shared brand new music in the form of digital single ‘Got Wet In The Bomb Shelter’. The single is a one-off for now but we’ll keep our ears peeled for more new music from him. In the meantime, listen to ‘Got Wet In The Bomb Shelter’, a track as weird and wonderful as ever.

August Rosenbaum announces debut album and shares first single ‘Nebula’

August Rosenbaum - NebulaPianist and composer August Rosenbaum, a well-known player in the experimental jazz scene in his native Denmark, has announced his debut solo album. Entitled Vista, the album will see the light of day on November 24th via Tambourhinoceros. Rosenbaum is teasing the album with its first single, the beautiful and enthralling ‘Nebula’. Here’s what Rosenbaum had to say about it:

“Nebula is a theme for the future. To me it’s a dream of floating in infinite darkness – somewhere between a space odyssey and a fever dream, both heavy and weightless. When I close my eyes I see images from Stanley Kubrick’s A Space Odyssey and Tarkovsky’s Solaris. Both of which are among my all-time favourite soundtracks”.

The single is being offered with a video directed by Swedish artist Andreas Emenius in collaboration with Prxjects. Watch it below.


Joseph Shabason set to release debut album Aytche this summer

Joseph Shabason - AytcheComposer and multi-instrumentalist Joseph Shabason is well known for his longtime membership in Destroyer and DIANA. Shabason also keeps himself busy producing, playing and recording with several other bands, mainly lending his talent on the sax and flute. This year will see him release his debut album, Aytche, an effort inspired and following the work of artists like Pat Metheny who recorded Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint, and John Hassell’s collaboration with Terry Riley and Brian Eno.
Marrying minimalism and jazz, on Aytche, and as the press release describes, “Shabason builds a bridge off of the precipice his forbears established, skirting jazz, ambient, and even new age with the same deliberate genre-ambiguity that made their work so interesting.”
Shabason explains his approach to the sax on the album:

“So much sax music is about chops, and being able to solo really fast. I feel like robbing the sax of the ability to shred by effecting it and turning it into a dense chordal instrument really helps the instrument become something that it’s not usually known for.”

The album’s gentle title track is the first single to emerge and you can stream it below.

Aytche is out on August 25th via Western Vinyl.

Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? Festival unveils first curators and general line-up

LGWIn a city as rich in history as in beauty, surrounded by pretty canals and wharfs, it’s not surprising Utrecht would be the place to sprout one of most broad, bold and exciting music festivals in Europe and anywhere. Now in its 11th edition, this year’s Le Guess Who Festival? will take place November 9th – 12th in idyllic venues scattered around the city centre, including churches, galleries and theatres.

Jerusalem In My Heart, Perfume Genius, Grouper, Shabazz Palaces and Han Bennink are the first incredible curators announced for Le Guess Who’s 11th edition, and they are also set to perform. Longtime favourite outfit Jerusalem In My Heart have invited a slew of other favourites of ours, including Oiseaux-Tempête, Matana Roberts, Farida & The Iraqi Maqam Ensemble and Moor Mother amongst others. Perfume Genius’s picks include Julianna Barwick, Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares, Mount Eerie, Aldous Harding, Pharmakon and more and Grouper’s curated stages will host the likes of William Basinski, GAS and Keiji Haino. Shabazz Palaces invited Pharoah Sanders, OCnotes and Natasha Kmeto and Han Bennink invited the ICP Orchestra, Peter Brötzmann and also Keiji Haino.

The organizers have also unveiled the initial general line-up, a tremendous cast of stars including Oumou Sangaré, Shabaka & The Ancestors, tUnE-yArDs, Sun Kil Moon, Liars, Tom Rogerson, The Bug vs Dylan Carlson of Earth, Julie Byrne, Ben Frost, The Soft Moon and James Holden, and many, many more. Head over to Le Guess Who? website to see all the artists confirmed so far and more information.

4-Day Festival Passes are now available for €110, and day tickets will be on sale later in the year. Le Guess Who? 2017 may still be five months away but as a word of advice, book your tickets now.

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Do Make Say Think share their first video ever for ‘d=3.57√h” (“As Far As The Eye Can See”)’

Do Make Say Think - d=3.57√h (As Far As The Eye Can See)Last month saw the release of Stubborn Persistent Illusions, the first album in eight years from Canadian post-rockers Do Make Say Think. The band, who has been recording and performing since the mid 90’s, have only just debuted their first video ever for album track for ‘d=3.57√h” (aka “As Far As The Eye Can See”)’. Based on a poem by Guillaume Apollinaire, the video was made by the band’s own Charles Spearin who wrote this about it:

“How do you learn to trust? How do you steer when all you can see is a rear-view mirror?
This video is a lighthearted exploration of fear and courage and having your world turned on its head.”

Watch the video below.


Stubborn Persistent Illusions is out now through Constellation.