There’s wonderful news from Matthew Cooper aka Eluvium whose last solo offering, the double album Nightmare Ending, came out in 2013. The Portland based ambient composer has announced its follow-up, entitled False Readings On. The album is “inspired by themes of cognitive dissonance in modern society”, as the label describes. “By its conclusion it had become a mirror rather than a magnifying glass, evolving into an hour-long meditation on self-doubt, anxiety, and separation from one’s self.”
Ahead of the album’s release on September 2nd via Temporary Residence, Eluvium is also offering the first taste from it in the form of the magical ‘Fugue State’.
East London’s Hackney Colliery Band are set to release Sharpener, their third full-length album, next month. Slated for a July 15th release, the record “shows the band on fine form and more confident than ever”, explains the press release, “with powerful new electronic elements and a dance floor sensibility adding to the jazz, rock and soul for which they are known”. Sharpener is a collection of original work as well as unusual covers, including Three Trapped Tigers’ ‘Cramm’, Nirvana’s ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ and Kwabs’ ‘Wrong or Right’.
The nice-piece brass band have shared a taste of what’s coming our way in the form of euphoric album opener ‘Jump Then Run’, composed and arranged by Steve Pretty. It will get you dancing for sure.
Winnipeg’s sextet Royal Canoe have recently announced their much anticipated new album Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit and they enticed us then with an album teaser. The first full taste from the album, ‘Somersault’, has just emerged and it comes with a video every bit as colourful and playful as their music. The effort was directed by Nathan Boey and choreographed by Kaja Irwin. Watch it below.
Sydney based quintet Tangents are getting closer to the release of their sophomore album Stateless. Blending a multitude of genres, from jazz to electronics and experimental rock, Stateless arrives on July 8th via Temporary Residence. In the lead up to its release, the ensemble of Ollie Bown, Adrian Lim-Klumpes, Peter Hollo, Evan Dorrian and Shoeb Ahmad have shared a tremendous first taste from the album called ‘Jindabyne’. The single has also been given the remix treatment by Four Tet. Take a listen to both below.
Neil Cowley Trio released the outstanding Touch and Flee a couple of years ago and they are ready to follow it up. The outfit of pianist / composer Neil Cowley and long time band mates drummer Evan Jenkins and bass player Rex Horan have announced the release of Spacebound Apes, a concept album lacing their music with a written story. “This is a project I’ve been working towards for a long time”, explained Cowley, “it takes in themes of guilt, loss and longing with a few twists along the way. It’s been utterly immersive yet incredibly exciting. And yes, I’m not ashamed to say it, it’s a concept album!”.
The diaries of Lincoln, based on an ordinary guy who writes a blog, is being unfolded over the coming months and you can read it here.
Unlike their previous efforts, Spacebound Apes sees them widening their usual acoustic setting to embrace electronics, giving the record its dramatic, emotional, and cinematic flair.
The album will see the light of day on September 16th via Hide Inside, but we can already hear a cut from it, the enveloping and delicate ‘Grace’.
To celebrate the album’s release, Neil Cowley Trio will perform the album in its full glory at the Union Chapel on October 27th. The trio will also be joined by special guests, including producer and guitarist Leo Abrahams on guitars and FX.
Melbourne’s Terry released two 7″ singles last year and they are about to make some more noise. The quartet of Al Montfort (UV Race, Total Control, Dick Diver), Amy Hill (Constant Mongrel, School Of Radiant Living), Xanthe Waite (Mick Harvey Band) and Zephyr Pavey (Eastlink, Total Control, Russell Street Bombings) have announced their debut full-length album, Terry HQ. Comprising “10 of the greatest mishapen glam pop tunes Melbourne, Australia has to offer”, as the press release describes, the upcoming album is due out on July 1st via Upset The Rhythm.
The announcement comes with the first single from the record, the punchy and awesome ‘Chitter Chatter’. Listen to it below.