After sharing ‘Watch You, Watch Me’, Suuns are giving us another excellent reason to be excited for their upcoming album, Felt, with its second single, ‘Make It Real’. “Here, we’re all playing in ways that are counter-intuitive for us as a band, organic drums, major keys, but as long as it works, we’ll take it,” explained the quartet’s drummer Liam O’Neill. “It used to have a chorus too, but we thought it would be more interesting to have this song be almost entirely linear – an asymmetrical progression that grows upwards and then repeats. The infinity feeling.”
‘Make It Real’ comes with a video directed by Sabrina Ratté, who had this to say about it:
“When I first listened to ‘Make it Real,’ I immediately visualized pop and colorful imageries. I revisited Superstudio and Archigram’s utopian architecture, which became my main inspiration for this video. This project was also the opportunity to experiment further with some of my personal techniques where I map photographs (or in this case video of the band) onto 3D structures. I’ve worked with Suuns on a previous music video about five years ago, and did many visuals for them in live settings.”
Watch the video below and watch out for the release of Felt on March 2nd through Secretly Canadian.
In support of the new album, and following a few shows in Canada and in the US at Big Ears right after the release of Felt, Suuns are returning to Europe in late March for several live shows including at London’s Scala on April 5th. Check all their stops here.
Ahead of the imminent release of Belief, the new album from Richard Youngs, and after being enraptured by his first single ‘Nebulosity‘, he’s teasing the album again. The wonderful and inimitable multi-instrumentalist and improviser has shared ‘Bewilderment’, an utterly gorgeous and poignant new song. Take a listen below and grab Belief when it’s out on March 2nd via O Genesis Recordings.
Welsh singer/songwriter Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley of White Fence formed their collaborative duo Drinks in 2015, releasing then their debut album Hermits On Holiday. Three years on, the pair’s creative collaboration is still going strong and they have announced a follow-up album, Hippo Lite. The album came to life in the south of France, and both Cate Le Bon and Tim Presley wrote a few words describing it:
“A month spent in an old mill in the under belly of France.
River swimming thrice a day.
Hot nights soundtracked by the rattle of randy frogs. Scorpion fear. In the sheets, on the face.
Hours of bird watching – no phone service. No wifi. 3 DVDs; Jurassic Park 1, 2 & 3.
Violin practice. Bread scoffing.
Early morning coffee drinking before the sun was too hot to do anything but snooze in the thick walled house. Music in the afternoon after a dip in the river and a cold beer on the square.
An album made for each other by one another with no hands, eyes or ears piercing the bubble other than that of dear friend Stephen Black who kept note of it all.”
– Cate Le Bon
“In a town, so very still and quiet.
A month in St. Hippolyte Du Fort, South France.
Where completely all of their brave young men vanished forever from the death machine of the first world war.
At one time left with only women and young girls.
Only relics of time standing still.
All the deceased names of men chiseled under a stone angel, that watches over the town square.
We set up a recording unit in an old stone mill turned house and began to write and record with the attention of tree trimmers or gardeners.
It got so hot we had to swim in a local river near by just to be able to think, then back to our home to make sounds and songs. Any sounds we could think of or wanted.
We used night sounds, night insects and used frogs as instruments. Did you know frogs have saxophones in their throats?
This is a broken music. a crumble. It’s the music of the building we called home for a month. We’ve never made & recorded music in such a simple living environment.
With all the ease, and air we needed. We were in a town 8 miles over from Robert Crumb’s hidden residence.
We lived in a mysterious place.
We had a flock of bats over for dinner many nights. No internet, or a phone to look to.
We had a beautiful big stone house, a river, and from time to time a lovely elderly yet young-hearted couple who would visit.
It was the opposite of what a typical recording experience usually is for any of us.
We tried to capture all of this and put it on record.”
– Tim Presley
Hippo Lite will see the light of day on April 20th through Drag City and we can already hear the first single ‘Real Outside’.
We’ve been keeping a keen ear out for new music from New York based multimedia artist and producer Brandon Locher ever since we came across his work in 2013. Involved in a variety of collaborative projects, including The Meets and Stage Hands, his first solo EP, EP1, is out today through Hush Hush Records. We had previously heard and loved ‘Medium Frequency‘, a delicate and powerful track featured in the EP. Locher has created and directed a stunning video for another track off it, the enigmatic and outlandishly wonderful ‘Air Notes’. Speaking about the video, Locher explained he devised it “by saving thousands of .jpg files by alternating and adjusting multiple layers in Photoshop, frame by frame”. Watch it now.
London based Japanese vocal performer Hatis Noit has signed to Erased Tapes, who will reissue her Illogical Dance EP. Originally released in 2015 and available only in her native Japan, the 4-track EP will be out worldwide on March 23rd. Hatis Noit, whose name means the stem of the lotus flower, draws from a variety of genres and traditions, including western classical music, Japanese folk, whispering, and poetry reading. All the sounds on Illogical Dance come from her mouth, with her mesmerizing and wordless improvised vocals multi-layered to create each song.
“The human voice is our oldest, most primal yet most powerful instrument”, said Hatis Noit. “I use it to describe nature’s many sounds, a language that isn’t logical. Yet it forms a beautiful conversation that isn’t restricted to words like the human language is. I want my music to remind us of that.”
Illogical Dance was co-produced by Haruhisa Tanaka and Matmos, and ahead of its reissue, let yourself be marvelled by the staggering beauty of ‘Illogical Lullaby’.
In other related news, Hatis Noit is performing at London’s Jazz Cafe on April 15th and at Devon’s Sea Change Festival in August.
We’ve been eagerly anticipating the release of Belief, the upcoming album from brilliant and enchanting multi-instrumentalist and improviser Richard Youngs. He had already enticed us with the staggering first single ‘Nebulosity‘ and now he has made a video to accompany the song. Watch it below.