Parted Plains, the new album from Baltimore based vocalist, sitarist, producer and composer Ami Dang, is out in two weeks and she had already shared two singles off it, the delicate and gorgeous ‘Raiments´ and the mesmerizing ‘Love-liesse’. To get us even more excited ahead of the album’s release, Dang has released the new single ‘Sohni’, which is also her favorite track.
We´re just over a month away from the release of Binary, the debut album from Rich Thair and Ali Friend´s new project Number. They first teased the record with ‘Face Down in Ecstasy’, and now they have shared a new single called ‘Nothing to Fear’, with Louisa Gerstein and Heloise Tunstall-Behrens guesting on vocals. ‘Nothing to Fear’ “combines complex percussion, danceable bass lines, fizzing guitar and an unmistakable and bewitching vocal”, as the press release describes. “There’s a youthful enthusiasm to the track, where funk and punk clash with dramatic effect”. Take a listen now.
Ghent based instrumental sextet John Ghost were formed nearly a decade ago by guitarist and composer Jo De Geest but they were nowhere on our radar until now. Clearly we were missing out! With a studio album and various accolades in their home country under their belt, the outfit draws influences from various genres like jazz, contemporary classical music, rock and electronica. This Autumn John Ghost will release their second full-length album. Entitled Airships Are Organisms, the record arrives on September 27th through Sdban Records and saw the band enlist Jørgen Træen (Jaga Jazzist, Kaizers Orchestra, Hubro, Sondre Lerche) for production duties. “Seemingly simple earwigs are underpinned by driving undertones”, describes the press release, “that inspire harmonic twists and a rhythmic and melodic stratification, that often results in a very danceable soundtrack.
It may seem like a long wait until the album is out but the band already shared the stunning and exhilarating single ‘Time//Traveler’. Take a listen now.
Following the fervent first single ‘Mumbay’, percussionist, producer and composer Sarathy Korwar has let loose ‘Bol’, a new cut from his upcoming second album More Arriving. The single features London based poet Zia Ahmed and Carnatic vocalist Aditya Prakash and comes with a video directed by David Higgs. “The video asks what it takes to integrate into British society and be considered British,” explained Korwar. “Juxtaposed on lyrics that describe the everyday racist stereotyping of South Asians, it’s an ironic look at what it means to be brown in the UK today.” Watch it below.
Earlier this month, Manu Delago announced the release of a new album, Circadian, and gifted us with the bewitching lead single ‘The Silent Flight of the Owl’. Now he has unveiled a gorgeous live video for the song, featuring his new ensemble. The video was directed by Jeb Hardwick. Watch it below.
We’re avid fans of electronic contemporary composer Anna Meredith, and ever since her debut EP, 2012’s Black Prince Fury, her music has stuck with us. Her incredible debut album, Varmints, came out in 2016 and now she has announced details of a long-awaited follow-up. Entitled FIBS, the album arrives on October 25th through Moshi Moshi. Speaking about the title of the record, Meredith described it as “lies — but nice friendly lies, little stories and constructions and daydreams and narratives that you make for yourself or you tell yourself.”
The news comes paired with the first single, the brilliant and boisterous ‘Paramour’, a song that as the press release describes, “sweeps, jerks and wrong turns pinning your ears to the speakers whilst heading for warp speed at a blistering 176 BPM before rounding the journey out with an (utterly unexpected) tuba-led half-time rock-out”. What’s more, Meredith has also unveiled an astonishing single-take video for it, featuring 1200 pieces of LEGO track. Ewan Jones Morris directs.
In other related news, Anna Meredith has announced a string of UK dates for February 2020. Check all her stops below:
Feb 3rd – LEEDS, Belgrave Music Hall
Feb 4th – MANCHESTER, Gorilla
Feb 5th – LONDON, EartH
Feb 6th – BRISTOL, Trinity
Feb 8th – GLASGOW, Art School
Feb 9th – COVENTRY, Arts Centre
Feb 10th – BRIGHTON, Old Market