Last week we heard the poignant and compelling ‘Carnaval feat Mondkopf’, the first single lifted from Oiseaux-Tempête‘s upcoming album AL-‘AN ! الآن (And your night is your shadow — a fairy-tale piece of land to make our dreams). The French outfit are enticing us further with another single, the wonderful and ethereal ‘I Don’t Know, What Or Why (Mish Aaref Eish W Leish)’ featuring Palestinian musician Tamer Abu Ghazaleh (Alif). Take a listen below and watch out for the album’s release on March 31st via Sub Rosa.
You’ll know by now that we’re huge fans of sax super-hero Colin Stetson. Last year he released a dream of an album, SORROW: A reimagining of Gorecki’s 3rd Symphony, based on the Polish composer’s 1997 classic piece, featuring an incredible cast of musicians including Sarah Neufeld, Rebecca Foon, Greg Fox and Gyda Valtisdottir amongst many more. In 2015, Stetson released a marvellous collaborative album with Sarah Neufeld following his 2013’s outstanding New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light, which was one of our Album Picks of the Year, and remains an absolute favourite. So we couldn’t be happier to know that four years on from this solo record, the Montreal based composer and multi-instrumentalist is ready to unveil its follow-up, All This I Do For Glory. Drawing influences from early nineties electronica of artists like Aphex Twin and Autechre, the album’s sounds and imagery are described as being “more tangible and immersive than previous offerings”. As the press release explains, the album “is a reasoning and exploration of the machinations of ambition and legacy, an examination of the concepts of afterlife, and the first half of a doomed love story in the model of the greek tragedies”. All This I Do For Glory was also engineered and mixed by Stetson and it will see the light of day on April 28th through his own 52Hz label via Kartel Music Group.
The wonderful news comes paired with the album’s first single, the sublime and breathtaking ‘Spindrift’ and an accompanying video shot and edited by Derrick Belcham.
This Friday will see the release of PVT‘s fifth album New Spirit. The trio had already offered two singles from the album, ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’ and ‘Another Life’. To get us even more excited ahead of the album’s release, PVT have shared the title track, ‘New Spirit’. “Lyrically, it references all the regressive politicking over the past 5 years”, said the band’s Dave Miller. “The Spirit of Australia. We need to work on a better one”. Take a listen below.
New Spirit is out on February 17th via their own Felte.
The ever wonderful and incredibly talented Argentinian artist Juana Molina has lifted the curtain on her next full-length record. Entitled Halo, it follows 2013’s Wed 21 which was one of our 15 Album Picks of the Year and it’s due out on May 5th via Crammed Discs. To get us enticed, she has shared a marvellous teaser video which leaves us waiting for the album with heightened anticipation.
Russian electronic psych-rock trio Gnoomes have a second album on the way, Tschak!, following their 2015’s debut Ngan!. Set for release on March 10th through Rocket Recordings, the album came to life amidst turbulent times in their home country. The band explains:
“Our vocalist has been almost taken into the Russian Army, while some of us were caught by the police for being high, and the court sentenced (the members) to five days in prison and one year of visiting a narcologist every month, so we haven’t had an opportunity to use psychedelics during the recording process. It was a challenge for us to find the legal ways to make psych music without it, but we thought that it’s not so bad, we could find the best way in daily life and simple things that surrounded us.”
The propulsive and hypnotic ‘Cascais’ is the latest single to be let loose from Tschak!. Take a listen below.
Following the release of Render in 2010, the mighty collective Cologne Tape had hinted at a new album. It’s been a long while since but we can rejoice for they have announced a brand new full-length album called Welt. Before we go any further let us tell you that this supergroup includes Magazine co-founders Daniel Ansorge (Barnt), Jens-Uwe Beyer (Popnoname), and John Harten (Crato), Ada, Jörg Burger, Philipp Janzen, Mario Katz, John Stanier of Battles and The Field’s Axel Willner. Recorded in Cologne, Welt features additional collaborations from Mexican artist Rebolledo, guitarist Burkhard Mönnich and singer Isis Lace. The record is the fruition “of a happening”, describes the press release, “during which the nine Cologne Tape members gathered in a room to play a solemn concert for themselves without a given frame”.
Welt will see the light of day on March 31st through Magazine and for a monumental taster of their world of sounds, watch this short film featuring unreleased material. A new album from Cologne Tape may have long been overdue but it will be well worth the wait.