Midday Veil’s third album, This Wilderness, arrives in September

Miday Veil - This Wilderness

Earlier this month, Seattle’s Midday Veil announced the release of their third album, This Wilderness. It follows their 2013’s The Current and is due out on September 11th via Beyond Beyond is Beyond.
This Wilderness sees co-founding members member Emily Pothast and David Golightly, and core members Garrett Moore, Jayson Kochan, and Timm Mason, assembling a stellar cast of guests, including Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Funkadelic), Eyvind Kang and Skerik.

With the previous album, Midday Veil “could be viewed as the band emerging from their kosmische chrysalis, unfurling previously unheard banners of both colour and control”, describes the press release. It adds that their upcoming album “is the sound of the band under the self-imposed hypnosis of that emergence, extending the voyage with even more discipline than ever before”.

Serving as the album’s first taste, ‘Babel’ is a delightfully engaging track overflowing with rich instrumentation and a mesmerizing vocal delivery. Undoubtedly one to listen to again and again.

United Sounds of Joy share debut track ‘The Sun That Hides A Darker Star ‘

United Sounds of Joy - The Sun That Hides A Darker Star

Two decades after playing together in Dream City Film Club (1995 – 1999), Michael J Sheehy and Alex Vald join forces again to form United Sounds of Joy. “With an alluring brand of devious pop noir”, as the press release describes, they “traverse an emotionally wrought but righteous and rewarding route to a new gothic chanson, where the songs are immersed achingly in an eerie, crepuscular pool of fuzzy, warmly welcoming psychedelics.”
United Sounds of Joy will be releasing their debut album in November. Whilst we wait to hear more about it, we can already get a taste of what they have in store for us with the wonderful and velvety ‘The Sun That Hides A Darker Star’. The track is being offered with a visual accompaniment and it will be available as a free download on August 14th via their website. Till then, listen to it below.


The Chap’s sixth album arrives this Autumn

The Chap - Jammer

The Chap might have been quiet for a while but they’ve been hard at work prepping their sixth album. This Autumn, the outfit of Claire Hope, Johannes von Weizsäcker, Panos Ghikas, Keith Duncan and Berit Immig, will put out The Show Must Go, a political rock album themed around the austerity inflicted on Europe in recent years.
Ahead of it, and to whet our appetite, The Chap are dropping the first single ‘Jammer’ on July 31st via Lo Recordings. It comes backed by an instrumental on the B-side called ‘That’s wrong’. Luckily, we can already stream ‘Jammer’.

HeCTA share animated video for new single ‘The Concept’

HeCTA - The Concept

As we mentioned last month, Lambchop’s Kurt Wagner and fellow members Scott Martin and Ryan Norris have a new electronic project called HeCTA. Inspired by the book Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture 1970–1979 by Tim Lawrence and also by a 78 RPM record Kurt had come across featuring a 45-second monologue about weight loss and performed by the comedian Buddy Hackett, HeCTA wrote their debut album fittingly titled The Diet. The effort is due out on September 18th via City Slang in Europe and via Merge in North America.

Following the first single ‘Till Someone Gets Hurt’, the trio have just shared another cut from the album, ‘The Concept’. It comes with an accompanying video, directed by Chris Shepherd and co-animated by himself and David Shrigley. Speaking about the video,  director Chris Shepherd had this say:

“When I was a kid, my mum wouldn’t let me go out much as it was so crazy where I grew up. I used to watch a lot of old TV. I had one tape of black-and-white Popeye cartoons that I’d watch over and over. I’ve always been really inspired by thirties animation, as there’s no rules and it’s completely surreal. Real-life objects would come to life and start doing crazy stuff.”

Here’s the video for ‘The Concept’.