Haley Fohr announces new album as Jackie Lynn in collaboration with Bitchin Bajas

New music from Haley Fohr is always good news. The immeasurably talented and adventurous vocalist, composer, and producer behind Circuit Des Yeux is bringing Jackie Lynn back to life. The project emerged in 2016 with a self-titled documentary album portraying her outlaw cowboy alter ego and now, as a “lady of the road”, she moves the project forward. There is a new album on the way called Jacqueline, which also saw the project turn into a quartet with the addition of Cooper Crain, Rob Frye and Dan Quinlivan of Bitchin Bajas.

The news comes paired with the the first single, ‘Casino Queen’, a killer song with a disco feel, accompanied by a video co-directed by Haley and Krzys Piotrowski. She commented on it:

“‘Casino Queen’ showcases a night in the life of Jacqueline. The song and video follow the letting go of an individual’s underdog mentality, realigning it with the winner’s place. What does it take to refocus one’s internal mirror and become a Casino Queen? All in due time shall we each define ourselves prosperous by way of intuition, self belief, nearby shoulders, a bit of luck, and maybe a wig.”

Here´s the video for ‘Casino Queen’.

Jacqueline is out on April 10th through Drag City

In other related good news, Jackie Lynn have announced a string of live dates in the UK and Europe, including a London show on May 18th at Moth Club.

LEYA unveil video for new single ‘Wave’

After sharing the beautifully dark, haunting and intriguing ‘Weight‘, LEYA are enticing us again with ‘Wave’,  the new single taken from their upcoming second  album, Flood Dream. The duo of Marilu Donovan and Adam Markiewicz are offering the track with a self-directed video featuring two friends “disciples of 34th generation Shaolin warrior monk and activist Shi Yan Ming, founder of the luminous USA Shaolin Temple in Manhattan, where RZA, Rosie Perez, Wesley Snipes, Jim Jarmusch, and Tricky have all trained”, explained LEYA. “They are part of the wave.”

Watch the video below and watch out for the release of Flood Dream on March 6th through NNA Tapes.

In other related news, LEYA have announced a North American tour, including dates with Liturgy and the album launch on March 6th in New York City with Eartheater.

Collectress share second single, ‘In the Streets, In the Fields’, off upcoming album, Different Geographies

At the tail end of 2019, Collectress returned with their first new music in nearly six years, and announced a new album following their wonderful 2014 debut Mondegreen. Entitled Different Geographies, the new album arrives on March 6th and they had already shared the magical and gorgeous ‘Landing’ as the first single, which left us on the edge of our chair waiting for more new music. Now the quartet have shared a beautiful and beguiling new single called ‘In the Streets, In the Fields’. According to them, the track and the album was somewhat inspired by the 1937 recording of Virginia Woolf’s “Words”. “We liked the notion of a transient translation of words, of time and space passing, of being in one space yet another at the same time, in “Different Geographies”, they explained. “In this technological world of ours “Words” seems astute, forward thinking in suggesting we are mere vessels for language to occur, to move around and adapt through its own fruition. “In the Streets” melodically ‘sets off’ and in some way is doing that too through the very nature of its simple structure.”

Collectress are offering ‘In the Streets, In the Fields’ with an accompanying video, and you can watch it below.

Different Geographies is out on March 6th through their own imprint Peeler Records.

Sunny Jain shares video for title track ‘Wild Wild East’, album out next month

Photo: Ebru Yildiz

Talented and acclaimed Indian-American composer and dhol player Sunny Jain, also known as the founder and bandleader of Red Baraat, has announced the release of a new album. Entitled Wild Wild East and set for release on February 21st through Smithsonian Folkways, it marks his first solo album in a decade and will also be his first for the label. The album incorporates influences aplenty as the press release describes, “from the scores of Bollywood classics to Spaghetti Westerns, Indian folk to jazz improvisation, and South Asian languages to English prose to express the immigrant experience as one navigates the terrain of what it means to be “American.””

Following the mighty first single, ‘Immigrant Warrior’, Jain has now shared the title track, a song about migration, as he explains:

“A story that everyone has in their family, whether it be 100 years old or in recent times. This song is about my lineage from Osian, Rajasthan to Sialkot, Punjab to the 1947 partition of India, and then the eventual move to America. The courageousness of all immigrants to leave their family and home in search of opportunity in a foreign land is a wild and bold move. One that truly embodies the romanticized ideas the cowboy has always professed to be.”

‘Wild Wild East’ comes with an accompanying video directed by Adeel Ahmed and filmed in Manhattan, Queens, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New Delhi, Old Delhi, Agra, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. Watch it below and listen to ‘Immigrant Warrior’ straight after.


Alabaster DePlume announces new album To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1

2020 is off to a tremendous start with the news of a new album from thought-provoking and unpredictable musician and poet Alabaster DePlume. Entitled To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1, the album features instrumental pieces recorded over the past eight years, both new compositions and older ones collected from his albums Copernicus, The Jester and Peach. For the new compositions, the London based bandleader, composer, saxophonist, activist and orator,  enlisted the help of a stellar cast of London musicians including Dan ‘Danalogue’ Leavers and Sarathy Korwar.

On the origin of To Cy & Lee: Instrumentals Vol. 1 is DePlume´s work for Ordinary Lifestyles, a Manchester based charity that helps adults with disabilities to live independently in their own homes, where he worked with the titular Cy and Lee. DePlume helped them socialize by making music together in different situations, which he recorded in his phone and then then used as a foundation to create songs in his studio. Additionaly, DePlume also ran music sessions for Cy, Lee and their friends, and he said this about it:

“People would focus on a central point, tuning in to one another. There are things we can’t put into words, which can be expressed with sound and music. These guys have fewer words than us, some of them have none. When we put some feelings into a music expression – that’s liberation.”

Much like in his live shows, DePlume mixes and connects people up and as the press release describes, “brings together players of different skill levels and different backgrounds so they have to interact differently, placing them in unusual situations in which to record.” This, in his own words, led them to have “a very magical time playing the tunes”.

We´ll have to wait until February 28th for the album to arrive through International Anthem, but we can already delight our ears and hearts with the first single ‘Whisky Story Time’. Here it is.

Jeff Swanson & Case-fitter set to release new album, Fathoms, in February

Chicago is home to a vibrant jazz scene and Jeff Swanson has been playing a central role in it over the past few years. Following the release of his first full-length, Case-fitter, the guitarist/composer continues the project with a new album entitled Fathoms. The album blends an array of genres, including jazz, rock, electronic music and chamber music, and features Paul Bedal on keyboards, Matt Ulery on electric bass, Greg Artry on drums and percussion, Dustin Laurenzi on tenor saxophone and Greg Ward on alto saxophone.

Fathoms is set for release on February 28th through BACE Records and we can already hear the astounding first single ‘Gaussian’. The track “takes influence from Peruvian Festejo rhythms while maintaining Swanson’s compositional storytelling and heavily electric sound”, explains the press release. “The listener is taken on a journey as the odd phrasing and sway of the beginning melodies transition into an open section where the composer enters into a fiery dialog of back and forth with the rhythm section.” Here it is.