Polar Bear’s sixth album, Same As You, drops this Monday

Polar Bear - Same As You

It’s only been a minute since Polar Bear released In Each And Every One which made it to our 15 Album Picks of 2014. The band wasted no time working on the follow-up and are ready to release a brand new album entitled Same As You. The effort, due out on March 30th via The Leaf Label was originally conceived as a single longform piece, as the press release explains. “The tempo remains constant but does not prevent the band from producing swells of raw, joyous, often life-enhancing energy within these self-imposed limits.”
Speaking about how how the album came to be, drummer and bandleader Sebastian Rochford said Same As You was influenced by positivity, love and community and by the Mojave Desert in California where he spent some time.

The groovy and infectious ‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ was the first single lifted from the album. Rochford and Hannah Darling share vocal duties and it also features special guest contributor Shabaka Hutchings. Listen to it below and head over to Polar Bear’s bandcamp the stream the album.

Listen to Fold’s new single ‘Two Past Midnight’

Fold - Two Past Midnight

Leeds based outfit Fold make incredible music merging their creativity as a band with social consciousness. The quartet have announced the release of a new single, ‘Two Past Midnight’, slated for a May 4th release. They’re known for using vocal samples from speeches to convey messages and ‘Two Past Midnight’ is no exception to Fold’s interest in social justice. The new single pays tribute to Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil rights activist who advocated for the right to vote for black Americans and was instrumental in passing the 1965 US Voting Rights Act. ‘Two Past Midnight’ comes backed with B-side ‘Don’t Kid Yourself Baby’ and you can pre-order it now on their bandcamp. Now give a listen to ‘Two Past Midnight’ below.

Benoît Pioulard shares new video and song

Benoit Pioulard  - So Etched In Memory

We’re only a week away from the release of Benoît Pioulard‘s new album, Sonnet. Pioulard had already enticed us with the gentle and dreamy single ‘So etched in memory’. Now the song is being paired with a video made by Sean Curtis Patrick. There’s more good news from the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He shared recently the delightful ‘a shade of celadon’, also off the upcoming Sonnet. Check out the video for ‘So etched in memory’ below and straight after let yourself drift into ‘a shade of celadon’.


Sonnet is out on March 30th via Kranky.

Red Snapper announce Wonky Bikes EP

Red Snapper - Wonky Bikes

Last year Red Snapper released the outstanding Hyena, which was one of our Album Picks of 2014. So we’re excited to know they are following it up with a new EP called Wonky Bikes. A mind-blowing live version of the main track, originally lifted from Hyena, is offered in the EP. As the press release describes, the band injected the live cut “with a seething dose of voodoo funk that perfectly encapsulates the raw, live Red Snapper sound.”.
The EP also features a remix by the band’s drummer Rich Thair of his favourite album track, ‘Traffic’ and a remix by Saint Petersburg based DJ and producer Kito Jempere of ‘Blue Chest’. Grab the EP when it drops on April 27th via Lo Recordings and now get dancing with the live version of ‘Wonky Bikes’.

Brian – Uncanny Opera

Brian - "These Are the Things We Do"

Brian. I know a lot of Brians. A tough name to Google. “Brian.”  Ha.  “Brian Bandcamp.” Nope. “Brian Bandcamp New York.” You have to know what you’re looking for. This Brian, the elusive Brian, is best found with a link:

Brian.

Brian’s 2014 album, Brian, is an emotional journey through the uncanny valley: mesmerizing synthesizer soundscapes and passionate computer generated vocals. It feels both synthetic, and eerily sincere.

Here is a music video for the song ‘These Are the Things We Do’, animated by Brian himself.