This Monday, multi-instrumentalist and fine artist James Brooks, the man behind Land Observations, will release the follow-up to his 2012 debut album Roman Roads IV-XI. Aptly entitled The Grand Tour, Land Observations’ upcoming “album creates an imaginary travelogue through Western, Central and Southern Europe with reference to the historic Grand Tour, a traditional rite of passage for wealthy University graduates, finding popularity in the 18th century and commencing the idea of ‘tourism’ as we know it.’, as the press release describes.
To entice us further, Land Observations has shared the utterly beautiful closing track, ‘Return To Ravenna’. Give it a listen now.
Last month, Kinshasa-based collective Kasai Allstars released their second full-length album Beware The Fetish, a double record featuring twelve tracks clocking in at over 100 minutes. The album is also the fifth release in the Congotronics series, and as with the previous four releases, Beware The Fetish was produced, recorded and mixed by Vincent Kenis.
Kasai Allstars have just shared a video for ‘Yangye, The Evil Leopard’, taken from the new album. Watch it below.
Berlin-based pianist Nils Frahm has unveiled a stunning animated video for the delicate and delightful track ‘Re’, taken from his 2012 album Screws. When composing and recording Screws, Frahm used only nine fingers as his thumb was in a cast from an accident he had suffered. Hungarian director Balazs Simon draw inspiration from this to create the video.
“When I first heard Nils’ new album ‘Screws’ I instantly fell in love with it – not only because of the music, but also because of it’s backstory. Listening to ‘Re’ planted a story and a world in my head, so I decided to create a music video for it.”
There’s marvellous news from extraordinaire pianist and all-round talented multi-instrumentalist and producer Chilly Gonzales. After having had his 2010 album, Ivory Tower, produced by Boys Noize, Gonzales is again teaming up with the Berlin based producer. Comes September, the pair will release their debut collaborative album under the moniker Octave Minds. Good news always come adorned with sounds so here’s the first beautiful cut, ‘In Silence’, to entice you.
Last February, Brussels based band La Chiva Gantiva released their second album, Vivo, via Crammed Discs. One of the album’s explosive Afro-Colombian infused tracks, ‘Wepaje’, has received the visual treatment. Rafael Espinel & Nicolas Moins direct the video. Watch it now.
It’s a great summery Friday and Marco Benevento‘s new single ‘At The Show’ is the jiggiest track we could wish for. ‘At The Show’ is the first cut lifted from the crafted multi-instrumentalist’s upcoming album Swift. The album, set for release on September 16th via Royal Potato Family, was produced by Richard Swift (Shins, Damien Jurado, Foxygen) and features Benevento’s frequent collaborators Dave Drewitz on bass (Ween) and Andy Borger on drums (Tom Waits, Norah Jones). With Swift, Benevento ventures into singing for the first time ever, and he wrote the lyrics as well. “I never really liked the sound of my singing voice. I have a low voice. I can’t really sing too high. It’s nasally,” said Benevento. “But I had to get over it. And now, singing is awesome.”
Listen to ‘At The Show’ below, and if you’re in North America, you can even watch the accompanying video, premiered yesterday. We’ll share it as soon as viewing is available in Europe.