Deerhoof share new video ahead of international tour


Last year Deerhoof gave us La Isla Bonita, which was one of our 15 Album Picks of 2014. So we’re excited to know the band is heading to Europe for a month-long tour in support of the album, with a stop in London at the Oval Space on February 26th. They’ll head back to the US in March for more shows, including appearances at SXSW. Check all their dates and other info here.
To celebrate the upcoming tour, the foursome unveiled a video for ‘Black Pitch’, featuring Satomi on a boat going down the river Thames before disappearing into the North Sea. Gary McQuiggan directs. Watch it below.

Kaki King announces new album and multimedia performances

Kaki King - Battle Is a Learning

Following the release of Everybody Glows: B-Sides & Rarities last year, Kaki King has announced details of a new album, due out in just over a month. The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body drops on March 3th via Short Stuff Records and it comes paired with a high-tech projection mapping show, that sees King touring North America from today until May. The multimedia show produced in collaboration with Glowing Pictures, who have previously worked with Animal Collective, David Byrne & Brian Eno, Beastie Boys, and TV On The Radio, amongst others.

“Although it’s a soundtrack to the multimedia show, I want the album to stand on it’s own as a collection of instrumental music,” said Kaki. “The album is an amalgam of the many different ways I’ve approached the instrument over the years. Some of it’s rough, some of it’s sad and beautiful, and some of it could be remixed for the dance floor. More than anything the process of creating this music has proven to me once again that the guitar really does the speaking, and I’m just the interpreter.”

To give us a taster, King has shared a live video of her performing ‘Battle is a Learning’. Here it is.

Liturgy’s third album, The Ark Work, out in March

Liturgy - The Ark Work

Brooklyn’s Liturgy have a new album on the way, following the 2011’s Aesthethica. Their upcoming third full length, The Ark Work, arrives on March 24th via Thrill Jockey. Self-called a ‘Transcendental Black Metal’ band, Liturgy’s new effort is “a quantum leap forward, a radical change in sound that paradoxically sounds more like Liturgy than ever.”, as the press release describes. It adds that the album “supplements its metal energy with motifs from unlikely, disparate genres; cross-fertilizing hardstyle beats, occult-oriented rap, and the glitched re-sampling of IDM and with structures from Medieval sacred music, Romantic classical music, and minimalism.”
The mighty ‘Quetzalcoatl’ is the first single taken from The Ark Work and we can’t wait to hear more. Check it out below, and straight after check out the album trailer.

William Ryan Fritch premieres video for ‘Thankless Deeds’

William Ryan Fritch - Thankless Deeds

A couple of weeks ago, we were completely taken by ‘In Denial’, the latest single from William Ryan Fritch‘s forthcoming album, Revisionist. Due out on February 10th via Lost Tribe Sound, Revisionist is part of the Leave Me Sessions, which celebrates and compiles Fritch‘s compositions and songs from the last couple of years.

To keep us excited till release day, Fritch has unveiled a fittingly dark and stunning video for ‘Thankless Deeds’, directed by Sam Angiulo. Watch it below.

Benoît Pioulard announces fifth album, Sonnet, and drops first new single

Benoit Pioulard - so etched in memory

Two years after the release of Hymnal, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Benoît Pioulard aka Thomas Meluch is ready to follow it up. His fifth solo album, Sonnet, arrives on March 30th via Kranky.
Here’s what Meluch said about his upcoming album:

“The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 – whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines – that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions…

 …Several of the pieces are recreations of harmony loops that I heard in a series of extraordinarily vivid dreams, and then woke up and recorded. A few pieces had lyrics and vocal parts that I ultimately removed; at a certain point the album became an exercise in restraint, so I strove to leave only what I felt absolutely essential…

…Unlike most of my previous recordings, there are no digital / software after-effects on the album; all sounds are from analog tape and / or my few guitar pedals.”

Ahead of the album’s release, Benoît Pioulard is enticing us with the first gentle, warm and dreamy new track ‘So etched in memory’. Listen to it below and check out the album trailer straight after.