Canadian outfit Timber Timbre are ready to follow-up up their 2014 Polaris nominated album Hot Dreams. Entitled Sincerely, Future Pollution, the new record will see the light of day on April 7th via City Slang and Arts & Crafts. Marked by last year’s unsettling events, Sincerely, Future Pollution “is the cinema of a dazzling dystopia, rattled by the science fiction of this bluntly nonfictional time”, as the press release describes. The band’s Taylor Kirk explains:
“2016 was a very difficult time to observe. I hate to admit that normally I express more sensitivity than concern politically, but I think the tone and result on the record is utter chaos and confusion. When we were recording, the premonition was that the events we saw unfolding were an elaborate hoax. But the mockery made of our power system spawned a lot of dark, dystopic thoughts and ideas. And then it all happened, while everyone was on Instagram. The sewers overflowed.”
The sombre ‘Sewer Blues’ serves as the first excellent taste of what Timber Timbre will be offering. The single comes with a video directed by Karl Lemieux, and you can watch it below.
In other related news, and in support of the album, Timber Timbre are crossing the Atlantic in early April for a UK/European tour, including a show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on April 18th. Head over here to check all their stops and info.
PVT‘s much anticipated fifth album, New Spirit, is only a month away from dropping. They had already enticed us with the mighty first single ‘Morning Mist, Rock Island Bend’, and now they have unveiled another tremendous new single, ‘Another Life’. The track explores the same themes behind the album, including the growth of political and cultural intolerance in Australia. The trio’s frontman Richard Pike explains:
“To me, Another Life is about expectation and things falling short of that expectation. It’s about middle class ‘aspirational’ desire and their ultimate dissatisfaction. And it’s about my own dissatisfaction with political leaders’ short-sighted and archaic regression of ideas, eating up a country’s own future. Aside from the political rant against new conservatism – which it is – it’s also a personal look at human nature and a hopeful pining for another life. It’s also got a great beat.”
Now listen to ‘Another Life and watch out for the release of New Spirit on February 17th via Felte.
PVT put together the latest instalment of our monthly mixtape. Be sure to check it out.
There’s a new album on the way from Delicate Steve, the project of multi-instrumentalist Steve Marion. Entitled This Is Steve, it’s his first record in four years and it drops on January 27th via Anti-. The sunny single ‘Winners’, taken from the album, has been paired with an accompanying video shot on the busy Jersey shore boardwalk. “’Winners’ is not about life’s winners – it’s about things not being as they seem”, explained Steve. “I wanted this video to magnify that aspect of life, and what better place to do it than my childhood boardwalk at the Jersey Shore. Though after filming this video, I’ve come to believe that maybe things are as they seem… “. Check out the video now.
We were immediately taken by the beauty and radiance of ‘Banana C‘, the first single lifted from Banana’s upcoming debut album LIVE. With its imminent release just around the corner, Banana are keeping us excited with another wonderful and gentle single, ‘Banana B’, featuring elements from Part IV of ‘Kolm Ballaadi Poistekoorile’ by Heino Jürisalu and ‘Part I’ of Instrumentals Vol. II by Arthur Russell. Take a listen below and grab the record when it’s out on January 27th via Leaving Records.
Daniel Brandt, better known as one third of Brandt Brauer Frick, is gearing up to release his debut solo album. Entitled Eternal Something, the 8-track instrumental record arrives on March 24th via Erased Tapes. Usually the man behind the drum kit, on Eternal Something Brandt played most of the instruments on the record, some of which learnt for the first time while recording. Brandt explains how the album came to life:
“The initial idea was to make a cymbal album. I wanted to surround myself with all types of cymbals. I locked myself into my father’s cabin in the woods for three days. That was the moment I realized it was not possible for me to make an album just with cymbals because other ideas and instruments imposed themselves on me. I had a clear sense of what I wanted to do now. The intention was to let the songs evolve by themselves and not edit too much, keep it raw and have an explosion-like energy to them. I wanted to create a different sound, songs that build up like dance tunes but don’t feel like club music at all. Traveling around in California for two months gave me the possibility to deeply get into this concept outside my normal environment. Robert Raths, who served as a great motivator throughout the whole process (I guess he had listened to the record more than I ever had) came up with the perfect order for the songs. This record is about failing to make the original plan happen, but then the discovery of something I couldn’t even think of before.”
It may seem like a long wait till March but we can already get a taste of what’s to come with the first single ‘Kale Me’.
Cosmic afro jazz mavericks Idris Ackamoor & The Pyramids only just put out their phenomenal and widely acclaimed album We Be All Africans last May. And they are ready to follow it up with Tinoge Ya Ta’a Ba, a new 7″ release featuring Ghanaian musician Guy One on vocals and kologo. On ‘Tinoge Ya Ta’a Ba’, and as the accompanying blurb describes, “Guy One sings about the power of unity – a unity you hear clearly on this Afro-Euro-American cooperation: a driving rhythm, a eulogizing saxophone, a gripping voice and in total a journey into another dimension.”
Ahead of its release on January 20th via Philophon, listen to ‘Tinoge Ya Ta’a Ba Pt. 1 & 2’ below.