This is the moment we have been waiting for! Oakland based outfit Mwahaha have long promised a follow-up to their 2011’s self-titled debut album, and they’ve hinted at new music in 2014 with ‘Wine Cooler’. Finally they will return this year with a new album called Lovers arriving on September 6th.
Life took unexpected turns for Mwhahaha with the tragic passing of band member Cyrus Tilton, who lost his battle to cancer in early 2017. Before passing, Cyrus recorded several passages of guitar and sampler, which became vital to the album. Lovers is also titled as a tribute to Cyrus, taking its name from one of his sculptures of the same name.
Mwahaha have let loose ‘Sundown’ as the first taste from Lovers, unfolding a masterful and mesmeric blend of vintage synths and genres like krautrock and pop. Take a listen now.
Earlier this year, London based composer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Daniel O’Sullivan unfurled his wonderful new album called Folly. Now he is sharing a new single off it, ‘The Diamond Vehicle’, which he explained “was fired into my mind via the vast active living intelligence system. I was making a pot of earl grey and then zap!”. The single comes backed with an unreleased track, ‘No Fate In Sound’, which features a guest contribution from Jessica Moss on violin and backing vocals. ‘The Diamond Vehicle’ is also being offered with an accompanying video directed by Daisy Dickinson.
In other related news, Daniel O’Sullivan has announced a handful of Autumn dates, including a show at The Lexington in London on September 13th. Take a look at all the live dates below:
13 Sep – London, The Lexington, (w/ Dream Lyon Ensemble* and Brigid Mae Power)
14 Sep – Dublin, The Sound House
16 Sep – Aarhus DK, Tape (w/ Dream Lyon Ensemble*)
18 Sep – Copenhagen DK, Alice (w/ Dream Lyon Ensemble*)
26 Sep – Rotterdam NL, Worm
Last month Thirty Three Thirty Three relaunched as a record label and put out three very special releases, including Keiji Haino and Charles Hayward’s A Loss Permitted, to open one’s eyes…, and Oren Amabarchi, Mark Fell, Sam Shalabi and Will Guthrie’s Oglon Day. The other stunning release comes from the hands of British saxophonist, improviser and producer Ben Vince. Following last year´s widely acclaimed Assimilation, Vince has released his new album Don’t Give Your Life, described by the label as “the strongest work yet from an artist whose work demonstrates a risk-taking, omnivorous appetite for the new while also digging deeper and deeper into a unique sonic sensibility.”
Here´s a striking track from the album, ‘Makeshift Paradigm’, to get you enticed.
A pioneer of the hang and one of the most interesting contemporary musicians, Manu Delago‘s technical ability and creativity knows no bounds. His album and film Parasol Peak, a giant sonic venture recorded with an ensemble of seven musicians on a mountaineering expedition in the Alps, was one of our 15 Albums Picks of 2018 and remains an absolute favourite. So we´re thrilled to know the Austrian percussionist and composer is ready to follow it up with a new album called Circadian. The album takes its name and inspiration from the concept of the body’s internal clock known as Circadian rhythms. A busy musician, collaborating and touring with the likes of Bjork, Anoushka Shankar, Poppy Ackroyd, the London Symphony Orchestra and Olafur Arnalds, amongst many more, the disruption of his own sleep cycles inform the album. “Before I made this album I had a phase of very intense touring with multiple trips to five different continents, without a break for several months”, explained Delago. “It literally felt like touring with four bands simultaneously and in my dreams the music and crews started to commingle. I found it interesting how my brain was trying to digest all these experiences during sleep hours. In fact, during REM sleep the brain is very creative. In that stressful touring period, I started to consciously appreciate sleep and how much it contributes to mastering any challenge.”
Circadian will see the light of day on September 13th through One Little Indian Records. Ahead of it, Delago is enticing us with the bewitching lead single ‘The Silent Flight of the Owl’. The track, written to emulate the sound of an owl’s wings, is an ode to an experience he had had: “I had an encounter with an owl while I was brushing my teeth late at night. The owl landed a metre away from me just outside the window on the ledge. It is very unusual for owls to come that close. When I told the story to the people who lived there, they didn’t believe me.” Wrap your ears around ‘The Silent Flight of the Owl’ now.
Mike Patton is no stranger to collaboration and creative connections. His latest endeavour saw him team up with French composer Jean-Claude Vannier, and the outcome of that collaboration is a full-length album. Entitled Corpse Flower, the album features several musicians from LA including Smokey Hormel (Beck, Johnny Cash), Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Beck, Air, Nine Inch Nails) and James Gadson (Beck, Jamie Lidell), and also from Paris including Denys Lable, Bernard Paganotti (Magma), Daniel Ciampolini, Didier Malherbe, Léonard Le Cloarec and the Bécon Palace String Ensemble. Corpse Flower arrives on September 13th though Ipecac recordings but Patton and Vannier are already teasing the album with two tracks, ‘On Top Of The World’ and ‘Chansons D’Amour’. Commenting on the latter, Vannier had this to say:
“When I was a little boy, love songs terrified me, with their stupid Ophelias, faded flowers of melodramatics singers, quavering vocalises of another time, barbaric rituals, screams of impatient sexes, furious and bloody refrains, like in this beautiful and poisonous video. Afterwards, I lived some love stories and it was even worse, all a bazaar puppet show that moved me despite myself, took me hostage and blames me for these crimes that I did not commit”
‘Chansons D’Amour’ comes with an accompanying video, directed by Eric Livingston, who commented on it:
“The melody on Chansons D’ Amour chased me around in the back of my head for a few days after listening. I found it to be a haunting and unapologetically honest version of Vannier’s original piece. When I was given the choice between a few songs to shoot a video accompaniment to, I gravitated towards this one. Mainly, because I knew it would be a challenge for me. To film something that is subtle, yet demands attention.”
Watch the video below and listen to ‘On Top Of The World’ straight after.
All-sister trio TEEN are crossing the pond for several live dates in the UK/Europe in September and October. Coinciding with the tour announcement, they have dropped a joyous new single, ‘Doctor’, an outtake from the recording sessions of their recently released fourth album Good Fruit. Take a listen now.