Seattle’s four-piece Darto have just released their new album Human Giving through Aagoo Records. An exciting and exhilarating album, it draws from influences and genres aplenty, from rock and Americana to pop and psych. The band had this to say about the record:
“We didn’t play shows or hardly go to shows for a year and a half to write and record the album. The album comes from the places within us where hope and love exist. Where the focus is not on the self, and suddenly everything is possible. Humans giving themselves to other humans. The power of listening on all fronts.”
The excellent and enigmatic album track ‘No Self’ is being offered with a video directed by the band’s own Gordon De Los Santos. Check it out below and listen to their previous single ‘I AM’ straight after.
Last week, and coinciding with National Dog Day, London’s Buttonhead released a new song, ‘Coombe Dean’, with a very fitting visual accompaniment. Taken from their upcoming second album Never or Forget, ‘Coombe Dean’ is described as a “ghostly lament” and serves as the first taste from the record. The band’s own Ross Blake directed the video. Watch it below and watch out for the release of Never or Forget on September 29th through Horse Arm.
The Calendar Project is the ongoing venture of Feverkin, the moniker of producer and composer Adam Orfale. Since January, Feverkin has released a new song with an accompanying video every month, serving as an audio visual documentary for each month of the year.
The serene and scintillating ‘August’ is the latest offering from the project and you can take a listen below.
Aquaserge turned our heads with Laisse ça être, which came out earlier this year through Crammed Discs. The album track ‘Si loin, si proche’ has been paired with a fitting video directed by Amic Bedel and Benjamin Glibert. The song title, which translates to ‘so close, so far’, is central to the video. The effort is presented as a split screen with two takes, a close shot and a wide one, performed and shot live and at the same time. Here it is.
In other related good news, Aquaserge are back on the road this Autumn for a string of shows across Europe, including a show at Birthdays in London on September 21st, at Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia on September 22nd and at Utrecht’s dream of a festival Le Guess Who? on November 11th. Check the full list of dates and other info here.
We’re over the moon to hear that Esmerine are set to release a new album, following last year’s monumental Lost Voices and the wonderful and glorious Dalmak, which was one of our Album Picks of 2013. Entitled Mechanics Of Dominion, the album blends together elements of Neo-Classical, Minimalist, Modern Contemporary, Folk, Baroque, Jazz and Rock genres “to invoke lamentation, meditation, resolve, resistance and hope”, as the label describes. “It is a requiem for our intractably suffering planet and a paean to the inscrutable, essential dignity of indigenous ethics and the natural world, and to modern human frailty and ingenuity.”
As with Esmerine’s previous albums, Jace Lasek took on production duties, and again contributes as a featured guest, as does Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s violinist Sophie Trudeau, amongst others.
Mechanics Of Dominion marks their sixth album release, and is due out on October 20th through Constellation. Luckily, we can already wrap our ears around two magnificent and compelling tracks from the record, the closing track ‘Piscibus Maris’ and the opener ‘The Space In Between’. Both are laced together in a befitting video made by Brad Todd.
Rejoice, for Canadian 6-piece The Souljazz Orchestra have a new album on the way that will send the mercury rocketing. Entitled Under Burning Skies, it sees the Afro-jazz-funk powerhouse expand their signature sound to new unexplored territories. On the new album, The Souljazz Orchestra use 80s synthesizers and drum machines for the first time, “bringing lo fi disco, boogie and electro touches to their trademark horn arrangements and earthy analogue sound”, as the press release explains.
Under Burning Skies arrives on September 22nd via Do Right! Music in Canada and Strut Records in the rest of the world. Ahead of it, they’re giving us a taster of what’s coming our way with the infectious first single ‘Lufunki’. Turn your headphones up!
In other related good news, and in support of the new album, The Souljazz Orchestra have announced a huge North American and European tour, including a London show on October 5th at The Rich Mix. Head over here for the full list of dates and more info.