After last year’s release of his second solo album, Pissing Stars, Efrim Manuel Menuck enlisted Kevin Doria to help him transpose the album from the studio to a live setting. A year in, out of touring and collaborating, Menuck and Doria became SING SINCK, SING.
As a duo, their first material is coming out in the shape of an album called are SING SINCK, SING. “An antifascist poetics of sound that unspools across five crushing, keening tracks driven by thick sweeping drones, battered by inscrutably searching, ricocheting vocals”, describes the press release. “Anguish, yearning, and desperate conviction combine in these saturated survivalist electro-hymns, for as long as the power stays on to overload the amplifiers.”
Menuck and Doria had already shared the first single ‘We Will’ and now they have let loose another cut from the album, ‘Fight The Good Fight’. Take a listen to both below.
There´s a new album on the way from Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon entitled Reward. With DRINKS, her duo with Tim Presley, she released Hippo Lite last year but she hasn’t released a full-length since 2016’s Crab Day. Slated for a May 24th release through Mexican Summer, Reward came into being after Le Bon spent a year living by herself in the Lake District. “There’s a strange romanticism to going a little bit crazy and playing the piano to yourself and singing into the night,” she says of her time there.
Other than the Lakes, Reward took shape later in different locations, including LA, Brooklyn and Cardiff, and saw Le Bon assemble a cast of musicians including Khouja and fellow co-producer Josiah Steinbrick, Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa on drums and percussion, Stephen Black (aka Sweet Baboo) on bass and saxophone and Huw Evans (aka H.Hawkline) and Josh Klinghoffer on guitars.
‘Daylight Matters’ was the first single to be lifted from Reward, followed by ‘Home To You’, both with accompanying videos. Casey Raymond directed ‘Daylight Matters’ and the latter was directed by visual artist and filmmaker Phil Collins.
Fronted by Turkish singer and multi-instrumentalist Derya Yıldırım, and with members hailing from Germany, France, Italy and Great Britain, psych-pop quintet Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek are gearing up to release their debut album Kar Yağar. Translating as “Snow Falls”, Kar Yağar marvelously blends a mixture of influences and genres, from Anatolian roots music and 70’s jazz to early prog rock. The record, and as the press release describes, “has the dynamics of an epic journey through the Anatolian highlands where deep-rooted folk effortlessly switches to sparkly improvisation or dancy pop tracks.” Comprising original songs and instrumentals, Kar Yağar also features Turkish folk songs re-arranged by the band.
Ahead of its release on May 24th through Catapulte Records, Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek have shared a string of singles. Take a listen to the stunning and hypnotizing opening track “Üç Kız Bir Ana” and the album´s closer “Oy Oy Emine”. The latter, a cover of a traditional Turkish song, comes with a video by Agnieszka Gasiorek and Marcin Dominiak.
Released last month through The Leaf Label, the feast of awesomeness that is Snapped Ankles‘ second album Stunning Luxury keeps on giving. The London outfit have shared a video for the album track ‘Tailpipe’, filmed and edited by Marnie Hollande and featuring Nissa Nishikawa. Check it out below.
In other related good news, and in addition to a bunch of live dates starting in May and throughout the summer, Snapped Ankles have announced a new UK tour this Autumn. Check out the full set of dates below:
8th October – The Haunt, Brighton
9th October – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
10th October – Picture House Social, Sheffield
11th October – The Crescent, York
12th October – The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
15th October – Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
16th October – The Portland Arms, Cambridge
17th October – Metronome, Nottingham
18th October – Boileroom, Surrey
25th October – The Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool
29th October – Village Underground, London
South London 4-piece black midi have been making waves as of late, and with good reason. Their debut single ‘bmbmbm’, released last year, was a beast of a song, and they followed it earlier this year with ´Speedway’. Now, signed to Rough Trade Records, the enigmatic quartet have let loose another tremendous single called ‘Crow’s Perch’. It comes with with an accompanying video by susan_creamcheese and you can watch it below. If you suffer from photosensitive epilepsy, just listen to it loud.
We had already heard and loved ‘Drum Chant’, the lead single from Laurence Pike´s much anticipated upcoming album Holy Spring. Now the inventive percussionist and composer has unveiled a fascinating video to accompany the track, directed by Clemens Habicht. “Clemens has physically tracked the ends of my drum mallets while I perform to create what you might describe as visual music,” explained Laurence. “For me it’s in the finest tradition of the experimental films of artists such as Norman McClaren or Len Lye.”
Clemens had this to say about it:
”Watching Laurence perform I found myself focusing on the round white mallet ends as if they were objects all of their own, separated from their sticks they became bouncing balls feverishly racing over the drums in a frenzy made all the more astonishing by their impossible precision at such speed.”