Colin Stetson teases upcoming solo album with title track, ‘The love it took to leave you’

A sax superhero like no other, Colin Stetson has dazzled us time and again throughout the years with his absolutely staggering and powerful compositions. So we’re ecstatic to know he is gearing up to release a new album, his first solo recording since 2017’s All This I Do For Glory, which was one of Album Picks of the Year then. Entitled The love it took to leave you, the record arrives on September 13th through Invada Records and Envision Records.
The Canadian-American saxophonist, multireedist, and composer recorded the album last year at Montreal’s The Darling Foundry, a nineteenth-century metalworks factory converted into a contemporary art complex, with a giant main room still keeping its raw architecture of brick, concrete and steel. Speaking about recording the album there, Stetson says:

“We were using the same live setup as I normally would to amplify – a full PA in the building’s spaces – so we were really able to move the kind of air that I can move, really saturating the room, hitting the walls hard. And then we further fleshed it out.”

Speaking further about the upcoming album, he adds:

“The essence of it is me. It’s the most personal thing that I do – and can do. There’s an evolution of my body and technical capabilities that keeps on, so every time I make another record, there are things that I could only have played now.”

September is a long way away but Stetson has already shared the magnificent title track as the first single, a track that despite being written some years ago, was always intended as a pillar of an album. ‘The love it took to leave you’, in Stetson’s own words, “is a love letter to self and to solitude and to tall old trees that sway and creak in the wind and rain.” The singles comes with an accompanying video directed by Derrick Belcham. Watch it below.

Efterklang to release new album, Things We Have In Common, in September; share video for lead single ‘Plant’ ft. Mabe Fratti

Photo: Søren Lynggaard.

Following a stand-alone single, ‘Getting Reminders’, featuring Beirut’s Zach Condon on trumpet, Efterklang are back with exciting news. The Danish trio have officially announced their upcoming album, Things We Have In Common, set for release on September 27th through City Slang.

With Things We Have In Common, Efterklang brings to a close a trilogy that includes 2019’s Altid Sammen and 2021’s Windflowers, which saw them delve into themes of human connection, the relationship between humans and nature, and collective spirituality. The new album sees the return of pianist and composer Rune Mølgaard, who co-wrote seven of the nine songs on the record. Rune’s personal journey, including his experience and departure from the Mormon Church, has deeply influenced the album’s themes and direction. “Towards the end of the album process we talked about belonging, in relation to Rune’s journey – how he no longer found that feeling in the church,” Rasmus said of the album’s title. “We talked about how Casper’s sense of belonging is tied to something nomadic, and about how Mads and I associate this with our families.”

To bring the album to life, Efterklang enlisted other collaborators, including Finnish drummer Tatu Rönkkö, Venezuelan guitarist Hector Tosta and Guatemalan cellist and singer Mabe Fratti.

Accompanying the album announcement is a new beautiful and compelling single, ‘Plant’, featuring Mabe Fratti on cello and vocals. Vocalist Casper Clausen describes it as “a song dedicated to the act of reaching out, beyond ourselves, daring to go beyond our inner world and share ourselves with others, putting our vulnerability on display, like a plant reaching for the light.” He adds:

“This is one of the first songs we wrote for the new album, and it’s been a long journey, starting from a sketch by our longtime friend, collaborator, and co-founder of Efterklang, pianist Rune Mølgaard.”

Mabe Fratti has also said that recording ‘Plant’ with Efterklang “was extremely joyful as I remember witnessing the song developing when I went with Efterklang to Sommertræf two years ago. It’s a breeze, this song. I felt that Casper’s tone and mine are super friendly with each other!”

The band are offering ‘Plant’ with a video directed and created by Søren Lynggaard and Niels Buhl Hendriksen. Watch it below.

HHY & The Macumbas preview upcoming album with second single ‘Topo Do Crânio’

Photo: Rui Pina

With the impending release of Bom Sangue Mau, and following the transcendent first single ‘Lago de Puro Êxtase’, Porto based ensemble HHY & The Macumbas have shared a second preview of the album with a new pounding and ritualistic single titled ‘Topo Do Crânio’. Listen to it below and watch out for the album release on May 31st through Horror Vector.

Oberland, Dargent, Elieh, Halal unveil video for new single ‘OhmShlag (Quake Tango)’

Photo: Gregory Dargent

Back in March, wonderful news emerged of a new album from Oberland, Dargent, Elieh, Halal, the new quartet of Frédéric D. Oberland (Oiseaux-Tempête), Grégory Dargent (H), Tony Elieh (Karkhana) and Wassim Halal (Polyphème). Sihr is their debut album as a quartet and is set for release on May 24th through Sub Rosa. Following their inaugural and tantalizing first single, ‘Oui​-​Ja’aa‘, they have shared another track from the album called ‘OhmShlag (Quake Tango)’. The single is offered with a Super8 film directed by Oberland & Dargent and you can watch it below.

Kamasi Washington’s new album, Fearless Movement, out today; listen to ‘Get Lit’ ft George Clinton and D Smoke

Photo: Vincent Haycock

Fearless Movement, the eagerly awaited new album from virtuoso saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Kamasi Washington, is out today through Young. Washington had previously shared the exhilarating and electrifying lead single ‘Prologue’ and this week he raised the bar of excitement with new single ‘Get Lit’ featuring funk legend George Clinton and American rapper D Smoke. Give it a listen below and go grab the album.

Nightports announce new collaborative album with Matthew Bourne, Dulcitone 1804

We love Nightports, the inventive duo of British musicians and producers Adam Martin and Mark Slater, who have been dazzling us over the years with collaborative projects with other musicians exploring and reworking their music with the single remit of only using sounds produced by the featured musician. Starting in 2018 with Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne, they have also released albums with drummer and percussionist Betamax in 2020 and with double bassist Tom Herbert in 2022.

Dulcitone 1804 is their  latest sonic adventure, which saw them team up again with pianist and composer Matthew Bourne, and it will see the light of day on May 24th through The Leaf Label. As the name suggests, the upcoming album is centred around recordings of Bourne playing a Dulcitone, a 19th century rare keyboard instrument, and in this specific case the instrument is number 1804. The idea arose after Martin and Slater saw the small instrument at Bourne’s studio while working on another project. “As Matthew does with all instruments he plays, the first sounds he made with the Dulcitone were immediately beautiful,” Martin explained. “Somewhere between a celeste and a piano, it has a clear, bell-like quality that’s evocative of a strange other world. Something old and distant.”

 ‘Machell’ is the first heavenly gorgeous single to be let loose and you can listen to it below.