OWEN PALLETTdebuts a brand new video clip from his critically acclaimed In Conflictalbum. Directed by Eno Swinnen, the captivatingly animated video holds the already vivid narrative of "The Sky Behind The Flag" against an entirely different context, a sort of intergalactic missed connection all of which leaves the viewer to glean one's own personal meaning from the juxtaposition.
The video premiered yesterday with The Fader here, and Pallett said this of the song: "The song is about how great distance can exist between things that appear to be very close, like two lovers, or two halves of a brain: the extrovert that is engaging with the world, and the introvert that is providing commentary."
Pallett is currently on tour in mainland Europe and will be performing at Field Day in London on June 6th, before touring in North America. All tour dates are below. For tickets, head here.
OWEN PALLETT TOUR DATES
April 17th | Budapest HU | A38
April 19th | Kosice SK | Tabačka KulturFabrik
April 21st | Warsaw PL | Pardon To Tu
April 22nd | Warsaw PL | Pardon To Tu
April 24th | Tallinn EE | Jazzkaar Festival - Vaba Lava
April 25th | Colmar FR | Supersound Festival - Le Grillen
May 31st | Stratford-upon-Avon UK | Stratford Art House
June 1st | Coventry UK | Fargo Village
June 3rd | Cardiff UK | Portland House
June 6th | London UK | Field Day - Victoria Park
June 14th | Calgary AB | Luke’s Drug Mart
June 15th | Winnipeg | Union Sound Hall
July 13th | Quebec City QC | Festival D’Été de Québec
July 18th | Ostrava CZ | Colours of Ostrava
July 23rd | Cartagena SP | La Mar de Músicas - Catedral Antigua
August 21st-22nd | Storkow DE | Musikfestival Alinea Lumr
September 5-6th | Essen DE | Ruhrtrienalle
September 10-12th | Raleigh NC | Hopscotch Music Festival
In Conflictis full of love songs— more specifically, songs about liminal states and our loved ones locked in battle with them. “The record is meant to approach ‘insanity’ in a positive way,” Owen says— emphasis on the ironizing scare quotes around singular notions of insanity. “Depression, addiction, gender trouble, and the creative state are presented as positive, loveable, empathetic ways of being. Not preferable, per se, but all as equal, valid positions that we experience, which make us human.” Watch the album trailer for In Conflict, featuring illuminating liner notes in an alpine landscape, HERE.
In Conflict is available on CD, digitally, standard edition LP, and on limited edition double LP (with 3 bonus tracks), through Dom Mart. You may order the album HERE.
Their self titled debut album, released on the same day as the single, Monday June 8th, is available on CD and download and also as 16 track double vinyl + limited edition double colour vinyl special edition & deluxe CD editions featuring the extra tracks ‘So Many Bridges’, ‘King Of The Song’, ‘Look At Me’ and ‘A Violent Death’. You can pre-order FFS via DomMart and iTunes
With this week’s release of the acclaimed new album Darling Arithmetic, Villagers today release a brand new video for standout track Everything I Am Is Yours, directed by Jamie Thraves (Radiohead, Sam Smith, Blur).
Echoing the song’s tender depth, the Everything I Am Is Yours video sees Conor O’Brien as the soundtracking leader of a lovelorn protagonist in search of solace with O’Brien himself becoming emotionally and physically connected to his every move.
Darling Arithmetic is thefollow-up to Conor O’Brien’sdebut, Becoming a Jackal, andits successor, Awayland - both hugely acclaimed and each nominated for The Mercury Music Prize. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful, intimate album entirely about love and relationships. For more information on Darling Arithmetic visit the album’s microsite HERE.
Villagers will be touring the UK and Europe this April and May 2015. The UK tour will culminate in Villagers’ biggest London headline show to date at The Barbican on 1st May. The band have also confirmed a number of dates in the US in June playing alongside Patrick Watson as well as a headline date at The Echo, Los Angeles, 5 June. Live dates are as follows:
Tue 14 Apr – UK: Bristol: St Georges
Wed 15 Apr – UK: Falmouth: Princess Pavilions
Thu 16 Apr – UK: Exeter: Phoenix
Fri 17 Apr – UK: Brighton: The Old Market
Sun 19 Apr – UK: Liverpool: Epstein Theatre
Mon 20 Apr – UK: Manchester: RNCM Concert Hall
Tue 21 Apr – UK: Leeds: City Varieties
Thu 23 Apr – UK: Portsmouth: Wedgewood Rooms
Fri 24 Apr – UK: Cardiff: The Gate
Sun 26 Apr – UK: Nottingham: Glee Club
Mon 27 Apr – UK: Edinburgh: Pleasance Theatre
Tue 28 Apr – UK: Glasgow: Oran Mor
Fri 01 May – UK: London: Barbican
Mon 04 May – France: Paris: Café de la Danse
Tue 05 May – France: Tourcoing: Le Grand Mix
Thu 07 May – Holland: Utrecht: Tivoli Vredenburg
Fri 08 May – Holland: Amsterdam: De Duif
Sat 09 May – Luxembourg: Luxembourg: Rockhal
Sun 10 May – Germany: Heidleburg: Karlstorbahnhof
Tue 12 May – Germany: Hamburg: Kulturkirche
Wed 13 May – Germany: Cologne: Gebaeude
Thu 14 May – Germany: Berlin: Babylon
Sat 16 May – Holland: Nijmegen: Doornroosje
Sun 17 May – Belgium: Brussels: Cirque Royal
Wed 20 May – Ireland: Dublin: Olympia Theatre
Thu 21 May - Ireland: Dublin: Olympia Theatre
Sat 23 May – Ireland: Cork: Opera House
Sun 24 May – Ireland: Limerick: Big Top
Mon 25 May – UK: Belfast: Mandela Hall
Tues 2 June - US: San Francisco, CA, The Chapel (w/ Patrick Watson)
Thu 4 June - US: Los Angeles, CA, Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (w/ Patrick Watson)
Fri 5 June - US: Los Angeles, CA, The Echo
Sat 6 June - US: San Diego, CA, Casbah (w/ Patrick Watson)
Panda Bear is proud to present the video for ‘Tropic Of Cancer’, from the recently-released, critically acclaimed album Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper. The Dave Portner (of Animal Collective)-directed video, in which many of the album's leitmotifs - family, the animal kingdom, death’s inevitability – are touched on in arrestingly beautiful color.
Says Portner of the video: "Its always been in the spirit of Animal Collective to want to collaborate in many artistic ways with each other. Having been a fan of Noah’s music since we were teenagers, it’s sweet to finally be able to collaborate with him on something other than just making sounds and songs. I also am thankful to get my first shot at making something a little more long running in the visual/video world. This is one of my favorite songs on the record, hence my being involved with it. I’m grateful and excited to have worked on every moment of it and to have worked with all the sweet people who helped me put it together."
Panda Bear kicks off a run of US tour dates this coming Friday April 10th in Las Vegas. Taking in both weekends of Coachella, and headline dates in San Francisco and Los Angeles, all shows are now on sale. He will also play Primavera Sound Festival in Spain late May. Full dates are as follows:
04-10 Las Vegas, NV - The Bunkhouse * 04-11 Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom * 04-12 Indio, CA - Coachella Festival * 04-14 San Francisco, CA - The Independent * (SOLD OUT) 04-15 Santa Cruz, CA - Cocoanut Grove Ballroom * 04-16 Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu Winery * 04-17 West Hollywood, CA - The Roxy Theatre * (SOLD OUT) 04-19 Indio, CA - Coachella Festival 05-08 Nashville, TN - Exit In ! 05-09 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel ! 05-10 Atlanta, GA - Shaky Knees Festival 05-24 Bradley, CA - Lightning in a Bottle Festival 05-28 Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound Festival 07-17 Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival
* with Ducktails ! with Jessica Pratt
Panda Bear photo by Tonje Thilesen
Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper is available in Standard CD and 2xLP formats, and Limited Edition Deluxe 2xCD and 3xLP formats. The Limited Edition Deluxe 2xCD and 3xLP includes the 4-song Mr Noah EP in addition to the album in deluxe packaging. Get the album via iTunes or the Dom Mart.
After tearing through their homeland on the ‘Swarm Over Essexxx’ tour and impressing as guests to Royal Blood and Drenge, The Bohicas are now set to release their next single ‘Where You At’ which impacts on June 1st.
Produced by Mark Rankin, ‘Where You At’ is an insistent blast of re-energised rock ‘n’ roll which is delivered with a rhythmic rush of melody and frontman Dominic McGuinness’s coolly understated vocals. ‘Where You At’ follows their recent tracks ‘To Die For’ and ‘XXX’, ‘Swarm’ as The Bohicas continue to snap up disparate elements from the history of guitar music and forge them into something urgent and refreshing.
The accompanying video, directed by Chris Turner, captures the band in their natural element with a stripped-back performance which captures the attitude and exuberance of their live shows.
“For 'Where You At' we eschewed all narrative and conceptual tropes in favour of creating a simple yet stylish and energetic performance video to capture what The Bohicas do best - play. When a band and track are this good I felt it muddied the waters to do anything else.” – Chris Turner
You can buy ‘Where You At’ HERE and listen to it HERE.
This month sees The Bohicas commence their first ever residency. They’ll play The Deep Hum At The Heart Of It All club night at The Social on four consecutive Wednesdays – April 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th - alongside special guests and Domino DJs.
The Bohicas are four young men from Essex and the eastLondon borderlands making ambitious and arresting rock 'n' roll. The band are putting the finishing touches on their upcoming debut album which will be released later this year, and have confirmed the following headline shows and summer festival sets:
Darling Arithmetic, the third album from Villagers, is now streaming in full via iTunes - listen HERE.
Alongside the album’s lead single ‘Courage’ and new tracks ‘Hot Scary Summer’ and ‘The Soul Serene’, Conor O’Brien recently discussed the release of the new album in a new interview with Irish comedian David O’Doherty. Watch the hilarious outcome below.
Darling Arithmetic is thefollow-up to Conor O’Brien’sdebut, Becoming a Jackal, andits successor, Awayland - both hugely acclaimed and each nominated for The Mercury Music Prize.
It’s a breathtakingly beautiful, intimate album entirely about love and relationships. For more information on Darling Arithmetic visit the album’s microsite HERE.
Villagers will be touring the UK and Europe this April and May 2015. The UK tour will culminate in Villagers’ biggest London headline show to date at The Barbican on 1st May. Live dates are as follows:
Darling Arithmetic will be available on CD, ltd gold vinyl LP, and digitally. Pre-order the album on CD or LP through Dom Mart HERE and digitally through iTunes HERE. The digital pre-order comes with an instant download of ‘Courage’. (Watch the video for ‘Courage’ HERE).
Prior to the release of their new album Why Make Sense? on 18th May, Hot Chip have announced details of their latest single in Need You Now. Watch the video for the single - directed by Shynola - below.
“We share a lot of the same references and attitudes - there’s a definite aesthetic affinity,” say Shynola of Hot Chip. “The idea for the video wholly came from our reaction to the song. What was intended to be a piece of thrifty filmmaking ended up being a mind-melting shoot - if you can imagine shooting multiple versions of reality, but completely out of chronology, plus in the pissing rain and wind.”
Why Make Sense? was recorded in Oxfordshire and London and produced by Hot Chip with Mark Ralph. The album will be available on all standard formats as well as a Special Edition available for a limited time only, featuring a bonus Separate EP with 4 new tracks recorded during the album sessions. Due to a unique and bespoke printing technique which has never been used before, the new album Why Make Sense? will come in one of 501 different colours making every cover unique. View the artwork, designed by Nick Relph,HERE (GIFs available here:small |large).
Pre-order the album from Dom Mart HERE and via iTunes HERE. All pre-orders come with an instant grat of Huarache Lights and Need You Now.
Why Make Sense? tracklisting is as follows:
1. Huarache Lights
2. Love Is The Future
3. Cry For You
4. Started Right
5. White Wine and Fried Chicken
6. Dark Night
7. Easy To Get
8. Need You Now
9. So Much Further To Go
10. Why Make Sense?
Separate EP tracklisting is as follows:
1. Burning up
3. Move With Me
Hot Chip’s forthcoming European club shows are now sold out. The band recently announced further international festival appearances including Lollapalooza, Roskilde, Osheaga and more. Forthcoming live dates are as follows:
FFS – the unique collaboration between Franz Ferdinand and Sparks - have announced details of the release of their self-titled album on Monday June 8th 2015 on Domino.
The first single will be released in April – details to follow shortly. In the meantime FFS are slaking fans’ thirst by previewing the album’s closing track ‘Piss Off’, fittingly the first song written for the album and the first song now to be heard in its entirety.
FFS, the album, is available on CD and download and also as 16 track double vinyl + limited edition double colour vinyl special edition & deluxe CD editions featuring the extra tracks ‘So Many Bridges’, ‘King Of The Song’, ‘Look At Me’ and ‘A Violent Death’. You can pre-order FFS via DomMart and iTunes.
Produced by Grammy-award winner John Congleton (St Vincent, David Byrne, Anna Calvi) and recorded at London’s RAK Studios, the tracklisting of the 12-track album is as follows:
1. Johnny Delusional
2. Call Girl
3. Dictator’s Son
4. Little Guy From The Suburbs
5. Police Encounters
6. Save Me From Myself
7. So Desu Ne
8. The Man Without A Tan
9. Things I Won’t Get
10. The Power Couple
11. Collaborations Don’t Work
12. Piss Off
The seed of FFS was sown around the time of Franz’s debut album when word got back to the Maels that the band were big Sparks fans. “We thought ‘Take Me Out’ was very cool, and wouldn’t it be nice to say hello when they came to Los Angeles?” recalls Russell Mael. “We met and decided then it would be great to do something together. We put forward a couple demos, one was ‘Piss Off’. But they got swept up by everything, and it didn’t happen at that time.”
Fast-forward to 2013 when both Sparks and Franz Ferdinand appeared at Coachella. On the day of Sparks’ warm-up show in San Francisco, Kapranos was in the city trying to locate a dentist when he heard a voice behind him: “’Alex, is that you?’ It was Ron and Russell. They invited us down to see them play that night. We said hello after, and everyone agreed that the 10-year gestation period for this idea was long enough------- we should try and make it happen now.”
FFS was recorded during an intense 15-day period in late 2014. “We approached it the way bands do with their first record,” says Kapranos. “We had the songs first, rehearsed them and then recorded it all together, in a room. So no hanging around or fannying about.”
Very much a ‘new’ project, FFS doesn’t truly sound like either band, but a striking and fascinating mutation. “The real motivation was to make something new, not ‘Franz featuring Russell Mael’, or ‘Sparks with Franz Ferdinand backing them,” says Alex Kapranos.
“You can’t chart what is Sparks and what is Franz Ferdinand,” suggests Ron Mael. “I think each band unconsciously relinquished a little of who they were in order to enter new territory.”
FFS also play a handful of UK dates on their European tour this summer, including an appearance at this year’s Edinburgh International Festival.
We are pleased to announce that Sam Dust AKA LA PRIEST will be playing live in the UK and Europe in the coming months. The tour will kick off with a date at Electrowerkz in London on 28th April and will follow with appearances at The Great Escape, Field Day and Iceland Airwaves with more dates TBA. Full live dates are as follows:
Tue 28 Apr 2015 UK London Electrowerkz
Mon 04 May 2015 UK Manchester Sounds from the Other City Festival at Islington Mill
Thu 14 May 2015 UK Brighton The Great Escape at The Haunt
Sat 06 Jun 2015 UK London Field Day
Fri 03 Jul 2015 Netherlands Amsterdam Pitch Festival
Wed 04 Nov 2015 Iceland Reykjavik Iceland Airwaves
LA PRIEST (pronounced ‘Lah Pree-st’) is a project from reclusive electronic musician Sam Dust. Having previously used the moniker for a 12" release on Erol Alkan's Phantasy label in 2007, ‘Oino’, Dust's new single, is the first material to surface from the artist since the hiatus of Late Of The Pier, his previous band, in 2009.
Sam spent much of his time after 2010 in Greenland, studying the effects of the Ivittuut region's electro-magnetic phenomena on recorded sound, and producing more than five secret uncredited projects - some of which have already trickled out into the world to public acclaim.
Evoking the disruptive pop spirit of musicians like David Byrne, Prince, Arthur Russell or Aphex Twin, Dust's revived LA PRIEST project once again sets him apart as a true outlying original. ‘Oino’ marks the beginning of this long over-due re-emergence and is just a glimpse of the gloriously alluring hole in the fabric of the universe he's torn for himself.
The video for ‘Oino’ was shot by Dust’s brother, director Isaac Eastgate, during the pair’s travels recently and was “inspired by a story our grandad told us about a man imprisoned in the desert who escapes by singing to a wizard”, according to the artist. Watch it below.
Following its worldwide premiere on Radio 1, we are pleased to announce the first release from Domino’s latest signing - multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter, Georgia.
Built on a truly monstrous rhythm section, ‘Move Systems’ (released as a single on 25th May 2015),is a frenetic, forceful and hugely imaginative track – offering as much cerebral charm as it does pure physical impact in the way it channels elements of early 00’s grime, dub, post-punk and hip hop into a genuinely new-sounding, globally minded brand of pop. The accompanying video, directed by Rollo Jackson (Hot Chip, Angel Haze, Danny Brown), is available to view now below.
Born and raised in north west London, the last few years have seen Georgia steadily establish herself as an important fixture in the city's most singular and imaginative artistic circles, playing drums for Kwes and Kate Tempest among others before emerging as an irresistible creative force in her own right with last year's Come In EP.
Newly signed to Domino, Georgia is currently putting the final touches to her debut album which she entirely wrote, performed and self-produced - details of which will be announced soon.
Georgia will be performing live at this year’s The Great Escape in Brighton on May 15th, and as a special guest of Kelela at XOYO onMay 26th. Further dates are to be announced.