Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Essaie Pas Announce New Album 'New Path', Stream "Complet Brouillé"

Montreal electronic/minimal/synthpop duo Essaie Pas (aka Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau) have announced they will release their new album 'New Path' on March 17 via DFA Records.

On this new LP, the duo take inspiration from Philip K. Dick’s A Scanner Darkly, a dystopian science fiction classic. The album sounds like the book reads – a voyeuristic, druggy, and paranoid narrative of existence in the surveillance state.

“I read the book a long time ago, maybe 15 years ago, and it had a strong impression on me,” explains Pierre. “In our previous work we always looked to music as inspiration in our lives, but this time we felt the desire to try something different, that’s not based on ourselves but on someone else’s universe. It was going to be more conceptual, more political.”

New Path touches on addiction, loss, and the lingering strength of identity within late capitalism’s mass media paranoia. It pins down the central character’s destructive tendencies, using this as a metaphor to explore the dichotomous rupture between our inner lives and our social environment, one that is often fed and soothed by various kinds of dependences.

“I think it touches us on many levels,” Pierre continues. “We can talk about drug addiction issues, we can talk about the mass surveillance world we live in, but there’s also the experience of loss, of grief. I was surprised by how the book felt so modern and accurate to the time we live in right now. Dick’s visions of surveillance are the reality of social control today.”

Pre-order your copy here, check out the tracklist and take a listen to their new single "Complet Brouillé" below.

01. Les Aphides
02. Futur Parlé
03. Complet Brouillé
04. Les agents des stups
05. Substance M
06. New Path


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The Breeders Announce New Album 'All Nerve', Stream Title Track

Dayton alt rock band The Breeders have announced they will release their new album titled 'All Nerve' on March 2nd via 4AD.

The new album reunites Kim and Kelley Deal, Josephine Wiggs and Jim Macpherson – the line-up behind the iconic and platinum-selling record, Last Splash, and features the previously unveiled track "Wait in the Car". Pre-order your copy here.

The quartet returned to the stage in 2013 to celebrate the album’s 20th anniversary and have been quietly working on new material since then. Recording took place with Mike Montgomery at Candyland, Dayton, Kentucky; with Steve Albini and Greg Norman at Electrical Audio, Chicago; and with Tom Rastikis at Fernwood Studios, Dayton, Ohio.  Artwork was conceived by Chris Bigg, who has worked with the Breeders since their first album Pod.

The band have also shared the album's title track, which you can listen below the tracklist.

01. Nervous Mary
02. Wait in the Car
03. All Nerve
04. MetaGoth
05. Spacewoman
06. Walking with the Killer
07. Howl at the Summit
08. Archangel’s Thunderbird
09. Dawn: Making an Effort
10. Skinhead #2
11. Blues at the Acropolis 


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FRIGS Announce Debut LP 'Basic Behaviour', Stream New Single "Talking Pictures"

Toronto garage psych/post-punk band FRIGS have announced they will release their debut full-length album 'Basic Behaviour' on 23rd February through Arts & Crafts.

The ten-track album has been self-produced and was written and recorded over a period of 16 months in two locations: the band’s home studio and Toronto’s Union Sound Company.

The band have also shared their new single "Talking Pictures", which lyrically, according to vocalist Bria Salmena“is about the need to be stimulated. It was written during a period where I felt a lack of both external and internal encouragement, preventing me from thinking freely or creatively. Falling into a void of routine, I was distracting myself from real life experiences, and those experiences, once examined, seemed only filtered through interactions with technology and social media. In writing this song, I attempted to explore this void and my distracted state in hopes of losing any numbness I felt in my day-to-day life”.

Pre-order the album here, check out the tracklisting, and have a listen to "Talking Pictures" below.

01. Doghead
02. Talking Pictures
03. Waste
04. Solid State
05. Gemini
06. I
07. II
08. Heavyweights
09. Chest
10. Trashyard



Prism Tats Announces New LP 'Mamba', Airs Video New Single "Daggers"

L.A-based vocalist/guitarist Garett van der Spek aka Prism Tats has announced the release of his new album 'Mamba'.

The follow-up to last year's self-titled debut album, was produced by Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, The Intelligence) and will be out on March 2 via ANTI Records.

Pre-order your copy here, check out the tracklist and watch the video for the album's first single "Daggers", below.

01. Venomous Slang
02. Vamps
03. Brainwaves
04. Daggers
05. Ocean Floor
06. The Liar
07. Live Like Dogs
08. Gloom Tomb
09. Mamba
10. Doomed


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Watch: Swirlpool Unleash "Camomile" Music Video

German dream pop/indie rock/shoegaze band Swirlpool have unleashed the video for their newest single "Camomile".

The song is part of our current playlist and is out now, it is taken from their upcoming debut EP which is scheduled for release this spring. Get it here.

The video was directed by Kevin Schmalz, Markus Kraus & Thomas Fischer. Watch it below.


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Ride Announce New EP 'Tomorrow's Shore', Stream New Song "Catch You Dreaming"

British shoegaze pioneers Ride have announced they will release their new EP titled 'Tomorrow's Shore' on 16th February.

The follow-up to last year's album Pulsarwas recorded with Erol Alkan, the legendary DJ, producer and remixer who produced the band's latest album, Weather Diaries.

Speaking of ‘Catch You Dreaming’, lead guitarist and vocalist Andy Bell says: " “Catch You Dreaming” is written from the perspective of being one of the last two people alive, watching as the Universe is ending. The protagonist looks back over the time when humanity existed, realising that we as humans brought about our own inevitable demise. Then the couple look back over their own lives of shared memories and as they are sharing this moment, everything vaporises. It’s a love song about fate, nostalgia, and having no regrets.

" The song itself was intended to be a part of “Weather Diaries”, and recording started during the sessions in Autumn 2016. But we never managed to record a definitive version at the time and decided to come back to it later as part of a follow up EP, which is now finished, and titled “Tomorrow’s Shore”. The EP was made with an identical process to “Weather Diaries” and we see it as very much tied to the album. "

Pre-order the EP here, check out the tracklist and take a listen to their new single 'Catch You Dreaming' below.

01. Pulsar
02. Keep It Surreal
03. Cold Water People
04. Catch You Dreaming


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WAtch: YACHT Share Music Video For "Shame"

LA-based conceptual pop band YACHT have shared the video for "Shame".

the song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their latest EP 'Strawberry Moon', which came out in October last year. Buy it here.

Stream it below.



Watch: Manic Street Preachers Drop Music Video For "International Blue"

Welsh rock/alternative trio Manic Street Preachers have dropped the video for their latest single "International Blue".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their forthcoming 13th  album 'Resistance Is Futile', set to arrive on 6th April 2018 via Columbia/Sony. Pre-order your copy here.

The video was directed by Kieran Evans. Watch it below.


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