Thursday, October 08, 2020

Lee Paradise Announces New LP 'The Fink', Shares "Maintaining Platitudes"

Toronto cyborg-funk/post punk artist Lee Paradise has announced the release of his new album 'The Fink'.

The 12-track album was written and recorded between Berlin and Lee's home, and will be out on December 4 via Telephone Explosion Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Fusing dark electronic grooves with live instrumentation, the songs of The Fink are both a warning against our impending demise and a head-nodding soundtrack for the post-apocalypse.  

His new single, "Maintaining Platitudes" brings with it a throbbing, head-bobbing rhythm cut with a ping-ponging synth line. Lee's voice simmers below the surface once again, sparring with the blinking 808s, disco-infused hi-hats, and fizzing electronic swathes.

Speaking about the new single, Daniel Lee says: "Maxims exist to guide us, set precedent, give weight to the learned laws of society, rules of conduct and advice on how to live. But in doing so they also constrict and often conflict. After all, there is always an opposing maxim to the one that you are hearing." 

"These little folk laws are dogmatic," he continues. "In a sea of rigid suggestions, which is the correct one to follow? I look to them for superficial comfort and assurance but also find them incredibly oppressive in their sweeping judgments. They are meant to anchor us and provide guidance but, if taken too literally, can also be overwhelming and lead to paralysis. It’s good to be wary of this “law” and question the validity of a thing so staunch in its stance. Life is fluid and ever-changing, and values and ideas also evolve through growth. 'Maintaining Platitudes' is a satirical take on these maxims, and the act of clinging to them in times of despair."

In Lee’s words, this is an emo record with music as medicine to drown out the mind's clutter. Menacing and eerie in its nature, it looks to portray an uneasy state of mind and comes part-inspired by sci-fi tropes and ideas of a dystopian future. “I wanted it to sound like a wasteland," says Lee, "where the sun doesn't shine and humans have long ceased to be relevant out of self-destruction. Weeds are breaking through the cracks of the concrete and nature is slowly creeping back into urban blocks where humans used to live.”

Check out the album's tracklist and take a listen to "Maintaining Platitudes" below.

The Fink tracklist:
01. Lost Interest
02. Message To The Past
03. Tales To Tell
04. Maintaining Platitudes
05. Miscommunication
06. A Present To Ponder
07. What Is Your Safe Place?
08. Positive Manifestations
09. Self-Cafe
10. Hollow Face
11. Medicinal Magic
12. Outersphere


Watch: Kala Brisella Air New Single/Video "Dark Star"

German post punk/noise rock band Kala Brisella have aired the video for their new single "Dark Star".

The song is taken from their forthcoming new album 'Lost In Labour', set to be released on November 13th via Tapete Records. Get it here.

Vocalist Lydia Gammill explains: "This song is about having a false sense of entitlement. Someone who feels attacked or like they’re being pushed out of their own world and not getting the credit they deserve. Someone with a delusional sense of self whose anger and frustration is humorous like the superintendent in a college frat movie. The opening lines make it seem like the narrator is being criticizing by someone else and they’re retaliation is like "you’ve got to be kidding me, you can’t say that about me! I invented water you punk!" …. sort of. " 

Watch/listen below.


Watch: Gustaf Release New Single/Video "Mine"

Brooklyn-based art-punk/post-punk quintet Gustaf have released their new single "Mine", and its accompanied video.

The 7" single b/w Design  will be out on December 4th via Royal Mountain Records (US Girls, METZ, Mac DeMarco, Wild Pink), it was produced by Chris Coady (Beach House, Future Islands, TV On The Radio), and it’s a fantastically off-kilter post-punk track that really tows that line of art-rock. Get it here.

UPDATE:12/10/2020: "Mine" is our new Single of the Week!

Vocalist Lydia Gammill explains: "This song is about having a false sense of entitlement. Someone who feels attacked or like they’re being pushed out of their own world and not getting the credit they deserve. Someone with a delusional sense of self whose anger and frustration is humorous like the superintendent in a college frat movie. The opening lines make it seem like the narrator is being criticizing by someone else and they’re retaliation is like "you’ve got to be kidding me, you can’t say that about me! I invented water you punk!" …. sort of. " 

Watch/listen below.


New Entry: Low Island Drop New Single "Don't Let The Light In"

Oxford indie dance quartet Low Island have dropped their new single "Don't Let The Light In".

This is the first single from their hotly anticipated debut album, heavily featured on the upcoming FIFA 2021 game. It is a song about memory; trying to preserve a perfect moment in time but ultimately not being able to. Grab it here

"Don't Let The Light In" was close to never being recorded. Finishing the album in a studio in remote France, it was completed on the same day the French government locked the entire country down. A few hours later, the band had packed up their instruments and were travelling back to the UK to begin their own 2 month lockdown. This song is that moment, that memory, captured in time.

Take a listen below.



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