out soon: Pan American – A Son [Kranky]

 

Artist:
Pan American

 

Title:
A Son

 

Label:
Kranky

 

Cat#:
KRANK225

 

Release Date:
08th November 2019

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Ivory Joe Hunter, Little Walter


02.
Memphis Helena

03.
Sleepwalk Guitars


04.
Brewthru


05.
Dark Birds Empty Fields


06.
Drunk Father


07.
Muriel Spark


08.
Kept Quiet


09.
Shenandoah

 

Press Info:
Legacy Chicago craftsman Mark Nelson’s latest offering as Pan American is less a distillation or divergence than it is a return to his musical and spiritual beginnings. Spare, subdued, and largely acoustic, A Son unfurls like late summer dusk on the edge of town, expansive but intimate.

Motivated by notions of “moving backward” and tracing roots – as well as a couple years of hammered dulcimer lessons – the album’s nine songs were written and recorded in his home in Evanston, Illinois, and honed during a recent solo tour in Europe. The emphasis on uncluttered arrangements and the centrality of the guitar and vocals reveal these songs as the most direct and emotional statement of his career.

Nelson cites everything from June Tabor, The Carter Family, Suicide and Jimmy Reed as oblique inspirations, though his truest muse was creative self-inquiry: “What does music do, Where does music start? How simple can it be? How honest can it be?”

After decades of mining post-rock pathways and latticework electronics in Labradford and early Pan American, A Son strips away ornament and distraction in favor of a direct gaze into the heart of what is.

 

Listen:
@ Deejay

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Brewthru”

“Shenandoah”

“Memphis Helena”

 

Buy CD:
Pan American @ Bandcamp
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Websites:
Pan American
Kranky

 

out for a while: HTRK – Venus In Leo [Ghostly International]

 

Artist:
HTRK

 

Title:
Venus In Leo

 

Label:
Ghostly International

 

Cat#:
GI-342

 

Release Date:
30th August 2019

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Into the Drama

02.
Mentions

03.
Venus In Leo

04.
You Know How to Make Me Happy

05.
Dream Symbol

06.
Hit ‘Em Wit Da Hee

07.
Dying of Jealousy

08.
New Year’s Day

09.
New Year’s Eve

 

Press Info:
The fourth album from HTRK, the duo of Jonnine Standish and Nigel Yang, arrives five years on from 2014’s Psychic 9-5 Club. While some much-loved HTRK hallmarks remain—the combination of space and intimacy, the unmistakable interplay between Yang’s guitars and Standish’s vocals—Venus in Leo differs markedly in its energy, returning to HTRK’s underground rock past with the stylistic playfulness and variety of a modern mixtape.

Over the soft strums of acoustic guitar, the album’s introduction, “Into the Drama,” posits a theory that “what was once considered self-sabotage could be revisited as being under the influence of Venus in Leo,” Standish explains. Fingerpicked guitar loops rise slowly and fall over a cold, brittle beat. Previously released lovesong “Mentions” finds Standish exploring the lack of physical intimacy in the social media age. Elsewhere, there are emotional highs, like on the kaleidoscopic single “You Know How to Make Me Happy” which details a suspended state of ecstasy, Standish commending her partner’s conscious efforts to prop her up with compliments. “New Year’s Day” traces a flimsy resolution to get healthier, instantly busted by an evening of debauchery, recalling “the worst possible start to the year with bad friends and bad behavior.” The silver lining is the sunrise: “pink, red, orange, white, peach” Standish repeats as the track laps with a velvety, hypnotic refrain.

Archetypal themes emerge as the band explore the makings of personality. Standish revisits her childhood home in a recurring dream (“Dream Symbol”), a doomed first kiss (“New Year’s Eve”) and high drama (“Venus in Leo”). Recorded more or less live in HTRK’s home studio in the Dandenong Ranges outside of Melbourne, the album’s simple production reveals gorgeous, toned-back arrangements and an evolving, idiosyncratic songcraft.

It’s been ten years since HTRK released their breakthrough first album, Marry Me Tonight. The band has undergone profound changes, with the first two albums released amid the deaths of close friend and collaborator Rowland S. Howard and HTRK co-founder Sean Stewart. Psychic 9-5 Club set them on a path of self-discovery, and Venus in Leo marks a spirited new chapter by one of the most distinctive bands of the past decade.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Videos:
“You Know How to Make Me Happy”

“Venus In Leo”

 

Special:
“Ambient Mix 01”

 

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HTRK @ Bandcamp
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Websites:
HTRK
Ghostly International

 

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out now: Magna Pia – Daiauna [Feral Note]

 

Artist:
Magna Pia

 

Title:
Daiauna

 

Label:
Feral Note

 

Cat#:
FN005

 

Release Date:
12h July 2019

 

Format:
vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Daiauna

02.
Dionysus

03.
Sacred Ibis

04.
Tocharian Love

05.
Giants

06.
Inanna

07.
And So We Crumble

 

Press Info:
“The Greek word daimōn derives, through the Persian dēw (…) from a probable Sumerian original * DA-IA-U-NA , meaning “having power over fertility”. The demon thus had the power of affecting, for good or ill, birth and death and the various stages of health in between. The medicinal drug had similar powers, and the Hebrew word for “be sick”, dawah , and its cognate noun in Arabic meaning “medicine”, come from the same root. So the demon of health and sickness and the drug are radically one and the same.”

The monolithic electronic album Daiauna was inspired by the meaning of its title and the strong connection between ancient religious practices and sexuality, fertility and nature in former times, especially starting from the Sumerian period until the 4th century. Magna Pia’s new album evolved from a completely isolated and gear-reduced studio time at Feral Note Salon and is leading away from his usual beat-driven techno to his “most honest music”, while keeping his characteristic aesthetics. For the first time he has included his original instrument piano in an electronic music production, where tonality appears as a contrasting medium to his archaic sounds. All tracks emerge from a similar source into different multilayered soundscapes which relates to the idea that each of us carries any tendency in oneself. The album will be available on July 12th, 2019 via streaming and download and as limited art edition vinyl. On July 17th, 2019 at 7.30pm there will be a release concert at St. Elisabeth (Invalidenstr. 4a, 10115 Berlin) which will also include the release of the art edition vinyl of Kubus (Robert Lippok, Kaan Bulak // FN004)

Magna Pia
Hüseyin Evirgen is a composer, producer and DJ. He is one half of Cassegrain and has been working on his own solo material as Magna Pia since 2016. He studied composition, piano and electronic music at the University of Istanbul and Mozarteum Salzburg and has composed music for theatre, dance performances, and mixed media for almost two decades. After meeting Alex Tsiridis at the Red Bull Music Academy in 2008, they formed the techno duo “Cassegrain”.

Since their first release on Mikrowave in 2010, they have worked with a variety of labels such as Warm up, infrastructure NY, Prologue, Killekill, Counterchange and Semantica. In 2016 they formed their own imprint called “Arcing Seas”, which is now home to both collaborative work as Cassegrain, solo projects as well as guest artists. As Magna Pia, Hüseyin Evirgen focuses on providing combative dance floor trips and unorthodox sonic moods with subtle 90s techno references while he keeps his interest in combining contemporary techno music with archaic symbolism.

Feral Note
The Berlin label Feral Note was founded in 2017 and is mainly focusing on electro-acoustic art music and contemporary chamber music. In each project the musical moment is on the forefront, not its production or an attempted perfection.

Each release pursues the creation of a collection of music and art with extraordinary composers, musicians, producers and artists. All releases are published digitally for streaming and download, selected releases also as art edition vinyls in limited series.

 

Full Track Streaming:

 

Special:
“꿈 Kkum 06”

 

Recommendation:
Magna Pia’s “Incantations” on Counterchange Recordings

 

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Feral Note @ Bandcamp
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Feral Note @ Bandcamp
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Websites:
Magna Pia
Feral Note

 

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out now: Charlie Cunningham – Permanent Way [Infectious Music]

 

Artist:
Charlie Cunningham

 

Title:
Permanent Way

 

Label:
Infectious Music

 

Cat#:
INFECT508

 

Release Date:
07th June 2019

 

Format:
CD, vinyl & digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Permanent Way


02.
Don’t Go Far


03.
Sink In


04.
Headlights


05.
Different Spaces


06.
Monster


07.
Interlude (Tango)


08.
Bite


09.
Hundred Times


10.
Maybe We Won’t


11.
Force Of Habit


12.
Stuck

 

Press Info:
Charlie Cunningham’s new album ‘Permanent Way’ is released today via Infectious/BMG.

Cunningham has clocked up in excess of 6 million streams on the back of recent singles ‘Bite’, ‘Sink In’, ‘Don’t Go Far’ and the album’s title track in the last two months.

His unique combination of agile guitar – the result of two-year sojourn in Seville – and distinctive, spectral melodies has, via three EPs and a debut album ‘Lines’ released to widespread acclaim by Dumont Dumont in 2017, seen Cunningham rack up to over 165m Spotify hits to date.

On ‘Permanent Way’, Cunningham laughs in the face of ‘difficult second album’ syndrome and ‘acoustic-singer-songwriter’ imagery with boosted colours and dynamics, while retaining the essence of the man’s achingly personable appeal.

‘Permanent Way’ documents life’s uncertainties: the need for intimacy and love, but also space and independence. “I’m quite a private person outside of performing” Cunningham admits. “There is some autobiographical stuff in the lyrics, but it flits in and out quite a lot; it’s much more about people generally and their interactions”

Duncan Tootill returns to co-produce in part, but the album was predominantly put together alongside producer/engineer Sam Scott.

A trip to LA for a session with producer Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, King Krule), added ‘Bite’ as well as ‘Don’t Go Far’ and another song to the record.

Cunningham has just completed an extensive tour of the US ahead of a sold out headlining show at Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre on June 12th.

Along with his band he takes to the road again in October for dates across Europe ahead of a headlining UK tour in November.

 

Listen:

 

Video:
“Permanent Way (Live Session)”

 

Recommendations:
album “Lines” on Dumont Dumont
EP “Heights” on Butterfly Collectors | Dumont Dumont
EP “Breather” on Butterfly Collectors | Kissability
EP “Outside Things” on Outset Recordings | Butterfly Collectors

 

Buy CD:
Charlie Cunningham Store
Rough Trade
Amazon
Banquet Records

 

Buy Vinyl:
Charlie Cunningham Store
Rough Trade
Amazon
Banquet Records

 

Buy Vinyl:
Charlie Cunningham Store
iTunes
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Websites:
Charlie Cunningham
Infectious Music

 

out now: MTRL – Territories [IO]

 

Artist:
MTRL

 

Title:
Territories

 

Label:
IO

 

Cat#:
IO008

 

Release Date:
10th April 2019

 

Format:
digital

 

Tracklist:
01.
Ascension

02.
Orbital Debris

03.
Gateway

04.
Desolation

05.
Bachistochron

06.
Far From Home

07.
Radiant Fields

08.
Heliosphere

09.
Geodesic

10.
Enclave

 

Press Info:
With Territories MTRL takes the listener on a psychedelic journey that leads to the farthest reaches of the cosmos. It begins smooth with Ascension and soon unfolds switching between the deep and tribal grooves we know and love from MTRL to emersive and hypnotizing ambient sounds. When listening to Territories it’s easy to lean back and picture yourself on a perilous Voyage trough space with Enclave, the last track, bringing you back to the familiarity of home

 

Listen:

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Orbital Debris”

“Bachistochron”

 

Special:
“IO.Log 008”

 

Buy Digital:
MTRL @ Bandcamp
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Websites:
MTRL
IO