Friday, 17 November 2017

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Listen! - Astrobal - Belle Comme La Nuit





French electronic producer Astrobal has revealed the second single from his forthcoming 'Memories of Stars' EP, slated for release via German label Karaoke Kalk on November 24.  

Known for combining psychedelic soundings with soft pop, 'Belle comme la nuit' is an offering that leans more towards French peers Telepopmusik and early Daft Punk. This single follows up on his release of 'Australasie ft. Laetitia Sadier', the EP's lead track, with clever video produced by Patrice Curtillat (a.k.a. Poborsk).
 
Astrobal is the solo project of Emmanuel (Emma) Mario, who burst onto the scene in his native France through collaborations and production work with some of the country's most cutting edge artists, including Laetitia Sadier, Arnaud Fleurent-Didier, Holden, InstitutMonade, Hyperclean. and Iko Chérie. It is no coincidence that the Stereolab songstress should feature on 'Australasie', as Emma Mario's work as a producer and drummer for Laetitia Sadier has left an enduring legacy, rendering some of the most singular work from the iconic French chanteuse.
 
Mario has produced several Laetitia Sadier albums 'The Trip' (2010) and 'Something Shines' (2014), as well as the latest 'Find Me Finding You' album from Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, all three albums released through Drag City. He's been extremely busy this year, touring as part of the Ensemble and sometimes even opening the show as Astrobal. 
 
"Our blood runs hydrous with the seas/The essence of oceans spills through our veins."  Laetitia Sadier matter-of-factly unfurls these words on the opening track and they prove prescient. Astrobal's wispy, French-accented vocals intermix with Sadier's enchanting voice as she delivers spiritual and scientific information about the universe as if engaged in a shamanic incantation.

"Emmanuel became a long-time collaborator and he's very good at working with other people, but there was also a desire to do his own stuff. He was kind of doing it before he started working on this project, but then I guess he found his focus and made this incredible piece of work," says Laetitia Sadier.

"From one track to another, you're transported to very different countries, but it's also very familiar to Emmanuel, and I find that to be a real strength: to have such a variety of different styles, but still be familiar and to have some similarity. He reaches really far out to find certain tracks and to bring them back to a whole."

The album is aqueous, each track a slow wave building, with clean lines and fluid form. Symphonic strings and ethereal ambient washes are married to buzzing synths and Astrobal's crisp, crackling drums.  Though eclectic, Astrobal presents a cohesive vision, with the guiding principles of texture and fluidity uniting the disparate threads. Astrobal creates a universe one can swim around in  from start to finish, the particular mood always beholden to the vibe. One leaves his dream world having lived a unique experience laced with sonic and solar dreamrry.
 
Karaoke Kalk was  founded by Thorsten Lütz in 1997. By releasing music that bridges several electronic genres, including minimal, ambient, and techno, this niche label is helping to define the sound of contemporary pop.

Karaoke Kalk has put out records by Bill Wells, Hauschka, Toulouse Low Trax, and many others. Karaoke Kalk also co-released Astrobal's debut full-length album 'Australasie' with LA-based Plug Research in June of this year. 

'Memories of Stars' will be released on November 24, 2017. You can already pre-order the EP through Bandcamp















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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Watch! - TootArd - Laissez Passer









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Friday, 10 November 2017

Thursday, 9 November 2017

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EXCLUSIVE STREAM! - Turkish Delight - Tommy Bell




Boston’s experimental rockers Turkish Delight released their debut album Tommy Bell in 1996. They were noted for singer Leah Callahan's diva-ish vocals and bass player Carl Thien’s homemade bass, made from a bucket and a pole, known as the Electric Can. Musically they may remind you of Wire and Au Pairs in places, and Sonic Youth and Deerhoof in others.








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Monday, 6 November 2017

Review - Benbo - Everything Is Fine





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You might not know Benbo and that’s a shame.  In between moving from London to Scotland and experimenting with a beard he has made a mini album, which aside from having an impressive cast of contributors is also a mighty fine collection.

It’s off-the-wall, funny, sad and experimental and manages, somehow, to gel the whole kit and caboodle together.  Following a two second ‘title track’ intro, Gravity Pulls Me Down (co-written with Dr Who writer A.K. Benedict) sounds like one of the Lightning Seeds’ finest songs and just like Ian Broudie, Benbo manages to sound upbeat whilst singing a song about a fall into depression.  Its wonderful pop fodder and a track that surely deserves to be endlessly pumped out of mainstream radio.

Produced by Marta Salogni (Frank Ocean, MIA) and mastered by Mandy Parnell (Björk) and Bob Macciochi (DJ Shadow), Everything Is Fine doesn’t fail to impress and raise an eyebrow, or two.  F This has vocal roots in Blues with a guitar pop backing in a Green Day style and I’m A Taker more than tips a hat in the direction of Ray Davies.  The later was recorded as far back as 2010 and is a beautiful declaration of devotion, commitment and failing love.

Temper, co-written with Kat Five of the mighty Feral Five is a strangely additive number with a lazy, almost pre-programmed beat style.  Vocals are positively negative and strangely hypnotic and, whilst the track is simple and uncluttered, it sounds amazing.

Another co-write appear in the form of Lucky Escapes where Gr3n (Cathay Tapes) also produces, masters and mixes another wonderfully sparse piece.  Occasional piano chords and an almost militarian percussion excerpt appear seemingly randomly in a gorgeously trippy dreamscape and Dream provides a beautiful interlude into the incredibly high energy Black Hole full of zipping basslines and more beeps and blips than you can shake a beepy-blip stick at.

As the twenty minute EP ends with the hilarious Insufficiently Productive Economic Units, seemingly a letter from a washing machine manufacturer explaining that they won’t replace a drum unit, it’s hard not to press ‘play’ once more and bask in the ups and downs of a quite wonderful find.  Lo-fi, D.I.Y. or whatever you want to call it, Everything Is Fine is a lovely thing.










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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Watch! - Outside Your House - Gallant Encounters









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Saturday, 4 November 2017

Listen! - Watch Clark First - Week of Winter





Seattle-based synth pop duo Watch Clark have announced the release of their second full-length album 'First Week of Winter'.

Founded in 2012 by musician Paul Furio, Watch Clark is an electronic band with elements of mid-90’s industrial and synthpop that emerged from the heyday of the Seattle indie goth/industrial scene of the early 2000’s. Formerly of Static Engine and Invisible Records artist SMP, Furio honed his music writing craft for two decades before releasing his first album 'Perfect Imitation' under the moniker Watch Clark. 
 
Late nights in the studio in front of digital keyboards, analog synthesizers, retro beatboxes, and twiddling software settings years later led to the second release ‘First Week of Winter’.
 
Featuring 10 tracks, here they deliver an album that is cleverly layered in pronounced modular synthesizers and a heavy melodic aesthetic between light and darkness. This is a synth pop kaleidoscope that sounds fresh while echoing classic synthpop artists such as Depeche Mode, which is not surprising considering that these British pioneers number among their main creative influences, along with Nine Inch Nails and Duran Duran

Today, Watch Clark is Paul Furio and Megan Shear. This album was written from 2015 to 2017 in Seattle's Studio Corvus. 


“This is an incredibly personal album,” says Paul Furio. “The last two years were filled with turmoil, politically and personally, and only through music could I really express my feelings. These are songs about love and loss, seduction and betrayal, self-loathing and transformation.” 
 
Furio learned to play guitar, in particular, for three new songs and enlisted friend and fellow Seattle-based musician Kasson Crooker (Freezepop, Symbion Project) for mixing and additional programming.
 
“The album, and in fact the band name and titles, pay homage to my favorite horror movie, John Carpenter’s The Thing,” admits Furio. “There are obvious allusions to dialog and taglines, and the first and last songs bookend the events in the film. It’s very much about paranoia, questioning who and what you are, but there’s a hopefulness that comes through the despair.”














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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Listen! - Neneh Cherry & The Circuit - Dead Come Alive









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