Sad City - Polymath
The new EP from Glasgow based producer Gary Caruth drops tomorrow, and looks set to build on the amazing promise of 2011’s Gestures. This track suggests a bit of a shift in focus with a far warmer electronic palette than before, even straying towards what you might call house music as the layered synths gradually build upwards in swirling dissonance. Subtle beats and hi-hats clash together as fragmented snippets of dialogue bubble up from underneath and strike it through with a sense of humanity. As with all of his material though, it’s a more visceral experience than that described. The EP You Will Soon Find That Life is Wonderful is available from Phonica Special Editions.
Mark McGuire - In Search of the Miraculous
Taken from the forthcoming album Along The Way.
Young Galaxy - Pretty Boy
Sébastien Tellier & Caroline Polachek - In The Crew Of Tea Time
I’m a big fan of this song and video.
Dmitry Evgrafov - Pereehali
The wonderfully talented young Russian composer Dmitry Evgrafov (whose first EP I released through my now defunct netlabel) has released a great new album on Bandcamp this week. Pereehali was recorded during the summer of 2012 when Dmitry briefly re-located from his Moscow base to spend some time in the countryside, and this proximity to nature is evident in the gentle intimacy of these solo piano recordings. Much like the artwork, the movements of the soft unhurried motifs evoke the cycle of the seasons in their understated beauty, gently unfurling to create a sense of timelessness and a captivating collection of recordings. Highly recommended listen for fans of modern classical and solo piano.
You can stream and name your price purchase here.
IT’S A NEW SONG BY THE PASTELS!
Deerhunter - Monomania
Sigur Ros - Kveikur
Camera Obscura - Desire Lines
The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost
The Pastels - Slow Summits
James Blake - Overgrown
Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
The National - Trouble Will Find Me
Seriously, I don’t know what to be most excited about. That list is ridiculous.
The Twilight Sad - Tell Me When We’re Having Fun
I don’t know what I want from The Twilight Sad. Most of the time I think they’re at their best with ear-splitting volume and raw aggression, but then they go and turn out a wonderfully restrained little gem like this and I think it might be amazing for them to go more mellow. This is an outtake from the recording of their last album ‘No One Can Ever Know’ which you can download from their Facebook page.
Rustie - Slasherr
Love this new Rustie tune. Taken from new AA single. Order here.
Julianna Barwick - Pacing
As always, this new track from Julianna Barwick is utterly sublime. So few artists are able to balance this kind of spacious tranquility with a sense of purpose that avoids falling into ambient wallpaper territory, but she nails it every time. Taken from a new 7” which is being released through Suicide Squeeze on March 5th. You can order it here now.