FADED PAPER FIGURES NEW ALBUM RELICS GETS EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE WITH PASTE MAGAZINE
‘Relics, the latest LP from Los Angeles-based indie trio Faded Paper Figures, is one catchy crop of tunes. Much like the meditative astronaut that adorns the album’s cover art, the band’s delightful pop is out-of-this-world yet grounded in self-examination.’ - Paste
ALBUM DEBUTS AT #92 ON CMJ TOP 200
RELICS OUT AUGUST 25TH IN THE UK, ON SHORTHAND RECORDS
““I expected this group to deliver ‘smart’ music and dammit, they do. They do the synth movement proud. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED” - PopDose
“Forward thinking electro pop, with the glistening production shrouding a chassis which borrows from indie rock songcraft [...] emotive songcraft and delicate arrangement” - Clash
“Relics promises to be their most honest, sophisticated, and ambitious offering yet” - Wonderland
“Relics . . . pulls us into the future with a kaleidoscope of cascading synths” - BULLETT
Electro-synth trio Faded Paper Figures release their fourth studio album, Relics, on August 25 via Shorthand Records but have been slowly leaking tracks all summer long. BULLETT originally debuted cinematic synth supernova, ”Breathing” saying, “The track pulls Egyptian mythology into the future with its kaleidoscope of cascading synths.” Clash premiered the “sweetly cerebral electronic pop” of “Spare Me” from the, “Intriguing, inventive electronic three piece” and just before the fourth of July holiday, Wonderland featured, “On The Line” noting, ““Relics promises to be their most honest, sophisticated, and ambitious offering yet.”
Paste Magazine now has the exclusive album premiere of Relics and is streaming the record in full…
The album is currently at radio and debuted this week at #92 on the CMJ Top 200
The “day jobs” of this bi-coastal group aren’t exactly your usual musician side-gigs: Heather Alden (keys /vocals) is in residency after graduating from medical school, R. John Williams (vocals/guitar) is a full-time professor of English at Yale (just published his first book), and Kael Alden (guitar/drums/keys/machines) writes music for a production company in Los Angeles where his music appears in films, TV shows, video games and ads. Ok, that one makes sense but you know what I mean.
Faded Paper Figures seems to have fully mastered not only their signature sound (electronic beats, gorgeous guitar riffs, and beautiful harmonies), but also accelerated full force into a brave new world of sitars, analog synths, and intense vocals. Relics spans a vast musical and lyrical spectrum, from epic synth-pop anthems on questions of life and death, to quiet, intense meditations on the passage of time. This is further emphasised by the album cover of the meditating astronaut.
Everyone has seen pictures of astronauts floating in space on an orbiting shuttle arm, walking through ancient moon dirt, driving space pods, and so on, but one thing you never see is an astronaut sitting down and meditating on his or her place in the universe–even though it seems obvious that those thoughts must be in an astronaut’s mind while floating out above earth’s atmosphere. To become a meditating astronaut, in the band’s view, means using technological and political tools to come to a more thoughtful, earth-saving perspective, realizing that our place in the cosmos is small, sacred, and fragile.
Faded Paper Figures release Relics on August 5 and will be announcing select tour dates for the fall.
NAI HARVEST STREAM BRAND NEW TRACK “BUTTERCUPS”
TAKEN FROM SPLIT WITH PLAYLOUNGE
Premiered at Consequence Of Sound HERE
Previous press for Nai Harvest:
“The intoxicated tantrums of their striking debut ‘Whatever’ have given way to a manageable, strangely enjoyable hangover on ‘Hold Open My Head’… clean guitars cycle in a dream state during the verse and hitch in off-kilter rhythms during the hook” – Pitchfork
“… their crafty plays on rhythm and dexterously executed shredding are anything but average” – MTV Iggy
“… hook-laden… the track applies the band’s knack for ramshackle punk and emo sensibilities to riffs far meatier and muscular than anything they’ve produced before” – DIY
“… calms down the post-hardcore tendencies of Whatever and veers more towards emo’s indie rock side” – Brooklyn Vegan
“cult Sheffield punks” – NME
Indie-rock two-piece Nai Harvest (signed to Topshelf Records) return with “Buttercups”, their most overtly melodic track yet, and one that pays as many dues to the likes of Ride, Chapterhouse, early Superchunk, classic lo-fi and dreampop as it does the fiery emo and punk spirit of their previous output.
It’s a song about distance, and trying to be fair and honest with someone you’re in love with who lives far away but you’re not in a legitimate relationship with. You’re allowed to do what you want with whoever you want but do you really want to do it or not?
Sounding, as ever, a whole lot bigger than just the two of them, “Buttercups” is the A-side of their split with Playlounge, which sees both bands contributing a new track and, in turn, a cover of each other. The record will be released on 12″ flower shaped vinyl (7″ playable).
Nai Harvest are:
Ben Thompson – guitar and vocals
Lew Currie – drums
Pre-order the split from Dog Knights Productions here:
Topshelf Records will also have copies of the split available in the US.
Following an explosive UK tour with Gnarwolves in December, the duo followed this with support slots for Real Friends, You Blew It! and Modern Baseball’s UK tour in May and after key festival appearances, including Tramlines and Beacons, they will be on the road again with Superheaven in September.
A full set of upcoming dates here:
July 27 – Tramlines Festival – The Great Gatsby, Sheffield, England
Aug 3 – Rhondda Rocks – The Factory – Porth, South Wales
Aug 8 – Beacons Festival, Noisey Tent – Skipton, West Yorks, England
Aug 24 – Art Is Hard Fest 2 - London, England - Shacklewell Arms
Sept 5 - London, England - Old Blue Last*
Sept 6 - Leeds, England - Cockpit*
Sept 7 - Birmingham, England - The Flapper*
Sept 8 - Bristol, England - The Exchange*
Sept 9 - Brighton, England - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar*
Sept 10 - Paris, France - La Macanique*
Sept 11 - Cologne, Germany - Underground*
Sept 12 - Eindhoven, Holland - Kafee Aloys*
Sept 13 - Munster, Germany - Cafe Lorenz*
Sept 14 - Hamburg, Germany - Rote Flora*
Sept 15 - Hannover, Germany - Bei Chez Heinz*
Sept 16 - Berlin, Germany - Cassiopeia*
Sept 17 - Dessau, Germany - Beat Club*
Sept 19 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Treibhaus*
Sept 20 - Stuttgart, Germany - Juha West*
Sept 21 – Frankfurt, Germany - 11er*
Sept 22 - Antwerp, Belgium - JH Kavka*
Sept 24 - Southampton, England - Joiners*
Sept 25 - Cardiff, Wales - Clwb Ifor Bach*
Sept 26 - Derby, England - The Victoria Inn*
Sept 27 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo*
Sept 28 - Manchester, England - Star & Garter*
Sept 29 - Kingston, England - Fighting Cocks*
VOODOO SIX EXCLUSIVELY STREAM NEW ALBUM ‘SONGS TO INVADE COUNTRIES TO’ VIA SPOTIFY IN THE LEAD UP TO ITS RELEASE ON MAY 27TH, WHEN THE BAND HIT THE ROAD WITH IRON MAIDEN…
LOCKED, LOADED & READY TO GO: British modern hard rockers Voodoo Six’s new studio album, ‘Songs To Invade Countries To’, is now exclusively available to stream via Spotify, a week ahead of its official release on May 27th 2013.
This much-anticipated outing will be available from May 27th, coinciding with the first date of V6’s European tour with UK metal legends Iron Maiden. The tour will include major festival appearances, including Download Festival, Graspop, SeeRock and TopFest, plus several Sonispheres (Barcelona, Madrid, Milan & Amneville).
The new album consists of 11 studio tracks produced by Tony Newton, mixed by Tony Newton & Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness, Enter Shikari, Therapy?) and mastered by Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden, British Lion). It follows 2010′s ‘Fluke?’ outing, which was released through Classic Rock’s Powerage label and mixed by renowned studio engineer Mike Fraser (AC/DC, Aerosmith, Metallica). At some point in the future, ‘Fluke?’ will see an enhanced re-issue via Spinefarm…
2.All That Glitters
3.Lead Me On
4.Sink Or Swim
5.You Don’t Know
10.Waiting In Line
V6 have gained a loyal following from their impressive portfolio of live activity, which has included several performances at Download, Sonisphere & Bloodstock, as well as touring with Adrenaline Mob, Edguy, Extreme, Michael Monroe & UFO.
Voodoo Six guitarist Chris Jones comments:-
“The album title was something that came about ages ago, but took on another dimension when we heard the news that we’d be going out with Iron Maiden on the ‘Maiden England’ tour. It’s about taking our music further afield, and we can’t wait to play to overseas audiences on this tour!”
Iron Maiden founder & bassist Steve Harris adds:-
“I’ve been keeping an eye on Voodoo Six for a while now, and they’ve produced a cracking new album with real promise. It’s great to support true British up ‘n’ coming talent such as theirs, and it will be a pleasure to have them out with us on tour.”
Steve Harris isn’t the only advocate of the band. After touring with Adrenaline Mob last summer, V6 caught the attention of original Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, who has stated: -
“Voodoo Six are a great band with a bright future – cool guys, great players!’
‘Songs To Invade Countries To’ is released worldwide via Spinefarm Records on May 27.
TOUR DATES w/ IRON MAIDEN:-
27 May Bilbao BEC Bilbao, Spain
29 May Atlantic Pavilion Lisbon, Portugal
31 May Sonisphere Madrid, Spain
01 Jun Sonisphere Barcelona, Spain
05 Jun The Bercy Paris, France
08 Jun Sonisphere Milan, Italy
09 Jun Sonisphere Amneville, France
11 Jun Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
12 Jun Frankfurt Festhalle, Germany
15 Jun Download Festival Donington Park, UK
18 Jun Berlin O2 World, Germany
19 Jun Hamburg O2, Germany
21 Jun Graz Seerock Festival Graz, Austria
22 Jun Zurich Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
25 Jun Ziggo Dome Amsterdam, Holland
29 Jun Singen-Aach Open Air Arena, Germany
30 Jun Graspop Festival Dessel, Belgium
03 Jul Atlas Arena Lodz, Poland
04 Jul Ergo Arena Gdansk, Poland
06 Jul Open Air an der KoPi-Arena Oberhausen, Germany
10 Jul Malmo Stadium, Sweden
13 Jul Friends Arena Stockholm, Sweden
24 Jul Piata Constitutiei Bucharest, Romania
26 Jul BJK Inonu Stadium Istanbul, Turkey
27 Jul Topfest Piestany, Slovakia
29 Jul Synot Tip Arena Prague, Czech Rep
31 Jul Zagreb Arena, Croatia
For further info head to:
‘A journey of musical surprises…’ Aesthetica
20th May 2013
One Little Indian – DL
Cat. No. 1194TP7DL
2. Iceberg (Plaid Inashed Remix)
3. Iceberg (Acoustic Ukulele Mix)
10th July 2013 – Hoxton Bar & Kitchen (Headlining), London
HK119 releases a new single, ‘Iceberg’from her third album ‘Imaginature’ on 20th May 2013. Produced by Mark Dog Sayfritz, ‘Iceberg’ is as clear and crisp as its namesake, imagines a lover as a sparkling, cool surface with great hidden depths.
The single features a stripped back ‘club friendly Plaid reworking of the original and an Acoustic Ukulele Mix (instrument Heidi taught herself to play only last year)
‘We’ve been a fan of HK119 since we first saw her audio/visual work. ‘Imaginature’, keeps faith with these early electro punk excursions but takes the song writing to a new level. When approaching the ‘Iceberg’ remix we attempted to produce a stripped back ‘club friendly’ version by adding polyrhythmic FM percussion and bass elements over a strong 44. We only allow the melody to push back through in the choruses for contrast but keep the vocal and associated processes to the forefront of the mix throughout’. Plaid
‘Imaginature’ produced (with the exception of one track) by Christoffer Berg (The Knife/Fever Ray/Little Dragon/Depeche Mode) Inspired by the world of animals, plants, land and sea, an organic synth-world far removed from the hyper-stylised future pop of Heidi’s previous work.
These themes have resulted in a more organic live show with an acoustic feel developed by recruiting Roisin Murphy and Scroobius Pip collaborator Alastair McNeill and performing with a band set up including keyboards, ukulele and accordion.
There’s still a strong element of performance art to HK119’s shows. Heidi’s handmade costumes and visuals created using on the photographs she took on her travels with the images and sounds of nature forming a tightly-woven world, a physical manifestation of the mental journey that led Heidi back to a happier place and a brand new album.
MARC CARROLL NOBODY NO NOTHIN’
NEW SINGLE, 27th May One Little Indian 1200tp7dl
Watch Marc Carroll TV Performances below
The Fool Disguised in Beggars Clothes” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3An3dV1ic0
“(It Was) Lust Not Love” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByzrYwpu3SA
‘Carroll’s incisive writing and fiery rasp bring striking twists to trad archetypes’ Uncut
‘Recruiting, amongst others, My Morning Jacket keys man Bo Kostner and Dylan guitarist Larry Campbell has added a swing and a swagger to his American pop.” Mojo
‘Songs of real depth & intensity’ Aesthetica
‘Part rootsy folk, part beat-up ballad, part upbeat pop, but all good’ Guitar
‘Conjures a sense of wide open space.’ R2
Following the success of his UK and USA tours Irish songwriter Marc Carroll releases a new single ‘Nobody No Nothin’ on 27th May. It is taken from his album ‘Stone Beads & Silver’.
Recorded in Los Angeles and Woodstock during the summer of 2012, Carroll drafted in a host of high ranking musicians to play on ‘Stone Beads & Silver’, and for the first time hired a defacto producer – Grammy Award winner Chris Testa (Jimmy Eat World, Band Of Horses, Dixie Chicks) to work alongside him on the sessions.
Filling the ranks of Marc’s studio band are amongst the best working in American music today, including Bo Koster (My Morning Jacket), Nelson Bragg & Probyn Gregory (Brian Wilson), McKenzie Smith (Midlake) as well as legendary former Bob Dylan sideman and Levon Helm band leader, Larry Campbell – the album marks another turning point in Carroll’slong and varied career.
Several strands are woven into the fabric of the music (“Dylan’s Daniel Lanois productions are the stylistic touchstone” notes Uncut). Folk and country influences and instrumentation can be found on tracks like the mesmerising, haunting, album opener, “Muskingum River”. Other songs evoke the space and distance of the deserts and coasts of California while “Sat Neath Her Window” could almost be a traditional folk song.
Lyrically astute as ever, songs like “The Fool Disguised in Beggars Clothes” reveal a poised sense of poetry and observation, while “(It Was) Lust Not Love” once again demonstrates his ability to fire off a 3 minute pop song with ease. With good reason he has been declared as “One of the finest songwriters putting pen to paper.”
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