Album Review: Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

Prior to the album release, Bradford Cox revealed Concept Map listing the influences of the album, which seems to have acted as a handy companion to any press release. Most reviews already posted seem to pick a circle of the map and use that as the premise for their review (see Ian Cohen of Pitchfork’s focus on Cox’s ‘safe’ choices or Alexis Petridis’ focus on the 80s bands), but few seem to attempt to shed light into any of the more leftfield... Read More

ALBUM REVIEW: BEIRUT – NO NO NO

Beirut – No No No Beirut band leader Zach Condon’s story is film-worthy – as a young jazz trumpeter, he was exposed to mariachi music while growing up in Sante Fé, New Mexico. At 17, he dropped out of school and ran away to Paris after working in an international film cinema, where Sicilian funeral brass music and Balkan folk had caught his attention. He then returned to The University of New Mexico where he studied photography... Read More

BEIRUT RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR ‘GIBRALTAR’

Joining forces once more with Brother Willis (makers of the kaleidoscopic video for recent single ‘No No No’), and interested by the idea of a setting by the sea and “the massive island of trash that is growing and floating out in the Pacific,” ‘Gibraltar’ follows Beirut leader Zach Condon and band members Paul Collins and Nick Petree picking their way through a fantasy Gibraltar to meet its ‘Rock’.... Read More

U.S. GIRLS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR

U.S. Girls is Illinois-born, Toronto-based artist Meghan Remy, who releases her new album Half Free on September 25th. Half Free is Remy’s first album for 4AD and is her most realised yet. Focusing on characters in everyday struggles, with narratives inspired by the work of director John Cassavetes and Bruce Springsteen, Meg also explores themes relating to abuse and gender inequality throughout helping to make Half Free an enchanting document... Read More

FUTURE ISLANDS DOCUMENTARY SHARED ONLINE

A documentary following synth-pop band Future Islands on the road has been made available online. Road Dawgs follows the three piece on last year’s world tour, after the success of their fourth album, Singles, released through 4AD.The film, which was directed and produced by Jay Buim, who was also behind the video which accompanied the single Seasons (Waiting On You). It features interviews with the band, as well as footage from a performance... Read More

DAUGHTER AND WARPAINT TEAM UP TO RELEASE REMIX EP

Daughter and Warpaint have joined forces to produce one off remixes of each other’s work. The first track to be released from the collaboration was Warpaint’s re-imagining of Winter, from Daughter’s debut album If You Leave.In addition, Daughter’s version of Feeling Alright has been shared, which is taken from Warpaint’s second self-titled album, which was released earlier this year.The partnership came about as both bands shared a mutual... Read More

PIXIES ANNOUNCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY DOOLITTLE REISSUE

Pixies: Black Francis, Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, David Lovering Pixies will release an expanded version of their classic album Doolittle to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Pixies: Doolittle 25 is a three-disc collection featuring 50 tracks including demos, B-sides and Peel sessions. More than half of the tracks included have not been commercially released before. The album, which was originally recorded in 1989 with producer Gil Norton, features some... Read More

NEWS: tUnE-yArDs UNVEIL NEW VIDEO AHEAD OF ALBUM LAUNCH

tUnE-yArDs have always had a bit of a thing for the quirky, oddball feel of things. So it’s to be expected that this would translate to their music videos too. In anticipation of their new album Nikki Nack, due for release on May 5th on 4AD, the band have now premiered the album’s first video.In addition to the already announced UK headline shows, they’re confirmed to appear at Glastonbury, End of the Road and Blissfields festivals this... Read More

LISTEN: PURITY RING’S ‘AMENAMY’ REMIXED BY JON HOPKINS

The coming together of Purity Ring and Jon Hopkins is rooted in a longstanding mutual admiration and creative partnership between both artists: Hopkins previously mixed the song ‘Saltkin’ on Purity Ring’s LP Shrines. In turn, Purity Ring’s Megan James has added vocals to Hopkins’ ‘Breathe This Air’ off his fantastic new album Immunity. The new version of ‘Breathe This Air’ will be released later... Read More

Album Review: The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Early reports of The National’s long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s acclaimed High Violet talk of new directions, fresh diversions. Indeed, singer Matt Berninger himself talks of these songs as more “immediate and visceral” than those of previous albums. I have to say, I don’t see it, nor I do it hear it. For me, the songs that start off Trouble Will Find Me might well have carried straight on from the end of High Violet, neatly spliced... Read More

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