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

NEWS: CAMERA OBSCURA – LISTEN TO ‘FIFTH IN THE LINE TO THE THRONE’

  With the release of their long-awaited new album ‘Desire Lines’ on June 3rd via 4AD, Camera Obscura have revealed another song, ‘Fifth In Line To The Throne’. A sonic foil to recent single ‘Do It Again’, ‘Fifth In Line To The Throne’ sees the Glasgow fifth-piece in full balladeer mode and features backing vocals from Neko Case.     Catch Camera Obscura on tour this summer: MAY 22nd – CARLISLE,... Read More

NEWS: DAUGHTER – NEW ALBUM ‘IF YOU LEAVE’

Daughter have revealed details of their debut album which will see the light of day this Spring. The London-based trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella will release If You Leave on March 18th 2013 through 4AD worldwide (April 30th in N. America via Glassnote). If You Leave was recorded over a period of months at home and in various spaces across London. Production was overseen by Igor with additional production from Rodaidh McDonald... Read More

NEWS: PURITY RING – ‘LOFTICRIES’ VIDEO / TOUR DATES

Acclaimed video director AG Rojas (Jack White’s ‘Sixteen Saltines’, Spiritualized’s ‘Hey Jane’) has added his macabre touch to the Purity Ring song ‘Lofticries’, placing it as a soundtrack to a fever dream of vast ideas – conception, birth, sickness, and death. The band start their first headline tour of Europe this week and will then be playing eight dates in the UK and Ireland with a long sold-out... Read More

VIDEO: DAUGHTER – LIVE ON LETTERMAN

The other night, Daughter made their worldwide TV debut on long-running US chat show, The Late Show with David Letterman. Ahead of their short US tour – beginning this week – the London-based trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella performed ‘Youth’, a stand-out track from their 2011 EP The Wild Youth.   Daughter‘s Letterman appearance coincides with the release of their latest single ‘Smother’,... Read More

NEWS: INDIANS – WATCH THE 4AD SESSION

Photo: Piper Ferguson Indians, the musical alter ego of Copenhagen resident Søren Løkke Juul, have just signed to 4AD. While they only played their first concert in their hometown in February of this year and self-released their debut single in April, they’ve already garnered enough attention to perform shows across Europe and in North America, playing shows with the likes of Beirut, Bear In Heaven, Lower Dens, Retribution Gospel Choir, Savages... Read More

NEWS: GRIMES – WATCH THE NEW VIDEO TO ‘GENESIS’

Continuing an already crazy year for Grimes, on the eve of her next European tour she is premiering the incredible new video for ‘Genesis’. Releasing the album Visions earlier this year (4AD/Arbutus), to near universal praise, Grimes has barely stopped since; she’s graced numerous magazine covers, made her first live TV performances in both the UK and the US, played shows across three continents (including a train tour of Canada... Read More

NEWS: PURITY RING – EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

After releasing their debut album ‘Shrines’, Purity Ring have announced they will return to Europe and the UK in November for a month-long tour. Purity Ring is a Halifax/Montreal-based duo comprised of Corin Roddick and Megan James. They make lullabies for the club, drawing equally from airy 90s R&B, lush dream pop, and the powerful, bone-rattling immediacy of modern hip hop. Megan’s remarkable voice is at once ecstatic and ethereal,... Read More

NEWS: PURITY RING – SEE THE VIDEO TO ‘FINESHRINE’

Purity Ring is excited to reveal their video for their song ‘Fineshrine’. Directed by Young Replicant (www.youngreplicant.com), the video is available for your viewing pleasure below. ‘Fineshrine’ is the lead single from the band’s forthcoming debut album Shrines (reviewed here), which will be released by 4AD on July 24th. Pitchfork recently awarded the song ‘Best New Track’ and called it “Purity Ring’s... Read More

ALBUM: PURITY RING ‘SHRINES’

Searching for Purity Ring‘s discography seemed a logical idea at the time, as I kicked myself for letting their back-catalogue pass me by… before discovering that ‘Shrines’ is in fact a debut album. 4AD guarantee quality with a roster full of forward thinking artists who seem to have something in common, and yet all produce their own very strong and distinctive styles. Corin Roddick previously manufactured lively Euro-Dance... Read More

NEWS: DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT – ALBUM DETAILS + DOWNLOAD SINGLE ‘WHO’

David Byrne & St. Vincent have confirmed the September 10 release of their album, ‘Love This Giant’, to be released worldwide by 4AD under exclusive license from Byrne’s label Todo Mundo. Recorded over two years largely at Water Music in Hoboken, NJ, the album is a collaboration in the truest sense of the word, with Byrne and St. Vincent (aka Annie Clark) co-writing ten of the album’s twelve tracks, and each artist penning... Read More

NEWS: BLOOD DIAMONDS – HEAR NEW SINGLE ‘PHONE SEX’ FEATURING GRIMES

Blood Diamonds, aka Michael Tucker, is a Los Angeles-based pop artist best known for his luxurious dreamscapes and infectious, sun-dipped production. What will be his debut 4AD record, the much-talked about ‘Phone Sex’ track is finally getting released on July 16th. Featuring close friend Grimes (Claire Boucher), ‘Phone Sex’ is a track they made together late last-year in a nightlong quest to create a perfect pop song. Influenced by... Read More

NEWS: tUnE-yArDs – HEAR THE COLLABORATIVE FELA KUTI COVER ‘LADY’ + UK TOUR DATES

The first single from the forthcoming album ‘(RED) Hot + FELA’ has debuted with a remake of Fela Kuti‘s ‘Lady’ available to buy now. The track also appears as part of a launch for a ten day AIDS awareness initiative, (RED) RUSH TO ZERO, hoping to raise funding and awareness to help deliver an AIDS Free Generation by 2015. Taken from the follow-up to 2002’s ‘Red Hot + Riot’, a landmark charity album where... Read More

NEWS: TWIN SHADOW – 2ND ALBUM DETAILS + ‘FIVE SECONDS’ VIDEO

Twin Shadow, the creative moniker of George Lewis Jr., will release his second album, ‘Confess’, on July 9th. Self-produced and with mixing duties handled by Michael H. Brauer (Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney), the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Forget’ finds Lewis Jr. doing what he does best; remembering and reinventing, and fashioning a soundtrack which sounds refreshingly and distinctly modern. Talking about his inspiration behind... Read More

NEWS: PURITY RING – DOWNLOAD A TRACK FROM THE FORTHCOMING DEBUT ALBUM

Photo: Landon Speers Set for release on July 23rd 2012, ‘Shrines’ is the debut album by Purity Ring, a Halifax/Montreal-based duo comprised of Corin Roddick and Megan James. Purity Ring make lullabies for the club, drawing equally from airy 90s R&B, lush dream pop, and the powerful bone-rattling immediacy of modern hip hop. Megan’s voice is at once ecstatic and ethereal, soaring joyfully through Corin’s carefully chopped... Read More

NEWS: GRIMES – EUROPEAN TOUR DATES + NEW VIDEO

With the release of her new album, Visions, scheduled for March 12th on Arbutus / 4AD (full album details here), Grimes is heading over to Europe this May for almost a month of touring. Starting at the Simple Things Festival in Bristol on the 6th, she then plays UK headline shows at the Berkeley Suite in Glasgow (7th), Brudenell Social Club in Leeds (8th), XOYO in London (9th) and Islington Mill in Salford (10th) before heading in to mainland... Read More

NEWS: THE BIG PINK – 4AD SESSION VIDEO + NEW ALBUM DETAILS & TOUR DATES

Coinciding with today’s release of The Big Pink’s second album ‘Future This’, the eleventh instalment of the 4AD Sessions is now available. Directed by long-term 4AD collaborators Iain and Jane, Robbie Furze and Milo Cordell are joined by live band members, Victoria Smith and Zan Lyons to help bring to life the immersive feel of the band’s music. Recorded at the 3 Mills film complex on Three Mill Island in Bromley-by-Bow,... Read More

ALBUM: Broken Records – Let Me Come Home

Refined via demo sessions at an old distillery grain store in the Scottish Highlands, Let Me Come Home has a sound that evokes its gestation – expansive, isolated, desolate and beautiful. Broken Records themselves have the sound of a folk band that gradually augmented into something louder and wider, and indeed these songs began acoustically, written in singer Jamie Sutherland’s kitchen. From here, further instrumentation has been added with... Read More

ALBUM: The National – High Violet

There is a weight of expectation surrounding High Violet, the fifth album from Brooklyn based band The National.  After a couple of false starts, Alligator (2005) jolted the band out of obscurity, gaining them a cult following and critical adulation. Boxer (2007) was a much grander and better produced effort, which, whilst not quite hitting the same euphoric highs as Alligator, allowed the band to consolidate on their previous success, pushing... Read More

SINGLE: Ariel Pink – Haunted Graffiti

The people who Rule Britannia go to Eton. The people who Rule The World go to Institut Le Rosney. But the people who really matter – such as Oscar-winners Nicholas Cage and Richard Dreyfus, Emmy-winners Lenny Kravitz and André Previn, and Fellator-in-Chief Monica Lewisnky – are past pupils of Beverly Hills High School. When Ariel Pink was a student of Beverley Hills High School he was a Goth. In US High Schools, Goths either tire of the... Read More

SINGLE: The Big Pink – Velvet

This track so nearly passed me by. I don’t listen to the radio much, I barely watch TV (which ignoring The World Service both so rarely broadcast something of interest), but luckily the night staff at my day job left a music channel running and I happened upon Velvet. You may already know the arrogant brag of previous single Dominos, a song that glories in splintering hearts. But where Dominos enjoys leaving a trail of human detritus, keeping warmth... Read More