Critically acclaimed American group the Band of Heathens are releasing their first studio album since 2013 this coming January 13th. Duende will be the Texas band’s fifth studio album and it adds some new sounds to their palette, including this pop-driven number, “All I’m Asking”, that we’re premiering today. Don’t be fooled into thinking Duende is all pop, though; this album shows the greatest degree of musical exploration centered around their Americana core. You’re going to hear some rockers, country twang, honky-tonk blues, New Orleans R&B, and Boogie-woogie. Ed Jurdi says, “I feel the album brings together all our influences, everything we’ve done over the years as a band. We’ve touched on every part of our career, our roots, some singer/songwriter contemplative stuff, some high-energy rock ‘n’ roll. It’s all us, the record we were supposed to make. Ten years later, that’s what keeps us coming back.”
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“Scared and Alone” is the latest track culled from Crippled Black Phoenix’s recent Bronze LP and we are happy to premiere a new video to accompany the track. Carried by gorgeous piano figures (courtesy Daisy Chapman) and brilliant vocal performance from Belinda Kordic, the track updates 1970s chamber prog while remaining true to the vision this collective has established for itself via previous records such as (Mankind) The Crafty Ape and I, Vigilante.
Klimt 1918’s new dark shoegaze effort Sentimentale Jugend, which can be pre-ordered, arrives on December 2 from Prophecy Productions. We are pleased to premiere the track “It Was to Be” now. The track gives listeners an apt taste of the new release (featuring two separate but deeply compatible parts, Sentimentale and Jugend). The music is alternately sad and celebratory and evidence of Klimt 1918’s ability to summon the spirits of Sigur Rós, the Jesus and Mary Chain and Dead Can Dance while remaining fiercely true to its vision.
In the world of contemporary film music, Clint Mansell needs no introduction. Even if you haven’t heard his name, you’ve undoubtedly heard his classic “Lux Aeterna”, from the soundtrack to Darren Aronofsky‘s Requiem for a Dream. Having recently seen the long-awaited vinyl issue of his quintessential score for Aronofsky’s The Fountain, Mansell has taken on another scoring project, this one for television.
Backed by Books One, Maestro Gamin returns after a brief hiatus with a single from the upcoming Miracle Work Medicine EP. Decidedly more straightforward than his previous works, “Future Calling” mines a chunky, percussion-looped groove laced with the sample of a Middle Eastern buzok. Gamin’s designs are more socially-conscious on this latest effort, forgoing the surreal, cut-up lyricism that defined his earlier work. The tune never directly references the colour-line issues we are currently undergoing these days. Rather, there is the sly circling of racial matters that brings the rapper’s poetry into spiritual form. Gamin’s voice, quite like the soulfully smooth consistency of peanut butter, rips an edge rougher than usual here; his lyrics on this new material command rather than inform. In the past, the rapper has never cared much for dancefloor fodder. But on “Future Calling”, his urgency to connect language with movement demonstrates an uncommon parlance – one that has the power to transform the ghettoblaster into a talismanic device of medicinal properties.