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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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.
“Your Skin Won’t Hide You” is the new track by Belgium’s Emptiness, from the group’s upcoming LP Not For Music. We are pleased to premiere it today. Emptiness has forged its own path in the world of extreme music by doing the unexpected, something that can be heard in the haunting, opening guitar figure on this track. The eerie, repeated part calls to mind the transformative qualities of minimalism. At first the repetition rubs, maybe even annoys, until it becomes such a consistent and powerful companion that the listener can’t imagine life without it.
Jeremie Bezier’s low, growling lyrics add an equally unsettling quality to the track, deepening our sense that we have somehow landed in a world or dimension where all is slightly askew and what we thought we believed or had determined to be true was anything but. This is one of the greatest qualities heard in the music of Emptiness, the ability to make the known unfamiliar and the unfamiliar even more frightening and uncertain. This is not music about comfort but instead about life’s disquiet, unrest and the fear that wants to grip us all.
Nashville singer-songwriters Brigitte DeMeyer and Will Kimbrough have worked together for years and became best friends in the process. Now, the duo is set to release their first album as an official duo. Mockingbird Soul, releasing January 27th, is an Americana album through and through as it brings in all the great roots genres that populate Americana, including blues, country, early jazz, gospel, folk and bluegrass. DeMeyer thinks of their sound as acoustic soul and that’s a fabulous description as you can here on their new single “Rainy Day”, a genuinely soulful number that has us eagerly awaiting the album’s release.