The U.S. premiere of “Planetarium” by Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and Sufjan Stevens, will be presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) March 21 through 24. Dessner is best known as the guitarist of the National, as well as the curator the new indiefest Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, which will return to BAM April 25 through 27. Muhly is a prolific composer of operas, choral and orchestral pieces, as well as film scores (including 2008 Oscar Best Picture nominee The Reader). He recently created music for the new production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, garnering rave reviews up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Stevens has composed albums of indie folk before recently embracing electronica for music on his label, Asthmatic Kitty Records. Together the three friends found a project where they could contribute equally—no phoning it in by emailing each other files here.
In his upcoming review of Flume‘s self-titled debut (running on Friday), PopMatters’ Darryl G. Wright says, “when Flume is released, I expect the record will soar enough to carry his name off of his own continent. Even if not, he’s always got the internet with which to reach his fans and if fresh and innovative electronic pop is your thing, I expect you’re about to become one.” High praise indeed. Today brings the release of a new mix for the tune “Left Alone” as well as the announcement of US tour dates.
OK, it’s another trendy, impossible-to-spell-out-easily name for a group (just use copy/paste a lot), but T∑∆CH∑RS sounds on first acquaintance like surefire club dancing for hipsters. “Crøssed Out” is the first tune and video released by the group. The band’s PR says to stay tuned for more.
Bell Gardens create atmospheric, dreamy music where the songs slowly unveil their mysteries in good old analog time. The group is comprised of two fellows, Kenneth James Gibson (Furry Things, [a]pendics.shuffle) and Brian McBride (Stars of the Lid), who began forming their distinctive sound in early 2010. Notably Bell Gardens reject synthesizers in the creation of their enigmatic soundscapes; the tunes are made up of voices and live instrumentation (strings, horns, and piano). It’s all part of an attempt to make the music as “natural” sounding as possible while sticking to tools that were available in music studios from the ‘50s to the ‘70s. Today we bring you the premiere of Bell Garden’s latest video, “Fruitcup”, and you can also sample a recent mix the band made below.