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  • David Fricke recently called I Am The Polish Army’s My Old Man “the year’s best rock & roll album about time running out – and making the best of everything of you have to give.” High praise from one of the most respected rock writers of our time!

    Read the whole review here

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  • Paste Magazine recently featured Wes Youssi's new album, Down Low, with a full review

    In a world where country music has turned into AutoTuned songs about bros and bikinis, anyone who keeps things classic stands out like the most bedazzled of Nudie suits. While Hank Williams, George Jones and Jim Reeves are surely rolling in their graves any time someone turns on a “country” radio station, there is still hope for those who crave a traditional approach. If you’re of the opinion that country-crossover has crossed too far over, Wes Youssi and his Country Champs are with you. -Madison Desler

    Youssi's album is due out January 19 on Never Lucky Records. Down Low  is the cathartic product of bar room brawls, unexpected lay-offs, a marriage, raising children, moving across the country, and unknowingly purchasing a police cruiser.

    It’s a longing that will resonate with many—the same sentiment that should endear Youssi to those who like to keep their country music kosher. Down Low is an impressive and charming debut that goes down like a glass of ice-cold sweet tea. -Madison Desler

    You can follow Wes Youssi on Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify

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  • The Bluegrass Situation has the exclusive premiere of Matt Hectorne's new album, Work. The LP will be released on January 19, but you can stream it right now  by going here

    “I feel it’s my most realized work, as far as my work as a writer, singer, arranger, producer, and frontman. I think it sounds more like me than most things I’ve done. I hope that my family and friends (and fans) can see the growth, thematically and musically. Music is how I process and express, so it’s so good to finally be able to share what I’ve been thinking, working through, and working on for the past year-and-a-half.” — Matt Hectorne

     

    Don't forget to follow Matt Hectorne on Facebook, Twitter, and Spotify. You can also pre-order Work by going here

     

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  • GAZ COOMBES! ‘World’s Strongest Man’ New Album Out 4th May!

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    “I’m a little mashed up/I’m the world’s strongest man…”
     
    World’s Strongest Man is the magnificent third solo album by Gaz Coombes. Inspired variously by Grayson Perry’s the Descent of Man, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Californian weed, British woodlands, unchecked masculinity, Neu! and hip hop (and a whole lot more besides), it’s a truly remarkable collection of eleven deeply personal songs each set to expansive, addictive melody. From the deep soul purge of the title track’ to the coruscating Fripp-goes-motorik sprint of Deep Pockets via the gorgeous cyclonic ballad Slow Motion Life and Vanishing Act’s raw-as-hell stream of consciousness panic attack, World’s Strongest Man is a bold, ambitious, free-thinking, future-facing rock‘n’roll record.
     
    World’s Strongest Man is the follow up to 2015’s Matador – a record pretty much conceived, recorded and mixed in the studio equivalent of solitary confinement. Following its release, Gaz evolved from ‘the former Supergrass frontman’ to hugely respected Mercury nominated solo artist in the space of just ten months. That album spawned five singles and was described by Q as “his masterpiece”.  Like Matador, World’s Strongest Man was written, recorded and produced by Gaz Coombes at his home studio and at Oxford’s Courtyard Studios (with co-production from long time studio partner Ian Davenport in a working process Gaz compares to what it must be like “editing a novel”). The first track from World’s Strongest Man – Deep Pockets – is out now. The album is available on Gaz’s Hot Fruit label through Caroline Australia on 4th May 2018.
     
     
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    Album release: 'Horizons' by Black Light White Light
    Release date: 23 March 2018
    Label: Forward Backwards Recordings
    More info: Band website

    Black Light White Light have shared the first single 'Teenage Dream' from their forthcoming new album 'Horizons'. Listen to 'Teenage Dream' on SoundCloud HERE.

    Mining the rich territories of The Velvet Underground and the 90’s Madchester movement, and combining with the sound of classic 4AD, the Danish / Swedish troupe Black Light White Light shine a light into dark corners often left alone in contemporary psychedelic indie-rock. Based in Malmo, Sweden the musical project is centred on the Danish singer, guitarist and songwriter Martin Ejlertsen.

    The creation of the band’s third album Horizons began in early 2015, with Ejlertsen taking stock of their catalogue to date, and looking for a new vantage point from which to approach his music. With a desire to make a dark pop record with razor-sharp rock songs, new material slowly began to unfold in a basement studio, deep underground in Copenhagen, where the band twisted their ideas and sketches in co-operation with a new drummer, Viktor Höber, and producer/ engineer and fellow musician Christian Ki.

    Citing film as a huge influence on his music – in particular the works of David Lynch and Danish film maker Nicolas Winding Refn – Ejlertsen began to experiment in coupling Lynch-ian concepts of duality, visions, and dream states, with the bloody self-destruction and gallows humour that pervades Refn’s work. With one eye on the Factory Records era, 'Horizons' introduces undulating keyboards as a new and fundamental element of the sound, making the songs breezy yet intrusive, with harmonies and chiming delay guitars under attack with fuzz, all enveloped in dark and pervasive melancholic melodies.

    “I like the idea that the music develops. That the music twist and turn in new directions. Being now a father of two small children the album is certainly assuming new characters and reflecting new faces and shadows of who I am as a human being today as someone just that bit different from who I was when I made the previous albums”, Martin Ejlertsen says.

    On the new recordings Black Light White Light present an album full of memorable pop songs all twisted up with moody darkness and Ejlertsen’s poetic longings. He continues; “This is even to an extent that I along the way considered if this album should be released under a new moniker. Cause the band is more a solo project than it has been before. But then again, I came to conclusion why really? This band project has always really been about my songs and twisted thoughts coming to life. This album is really that aspect but just further developed into new territories.”

    ‘Horizons’ is mastered by Joe Lambert (Deerhunter, Animal Collective, The National) while the album artwork is realized by Pete Manley/Made Four (Oasis, Polly Paulusma, Madonna).

    Press reaction to date

    "Imperious shoegaze set against swirling psychedelia, the project fuses the adventurous spirit of the 60s with the fiercely independent endeavours of the 80s." - CLASH
     

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    Album release: 'The Cage' by Bob Holroyd
    Release date: 9 March 2018
    More info: Artist website

    The new single 'Inner Mind Sigh' premieres with Clash.

    Ranging from ambient minimalism to world music, modern classical to jazz, Bob Holroyd’s music is often hard to pigeon hole. With eight studio albums and six remix albums to his name, Bob’s eclectic and texturally cinematic work has been recognised and remixed extensively by a huge range of artists such as Coldcut, Nitin Sawhney, Four Tet, Francois K, Mogwai, The Album Leaf, T. Williams, Lemonde, Loop Guru, Steve Roach and more, and has been used prominently in mainstream TV and films such as The Dark Knight, Lost, True Blood, The Sopranos, Panorama, Coast and many more. Now Bob is set to release his ninth album ‘The Cage’.

    Over the course of his musical career Bob Holroyd has pioneered music that crosses musical and cultural boundaries, and as a result his music is influenced by a diverse array of sights, sounds from around the world. Bob's music includes influences from extensive travels in Africa and Asia, and ranges from intense walls of percussive drumming - as on his cult club classic 'African Drug' - to delicate atmospheric soundscapes, such as the beautiful 'Looking Back' - a track recorded for the 'Sanscapes' project to highlight the plight of the Kalahari Bushmen, with whom he collaborated with. Similarly, he also recorded the Islamic Call to Prayer at Regent's Park Mosque, writing a moving and dramatic piece around the haunting vocal by Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens).

    With more recent releases such as the critically acclaimed ‘Blueprint’ and ‘Beachcombing’ Bob looks to himself for inspiration. Citing work in therapy and exploring the complex textures and emotions that make up every moment of our lives as well as exploring the creative process itself as key elements of stimulus. The new album ‘The Cage’ delves further into Bob’s poignant introspection.

    “‘The Cage’ is where I have subconsciously imprisoned myself emotionally for years” says Bob, “By keeping out ‘negative’ emotions I have felt safe, but ultimately made myself unapproachable to others, and myself. I had the idea that instead of trying to escape this Cage I should enlarge it to include all emotions, feelings experiences and people - if EVERYTHING is in the Cage then I am more free than if I were keeping all influences out.”

    Bob has reflected on this when constructing and recording the album, instead of going into the studio with a set of well-rehearsed and fine-tuned ideas, he has opted for a more organic approach, recording on what felt right on that day. Speaking about the process Bob says, “it has taken a long time to finish some tracks, and there are various other pieces at varying stages of completion, but I have found it incredibly liberating to do only what immediately ‘feels’ right without the constraints that I have put myself under in the past.”

    This raw and beguilingly honest take on his new album can be heard instantly in the music itself. There are transcendent ambient cogitations throughout ‘The Cage’, which is made up of twelve tracks of deep emotive encounters, from ruminating to wistful to uplifting and even a little perturbing at times. There are beautifully woven atmospheric textures of light and space, which coalesce to form something, which can only truly be described as minimally complex. Fans of Eno, Laraaji, Max Richter and Peter Broderick will find much to love (Bob also names the likes of David Sylvian, Peter Gabriel, Arvo Part, Nils Petter Molvaer, Radiohead, Tavener and more as further influences).

    As Bob Holroyd delves further into his own psyche, as well as the world and influences around him, his own brand of quiet sound collages grow not only in their multi-faceted compositions but also in their intelligent and thought-provoking non-verbal prose. Despite any potential preconceptions, Bob creates incredibly personal records, which are free from self-indulgence and pretension, ‘The Cage’ is not too complicated to absorb, it’s not boring or forgettable, but for many, not to mention for Bob himself, it will ultimately be very rewarding.

    Press reaction to date

    "a beautiful example of the sheer artistry that drives Bob Holroyd's work."
    – Clash

    “At his best Holroyd is Massive Attack, Mogwai, Simon Fisher Turner, David Toop and Future Sounds of London in an intelligent globally-tinged reflective collaboration. Electronics flutter and strings caress our emotions without it descending into self-indulgent sentimentalism” – DJ Mag

    “stunning” – Resident Advisor

    “Massive Attack style broody stalking sexiness” – Mixmag

    “quite simply the gentlest, most emotionally potent, enveloping piece of electro-acoustic ambient music I’ve heard in a very long time” – Hypnagogue

     

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    Album release: 'Mamba' by Prism Tats
    Release date: 2 March 2018
    Label: ANTI- Records
    More info: Artist website

    ANTI- Records is pleased to announce the upcoming release of 'Mamba', the sophomore album from South Africa-bred artist Prism Tats. Due out March 2, 'Mamba' offers a moody but melody-driven strain of psych-inflected post-punk.

    Recorded with producer Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall), 'Mamba' explores themes of self-inflicted isolation, working-class hopelessness, and the emotional damage of technology addiction. “Most of these new songs came from taking in what’s going on in the world today, and being afraid of the future we’re headed toward,” notes Garett van der Spek, the L.A.-based singer/songwriter behind Prism Tats.

    Today, Prism Tats shares the video for 'Daggers', one of the more menacing tracks featured on Mamba. Directed by Jonny Look (Cass McCombs, Grizzly Bear), 'Daggers' delivers its brilliantly twisted humour in grainy home-video form.

    Watch the video for 'Daggers' HERE

    With its sonic complexity and understated emotional depth, 'Mamba' has a double meaning to its title. “It’s the name of a venomous snake, and in my hometown it’s a slang term for the biggest or meanest of something,” van der Spek points out.

    As he explains, the word mamba ultimately embodies the sense of fear and defiance threaded throughout the record and especially evident in its epic title track. “The song is partly about letting go of that fear,” says van der Spek. “When I say ‘Give me the mamba,’ I mean ‘Give me the whole experience’: the good and the bad and everything else that might exist in between.”

    Originally from Durban, South Africa, van der Spek relocated to the U.S. after years of playing in local bands and working on solo projects. In 2014 he founded Prism Tats, and in 2015 landed a deal with ANTI- after being discovered at SXSW.

    Since his self-titled debut arrived in 2016, Prism Tats has landed support slots with indie-rock icons like Guided By Voices and Nada Surf, toured on his own and with a band, and continued to write and record steadily. Last summer, he released the acclaimed five-song EP 11:11.
     
     

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  • The new Americana single from Jodee Lewis, “Buzzard’s Bluff” is a cathartic release from deep within the Missouri Ozarks. The natural lush landscapes are home to beautiful views, but just like the numerous birds of prey, a dark secret is always circling. The swelling ache of the violin takes center stage as the melodies wander deeper into the mountains. It is the first single and title track off the upcoming album, Buzzard’s Bluff, due out April 6. “Buzzard’s Bluff” is available as an approved downloadable mp3.

    Lewis, now living in Chicago, grew up in Missouri where a deep passion for music rang through her home at an early age. The sounds of Merle Haggard, EmmyLou Harris, and Waylon Jennings became a familiar chorus of voices that influenced her own storytelling. “Buzzard’s Bluff” opens with a haunting chill that quickly becomes an anthemic march. With a raw and honest cadence, Lewis sings with a spine tingling melody that commands attention. The steady beat of the drums intertwine with a deep bass, energetic strings, and a harmony filled chorus. The memory of the area still clings to Lewis as she explains, “There were a number of things about my childhood that were tragic and unhappy, yet the Ozarks is deep in my bones and I still carry a great love for the area and it’s beauty, even after fleeing to Chicago almost 20 years ago.”

    Buzzard’s Bluff draws inspiration from growing up in a small town, the trials of faith, and a 19-year marriage with children. No journey is without its crosses, and the album emerges after years of self-reflection and struggle. As an artist, Lewis had to search deep within her spirit to deal with the unexpected turns of life. Dealing with personal loss is hard enough, but the devastation can shake repressed memories loose and bring them to the surface. Now sober for five years, Lewis has grown an exceptional amount both personally and as an artist. She explains, “My songs are more honest and they’re executed much better because I have my head on straight. I’m proud to share that with my friends and family who have supported me along the way.” 

    Buzzard’s Bluff Track Listing

    1. Buzzard’s Bluff
    2. Though The Flood May Rise
    3. It Ain’t Killed Me Yet
    4. Nothing Ever Really Changes
    5. Cigarette Song
    6. We Shouldn’t Be Alone
    7. Start Again Tomorrow
    8. Missouri
    9. The Redeemed of the Lord
    10. A House That Was Never A Home
    11. Peace At Last

    About Jodee Lewis

    Jodee Lewis is an Americana singer-songwriter. Originally from Missouri, she now lives in Chicago. Her first album, Whiskey Halo, was released in 2014. Single, “In The End” was chosen as the first place winner in the 16th annual Great American Songwriting Contest. Whiskey Halo was chosen as country album of the year in the 14th annual Independent Music Awards, and the single “From A Bottle” took top honors as country song of the year. “From A Bottle” also took runner-up in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) in the country category. Her upcoming album, Buzzard’s Bluff, is due out in April.

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    Album release: 'Post' by Jeff Rosenstock
    Release date: Digital on 1 January 2018 Vinyl and CD on 23 March 2018
    Label: Specialist Subject Records (Europe) & Polyvinyl (US)
    More info: Artist website

    "one of the most important figures in modern punk" – Pitchfork

    Surprise! A new Jeff Rosenstock record for 2018! 

    It's New Year's Day. You're still coming out of the haze of 2017. Maybe your New Year's Eve got a little crazy, maybe it got a little dark. You're not sure if you're going to actually get out of bed before noon, but you roll over and check your phone, just in case anything terrible has happened while you were sleeping. Wait. What? Call your best friend. There's a new Jeff Rosenstock record. 

    Jeff Rosenstock wrote 'Post'- in a double-wide trailer in the Catskill Mountain town of East Durham, the snow-covered hills surrounding him like a landscape of blank pages. The serene, empty space was a big change of scenery for a guy who bounces around the world like a human comet, playing super-catchy, super-devastating shout-alongs to dedicated fans around the world.  

    After playing with Bomb the Music Industry! for a decade, Jeff switched gears and produced records for The Smith Street Band, Dan Andriano, Mikey Erg and more, and started putting out records under his own name. After the release of WORRY., things started to get way more intense for Jeff and his band. They made their first TV appearance on Last Call with Carson Daly, USA Today called WORRY the #1 album of 2016, and the band took to the road, touring endlessly for the past two years, taking breaks only to record new albums.

    "2017 kinda felt like the year when we snuck in the back door," says Rosenstock, "We kept getting opportunities to do stuff - even though we take those opportunities to do stupid shit like say how much we made on stage." (This is the guy whose Pitchfork Music Festival performance last summer trended on Twitter after he took the stage and exclaimed, “Seventy-five hundred! Dollars! For us! To play! This festival!” Because, you know, he felt like he had to come clean about it.)

    Written in the days after the 2017 Presidential inauguration, 'Post's lyrics get (really) heavy but the melodies are so catchy and the builds are so big and bright that the end result is more of a rallying cry than a surrender. The album was recorded in a one-week, 86-hour marathon recording session with Jack Shirley (Joyce Manor, Deafheaven) at the Atomic Garden in East Palo Alto, CA. "The four of us stood in a room without headphones on and just played the songs live to tape, and after that we had some friends (Dan Potthast, Laura Stevenson, Chris Farren, PUP) fill out some of the sound," So, if the record feels even more unifying than usual, like a party that turns into a sleepover that turns into egg-n-cheese sandwiches on the beach that turns into a protest march that unites a gang of buddies for eternity, well, maybe that's why.

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    Album release: 'Natur' by Ondt Blod
    Release date: 9 March 2018
    Label: Fysisk Format
    More info: Band website

    'Natur' is a Sami scream from the far north. Made 100 years after the first indigenous political organising in Norway, This is a Sami call to arms against the still on-going colonization and oppression. 'Natur' celebrates the duality of human nature, where champagne meets cyanide, machine-gun riffs meet the catchiest choruses out of Scandinavia since ABBA. 

    'Natur' is Norwegian hardcore-unit Ondt Blod’s second album and offers an indigenous blend of hardcore, grim metal and catchy punk; the polar bear mates with Pet Sounds. 

    The album is recorded in Oslo, and is produced by star producer Yngve Andersen (Blood Command, Hold Fast). Technical wizardry is provided by Ruben Willem (Haust) and Simon Jackman, who also have mixed the record. Guest performances are given by Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvold (yacht-saxophone) and the Sami pop star Ella Marie Hætta Isaksen of the electropop group ISÁK, who does a traditional joik (ancient Sami singing tradition) duet with Ondt Blod singer Aslak on the record’s last track 'Giron'. The album’s artwork is a woodprint by Peter-John De Villiers, who also did the artwork for the singles. 

    Despite of having only released one album, Ondt Blod have a lot to show for. Not only have Ondt Blod been deemed the “pride of the North” in Norwegian media; their debut-album 'Finnmark' was nominated as the “new-comer of the year” for the Norwegian equivalent to the Grammys in 2016, and they have been listed on Norwegian national radio with five songs. The band has toured Norway alongside Kvelertak, and played the Roskilde Festival in 2016. 

    With 'Natur', Ondt Blod has made an album that is at once a razor sharp political confrontation and a hedonistic celebration. 

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