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WATCH // Ben Abraham Shares Video For “You And Me,” Album To Be Released March 4th

Australian artist Ben Abraham, whom the Sydney Morning Herald calls one of the best new male voices, debuts a new Oh Yeah Wow-directed video for You And Me today.You And Me is the first track from Abrahams debut album Sirens, set for release March 4 on Secretly Canadian.

Zane Lowe premiered You And Me today on Beats 1, Beautiful songs from a debut album. This is a remarkable new singer songwriter who definitely understands the craft.

“I jumped at the chance to work with Oh Yeah Wow because Darcy, Josh and the OYW team have consistently released some of the most visually inventive and beautiful Australian music videos I’ve seen,” says Abraham of making the video. “I knew working with this crazy team of visionaries would produce something truly special which feels important as our lives become more saturated with mindless video content. They somehow managed to capture the intimacy, scope and melancholy of the song and I’m really excited for people to see that breathtaking final shot.”

Abraham recorded and produced Sirens in Melbourne with the help of friends and longtime collaborators Jono Steer and Leigh Fisher. The album also features a collaboration with Sara Bareilles, who Abraham connected online and struck up a friendship with several years ago, on This Is On Me as well as additional production from Gotyes Wally De Backer on Speak.

Abraham brought his live show, which Tone Deaf calls disarming and truly stunning, to the U.S. for the first time at last years CMJ. Abraham backs up his voice with only guitar and harmonium, in the vein of Cat Stevens, If Donny Hathaway and Cat had a baby and he hung out with Sufjan Stevens and Feist, Abraham says. Abraham was recently featured in an installment of the acclaimed British Mahogany Sessions serieswatch him perform Speak here.

Abraham is set to return to the U.S. this year for a full tour to celebrate the release of his album.

Since he began writing songs while working in a hospital, Abraham has collaborated with Ta-ku, Wafia, Gotye and more and recorded an album. The son of Indonesian folk-pop stars, he has risen to prominence in his hometown of Melbourne and throughout Australia through his much lauded live performances, where his voice and talent has consistently blown audiences away.

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Sirens Tracklist

Sirens
Time
I Belong To You
She
You And Me
Collide
To Love Someone
Home
This Is On Me (feat. Sara Bareilles)
Speak
Somebodys Mother
Songbird
A Quiet Prayer

WATCH // Secretly Canadian Welcomes Whitney To The Family, Shares Video For “No Woman”

 

Secretly Canadian and Lead Riders have teamed up to present vital new music from exciting newcomers Whitney who are offering a first glimpse of whats to come in 2016 with No Woman. In spite of its own lost soul whistfulness, there’s something immediately comforting and simple at the core of “No Woman,” the latest sonic missive from Chicago’s Whitney. It’s as soothing to your musical memory as the first two bars of The Chordette’s “Mr. Sandman.” It’s as unfettering and wind-through-your-hair of America’s “Pacific Coast Highway” albeit here in an edible-induced cruise control.

 

Drummer/vocalist Julien Ehrlich‘s (ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra) naked, soft-edged falsetto charmingly guides us through this breakup bender amid subdued strings and velveteen horn section bursts: “I left drinkin’ on the city train to spend some time on the road/Then one morning I woke up in LA, caught my breath on the coast/I’ve been going through a change/I might never be sure/I’m just walking in a haze/I’m not ready to turn.”

 

With writing partnership of Ehrlich and Max Kakacek (guitar, ex-Smith Westerns), Whitney has given us an anthem for moseying on and forgiving yourself of your many fumbles. Julien explains, “NoWoman started to take shape when I woke up on a friends floor one morning. He was taking a shower and the chorus popped into my head while I was grabbing my stuff to go home. Later on Max and I sat down and wrote the chords and song structure in our apartment. Its about losing the love of your life and being thrown into an aimless journey because of it. This is a feeling that pervades the collection of songs the band has written and recorded over the last year, and has prepped for later in 2016.

 

Accompanying the single release is an evocative new video direct by Hugh Donkin. It provides a charming portrait of one of 2016s most promising new bands.

LISTEN // Anohni Nominated For Oscar For Best Original Song “Manta Ray”

 

The Academy Awards have announced the 2015 Oscar Nominees, and were delighted to share J. Ralph and Antony have been nominated for Best Original Song for Manta Ray from Racing Extinction.

“The songwriter Josh Ralph asked me to write a track that he did for a film by the people that made The Cove, and I was a fan of the film The Cove. I felt lucky to be doing something on this subject matter, because it’s one that is close to my heart. He showed me some footage from the film, and I thought it was quite provocative…”Anohni

The Academy Awards will air February 28th on ABC.

WATCH // Damien Jurado Shares Video For “Exit 353″

“[An] evocative journey for the singer, who uses the song to pose a question that answers itself: ‘Are we all not lost in song?'” – NPR Music

“Jurado worked once again with producer and regular collaborator Richard Swift, and new single Exit 353″ has the sort of rambling 70s vibes weve come to expect from him. Also, I promise, its fully possible to enjoy it without knowing the albums backstory.” – Stereogum

“Its a blurred, reverberating expanse of sound,once again proving how successfully Jurado has transitionedthrough genres, reaching a point where it all comes together in one powerful, evocative track.” – Consequence of Sound

 

Today, Damien Jurado shares the cinematic video for “Exit 353,” the first single off his new (and 12th!) studio album, Visions of Us on the Land, out 3/18 on Secretly Canadian. Visions is the third and final entry in the cosmic trilogy that began with Maraqopa in 2012 and followed by Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son in 2014. The video was directed by Elise Tyler, who had this to say about the concept:

 

Damien has a strong history of cinematic music videos, so I felt very free to explore narrative andimage with Exit 353. I was inspired by the haunting landscapes of the Pacific Northwest; it is aperfect backdrop for Damien’s music, which clearly originates from the towering pine trees, densefog, and winding hills of the region. We explored the area and created a world where two seeminglyvulnerable young women are more powerful than one may think. In my mind, Damien is on theverge of leaving this world and disappearing into anonymity. He is pulled back momentarily by theseyoung women who perhaps need his help- but he quickly realized that he should have never beenseduced back into society, that he was and is alone among men.

 

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EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

Thu. Apr. 7 – Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
Fri. Apr. 8 – Rotterdam, NL @ Motel Mozaique Festival
Sat. Apr. 9 – Genk, NE @ Little Waves Festival
Sun. Apr. 10 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Tue. Apr. 12 – Brighton, UK @ Dome Studio
Wed. Apr. 13 – Bristol, UK @ Lantern
Fri. Apr. 15 – Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Sat. Apr. 16 – Manchester, UK @ St. Philips Church
Sun. Apr. 17 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
Mon. Apr. 18 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall
Wed. Apr. 20 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater
Thu. Apr. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Uebel & Gefahrlich
Fri. Apr. 22 – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA
Sat. Apr. 23 – Oslo, NO @ Mono
Sun. Apr. 24 – Gothenburg, SE @ Pustervik
Tue. Apr. 26 – Stockholm, SE @ Sodra Teatern
Thu. Apr. 28 – Cologne, DE @ Stadtgarten
Fri. Apr. 29 – Paris, FR @ divan Du Monde
Sun. May 1 – Valencia, ES @ Veles
Mon. May 2 – San Sebastian, ES @ Intxaurrondo
Mon. May 3 – Ourense, ES @ Teatro Principal
Tue. May 4 – Lisbon, PT @ MusicBox
Wed. May 5 – Madrid, ES @ Teatro Lara
Thu. May 6 – Barcelona, ES @ Music Hall

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TOUR DATES

06/17/16
Barcelona, ES - SONAR  w/ Hudson Mohawke, Oneohtrix Point Never

07/12/16
Ostrava, CZ - Colors of Ostrava  w/ Hudson Mohawke, Oneohtrix Point Never

07/15/16
Turin, IT - Flowers Festival  w/ Hudson Mohawke, Oneohtrix Point Never

03/07/16
London, UK - Servants Jazz Quarter

03/08/16
Bristol, UK - The Old Bookshop

03/08/16
Bristol, UK - The Gallimaufry

03/09/16
Glasgow, UK - The Hug and Pint

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