ALBUM RELEASE // Gardens & Villa’s ‘Dunes’ Out Now, US Tour Starts Friday



Gardens & Villa‘s second album, Dunes, is out today worldwide on Secretly Canadian.

The five members of the band, Adam Rasmussen, Chris Lynch, Dusty Ineman, Levi Hayden and Shane McKillop, left their hometown and base of sunny Santa Barbara to record with Tim Goldsworthy (Cut Copy, DFA Records, Hercules & Love Affair) at Key Club, a converted locksmith’s building in Benton Harbor, MI. Ripped out of their usual environment into a cold midwestern locale, the band finds a new voice on Dunes. The band brings their catchy rhythms and bold synth lines from previous records but continues developing a richer sound now experimenting with unique gear including Sly Stone‘s custom-built Flickinger recording console and direction from Goldsworthy.

Listen to tracks “Bullet Train” and “Colony Glen” above or here on our Soundcloud.

Dunes is now available from iTunes, Amazon, SC Distribution, and your local record store.

Early reviews on Dunes:

“Goldsworthy has built a stratum of battered, creaky atmosphere atop Gardens & Villa’s already richly layered mood”

- SLANT Magazine | ★★★★

“Ultimately, Dunes is a collection of tracks which showcases Gardens & Villa’s distinctly original twist on the well-worn and much abused genre of synth-pop. It’s fun, it’s clever and it’s mature–electro-pop for adults.”

- The Line Of Best Fit

“Compared to their debut album, Dunes marks a step up in the band’s sound.”

THE 405

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WATCH // Tomas Barfod Premieres New “Pulsing” Video, EP Out February 18th

Today we share Tomas Barfod‘s first music video for the track “Pulsing”. Directed by Cherise Payne (dir. videos for Sampha, Apache Beat), the video shows the intersection of teenage love and the local meat market over Barfod’s constantly building track featuring the vocals of collaborator Nina K.

On the video, director Cherise Payne says:

The first thing that struck me about Tomas’ track was that the melody and vocal were so beautiful but there was an underlying darkness in the bass and the beat. I wanted to explore this idea of beauty and darkness in the video by presenting a series of contrasts. The blood and gore of a meat market is contrasted with the passion and skill a butcher lends to their work, much like an artist working on a sculpture. The haze of a young couple exploring the city after a night out is contrasted with the the focus and bustle of a busy early morning market

Watch the video for “Pulsing” above or here on our YouTube.

If you missed it, we previously shared his track “Happy” featuring the vocals of Eddie Chacon (of Charles & Eddie). Listen to it above or on our Soundcloud / YouTube here.

Pre-order the new Happy EP Pulsing on iTunes now and get the self-titled single instantly here before it’s out February 18th.


Track listing:
Pulsing (feat. Nina K)
Tea Cup
Happy (feat. Eddie Chacon)
Value of Feint
Pulsing (JEZUS MILLION remix)

EP ANNOUNCE // Major Lazer Announces ‘Apocalypse Soon’ Out February 25th, Preview New Tracks In BBC Radio 1Xtra Mix





Major Lazer has announced their first official release of 2014, the Apocalypse Soon EP, will be out February 25 via Mad Decent / Secretly Canadian. Major Lazer, led by Grammy nominated Diplo, soars to new heights in 2014 bringing huge artists to the new 5 track EP including Grammy Winner Pharrell Williams, Sean Paul, and also Machel Montano, RDX, Moska and Mr. Fox.

Listen to Major Lazer member Walshy Fire’s Major Lazer Mix for BBC Radio 1Xtra above [or here on Soundcloud] which features exclusive previews of several of the new tracks off of Apocalypse Soon.



APOCALYPSE SOON TRACKLISTING
1. Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams)
2. Come On To Me (feat. Sean Paul)
3. Sound Bang (feat. Machel Montano)
4. Lose Yourself (feat. RDX & Moska)
5. Dale Asi (feat. Mr. Fox)

For more including info on where to pre-order the EP soon, follow Major Lazer on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, or head to majorlazer.com

LISTEN // Tomas Barfod Shares New Track, “Happy (feat. Eddie Chacon), EP Out February 18th

Today, Tomas Barfod shares new track Happy featuring the vocals of Eddie Chacon (of Charles & Eddie). Listen to it above or on our Soundcloud / YouTube here.

On the song, Eddie wrote:


The lyrics to Happy came about differently than any song I have written before. One day while driving in Los Angeles with my wife we were talking about a person’s natural disposition. She labeled me an eternal optimist. I thought about that for a second before I replied that this world is hard on artists. In my 35 year music career starting in the late 70′s in San Francisco and leading up until now that I had seen so many of my great musician friends slip away due to aids, drugs, car accidents, suicide and even santaria but that I had decided I was gonna be happy. My wife was moved by this and insisted I make a song out of it.

I’ve attended many funerals in my life and I always think the same thing: Any day above ground is a good day.

If you missed it, we previously shared his track “Pulsing” featuring his long-time collaborator Nina K. and you can listen to it on our YouTube / Soundcloud.

Pre-order the new EP Pulsing on iTunes now and get the self-titled single instantly here before it’s out February 18th.


Track listing:
Pulsing (feat. Nina K)
Tea Cup
Happy (feat. Eddie Chacon)
Value of Feint
Pulsing (JEZUS MILLION remix)

TOUR DATES
01/17/14 Groningen, NL – Eurosonic @ Simplon (onstage 8.45pm)

TUNE IN // Watch Tig Notaro At The 56th Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony

We feel like corny, proud parents but we couldn’t be happier to see Tig Notaro‘s LIVE album nominated for the Best Comedy Album Grammy at this year’s GRAMMYs! Her category’s winner will be announced during the Pre-Telecast Ceremony which streams live this Sunday, January 26th at 1pm PST / 4pm EST at Grammy.com.. Hosted by Cyndi Lauper, the ceremony will also include Tig as a presenter. Watch Tig discuss her nomination and potential win with Grammy.com above or here on their YouTube page.

Get Tig’s fantastic Grammy-nominated sophomore album LIVE from Secretly Canadian Distribution or from iTunes now.

AUDIO

Her Ghost by Woman's Hour
Aerosol Can (feat. Pharrell Williams) by Major Lazer
Pulsing (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod
Red Eyes by The War On Drugs
Silver Timothy by Damien Jurado
Katie by Luke Temple
Think Of The Ocean by Porcelain Raft

VIDEOS

Happy by Tomas Barfod

Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

COMING SOON

Tomas Barfod
Love Me
CD / LP
Woman's Hour
Conversations
CD / LP

SHOWS TODAY

Damien Jurado
Birmingham, AL - The Bottletree

Gardens & Villa
Charlotte, NC - Visulite Theatre  w/ Tycho

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