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ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS Announce New Album The Crying Light

Antony and the Johnson’s breakthrough second album I Am a Bird Now won the UK’s Mercury Prize in 2005. The success that followed introduced many to a pioneering soul singer exploring themes that traversed darkness and light, life and death, male and female. Antony’s inimitable voice sparked the interest of artists ranging from Bjork to Hercules and Love Affair, resulting in a series of critically acclaimed collaborations.

The Crying Light is the highly anticipated full-length follow-up to I Am a Bird Now. Here, Antony shifts the thematic focus and explores his relationship with the elemental and natural world, and the intimacy of the Johnsons’ sound is enveloped by subtle symphonic arrangements. The first moments of “Her Eyes Are Underneath the Ground” set the stage, conjuring an animist world with enigmatic lyrics, painterly clarinet lines, and a lilting piano that cradles the listener over a menacing quarry of strings. The spiraling waltz of “Epilepsy Is Dancing” and the joyful ricochets of “Kiss My Name” are to follow. The record’s centerpiece, “Another World” traces despair in the face of a vanishing landscape. The hypnotic vocal on “Dust and Water” unfurls like smoke, and the track “Everglade”, co-arranged with Nico Muhly, concludes the album. Here Antony realizes that his “…Limbs (have) stopped Crying for Home…” and falls into a musical reverie that seems inspired in its sense of pastoral abandon by the legendary Butoh dancer Kazuo Ohno, whose eerie portrait graces the cover of The Crying Light .

Antony and the Johnsons’ music bridges the gap between avant-classical music and the blues, and Antony and his band have sold out performances from Carnegie Hall to the Apollo. The Crying Light may become one of those albums that becomes emblematic of its time, a reflection of the momentous changes that we are facing, within each of our private worlds as well as collectively, and how we are summoning the courage to start moving through them.

The Crying Light will be released January 20th, 2009.

Pre-Order DANIELSON’S Trying Hartz and FRIDA HYVÖNEN’S Silence Is Wild

DANIELSON’S newest release, Trying Hartz, samples the first decade of the Danielson/Danielson Famile/Br. Danielson oeuvre (all the years before the critically acclaimed Ships). It’s a perfect starter volume for listeners who have not had the pleasure of engaging with the evolution of this unusual, surprising, and incredibly moving musical consortium.

On Silence is Wild, FRIDA HYVÖNEN’S second full-length, Hyvonen continues to take an utterly modern approach to classic songwriting forms: blending the confessional with the fictional; mixing wit with a sexuality that shifts from the refined to the raw; all the while using language which dances effortlessly between the timeless and the contemporary, referencing high art and pop culture in a transcendent manner which masterfully puts Hyvönen at the top of a new international class of singer-songwriters.

Both of these albums are due out on 11/04, but you can pre-order them HERE

FRIDA HYVÖNEN Announces New Album, “Silence Is Wild”

Having come out of a year of isolation, FRIDA HYVÖNEN paired up once again with Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen in Stockholm’s famous Atlantis studio and made her second full-length Silence Is Wild – due November 4th, 2008 on Secretly Canadian. Whereas Hyvönen’s 2006 debut Until Death Comes was lean and percussive with her distinctive oompah-styled piano and direct lyrics, Silence Is Wild stretches her voice across lush arrangements of piano, strings, choirs, and synths.

Piano-based antecedents and contemporaries such as Carole King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Plush, and Antony and the Johnsons generally feel like appropriate touchstones for discussing the Swedish singer-songwriter’s recorded work. Lyrically, however, Hyvönen is in more open waters, as she forges her own stylistic path as a songwriter. “December”, for instance, is a simple – almost banal – song about abortion that has been utterly stripped of emotion and showcases her distinct talent for political & social ambivalence. On “Pony” she flips the Smog classic “I Break Horses” on its head. Bill Callahan’s confidence bristled on the latter as he sang “I break horses / I don’t tend to them / I break horses / They seem to come to me / Asking to be broken / They seem to run to me.” On Silence Is Wild’s “Pony”, Hyvönen sings:

The stable is where you learn to
be in charge and not take shit
Dressed to the occasion
leather boots and a stiff black whip
I don’t even have to use it!
I just hold it like this;
my pony knows when she sees it
that does she not behave
she will get to taste it

On Silence is Wild, Hyvönen continues to take an utterly modern approach to classic songwriting forms: blending the confessional with the fictional; mixing wit with a sexuality that shifts from the refined to the raw; all the while using language which dances effortlessly between the timeless and the contemporary, referencing high art and pop culture in a transcendent manner which masterfully puts Hyvönen at the top of a new international class of singer-songwriters.

Check out the first mp3, “Enemy Within” from the album here!

I LOVE YOU BUT I’VE CHOSEN DARKNESS play FunFunFun Fest, prepare for new album

I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness have announced their date at this year’s FunFunFun Fest in Austin, Texas. Playing Sunday November 4, 2007 at Waterloo Park, ILYBICD will be joined by a ton of other bands of which have not been announced yet. But if last year’s lineup is any indication (Spoon, Prefuse 73, Black Angles, etc), then, well, it should be a pretty fun time this year…

For more info and tickets, you can go to:
http://www.funfunfunfest.com/

In other news, ILYBICD is currently preparing new material as they get ready to head back into the studio this fall for their next record.

MARMOSET reaches the treetops, releases new CD/LP, uses opposable thumbs to create podcast

Now that the first new Marmoset recordings in over 5 years are conveniently available in a tangible format entitled ‘Florist Fired’, you’re probably wishing to know more about this band who’s compact disc or long player you now hold in your hands. Lucky for you, we caught up with the band in Indy a couple weeks back and learned about jailbreaks, Rush, and walking the streets. Somewhere in between the guys provide a Cliff Notes version of their existence and commentary on their future classics.

To hear Marmoset along with other Secretly Canadian artists, you can tune into our podcast from the following links:
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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

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Happy by Tomas Barfod

Red Eyes by The War On Drugs

Colony Glen by Gardens & Villa

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Love Me
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Gardens & Villa
Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair

The War On Drugs
Boston, MA - Paradise  w/ White Laces

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