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MARMOSET Releases New Album, Tea Tornado, For Joyful Noise Recordings

This week, the trio of gentlemen known as MARMOSET released a new album for our good friends at Joyful Noise Recordings. The album, Tea Tornado, is described by the folks at Joyful Noise as an energetic set of songs that is “too strange to be punk, too free of pretension to be psychedelic or glam.” Read more about Tea Tornado and snatch youself a copy HERE.

EARLY DAY MINERS Explore the Powers of Reinvention On New Album, The Treatment

Reinvention is usually something that Midwesterners only do by leaving the Midwest: moving to New York City, joining the Peace Corps, or otherwise escaping their current locale. Small town life tends to define you outside of yourself, leaving reinvention to only be possible when a state of anonymity can be reached. Sometimes whether easy or not, reinvention must occur for life to endure. The Early Day Miners new album, The Treatment, speaks to the powers of reinvention in more than one way.

After years of building gorgeous and sprawling guitar rock epics, EDM has trimmed their sound into shorter, tighter songs with a decidedly pop edge to them. They have also slimmed their lineup down from as many as eight members, to the lean four-piece outfit of Dan Burton (guitar, vocals, keys), John Dawson (guitar), Marty Sprowles (drums) and Johnny “Yuma” Richardson (bass). Even in the album’s lyrics, the yearning allure of reinvention is ever present. We now offer the first dose of The Treatment “So Slowly”, a song that speaks of the need to move forward, while not wanting to give up on the past. It is a difficult position that we can all relate too, but also a position that often leads to some of the most fruitful moments of discovery. Read more about The Treatment HERE.

Early Day Miners The Treatment will be available on Secretly Canadian September 22 in the US, and September 21 in the UK. And check out Early Day Miners on tour in SeptemberEarly Day Miners Explore the Powers of Reinvention On New Album, The Treatment. See those live dates HERE.

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!

AUDIO

Faust by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness
All White Everything by JJ
Wedding Day by Anand Wilder & Maxwell Kardon
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

VIDEOS

Sunspot by Suuns

Busy Baby (feat. Nina K) by Tomas Barfod

Innocence by Electric Youth

COMING SOON

Electric Youth
Innerworld
CD / LP
Songs: Ohia
Didn't It Rain (Deluxe Edition)
2XCD / 2XLP

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