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WATCH // Suuns Announce ‘Hold/Still’ For Release April 15th, Video + Dark Sky Psych Remix For First Single “Translate,” Share Worldwide Tour Dates


 

Hold/Still, the third studio album from Suuns, is an enigmatic thing: an eerily beautiful, meticulously played suite of music that embracesopposites and makes a virtue of cognitive dissonance. It is a record that does not give up its secrets easily. A natural step on from theirtwo previous albums, 2011s Zeroes QC & 2013s Images du Futur, and yet a marked departure,Hold/Stillis a cerebral exploration ofhow to take live and analogue instruments and create a deeply textured electronic record. In May 2015, they decamped to Dallas,Texas to work with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton and for three intense weeks they recorded by day and stewed in theircramped apartment by night. It felt like we were on a mission – looking for something to take us out of our element, or that might seepinto our music, say the band. Hold/Still will be released 15 April, 2016.

Thefirst single, “Translate”, is one of the defining songs of the album – the sound of a band working in mental lockstep, crafting guitarmusic that feels unbeholden to clear traditions or genre brackets. It is a song that the band have been reworking for years, and wasone of the last songs to be finished for the album, and yet, perhaps, defines the record perfectly. The synthesizers are the work of MaxHenry, an obsessive who builds his own patches and confesses to using cranky or budget equipment – [good gear] does all the work foryou, and thats not always fun.

Accompanying the song is the first of a trilogy of videos for the album (the second and third installments will be launched ahead of therecord release). Shot by Charles-Andr Coderre, a long term collaborator of the band, he says Translate’, the first music video of atriptych series, is an incandescent vision. It was shot with thermal imagery. The concept was simple: film the band in their rehearsalspace and transfigure the footage into something unusual and gorgeous. We experimented the different meanings of the word”translate” and explored a new film language by shooting what the human eye can’t see.”

Also released today is the Dark Sky Psych remix of Translate”– the first of a number of remixes that will be launched alongside tracksfrom the album. This one takes”Translates” repetitive, krautrock-like rhythms and squeezes them into a tighter, mesmeric arrangement..Says Dark SkyWe really liked the psyched out sounds and sonics from the original track which sounded vintage but also forwardthinking. We were inspired to build on this vibe.”


Preorder Hold/Still now:
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Tracklisting:

Fall
Instrument
UN-NO
Resistance
Mortise and Tenon
Translate
Brainwash
Careful
Paralyzer
Nobody Can Save Me Now
Infinity

Suuns Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

07-Apr – Bar le Cha-Cha, Ste-Therese QC, CA
09-Apr – La Taverne, St-Casimir QC, CA
15-Apr – L’Anti, Quebec City QC, CA
16-Apr – Le Naufrageur, Carleton QC, CA
20-Apr – La Tulipe, Montreal QC, CA
21-Apr – St Alban’s Church, Ottawa ON, CA
22-Apr – Adelaide Hall, Toronto ON, CA
19-May – Berghain, Berlin, DE
20-May – Melkweg, Amsterdam, NL
21-May – Grand Mix, Lille, FR
22-May – La Nuit De Botanique Festival, Brussels, BE
24-May – ICA, London, UK – Tickets
27-May – Immergut Festival, Neustrelitz, DE – Tickets
28-May – Seewiesen Festival, KleinReifling, AT
30-May – TBA, Paris, FR
01-June – PrimaveraSound, Barcelona, ES
05-June – Maifield Derby Festival, Mannheim, DE
08-June – Monk, Rome, IT
09-June – Beaches Brew Festival, Ravenna, IT

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.

Preorder Sirens Now:
via Secretly Canadian//iTunes//Amazon//Support your local independent record store

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.

RELEASE DAY // Here We Go Magic Release ‘Be Small’

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The new Here We Go Magic record is now out worldwide from Secretly Canadian! Recorded and produced by the band, Be Small is a rich and diverse exploration of texture and groove. Noisey calls it a “tapestry, an album layered with nuances of twiddly guitar and soft vocals, bluesy grooves fit for both dancing and relaxing.”

Buy Be Small:
via Secretly Canadian // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local record store

Here We Go Magic Tour Dates:
(more info and tix here)

Thu. Oct. 22 Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri. Oct. 23 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Sat. Oct. 24 New York, NY @Bowery Ballroom
Sun. Oct. 25 Somerville, MA @ Cuisine en Locale
Mon. Oct. 26 Montreal, QC @ Divan Orange
Tue. Oct. 27 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Wed. Oct. 28 Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Thu. Oct. 29 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
Fri. Oct. 30 Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Sun. Nov. 1 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
Mon. Nov. 2 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
Tue. Nov. 3 Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Wed. Nov. 4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Thu. Nov. 5 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
Fri. Nov. 6 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
Sat. Nov. 7 Vancouver, BC @ Fortune Sound Club
Sun. Nov. 8 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Tue. Nov. 10 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Fri. Nov. 13 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
Sat. Nov. 14 San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing
Sun. Nov. 15 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Tue. Nov. 17 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Wed. Nov. 18 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Thu. Nov. 19 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
Fri. Nov. 20 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Sat. Nov. 21 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook

NEW ARTIST ANNOUNCE // Ben Abraham Joins The Secretly Canadian Roster, Shares Acoustic Video For “Home”

Australian singer Ben Abraham is now on the Secretly Canadian roster! Sincere, engaging songwriting has lead to tours with Emmylou Harris and Sara Bareilles, collaborations with Gotye and a strong following in Australia and Europe.

Ben is in NY this week for CMJ. Check the flyer below for shows.

BA-CMJ

AUDIO

No Woman by Whitney
Exit 353 by Damien Jurado
Falling by Here We Go Magic
Ordinary Feeling by Here We Go Magic
Tokyo London US Korea by Here We Go Magic
Not You by Steven A. Clark

VIDEOS

Translate by Suuns

You And Me by Ben Abraham

Exit 353 by Damien Jurado

Big Winter Jacket by Cayucas

COMING SOON

Damien Jurado
Visions of Us on the Land
CD / 2xLP
Ben Abraham
Sirens
CD / 2xLP
Suuns
Hold/Still
CD / LP

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