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THE EARLIES return with their second album

THE EARLIES return with their second album for Secretly Canadian, “The Enemy Chorus,” on January 23.

The Earlies sophomore effort “The Enemy Chorus” is a hypnotic voyage through a largely aphotic locale with unpredictable bursts of light and sound – perhaps amidst the heavens, or maybe under our own feet. The album comes from a darker and less familiar place than their pop tradition-steeped debut “These Were The Earlies” (released by Secretly Canadian in 2005). While no less beautiful than that record, “The Enemy Chorus” carries a greater feeling of uncertainty, longing, anxiety, and sadness. However, these tonal changes did not happen overnight, as the seeds were planted in the sunny, pastoral pop fields of that first album. The Earlies started as a recording project, with the four core members swapping tapes and trading files from their home studios. Over time, the vision grew, as the core of four enlisted the help of other musicians to translate their music to a live show – at times featuring 12+ musicians. The group’s production skills have been greatly refined – at times, reminiscent of Nigel Godrich’s great layered atmospheres. The approach to recording is essentially the same, though, and the distinct “Earlies sound” remains intact. Their listening habits changed considerably between the recording of the two albums – exploring the depths of progressive and krautrock. Influences range from the essential work of Faust, to prog greats Gentle Giant, to the musique concrete madness of Jean-Claude Vannier.

“The Enemy Chorus” would not be truly complete without the right artwork. For that task, The Earlies called upon Michael England. After repeated listens to the album, England delivered the perfect visual accompaniment. The group can best explain it themselves: “He discovered the hidden concept album within, and the whole album made more sense to us upon seeing his artwork than it ever had previously.” For more info on England’s work, check out

“The Enemy Chorus” includes help from many of the same musicians who played on “These Were The Earlies.” However, there are a couple new players, including Rishi Dhir of The High Dials (Rainbow Quartz), who casts a spell with his sitar on the album’s closer “Breaking Point.” The Earlies have lent their production talents to the likes of King Creosote (679/names), Micah P. Hinson (Jade Tree), and Leona Naess (MCA), as well as remixing tracks for Hot Chip (Astralwerks) and Tunng (Ace Fu / Full Time Hobby). JM Lapham of The Earlies also collaborates with Micah P. Hinson under The Late Chord moniker. Their debut EP was released on 4AD; their first full-length is due in 2007.

“The Enemy Chorus” will be available in all good record stores on January 23, 2007. For an early taste, a free download of the lead track “No Love in Your Heart” is now available:

THE EARLIES transmit first Enemy Broadcast, announce Euro tour dates

In anticipation of their new album, JM Lapham of The Earlies has prepared the first Enemy Broadcast – a special 15-minute continuous mix which includes elements of all 10 tracks on the new album. The Enemy Broadcast is featured as the latest installment of the Secretly Canadian Podcast.

If you have yet to join our podcastic ranks, go [url=]here[/url] for more info on how to do so.

But if that’s not your bag, we have a limited number of handmade CD-Rs containing that very same Enemy Broadcast. These will be included with mail-orders for the new album until we run out. You can pre-order [i]The Enemy Chorus[/i] [url=]here.[/url]

Also, The Earlies have also announced a string of European tour dates in March. Details on a North American tour in support of The Enemy Chorus will be forthcoming. For a complete and up-to-date listing of tour dates go [url=]here.[/url]

THE EARLIES to perform on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

The Earlies will perform on Morning Becomes Eclectic – hosted by Nic Harcourt on KCRW in Los Angeles – this Thursday 12/1/05 at 11:15am PST (2:15pm EST). They will perform two 15-minute sets, and will answer some questions from Nic.

KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic

THE EARLIES launch North American tour; transmit Secret Broadcasts;

Just this weekend, The Earlies landed in the US to kick-off their first full North American tour. As the British and American principals unite, they just couldn’t resist bringing some friends along. They have assembled an 8-piece space-orchestra, complete with strings, horns, and enough keyboards that we presume some sort of octopus-man mutant has been employed to play them all. Already a sound engineer’s nightmare, we have to note that this line-up is trimmed from the 11-piece ensemble which has been known to play across the pond. Needless to say, The Earlies live performance is an experience that should not be missed.

Over the past year and a half, The Earlies have treated their UK fan to a series of Secret Broadcasts. A unique fusion of loops, electronic psychedelia, and just enough country to break your heart, the mixes are lovingly prepared by The Earlies’ John Mark in his studio. As a special treat for the growing legions of fans here in the Western Hemisphere, The Earlies Secret Broadcast #1 is now transmitting on the Secretly Canadian website. ESB#1 was originally broadcast on the BBC, then given away via The Rough Trade Shops in London. As all editions of the Broadcasts are of a limited nature, this transmission will end shortly after the tour is completed. As a Secretly Canadian exclusive – a brand new mix, Secret Broadcast #11 will be given away in very limited quantities via select indie retailers, including Insound, and via Secretly Canadian’s own mail-order.

To further the assault of the senses, a phenomenal video for the song “Morning Wonder” is about to be unleashed on the American media. A psychedelic animated trip inspired by the album’s wonderful artwork, the video will be serviced nationally by Telemotion Video. The video will also be available for viewing very soon on the Secretly Canadian homepage.

The Earlies Tourdates

Morning Wonder Video

Secret Broadcast #1

The Earlies, Live Downloads At This Year’s Bestival

Live music specialists Tunetribe have an exlcusive download of The Earlies set on the main stage at this year’s Bestival.

To check out the tracks and download click HERE


Gazelles In Flight by Suuns
Blue Chicago Moon by Songs: Ohia
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


You Are Dead To Me by I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

Runaway by Electric Youth

Dynasti by JJ


And Jerusalem in My Heart


Major Lazer
Rio De Janeiro, BR - Estacao Leopoladina

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