Toronto, ON – July 20, 2017 - The White Buffalo has announced his sixth full-length album Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights will be released on October 6th via Unison Music Group / Thirty Tigers.
Today The White Buffalo has shared the first single from the album, “The Observatory”. The track is currently streaming on Rolling Stone Country, who writes, “There’s something ancient about Jake Smith’s voice. The man behind the name White Buffalo, Smith’s is a deep, dark rasp, aged and weathered, wearied and wizened”. “The Observatory” will be available for download on iTunes and available on streaming services this Friday, July 21st.
“The Observatory” is also available as an instant-grat download for fans who pre-order Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights via The White Buffalo’s website, along with special bundle packages that include vinyl, apparel and other items. Pre-orders will be available starting July 21st at this link [Insert Smart URL].
Known as The White Buffalo, songwriter Jake Smith has resolutely charted his own single-minded musical course for more than a decade. His captivating live presence and workingman’s approach to his craft has earned him a loyal fan base across North America, as well as glowing reviews from press outlets including Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly,Paste, and more. Smith has toured alongside Ryan Bingham, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, State Radio, Ziggy Marley, and most recently Flogging Molly, which brought him to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver earlier this year. He has also been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live – watch his performance HERE.
Over the course of five albums, various EPs, and numerous prominent placements in such high-profile outlets as TV’s Sons of Anarchy and Californication, Smith has built a powerful body of work that marks him as a genuine original. The California-bred artist writes timeless, vividly detailed character studies, tapping into the emotional lives of various misfits, outsiders and troubled souls with insight and compassion. His songwriting is matched by his rough-hewn, deeply expressive voice, and by his distinctive instrumental arrangements, which are simultaneously intimate and epic.
“The voice inside him whirls… hitting the air like a fist.”
Jeffrey Fleishman, L.A. Times
“..he’s a turbo charged Bruce Springsteen, equal parts brain and brawn”
- Q Magazine
Darkest Darks, Lightest Lights Track Listing:
1. Hide and Seek
4. The Observatory
5. Madam’s Soft, Madam’s Sweet
6. Nightstalker Blues
7. If I Lost My Eyes
8. Border Town / Bury Me In Baja
9. The Heart and Soul Of The Night
10. I Am The Moo
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“We’re both excited to announce that our new album, ‘Love What Survives’ will be released on the 8th of September on Warp Records. It’s been a fascinating process that has changed us as a band and we’re feeling great about how it’s come together. Can’t wait to share our third album with you”
Love What Survives is the long awaited third studio album from Mount Kimbie. It’s the most confident statement of intent from the boundary-pushing duo yet, and an embodiment of their career-long musical progression
‘Blue Train Lines’ demonstrates the progression and evolutionary journey the band have embarked on since the release of 2013′s Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. The track centres on a motorik rhythm section, heightened and enhanced by long-time collaborator and friend King Krule’s jagged vocal bursts and pulsing synths.
The album is the product of three years of intense creative development, continually honed by the duo writing and rewriting their ideas to form something wholly idiosyncratic and personal. It brings together the voices of their close friends and collaborators – who together represent a corner of the UK’s young artistic talent -
James Blake, Micachu and King Krule, within the immersive, unique atmosphere of a Mount Kimbie album.
The record’s expansive nature is indebted to the fact it was made between London where Kai Campos resides and Los Angeles where Dom Maker moved in 2016. The duo would travel back and forth to work together, cultivating ideas in intensive sessions. For Maker, putting down roots in a foreign city with its cultural differences and geographical vastness was alienating at first but it gave fresh perspective and inspiration.
Over the past few months the band have released two tracks – the first, “We Go Home Together” featured James Blake, and more recently the their lullaby-esque collaboration with Micachu, “Marilyn”. Both tracks were accompanied with visual collaborations with the Lebon family: renowned 90s fashion photographer Mark Lebon made the video for Marilyn; his son Frank Lebon designed and features in the album artwork.
Mount Kimbie have also announced a European tour, which includes their biggest London headline to date at the Roundhouse. The live band, which also includes two new live members, recently played to packed out audiences across the US. Full dates are listed on the band website :www.mountkimbie.com/live
Love What Survives
01. Four Years and One Day
02. Blue Train Lines (feat. King Krule)
04. Marilyn (feat. Micachu)
05. SP12 Beat
06. You Look Certain (I’m Not So Sure) (feat. Andrea Balency)
08. We Go Home Together (feat. James Blake)
11. How We Got By (feat. James Blake)
TORONTO, ON – July 10th, 2017 - One of Canada’s most lauded independent bands, Lowest of the Low, announced earlier this year a string of live dates this summer including an appearance at Hillside Festival this Friday and a headlining show at The Danforth Music Hall on September 9th. Today, the band are excited to announce that their fourth studio album Do The Right Now is set for release on September 8th via Pheromone Recordings. In anticipation of the release, the band have shared the first single and lyric video for “Powerlines,” watch here.
On the single, front man Ron Hawkins reflects, “Powerlines is a song about my experiences writing the first Low album, Shakespeare My Butt. I had recently broken up with a long time partner and moved into a punk rock squat with some crazy characters I called friends. Every day I walked through the city with a notebook and drank in bars and went to galleries and shows and hung out in my little bohemian circle of anarchists, punks and poets. I became the protagonist in the movie of my life and the city was a cinematic sidekick and factored into the lyrics like a companion.”
The visually stunning lyric video was made in collaboration with photographer, Tom Ryaboi, a pioneer of the art of roof topping. The video reflects Ron’s relationship with his hometown of Toronto and his changing perspective of it over the years. The video is a natural fit to depict a very modern version of Toronto from perspectives not often seen.
Do The Right Now was recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto, with Ron Hawkins and studio co-owner Joe Dunphy sharing production duties.
Stay tuned for more Canadian tour dates.
Do The Right Now
The Hard Way
Something To Believe In
Don’t Let it Lay You Low
July 14 – Guelph, ON – Hillside Festival
July 15 – Ottawa, ON – Hope Volleyball Summerfest
Sept. 09 – Toronto, ON – The Danforth Music Hall
Sept.16 – Prince Edward County, ON – Sandbanks Music Festival
Oct. 01 – Sidney, BC – Mary Winspear Centre,
Oct. 05-06 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore Ballroom (w/ 54-40)
Oct. 28 – Hamilton, ON – Collective Arts Brewery @ Guitars Strings And Kidney Things
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LONDON, UK June 29, 2017 - London, England duo TENDER announce their hotly-anticipated debut album Modern Addiction is out September 1st through Partisan Records and Culvert Music (Canada). To celebrate they are sharing the stunning video to lead single ‘Nadir.’ The band is also announcing UK and North American tour dates (all dates below) for this fall. Modern Addiction is now available for pre-order via Partisan Records and Culvert Records (Canada.)
After the collapse of a long-term romantic relationship, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist James Cullen, found solace in TENDER and created his most personal work. ‘Nadir’ focuses on the damage done to one’s psyche when staying in a relationship way past its healthy conclusion. Directed by Jack A. Bowden, the video for “Nadir” shows the highs and lows of romantic entanglement through dance. Bowden spoke more on the inspiration saying; “Tender wanted to take the direction of a fragmented and collapsing relationship with this one. I decided to touch on the different dynamics which a relationship can hold. Beyond “happiness” and “sadness”, there are times when two people are just on different paths. No matter the effort they put in, something else is putting them off-kilter and out-of-synch. Call it bad timing, differences, whatever. People also become desensitized to one another, almost reaching slumber, unaware and oblivious to the other’s feelings. The energy of ‘Nadir’ screams dance to me, so I thought it would be interesting to express these dynamics through contemporary dance.”
Modern Addiction listens like catharsis. From orgasm, to break-up, to silence, the record breaths closure to a relationship that has intensified, shattered, and healed. It is young, cold, urban, lonely, and an intrinsically modern look at the irrepressible desire to maintain a love, be it destined or doomed. James Cullen and Dan Cobb’s debut full length, explores the phenomenon of comfort and compulsion that is addiction, via a pop record about a relationship. Cullen frames familiar feelings for us to relate to and digest, but simultaneously undermines their presence, leaving the listener holding the same hollow heart that he carried through his addiction. Cobb’s soaring synths and progressive percussion are waxed and shined by the album’s sleek club mix, and the juxtaposition with Cullen’s lyrics is heart-breaking.
Cullen and Cobb formed TENDER in 2015, as the bedroom project of two flatmates tired of the design-by-committee nature of larger musical groups. Due to their intimate personal geography, Cobb was privy to the ‘toxic’ relationship that gestated Cullen’s lyrics, and this record. Gladly enough, in regard to music-making with Cobb, “Nothing seemed like a struggle. We never fought anything,” Cullen remembers. They self-released a few songs and “Armour” wound up on the front page of Reddit a few hours later (with several hundred thousand plays on Soundcloud). Two years and three EPs later, TENDER now have tens of millions of streams across Soundcloud, Spotify and YouTube and have enjoyed Hype Machine’s #1 spot several times with several different tracks.
Modern Addiction is about duality, the unreliable polarity of human magnetics. The opening track, ‘Illuminate,’ describes a struggle for independence in the face of scale-tipping dominance. ‘Vow’ finds beauty in the unique balance of a moment. ‘Nadir,’ the album’s most precise emotional indictment, lurches from underneath, “I hate it when you touch me, but I’ve kept it under wraps / Get bored of trying foreplay and I think we’re getting fat.” Swimming in between polished sub tones and global rhythms are relatable fallacies of love. These tracks have refreshingly inclusive sensual detail, and are liquid enough in their diction to be tangible to those who navigate the many flavours of romance in the year 2017. These are ultimately pop songs, meant to illuminate the ubiquitous but hidden. “We want it to make people connect with each other. We want to evoke emotion. We want people to dance,” says Cobb.
While Modern Addiction often deals with the bleak realities of a love that’s fading, repeated listens offer a sense of optimism. It’s the relief that comes from getting through to the other side. The second half of the ‘Nadir’ is about “loving someone in a different way,” Cullen says. “Because it isn’t how it was in the beginning, doesn’t mean it’s not real.”
TENDER’s Modern Addiction provides fresh perspective to the idea of addiction, through the lens of love. It is unafraid to admit or to accuse, eager to confide and to provide, in direct, shimmering confessionals. The irony is that Cullen seems to have not been afforded these luxuries in his personal relationship, and observing his self-portrait leaves the listener feeling similarly ephemeral and isolated. All save for that of his musical relationship with Cobb, who’s dynamic and punctual dark-pop flavour echoes his bandmate’s struggle with audible landscapes appropriately smooth in their tones and jagged in their turns. Modern Addiction is a window to overdose, intervention, relapse, and sobriety. For the listener, it’s the experience of being on both sides of the glass.
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“breathtakingly compelling, evocative and immersively lush new album…” - Music Life Magazine
“Her songs are simple, poignant and utterly personal, infused with jazz, classical, pop and Latin influences. Sarah Slean’s classiness as a songwriter defies period and genre.” - Musical Toronto
“Sweeping melodies create an emotional atmosphere that match the powerful lyrics.” - Canadian Beats
TORONTO, ON – June 22, 2017 - Today, singer-songstress Sarah Slean announces her upcoming Canadian fall tour in support of her 9th studio album, Metaphysics. Metaphysics was released on April 7th via Cadence Music/Fontana North and features two CBC Radio 2 – Top 20 songs Sarah and Perfect Sky. This summer will see Sarah perform on Canada Day as part of the celebrations in Hamilton, as well as a performance at the Interstellar Rodeo in Winnipeg. On October 6th she will kick off her fall tour in Vancouver, followed by dates in Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina, and Ottawa to name a few (full details below). In conjunction with the tour announcement - Sarah has released a beautiful new video, filmed on the streets of Toronto and featuring clips from PledgeMusic supporters from 5 different countries, for her song, Every Rhythm Is The Beat. ”This song was inspired by my chance encounter with an extraordinary 31-year-old man on a GO Train several years ago. It ignited a two-year long correspondence,” says Sarah. “And though that correspondence did not ultimately have a happy ending, it did bring into full light the incredible interconnectedness of all lives.”
Sarah continues, ”In the ever-changing, often bewildering maze of identity politics, we all want to figure out what groups we belong to, bear allegiance to and take refuge in… but we often forget that there’s really only one “group” in the grand scheme. We’re all distant relatives, no matter how different our bodies, creeds, colours, behaviours. We all have the same blueprint and experience consciousness via the same mysterious, sophisticated biological system… We all feel, and suffer, and love. Remembering that is enough to awaken the compassion inside all of us that today’s world can sometimes lull to sleep.”
What’s The Story About Sarah Slean?
Signed to Atlantic/Warner Records at the tender age of 19, three-time Juno nominee and modern-day Renaissance woman Sarah Slean has since released 11 albums in over 10 countries worldwide – but perhaps the most astonishing aspect of her artistry is its breadth. Over her 20-year career, Slean has published two volumes of poetry, starred in short films and a movie musical (spawning two Gemini Award nominations), penned two string quartets, held numerous exhibitions of her paintings, and shared the stage with 8 of the country’s professional orchestras. Classically trained from the age of 5, she routinely collaborates with cutting-edge contemporary classical ensembles like The Art of Time, and has been invited to sing world premieres by Canada’s leading living composers. Citing such diverse influences as Leonard Bernstein, philosophy, Joni Mitchell, Buddhism and Bach, her music borrows aspects of cabaret, rock, pop, and orchestral: all knit together by the startling poetry of her lyrics, virtuosic piano-playing, and that voice, described by the CBC as “a 19th century Kate Bush”. In addition to headlining theatres across Canada, Sarah has also toured Europe, the US and Scandinavia and has opened internationally for such artists as Bryan Ferry, Rufus Wainwright, Alanis Morissette, Andrew Bird, Feist, Ron Sexsmith, Chris Isaak, and Buck 65. Metaphysics, her first recording in 5 years, is described as a breathtaking amalgamation of Slean’s dramatic orchestral arranging and her signature take on songwriting.
Canadian Tour Dates
July 1 – Hamilton, ON – RBC Stage at Bayfront Park (w/ Steve Strongman, Jully Black & the National Academy Orchestra of Canada
August 20 – Winnipeg, MB – Interstellar Rodeo (3:50pm)
October 6 – North Vancouver, BC – BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts
October 11 – Calgary, AB – The Grand Theatre
October 12 – Sherwood Park, AB – Festival Place
October 13 – Saskatoon, SK – Broadway Theatre
October 14 – Regina, SK – Artesian on 13th
October 17-18 – Ottawa, ON – National Art Centre – Studio Theatre More Dates To Be Announced Soon and Orchestra Performances in 2018