New Releases for August 25th, 2017

August 25th, 2017

Baby In Vain More Nothing CD | LP | iTunes | Spotify
Mo Kenney Maybe I Am iTunes | Spotify
Aron D’Alesio Self-Titled CD | LP

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Stick Figure Burial Ground LP
Sc Mira Free iTunes | Spotify
Shred Kelly Archipelago iTunes | Spotify
Lauren Mayell I’ve Changed iTunes | Spotify
Rick Deitrick
Gentle Wilderness LP
River Sun River Moon LP
Dizzy Gillespie The Best Of Dizzy Gillespie 3CD
Dan Wilson Re-Covered CD (Deluxe 56 Page Book + CD)


New Releases for August 18th, 2017

August 18th, 2017


King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard with Mild High Club Sketches Of Brunswick East iTunes | Spotify
J. Roddy Walston & The Business You Know Me Better iTunes | Spotify
Lee Ann Womack All The Trouble iTunes | Spotify

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The White Buffalo Avalon iTunes | Spotify
Gill Landry Berlin Apple Music | Spotify
Jordan Klassen Yer Cure iTunes | Spotify
Grapell We Can Only Blame Ourselves iTunes | Spotify
Andrea Menard, Alex Cuba, Heather Rankin feat. Canada C3 participants
River Of Nations iTunes | Spotify
Peter Katz Ma chère iTunes | Spotify
Bend Sinister Walk The Other Way iTunes | Spotify
Rick Estrin & The Nightcats Groovin’ In Greaseland CD
Mark Bryan Songs of the Fortnight CD | LP


GRAPELL TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM CRIER NOVEMBER 3 ON ROLL CALL RECORDS

August 17th, 2017

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“WE CAN ONLY BLAME OURSELVES” 

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TORONTO, ON – August 17, 2017-  It’s not unusual for best friends to form bands, and Grapell co-founders Emil Erstrand and Nils Nygårdh have been friends and bandmates since they were teenagers. What is unusual, though, is for that chemistry to translate so wholly into a timeless sound, a style so fully-formed it feels borne from a lifetime of collaboration. The Swedish duo’s debut album Crier does just that, walking a perfect tightrope between simplicity and sophistication. Give it even a passive listen and the vivid sense of romance proves hard to ignore. Dig a little deeper though, and you find more of love’s complexity, the tug-o-war between a person’s head and his heart. Crier will be released November 3rd on Roll Call Records. The first single “No Longer Free” was dropped early in the summer giving us a taste of what new music was to come.

Today My Old Kentucky Blog premiered the latest single “We Can Only Blame Ourselves” from Crier today, writing “… full of delicate, unabashed soul carried by rhythmic piano and covered in a coppery sheen that hits just before sundown. Simple sophistication comes to mind when describing their music and this track is no different. It sounds like song that could have been created at any point over the last 40 years making it timeless, yet refreshingly organic and nuanced in a time laptop producers get most of the attention.”

LISTEN TO “WE CAN ONLY BLAME OURSELVES”

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The road to Crier was a long one: Erstrand and Nygårdh formed their first band, Good Morning June, in high school. Describing it in hindsight as “five guys who couldn’t agree on anything,” they moved on to form Grapell, which started as a multi-piece outfit before intimately paring down to the two friends working as a duo. They enlisted other talented cohorts as they needed to, but the songwriting and vision is now theirs alone. In 2016 the duo released the Love Chamber EP which included ”Arrow” a track which set blogs and streaming services alight.

For their full-length, the duo decided to stick to what felt the most natural and recorded the album between their rehearsal space and Emil’s house. The result is an album as bold as it is smooth. Crier deals with themes of simplified love, romance and heartbreak; it’s arrangements are dynamic and bright, unique from song to song, but they also stick together perfectly to form a cohesive whole.

The recording process had its set backs. Deadlines passed and songs needed more time and attention, but it wasn’t just what was happening in the studio that led to delays. Erstrand explains how they managed to block out the noise, saying, “with a lot of things going on in the world, so much terrible stuff constantly taking up space in the papers, and also experiencing some horrors up close, it has sometimes been hard just focusing on songs about romantic love. But somewhere along the line it became really important to let yourself focus on only that. To create a little bubble where that remains being the most important thing.”

The songwriting on Crier is personal, but Grapell don’t wear their hearts on their sleeves, rather, inviting the listener to make up their own minds and emotions as the songs wash over them. Erstrand tells us “If someone hears our music and feels something, that’s great… the best complement is when someone says that they have cried to a song you’ve made.”

Tracklist:

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Crier
No Longer Free
Heartbreaker
We Can Only Blame Ourselves
Much Too Much
Torture By Recalling
On Our Sides
Your Silence
When The World Ends (I Want To Be With You)

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New Releases from August 11th, 2017

August 11th, 2017

Oneohtrix Point Never Good Time – Original Score CD | LP
Sam O.B. Positive Noise CD | LP

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WOLF EYES Strange Days II LP
Jon Cohen Experimental Go Getters CD | LP | iTunes | Spotify


New Releases from August 4th, 2017

August 4th, 2017

Sc Mira Mexico iTunes | Spotify
Baby in Vain Low Life iTunes | Spotify
TENDER Machine iTunes | Spotify

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B•R•A•U•N Silent Silence iTunes | Spotify
Tim Moxam & Liz Stringer Leave It Behind iTunes | Spotify
Def3 Small World iTunes | Spotify
Various Artists Late Night Blues – Soulful Blues Classics iTunes | Spotify
The Claypool Lennon Delerium Lime and Limpid Green (clear green with spatter) LP | iTunes | Spotify
Dan Wilson Re-Covered CD
Primus The Seven iTunes | Spotify
Mike Gordon Victim iTunes | Spotify
Nick Hakim Cuffed (Jamie Lidell Remix feat Marcus Machado) iTunes | Spotify
Bobby Love ft. Ben Stevenson Still (Remixes) iTunes| Spotify


KELELA ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM SHARES NEW SINGLE ‘LMK’ TAKE ME APART AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW VIA WARP RECORDS

August 1st, 2017

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TORONTO, ON – August 1, 2017  - Today, Kelela is announcing her highly-anticipated debut album. Take Me Apart is due October 6th via Warp Records, and is available for pre-order now. To coincide with the announcement Kelela is sharing the first single from the project, “LMK.” The song is a battle cry for independent women as Kelela flips the heteronormative construct that women want to settle down. She demolishes that notion and turns this dance floor-ready cut into a weapon of empowerment, preferring a one night relationship while declaring “it ain’t that deep.”

The track was a World Record on Zane Lowe’s show on Beats 1, stream it via the links listed above.

News of Kelela’s album and her new single come on the heels of stand out performances at FORM Arcosanti and Full Moon Festival in addition to tour dates with The xx and Gorillaz. Stay tuned for more show announcements and catch her at Made In America Festival as well as at a special performance at The Hollywood Bowl with Solange. In the meantime, listen to “LMK” and pre-order Take Me Apart above. Further information about Kelela including full album details can be found below.

About Kelela:

With great anticipation, Kelela’s debut album emerges as an epic portrait of an artist spanning the past and future of R&B. In her hands, however, the genre knows no boundaries and so Take Me Apart exists as an absolutely singular and fearless addition to a canon of recent classics. From her very earliest work, honesty and vulnerability have been cornerstones of Kelela’s art – even when clad in the armor of the avant-garde electronics she so deftly inhabits – and Take Me Apart sees her double down on both the emotional intensity and resonance of her message as well as the sonic seeking she is renowned for.

On 2015′s acclaimed Hallucinogen EP, Kelela swept listeners along in the rush of ecstasy and the melancholic vapor trail of a hopeful, but ultimately doomed liaison. Hallucinogen would prove to be a turning point, and The New York Times would name it’s single, “Rewind”, one of the “25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going”. The EP’s oversized impact would ignite a period of kinetic worldwide live shows culminating in Kelela crisscrossing the globe on tour with The xx. In parallel with this, 2016 and early 2017 would see Kelela grace a handful of crucial records as a feature vocalist – from longtime ally Solange’s majestic A Seat At The Table, to Danny Brown’s immense Atrocity Exhibitionand most recently, the star-studded Humanz from Gorillaz.

These appearances would be tantalizing signs leading the way to Take Me Apart. Amplifying the ideas explored on Hallucinogen, here Kelela treats relationships and their effects like a Matryoshka doll, unveiling layer after layer to find herself at the center. Expressing an honest vision of how we navigate dissolving ties with each other and yet remain sanguine for the next chance at love, the emotional ricochet is traced across the album’s narrative. Take Me Apart stands not only as an intensely personal chronicle, but also a defiant and turbulent statement direct from Kelela; “Despite it being a personal record, the politics of my identity informs how it sounds and how I choose to articulate my vulnerability and strength. I am a black woman, a second-generation Ethiopian-American, who grew up in the ‘burbs listening to R&B, Jazz and Björk. All of it comes out in one way or another.”

The process of crafting Take Me Apart embraced the approach of widely collaborative R&B, hip-hop and pop production while roaming a strange and wonderful path. Working with a cast of peers, Kelela deconstructs many results of their collaborations and builds them back up into pieces of a cohesive whole, effectively orchestrating these multitudes in aid of her singular vision. “It’s this tapestry I’ve knitted together that attracts different types of listeners and challenges them at the same time, often within the same song. That’s what I want to bring to my entire catalogue” says Kelela. Testament to this approach, the album opens with a stunning trio of high points from the low-slung mechanized swing of ‘Frontline’ to the kaleidoscopic splendor of ‘Waitin’ – by which point you’ve been pulled straight into the tale Kelela is weaving, and the warped and chaotic beauty of the title track before dropping into ‘Enough’ which sounds as if it could have been transmitted from a neon-lit jazz club in Akira’s Neo-Tokyo.

The timeless, zero-gravity ballad ‘Better’ sees Kelela at her most unadorned – baring her soul to a nameless other over subtly transforming piano and synth textures while first single ‘LMK’ is all staggering club swagger that manages to span the past 20 years of innovative R&B while still exploring another dimension of possibilities. These songs typify the melding of classic song-craft and inventive production approach at the album’s core, but it’s here where things take yet another exhilarating turn. ‘Truth or Dare’ has the brittle snap and vocal twists of a Neptunes track while ‘Blue Light’ sees Kelela weld her sweeping pleas to the warped sonic palette of Grime, pointing the way forward to a possible future of cybernetic soul.

Now we are swept into the slipstream of a pair tracks in ‘On And On’ and the otherworldly grandeur of ‘Turn To Dust’, which conjures images of the powerful and iconic diva of Besson’s The Fifth Element; and it’s a short trip to the unforgettable pneumatic gospel of album closer ‘Altadena’, a perfect uroboros link back to ‘Frontline’ to begin the saga all over again. At this point you’re left with the feeling that this trip through Take Me Apart is one you’ll be making many more times.

Kelela
Take Me Apart
October 6, 2017
(Warp Records)

1. Frontline
2. Waitin
3. Take Me Apart
4. Enough
5. Jupiter
6. Better
7. LMK
8. Truth Or Dare
9. S.O.S.
10. Blue Light
11. Onanon
12. Turn To Dust
13. Bluff
14. Altadena