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Sometime in 2016, just as the Polish singer and producer Tobiasz Biliński began to find success through the dim and fractured electropop of Coldair, he knew it was time for a radical change. The songs on The Provider, Coldair’s much-lauded second album, had been an exorcism of sorts. Laced with songs about early death, chronic disappointment, and clouded minds, the record was, as he puts it now, his earnest attempt to “get all this old shit out.” That mission accomplished, he needed something new, a restart—the unabashedly radiant and unapologetically complex pop of Perfect Son, delivered in 10 perfect shots on Biliński’s Sub Pop debut, Cast. In the past, Biliński’s music has flirted with and explored the darkness, first in a sort of Transatlantic freak-folk and then with the gothic refractions of Coldair. But on Cast, Perfect Son steps boldly into the light without sloughing off emotional weight or depth. With powerful, sweeping production that recalls the best pop beats of Matthew Dear and arcing melodies that conjure the majesty of Shearwater, Perfect Son animates sensations of lust, belonging, and newfound trust with tumescent electronic arrangements that threaten the safety of any sound system. Biliński sings about falls throughout Cast, but also about picking yourself back up, about pressing on despite or perhaps because of the bruises. In the process, he is lifted by music that feels unabashedly motivational, built to remind us that the best times are hopefully to come. Perfect Son, it should be said, is Sub Pop’s first Polish artist, the result of an extended interest in Biliński’s work and the country itself from label co-founder Jonathan Poneman. Several years ago, Biliński applied to play at South by Southwest as Coldair. Poneman saw his performance, and was impressed. The two stayed in touch, with Poneman eventually signing Coldair to a publishing deal. “I bugged him about releasing my stuff constantly,” Biliński admits with a laugh. “And I guess he admired my persistence.” When Cast was finally finished, Poneman didn’t need more convincing. These songs, after all, are magnetic, with the searching harmonies and deep drums of “Promises” and the rhythmic intricacy and serial synths of “Wax” pulling you close on first listen and holding you there for the foreseeable future. These songs and this story are about the power of human perseverance and deliberate reinvention, of knowing that you can confront and come to terms with the darkest angels of your being. Cast is a testament to the possibilities of the future, brilliantly disguised as 10 grandiose and undeniable pop anthems.
Following a recent UK tour with Editors and a US string of dates supporting Peter, Bjorn and John, Talos will return to North America to support Aurora on their tour in early 2019. Full tour details below. Talos debut album Wild Alee was originally released in April 2017 and was re-released in June 2018 as a special deluxe reissue on BMG. Wild Alee was hailed as “a spectacularly assured debut" (The Irish Times), while The Independent called it “stunning,” and The Line Of Best Fit raved that the music “will leave your hairs standing on end.” Some of the earliest fans in the States included The New York Times Magazine, which praised the songs’ “taut, chilling complexity,” and The FADER, which swooned for their “swirling splendour”. The record garnered love from BBC Radio 1, racked up more than 25 million streams on Spotify, and made the shortlist for the prestigious RTÉ Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.
Nakhane, a 29 year-old south African singer, combine Subtly indie rock and his African roots. Multi-instrumentalist, from keyboard to trombone, he stands-out thanks to a unique voice. Album deluxe version out on 12th October. 6 bonus track with unreleased, remixes and cover !!!
Determined to create something new within the rock genre, SWMRS collaborated with envelope-pushing producer Rich Costey (MUSE, Death Cab for Cutie) for two months in the Spring of 2018 for an exercise in grand experimentation. Inspired in equal parts by The Breeders, Rage Against The Machine, and De La Soul, the sonic diversity of the album is indicative of a generation reared on streaming services. SWMRS make music the way they consume it, jumping easily from pop rock to breakbeat-infused rock to emo punk, and jangly power pop. "When we were writing these songs we were very conscious of our role in creating a space for people to escape from the nonstop negative media cycle," shared co-frontman Cole Becker on the album's lyrical content. "It's a strange time to be young; our generation knows the duality of feeling like an unstoppable force for change in one moment and a powerless wreck in the next. We wanted these songs to document that feeling that we've observed closely in ourselves and in the people we've shared our music with over the past three years."
This album is for those who are no longer with us. It is about coping with the loss of friends, family, and mentors, while building a new community in their wake. “When I meet someone that's good I want to die with them, dead friends I still want to say good bye to them.” In the midst of losing friends we strive to created a stronger community, dedicated to fight, survive, and thrive in their memory and spirit. A lot of people have said to us this is a perfect time to make a Punk record. We are disgusted by this prompt. This album and our music does not belong to a political party. No authority, political movement, or side may claim the function of our music in this society. This album is personal. It is about and for the disenfranchised youth of this city, of this country, and of this earth. It is for our community and anyone who may find shelter within it.
VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR uses every tool in contemporary production to make a terrifying, exhilarating LP. But beneath all of that, VOL. 4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR also has some of the most vulnerable and evocative songwriting of HEALTH’s career. In the lyrics, singer Jake Duzsik confronts death, isolation and hopelessness with an uncommon candor and intimacy. Album closer “DECIMATION” is the most radical move in the band's catalog to date: a gorgeous guitar ballad, a plea for purpose and meaning in a time that makes both feel impossible.
Fueled By Ramen recording group ONE OK ROCK has announced the release of their hugely anticipated new album. EYE OF THE STORM arrives everywhere on Friday, February 15th. ONE OK ROCK vocalist Taka commented on the new body of work: "For this album we challenged and pushed ourselves to try new things while still maintaining the essence of what our band is," adding, "I believe you will hear some things you have never heard from ONE OK ROCK." In addition, "Stand Out Fit In" arrives alongside a spectacular new companion visual, directed by award-winning filmmaker Peter Huang (Martin Garrix, Avicii, Jessie Reyez), which is streaming now on Fueled By Ramen's YouTube channel. EYE OF THE STORM further features such stellar new tracks as "In The Stars (Feat. Kiiara)" and the recently released single, "Change." The latter track is joined by a new companion visual, directed by filmmaker Raul Gonzo.
Two years after the release of her critically-acclaimed debutBeyond the Bloodhounds, Nashville-based modern blueswoman Adia Victoria returns with Silences. The albumwas recorded withAaron Dessner(The National) at his studio in upstate New York. Throughout the album's 12 tracks, Victoria brings the topics of mental illness, drug addiction, sexism, and all the elements that consume the day-to-day lives of women attempting to make a world of their own.
Walk Through Fire, the debut album from Yola, establishes her as the queen of country soul from the first note. The Dan Auerbach-produced album is a contemporary twist on a traditional sonic tapestry of orchestral strings, fiddle, steel, and shimmering tremolo guitars. Walk Through Fire is a career-defining and genre-bending release from one of the most exciting emerging British artists in music today. Yola's arresting vocals captivate with sincere tales of heartache and loves lost, forgotten, and broken.
Shadowboxer is the long-awaited debut album from Sydney's Mansionair, the genre-bending trio of Jack Froggat, Lachlan Bostock, and Alex Nicholls. Written and self-produced over a three-year period - in living rooms, studios, garages, and a cabin the California mountains - Shadowboxer is an album about making mistakes in private together, and then coming out on the other side with something beautiful and whole.