ALDOUS HARDING RELEASES NEW ALBUM PARTY

Aldous Harding has released her second album, Party, via 4AD / Remote Control Records.

Aldous Harding’s music is not for the faint of heart. Disarming in its desolate imagery and stark instrumentation, her songs draw from the core facets of life: death, birth, grief and love. There are few happy endings, but the power is in how Harding enters into battle; with a dancer’s grace and a boxer’s stance. She’s known for her sinister torch songs, gentle laments and eerie odes delivered with a charismatic combination of hubris, shrewd wit and quiet horror.

For her 4AD debut, Aldous (real name Hannah) Harding worked with award-winning producer John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse). First single ‘Horizon’ offers an enticing portrayal of that collaboration. Harding wraps her effortless voice around a simple three-chord skeleton with poise and, at times, near violent intensity. The confrontational accompanying video, directed by Charlotte Evans, and produced by Evie Mackay, features Harding’s own mother performing a transfixing blend of Aikido and physical theatre in the New Zealand hinterland.

Latest single, ‘Imagining My Man’ is an intensely intimate listen as Aldous explores the curiosity of a lover’s idiosyncrasies. The video was created by ‘Horizon’ director Charlotte Evans and once again draws focus on Harding, tracking her movements throughout the city of Auckland.

With echoes of folk luminary Linda Perhacs, Harding’s work is one step removed from the modern world, lying in the more savage and dramatic terrain where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside, wrought with a wry wit and tenacious gall. Party is Aldous Harding at her unnervingly best yet.

Aldous Harding – Party

1. Blend
2. Imagining My Man
3. Living The Classics
4. Party
5. I’m So Sorry
6. Horizon
7. What If Birds Aren’t Singing They’re Screaming
8. The World Is Looking For You
9. Swell Does The Skull

TEISCHA DEBUTS SINGLE ‘MIDNIGHT HOUR’

Meet Teischa, the young Perth-based, self-taught pianist and vocalist, who debuts her single, ‘Midnight Hour’ which premiered on triple j’s Good Nights with Linda Marigliano. Taken from her debut self-titled EP, ‘Midnight Hour’ is at once commanding and calm, gripping you with powerful vocals across bold production. Listen below:

Combining her love of classical and soul music, and inspired by female voices like Lauryn Hill and Nina Simone, Teischa delivers a full debut EP including tracks ‘Move’ and ‘Oh Brother’ that offer up a silky, contemporary spin on classical technique, with each song as understated and charming as she is. Growing up in Thailand and pretending to read sheet music when instead learning by ear via YouTube videos on repeat, Teischa writes songs that tell stories of cultural dislocation and finding one’s place in the world.

Having performed at the 2016 Byron Bay Bluesfest and Groovin The Moo, Teischa has supported the likes of Vera Blue, Vallis Alps which is just the start of an impressive resume that she has mustered for her age.

VALLIS ALPS RELEASE FABLE EP

The Sydney via Canberra/Seattle electronic duo, Vallis Alps, today share their Fable EP. Independently released, the EP is made up of an eclectic collection of songs that vary in tempo, tone and subject matter including previously shared singles ‘Fading‘ and ‘East‘, along with two new tracks ‘Run‘ and ‘Serity‘. Listen below:

David Ansari and Parissa Tosif of Vallis Alps say, “Our first EP was a body of work that contained reflections that were centred around the past; memories, dreams, surreal forces in our lives. The Fable EP takes on a more forward-looking outlook. We wrote it with the intention of conveying a crossroads in life, where you realise the beauty of youth and the lessons it can teach your older self. Each song is a concept that shows a snapshot of where we are in our lives and the things we are currently thinking and learning about; risk, courage, the power of the mind, joy, battling the ego and fear.”

This is the second EP from the pair who were first made known for their self-titled debut release in Jan 2015. With no initial following or team behind them, Vallis Alps topped charts, received heavy radio airplay and toured the world playing festivals and sold out headline shows.

In 2017, the pair have completed sold out tours in North America and Australia and are set to return to the states for their second run of shows alongside their debut US festival set at Lightning In A Bottle, Splendour In The Grass in July and a headline show in London in August. See dates and details below.

WORLD TOUR DATES

Mar 31 – Fat Controller – Adelaide, SA (SOLD OUT)
Apr 1 – Jack Rabbit Slims – Perth, WA (SOLD OUT)
Apr 2 – Jack Rabbit Slims – Perth, WA (SOLD OUT)
Apr 8 – The Metro – Sydney, NSW (SOLD OUT)
Apr 9 – The Metro – Sydney, NSW (SOLD OUT)
May 15 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD (TIX)
May 16 – Spirit Lodge – Pittsburgh, PA (TIX)
May 17 – Hi Fi – Indianapolis, IN (TIX)
May 19 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA (TIX)
May 20 – Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, GA (TIX)
May 22 –The Secret Group – Houston, TX (TIX)
May 23 – Mohawk – Austin, TX (TIX)
May 24 – Three Links – Dallas, TX (TIX)
May 26 – Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ (TIX)
May 27 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA (TIX)
May 28 – Lightning In A Bottle Music & Arts Festival – Bradley, CA (TIX)
July 21-23 – Splendour In The Grass – Byron Bay, NSW
Aug 30 – Omeara – London, U.K. (TIX)

Tickets at vallisalps.com/live

F K A – T W I G S

FKA twigs has premiered a video for her ‘Video Girl’ single, directed by Kahlil Joseph.

‘Video Girl’ is taken from FKA twigs’ acclaimed debut album, LP1. The album was released to widespread acclaim in August via Young Turks / Remote Control Records. FKA twigs will perform in Australia for the first time next year as part of Laneway Festival.

LP1 is FKA twigs’ defining artistic statem.ent, building on the success of her two previous EPs and accompanying videos (EP1 and EP2) which have elevated FKA twigs from a word-of-mouth secret to global obsession over the past two years. LP1 features none of these previously released songs; instead each track on LP1 is brand new, born out of FKA twigs’ artistic philosophy of spontaneous creation and collaboration in the studio.

FKA twigs – Laneway Festival 2015

Saturday 31 January – Laneway Festival, Brisbane
Sunday 1 February – Laneway Festival, Sydney
Friday 6 February – Laneway Festival, Adelaide
Saturday 7 February – Laneway Festival, Melbourne
Sunday 8 February – Laneway Festival, Fremantle

Arctic Monkeys, AM

The fifth album, AM, from indie rockers Arctic Monkeys is built upon ominous beats that are dark and eerie, yet sinfully thrilling.

The excitement and thrill of this album is emphasized by Alex Turner’s typically sharp lyricism, infused with intricate detail, focus and imagery.

The tracks are beautifully bittersweet, with line after line of lyrics infecting you with their charm and enigma.

AM is an exhilarating experience, which proceeds a theme of naughty aggressions, appropriately channeled into a distinctively good album.

Hande Cerkez.

Jinja Safari

The collaboration of ones entire travels presented into one complete uplifting album, Jinja Safari’s self titled debut album is just that. Offering your ears with an array of memories, sights, hooks, and beats, making you feel as though you were right there along side the band.  The self produced and recorded album was pieced together on planes, adding to the authenticity of every sound. The album in its entirety is genuine, allowing its listeners to respond with a genuine sense of cheerfulness.

They Sydney based quintet produce music which draws upon “afropop rhythms and tumbling island guitars” to create an African-inspired “dreamy folk pop, with a melodic richness.” Their signature sounds have often likened them to Sufjan Stevens and Animal Collective.

Known for their energetic live shows the Jinja Safari boys were handpicked for their very first Splendour in the Grass appearance, by triple j’s Unearthed in 2010. Since then, the boys have had three consecutive Splendour in the Grass appearances and have played Big Day Out, Falls and Southbound festivals. With sold out shows not only in Australia but also in New York and London, there is no wonder their self-titled debut album has been so very anticipated.

The African inspired vibes are maintained throughout each track, with the heavy but not overdone use of drumbeats and buoyant synths. The entire album is an inspiration of worldliness and rather than sound tacky, the boys have managed to produce something unique and intriguing. A particular favourite of mine, Dozer, is filled with fresh beats catchy lyrics. The track shows off the bands skilled musicianship while simultaneously managing to get your foot tapping and eventually you’re whole body breaking out in dance. The variation of instruments used throughout the track opens up your senses to a foreign utopia that you just can’t stop listening to.

This enlightening album is influenced by a world of music, which resonates across into each individual note and lyric seamlessly. The final result is a joyous and worldly uplifting album, that has you beaming throughout.

Hande Cerkez.

James Blake, Overgrown

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A collection of melancholies, James Blake’s latest album Overgrown, combines beautiful melodies, glitchy electronica and ghostly piano chords. Demonstrating James Blake’s versatility as an artist, this album works only in fragments and loops, rather than generic sequences.

With the depth of detail, each lyric speaks of love, yearning and loneliness, but the music itself articulates harmony and a coming together. A perfection of scattered skeletal pulses and rhythms, the album takes you into a dream like daze.

Blending the likes of dubstep, hip-hop and house, Blake gives his own reinterpretation and creates a genre completely in and of itself. Collaborating with the likes of Wu Tang’s RZA and Brian Eno, single-note riffs and synth grooves are added to the swirl that is Overgrown.

With a unique palette, Overgrown showcases some of Blake’s greatest abilities as a lyrical composer. His craft as a mature songwriter is evident in each and every track on this album. On reflection, lyrics like “I don’t want to be a star, but a stone on the shore” and “You’re on your own in a world you’ve grown” send listeners into a warm spiral of lyrical genius.

As each track twists you into an emotional state over repetitive drums and synth chords, the act of listening becomes a spiral of melodic mantra. An album that offers a slow sensual development into Blake’s core resonance, Overgrown is fresh breath of sweet melodic air.

Hande Cerkez.