Happy Tuesday everyone, and happy new releases day. We've got a nice combination of new bands and older bands who have released music this week so take a seat and have a listen. New material from The National, Major Leagues, Gang Of Youths and heaps more.
THE NATIONAL - THE SYSTEM ONLY DREAMS IN DARKNESS (4AD/ Remote Control Records)
The National are pleased to announce their 7th studio album - Sleep Well Beast - to be released on September 8th on 4AD / Remote Control Records. Sleep Well Beast was produced by member Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. The album was mixed by Peter Katis and recorded at Aaron Dessner’s Hudson Valley, New York studio, Long Pond.
THE OWLS - 'JESUS LET ME FLY' (Independent)
The Owls came out of their hiatus refreshed, revitalised and ready to record new material reflective of the psychological journeys of depression and anxiety that lead them to their break. They reconnected and continued their artistic relationship with producer Lachlan Mitchell (The Jezabels, The Vines). Their new single “Jesus Let Me Fly” is a musical amalgamation of 60’s garage rock and 90’s alternative rock, with influences from The Dandy Warhols and The Vines, to The Kinks pulsing throughout. While lyrically it deals with issues of mental health, growing up within a conservative town only to discover a significant lack of belonging within the mould and reality of the environment. These rock inspirations, together with pop sensibilities weaved throughout, by Lachlan Mitchell, places The Owls on the front foot for the remainder of 2017.
OFFICIALLY OUT TOMORROW, LINK TO COME
MAJOR LEAGUES - 'GOOD LOVE' (Popfrenzy)
Brisbane garage pop four-piece Major Leagues today reveal new single 'Good Love', the title track off their upcoming debut album which they're proud to announce will be out June 16 via Popfrenzy. The album, produced by acclaimed Australian artist Jonathan Boulet, will also feature the recently released single 'It Was Always You'. Lead-singer Anna Davidson explains, “We went into the studio planning on recording 5 or 6 songs and came out with 12, which was weird... but cool. This is definitely the most collaborative thing we've ever done, which I think comes through in the sound of the record. It sounds more natural and cohesive than our previous stuff. Usually Jaimee and I have very separate writing processes (especially after I moved to Melbourne), but with a lot of these songs, we built them from the ground up together.”
NEIGHBOURHOOD YOUTH - 'HUGO' (Independent)
Brunswick natives Neighbourhood Youth are today excited to share their new single ‘Hugo’; the first taste of their 2017 repertoire. The single was recorded and mixed by Greg Rietwyk at Aviary Studios, and was mastered by Dave Walker at Stepford Studios. Having written the lyrics to the track, bassist Sam Nathan explains “Hugo tells the story of an old man reminiscing about the war, and his feelings and regrets from that experience. It also touches on how humans don’t learn from their past mistakes.”
SINGLE LAUNCH DATES
Friday, May 26th – Oxford Art Factory (Gallery Bar) – Sydney, NSW
Friday, June 2nd – Yah Yah’s – Melbourne, VIC
THE JUNGLE GIANTS - 'ON YOUR WAY DOWN' (Independent)
‘On Your Way Down’ showcases the band’s ability to combine simple arrangements with melodic intensity. “Not like a bashing your head way,” Sam says. “More like a rumbly building intensity. It makes you want to dance, but also clench your fists. When I wrote it I knew it was going on the record and everything else would have to make room for this song and nod towards it.”
Recorded at Empire Studios in Brisbane, the 10-track ‘Quiet Ferocity’ was a result of frontman Sam Hales' “5 days a week, 9-5” approach to the creation of album number three. The poster people for creative risks in the studio, as seen throughout the journey from their first EP to triple j feature albums Learn To Exist and follow-up Speakerzoid, the new album showcases a seamless creative pairing of songwriting and diverse production methods.
FLEET FOXES - 'FOOLS ERRAND' (Warner Music Australia)
On June 16, Fleet Foxes will release Crack-Up (Nonesuch Records), its long awaited and highly anticipated third album. Crack-Up comes six years after the 2011 release of Helplessness Blues and nearly a decade since the band’s 2008 self-titled debut.
Fleet Foxes’ self-titled debut made a profound impact on the international musical landscape, earning them Uncut’s first ever Music Award Prize, and topping numerous “Best of ” lists, including Rolling Stone’s 100 Best Albums of the 2000’s and Pitchfork’s 50 Best Albums of 2008.
Fleet Foxes is certified Gold in North America and Platinum in both the UK and Australia. The follow-up album Helplessness Blueswas met with the same critical praise as its predecessor (MOJO five stars, Rolling Stone four stars, Pitchfork Best New Music); that album debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200, went Gold in the UK, and earned the band a GRAMMY nomination.
FLEET FOXES AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES – VIVID LIVE 2017
Friday 26th May - Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Saturday 27th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Sunday 28th May – Sydney Opera House, Sydney
Monday 29th May - Sydney Opera House, Sydney
GANG OF YOUTHS - 'ATLAS DROWNED' (Sony Music Australia)
With the announcement of their new album “Go Farther In Lightness”, Gang Of Youths have released ‘Atlas Drowned’, the follow up to the five minute epic ‘What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?’. The band have also announced a huge tour in support with the album throughout August and September, following a huge year of touring across the UK, Europe and US.
“Go Farther In Lightness”, out August 18, will be the sophomore record from Gang Of Youths, following their ARIA Award nominated Top Five debut album “The Positions” and #2 EP “Let Me Be Clear”. In addition to being the most played track on triple j, ‘What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?’ has now surpassed half a million streams on Spotify.
AINSLIE WILLS - 'RUNNING SECOND' (Independent)
Running Second showcases Wills reputation for quietly profound lyricism and musical sincerity and will feature on her forthcoming EP, slated for later this year. “The message within it, is dedicated to all of us who feel that for whatever reason, we aren’t good enough,” says Wills.
With her beautifully crafted and honestly told stories, Wills has gathered an army of lifelong converts at home and internationally. Oh The Gold EP was picked up in the UK, becoming Lauren Laverne’s Track Of The Day on her BBC Radio 6 programme and played on Guy Garvey’s Finest Hour, also on BBC6.
The past year has also seen Wills’ captivating live show reach great heights, recognised by main stage slots at Falls Festival, NYE On The Hill, Queenscliff Music Festival, WOMADelaide - and a Splendour In The Grass appearance.
AINSLIE WILLS UK TOUR DATES
Thursday 11 May - Sage Gateshead / Gateshead*
Monday 15 May - Queens Hall / Edinburgh*
Tuesday 16 May - Philharmonic Hall / Liverpool*
Wednesday 17 May - London Palladium / London*
Thursday 18 May – The Great Escape // Komedia / Brighton
Thursday 18 May - The Great Escape // One Church / Brighton
Friday 19 May - Leicester De Montford Hall / Leicester*
Saturday 20 May - Guildhall / Southampton*
Sunday 21 May – The Aussie BBQ - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen / London
Sunday 21 May - Cambridge Corn Exchange / Cambridge*
Monday 22 May – Ainslie Wills – Headline Show // Paper Dress Vintage / London
Tuesday 23 May - Birmingham Symphony Hall / Birmingham*
Wednesday 24 May – De La Warr Pavilion / Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex*
Thursday 25 May - De La Warr Pavilion / Bexhill On Sea, East Sussex*
*Special guest for Tom Chaplin (Keane)
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