It's a brand new month, yes May has arrived and so has Autumn, how lovely, and so has a lot of new musicccc! The much loved Cloud Control are back, we've got their brand new single, along with new material from The War On Drugs, Mac Demarco, Phoenix and heaps more. Have a browsee:
CLOUD CONTROL - RAINBOW CITY (Ivy League Records)
As a self-taught producer, Alister embraces chaos and obsesses over detail and while ‘Rainbow City’s’ immediate appeal is undeniably tied to the Cloud Control we know and love, the track brims with confidence and exhibits the freedom and strength found in the band’s new collaborative equilibrium. Cloud Control has always been defined by happy chaos, ever since they formed on a whim for a 2005 university band competition. (They had never played together before; they won the next year.) The uncalculated nature of their formation forms the backbone of their sound as well; sharing the song writing and collaborating on each track, their songs skip from genre to genre without ever feeling disjointed. The band has become renowned for their vibrant live shows, having headlined festivals and stages around the world, they will be launching the release of ‘Rainbow City’ with two intimate shows this June.
TORA - 'ANOTHER CASE' (Lustre)
The second single from the album, ‘Another Case’, is a track which traverses from pocket grooves and bass-driven beats to soaring vocals. It is about admiring the natural beauty of a person and letting them know that you love them for who they are, without comparing them to the unrealistic, synthesized 'perfection' of what is seen online. It follows on from the intricate first single ‘Amsterdam’.
Tora have an extensive touring CV, with spots on the line up at The Great Escape (UK), Best Kept Secret (NL), and Germany’s premier festivals Fusion Festival, and Reeperbahn as well as over 70 other festivals and headline shows across Europe, the US, Mexico and Canada.
MAC DEMARCO - 'ONE MORE LOVE SONG' (Captured Tracks/Remote Control Records)
As Mac told Sirius XMU who premiered the track, “Sometimes [love songs] come from a specific place, but in a lot of instances they could just be plucked out of the air. Have you ever been in love then out of love? There’s a whole gamut of emotions that come with that changing of the guard. And you don’t forget them, ‘cause they suck, or they rock, and you don’t forget things that rock or suck. So, maybe you pluck from something a long time ago, and the great thing is that everyone understands.”
It was a little space—in time, location (he moved from Queens to Los Angeles), and method—that inspired DeMarco while making This Old Dog. Arriving in California with a grip of demos he’d written in New York, he realised after a few months of setting up his new shop that the gap was giving him perspective. DeMarco says, “I demoed a full album, and as I was moving to the West Coast I thought I’d get to finishing it quick. But then I realised that moving to a new city, and starting a new life takes time. Usually I just write, record, and put it out; no problem. But this time, I wrote them and they sat. When that happens, you really get to know the songs. It was a different vibe.”
YEO - 'NEVER WANTED THAT' FEAT ASTA (Independent)
Yeo releases his first single for the year, 'Never Wanted That' featuring Asta. After producing her EP Shine, Yeo and Asta join forces again on this pop duet. Never Wanted That is about "the challenges of navigating between friendships, romance and business. When a relationship is damaged, who takes responsibility for fixing it? Can it even be fixed at all?"
Following a breakthrough year, Yeo locked himself away in his studio shed, preparing his next full-length album. Never Wanted That is the first collaboration of many to be revealed, from the LP entitled 'Desire Path' to be released August 18.
SUFJAN STEVENS, BRYCE DESSNER, NICO MUHLY & JAMES MCALISTER - 'MERCURY' (4AD/Remote Control Records)
To celebrate the release of their forthcoming, collaborative album Planetarium, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly and James McAlister have launched a new song today. ‘Mercury’ is the second track to be released from Planetarium, which is set for release Friday 9 June via 4AD / Remote Control. Planetarium began when Dutch concert hall Muziekgebouw Eindhoven commissioned Muhly to create a new piece and he enlisted friends Dessner, Stevens and McAlister, all of whom had been looking for the opportunity to collaborate on a larger scale.
THE WAR ON DRUGS - 'THINKING OF A PLACE' (Warner Music Australia)
The War On Drugs return with the new song “Thinking of a Place.” Their first new, original material since 2014’s Lost In The Dream and their debut for Atlantic Records, “Thinking of a Place” was produced by The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel and recorded and mixed by Shawn Everett. It was released as a limited edition, vinyl-only Record Store Day exclusive, and is available as of today via all DSPs.
BERNARD FANNING - ISN'T IT A PITY' (Dew Process/Universal Music Australia)
Isn’t It a Pity’ is the first track from Bernard Fanning’s new LP Brutal Dawn, out May 26, 2017 via Dew Process / Universal Music Australia. Brutal Dawn is the second installment in a two-album coupling with 2016’s Civil Dusk.
Looking at the gap between memory and reality, Isn’t It A Pity neatly shifts between mellow verses and a glorious chorus driven by a gritty soul groove. The idea of renewal and forward motion is captured in the final verse: “Now all your fabled advice rings of emptiness and studied lines…But I have resolved to erase all the bitterness and venom in my veins’.
PHOENIX - J-BOY (Liberator Music/Loyaute/Glassnote Records)
Grammy-winning band Phoenix are thrilled to announce their new album, Ti Amo, set for release on Friday 9 June, 2017 via Liberator Music/Loyaute/Glassnote Records. The band - comprised of Thomas Mars (vocals), Laurent Brancowitz (guitar), Christian Mazzalai (guitar), and Deck D’Arcy (bass) – detailed creating the album to the New York Times earlier this week, who called it “the band’s most unabashedly romantic record yet.” Ti Amo’s first single, a brilliant, shimmering explosion called ‘J-Boy’ was Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats1 Radio and can be heard here.