Single & Lovin' It Vol. 47
By Mixtape Mandi
FUJIYA & MIYAGI - "SOLITAIRE"
Fujiya & Miyagi have announced their new Self-Titled LP, accompanied by a new single entitled "Solitaire." When speaking about the new release, frontman David Best says, “The album is a really strong resistance to society’s compulsion to suck the energy out of everything. It’s a really good thing to provide an antidote to all the scary stuff that is going on, even if it’s just for 5 minutes.” The new LP will be out April 7th on Impossible Objects Of Desire. Many musical projects approaching almost two decades of existence begin to shows signs of stagnation or perhaps start to crook their neck as looking over their shoulder becomes a more common stance than focusing on the horizon. However, for the Brighton-based, genre-hopping Fujiya & Miyagi, the opposite can be said as they see in 2017 by wrapping up a unique year-long musical project that represents one of their most adventurous to date. Two EPs join a third to make up this album, a carefully staged project that sees the group traverse disco, electro, pop, and the now synonymous 1970s Germany-inspired groove they so seamlessly ooze. Whilst the EPs all contain a distinct personality and fluidity of their own, the new dynamically focused position of the tracks as a full album embodies a long-term plan. The now melded album is a vast one stylistically with influences and references that span from Arthur Russell to JG Ballard, yet the undercurrent that connects it all into one universal groove is one of honesty and joy, a surging sense of euphoria and hope that attempts to cut through the foggy world that welcomes its release. “On this album I have tried lyrically to find the positives and not rely on my factory setting of a general contempt for the world around me.” Best says.
TIMBER TIMBRE - "VELVET GLOVES & SPIT"
Timber Timbre debuted a new video for "Velvet Gloves & Spit," the second song released off the Canadian trio's forthcoming fourth album Sincerely, Future Pollution, out April 7th via City Slang. The video features and was created by artist and poet Cristine Brache. Timber Timbre features Taylor Kirk, Mathieu Charbonneau, and Simon Trottier, with drummer Olivier Fairfield, who have always created music that traces a shadowed path, using cues of the past to fuse the sound of a distant, haunted now. On Sincerely, Future Pollution, the band coats the stark, sensual sound of 2014's Polaris Music Prize Short-Listed and JUNO Award-nominated album Hot Dreams in an oil-black rainbow of municipal grime. It is the cinema of a dizzying dystopia, rattled by the science fiction of this bluntly nonfictional time. For the recording, the trio - armed with "secret weapon" Fairfield on drums - travelled to La Frette chateau outside Paris, where they looked to the studio's array of archetypal synthesizers for the flesh of the songs. Be it the freedom of recording abroad or the revelation of these unexplored instruments, Timber Timbre found a release from artistic constriction and created its most daring work yet. A blend of the album's mid-apocalyptic setting and its idyllic recording, Sincerely, Future Pollution is a romance of neoteric machines and dark, futuristic hues: with promise as beautiful as it is unsettling. Wresting sincerity from abstraction, Kirk submits to the cycle of self-obsession at the album's core. Sincerely, Future Pollution is Timber Timbre's document of this generation's degeneration and disarray. With Kirk as narrator, a party to the play, we get caught in the folly of the echo chamber, awed by the contrast of this gothic modern age.
MINUS THE BEAR - "LAST KISS"
Minus the Bear are thrilled to share second single, “Last Kiss,” off their forthcoming sixth full-length, VOIDS, which is due out March 3rd on Seattle’s Suicide Squeeze Records. For the past fifteen years, Minus the Bear have made music on their own terms while carving out their own unique musical world, selling over 500,000 records in the process and playing to countless sold out crowds along the way. This isn’t to say they’re impervious to outside influence. They’ve borrowed components from a wide swath of genres—the brainy clangor of New York’s proto-punk scene, the cerebral buzz of IDM, the poptimist evaluation of hip-hop and R&B, and the grandiose visions of prog rock—but always managed to defy classification. On their sixth album VOIDS, produced by Sam Bell (The Cribs, Weezer, Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club), Minus the Bear started with a blank slate, and inadvertently found themselves applying the same starting-from-scratch strategies that fueled their initial creative process. “There was a lot of change and uncertainty,” says guitarist David Knudson. “I think the general vibe of emptiness, replacement, lacking, and longing to fill in the gaps was very present in everyone’s minds.”
TENNYSON & MR. CARMACK - "WEDNESDAY"
Teenage sibling duo Tennyson and Los Angeles-based producer Mr. Carmack take a nostalgic turn with their latest collaboration, "Wednesday." The song, which serves as the second track of their singles trilogy, starts out as an airy and contemplative track quickly grows into a full-fledged instrumental brimming with childlike wonder, as playful synths bust out fantastical melodies that recall the 8-bit soundtracks of old video games. Like its predecessor "Tuesday," "Wednesday" showcases the drastically different approaches of its unlikely production team. The melodic pop sensibilities of Tennyson find a welcome partner in Mr. Carmack's dark rhythms, which provide an otherwise friendly track with an untapped gravity that neither artist could create on their own. Once again, Tennyson and Mr. Carmack prove their ability to bring out the best in each other, tempering their most dramatic impulses while highlighting the boundless creativity that makes both artists great.
SKY CHEFS - "LUCITE WANDS"
Sky Chefs have shared their new track "Lucite Wands," in which Sky Chefs' Dale Nicholls says that the track is a “hazy beach song about hating the beach." Their forthcoming new album Ghosts & Goblins is out April 21st. Somewhere in Los Angeles there’s a cluttered garage studio lovingly dubbed the Whack Ark. Inside, surrounded by wobbly tape machines, Craigslist castoffs, and an old iMac named Gozer, Nicholls writes and records as Sky Chefs. After stints in Detroit, Dublin, Portland, Paris, New Zealand, and places in between, Nicholls returned to Los Angeles, busted up his old band, and started Sky Chefs. Sky Chefs began in the bedroom, graduated to the garage, and now kind of resembles a band that features players from Cherry Glazerr, Black Keys, Pageants, Fiona Apple, Lou Reed, Chris Cohen, and Psychic Temple. Songs tightrope between sly satire and wry confessionals: tales of broken hearts, anxiety in the wicked west, batshit crazy families, designer riot gear, and the comic absurdity of living in Los Angeles. Ghosts & Goblins recorded live over two days, produced by Chris Schlarb (Joyful Noise/Asthmatic Kitty) at BIG EGO in Long Beach. It’s the most stripped down, straightforward record Nicholls has done. The songs were written in Dublin and London, while reflecting on family, relationships, and life in Los Angeles.
SONO OTO - "HOW DO YOU FEEL"
Sono Oto is set to release his debut album Inheritance on March 24th. After presenting the first single, “A Way To Stay Away,” the Brooklyn-based musician now shares “How Do You Feel.” Sono Oto is the musical journey of Mark Henry Phillips, an accomplished composer and sound designer for films, commercials and podcasts. He wrote the score for the first season of Serial. The last two films he scored premiered at Sundance in January. Phillips was also the sound designer on sonically rich films like Academy-Award nominated Cutie and the Boxer, Ballet 422 and Teenage. Additionally, he was the producer, editor, sound designer, and composer on his latest project, Homecoming – a scripted narrative podcast starring Catherine Keener, Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, and Amy Sedaris. The origins of Inheritance go back to the winter of 2008 when Phillips, having shelved his dreams of being a fulltime musician and was reporting and producing for shows on NPR, learned his dad had terminal lung cancer. After his father’s death, Phillips had a visceral understanding of life’s brevity. He quit his job as a radio producer to become a composer and sound designer. And as he continued writing this batch of music, he tried to reckon with an issue that could take a lifetime to figure out: how could he avoid inheriting all the anger and loneliness his dad had inherited from his father? This quest ultimately became the yearning at the heart of Inheritance.
JACKSON BOONE - "MYSTIC WINDS (FROM THE EAST)"
Jackson Boone premiered the first single from his new album Organic Light Factory, out March 10th on Raindust Records. Boone is a songwriter who quietly emerged from the misty magic of Portland, Oregon. His lo-fi folk rock sound is comparable to Kevin Morby, Kurt Vile, or Damien Jurado. With the help of producer Riley Geare (Unknown Mortal Orchestra), bassist Randy Bemrose (Radiation City), and violinist Patti King (Radiation City), Boone recorded his first solo album, Starlit, in the basement of a green house in northeast Portland. Immediately after his release, Boone, his five piece live band, The Ocean Ghosts, and Geare, packed up their equipment and took off to the Oregon Coast. They spent two weeks by the beach tracking his sophomore record, Natural Changes. Next month, Boone will release his third full length studio album, Organic Light Factory, which features his most realized and mature songwriting to date.
LORNE - "BREAD ALONE"
LORNE is pleased to share the brilliant video for “Bread Alone,” directed by Gonçalo Almeida. The song itself is inspired by the biblical phrase 'man shall not live by bread alone,' implying we need a spirituality, a hope of some description that's more than anything tangible, for us to live a truly meaningful life. It’s a track about loss, but also about looking forward, taking chances and seizing the day. Hailing from Berkshire, the London-based singer, songwriter, and pianist LORNE is set to release his debut EP Maze in spring 2017. So-called after becoming fascinated with the analogy of reaching a dead end with no signs to show you the way. The arrangement for “Bread Alone” is haunting, rousing and minimal, consisting of just lead vocal, grand piano, violins and cello. Lorne’s music is both emotive and melodic and has been likened to fellow singer-songwriter's Damien Rice, Ben Howard, and Peter Gabriel. An early version of “Bread Alone” was previously Song Of The Week on BBC Introducing and much of LORNE's early material has already been featured on blogs and online radio stations worldwide including in Australia, Germany, the UK and USA. The vocals and piano for “Bread Alone” were recorded by Daniel Moyler at The Pool Studio in London, whilst the soaring cello and violin parts were recorded by Yoed Nir (Regina Spektor, Rufus Wainwright) in New York.
CFM - "RISE AND FALL"
CFM, the project of Los Angeles-based shredder Charles Moothart, best known as a member of Fuzz and Ty Segall’s band, will release Dichotomy Desaturated via In The Red on April 7th. CFM’s second solo album is a swirling collection of songs that captures a variety of sonic moods: raucous, pastoral, pensive, while retaining an indelible melodic punch. This is exemplified with lead single, “Rise and Fall,” a song about the constant battles fought physically and mentally every day and the cyclical battle against the clock, reality and dreams, and our own ego. The Laguna Beach-raised Moothart first picked up a guitar at twelve years old and got behind the drum kit for the Moonhearts at the age of sixteen with fellow California six-string ripper Mikal Cronin. Since then, the 27-year-old journeyman has become a fixture in the West Coast community; he's logged oodles of studio and stage time with Cronin and Segall—both on his solo albums and as part of the aforementioned, ultra-heavy super-group Fuzz, the latter experience driving him to make music on his own. Dichotomy Desaturated marks the first time Moothart's written songs for the specific purpose of compiling them onto an album. While writing and recording, he was careful not to fall into the trap of making music that, in his words, "Might as well just be a Fuzz song." The push and pull that extends to changes in Moothart's personal life, including a move to Los Angeles, is reflected in the changing dynamics of Dichotomy Desaturated, as it embraces relative quiet alongside hard-charging riffs and bursts of incendiary color. Fear not, though: there's plenty of face-exploding moments on Dichotomy Desaturated as well, a sense of mischief that is nonetheless serious as all hell.
PAPERWHITE - "HUMAN NATURE"
New York City brother-sister duo Paperwhite has consistently proved their adept ability for creating transcendent synths and soaring, spirited melodies over two EPs, most recently with Escape, released late last year. The duo share "Human Nature," the first reveal from their forthcoming third EP that displays a more mature sound with a colorful tapestry of synths and percussion along with dreamy vocals that Ben and Katie have become well-known for. “Writing for Paperwhite has always been about trying to discover what we stand for," the pair reflects. "We’ve always written with broad themes in mind. Our first EP, Magic, focused on galactic and ethereal themes and with Escape we brought it down to earth a little bit and spoke of exploring our world. While writing our third EP, we wanted to dive even deeper. These thoughts led us right to our first single, ‘Human Nature.' No matter how much we may fight it, we are flawed, we are strong and we are in this together. We are human.”