YNDI HALDA - "GOLDEN THREADS FROM THE SUN"
Brighton-based quintet yndi halda have premiered “Golden Threads From The Sun” from their highly anticipated second album Under Summer. The new album is due out on March 4, 2016 via Burnt Toast Vinyl in the US, and follows on from the critically acclaimed Enjoy Eternal Bliss, which was released in 2007. Having toured across the UK, Europe, the USA and Asia, yndi halda’s fervent and nominally patient fan base have been eagerly awaiting this new material. For those who were previously enthralled by the band’s revered string-heavy and densely layered flavor of instrumental rock, there are seemingly endless new aural delectations to unearth and embrace in the band’s intense second effort. Their music is at once subtle and joyous, hitting huge emotional peaks around moments of serene gentleness and heart-breaking sadness in its orchestration of sonorous guitar interlacing, meticulously crafted string arrangements and - now - soaring vocal harmonies.
BOSS SELECTION - "KELLEN WINSLOW"
Under the moniker Boss Selection, LA producer Sunny Levine teases up with another stellar track off his upcoming new album Volume One - this time featuring alt-vanguard Pete Yorn. The song is a great example of the album's timelessness and genre defying elements. Volume One (out December 8th), written and recorded by Levine, features an incredible lineup of guest turns, including Rashida Jones, South African icon Hugh Masekela, R&B legend Brenda Russell, ORELIA, and many more. The 13-track album is a spacious, warmly curated collection that trips the light fantastic, playing much like the mixtape you always wished someone would make you. In addition to recording under the Boss Selection moniker, Sunny Levine is a California-based record producer, songwriter, film composer and artist, known for his work his production for artists, including Pete Yorn, Scarlett Johansson, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Happy Mondays and more. He most recently composed the score and supplied original songs for the motion picture Celeste and Jesse Forever starring Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Elijah Wood, and Emma Roberts.
ANDREW KEOGHAN - "STUCK IN MELODIES"
"Stuck in Melodies" will be featured on Andrew Keoghan’s first U.S-released L.P Every Orchid Offering. The song points to a groove-based, percussion-heavy album combining a pop sensibility with R&B, electronic and orchestral elements. Written during a two-month period of isolation on a stormy, black sand beach in his homeland, it’s a collection of ten songs that seek to make sense of a peripatetic existence between New Zealand and New York, where Keoghan relocated in 2013. In many ways it’s a series of vignettes and short stories, some autobiographical, others imagined, but always very personal. While recording began in earnest in New Zealand, New York’s grip is evident, with Keoghan drawing inspiration from the city’s iconic new wave scene of the late 1970’s, Brooklyn hip hop and the textural beauty of minimalist composers Philip Glass and Steve Reich. The album features duets with Hollie Fullbrook (Tiny Ruins) and Chelsea Nikkel (Princess Chelsea), along with contributions from some of Keoghan's other New Zealand cohorts from The Ruby Suns, Phoenix Foundation, and Lawrence Arabia.
DEIDRE & THE DARK - "THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PASTS"
The spirits of Deidre & the Dark are stirring after a long sleep. Her first release in two years, "The Ghost of Christmas Past" is a holiday track inspired by 60s Wall of Sound recordings with a warning for those who neglect to get into the spirit. Deidre & the Dark started as a project based around the femme fatale in 2011, when Deidre Muro (also of Violet Sands, previously of Savoir Adore) tapped into her film influences from Tarantino to Fellini, Hitchcock to Wes Anderson, creating vignette-like songs framed in the elegant pop, rock ‘n roll and orchestral arrangements of the 1960’s. Be on the lookout for new recordings early next year to see how the leading ladies of Deidre & the Dark have evolved.
THE GROMBLE - "REAL SYMPATHY"
Hailing from the warm shores of California, five-piece band The Gromble grew up playing together in various bands and have established the kind of rare synchronicity that has helped them carve out their own idiosyncratic niche: a charming blend of orchestral alt-folk and indie rock, honed live supporting such acts as The Lemonheads. With the classic intensity of early greats Pavement, Weezer and Neutral Milk Hotel and a taste for the heartland classics, they arrive somewhere between Grouplove, Miniature Tigers and Vampire Weekend. This is summery beach-pop for when you're coming of age, music to soundtrack the best years of your life. The Gromble provide something different for everyone in their refreshing refusal to settle for the status quo. Jayus will also be the first release with their newly streamlined roster, due out February 12, but for now you can hear “Real Sympathy”.
ELECTRIC EYE - "BLESS"
Norwegian psych-rock quartet Electric Eye is back with a new song and accompanying visuals for “Bless.” It's the first new material to surface since 2013's Pick-Up, Lift- Off, Space, Time and is an introduction to the upcoming album Different Sun, which finds the band on Jansen Plateproduksjon Records. It’s fully possible to hear traces of the golden psychedelic reveries of the 60s and the lyrical and scenic prog-rock of the 70s in Electric Eye’s music. A dose of motoric, German sounds must be mentioned, plus Indian drone music. But Different Sun is first and foremost proof of Electric Eye as a band who in every way is present in the moment, where they guide the listeners on a perpetual musical journey full of surprises. Fasten your seatbelts and look for a different sun! Different Sun will be released on Jansen Plateproduksjon, February 5, 2016.