Lusine has a new record landing on Ghostly International this Friday. To celebrate the pending release, Lusine has shared a video of the title track, “Long Light” that features vocals by Benot Pioulard. In typical fashion, the vocal is twisted and turned into percussion in between the sequences where it elegantly floats above the loops, clicks, air and space that Jeff McIlwain is known for. Elegantly optimistic, yet haunting, give it a listen below before placing your order. Ninth full length, crazy, really looking for to this one. The Waiting Room and A Certain Distance both still find their way into my evening listening, the former making cameos at ATH vinyl happy hours.
BTW, take a listen to this catchy piece of hazy pop by Benot from earlier this year called “Thursday Night” here. I think you’ll like it.
Launder‘s been lauded by tons of the heavy-hitting sites, claiming that his brand of “shoegaze” is super melodic, putting him on the radar of tons of people. Perhaps it caught the attention of DIIV‘s Zach and Colin, who helped pen the first two singles off the forthcoming Happening LP. The songs are really good, though I wouldn’t necessarily call them “shoegaze.” despite the sort of heavy-handed riff work being omni-present. Songwriter John Cudlip seems more fascinated by toying with melody, and the way you can work it in and out of heavier guitar sounds, with a hint of darkness at play too, which is where it kind of falls into that “gaze” category I reckon. I’m digging it, and interested to see how the rest of Happening shapes out; it’s release on July 15th via Ghostly International.
Been a hectic week, I won’t get into it. Catching up on some impressions and images from last Friday when Telefon Tel Aviv played Barracuda. It didn’t quite sell out, but the interesting thing was the audience member per musician on stage ratio was almost maxed out. Steve Hauschildt brought the opening soundscape and I have some bonus coverage from a show going on at Cheer Up, finally caught Urban Heat Island Effect.
Click through to get a few thoughts on the performances and place eyes on the photo-candy.
How’s that World Cup going? My beloved Spurs are all having good showings for their respective countries, so far. Kane has two goals, Eriksen another and Trippier was wrecking defensive tactics with quality service from the wing. I digress.
There is no mystery that Ghostly International is one of my favorite labels, from Tycho to Beacon to Matthew Dear. They have another gem of a release pending with Steve Hauschildt‘s full-length album Dissolvi, due early August. Currently working out of Chicago, the Cleveland born producer employs texture and an ethereal vocal from Julianna Barwick to create a haze inducing atmosphere with progressive weight while percussion echoes with subtlety. This record is gonna be good.
I think I can attribute my re-introduction to electronic music to Black Marble and the album A Different Arrangement. But, the project has been mostly quiet since that release…until now. Yesterday, this track blew up with the announcement that there’s a new home for them, Ghostly International. I think that heavy resonating drum sample is really one of my favorite pieces here, but I’m also enjoying the contrast between the song’s soft emotional pull and the deep tonal quality of the vocals. It’s Immaterial, the new album, will be out on September 30th.
We here at ATH have a type, and we typically post music that follows along those lines. So when I heard this new track from Kllo, I was taken aback at how much it roped me in. “Walls to Build,” the single below, is a electronic jam with heavy R&B influences that will bust its way into your cold dead indie rock heart with its cool, simmering vibes. Kllo are a two piece out of Melbourne, and they’re on the cusp of releasing a new EP calledWell Worn, and it’ll be out August 5th via Ghostly International. Take a listen and if you’re digging up the simplistic, yet elegant jam, preorder that EP here.
Timing. Getting things uploaded, working things between these really awesome announcements. I am sharing pics from a show I was looking forward to since it was announced. Beacon played The Parish. Last SxSW, I was very impressed by their set at the Ghostly International showcase. As always, the translation from showcase mini-set to full on show is anticipated and welcomed. MOAR.
Along for the tour was Natasha Kmeto with local Soundfounder starting things off. Lovely night for the ATH IT Department.
Copenhagen based Choir of Young Believers is a band we consider dear to us as old friends and former SXSW showcase alums. That said, we’ve always followed the band closely since then and today I’m excited to share their new single “Perfect Estocada”. Older fans of the band will recognize the almost dreamy like pop created here with some new and creative electronic/R&B elements added to create a memorable song.
Heathered Pearls put down an amazing DJ set during the Ghostly International showcase during SxSW mixing originals and label-mates to great effect. You can now stream the new LP from Jakub Alexander, Body Complex, over at Hype Machine. It may just help you survive the day.
If you are feeling uninitiated, you can click play just below to check our a recently released track in the that embedded thing. Decompress, relax, open your mind, take a nap in your cube, whatever…