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Hilang Child is a name that could well be familiar to you. A songwriter and producer of remarkable depth, his work has progressed and evolved, a gradual transition that has been beautiful to watch.

Working with Bella Union Records, Hilang Child – real name Ed Riman – is now ready to tackle his first full length project. ‘Years’ will be released on August 17th, with the songwriter able to share bewitching, engrossing, wholly fascinating new song ‘I Wrote A Letter Home’.

It’s a song that gradually washes over you, and it emerged at a key point in the album process. “I was playing this live as a solo piano thing for a while, but realised I wanted a bit more from the song,” he said. “I demoed it with my friend Sam Delves (who plays Microkorg on it) in his flat, we added some drums and it came alive into something completely new.”

“So I took it away to rethink the final version and eventually built it into something bigger and more energetic than most of what I’d written previously. In terms of sound, I think what it eventually became then dictated what I decided wanted to do with the rest of the album.”

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He continues: “Lyrically ‘I Wrote A Letter Home’ is written from the perspective of someone feeling totally lost and overwhelmed at the prospect of navigating the big wide world alone. It’s a reflective letter, accepting that on the road to this point he didn’t appreciate what he had and so is yearning to be back home with those he held dear.”

A beautiful new song, Hilang Child seems to approach ‘I Wrote A Letter Home’ with remarkable openness, combined with a beautiful sense of assurance.

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Unlike any of the Beach House previous albums, 7 has no producer in the traditional sense. Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom (aka Peter Kember) was said to be a driving force behind the album, making sure it was protected against studio over-production and over-development. What we get is a more organic sound from the pop duo, highlighted by single “Dive,” which begins with a bright organ leading into Victoria Legrand’s soft vocals, slowly building into a dynamic climax that picks up with propulsive electric guitars.

7 is the 7th full-length record from Beach House. It marks the start of a new chapter for the band, who’ve been together for over 13 years and had most recently released an album of b-sides and rarities which they they described as “…a good step for us. It helped us clean the creative closet, put the past to bed, and start anew.”

The new album, 7, is about rebirth and rejuvenation for the group, allowing them the opportunity to rethink old methods in the writing and recording processes and shed some self-imposed limitations. They’ve delivered a truly remarkable work of art in this new album and we can’t wait for you all to experience it for yourselves.

The dream pop duo Beach House have released a new video for the song “Dark Spring” another  track taken off their 7th album 7, which is set to be released via Sub Pop Records on May 11th. The video, directed by Zia Anger is shot in stark black and white, with many of its shots and edits recalling classic film noir movies.

Musically speaking the song is a more uptempo affair, riding a bubbling synth line and an urgent drum pattern. As usual, the icy vocals of Victoria Legrand and the winding guitar work of Alex Scally take center stage, giving the song an epic sense of feel.

Beach House return with one of their finest records to date, loaded with infectious, immersive melodies… Few can create such dreamy, melancholic yet pop–tinged worlds, as this duo.”
Long Live Vinyl – 8/10

“While still unmistakably the work of Beach House, 7 is arguably their freshest sounding and texturally–rich set since 2010’s breakthrough Teen Dream.” London In Stereo

“More a subtle restyling than a full–on reincarnation, the soft–edged weightlessness, sumptuous tones and gauzy vocals still instantly recognisable on songs such as ‘Woo’ and the drop dead gorgeous ‘Dive’.” Uncut – 7/10

“Vast, hypnotic, beautiful… An exciting and essential album of 2018.” Louder Than War – 8/10

Beach House have become one of indie’s most dependable acts, and on 7 that continues… ‘Lemon Glow’ is a swirling cocktail of warped, wobbly synths while ‘Dive’ is another highlight, an intoxicating barrage of rollocking drums and guitar barging down the door.” DIY

Beach House are remarkably consistent, their woozy dream pop always finds a way to take up whichever space it inhabits.” Crack – 7/10

“Dive” is taken from 7, the new full length out May 11th, 2018.

Father John Misty has shared his disorienting new video for “Mr. Tillman,” the first single off his upcoming new album God’s Favorite Customer. Just as the song’s lyrics zero in on the singer’s unpleasant experience at a hotel, the “Mr. Tillman” video is like The Shining meets “Hotel California,” as Father John Misty is doomed to relive his stay and inability to leave countless times. The result is interactions with doppelgangers, an attempted suicide and a taxicab escape.

In February, the singer, whose real name is Josh Tillman, unveiled “Mr. Tillman” along with a low-budget green-screened video of himself messing around in a hotel.

Father John Misty has previously released two songs, “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All” and “Just Dumb Enough to Try,” from his forthcoming album God’s Favorite Customer, the speedy follow-up to 2017’s Pure Comedy. God’s Favorite Customer arrives June 1st.

“Mr. Tillman” is off of Father John Misty’s upcoming album, God’s Favorite Customer, out June 1st on Sub Pop and Bella Union.

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After information about his new album leaked,  Father John Misty has formally announced the release of his fourth album, God’s Favorite Customer, along with two new singles.

A press release issued by Sub Pop Records, confirms the leaked album, including the tracklist, the album art (photographed by Pari Dukovic), and the June 1st release via Sub Pop and Bella Union Records. The follow-up to Pure Comedy was written and produced by Misty, and recorded with Jonathan Rado, Dave Cerminara and Trevor Spencer. While the official album news is exciting, the real excitement comes in the full versions of the songs “Just Dumb Enough to Try” and “Disappointing Diamonds are the Rarest of Them All,”.

Each song gives Misty a different angle by expanding his sound while staying true to his indie folk-rock roots. Both songs seem to be a nod to classic, 1970s Elton John, as “Just Dumb” goes for full singer-songwriter glory, with its lush production of jangling guitars and delicate strings leaning towards classic John ballads like “Candle in the Wind” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” “Disappointing Diamonds” is more of a throwback to “Benny and the Jets” and “Crocodile Rock” with its zany production built on huge piano chords and zooming electric guitar riffs.

The title track, which examines the ironic relationship between forgiveness and sin. Together, these are songs that demand to know either real love or what comes after, and as the album progresses, that entreaty leads to discovering the latter’s true stakes.

God’s Favorite Customer is available for preorder now on Father John Misty’s official store along with Sub Pop, Bella Union and select independent retailers in five formats: limited Loser edition on metallic purple vinyl, standard LP on black vinyl, CD, streaming and digital download, and cassette.

In addition to the album release, Misty will go on tour starting in April, in support of the album with Gillian Welch, TV on the Radio and Jenny Lewis serving as special guests at select shows.

Hopefully, the rest of 2018 will be filled with new surprises Misty has a hand in. Listen to “Just Dumb Enough to Try” and “Disappointing Diamonds are the Rarest of Them All” below.

Father John Misty’s new song “Just Dumb Enough to Try” is off of his upcoming album, God’s Favorite Customer, out June 1st on Sub Pop and Bella Union.

Written largely in New York between Summer 2016 and Winter 2017, Josh Tillman’s fourth Father John Misty LP, God’s Favorite Customer, reflects on the experience of being caught between the vertigo of heartbreak and the manic throes of freedom. God’s Favorite Customer reveals a bitter sweetness and directness in Tillman’s songwriting, without sacrificing any of his wit or taste for the absurd. From Mr. Tillman, where he trains his lens on his own misadventure,

“Mr. Tillman” is off of Father John Misty’s upcoming album, God’s Favorite Customer, out June 1st on Sub Pop and Bella Union

God’s Favorite Customer was produced by Tillman and recorded with Jonathan Rado, Dave Cerminara, and Trevor Spencer. The album features contributions from Haxan Cloak, Natalie Merring of Weyes Blood, longtime collaborator Jonathan Wilson, and members of Misty’s touring band.

Father John Misty’s new song “Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All” is off of his upcoming album, God’s Favorite Customer, out June 1st on Sub Pop and Bella Union.

Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House have unveiled a new song “Dark Spring,” from their upcoming album, 7, due out May 11th via Sub Pop/Bella Union/Mistletone.

“Dark Spring” opens with a thunderous drum fill that settles into a steady bass drone and layered vocals. The accompanying black-and-white video was directed by Zia Anger and features an array of enigmatic image sequences: an empty house, stark trees and swimmers floating underwater. Anger said the video was “a very organic thing made with a lot of people (who are also filmmakers), that I love and trust. An anomaly in process.”

Prior to releasing “Dark Spring,” Beach House earlier shared another  cut, “Dive.” marks Beach House’s first album since 2015’s Thank Your Lucky Stars. Last year, the group released the compilation, B-Sides and Rarities.  

Beach House will release 7, the group’s 7th full-length record, on 11th May 2018 via Bella Union Records in Europe and Sub Pop in the US. 7 features their latest offering, ‘Dive‘. All of the songs on 7 began in Beach House’s home studio in Baltimore, and were finished at Carriage House in Stamford, CT and Palmetto Studio in Los Angeles. The album was mixed by Alan Moulder.

Beach House (Alex Scally & Victoria Legrand) released B-sides and Rarities in 2017. Scally and Legrand used to limit themselves to what they thought they could perform live, but this time that limitation was ignored. Also, instead of one long studio session, Beach House recorded when inspired by batches of songs, which resulted in five mini-sessions over the course of eleven months.

Unlike the last four albums, 7 didn’t have a producer in the traditional sense. Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom (Peter Kember) became a significant force on this record by shedding conventions and helping to keep the songs alive, fresh, and protected from the destructive elements of recording studio overproduction and over-perfection. The band’s trusted live drummer from 2016 to the present, James Barone, played on the entire record, helping to keep rhythm at the centre of a lot of these songs.

Beach House has also scheduled a worldwide tour in support of 7 beginning April 30th ending in October 20th in Dublin, IE at Vicar Street. The tour reaches the UK for the 2 dates so far in London and Manchester shows this Autumn:

Thursday 18th October – LONDON – Troxy ,  Friday 19th October – MANCHESTER – Albert Hall

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Beach House have shared a brand new song, ‘Lemon Glow.’

The track will appear on their forthcoming new album which is set to land laters this spring: “Wishing everyone out there love tonight,” they wrote on Instagram while announcing the news. Jam-packed with synths, Lemon Glow is a glimpse into what to expect from their new album which will be their seventh studio full-length and the follower to the 2015 double-release of ‘Depression Cherry’ and ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’.

Last year, they released a collection of unreleased music called B-Sides and Rarities.

 

Ezra Furman shares live performance video for “Driving down To L.A.”

With his new album Transangelic Exodus due for release 9th February via Bella UnionEzra Furman has  shared a live performance video of the track “Driving Down To L.A”Filmed at SPACE in Evanston, Illinois, over the course of a day, Furman and his band The Visions performed three songs from the new album live for the first time, an exclusive for an attentive audience. The band had been building and creating a special stage design to set the world of Transangelic Exodus.

Transangelic Exodus is a new landmark for the American singer-songwriter: “Not a concept record, but almost a novel, or a cluster of stories on a theme, a combination of fiction and a half-true memoir,” according to its author. “A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga.”

The music is as much of an intense, dramatic event, full of brilliant hooks, with an equally evolved approach to recorded sound to match Furman’s narrative vision. In honour of this shift, his backing band has been newly christened: The Boy-Friends are dead, long live The Visions. In other words, the man who embodies the title of his last album ‘Perpetual Motion People’ is still on the move… Or, in the vernacular of the new album, on the run.

Today Bella Union Records are celebrating the release of Ezra Furman’s beautiful, pioneering, thrilling, tremendous new album “Transangelic Exodus”, which is available now via Bella Union! Transangelic Exodus is a new landmark for the American singer-songwriter: “Not a concept record, but almost a novel, or a cluster of stories on a theme, a combination of fiction and a half-true memoir,” according to its author. “A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga.”

Transangelic Exodus Ezra Furman’s second album for Bella Union, is a new landmark its  “not a concept record, but almost a novel, or a cluster of stories on a theme, a combination of fiction and a half-true memoir,” according to its author. “A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. ” The music is as much of an intense, dramatic event, full of brilliant hooks, with an equally evolved approach to recorded sound to match Furman’s narrative vision. In honour of this shift, his backing band has been newly christened: The Boy-Friends are dead, long live The Visions. In other words, the man who embodies the title of his last album Perpetual Motion People is still on the move… Or in the vernacular of the new album, on the run. His musical DNA remains intact – a thrilling, literate form of garage-punk rooted in The Velvet Underground, Jonathan Richman and ‘50s rock’n’roll.
Standout tracks include the album’s lead single Driving Down To LA, a sparse, but explosive, mix of doo-wop and digital crunch.

Another is the haunting Compulsive Liar. Transangelic Exodus addresses another kind of coming out, as Furman addresses his Jewish faith on record much more openly than before, from the shivery ballad God Lifts Up the Lowly (which includes a verse in Hebrew) to the exquisite Psalm 151 and the line “I believe in God but I don’t believe we’re getting out of this one” in Come Here Get Away From Me, a heady blend of rock’n’roll rumble and ghostly clarinet. Crossing between love, gender, sexuality and religion, and singing in solidarity with the innocent, persecuted, oppressed and threatened, Ezra Furman has soundtracked the current fear and loathing across America like no other, while pushing ahead with his own agenda, always on the move.

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“2016 was a hard year,” Furman notes in a statement. “While the political and cultural conversation devolved in a very threatening way, we travelled and toured a lot. We saw ourselves coming to the end of what we were, and we wanted to become something new.”

This sea change included an album full of memoir-like material, in which Furman opens up more about his personal journey of coming out as queer and gender-fluid, as well as addresses his Jewish faith. “Not a concept record, but almost a novel, or a cluster of stories on a theme, a combination of fiction and a half-true memoir,” explains Furman. “A personal companion for a paranoid road trip. A queer outlaw saga.” Speaking about the concept behind the record, Furman continues,

“The narrative thread is I’m in love with an angel, and a government is after us, and we have to leave home because angels are illegal, as is harbouring angels. The term ‘transangelic’ refers to the fact people become angels because they grow wings. They have an operation, and they’re transformed. And it causes panic because some people think it’s contagious, or it should just be outlawed. The album still works without the back story, though. What’s essential is the mood — paranoid, authoritarian, the way certain people are stigmatized. It’s a theme in American life right now, and other so-called democracies.”

Furman cites Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City, Kanye West’s Yeezus, and Angel Olsen’s Burn Your Fire For No Witness as influences on Transangelic Exodus.

acclaim for “Transangelic Exodus”

“Thelma & Louise meets Angels In America… Pop has plenty of angels, and Transangelic Exodus joins them in the firmament.” Mail On Sunday – 5 Stars ***** (Album of the Week)  “This is one of the most probing and pioneering avant–retro–pop albums of the age.” Classic Rock – 8/10

“By way of glam, garage rock, baroque’n’roll balladry and declamation, Furman fashions a bold and engrossing manifesto.” Sunday Times 

“Both sonically and lyrically, it’s an album that is explicitly, thrillingly transgressive, and is already an early contender for one of the albums of the year.” Uncut – 8/10

“His seventh album vibrates with fear, rage and fierce defiance… Transangelic Exodus feels like an appropriately angry response to a repressive political moment.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****

Furman’s music has been rethought, cut up, redrafted into something irresistibly modern. The songs are tremendous – melodic, unsettling and laugh–out–loud brilliant.” Q – 4 Stars ****

Transangelic Exodus sets out for fresh horizons with a full tank of passion, purpose, political rage, raucous invention and rock’n’roll fire.” Record Collector – 5 Stars ****

“A sense of defiance and unrest runs throughout Transangelic Exodus… Timely and uncompromising, it feels like a record of real importance.” DIY – 4 Stars ****

“This is a fascinating, mature set from an artist who feels as vital as ever.” DORK – 4 Stars ****

We loved Suck The Blood From My Wound, the last single Ezra Furman shared from his much anticipated new long player Transangelic Exoduswhich will be released on the 9th February on Bella Union Records.

Now we have his latest offering from the record, the jagged, agitated, and it must be said, spectacularly named “Maraschino-Red Dress $8.99 at Goodwill”.

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