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With a stadium-sized statement that cuts through the fragile count-in strum. A burst of crunchy guitar grandeur that’s short-lived as an equally-striking stab of self-deprecation steps up: “I hate myself for feeling like I’m burning up”. So goes the opening thirty seconds of Robert Muinos′ new song “Weeks At All” The opening track from his latest EP3 from the Melbourne singer-songwriter’s forthcoming.

Recalling both the bare-boned expression and burst/settle contrast of Jason Molina, “Weeks At All” is a raw, cathartic-chasing journey through pain, pity and frustration. In a constant state of flux between knife-edge fragility and worry-weighted collapse, Muinos steers the song through both recalled scenes and blunt pick-me-downs, aimed both indirectly (“let it out”) and as more targeted blows (“your hate comes pouring like a waterfall”). All leading to a line that equally serves as a smirk-and-a-shrug that undos all before it and as a brutally poignant self-summary: “I run away and sing my little songs.” then the huge guitar break, in this amazing release. Muinos — who is also currently a member of soul outfit Saskwatch and pop-weirdos Dorsal Fins.

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All songs written by Robert Muinos. Drums and backing vocals by Jim Lawrie. Bass guitar by Tom Pettit. Keyboards by Olaf Scott. Guitar, singing, recording and mixing by Robert Muinos. Rocorded at The Curtin in March 2017.

Ariel Pink 2017 North American Tour - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

Ariel Pink released his latest album “Dedicated to Bobby Jameson” on September 15th, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed release pom pom from 2014, and first full-length since joining forces with the Brooklyn-based independent label Mexican Summer Records.

The album is Dedicated to Bobby Jameson, who’s a real-life Los Angeles musician whose story instantly resonated with Pink. Bobby Jameson was long presumed dead and resurfaced online in 2007 after 35 reclusive years to pen his autobiography and tragic life story in a series of blogs and YouTube tirades. “His book and life resonated with me to such a degree,” Pink states, “that I felt a need to dedicate my latest record to him.”

Ariel Pink is set to tour across North America this winter, where his new material will be aired live and fans should expect to be treated to songs from his back catalogue which he has accumulated over the last couple of decades.

Ariel Pink has also released a powerful new video for his single ‘Time to Live’, Ukranian three-piece art collective, Gorsad directed the video and are known for their striking imagery and their focus on youth culture.

Ariel Pink“Time To Live “ From the album Dedicated To Bobby Jameson

Dedicated to Bobby Jameson begins at the end and ends at the beginning. “We follow the protagonist through a battery of tests and milestones, the first of which sees him reborn into life out of death,” Pink explains, referencing the opening track “Time To Meet Your God.” “From there, he seesaws his way between the innocent love and the rock-solid edifice of childhood-worn trauma that together constitute his lifelong initiation into the realm of artifice and theatrical disposability.”

Standout tracks from Dedicated to Bobby Jameson include “Feels Like Heaven,” a lovelorn insta-classic paying tribute to the promise of romance, “Another Weekend,” which encapsulates the lingering euphoria of a regrettable weekend over the edge, “Dedicated to Bobby Jameson,” a rah-rah psych romp paying homage to L.A.’s punk history, and “Time to Live,” an ironic anti-suicide anthem that promotes survival as a form of resistance before devolving into a grungy, “Video Killed the Radio Star”-style breakdown that supposes life and death as being more or less the same fate and embraces the immortal anarchy of a rock song as an alternative to the prison of reality.

Alternately contained and sprawling, Dedicated to Bobby Jameson is a shimmering pop odyssey that represents more astonishing peaks and menacing valleys in the career of a man who, through sheer originality and nerve, has become an American rock and roll institution. The album marks his first full-length release with the Brooklyn-based independent label Mexican Summer.

Building upon his singular vision of pop songcraft, established by such seminal records as The Doldrums, Worn Copy, House Arrest, Loverboy, Before Today, Mature Themes, and pom pom, Pink revisits themes that have haunted his sonic cinemascapes since the late 1990s: mismanaged dreams, west coast mythologies, itinerant criminals, haunted boulevards, Hollywood legends, the impermanence of romance, bubblegum artifice, movie stardom, childhood terror, acceptance of self, and narcissism projected through a celluloid filter of controversion.

Pink attracted the attention of Animal Collective’s Paw Tracks label, earning his home recordings a small and devoted fan base through a series of limited edition reissues. Drawing upon a list of long-forgotten iconoclasts and trailblazers like the Shaggsthe Curethe Velvet Underground,Destroy All Monstersthe GodzCabaret Voltaire, and R. Stevie Moore, Pink set himself to the task of redefining the musical lexicon for himself and others. “This mission,” he says, “remains mine to this day.”

Ariel Pink - Dedicated To Bobby Jameson Deluxe Edition front

They might be the latest exciting act emerging from New Zealand, but before they embarked on their new record, Willowbank, Yumi Zouma never really felt like a band from New Zealand. It was only during what band-member Josh Burgess describes as, “a brief pause in all of our lives”that the band settled on a plan to go home to Christchurch and record their first release put together entirely in their home country. The fruits of that homecoming will become evident with Willowbank’s release next month, but ahead of that, the band have shared a video to new single, Half Hour.

Half Hour is inspired by Josh’s grandfather’s death back when he was just seven, as he explains, “the first time I experienced death in any significant way was when I was seven. My granddad died, and I still remember this feeling knowing that now he was no longer on the planet, and no matter how hard I searched, he could not be found”. It is perhaps no surprise that the song mirrors that sense of confusion, loss and longing for the past. Musically, it’s sad certainly but also strong, as singer Christie’s vocal entwines with Josh’s atop a backing of complex rhythms and pulses of bassy synth. A rush of electronics and gorgeous pop-tinged melodies, Yumi Zouma have never sounded more ready for the success that looks set to come their way.

Filmed in Christchurch, New Zealand, by Julian Vares. Willowbank is out October 6th via Cascine. ‘Persephone’ is the third single from Yumi Zouma’s sophomore album, Willowbank. Listen to previously released singles ‘December’ and ‘Depths (Pt. I) here: http://bit.ly/yumi_dec_sc

 

Shelby Lynne and her younger sister, Allison Moorer, have released a slew of solo records between them since the late 1980s, but Not Dark Yet marks their first joint effort. In one sense, it’s not surprising the siblings didn’t collaborate sooner.

Critically acclaimed artists and sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer will release “Not Dark Yet” via Silver Cross Records / Thirty Tigers. Produced by Teddy Thompson, their first and highly anticipated album together is an extraordinary debut of the pair’s transcendent musical bond. Not Dark Yet was recorded in Los Angeles in the summer of 2016. The album provides a potent look at the sisters’ individual and collective artistry through eclectic song choices from writers ranging from the Louvin Brothers, Nick Cave, Kurt Cobain, and back to Jessie Colter. Shelby and Allison wrap their arms around the past, plant their feet in the present, and nod toward what’s around the bend with a co-written “Is It Too Much,” to close out the ten-song set. 1st ever collaboration between acclaimed sisters –Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer .