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Following Brutalism (2017) and Joy as an Act of Resistance (2018), two releases that garnered global critical acclaim, IDLES return with their highly anticipated third album – “Ultra Mono”. Sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record (including production contribution from Kenny Beats), the album doubles down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work. Not far beneath the surface of their self-admitted sloganeering lies a deeply complex and brutally relevant album that chews up clichés and spits them out as high art for the masses. This is momentary acceptance of the self. This is Ultra Mono.

Since their 2017 debut Brutalism, British punks IDLES have seemed like a band on a mission. Release a record, tour hard, write more songs, make another album, do it all again. Their new record Ultra Mono is their third in four years, which is impressive when you see the band’s immense pre-pandemic touring schedule. “We never stop writing,” says frontman Joe Talbot,

The band have a method for writing an album that goes well beyond standing in a room and playing. They are organised and focused, which ensures their records remain centred on a theme. “With every album, we start with the title – and artwork normally comes to mind – with a theme around it, and then I kind of build the idea around the album,” Talbot says. “Then we start writing the songs specifically to those ideas, with the idea that if we’ve got boundaries, we can all work within them and work together better, because we’re very different people.

“It’s important for us to understand each other moving forward, because we write democratically. We don’t want it to be some sort of autocracy. We all pitch in.m This time around, Talbot wanted to write about internal struggles. The frontman admits to struggling with certain sides of fame, notably the understanding that his work will now be noticed by more people than ever. Such a profile comes with pressure, and feelings that threaten to inhibit creativity. “I was going through a lot of self-doubt around writing,” he says. “There’s a lot of eyes and ears on us, way more than before Joy… [2018 album Joy Is An Act of Resistance] came out.

“So, I just wanted to focus on that idea of self-awareness as a way of progress and understanding what self-care really meant.” So, Ultra Mono became a record about accepting yourself for who and what you are.

KEXP.ORG presents IDLES sharing songs recorded exclusively for KEXP and talking with Kevin Cole. Recorded Thursday, October 1st, 2020.
Songs:
Model Village
Mr. Motivator
War
Grounds

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Ultra Mono will be released on 25th September 2020 on Partisan Records.

Released September 25th, 2020

There are 1,271 words on this record but it’s hard to find the right ones to send it into the world with. I’ve been waiting for this day to come for a long time and it feels surreal to say that “Breach” is yours now — I hope it gives you something. it’s given me a lot. Isolation is nothing new for Fenne Lily – in fact, she’s written an album of songs all about it. “It’s kind of like writing a letter, and leaving it in a book that you know you’ll get out when you’re sad – like a message to yourself in the future,” she says, referring to Breach, her Dead Oceans debut she wrote during a period of self-enforced isolation pre-COVID. It’s an expansive, diaristic, frequently sardonic record that deals with the mess and the catharsis of entering your 20s and finding peace while being alone.

Fenne was born in London and moved to Dorset as a toddler, where she grew up in the picturesque English countryside. She was a “free range kid,” as she calls it, after her parents took her out of school for a period at the age of seven. Over the following year, they taught her while the family travelled Europe in a live-in bus. Even after she returned to traditional school at 9, her home education never ended, extending to music. Her mother gifted Fenne with her old record collection, through which she discovered her love for T-Rex and the Velvet Underground and Nico.

Soon after she fell for the strange genius of PJ Harvey and came to worship Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, and the richly crafted worlds of Feist, which inspired Fenne to pick up a guitar. It’s that journey to find peace inside herself that underpins the whole of Fenne’s second album. Its title, Breach, occurred to Fenne after deep conversations with her mum about her birth, during which she was breech, or upside down in the womb. The slippery double-sidedness of the word – which, spelled with an “A”, means to “break through” – drew her in. “That feels like what I was doing in this record; I was breaking through a wall that I built for myself, keeping myself safe, and dealing with the downside of feeling lonely and alone. I realized that I am comfortable in myself, and I don’t need to fixate on relationships to make myself feel like I have something to talk about. I felt like I broke through a mental barrier in that respect.” Even though it also carries implications of awkwardness, rebellion, and breakage, it’s a widereaching word, representing new beginnings and birth.

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Breach is out on Dead Oceans
thank you to everyone who worked on this with me,

Released September 18th, 2020

It’s been a while. We are very happy to announce that our 3rd LP It’s Never Going To Happen And This Is Why will be released on Hallow’s Eve Eve, via our new DARK HABITS imprint. It will have been three and a half years since “Condition” and it really has felt a lot longer…but let’s save all that for another time and cut to the chase. Spectres return with ‘It’s Never Going To Happen And This Is Why’, their bluntest, most bludgeoning LP yet. The oft sprawling and trance-inducing explorations of feedback and terror featured on their previous two critically acclaimed albums ‘Dying’ (2015) and ‘Condition’ (2017) have been supplanted by a rifle chamber of condensed noise nuggets firing in at three minutes or less. Spectres have gone pop.

Recorded by Alex Greaves at The Nave, a 19th century Methodist church in Leeds, and released on their own new Dark Habits imprint in Europe / Little Cloud Records in the USA, the mischievously titled album sees Spectres at their most radical and playful, splattered with guest spots from experimental artists Klein, Elvin Brandhi, Ben Vince and French Margot.

The video for the initial taster, An Annihilation Of The Self, can be seen from 10am on Friday by clicking on the still below.

The video is a collaboration between Joe and Adrian from the band. Joe in the fix of his own Blair Witch and Adrian bringing the words to illustrative strife with inimitably grim effect.

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Slightly indulgent but something we have been wanting to do for a while. A square 12″ wooden box that will contain a test pressing of the album, all artwork from the album as a 12″ printed booklet, a copy of Dark Habits zine, signed one off original artwork and a few surprise extras plus hand painted lid. We’ll be hand building these so expect a few exciting defects, and they may well come nailed shut, like a real coffin. Limited to 10.

 

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Fenne Lily is back with a new single, “Berlin,” this new song came out just now alongside this animated video about a man and his umbrella from her forthcoming sophomore album “Breach”, out September 18th via Dead Oceans. Following the release of “Alapathy,” this new single is a gorgeous, meandering stream-of-consciousness that almost feels as if you’re in the room with her. Lucy Dacus and Ali Chant also share shimmering vocals on the track, making it even more transcendent. This song was partly inspired by Patti Smith’s Just Kids, which explains its nostalgia and rosy colour.

“Berlin” by Fenne Lily, from her upcoming album ‘BREACH,’ out September 18th on Dead Oceans Records.

IDLES return with their highly anticipated third album – Ultra Mono. Sonically constructed to capture the feeling of a hip-hop record (including production contribution from Kenny Beats), the album doubles down on the vitriolic sneer and blunt social commentary of their past work.

“Ultra Mono” is the acceptance of now and I and you. We are not the same but behold something together that is true: the moment. I can not control anything but my ideas, my actions and my emotions, I can not control yours. In allowing our art to be momentary, we give ourselves and you the opportunity to perceive who we all are now as truth. It is an engine of all that we can’t control: our race, our age, our class and our past in the form of what we control absolutely – our music, our now.

Joy is still an act of resistance. No more apologies. We will work hard and work honestly. Ultra Mono is joy’s engine and it goes. Well that’s a bit of good news eh? Joe Talbot & his band of merry men are once again back to put the world to rights. ‘Ultra Mono’ is their first album since the brain meltingly good ‘Joy As An Act of Resistance’ – we’re a little bit excited. There are 2 gorgeous versions too – the vortex swirl will look lush spinning on your turntable but we’re particularly taken by the look of the deluxe version with the ‘ultra mono’ catalogue – it looks like it’s going to be rather lovely.

Act fast enough and you can snag a limited print too – an abstract take on the album cover, perfect for framing. far be it for us to tell you what to do, but we’d advise you get your orders in sharpish for the vortex and deluxe editions even if you miss the print – the last two had tasty limited fancy versions that went very fast.

We hope that you feel a sense of strength and purpose from listening to Ultra Mono. It is meant to fill you with the violence love and the rhythm of now. You are now. You are all. All is love.” – Joe Talbot

IDLES – “Ultra Mono” Out September 25th Partisan Records.

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Howdy folks, there’s never a dull day in the land of Breakfast Recs, especially when we get to feature a brand new music video for immy’s brand new lockdown single ‘Anyone Anywhere’. It’s taken also from our latest compilation “Breakfast In Bed”, still pay what you want on Bandcamp with all profits going to Caring in Bristol!

Bristol-based musician, Immy is probably best known up until now as the lead singer of Woahnows. Discussing the project, immy has suggested this new solo project is both, “something more fragile and somehow simultaneously more tangible”. This week immy has shared their latest single, “Anyone, Anywhere”, a track that originally featured on Breakfast Records’ Breakfast In Bed Compilation and now, looking to shine some further light in its direction, is accompanied by an excellent new video.

The track feels like a moment of calm in a chaotic world, the warm melodies and fluttering guitars, nodding to the modern-folk tones of Grizzly Bear or Here We Go Magic. Lyrically too, this is a track that feels like it is aiming for escapism, longing for a place, “where people live freely and minds are open”, the whole track is given a bittersweet quality as immy sings, “where do you want to go?”, only to almost sigh out, “I’m done”. While it’s a gentle revolution, this feels like a big forward step for immy’s songwriting, in embracing a less-is-more approach, they might just have stumbled onto something simple, beautiful and its own way very exciting indeed.

Anyone, Anywhere is out now via Breakfast Records

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Over the last couple of years Fenne Lily has made a real name for herself as a songwriter, surpassing over 30 million streams for her five self-released singles and supporting the likes of Marlon Williams, Charlie Cunningham and many more across Europe. Despite the first song she wrote at the age of 15 proving an almost instant hit upon release, she’s not rushed into releasing her debut collection, instead taking time to perfect her songs and develop her sound while living in Bristol and continuing to perform around the continent. Deciding she wanted to get out of the city to record the album, Fenne travelled to see some musical friends on The Isle of Wight where she formed a band and recorded a number of tracks in a basement studio with upcoming producer James Thorpe. Returning to Bristol to finish the tracks with long-time collaborator Dave Dixon (Tamu Massif) and Ali Chant (Youth Lagoon, Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey) her debut album has taken shape and is now available.

Throughout 2018’s On Hold, Fenne Lily’s quaveringly intimate voice recalls the early works of Sharon Van Etten, particularly in the way she layers her own voice during choruses that ache and swoon. That almost jarringly beautiful effect jumps out in a minimalist mix that’s so stripped down, you can often hear fingers sweeping across guitar strings.

A record full of quiet strength, brightness, and yearning: The self-released debut “On Hold” establishes Fenne Lily’s ability to lean into emotion. “I’ve villainized my body for too long,” sings Fenne on the opening “Car Park.” Her writing is sharp and charged; the production is sparse and intimate. Track by track, the album maintains a cohesive narrative arch, following a heartbreak and resolving with self-acceptance – even self-love.

Born in Bristol to musical parents Pearl Love grew up surrounded by sound and immersed in a creative lifestyle, attending her first gig at the tender age of 13 days old, strapped to her mum as she played the trumpet. Pearl’s music is a key and undivided part of her identity. Through her honest song writing and delicate vocals Pearl embraces the beauty found in vulnerability and invites her listeners to experience the world as she sees it.

Inspired by artists such as Lucy Rose and Regina Spektor, Pearl presents her audiences with an emotive and authentic performance every time.

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For all the upward motion suggested by its title, What a Boost basks in a cozy kind of groundedness. The subtle, psychedelic folk on Rozi Plain’s fourth album is as soothing and reliable as a mug of milky tea; these songs don’t rise and fall as much as they simply steep. The British singer-songwriter refined the record over the course of a year on the road, and it bears the marks of an itinerant existence: Worn grooves stretch on like the white lines of a highway, circular guitar figures convey a dutiful sense of routine, and Plain’s fragmented lyrics meander like backseat daydreams. On the hovering ”Conditions,” she sounds a bit like Charlotte Gainsbourg fronting the Beta Band as she sings “Is this the way for love?” with the nonchalance of a traveler asking for directions.

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Tweaked and refined during a year spent touring the world playing bass in This Is The Kit, ‘What A Boost’ nurtures its homely roots and then blooms into a record that isn’t strictly about life on road but is undoubtedly, and beautifully, shaped by it. Textural, repetitive, propulsive, the whole piece plays out like a soundtrack to the world flying past the window; all of the shapes, colours, sights and sounds, flickering fast as we try to take as much of it in as we can. 

The music of Rozi Plain has always felt like a freeze-frame. A colourful and graceful snapshot of the world, paused, suspended in time, and then gently toyed with, like stepping out of the linear world as we know it.

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The first wave of acts have been unveiled for Dot To Dot Festival 2019; CRYSTAL FIGHTERS, JORDAN RAKEI, SWIM DEEP, THE NIGHT CAFÉ, DREAM WIFE, THE ORIELLES, LAUREN AQUILINA, VIAGRA BOYS, MINI MANSIONS plus loads more will head to Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham on 24-26th May 2019 for its 15th year. The award-winning day long festival will once again feature a line-up full of both established performers and the best emerging artists from the UK and around the world.

CRYSTAL FIGHTERS will headline Dot To Dot 2019, a band who have been an integral part of the alternative dance scene since the release of their debut album ‘Star of Love’ in 2010. Widely adored for their catchy songwriting and penchant for glitter, the English/Spanish trio built upon the momentum created by their debut with the release of 2013’s ‘Cave Rave’ and 2016’s ‘Everything Is My Family’. These follow-ups saw the band evolve their party-fixated electro punchiness, to an evocative, euphoria-inducing summery sound. The group’s endless energy and arsenal of feel-good anthems have made them a magnificent live proposition, helping them to forge a reputation for creating a celebratory party atmosphere wherever they play.

JORDAN RAKEI will be bringing his jazz and hip-hop driven sound to Dot To Dot 2019. The New Zealand born multi-instrumentalist moved halfway across the world to London to pursue a full-time career in music. He has since self-released his debut album, ‘Cloak’, in 2016 followed by critically acclaimed album ‘Wallflower’, released via Ninja Tune in 2017. Jordan has also collaborated with some notable tastemakers including Tom Misch, Disclosure, and more recently, merging the worlds of hiphop and electronica with beautiful ease on ‘Ottelenghi’ with Loyle Carner.

After previously wowing audiences at Dot To Dot in 2015, SWIM DEEP are welcomed back to the lineup this year. An integral part of Birmingham’s B-Town generation alongside Peace and Jaws, the band currently have two album releases to their name; 2013’s ‘Where the Heaven Are We’ and 2015’s ‘Mothers’. With these albums, came a collection of inimitable singles such as ‘Honey’, ‘King City’ and ‘One Great Song and I Could Change the World’. With a sound that encompasses elements of melodic indie, shoegaze and pop, Swim Deep are guaranteed to produce many singalong moments during their Dot To Dot performance.

Liverpool four-piece THE NIGHT CAFÉ’s pop-tinged summer anthems are guaranteed to get the crowd dancing, with their tunes recently daubed as being “bathed in sunshine… poppier than a fizzedup Fanta” by DIY. After being recently named in ‘The NME 100: Essential New Acts For 2019’ and notching up support slots with everyone from The Wombats to Sundara Karma to Circa Waves, there is no doubting that the group will be making a rapturous live show at Dot To Dot that is simply unmissable.

One of the breakout bands of 2018, DREAM WIFE spent the year conquering stages and festivals across the globe with their empowering brand of riff-infused rock. The group formed in 2015 for an art school project whilst studying at Brighton University, and chose their name as commentary on society’s objectification on women. Dream Wife’s self-titled debut, released in 2018 via Lucky Number, saw NME declaring, “Not since Yeah Yeah Yeahs burst out of Manhattan in the early 2000s in a blaze of fishnets and glitter has punk rock been as downright fun”.

Having released their debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ last year, THE ORIELLES have blown away audiences with their refreshing brand of post-disco punkiness, which led to their album featuring on numerous album of the year polls including Q Magazine, BBC 6 Music and Gigwise. Meanwhile, LAUREN AQUILINA is set to enchant audiences with her captivating piano-driven sounds, which have clocked up a staggering 30 million streams on Spotify. She will also arrive at Dot To Dot armed with new material, including her recent release ‘If Looks Could Kill’, showcasing her exciting, new pop direction.

Dot To Dot will also continue its proud tradition of giving up & coming artists a platform to shine across the greatest venues of Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham. Emerging at a rate of knots are Swedish rockers VIAGRA BOYS whose 2018 alternative anthem ‘Sports’ reminds us why heavy guitar music is alive & kicking, they are expected to be one of the most talked about acts of the weekend.

Also set to perform, the first wave announcement includes; 404, ALEX LAHEY, ANGIE MCMAHON, BESS ATWELL, BESSIE TURNER, CROWS, DANCING ON TABLES, DYLAN, FATHERSON, FAYE WEBSTER, HEAVY LUNGS, JAMES GILLESPIE, KOJAQUE, LOVE SICK, MAX RAD, MINI MANSIONS, MISS GRIT, MISSIO, ONR, RACHEL CHINOURIRI, REWS, SONS OF AN ILLUSTRIOUS FATHER, SUN SILVA, SWIMMING GIRLS, WASUREMONO, WOVOKA GENTLE, plus many more to be announced.

Dot To Dot Organiser Anton Lockwood, of DHP Family, said: “We are very proud that Dot To Dot is recognised as a unique and essential event for discovering new music. It might be our 15th year but our passion for emerging talent continues undiminished. For this edition of Dot To Dot we are very happy to welcome relentlessly creative headliners in Crystal Fighters and respected tastemaker Jordan Rakei, backed up with a huge array of the best emerging talent, with even more to be announced.