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This week (Sandy) Alex G (aka Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Alex Giannascoli) announced a new album, “House of Sugar”, and shared a video for its first single, “Gretel.” House of Sugar is due out September 13th via Domino Recordings.

House of Sugar is Giannascoli’s ninth album overall and his third for Domino. It’s the follow-up to 2017’s Rocket. Jacob Portrait, who mixed both Rocket and 2015’s Beach Music, also worked on House of Sugar. Zev Magasis directed the “Gretel” video.  Despite the record’s title, the lead single from (Sandy) Alex G’s House of Sugar opens with striking darkness and bitterness before easing into the sweet. In “Gretel,” (Sandy) Alex G weaves two seemingly disparate talents of his — writing beautiful, melodic refrains and creating strange, unsettling soundscapes — into a captivating, fresh take on the Brothers Grimm.

“Gretel” appears on (Sandy) Alex G’s new album ‘House of Sugar’ – out September 13th, 2019 on Domino Recordings.

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Anna Calvi garnered instant acclaim straight out of the box. Her self-titled debut earned her several prestigious awards, among them, a nomination for the Mercury Prize and the special distinction of being named British Breakthrough Act at the 2012 Brit Awards. Follow-up One Breath secured a second Mercury Prize nomination, no small accomplishment for an artist who once claimed she was too nervous to even sing in the shower. Apparently, her self-doubt’s been banished for good, and given the evidence offered on her latest album Hunter, Calvi’s clearly got the confidence needed to take her place among the echelon of Britain’s new musical elite. Brian Eno has sung her praises and become a mentor. David Byrne and Marianne Faithfull have shared their support. A classically trained violinist, Calvi’s won kudos for her guitar work, songwriting and unique style. Still, it’s her voice that commands, courtesy of a delivery that rises from a whisper and then soars with startling effect.

The first single, Don’t Beat The Girl Out Of My Boy. A battle cry with a rousing chorus, the song was partly written while thinking about how young children are when they’re conditioned to follow gender roles – in particular, the “heartbreaking” process through which small boys are taught not to cry or show emotions. Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Grinderman) at Konk Studios in London with some further production in LA, the album was recorded with Anna’s band – Mally Harpaz on various instruments and Alex Thomas on drums – with the addition of Adrian Utley from Portishead on keys and Martyn Casey from The Bad Seeds on bass. It has a new rawness, a primal energy into which Calvi pushes the limits of her guitar and voice beyond anything she’s recorded before.

Protomartyr release a new EP Consolation, which they recorded in part with friend Kelley Deal. Two of the four songs feature Deal on vocals alongside singer Joe Casey. The EP was recorded by Deal’s R.Ring bandmate Mike Montgomery and expandeds Protomartyr’s arrangements with strings and woodwinds.

The video for the Deal-featured track “Wheel Of Fortune” is five minutes of confusing chaos that I can’t turn away from. Directed by Yoonha Park, who handled the band’s also-strange “Don’t Go To Anacita” video, “Wheel Of Fortune” is an amalgamation of bleak, violent imagery paired with an equally jagged, experimental sound. A pulsing skull, a charging, electrified sword, a girl coloring in her entire face with cherry red lipstick, roughly scrapping your knuckle against a brick wall, punching yourself in the face, giving a thumbs up while your hand is on fire flash; these visuals grace the screen all while frontman Joe Casey and Deal repeatedly shout the lyrics “I decide who lives and who dies.” It’s a lot to handle, but aesthetically exciting.

The general vibe is spooky Halloween apocalypse. There’s a solace brought on as the video switches to black and white. The music slows and a hypnotic groove ensues. Though, all that is ended quickly by the chanting of “Hands around their own throats.”

Limited edition of the EP on yellow/white starburst vinyl, includes 12”x24” fold out poster, and MP3 download card.

EP Tracks

  1. 01. Wait
  2. 02. Same Face in a Different Mirror
  3. 03. Wheel of Fortune (feat. Kelley Deal)
  4. 04. You Always Win (feat. Kelley Deal)

Protomartyr – “Wheel of Fortune (feat. Kelley Deal)” taken from the new ‘Consolation E.P.’ out 15th June 2018 on Domino Record Co.

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Flasher  were one of our Best New Bands Of 2016 It’s took a long while but they are finally getting ready to release their debut album after amassing an EP and a 7″ vinyl to their name already. That debut will be out later this year via Domino Records. But to hold us over until then — and to promote their SXSW dates and an upcoming tour, where they’ll support the Breeders and Ought this DC trio are releasing a new song, “Skim Milk,” alongside a video.

The video finds them performing in a gorgeous-looking theater that looks like it could double as a church. The track is urgent and propulsive, with all three members — guitarist Taylor Mulitz, bassist Daniel Saperstein, and drummer Emma Baker — trading off vocals in increasingly frenzied fashion. It’s a towering pummel of riffs and hooks, with all of them locking into a groove and repeating the song’s central mantra — “No future, no fate” — interspersed with secondary phrases, building a wall of harmonies. It’s a wonder to hear just how tightly-knotted and in-sync they are, and the video helps hammer home that feeling of interconnectedness.

Here’s what the band had to say about the release:

The themes in “Skim Milk” and its video might be described as being haunted by your own desire for belonging. We’re not bemoaning “no future, no fate”, we’re advocating for it. From getting a mortgage, to going to college, to crafting public policy, folks are always telling you to think of your future, to make choices in the name of some future. But most folks don’t have the privilege to live outside the present. This kind of future tense, aspirational bullshit means being held hostage by a future that’s already abandoned you. We’d rather escape to something new and unknown than hold out for a good life that hates us and expects us to make lemonade out of miserableness. Instead of holding out and hanging on, we’re here to tell you (and ourselves) – “go.”

Flasher – “Skim Milk” out now on Domino Recording Co.

In Mind

Never the most hell-raising or fiercely innovative band on the scene, Real Estate nonetheless have made a name for themselves for simply sticking to one paradigm – that of bright and deliriously melodic indie-rock – and doing it with so much charm and skill that it would be churlish to criticise. Well hold the front page, they’re back again, and still doing that same old fabulous thing, with guitars never more rich in their jangly filigree nor harmonies more heavenly. Drifting along a continuum that starts with Big Star and takes in Teenage Fanclub and R.E.M. on the way, ‘In Mind’ remains the sonic equivalent of a cool drink of water on a sunny day.

Real Estate – In Mind. The new album, out March 17th.