Posts Tagged ‘Weird World Records’

“The End of Comedy” is the debut album by Drugdealer, a new project conceived and conducted by Los Angeles artist Michael Collins (formerly of Run DMT, Salvia Plath) who guides a group of Angelenos including Ariel Pink and Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) through a whimsical world informed by Jean Baudrillard, social media perception, Sergio Leone’s spaghetti western vistas and Collins’s endless travels.

Drugdealer – ‘Easy to Forget (feat. Ariel Pink)’ taken from ‘The End of Comedy’, a new album by Michael Collins and friends. Out now on Weird World.

 

The End of Comedy – to be released through Weird World – is a collection of vignettes – lucid, lysergic and organic – featuring homespun explorations of Carole King­-esque piano ballads, Bacharach-ian orchestration, the psych-­folk of Ultimate Spinach and Hendrickson Road House and even New York City subway jazz, all pulled together by Collins’s deft AOR auteurship and keen sense of humour.

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Weird World are delighted to introduce Los Angeles‘ Singer Songwriter Alex Izenberg and his debut album proper, Harlequin, due for release on November 18th.

Harlequin is almost a study in distraction – a restless, feverish dream-sequence which variously invokes Scott Walker’s obtuse, off-kilter worlds of sound, Simon & Garfunkel’s psychedelic yet practical string arrangements, the vaudevillian pomp and preening of Wild Beasts’ early material and Grizzly Bear’s pastoral early steps. All this is cut through with moments of total silence, patches of noise, found sound and countless dynamic left-turns and moments of non-sequitur.

Or as he puts it “When writing I just ask myself, what does this song need from me? And then I give it what it needs.”

The album may be Izenberg’s debut proper but it also marks the culmination of over five years of highly prolific writing and recording under a variety of pseudonyms.

The first single to be taken from Harlequin is ‘To Move On’, along with its video directed by Nicky & Juliana Giraffe.

Alex Izenberg – To Move On (Official Video) taken from the album ‘Harlequin’ available 18 Nov 2016.

Alternative country undergrounder Jib Kidder has begun poking his head above the surface lately, and with new track “Appetites”, he wriggles his shoulders a few inches above the dirt.

Featuring Julia Holter on backing vocals, it’s a dreamy paean built around ’60s psych tenets and Americana virtues. It sounds caked in red dust, but so dishevelled and unaware. It’s also a wonderful launchpad for Kidder’s axe chops – that solo towards the end is fine. Kidder’s upcoming album “Teaspoon To The Ocean” is released through Weird World on 26th January 2015.