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Thurston Moore entered The Church studios in London to record new songs with producer Paul Epworth. Thurston, the founder of seminal US alternative rock experimentalists Sonic Youth and Paul, the celebrated producer and co-writer of Adele, The Pop Group, Florence & the Machine et al created a dynamic vibratory match (with the realization that they were both Leos, on the cusp of Cancer, born on 25 July.) The session was mixed by Randall Dunn (Marissa Nadler, Sunn 0))), Earth, Boris) at Avast! Studios in Seattle.

Thurston Moore Group had been touring since the critically acclaimed release The Best Day LP/CD (2014, Matador) that introduced the core members James Sedwards (guitar), My Bloody Valentine’s Deb Googe (bass) and Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelley (drums). Rock n Roll Consciousness is Thurston’s focus on this group’s strength, beauty and promise, with an unleashing of James Sedwards’ brilliant guitar play, Deb Googe’s minimalist groove ethic and Steve Shelley’s in-the-pocket swing dynamism.

The songs Thurston introduce are expansive, anthemic and exploratory with lyrics, co-written with poet Radio Radieux, investigating and heralding the love between angels, goddess mysticism and a belief in healing through new birth. They range from the opener “Exalted”, an unfolding and emotional journey in homage to sacred energy and exaltation, to “Cusp” a springtime charging, propulsive piece with a feeling of Sonic Youth mixing in with My Bloody Valentine to “Turn On” a pop-sonic poem to holy love both intimate and kosmiche to the contemplative mystery of life-defining time travel in “Smoke of Dreams”. The record concludes with “Aphrodite”, a strange and heavy no wave rocker in salutation to the idol of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation.

Rock n Roll Consciousness is a new and exhilarating chapter for Thurston Moore, and promises to be a creative highpoint for anyone interested in his legacy of avant-garde music and writing, as strong a statement as anything he has recorded these last three decades – serious and precocious and strangely accessible.

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Scotland’s favourite space-psych-rock-gods return with a new album ‘Psych Is Dead’ before heading out on a lengthy UK/European tour including appearances at all the key genre festivals such as Safe As Milk, Wrong Fest, Desert Fest, Raw Power Festival and Karma Fest.

Formed in 2010, The Cosmic Dead are a quartet from Glasgow, Scotland who share their music through good vibes and better vibrations. Known for their improv, chaos strewn, Buckfast smashed against the wall take on space music, they have roamed from Roadburn to Las Vegas, Dundee to Bangalore with each album offering a meditative window into a certain time and space.

‘Psych Is Dead’ is the sixth full length album from the band, the glowing embers of a a few days spent recording in a sweaty Sardinian kitchen overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Soon to be available on LP and CD via Riot Season Records, ‘Psych Is Dead’ is an aural exploration of their tumultuous universe.

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Limited Opaque Orange 7″ Vinyl. Like those have gone before it, Somebody Better is the next player in the terrific Black Honey single line-up. Following in the footsteps of its predecessors Corinne, All My Pride and the most recent Hello Today, once again the Brighton four-piece fronted by Izzy B. Phillips step up to the mark with a brilliantly bold statement of intent for 2017 – a festival- ready gleaming pop-rock meteor that’s headed straight for you. It is a mix of Eat to the Beat era Blondie and pop era Lush.

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There’s a singer with a voice 50 fathoms deep and the consistency of vitrified teak, who has been known to go to extremes in search of a song. Across continents, over oceans, through multiple time zones. From West Hollywood to… Tunbridge Wells. A long way – but Mark Lanegan knows the directions.

Early in 2016, Mark was at home in Los Angeles, working on some ideas for what might turn into his next album. He wasn’t too thrilled by what he was coming up with. Then he got an email from a friend, an English musician named Rob Marshall, thanking Mark for contributing to a new project he was putting together, Humanist. The pair first met in 2008, when Marshall’s former band Exit Calm supported Soulsavers, who Mark was singing with at the time. Now Rob was offering to write Mark some music to return the favour.

“I was like, Hey man, I’m getting ready to make a record, if you’ve got anything?’” Mark recalls. “Three days later he sent me *10 things… !”

In the meantime, Mark had written Blue Blue Sea, a rippling mood piece that he thought might be a more fruitful direction for his new record, and had the idea for a song called First Day Of Winter that felt like an apt closer. “It’s almost always how my records start,” he explains. “I let the first couple of songs tell me what the next couple should sound like, and it’s really the same process when I’m writing words. Whatever my first couple of lines are tell me what the next couple should be. I’ve always built things like that, sort of like making a sculpture I guess. Start with the raw material and let that point me in the direction I want to go. So, once I was pointed in that direction, the music that came from other sources, from Rob, I just went for the ones that helped me build this narrative that I had started already.”

Within an hour, Mark had written words and vocal lines for two of the pieces Rob had cooked up at Mount Sion Studios in Kent and pinged through the virtual clouds to California. Rob’s music fitted perfectly with the direction Mark had been pondering: in essence, a more expansive progression from the moody Krautrock-influenced electronica textures of his two previous albums, Blues Funeral and Phantom Radio. Eventually, Rob Marshall would co-write six of the songs on the new Mark Lanegan Band album. “I was very thankful to become reacquainted with him,” Mark deadpans.

The remainder of the album was written, recorded and produced by Lanegan’s longtime musical amanuensis Alain Johannes at his 11 AD base in West Hollywood. Everything was done and dusted within a month, unusually fast by Lanegan’s recent standards. Both Blues Funeral and Phantom Radio unfurled at leisurely pace over several months. But this time Johannes had only a fixed window of opportunity due to his ongoing touring commitments as a member of P.J. Harvey’s band. But Mark was sufficiently happy with the material to move swiftly, a reflection of contentment with his abilities as a singer and writer, which have now produced a huge body of work spanning a period of more than 30 years: whether it be his own solo records, or collaborative recordings with others, or going back to his legendary first band, the Screaming Trees.

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His second self-titled album grew out of a period of great change for Pollie both personally and professionally. The L.A. musician ended one relationship and started another. He released a debut album in 2014 to critical claim and watched as the single She Came Through (Again) became a surprise hit – the kind of bittersweet pop song destined to anchor a multitude of lovelorn mixtapes. He signed to Anti-Records and worked on Los Angeles Police Department with Jonathan Rado (Foxygen, Whitney, Lemon Twigs) producing and Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, Foo Fighters) mixing. Los Angeles Police Department reveals an artist turning the personal into the universal and giving a bit of himself away in the process. “I’m a student of the album, so it was important to make this more than just a collection of the best songs I had written. It had to be a journey for me and for the listener.” The journey does not end with the album, but will continue throughout his next album and his next and his next. “My music is an extension of myself and it’s definitely something that I’m going to grow with.”

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Heartland rocker John Mellencamp releases his 23rd full-length album, Sad Clowns and Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter, the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash, on Island Records. Sad Clowns and Hillbillies returns Mellencamp to the musical eclecticism that is, itself, a reflection of his wide-ranging musings on life. John Mellencamp is an authentic voice of American music and master storyteller with a commitment to creating traditional rock and roll, bittersweet songs of happiness and melancholia, and fervent political dissent. His passions and experiences resonate beautifully in this showcase of his music. Sad Clowns and Hillbillies is self produced by John Mellencamp.

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Pinegrove’s Everything So Far is exactly what its title suggests – an anthology of all of Pinegrove’s output up to the point of their breakout Run For Cover Records full-length, Cardinal. The collection encapsulates their debut LP Meridian, a number of EPs and even some singles like the captivating track Angelina and Cardinal favourite New Friends. Originally available only on cassette with a shorter tracklist. Listening to Everything So Far is a rewarding experience for new and old fans, as the time capsule of a tracklist shows Pinegrove developing a signature sound, maturing and learning with each song.

2LP – First time on vinyl and pressed as a double album. The vinyl version also includes a brand-new 16 page booklet featuring lyrics and photos documenting the band’s earliest moments.

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HMLTD release their second single To The Door backed up by the equally stunning B-side Music!. The single is available as a limited 7” on Ouroboros Ltd. The six-piece, whose origins lie somewhere between the UK, Greece and France, have come up as one of the most confounding acts to appear in London in recent memory, with equally galvanizing music and visuals, stories of chaotic and incendiary live shows to packs of mosh-pitting followers and compatriots, and art installations where the lines between performers and audience are ever-blurred. Continuing their collaboration with director Jenkin Van Zyl, To The Door is an audio-visual bucking bronco ride of fantasy and myth, sci-fi and the terrestrial, savagery and élan, the unattainable and the tactile, coming together for a mesmerising assault on the senses. It’s another opportunity to join HMLTD’s uncompromising, all-in, fiercely adventurous and wholly irresistible world.

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274 Copies only limited-edition red vinyl 7″ single of Lorelle Meets The Obsolete’s ace The Sound Of All Things, taken from last year’s acclaimed fourth album, Balance. It’s the long song where lapping, ambient beauty gives way to a stormy sea of psych-rock, like Moon Duo tripping out with The Orb. According to the band, it’s all inspired by John Cage and the ocean near their home in Ensenada, Baja California. It comes backed with a brand new remix by the wonderful Russian band Gnoomes, who have turned it into an electro-psych monster.

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First appearing on the scene with the self-released Sirens double-EP (2013) and Magnolia EP (2014). Tours with Daughter, Matthew E. White, San Fermin and shows with London Grammar soon followed. Tamsin has also lent her vocals to Honne’s Coastal Love and a vocal line of hers is used in a SBTRKT song. I Go Missing In My Sleep is Wilsen’s debut album and was recorded with producer Ben Baptie in upstate New York and atThe Farm Studio outside of Philadelphia. Many of the songs were composed in a tiny Brooklyn apartmentin the fleeting pre-dawn moments when New York City is mostly still. These beautifully crafted original pieces capture an almost impossible sense of delicate quietness, and when it came time to record them with the band – Drew Arndt on bass and Johnny Simon on guitar – they unfurled at a nexus of hushed and heart-racing, intimate folk paired with muscular yet restrained sonic experimentation. It evokes the mood of Nick Drake and epic soundscapes in the vein of Arcade Fire.

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Following on from Earth’s definitive collection of Jansch’s 1990s works ‘Living In The Shadows Part 2: On The Edge Of A Dream’ picks up from where it left off, bringing together Bert Jansch’s final recordings, made between 2000 and 2006. This remarkable anthology documents some of Jansch’s finest work, and a man at the top of his game, some forty years(!) after his first release. From the brooding resonance of Crimson Moon (where Jansch is joined by Johnny Marr, Bernard Butler and Johnny “Guitar” Hodge, as well as son Adam Jansch and Bert’s wife Loren Jansch) to the intimacy of Edge Of A Dream (Bernard Butler, Hope Sandoval, Dave Swarbrick, Ralph McTell, Johnny “Guitar” Hodge, Paul Wassif, Adam Jansch and Loren Jansch) to the wondrous new folk / trad folk harmony of Black Swan (Beth Orton, Devendra Banhart, Kevin Barker, Helena Espvall, Paul Wassif), these seemingly very different albums all speak of one thing: Bert’s natural talent for turning out extraordinary music, regardless of genre. Disc four, The Setting Of The Sun, takes in more demos and unreleased material, with guest appearances from Gordon Giltrap and Johnny Marr adding additional delight for fans old and new. These peeks into Jansch’s recording process are nothing if not fascinating, with his home studio lending itself perfectly to any recording fancy he might arrive at. Like Part 1, this deluxe case-bound set exhibits the sublime attention to detail that has become Earth Recordings’ calling card. Liner notes come courtesy of colleague Bernard Butler and Bert’s son Adam, while a comprehensive listening guide (by esteemed journalist, Dave Henderson) is also included.

 

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Tamsin Wilson, songwriter and frontwoman of Wilsen, sculpted much of the band’s debut album in “fleeting pre-dawn moments” while in in New York City – the record was recorded upstate and at The Farm Studio, located just outside of Philadelphia, with producer Ben Baptie.

The London-born artist, who formed the band with Drew Arndt and Johnny Simon while studying at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, relocated with her bandmates to NYC after graduation to focus on music. Together they’ve wowed onlookers with their tender compositions and uncanny knack for melody – but now it’s time for the show to begin proper. The album includes already-released gems such as “Dusk” “Garden”, and “Emperor”

 

At SXSW a couple years back, Tamsin Wilson was a huge revelation gaining plaudits everywhere, a singer whose moody, calmly dreamy voice would sound amazing in just about any genre or context. Not surprisingly, that voice has since popped up all over the place, from Wye Oak to Honne plus a sample in a SBTRKT track . Still, it turns out Wilson is also ideally suited as a bandleader specifically as the singer in the band Wilsen , the group that (sort of) bears her name. Wilsen has already toured as an opener for its kindred spirits Daughter, but in 2017 the band ought to make it a headliner in its own right.

A Londoner now based in Brooklyn, Wilson sets her warm, approachable vocals against a spare but sparkling arrangement in the first single from Wilsen’s full-length debut, I Go Missing In My Sleep. “Heavy Steps” is elegant but never overbearing, with a piano and strings employed to subtly soothing effect. Wilson describes the softly intoxicating song as “a reminder to look ahead, because sometimes it’s all too easy to do the opposite.”

“Heavy Steps”’ by Wilsen, from new album “I Go Missing In My Sleep”. Pre-order: http://smarturl.it/IGMIMS_ALL Released 28th April 2017 on Secret City/Dalliance.

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Tamsin Wilson has vocals that hit you with a power and beauty, which almost forces you to close your eyes and imagine some mystical wonderland of pine trees and foggy lakes, the song grows from a fragile four-minutes of plaintive vocals and sparse instrumentation, into the kind of heart-racing build that would send Explosions In The Sky back to the drawing board.”

a whole lot of gorgeous with their own brand of colossal, tempered indie-pop is simply show-stopping, vast and assured in the most heart-pounding way Its swirling, hypnotic vibe serves as a perfect example of why the New York trio are on an upwards trajectory in 2014 with more to come in 20125.  Wilsen approaches every moment with a tasteful, editing ear; nothing is extraneous, and nothing is too bare. Organic and electronic sounds blend with a skilled voice to create an effect that’s nothing short of enchanting. “

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The road to one’s demise is often likely viewed in retrospect as a slow, somber, stately march to eternity.  However, the details in real time are tense and energetic, , loved ones rushing to the bedside, grief-stricken anger and inconsolable sorrow flowing forth.

Coming on the heels of last year’s wonderful Magnolia EP, one of my musical favourites Wilsen offering a remix on the next EP  here I am pleased to feature a peek.  Wilsen’s original “Emperor” recounted the death of its namesake in stark austerity, frontwoman Tamsin Wilson employing a dexterous use of space and silence to create a stoic, quietly deafening scene.

As a sharp counterpoint, Death Vessel (nom de plume of Rhode Island alt-folkie Joel Thibodeau) packs the track with frantic percussion and otherworldly vocal swirls.

“Magnolia – Remix”, featuring remixes of the other tracks by Wye Oak, White Hinterland, and Sun Glitters, will be available on the 14th April.  Wilsen will be playing  SXSW in Austin, TX 18th-20th March before supporting alt-soulman Matthew E White on a US tour. Lets hope they come back to the UK soon.

WILSEN – ” Sea To Sea “

Posted: February 19, 2015 in MUSIC
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Tamsin Wilson’s voice is so intimate that her atmospheric indie pop feels like a long phone call with a significant other. It’s only fitting that she’s caught the attention of Wye Oak, a band known for merging subtle, commanding vocals with powerful instrumentals. The Baltimore duo have given Wilsen’s gentle ballad “Sea To Sea” a churning, electronic makeover. It’s a blissed-out collection of synth textures, but Wilson’s ethereal pipes are the glue that holds it all together.

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“John James” is the lead single from The Isles forthcoming debut EP ‘Embers’. This is a project from the Wilsen Vocalist,
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~ The Isles ~
Tamsin Wilson – voice/acoustic guitar/dobro
Megan Lui – voice/electric guitar
Hannah Read – voice/fiddle/acoustic guitar

with:
Jake Sherman – organ/wurlitzer/piano
Jason Burger – percussion
Alex Jenkins – bass
Jas Walton – clarinet/bass clarinet
Dan Knobler – additional guitars/banjo

Produced by Dan Knobler
Recorded and mixed by Dan Knobler at Mason Jar Music in Brooklyn, NY

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From Brooklyn, New York, comes Wilsen – a band who are trying to push the boundaries of Dream Pop music with their 2012 debut album, ‘Sirens’. The band’s recent move from Boston to the urban-artist’s utopia of Williamsburg and Bushwick seems to have given them a sense of empowerment. In these neighborhoods, where everyone is some sort of combination of artist, musician, hipster, and entrepreneur, But Wilsen has risen to the challenge, and with this self-released debut they mark their territory as disciplined musicians who play simple, beautiful folk music. The group formed at Berklee College Of Music where Tamsin Wilson, who was born in London and raised in Canada, met drummer Dan Drohan, bassist Drew Arndt, and guitarist Johnny Simon Jr. Wilson serves as the group’s evocative vocal centerpiece and songwriter, and together they aim to serenade listeners with their fresh approach to folk-pop. Their sound has been dubbed, “dream folk”, and each song is indeed a musical journey that guides the listener through a different folk fantasy.

This album doesn’t feel run of the mill– it paints rich colors through its explorations in tone, melody, and subtle arrangements. ‘Sirens’ has a wealth of variety that stems from Wilson’s vision. It is the flexibility of her voice and her reach as a songwriter that sets this band apart.

WILSEN – ” Dusk “

Posted: May 29, 2014 in MUSIC
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Wilsen fronted by Tasmin Wilsen, a Londoner who formed the band while in Brooklyn a dreamy Folk LoFi band they have had some superb support slots recently with Daughter and London Grammar check out the EP Magnolia

this song is hauntingly beautiful the sound on this buzzsession is pure and perfect and what a song. Wilsen have supported some great bands lately Lia Ices, Basia Bulrat, and Daughter.