Nettwerk Records is excited to announce the signing of Icelandic DJ Oliver Englafjord to its North American label roster. On July 10, Englafjord, the alter ego of Swedish DJ/Producer Marcus Schössow, will release a nine-song LP titled, Myrki Heima.
Inspired by Iceland’s powerful geography, the album concept is driven by the certainty of time and nature’s inevitable course. Paired with dreamlike vocal reflections, the album teaser uses lead single, “Molntus,” to deliver a high concept, art-house visual soundscape. Englafjord partnered with Earmilk to premiere the video clip.
WATCH THE ALBUM TEASER HERE:
“Basically, I started doing this project to learn about the hardware I had and to explore what happens if I do music that has no rules. For fun, I uploaded it to YouTube to see what people would say. The reaction was overwhelming; it was doing rounds on all the underground blogs and forum boards. So, I decided to make an album with it. The whole process was very natural; from the first to the last song it took 3 years. No deadlines, no pressure or having anyone know what I was working on. The alias is all about music with no compromise and I’m super excited to embark this journey,” says Schössow.
Nettwerk Records and influential Canadian outfit Delerium are pleased to celebrate the release of Rarities & B-Sides which premiered online last week via Exclaim!. The album debuted at #143 on the Billboard Heatseekers Top 200 Chart and #38 on the Electronic Albums Top 50 Chart.
The album’s lead single, “Glimmer,” featuring vocalist Emily Haines (of Metric), was originally recorded in 2005 but has now recently resurfaced from the stacks.
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WHAT THE PRESS ARE SAYING:
“’Don’t Leave Me Hanging’ is gorgeous—simple and direct.” – Pitchfork
"A Forest of Arms is arguably one of the most dynamic and focused Great Lake Swimmers records to date." - CBC Music
“Toronto quintet’s latest offering is packed with echoing vocals, soaring strings, and plenty of resounding acoustic guitar, double bass, and banjo.” – Consequence Of Sound
“They create a place where folk-rock meets country and bluegrass, and converge into a soothing, atmospheric lushness.” – Blurt
"Sonically, the album carries on the Great Lake Swimmer's cherished blend of folk and orchestral indie pop… the group play with percussion patterns, piano and string arrangements to keep the listener interested." - Exclaim!
“The soundscapes created by Toronto’s Great Lake Swimmers are nothing if not panoramic... So lush is their sound at times, it’s easy to forget that the primary lead instruments are acoustic... A solid album with a number of beguiling songs and a lot of spirit...” – PopMatters
“Featuring impossibly beautiful arrangements, frontman Tony Dekker and company have crafted a dynamic and inimitable listening experience with the new record.” - Diffuser.fm
“A Forest of Arms seamlessly creates sonic textures that inspire nature walks and drives across empty highways…” - Flood Magazine
"…Great Lake Swimmers have evolved into one of the country's finest roots bands…" - Post City
In case you missed it, Madi Diaz stopped by VH1 Big Morning Buzz this morning to perform her super catchy song "Tomorrow" from her latest album Phantom. Watch the performance above and her interview below.
Berlin duo Schwarz Dont Crack have a shared a video for "All My Love" (Paris Suit Yourself Remix). Video co-director Nicola Powell says, "The video is a glitched-up remix of material we shot with the band and pole-dance performer Yara Mar at Golden Dolls Berlin, cut to the darker Paris Suit Yourself remix of the track." Sebastian Kreis, half of the SDC duo, adds, "Paris Suit Yourself are one of our favorite bands from Berlin. So it was only logical to ask them for a remix.”
"Her latest rendition of Phantom track 'Mess' just screams to be given the fresh-air/driving-with-the-windows-down treatment in all of its skyward, sunburned glory...Diaz nails every triumphant shout on the empowering chorus..."
-- Village Voice
Madi Diaz has premiered a new video for the song "Mess" from latest album Phantom. The video, recorded live at TuneIn Rado in Los Angeles, premiered on the Village Voice blog. Catch Madi on the east coast next week, and on VH1 Big Morning Buzz live on Wednesday morning, April 22.
Madi Diaz Tour Dates:
Mon, April 20 Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
Tue, April 21 Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
Thur, April 23 Uncasvlle, CT @ Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun Resort
Fri, April 24 Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar
At the end of 2014, hot on the foot of US and European tours with The Raveonettes and St. Vincent, UK-duo Coves returned to The Cave to record their brand new EP Spectrum, out now. The 4-song EP is laced with driving riffs, propulsive beats and glacial atmospherics, spiked with Beck’s chilling lyrics of lying wolves, spurned lovers, star lights and dark nights that strike like a shard of glass to the heart.
Coves have risen quietly, but elegantly. Last year they released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Soft Friday’, which won them firm support from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens and Nick Grimshaw, 6Music’s Lauren Laverne, Don Letts and Radcliffe and Maconie and XFM’s John Kennedy, to name but a few.
Great Lake Swimmers premiered their upcoming album, A Forest Of Arms, on the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasyyesterday. The record, which will be released on April 21, is the group’s sixth album.
The Canadian folk outfit also announced a second leg of U.S. dates that will begin in June in the Pacific Northwest. The new run will bring the band down the West coast and across the Southern states before ending on the East coast. See below for the complete tour schedule.
As with past albums, Great Lake Swimmers recorded A Forest Of Arms in numerous untraditional locations over the span of several months, covering extensive new territory while remaining true to the group’s refined sound. The album was recorded and engineered by their long time live sound technician Justin Shane Nace and was mixed by the talented Howie Beck (Feist).
“ [Sirens is] an album of exquisitely artful songs… killer harmonies with smart lyrics.” – Guitar World
Indie folk/pop duo The Weepies have released single “No Trouble” from their forthcoming album Sirens, out April 28. “No Trouble” premiered on The Wall Street Journal (here: http://on.wsj.com/1BEKhpf), and is now available on iTunes, Spotify and other digital service providers (listen below). The pair will hit the road with their three kids in tow on May 29 for their first full band tour in five years. All tour dates are listed below.
The Weepies – Deb Talan and Steve Tannen – will celebrate the release of Sirens by returning to their former home of Los Angeles, CA for a special in-store performance and album signing at Amoeba Hollywood (April 28 @ 6pm). Details are here: http://bit.ly/1CmB0Ui.
The gorgeous video for Holding The Strings (out 1st June), which premiered on Mahogany, was filmed, edited and directed by Ben Cowie, and Wake Up Advice.
Holding the Strings is taken from Admiral Fallow's forthcoming Tiny Rewards (out May 25th) and is available to download instantly if you digitally pre-order the album. Following on from 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘Tree Bursts In Snow’ an album that saw the band shed the constraints of nu-folk and swell into a more organic design, blending traditional with electronic, orchestral and indie; Tiny Rewards sees the band continue on the same expansive path. Previously Louis (Abbott: lead vocal and guitar) was at helm; now the song writing is an entirely collaborative process, each member’s individual skill and talent as important as the other.