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Canadian folk outfit Great Lake Swimmers have announced a run of U.S. tour dates that will begin in Vermont at the end of April and bring the group down the eastern coast. The new dates build upon the already on-sale Canadian run (see below for the full list). The band will release their sixth album, A Forest Of Arms, on April 21, 2015.
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. One of those locations was the Tyendinaga Cavern and Caves in Ontario where they recorded a number of the acoustic guitar tracks for the album amid the haunting acoustics, stalactites, and circling bats. The band recently unveiled (via The Bluegrass Situation) a behind-the-scenes video of Tony Dekker performing the new track, “Don’t Leave Me Hanging” in the cave.
German singer/songwriter lúisa, who recently signed to Nettwerk label roster (EU only), has released a video for "Belong," the first single from her forthcoming album Never Own (May tba). The video is produced by Tilo Kux of the Düsseldorfer film collective "grown." He and lúisa worked together on the concept of the video and directed together as well. Watch the stunning finished produc above.
While the album was recorded both inside an old light ship in London and in a country house at the shores of the North Sea, lúisa ventures deep into German forests for the "Belong" video. She was accompanied by acrobat and aerial rope performer Daniel Görich, who had to endure a number of discomforts during the shot.
"They were some incredibly nice but intense days: Between hours of body painting starting at 5 in the morning, ice cold shots in the woods with numb feet, and strenuous rope artistry in an old factory, there was no time to fool around in the Rhenish atmosphere," explains lúisa.
The Hamburg-born artist impresses with her smoky voice, signature guitar lines and expressive compositions. On Never Own, lúisa combines her folk roots with electronic mysticism, strong melodies with headstrong pop. Dancing between quiet introspection and stormy outbursts, the artistic progress of the 22-year-old can also be read in her vivid lyrics, which are sung in English, French and Italian.
Influential Canadian outfit Delerium are set to release their new album Rarities & B-Sides on April 21, 2015. The album is comprised of previously unreleased tracks and remixes spanning the last 15 years. The album includes 3 brand new singles that recently resurfaced from the stacks, “Glimmer” featuring Emily Haines (of Metric) premiered earlier this year on EDM.com, “Ray” which was a b-side off previous album Music Box Opera and “Aurora” an un-earthed instrumental that turned into a collaboration with vocalist Rykka.
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“There are three tracks on our Rarities & B-Sides that are previously unreleased.” says Bill Leeb of Delerium. “These songs were literally buried in a box of tapes for more than 10 years and were accidentally unearthed by our sound engineer Greg Reely. “Aurora” features the Swiss-Canadian vocalist Rykka and having been buried in the shuffle of all of the Music Box Opera demos, is very unique. The music itself goes back several years but the vocals were done more recently, so it is truly a blend of the past and the present.”
Kidswerk Music is proud to announce the signing of Canadian family entertainment recording artist Rockin’ Robin & the Magical Tree, whose debut album Let’s Go will be released on May 19, 2015. The album includes the first single “Firetruck Firetruck” which you can stream below.
NettwerkRecords has recently resigned their Australian distribution deal with Inertia and have upped the ante by enlisting Footstomp Music for Publicity and Marketing services.
“Nettwerk and Footstomp have similar philosophies on music, and we have fallen in love with their roster. We can’t wait to get our teeth into representing such brilliant artists in Australia.” GRAHAM ASHTON – FOOTSTOMP MUSIC – Director
“Nettwerk is excited to align itself with a company like Footstomp, that shares passion for great original music.” TERRY MCBRIDE – NETTWERK MUSIC GROUP - CEO
The next few months will see new releases from Family Of The Year, Frazey Ford and Boxed In, which is just the start of what is to come from this exciting new relationship.
“The debut album from Boxed In will enhance your life…Oli Bayston is an impressive songwriter and his piano-pinned dance-pop album carries zero duds.” — NME
“…a beauty, capturing Bayston’s housed-up, lo-fi appeal, which involves locked-in, Hot Chip recalling grooves, world-weary, Bernard Summer-like vocals and simple-as-pie melodies that worm their way into your soul and claim squatters rights. Stunning.” — Sunday Times “Debut Of The Week”
"Boxed In…hits hard enough in places to get the party started and holds just enough back to make you want to return to it again and again.” - The Line of Best Fit
Boxed In, the first solo endeavor from UK songwriter/producer Oli Bayston, will see their U.S. live debut when they appear at SXSW with multiple showcases scheduled (full list below).
Recently, Boxed In played their first headline dates in and around London to sold-out crowds, as well as supported La Roux and Django Django on their respective sold-out London shows.
Nettwerk Music Group (Nettwerk) announced today that it has acquired an interest in Justin Time Records (Justin Time), an independent record label with a 30+ year history of releasing jazz and blues records from such luminaries as Diana Krall, Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones and Ranee Lee. The label also includes releases from 2015 Juno nominees Marianne Trudel, Jane Bunnett and Angela Galuppo.
Under the arrangement, Nettwerk and Justin Time have formed a strategic relationship whereby Justin Time can leverage Nettwerk’s international infrastructure in order to continue to grow its catalogue of jazz and blues recordings, as well as sign new artists, all under the continued leadership of Jim West, Founder and President of Justin Time.
Nettwerk President/COO Simon Mortimer-Lamb says, “We are very excited to welcome Jim West and his amazing label into the Nettwerk fold. The combination of Nettwerk’s worldwide infrastructure and Jim’s creative vision will allow Justin Time continue to grow its already wonderful roster and strengthen its over 30 year legacy.“
Jim West, President of Justin Time, adds, "I could not be happier to be working with Nettwerk, a company I’ve long admired. This new association allows me the opportunity to focus on signings and overall basic growth of the label. It’s a wonderful new home with seasoned professionals and the sky is the limit."
Nettwerk has seen strategic growth across its label, management and publishing divisions over the past 12 months, with the addition of a Nashville office, a joint venture with Los Angeles-based 1916 Management and most recently, the 50% acquisition and go-forward publishing joint venture with Ten Ten Music Group and the acquisition of Robot Of the Century Music Publishing. The current Nettwerk roster includes such internationally acclaimed artists as Passenger, Family of the Year, fun., Guster, Wanting, Sinead O’Connor, Perfume Genius, Stereophonics, Olafur Arnalds and Chromeo, as well as sought after songwriters like Neil Mason, Jesse Jo Dillon and Andy Hill.
Madi Diaz spent the second half of 2014 on the road in support of her latest album Phantom, both headling and opening for such artists as Echosmith, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., X Ambassadors and Fitz and the Tantrums, and creating scores of new fans along the way. She ended the year with a headline show to a packed crowd at the Troubadour in her newly adopted home of Los Angeles. After taking a well deserved couple of months off in 2015, Madi will once again hit the stage this April for a short run of east coast dates starting in Boston on April 20. She’ll also make a special appearance on VH1’s Big Morning Buzz on April 22.
Listen To “Mess” From Phantom Here:
Phantom (Sept 30) was recorded in Madi’s newly adopted home of Los Angeles, produced by Nick Ruth (Mikky Ekko, Active Child) and mixed by John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Metric, Oh Land) at NYC’s famed Electric Lady Studios. The album’s 11 tracks expand upon Madi’s brand of sophisticated indie pop songs, providing a soundtrack for adventurous escapades on sweaty dance floors with old friends or late night introspective drives under a canopy of stars. Underneath the effervescent pop, her lyrics reveal an emotional through line.
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
(left to right: Patricia Nigiani (Nettwerk), Benito Pflüger (band member), Friederike Brodersen (Nettwerk), Marcus Bünte (Wintrup), Walter Holzbaur (Wintrup), Martin Schuhmacher (Nettwerk), Lùisa, Siebeth Darm (manager))
Nettwerk Music Group is pleased to announce the signing of singer-songwriter Lùisa to its European label roster. The Hamburg-born artist impresses with her smoky voice, signature guitar lines and expressive compositions. The end of May will see the European release of her new album Never Own, on which she combines her folk roots with electronic mysticism, strong melodies with headstrong pop. Dancing between quiet introspection and stormy outbursts, the artistic progress of the 22-year-old can also be read in her vivid lyrics, which are sung in English, French and Italian.
The album was recorded both inside an old light ship in London and in a country house at the shores of the North Sea. It was produced by her band and the young and talented producer Filippo Cimatti.