New York-based singer/songwriter Jay Brannan returns with sophomore full-length album Rob Me Blind on March 27, 2012. Jay released his critically lauded debut album goddamned in 2008, but first gained attention with his role in John Cameron Mitchell’s 2006 indie film Shortbus, where he performed his original song, “Soda Shop.”
For his sophomore effort, Jay teams up with Grammy-winning producer David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney, The Bangles), who brings instrumental textures to Jay’s songwriting, hinting at a slightly new direction for the minimalist artist while maintaining the signature qualities of a Jay Brannan album: brutal honesty, sharp wit, and sparkling melodies. Lyrically, the album follows the singer through states of loneliness, anger, rejection, and yearning, while somehow offering a glimpse of hope and self-acceptance.
The first single from the 10-track album, “Beautifully” (out now in iTunes), showcases Jay’s talent for storytelling as he recounts the saga of someone falling for a close friend whose attraction lies only in the realm of the platonic. A new video for the track (directed by Grant Carden & Dillon Magrann-Wells) premiered yesterday on NYMag.com (here).
Toronto-based singer/songwriter Liam Titcomb recently posted a cover of Van Morrison's "Into The Mystic" on his social properties. In a message to his fans, Liam wrote, "Wow, what a year of new beginnings… A new record deal with a company that I love… Travelling to Morocco, Nashville Glasgow and London… Writing lots of new songs… Recording a new record that I love… And the occupy movement to boot! It all feels like preparation for the good things yet to come in 2012."
Nettwerk is thrilled to announce that Scottish indie-folk band and NW1 publishing client Admiral Fallow is the latest addition to the company's label roster. The five-piece band, led by singer/guitarist Louis Abbott, have been on a seemingly unstoppable mission to capture the hearts and minds of listeners everywhere with beautiful melodies, sumptuous orchestration and bittersweet boy/girl vocals, while unforgettably colonizing the latter thanks to Abbott's exquisitely observed, hauntingly candid lyrics.
Completed by fellow vocalist Sarah Hayes (also flute, piano), Kevin Brolly (clarinet, keyboards, backing vocals), Joe Rattray (bass, double bass, backing vocals) and Philip Hague (drums, vibraphone, backing vocals), Admiral Fallow's richly distinctive mesh of acoustic and electric textures with multilayered harmonies has gained a fast-expanding fanbase either side of the Pond, prominently including Guillemots' Fyfe Dangerfield, Elbow's Guy Garvey, Radio 1's Huw Stephens and BBC2's 'Whispering' Bob Harris. They made their stateside debut with an appearance at last year's SXSW, where they received praise from NPR's influential All Songs Considered and Paste Magazine. They followed their triumphant SXSW performances with a busy summer of European festivals, including Glastonbury, Latitude, Cambridge Folk Festival, Green Man, End Of The Road, Sligo Live, Crossing Border and many more.
Having met while studying at university in Glasgow, Admiral Fallow formed in 2007 (as the Brother Louis Collective: the name-change came in early 2010), through a shared love of such left-field luminaries as Tom Waits, Low, Midlake, Elbow, King Creosote and Bruce Springsteen – all filtered through Abbott's unflinchingly personal, resolutely Scottish sensibility. They released their debut Boots Met My Face in 2011, which the BBC called "devastatingly downtrodden and wonderfully uplifting. . . surprising and enthralling. . . finely crafted material played superbly well.”
Stay tuned for more news from Admiral Fallow, including information on their 2012 sophomore album.
Toronto indie-folk/rock darlings Great Lake Swimmers return with New Wild Everywhere (April 3, 2012), their fifth studio album and follow up to 2009’s Juno and Polaris-nominated album Lost Channels. Lead single “Easy Come Easy Go,” the most upbeat and up-tempo song in the band’s history, is available January 17, 2012.
New Wild Everywhere captures all of the excitement and intuitive musicianship of a group at the peak of their creative powers, with 12 new tracks that reveal a depth and maturity only previously hinted at by lead singer and songwriter Tony Dekker. Produced by longtime Great Lake Swimmers’ collaborator Andy Magoffin, New Wild Everywhere marks the first time in the band’s history that an album was recorded in a real studio (Toronto’s Revolution Recording); past albums have been famously recorded in historic churches, castles, music venues and more.
“We wanted to try something new, expand our horizons, and flex a bit of the creative muscle we’ve built up through years of touring,” says Dekker. “It came as a bit of a surprise how well we functioned as a band in that [studio] environment. We were able to focus completely on the songs, rather than the logistical obstacles of waiting for the boat to dock, or the rain to stop.”
Keep reading for more information and Canadian/European tour dates.
SiriusXM's BPM recently posted its "Top 51 of 2011" list, with chart-topping single "In The Air" landing at #11. "In The Air," a collaboration between Grammy-nominated Morgan Page, Sultan + Ned Shepard and BT and featuring Angela McCluskey on vocals, took the #1 spot on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay Chart last October, giving Page his first #1 hit. He now follows up "In The Air" with "Body Work," a special collaboration with Tegan and Sara. Having remixed numerous cuts for the indie stalwarts, the three wanted to write something together from scratch, and the result is one of the most exciting tracks off Page's much-anticipated 2012 studio album.
Check out the lyric video for "Body Work" below and keep reading for Morgan Page tour dates.
Nettwerk-managed indie pop-folk artist Radical Face (aka Ben Cooper) -- who released his critically-acclaimed sophomore album The Family Tree: The Roots in North America in October on his own Bear Machine label -- has just inked a deal with Nettwerk's label side for the album's release in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Family Tree: The Roots will be out at the end of January/early February (release dates vary across each territory). Hauntingly beautiful, Radical Face’s new album glimmers with folk, pop and Ben’s wide-open vocals. His European tour kicks off January 23rd with back to back sold-out shows in London. See below for full list of dates.
After four years of honing the album concept, which depicts the life and tribulations of a family from the 1800’s, Ben recorded The Family Tree: The Roots alone in a tool shed and limited the songwriting to instruments that would have been accessible in the 1800’s. Incorporating piano, acoustic guitar, a floor tom, and voices, he only brought in additional instruments of the era during tracking when needed. From soaring tracks like “A Pound of Flesh” and “Severus and Stone,” to eerily dark pieces like “Black Eyes” and “Kin,” to warm, enlightening gems like “Always Gold” and “Mountains,” the songs flow together with mindful artistic clarity, allowing the listener to fully escape into the album as the stories unravel.
Mark Klasfeld (Jay-Z, Foo Fighters, Flo Rida, Kid Rock, Bon Jovi, Gnarls Barkley) directs the brand new video for fun.’s breakthrough single “We Are Young” feat. Janelle Monáe; a collaboration with hip-hop master, Jeff Bhasker (Jay-Z, Kanye West, Drake, Alicia Keys and Beyonce) the producer on the band’s anticipated Some Nights, out February 21st (Fueled by Ramen). Fans can experience fun. firsthand this winter when the band takes on a headline tour of North America to showcase new music along with fan favorites—see below for a full tour itinerary.
As part of the ongoing earthquake-relief efforts in Haiti, State Radio shares a new track with fans, “Roadway Broken.”
The song is about a mother searching for food for her children after the 2010 earthquake, and will be available as a free download on Tuesday, December 20. There are several ways for fans to get the song: 1) tweet about the song, 2) tweet about donating to Haiti, 3) share a message to Facebook about the song and Haiti and/or 4) buy it at Bandcamp for $1. Half of all proceeds will be donated to Stand With Haiti: a Partners In Health service organization to provide health care, clinical and social support and rebuild and reinforce the public health systems in Haiti.
State Radio will soon be announcing 2012 touring plans, including dates in Europe and the US. In the meantime, bandmember Chad Stokes is prepping for a handful of west coast solo dates and Dispatch’s first jaunt to Europe. See below.
For the first time, Grammy-nominated Morgan Page teamed up with Canada’s Tegan & Sara, for a new, original tune – “Body Work.” Having remixed numerous cuts for the indie stalwarts, the three wanted to write something together from scratch. The result is one of the most exciting tracks off the much-anticipated 2012 studio album. Above, watch the lyric video for the club mix on the track.
“Body Work” is the follow-up single to Page’s #1 Billboard Hot Airplay Dance track, “In The Air,” featuring Sultan + Ned Shepard, BT and Angela McCluskey on vocals. “Body Work” is a stellar example of Page’s skills as a producer but also an artist.
As 2011 comes to a close, Nettwerk Music Group is excited to share a year-end recap of some significant milestones the label has achieved in Canada.
Toronto’s revered indie-folk/rock band Great Lake Swimmers saw their Juno-nominated album Lost Channels exceed 16,000 copies sold, bringing their career sales to nearly 30,000 albums in their home country. Meanwhile, Australian sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone, whose sophomore album Down The Way debuted at #118 on the Canadian Soundscan Album Chart, saw their album surpass 10,000 copies sold in Canada, with break-out single “Big Jet Plane” exceeding 11,000 in track sales.
Nettwerk has also been focused on expanding its label roster over the past 12 months with the addition of various up-and-coming Canadian talents, including Vancouver-based folk singer/songwriter Joshua Hyslop, Waterloo sibling trio Kidstreet, Toronto-born folk/rock artist Liam Titcomb and Vancouver-based electro synth-pop fivesome Young Liars. More information on each artist is below.
“Since its inception over 25 years ago, Nettwerk has remained committed to the flourishing Canadian music scene,” says Nettwerk President Ric Arboit. “We’ve signed some amazing Canadian talent in the past months are excited to be redoubling out efforts in 2012.”
In addition to new albums from the aforementioned label roster additions, 2012 brings anticipated releases from some of Nettwerk’s most loved Canadian artists, including 2010 Juno-Nominees Great Lake Swimmers and Vancouver’s Frazey Ford (of the Be Good Tanyas). Angus & Julia Stone will also return with new music following the worldwide success of sophomore album Down The Way, and Grammy-nominated remixer/prdoucer Morgan Page will release his new single “Body Work,” a collaboration with Canadian indie duo Tegan & Sara.