Archives: August 2019

WATCH – Nate Mercereau “Joy Techniques” via Flaunt

August 9th, 2019

Multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter Nate Mercereau unveils the Miko Revereza-directed video for “Joy Techniques,” linked above. The song, which features Terrace Martin on saxophone, is the title track off Mercereau’s debut album, out July 12th on his own label How So Records. In celebration of the album’s release, Mercereau will play The Virgil on that same day. Joy Techniques is available for preorder now via howsorecords.com.

Joy Techniques is an ambitious, psychedelic album, recorded over several years in his Echo Park studio. The album was produced without the use of keys, instead opting for a collection of rare ‘70s and ‘80s guitar synths including the Roland GR300 paired with the Roland G303 guitar, Roland GR500 and GR700s, the Korg X911 and a handful of others. Like the album, the video for “Joy Techniques” is avant-garde, featuring overlaid, stylized footage of foliage and other bucolic imagery.

Mercereau’s classical training and multi-instrumental virtuosity shines on Joy Techniques. He’s adept in the French horn, Moog, celeste, guitar, bass, piano, and countless other instruments. Mercereau also has an extensive list of performance, songwriting, and production credits, including instrumentals on Jay-Z’s chart topping 4:44, songwriting credits on Rhye’s critically acclaimed Blood, and production on Leon Bridge’s Good Thing, which peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top 200.

Ra Ra Riot’s “Belladonna” + New Album via Billboard

August 9th, 2019

Ra Ra Riot may have held back on their natural pop tendencies in the past, but on their latest effort Superbloom, they’re going all in.

The band, while from the East Coast, decided to hone in on their infatuation with all things West this time around. Vocalist Wes Miles, guitarist Milo Bonacci, bassist Mathieu Santos, violinist Rebecca Zeller and drummer Kenny Bernard are all “outdoorsy people,” according to Miles, who explains their love for floral elements and desert drives on the phone with Billboard. Those themes all come across in the vibrant record, which is full of lyrical growth and fresh sounds. The end result is a glistening song that sounds just as seamless as the process. It’s big and electrifying — indeed, like a superbloom, a botanical phenomenon where a huge amount of wildflowers suddenly blossom in the desert.

As the indie pop-rock outfit gears up for the release of their fifth album on Aug. 9th via Rob The Rich Recordings/Caroline.

Billboard caught up with Miles from the band to talk all about the new album as well as the new song. Click through to read the full article!. – Read More Via Billboard

ON TOUR – Fink Releases New Single + US Dates!

August 8th, 2019

Singer-songwriter Fink, aka Fin Greenall, has announced North American dates for a solo acoustic tour set for the fall of 2019, his first U.S. trip in nearly five years. The UK artist kicks-off the tour on Sept. 19 in Washington D.C. followed by a two night run at Rough Trade in Brooklyn Sept. 21 & 22.

Fink has shared his ambitious new eight minute track ‘We Watch The Stars’ – tune in now.The English songwriter is now based in Berlin, where he has pieced together a new album with highly experienced producer Flood. The full record will be unveiled shortly, with Fink signalling his return with a moment of breathless ambition.

Pushing his songwriting template to breaking point, ‘We Watch The Stars’ is a beautifully etched eight minute journey. Seemingly the first song recorded for the new album, it’s a song that threads a link between Fink’s current life and his rural childhood in Cornwall. –> DATES HERE

LISTEN – G&D – Black Love & War Out Now

August 7th, 2019

Georgia Anne Muldrow is hip-hop soul musician from LA. For more than a decade, she’s been recording for labels such as Stones Throw, Brainfeeder, and her own SomeOthaShip Connect. Dudley Perkins, a rapper also affiliated with Stones Throw, has been Muldrow’s partner for 13 years. Together they are G&D.

The duo’s new album Black Love & War is about the unity of the black family as is largely produced by Muldrow. Its lead single “Where I’m From” is definitely worth checking out. This one’s a bit more acoustic compared to “Overload,” and has a smoldering, earthy feel. While giving Muldrow’s full-bodied vocals a place to shine, it still features some of those digital top-line trills that serve as a reminder of the track’s modernity. Along with Perkins’ relaxed yet rhythmic verses, a transportive atmospheric synth pad swirls horizontally. A simple drum beat maintains throughout as Muldrow’s gospel ad libs soar. – Read More Via Stereogum

WATCH – Metronomy’s “Salted Caramel Ice Cream”

August 7th, 2019

Metronomy will release their new album, Metronomy Forever, on September 13th via Because Music. The group has shared a video for new single “Salted Caramel Ice Cream,” which follows the release of “Lately” earlier this year.

The video, directed by frontman Joseph Mount, was inspired by a VHS tape of the MTV show 120 Minutes, which was given to Mount by a friend. “It’s something I’d get him to do every so often as I was a bit obsessed with music TV at the time,” he said. “On one particular tape was the video for ‘Sonne’ by Rammstein, I’d never seen them before and it blew my mind. This video is a sort of homage to that, but with an added story about the gentrification of ice cream parlors.”

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