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Cigarettes After Sex – New Album + New Single

August 29th, 2019

Cigarettes After Sex have announced their second studio album. It’s called “Cry” and it arrives October 25 via Partisan. Today’s album announcement comes with the record’s first single, “Heavenly.” Listen to that below. Find physical editions of Cry at Rough Trade. (Pitchfork may earn a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)

In a statement, frontman/guitarist Greg Gonzalez said “Heavenly” was “inspired by the overwhelming beauty [he] felt watching an endless sunset on a secluded beach in Latvia one summer night….”

Cigarettes After Sex recorded Cry at a mansion on the island of Mallorca. “The sound of this record is completely tied to the location for me,” Gonzalez said. “Ultimately, I view this record as a film. It was shot in this stunning, exotic location, and it stitches all these different characters and scenes together, but in the end is really about romance, beauty & sexuality. It’s a very personal telling of what those things mean to me.”

The band released its self-titled debut LP in 2017. In 2018, Cigarettes After Sex released two non-album tracks: “Crush,” and “Neon Moon.”

LISTEN – Sudan Archives “Confessions”

August 29th, 2019

Sudan Archives is the project of Los Angeles-based violinist and vocalist Brittney Parks. Last year, she broke through with the funky, simmering “Nont For Sale,” which appeared on her Sink EP. Parks is currently prepping her full length debut album, and today, she’s offering the first track. It’s a bold cut called “Confessions” that finds her punctuating overarching revelations with an ebullient string arrangement. Stream the Wilma Archer-produced track below, and be on the lookout for Sudan Archives’s debut album, out later this year via Stones Throw.

WATCH – Floating Points “Last Bloom” + New Album

August 29th, 2019

UK producer Sam Shepherd hasn’t released a Floating Points album in four years. The electronic project’s debut album Elaenia came out back in 2015, followed by his Kuiper EP and Reflections – Mojave Desert. He’s been laying low since 2017, but released a new single, “LesAlpx,” a few months ago. The single appears on his forthcoming new album, Crush, which comes out this October. Today, we hear its next track, “Last Bloom.”

The video for “Last Bloom” was created by Hamill Industries, the laser technology company that he usually brings on tour. It shows a planet growing and coming to life while boops and baps shuffle and scramble. Magnified textures swirl like psychedelic visualizers. – read more via Stereogum

WATCH – Black Belt Eagle Scout’s “Run It to Ya” Video

August 28th, 2019

Black Belt Eagle Scout – the recording project of multi-instrumentalist Katherine Paul – presents a video for “Run It to Ya,” the final pre-release single from her new album, At the Party With My Brown Friends, due this Friday, August 30th via Saddle Creek. Following “My Heart Dreams” and “At the Party,” “Run It to Ya” is about the gentleness of love and how wondrous it can feel at times from the point of view of a queer Indigenous womxn. The video was directed by Evan James Benally Atwood.

“It felt natural for the ‘Run It to Ya’ music video to star queer Indigenous womxn and show their love story unfold. The setting is a queer Indigenous prom, a space where we can truly be ourselves without the ridicules of white settler colonialism. It’s a realm where we can reimagine what our lives look like as queer Indigenous people; what is normally a heteronormative space turns into a magical place where people have the freedom to safely love how they choose.

Throughout my work, I intend to show the thriving lives of Indigenous people, and how we are often excluded from mainstream rock music and the media. This exclusion is detrimental to our health and our existence. I am trying to show what my life is like so that other people can see how we have the right to thrive in this world and have the ability to decolonize.”

Where her 2018 debut, Mother of My Children, was a snapshot of loss and landscape and of Paul’s standing as a radical Indigenous queer feminist, this new chapter finds its power in love, desire and friendship. At the Party With My Brown Friends is a profound and understated forward step. The squalling guitar anthems that shaped its predecessor are replaced by delicate vocals and soft keys, sentiments spoken and unspoken, presenting something shadowy and unsettling; a stirring of the waters. The end result presents a captivating about-face that redefines Paul’s beautifully singular artistic vision.

LISTEN – Gemini Rising “Just Because” via Clash

August 28th, 2019

Gemini Rising started more as an experiment, almost a whim. House and disco producer Tensnake linked with Fiora and Lester Mendez, with the three-piece completing two songs in 2017.With their diverging schedules keeping them apart, the project only really came into focus last year.

Their debut album ‘Best Case Life’ was constructed as 2018 progressed, with these three musicians seeming to unlock something within themselves. Sparkling production matched to clinical songwriting, it’s electronic soul fused with disco abandon.

Check out their new track ‘Just Because’ below! An electrifying return, it’s clipped tones have a subtle sense of restraint, something makes it all the more affecting.

Their new album Best Case Life drops on September 6th!– Via Clash

LISTEN – Common Holly “Joshua Snakes” + US Tour

August 27th, 2019

Common Holly has shared a second single off her upcoming album When I say to you Black Lightning, which is due October 11th via Barsuk/Solitaire. The new single is called “Joshua Snakes,” and like lead single “Central Booking,” it sees Common Holly exploring dreamy, off-kilter art pop and coming out with a song that stays accessible while taking all kinds of abrupt, unexpected turns.

Common Holly is opening for Pinegrove on tour this September, including shows in New Haven, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, and more; and she also just announced a headlining tour happening after that. – More Info + Solo Dates Via Brooklyn Vegan

Common Holly — 2019 Tour Dates
09/03 – New Haven, CT, USA @ Toad’s Place*
09/04 – Boston, MA, USA @ Royale*
09/05 – Boston, MA, USA @ Royale*
09/06 – South Burlington, VT, USA @ Higher Ground Showcase*
09/08 – Toronto, ON, CAN @ The Opera House Toronto*
09/09 – Detroit, MI, USA @ Majestic Theatre*
09/10 – Chicago, IL, USA @ Lincoln Hall*
09/11 – Chicago, IL, USA @ Thalia Hall Chicago*
09/12 – Madison, WI, USA @ Majestic Theatre*
09/14 – Minneapolis, MN, USA @ Fine Line Music Café*
09/15 – Fargo, ND, USA @ The Aquarium*
09/16 – Soiux Falls, SD, USA @ Icon Lounge + Events*
09/17 – Omaha, NE, USA @ The Waiting Room Lounge*
*supporting Pinegrove

ICYMI – ALA.NI “SHA LA LA” via NPR Music

August 23rd, 2019

ALA.NI celebrates the joy of finding yourself by releasing a light and free music video for her latest single “SHA LA LA.”

Known for her wistful and airy tunes, the London-born singer typically pairs her songs with simplistic instrumentation or a capella. Her vocal tone is soulful and her emotions seep through every phrase. “I like the idea of nurturing something,” ALA.NI says at the beginning of the visual. “The more I come into myself as an individual person, I like my freedom.”

Throughout the video, ALA.NI showcases signs of finding balance while basking in the beauty of life. She aligns crystals, sages her space, showers, glowing in the sun and, most often, blissfully dances. The song opens up with popping a capella that gradually develops and expands. But don’t let the upbeat and bubbly sound fool you, this is a break-up ode in it’s own right.

“SHA LA LA” is the lead single off ALA.NI’s upcoming album, ACCA, scheduled for an early 2020 release date. – Via NPR

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