Unrestrained atmospheric pop with electronic production methods seems to be the trend for upcoming UK bands right now and Mt. Wolf fit that description sounding a bit Florence vocally, a bit chillout musically and a bit James Blake-esque on the production end.
Not only does this New York singer have a cool moniker but she also rocks a cool real name too – Aly Spaltro. The Brooklyn resident just released Ripley Pine, a collection of straight-arrow modern American folk music lead by Spaltro’s lively voice.
This psychedelic garage rock band outta Cork have been nodding heads in abundance down south. Their luscious viscous music harks back to late ’60s wave of psychotropic guitar bands as heard on the Sweet Jelly Roll EP.
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Having undergone a slight name change from St. Lou Lou, Australian twins Elektra and Miranda Kilbey teamed up with fellow Oz singer Chet Faker for a deft and dreamy new song Fool Of Me.
‘Sacrifice’ is what happens when experienced masters of dance music Simian Mobile Disco collaborate with fast-rising Belfast duo Bicep. The song is a slow-building techno house track which is a perfect assimilation of both duos sound. It’ll be released on 12″ and digital at the start of June backed with two “beatless” versions of the track. The two have played the same bills regularly in the last couple of years. This is a good track for the clubs.
After my song of the year ‘Made To Stray’ and ‘Blood and Form’ comes ‘You Took Your Time’, one of two songs in which King Krule features on Mount Kimbie’sCold Spring Fault Less Youth album out on May 27th on Warp, one release I really want to hear this month. Mount Kimbie were announced as one of the supports at The xx’s O2 gig alongside Jagwar Ma on Wednesday 26th June too.
James Murphy, Nicolas Jaar, Kid Karate, Rootical Soundsystem and Doldrums are the latest additions to Body & Soul Festival. The festival takes place on June 21st-23rd, 2013 Ballinlough Castle in Co. Westmeath. Ticket info and poster below: Previous announcements: Main, first additions.
Watching the DFA Records Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic short documentary this week really makes you feel a lot of love for the seminal label and its New York home. One of my favourite DFA bands, Holy Ghost! are back this year with Dynamics in the Autumn.
The band’s new single from the record is a perfect DFA record: hypnotic disco dance music along the lines of The Juan Maclean, Yacht, Shit Robot and Holy Ghost! themselves. The video, by Ben Fries for the track also uses the NYC skyline as an evocative backdrop.
Halves will return with a new album Boa Howl on July 5th the followup to their excellent 2010 album It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever). Recorded in Gothenberg by the core trio (Brian Cash, Elis Czerniak & Tim Czerniak.) onto 2″ reel-to-reel tape and mixed on a Neve mixing console (you may have seen it recently in Dave Grohl’s Sound City film). The record will feature Gemma Hayes as a guest as well as contributions from harpist Elaine Kelly-Canning and local Swedish string players.
The title Boa Howl refers to a summit on a mountain in China dubbed ‘White Boa Howl’, which the band felt captured the surreal nature of the songs. Musically, the album was inspired by a wide range of influences – from The Flamingos and Joe Meek, to Clouddead, to traditional Malian music and the 1950s orchestral arrangements of Gordon Jenkins.
‘Drumhunter’ sounds like it takes its cue from The King Of Limbs era Radiohead with its skittering rhythm, unfolding/folding arrangement and experimental jazz-leaning sound.
Castlepalooza is back in Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Offaly for the eight year and they’ve left it til last to announce their lineup for the festival on August 2nd-4th. From A-Z:
Al Patron; And So I Watch You From Afar; Arman Giorgio; Bolts; Carried by Waves; Ceephax Acid Crew; Clodagh Murphy; CLU; CYMBALS; Daithí; DOGS; DoubleAgent7 DJs; Dunc4n; Ed Zealous; Elaine Mai; Enemies; Fight Like Apes; Frank B; Ghostpoet; Ghosts; Girls Names; Grouse; Halves; High Hat; JB the Deejay; Johnny Dread & Timothy Starr; JonK; Kid Karate; KUTMAH; Lasertom; Le Galaxie; Lil Dave; Little Bear; Liza Flume; Lowlek; Luke Vibert; Miracle Bell; Monto; Myles Manley; Nialler9; Princess; Redwoods; R.S.A.G; Seamus Fogarty; SertOne; Ships; Sisters; SOAK; Sorcha Richardson; Squarehead; The Chapters; The Niall McCabe Band; The Notas; The River Cry; Torann; Tu-Ki; Two Charming Men; VANN MUSIC; Walking on Cars; Well Known; Young Wonder.
The festival happens the same weekend as Oxegen and Indiependence in the relatively intimate surrounds of Charleville Castle and looks like the best lineup of the three for me. Tickets are €79 plus fee for a 3-day camping pass. And yes, I’ll be doing a DJ set on the Saturday night – should be fun.