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2019-04-26
Aries: Juramento Mantarraya

Isa Fdez. Reviriego defends her song that states "doing nothing" is a sublime pleasure; the truth is Isabel herself finds it very difficult to stay still. In the last year, she soundtracked the Playstation video game Melbits World and a short film for Stella McCartney and provided singing voices for the Spanish-language version of Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.

In 2011, Isa discovered a melodic, kaleidoscopic, punk and unpredictable universe inside her head - one in which Brian Wilson's melodies and Leon Tolstoi's law-breaking final messages - could happily dance hand in hand to electronic rhythms. She called it Aries, after her zodiac sign. Her fourth/latest album, Juramento Mantarraya, released by K in North America, is a collection of beautiful melodies, a combination of violins, flutes, industrial sounds, and chest-rattling bass. Isa and co-producer Jose V√°zquez create an exciting mixture of soul and free-jazz rhythms, melodies from the girl groups of the 60s, sunshine pop, Spanish folk and experimental electronics. Combining her precious voice and the sounds of the Galician Coast, where she creates, she speaks of friendship, love, and the beauty of error. A collection of dazzling intervals created by someone who knows that only those who are as excited taking a walk as composing melodies can reach people’s hearts.

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Deadbeat & Camara: Trinity Thirty

Trinity Thirty is a reinterpretation of the beloved Cowboy Junkies classic The Trinity Session, on the occasion of the album’s 30th anniversary. Berlin-based Canadian producers Deadbeat and Fatima Camara bonded over a shared love of this iconic album (and their shared small-town Ontario roots) and embarked on their first-ever collaboration. The Trinity Session is legendary for its naturalistic, languorous covers of classic tunes and traditional work songs - and for being recorded with a single microphone in single takes at a church in Toronto. While Deadbeat and Camara couldn’t entirely replicate this approach as a duo, they similarly re-recorded everything with single mics in a big open space at Berlin’s Chez Cherie studio, relying heavily on natural room acoustics, committed to raw first takes, guided by an overriding strategy of slowing down the tempos as far as they could while continuing to channel the warm asceticism of the original album. The result is a gorgeously somnambulant acoustic-meets-electronic collection of ‘covers of covers’, where the reference point is always the Junkies’ original approach, stretched to new and beguiling limits of deceleration and dubby narcotized spaciousness - a sensibility further reinforced by the mastering treatment of minimalist dub-techno legend Stefan Betke (~scape, Pole).

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Foxygen: Seeing Other People

Seeing Other People is curiously positioned as Foxygen's most recent last-ever album. With every album the band dies; with every album the band is reborn. But unlike the last-ever Foxygen albums before it, this one seems to have a self-effacing bittersweetness to it that signifies some sort of passing; some sort of white flag. But it SOUNDS in no way like a band giving up. It has experiments in tone and genre the likes of which we've not heard on a Foxygen record since….Starpower?; since 21st Century?; since Take the Kids??? You don't need our hot take on this thing.

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Foxygen: Seeing Other People

Seeing Other People limited deluxe 2xLP on pink vinyl. It includes the full album and demos LPs in a gatefold jacket with alternate artwork.

Seeing Other People is curiously positioned as Foxygen's most recent last-ever album. With every album the band dies; with every album the band is reborn. But unlike the last-ever Foxygen albums before it, this one seems to have a self-effacing bittersweetness to it that signifies some sort of passing; some sort of white flag. But it SOUNDS in no way like a band giving up. It has experiments in tone and genre the likes of which we've not heard on a Foxygen record since….Starpower?; since 21st Century?; since Take the Kids??? You don't need our hot take on this thing.

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Kelly Finnigan: The Tales People Tell

Kelly Finnigan's debut solo album for Colemine Records represents the culmination of his 15 years of experience - in the studio as a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, engineer, producer - and touring the US and Europe as a singer, musician, and band-leader. The content within reflects his dedication to expression through the rich American music traditions of soul, gospel, doo-wop, and R&B. The subject is love. Its ecstasies and heartaches. Love sought, found, betrayed, lost, and rediscovered. The result is a marvelous collection of songs and performances that run the gamut from whispering tenderness to roaring appeals; from lean and mean to lush and lovely. And always…always, manifestly honest, and undeniably soulful. With Finnigan guiding these songs from their conception all the way to the record pressing plant, the new release provides the singular voice missing from soul music: a visionary that writes, records, performs and produces his own material.

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2019-04-26
Kevin Morby: Oh My God

Throughout his four solo albums and myriad records of various collaboration, Kevin Morby has recognized in his work the ubiquity of an apparent religious theme. Though not identifying as "religious" in the slightest, Morby-the globetrotting son of Kansas City who has made music while living on both coasts before recently returning to his Midwestern stomping grounds-recognizes in himself a somewhat spiritual being with a secular attitude towards the soulful. And so, in an effort to tackle that notion head-on and once-and-for-all, he sat down in his form of church-on planes and in beds-and wrote what would become his first true concept-album: the lavish, resplendent, career-best double LP Oh My God.

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Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky: Droneflower

Droneflower is in bloom. The new collaboration between Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man), is a sprawling and expansive exercise in contrasts. It is the sound of the war between the brutal and the ethereal, the dark and the light, the past and the present, and the real and imagined.

Brodsky met Nadler for the first time in 2014 at Brooklyn's Saint Vitus Bar when he came to see her play on her July tour, and they quickly became friends. Both of them had been wanting to explore songwriting that didn’t fit into their existing projects, and they soon became energized by the prospect of working together. One of the first ideas they discussed was a horror movie soundtrack, and while Droneflower isn't that, it is a richly cinematic album. It's easy to imagine much of the record set to images, though it wasn't composed that way.

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Reptaliens: VALIS

When Bambi and Cole Browning started writing the songs that would be become Reptaliens' 2017 debut LP, FM-2030, they had no intention of starting a band. Focusing at first on creating music and art on a purely personal level, the project soon took off when the duo brought on Julian Kowalski (guitar) and Tyler Verigin (drums) to form a live band. The four-piece swiftly delved into songwriting inspired by sci-fi art and literature, cult mentalities, and deep connections. The result is the band's self-defined genre of "dreamwave," which connected musical influences ranging from Gary Wilson-inspired jazzy lounge music, the warmth of Broadcast's recording production, to Todd Rundgren's outer space synth sounds.

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Tor Lundvall: A Strangeness in Motion

Rescued from ambient composer Tor Lundvall's old DAT tapes, A Strangeness In Motion: Early Pop Recordings 1989-1999 are some of the artist's earliest completed synth pop works which have remained unreleased until now. While the collection has the recognizable ambient bones and sensibilities he's refined throughout his career, many of the tracks call back to the synth-driven pop of mid-late'80s Wire, Nine Circles, and New Order's Movement, with the common thread being the sparse density and mood created by compression, depression, and the impulse to twist convention, not rip it up and repurpose it.

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WAVVES x Beach Fossils: 'Enter Still' b/w 'Silver Tongue'

A brand new split 7" between SoCal rockers WAVVES and lo-fi NYC trio Beach Fossils. Features "Enter Still", a brand new, previously unheard track from WAVVES on side A, and the Beach Fossils single "Silver Tongue" on side B. Pressed on translucent red vinyl with new artwork from NYC artist Nick Gazin, this limited edition 7" follows Wavves and Beach Fossils' successful co-headlining U.S. tour.

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2019-04-19
Heather Woods Broderick: Invitation

Heather Woods Broderick's new album Invitation is about rediscovering the everyday magic and healing potential found in nature. It's also about recognizing that even though it's not easy, we can shift our perspectives on our lives when our circumstances seem bleak. Ultimately it's about accepting the myriad little invitations the universe sends us to keep moving forward, and in so doing, redefining one's self-perception, in order to establish a new sense of equilibrium and inner peace. HWB's last album Glider was called "ethereal and perfect" by NPR, "exquisitely beautiful" by Mojo, and "Stunning" by The Sunday Times. Since its release she has toured with Alela Diane, and Lisa Hanigan, and has done one-off shows with The War on Drugs, Laura Gibson, and others, in addition to continuing her role in Sharon Van Etten's band.

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2019-04-19
Khidja: In The Middle of the Night

After turning in a wall-shaking remix of Essaie pas last year, Romanian production duo Khidja present their first EP for DFA. These four tracks are deep, spooky heaters - think John Carpenter in the club, with industrial bass lines, frenetic melodies careening a bit out of control, and vocals echoing from the corners of the room. Their signature throb that runs along all four tracks, influenced by their time spent in underground scenes in Bucharest, London, and Berlin, as well as an emphasis on the jagged sounds of hardware.

Having established themselves with previous releases on labels like Hivern Discs and Malka Tuti, Khidja get darker, dubbier, and more twisted on In The Middle Of The Night. We find the record in the witching hour, and the tracks represent the cycle of nighttime mentalities, revealing the various directions the mind can wander in the place between consciousness and unconsciousness - mania, paranoia, even boredom. It all makes for a raucous dance floor experience, with the duo bringing something new and heavy to the DFA roster.

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2019-04-19
Lady Wray: Piece Of Me b/e Come On In

Last year, a month before Nicole gave birth to her first child, she visited Leon Michels in upstate NY and cooked up two of the toughest and most moving songs we’ve heard from her to date. We’ve been patiently sitting on this release for a few months now, and it is an understatement to say Big Crown is proud to present the newest 45 from Lady Wray.

Side A,“Piece Of Me” , sounds like a lost Dilla beat that sampled a lost David Porter song. Guaranteed to have heads nodding from the first snare crack, Nicole sings a tune about the difficulties of dealing with family and friends who need more than you can provide. The chorus says it all, “I’ll let you take a piece of me, I hope you get the piece you need and if that’s not enough I’ll let you go peacefully‚Ķ” From the jump, Nicole’s voice takes the listener into a world where you have no choice but to feel something in the pit of your stomach.

Side B “Come On In” finds Lady Wray tapping into her early years singing in church. With only three instruments and Nicole’s voice, “Come On In” is a masterclass in the craft of singing, the sound of soul, and the power of restraint.

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The Resonars: No Exit

Tucson, Arizona's Matt Rendon has certainly done his homework. Over the course of 22 years and six albums as The Resonars (seven if you count the Butterscotch Cathedral album; a one-ff psychedelic magnum opus released in 2015) for labels like Get Hip & Burger, Rendon's musical vision has remained unwavering; a paean to a lost-era of analog recording, whip-smart, dynamic songwriting, and soul-stirring anthems to ignite generations. "No Exit" is his latest album as The Resonars. Rendon has consistently proven to have a knack for an everyman style of songwriting that doesn't seem rote or tired, lacing his melodic vocal harmonies with that melancholic joy omnipresent in the best numbers by bands like The Beach Boys, Big Star or even Simon & Garfunkel's pop hits. Despite being the first Resonars album in 5 years, Rendon shows no signs of stopping; He's a rock & roll lifer, having been raised in a musical environment & osmosis thru older sibling's rock fandom, proving once it's inside you there's no escape. "No Exit", if you will.

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2019-04-12
Big Business: The Beast You Are

The Beast You Are , the new album from L.A.'s Big Business, delivers 10 doses of uncategorizably heavy rock music. From the ominous death march of "The Moor You Know" to the soaring "Let Them Grind" to the delicate, ethereal "Under Everest," the band continues to defy listeners’ expectations. There are hints of Melvins, Torche, and Tad, but drummer Coady Willis (Murder City Devils) and bassist/vocalist Jared Warren (Karp) bring their own offkilter sensibilities to the genre. The two formed Big Business in 2004, and their idiosyncrasies soon caught the attention of The Melvins. Together they recorded three albums, an EP, and various songs between 2006 and 2016, all while maintaining their own identity as Big Business. They also picked up guitarists Toshi Kasai and Scott Martin along the way, but on 2016's Command Your Weather , they returned to their core duo format. They remain in that lineup for this, their sixth full length: The Beast You Are.

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Chris Forsyth: All Time Present

The annals of music history are overowing with gifted guitar players whose egos prevented them from reaching their full potential: rather than being content to be exceptional members of a band, they instead create unexceptional records as leaders in vain attempts to prove their worth as solo artists. Guitarist-songwriter-bandleader Chris Forsyth is the rare exception that proves the rule. Rightfully but somewhat reductively known as a guitar player par excellence, one listen to Forsyth's latest double album, All Time Present, reveals that while his dazzling musicianship can always be taken for granted, it's hardly the whole story. Forsyth's albums-presented with his Solar Motel Band or nominally solo, as here-have always been evidence of a musical mind brimming with ideas. Forsyth is joined on All Time Present by bassist Peter Kerlin and multi-instrumentalist Shawn Edward Hansen, both longtime foils; new to the group is Ryan Jewell, a sublimely talented drummer whose musicality is seemingly bottomless. With this group, Forsyth is at the peak of his powers. All Time Present is the rare double album that goes by in a ash. Indeed, one of Forsyth's greatest strengths as a composer and bandleader is his consistent ability to sustain interest even when at his most brazenly improvisational: he drifts, but he never meanders. On All Time Present, Forsyth's particular drift is like that of a proverbial wallflower with a sudden surge of unselfconscious courage: toward the dance floor.

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2019-04-12
Cults: Offering B Sides and Remixes

New York City duo Cults to release Offering B-Sides & Remixes, a companion release to 2017's LP Offering that includes 3 previously unreleased songs and a new remix of "Recovery" by famed producer John Fryer.

Jake Najor feat. Mixmaster Wolf: High Costa Living / Grab A Soda

A little two-sided mean machine here! Jake Najor (drummer of The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble) brings two heaters! Both sides features members of SFSE, but the A is graced by none other than west coast funk legend Mixmaster Wolf (Breakestra) and man is it a deadly combo! The B is just a funky, nasty, mean, dark instrumental with some insanely pocket drums and a killer fuzzed our chorus. DJs need doubles!

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MOURN and Chastity: Sun

Following their 2018 tour, MOURN and Chastity come together again to release a limited edition 7" featuring live session cuts, and a new version of MOURN's track "Sun" (off 2018's Sorpresa Familia) featuring Chastity and recorded while on the road together this past summer.

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Odonis Odonis: Reaction

Toronto trio Odonis Odonis merges pulsing electronics and foreboding textures to create a palpable sense of doom. Drawing on EBM and industrial influences, Reaction finds the band further refining the sound they carved out on 2017's No Pop LP. Noisy synths saturate the sonic space, cut with sharp, bruising rhythms. The band offers up club fare with the throbbing four-on-the-floor "Insect" lashed with whip-cracking drum breaks. A heavy atmosphere layered with taunting vocal provocations creep throughout the four-song EP, and by the final track "Rip," howling screams propel a crushing climax. The EP was written while the band was touring to support No Pop, and the evolution between the two releases is seamless. During this time, the band perfected the songs by testing them out live, chiseling away to the core of each piece. Recording also took place simultaneously while writing, and much of what made the cut is comprised of or structured around first takes. Produced, mixed, and mastered by the band themselves, Reaction is a concise, focused collection of songs that perfectly captures the band's unrestrained energy and spontaneity.

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Silkworm: Italian Platinum

A notoriously self-reliant band, Silkworm swelled its ranks considerably on Italian Platinum (originally released in 2002). Kelly Hogan (solo, The Pine Valley Cosmonauts) contributed backing vocals on several tracks and sang the hell out of "Young," an outsized ballad that has no precise equivalent in the band’s catalog. And Matt Kadane (Bedhead, The New Year) became the band’s quasi-official keyboardist, troubling the waters with an organ bed here, a glowing piano line there, a greasy clavinet solo on "White Lightning."

Still, Cohen, Midgett, and drummer Michael Dahlquist (who did get to sing now and then) remained at the core of Italian Platinum. You can hear their damn-everything confidence as individual musicians in the drum fills that stagger through "Bourbon Beard," the Neil-Young-meets-Andy-Gill guitar solo that plays havoc with the chords of "(I Hope U) Don’t Survive," or the polluted, swaggering baritone guitar on "Dirty Air." With each record, Silkworm were committed to pushing harder against what they knew they could do. Symbiosis defined this band, and you’re better off hearing for yourself.