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ALBUM RELEASE // ‘All Around Us’ By Briana Marela Out Now Worldwide

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“Her songs swirl breezily among themes of connection, longing and loneliness, while never abandoning a state of childlike wonder.”NPR

“Bright reverberating melodies over ethereal, chorus-y soundscapes…”Vogue

“the song sounds like what I imagine a fairy forest would sound like in a Michel Gondry movie.”Vulture

All Around Us by Briana Marela is out today! An amazing record made in Reykjavic, Iceland with Alex Somers, All Around Us wraps us in it’s atmospheric waves of sound and Briana’s voice. Next week, she embarks on a US tour with Jenny Hval. Dates are below, and so is the video for “Surrender.”

Buy All Around Us:
Jagjaguwar // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local record store

Briana Marela Tour Dates:
(click here for more info and tickets)
Fri. Aug. 14 – Rochester, WA @ Helsing Junction Festival
Thu. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Tue. Aug. 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Thu. Aug. 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
Fri. Aug. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Sat. Aug. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Tue. Sep. 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
Wed. Sep. 2 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Thu. Sep. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Constellation *
Fri. Sep. 4 – Toronto, ON @ Drake *
Sat. Sep. 5 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz *
Sun. Sep. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
Tue. Sep. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
Wed. Sep. 9 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
Fri. Sep. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Mon. Sep. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Sep. 16 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain *
Thu. Sep. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
Sat. Sep. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Sun. Sep. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *

* w/ Jenny Hval

LISTEN // Briana Marela ‘All Around Us’ Now Streaming on Noisey (US) & DIY (UK), Fall Tour With Jenny Hval

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“[All Around Us] is a collection of stitched together sounds, exploring how far you can go with vocal manipulation. It’s a bit funny, too, because the Seattle native prides herself on being straightforward with her lyrical content. With Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers as her guiding light, Marela recorded her album in Iceland—a place she thanks for inspiration but jokes that people romanticize a bit too much. This attitude is one that’s indicative of Marela as a whole. She’s serious, yet playful. When she speaks in conversation, she’s quiet and reserved, and finds herself talking in circles while somehow being extremely clear with her message. It makes sense her record would be one of full of swirling, chaotic sounds clashing over lyrics that are driven by emotion, yet plainspoken in their delivery.”Noisey

It is the balance of the abstract and intimate that makes Seattle-based Briana Marela and her debut for Jagjaguwar, All Around Us, so special. Named after a children’s picture book, All Around Us traces Briana’s transition between places, beginning just before she embarked on her first-ever tour in 2012. While on that tour, Briana performed at an art gallery in Providence, Rhode Island and it was there that she crossed paths with the artist Scott Alario. He ended up sharing Briana’s music with his best friend Alex Somers, the Sigur Rós and Jónsi-affiliated musician and producer, who would go on to produce All Around Us. Later that year—on the day, incidentally, that the Mayan calendar predicted the end of the world—Briana got an email from Alex that would eventually bring them to work together in Iceland.

The magic of this collaboration has been teased via the previously shared song, “Surrender,” which, while musically delicate at first, builds into a bold mantra, and the album’s brightest and most immediate song, the buoyant celebration of friendship “Take Care Of Me.” However, this sonic and spiritual connection cannot be wholly experienced without absorbing the album in its entirety, including the gorgeous, comforting “Dani,” and “All Around Us,” a stark, but inspiring beauty, built on the memory of losing a family member and not being able to say “goodbye.” Throughout, Briana manages to draw inspiration from the loved ones around her, and it turn, evokes a wave of emotions in the listener.

Briana Marela’s All Around Us is out August 21st and available for pre-order now. The album can be streamed in its entirety via Noisey for the next week. Alongside this full album stream, KEXP premiered a beautiful set of in-studio takes recorded earlier this summer, featuring four songs off the new album. These versions underline Briana’s beautiful voice and remarkable production talents.

Stream Briana Marela’s All Around Us via Noisey

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Watch Briana perform live on KEXP

Pre-order All Around Us:
via SC Distribution
via iTunes
via Amazon
via your local record store

Briana Marela Tour Dates:
(click here for more info and tickets)
Fri. Aug. 14 – Rochester, WA @ Helsing Junction Festival
Thu. Aug. 20 – Sun. Aug. 23 – Brecon Beacons, UK @ Green Man Festival
Tue. Aug. 25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel *
Thu. Aug. 27 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
Fri. Aug. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ The Cobalt *
Sat. Aug. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
Tue. Sep. 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry *
Wed. Sep. 2 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Thu. Sep. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Constellation *
Fri. Sep. 4 – Toronto, ON @ Drake *
Sat. Sep. 5 – Montreal, QC @ Bar le Ritz *
Sun. Sep. 6 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade *
Tue. Sep. 8 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle *
Wed. Sep. 9 – Washington, DC @ DC9 *
Fri. Sep. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Mon. Sep. 14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Sep. 16 – Austin, TX @ Holy Mountain *
Thu. Sep. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links *
Sat. Sep. 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Sun. Sep. 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy *

* w/ Jenny Hval

WATCH // Magnolia Pictures Presents ‘Entertainment’ Trailer Starring Gregg Turkington, In Theaters, On Demand, & iTunes 11/13

“An unforgettable death march to the rotting core of American culture.”
— Time Out New York

Entertainment is a twisted, existential comedic masterwork.”
— Indiewire

Here over at Jagjaguwar HQ, we’re proud to share the trailer for Director Rick Alverson’s upcoming ‘Entertainment, starring Gregg Turkington, Tye Sheridan, John C. Reilly, Michael Cera, and Amy Seimetz! The film was written by Alverson, Turkington and Tim Heidecker and produced by Ryan Zacarias, Ryan Lough, George Rush, Brooke Bernard, Rick Alverson, Patrick Hibler and Alex Lipschultz and Jagjaguwar’s Chris Swanson also performed the role of Music Supervisor. Catch the film in theaters, on demand, and on iTunes on November 13th.

BONUS: If you are in LA this Saturday, head over to NEXT FEST 15 to catch the film’s LA premiere with a special accompanying performance by fellow Jagjaguwar artist Sharon Van Etten. Click here for tickets

LISTEN // Small Black Announce ‘Best Blues,’ Share “Boys Life” and Summer Tour Dates

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Small Black is excited to announce their new album, Best Blues, due out October 16th on Jagjaguwar. The group’s third full length release, written and recorded at their Brooklyn home studio, nicknamed 222, showcases a mature band still evolving, and embracing the unpredictable. Josh Kolenik (keys, vocals), Ryan Heyner (guitar, keys, vocals), Juan Pieczanski (bass, guitar) and Jeff Curtin (drums) have been recording, writing, and often living together, throughout the life of the band, establishing a closeness that has allowed them to achieve easy creativity and unspoken chemistry.

 

After a year of recording, the band enlisted mixer Nicholas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Deerhunter) of Rare Book Room Studio to help complete Best Blues. The result is Small Black in their sweet spot: the smoky intersection of considered and vulnerable songwriting and loose, almost nonchalant ambience. The addition of piano flourishes, trumpet (Darby Cicci of The Antlers), hidden acoustic guitars and Kaede Ford’s ethereal vocals provide new dimensions to the band’s already expansive sonic palette.

 

Gracing the cover of Best Blues is a mysterious woman walking alone on the dunes at dusk, amid pockmarked sand. She’s the subject of a found photo, one of many rescued with the warmth of a blow dryer and a fireplace, by singer Josh Kolenik after Hurricane Sandy flooded his family’s Long Island home. The faded image offers clues and invites viewers to construct their own narrative, one that escapes even the picture’s taker, Kolenik’s father.

 

To put it simply, Best Blues is an album about loss, the specific loss of precious people in our lives, but also the loss of memories and the difficult fight to preserve them. “I spent months trying to scan all these images and letters, most covered with ocean dirt, and in doing so discovered what people often find in their family’s past: that they are a hell of a lot like those who’d come before,” says Kolenik. The chorus of lead single “Boys Life,” debuted via The New York Times’ T Magazine and Sirius XMU, echoes this sentiment with the refrain “pictures of youth/picturing you,” over a track that itself was an old demo re-discovered by accident by the band, during a late night jam session at a cabin in Upstate New York.

 

Small Black will tour this fall in support of Best Blues and a full list of dates is below.

BEST BLUES TRACKLIST:
1. Personal Best
2. No One Wants It To Happen To You
3. Boys Life
4. The Closer I Look
5. Big Ideas, Pt. 2
6. Back At Belle’s
7. Between Leos
8. Checkpoints
9. Smoke Around The Bend
10. XX Century

Pre-Order Best Blues
Jagjaguwar/direct – http://smarturl.it/smallblack_ind
iTunes – http://smarturl.it/smallblack_it
Amazon – http://smarturl.it/smallblack_amz
your local record store – http://smarturl.it/smallblack_ind

 

SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES:
(info and tix)

Sun. Oct. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *

Tue. Oct. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *

Wed. Oct. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *

Fri. Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *

Sat. Oct. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *

Tue. Oct. 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *

Wed. Oct. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah

Fri. Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre

Sat. Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

Mon. Oct. 26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *

Tue. Oct. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *

Wed. Oct. 28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Back Bar *

Thu. Oct. 29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *

Fri. Oct. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *

Sat. Oct. 31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *

Mon. Nov. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room *

Tue. Nov. 3 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *

Wed. Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *

Fri. Nov. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *

Sat. Nov. 7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory *

Sun. Nov. 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *

Tue. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *

Wed. Nov. 11 – Burlington, TV @ Signal Kitchen *

Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *

Sat. Nov. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *
* w/ Painted Palms

LISTEN // Black Mountain “S/T (10th Anniversary Edition)” Now Streaming Via CBC Music With Track-By-Track, Album out 6/23

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“Me and Josh and Amber were in a different band with our friend Christoff [Hoffmeister, Jerk With a Bomb], we were touring around and we’d grown from a two-piece to a three-piece to a four-piece within three albums. During the last tour, we were essentially playing the first Black Mountain record. Then we kind of imploded and regrouped. I don’t know, it was weird. Basically, [Jerk] had recording time at the Hive booked and we were going to record and then Christoff got sick so then I used the time, as opposed to throwing it away, to record the first Pink Mountaintops record. And then Christoff left and then me and Josh [Wells] recorded a bunch of the first record at our space, and then Matt [Camirand] joined, and Jeremy [Schmidt] joined and then Amber [Webber] and we finished our first record at the Hive. It was an exciting time. – Black Mountain Founder Stephen McBean

Head over to CBC Music now to hear an exclusive stream of the upcoming 10th Anniversary Edition of Black Mountain. Founder Stephen McBean (also of Pink Mountaintops) gives an exclusive track-by-track analysis of the album. You can check everything out here

Preorder the 10th anniv. edition via Jagjaguwar, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

Black Mountain tour dates, album art & track listing after the jump

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Boys Life by Small Black
No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
Back At Belle's by Small Black
Words by Sharon Van Etten
Druganaut by Black Mountain
Black Mountain (Demo) by Black Mountain
Surrender by Briana Marela
I Don't Want to Let You Down by Sharon Van Etten
Just Like Blood by Sharon Van Etten
Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Continental Shelf by Viet Cong
Silhouettes by Viet Cong

Ur Life One Night by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Surrender by Briana Marela

Multi-Love by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Neverending Fountain by S. Carey

Briana Marela
Chicago, IL - Constellation  w/ Jenny Hval

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