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


“[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


Watch Briana perform live on KEXP

Pre-order All Around Us:
via SC Distribution
via iTunes
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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 // Unknown Mortal Orchestra On Late Night With Seth Meyers, Touring Europe This Fall

Last night, Unknown Mortal Orchestra performed the title track to their incredible new album, Multi-Love, on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The band’s deft performance was visually punctuated by a gorgeous white grand piano, which singer/guitarist Ruban Nielson chose to perch himself on. Check it out above, and get ready for another exciting national television performance later this month.

Order Multi-Love now via Jagjaguwar, iTunes, Amazon, or your local record store.

(Info + Tix)
Aug. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF
Sep. 8 – Helsinki, Finland – Tavastia
Sep. 10 – Stockholm, Sweden – Debaser Strand
Sep. 11 – Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
Sep. 12 – Copenhagen, Denmark – VEGA small hall
Sep. 14 – Hamburg, Germany – Ubel & Gefährlich
Sep. 15 – Cologne, Germany – Gebaude 9
Sep. 16 – Frankfurt, Germany – Zoom
Sep. 17 – Berlin, Germany – Lido
Sep. 20 – Utrecht, NL – Tivoli Vredenburg Pandora
Sep. 22 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
Sep. 23 – London, UK – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sep. 24 – Birmingham, UK – The Library at the Institute
Sep. 25 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz
Sep. 26 – Dublin, IE – Whelan’s
Sep. 28 – Nottingham, UK – Rescue Rooms
Sep. 29 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Sep. 30 – Glasgow, UK – QMU
Oct. 2-4 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Music Festival
Oct. 9-11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limist Music Festival
Oct. 9 – Oct. 11 – Miami, FL @ III Points Festival
Oct. 29-31 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival
Nov. 1 – Tourcoing, FR @ Le Grand Mix
Nov. 2 – Brussels, BE @ AB Box
Nov. 3 – Esch-Sur-Alzette, LU @ Kulturfabrik
Nov. 6 – Zurich, CH @ Aktionshalle
Nov. 7 – Ravenna, IT @ Bronson
Nov. 8 – Geneva, CH @ Usine
Nov. 9 – Lyon, FR @ Le Marche Gare
Nov. 11 – Barcelona, ES @ Apolo
Nov. 12 – Madrid, ES @ Penelope
Nov. 13 – Lisbon, PT @ Hard Club
Nov. 16 – Istanbul, TR
Nov. 18 – Tel Aviv, IL @ Reading 3

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


“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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LISTEN // Sharon Van Etten Shares “Just Like Blood”, “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” EP Out June 9th

“Sharon Van Etten could sing the instruction manual for a dishwasher and make it sound like lyrical poetry. Over the course of four full-lengths, her voice has only evolved and grown both bolder and more nuanced. Van Etten plays every word like an instrument, bending one note into the next with a woozy purr that’s sometimes sensual, sometimes heartbreaking but always arresting.”
NPR Music’s “Songs We Love”

Couldn’t agree more. That’s why we’ve been working on Sharon Van Etten’s next project ‘Sharon Sings Your Favorite Instructional Manuals” EP for a while now. In the meantime, check out new track “Just Like Blood” from the upcoming “I Don’t Want To Let You Down” EP, out 6/3 via Jagjaguwar. This second single is as sophisticated and evolved as anything Van Etten has ever created. Listen above or on our SoundCloud page.

“I Don’t Want To Let You Down” EP EP is available now for pre-order. Instant free downloads of “Just Like Blood” and the EP’s title track come with each digital pre-order.

Pre-Order I Don’t Want to Let You Down via SC Distribution, Amazon, iTunes, or your local record store.

[All dates/tickets at]
Fri. May 22 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
Mon. May 25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
Sat. June 6 – New York, NY @ The Governors Ball Music Festival
Thu. June 11 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Imperator
Fri. June 12 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Beco 203
Sat. June 13 – Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Niceto Club
Sun. June 14 – Santiago, Chile @ Ex Oz
Wed. June 24 – Sun. June 28 – Somerset, UK @ Glastonbury Festival
Sun. June 28 – Bialystok, PL @ Halfway Festival

I Don’t Want to Let You Down EP Tracklisting:
1. I Don’t Want To Let You Down
2. Just Like Blood
3. I Always Fall Apart
4. Pay My Debts
5. Tell Me [Live]

WATCH // Lia Ices Shares “Creature” Video Via Nowness, Playing NXNE In Toronto This June

Birds of a Feather, Lia Ices and British born artist Tom Jean Webb (aka “Birdman”) have always shared a vested interest in weaving beautiful stories. It’s only fitting that the two artists have come together with Nowness to create a stunning video for Lia’s “Creature”, off of her recent Ices. The video, brought to life by animator Danny Burke, follows a man and woman creature as they move toward one another, their journey embodying the boundless search for love that inspired the song. Watch the video above or on Nowness alongside an exclusive interview with Lia Ices.

In addition, Lia will be performing at NXNE this summer in Toronto. Click here for more information.

Ices is available now via iTunes, Amazon, Jagjaguwar, and your local record store.

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

Dani by Briana Marela

Boys Life by Small Black

Bunker Buster by Viet Cong

Can't Keep Checking My Phone by Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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