The rock canon has many anti-heroes, Black Mountain being the latest. In the past, Can’s Tago Mago established that the only rule in rock and roll is that there are no rules. Pink Floyd’s prodigious output in the 70s showed us that architecture can be cool, while delinquent proto-metalers Black Sabbath demonstrated that you can make a lot from not that much. Now Black Mountain teach us that you don’t have to be afraid of the past to move bravely into the future, defining what it is to be a classic rock band in the new millennium. Today, they announce IV, an unapologetically ambitious record made by a group of musicians who are at the peak of their powers.
The group’s sense of rediscovery as a creative whole is tangible throughout. Stephen McBean, Jeremy Schmidt, Amber Webber, and Joshua Wells were joined in the studio by spiritually attuned bassist and veteran purveyor of the riff, Arjan Miranda (formerly of S.T.R.E.E.T.S, Children, and The Family Band) whose roots, heart, and soul are connected to the same soil and cement that Black Mountain were borne from. Recording was primarily done in close collaboration with producer Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Wolves In The Throne Room, Marissa Nadler) at his trusted Avast! facility in Seattle. IV will be released on April 1st via Jagjaguwar,
Today, the band also announced a large tour in support of IV. Don’t miss a chance to catch this powerful band live.
1. Mothers Of The Sun
2. Florian Saucer Attack
4. You Can Dream
6. Line Them All Up
7. Cemetery Breeding
8. (Over And Over) The Chain
9. Crucify Me
10. Space To Bakersfield
“It doesn’t take much for Briana Marela to conjure a sound that’ll make you see colors.” — Flavorwire
“[Surrender] manages to evoke both the majesty and the more playful sylvan spirit of each of this record’s sonic homes.” – NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered”
“The first single off the album is an abstract and kinetic love song called ‘Surrender,’ which is built upon a yearning heart, a whorl of strings by Amiina, a pitter-patter of percussion by Samuli Kosminen (of múm), and some lush vocal looping.” — The FADER
“Hooking up with Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers, Marela has crafted one of the year’s most enjoyably ethereal efforts with her upcoming full-length, All Around Us, a lovely collection of shuffling ballads and near-choral ambience.” — SPIN (Five Artists to Watch in June 2015] “’Surrender,’ the first single from her album, layers up glassy sounds in all sorts of beautiful ways, with multi-tracked vocal shivers and sighs and hiccups filling out the mix as much as any instruments.” — Stereogum
Briana Marela’s debut album for Jagjaguwar, All Around Us, centers on the tangible aspects of the emotional spectrum: the warmth of affection; the weightlessness of joy; the grounded, anchored feeling of love. There is an air of transience in her voice that adds to the ethereal nature of her music, the immediacy of her lyrics, and the feelings on which they focus. Spurred by her emotional ties to the Pacific Northwest and to the people she holds close, Marela balances the concrete with the abstract, and the natural with the artificial.
Produced and recorded by Sigur Rós producer Alex Somers in Reykjavic and featuring strings by Amiina, All Around Us feels mysterious at first, but reveals itself to be a record of remarkable honesty, and of direct, deeply felt emotions. This is evident through the debut single “Surrender,” which has garnered praise from the likes of NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered,”The FADER, and Stereogum, while Consequence of Sound and Vulture included it in their best songs of the week columns, and SPIN named Marela “Artist To Watch” for June.
Now, Marela is excited to share a new video for “Surrender.” Directed by experimental filmmaker, Christin Turner, the video depicts Marela shrouded in kaleidoscopic lights and static. “The video for ‘Surrender’ interprets the torrent of emotions associated with falling in love as blips and signals reaching through the darkness, sparking a supernova of light, motion, and beauty,” says Turner.
Briana Marela’s All Around Us is out August 21st and available for pre-order now. She’ll tour North America supporting Jenny Hval this summer. All dates are below.
Briana Marela Tour Dates (buy tix here):
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/ Domino Kirke
* w/ Jenny Hval
Pre-order All Around Us:
via SC Distribution – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela
via iTunes – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela_itunes
via Amazon – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela_amz
via your local record store – http://smarturl.it/brianamarela_indies
Foxygen celebrate today’s release of the oh so wild ride that is … And Star Power by sharing the new video for second single, “Coulda Been My Love.” Aptly described by Pitchfork, “Foxygen have become increasingly assured and accomplished songwriters, outfitting standouts like ‘Coulda Been My Love’ . . . not just with silken soft-focus melodies and heavenly harmonies, but ever-evolving arrangements that steer the songs into surprising, splendorous new directions without losing the throughline.” Catch the video for “Coulda Been My Love,” directed by Grant Singerabove or on the band’s Vevo / YouTube, and catch the nine-piece Star Power band thunder-and-lightning their way across North America and Europe until the end of November. You can find a full list of dates below.
“Sam and Rado have rock ‘n roll in their blood. It’s not something they aspire for, it’s who they are. I wanted the video to capture that.” – Grant Singer (Director)
“Everything about Foxygen’s new live show—which they revamped at the beginning of the summer—is as glamorous and aesthetically spectacular as they could have possibly made it. The same is true for their new album.” – Esquire
“Foxygen’s Sam France and Jonathan Rado know how to keep one foot on each side of the line separating barely contained genius from undisciplined indulgence.” – NPR Music’s “First Listen
“California psych-pop band Foxygen sound like a different era. Not a specific different era. Just some time period that is a blur of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, when people didn’t wear shoes and spent their days just spinning in circles with arms outstretched and eyes fixed directly at the sun.” – Vulture [Best New Songs of the Week]
Also out today, The New York Times’T Magazine has reviewed …And Star Power. Read here.
Tue. Oct. 14 – Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club w/ Dub Thompson
Wed. Oct. 15 – Pontiac, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom w/ Dub Thompson
Thu. Oct. 16 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Dub Thompson
Fri. Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall w/ Dub Thompson
Sat. Oct. 18 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café w/ Dub Thompson
Mon. Oct. 20 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater w/ Dub Thompson
Tue. Oct. 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge w/ Dub Thompson
Thu. Oct. 23 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre w/ Dub Thompson
Fri. Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore w/ Dub Thompson
Sat. Oct. 25 – Orange County, CA @ Beach Goth Festival at The Observatory
Wed. Oct. 29 – Brighton, UK @ Komedia
Thu. Oct. 30 – Manchester, UK @ Ruby Lounge
Fri. Oct. 31 – London, UK @ Village Underground
Sat. Nov. 1 – Paris, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival Paris
Mon. Nov. 3 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
Tue. Nov. 4 – Amsterdam, NE @ Tolhuistuin
Wed. Nov. 5 – Berlin, DE @ Frannz
Thu. Nov. 6 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
Sun. Nov. 9 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Coming off an unbelievably successful run at SXSW, Sharon Van Etten’s next move is to take over the great city of Los Angeles, one media outlet at a time. Sharon-palooza is kicking off today with a live performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic. The show starts at 11 am EST and Sharon will be peforming around 2pm EST. Listen in over at KCRW. KCSN will also be airing an interview and acoustic performance today at 6pm EST.
We’ll have some more mega exciting things to announce tomorrow tomorrow, but in the meantime, Sharon and her band will be playing with The War on Drugs tomorrow night at the Avalon. Doors are at 8 PM and you can still buy tickets HERE. Not in LA? Fear not! Catch Sharon on tour this spring (dates below) or take a peak at the video above from Spinner’s New York studios for a special acoustic version of “Give Out” on The Interface.
Sharon Van Etten is hitting the road for some serious touring this Friday, but she’s looking for help from her fans. Wherever possible, the band will be projecting fan-made video and they want you to contribute. It doesn’t need to be anything fancy. All they’re asking is for you to shoot 10 seconds of something you love (a person, a moment, a view). Use a camera or even your phone. Video guidelines and a submission form can be found HERE. The project will be on-going, so start sending in your video and catch Sharon on the road soon!