When Efterklang premiered their fourth album, Piramida, to a sold out audience at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra last year, it gave birth to The Piramida Concerts - a special presentation of the record that had been orchestrally arranged by fellow Dane Karsten Fundal and New York composer Missy Mazzoli. They have since performed it this way a further 14 times, including sold out performances at London’s Barbican with the Northern Sinfonia and New York’s Metropolitan Museum concert hall with The Wordless Music Orchestra.
Allowing the band to present a different side to the record, they decided to commit one of the performances to tape. Fittingly they chose the concert they played in their native Copenhagen to be the one. Recorded live at the city's Royal Academy of Music Concert Hall in October 2012, the end result is this live album, The Piramida Concert.
Nearly four years have passed since Camera Obscura's 4AD debut, the excellent My Maudlin Career.
Now back after a forced hiatus, they are bolder, braver people, and infinitely more ambitious ones too. You hear this right through Desire Lines, an album born of life and experience; a record with something to prove. This time decamping to Portland, Oregon to work with producer Tucker Martine, who has added so much to the music of R.E.M., The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens previously, they also brought in Neko Case and Jim James from My Morning Jacket to contribute vocals.
The result is a big, gorgeous pop record that sounds like it means it.
Using four tracks from Zomby's forthcoming album, With Love, London based director Ollie Evans has created a tableau vivant-inspired short to preview the new record. Filmed in monochrome and slow motion, Evans takes excerpts from 'Ascension', 'Sunshine in November', 'Overdose' and 'Memories' to portray a movement through life and death.
David Byrne & St. Vincent will release Brass Tactics EP on May 28 for free download on http://lovethisgiant.com/brasstactics. The EP features unreleased, live and remixed songs from their collaborative album, Love This Giant (4AD / Todo Mundo) and is out just before the duo hit to road together again for two months of North American dates. The tour kicks off on June 12 at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ and includes a stop at Bonnaroo on June 16. See below for the EP tracklist and...