bEEdEEgEE is the performing alias of Brian DeGraw, an American artist, musician and producer who lives and works between the inner city and the Catskill region of New York state. Most commonly known in the music world for his work at the centre of Gang Gang Dance and their musical mastery, SUM/ONE is his debut record as a solo artist.
Written and recorded over the course of a year in his Woodstock studio, the W0RMB1N, SUM/ONE initially began life when Brian left New York City - his home for the past twelve years - for the clouds of Woodstock. Amidst the peace of this new environment, the audio sketches he worked on gradually evolved into a project that fuses familiar deep synth soundscapes with audacious pop moments. The nine tracks that comprise SUM/ONE also feature the vocal talents of Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Lovefoxxx (CSS), Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance) and Douglas Armour.
A year to the day since the release of fourth record Piramida, Efterklang have premiered a video for album closer 'Monument'.
Created by Andreas Koefoed and Hvass&Hannibal, it stars Alexander Ivanovic Naumkin who once lived in Piramida (the now abandoned Spitsbergen town in the Arctic), and whose 8mm film features heavily on 'Monument'. The audio is a melding of the studio album version with the orchestral cut taken from The Piramida Concert, the group's live album recorded in...
Camera Obscura made a welcome return this year with Desire Lines, their second 4AD album and fifth overall.
Having played shows in Europe and North America around release, the band then took maternity leave with Tracyanne having just become a mum. Today marks their return with both a special edition, double 7" and an excellent session being premiered online...
Today sees Facing The Other Way published, the first ever comprehensive history on 4AD.
Written by author Martin Aston, the book extensively covers the label's achievements over the last thirty plus years, focusing on the period when the label was run by founder Ivo Watts-Russell and the music he helped bring to the world but also bringing the reader up to the modern day.
After nearly two years of exhaustive research, Facing The Other Way weighs in at over 600 pages and is unlike any other label history of it's kind. Published by The Friday Project, the cover has also fittingly been designed by Vaughan Oliver, the man who built 4AD's famed aesthetic, a key player in this story...
Los Angeles based Lo-Fang prepares for his debut album next year with the release of a limited 12” double A-side single, '#88' / 'Boris'.
Matthew Hemerlein, the man behind Lo-Fang, is classically trained in violin, cello, bass, piano and guitar, performing all the instruments on his debut album, Blue Film. Due to be released next year, the album was written and recorded in a farmhouse in Maryland, hotels and studios in Cambodia, London, Nashville, before being completed in the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Highly detailed, the album has roots in electronic, R&B, classical, and folk music, cast through a pop prism.