Ahead of the release of their debut album, Somewhere Else, on January 28th, Indians have made available a free download of their new single. For the uninitiated, 'I Am Haunted' is the perfect entry point into the star-gazing otherworldliness of Somewhere Else, touched with the resignation of heartbreak and a dreamy lovelorn weariness, its head in the clouds, heart in its hands. Download 'I Am Haunted' here, or stream below.
Fans of the track can also hear a live version of the song on John Kennedy's XFM show tonight, recorded as part of a four track session which includes various songs from the album. Listen here from 11pm tonight (9th Jan).
Released on 11th March (19th in North America), Stornoway's second album, Tales From Terra Firma, is an album of stories – birth, death, marriage, coming of age: The Big Stuff.
As is true of classic songwriting partnerships, lyricist Brian Briggs' eloquence coupled with his crystalline voice unites with Jon Ouin's stunning arrangements to form a musical mirror. Tales From Terra Firma reflects powerful life experiences, the great outdoors and the passing of time, which is a major theme of the album. Indeed, the songs were mostly written in a camper van in land-locked Oxford but on listening, the yearning for adventure and the freedom of the coast and wild places is palpable. And with that, Stornoway have self-produced a record that marks a new sophistication in compositional and, in particular, lyrical qualities, while still retaining the charm of their debut that so many fell in love with
Following its worldwide premiere in November, Efterklang have confirmed details of an exclusive UK screening of 'The Ghost Of Piramida', a film by Danish director Andreas Koefoed, documenting the Danish trio's visit to the former Russian mining town.
Accompanied by their taciturn Russian polar bear guard, the group goes on a treasure hunt in the empty buildings of the abandoned town, while the narrator, former Piramida citizen Alexander, takes us back to a bygone era, when Piramida...
After much anticipation and a relatively modest 6 year wait, Scott Walker's latest album, Bish Bosch, was released on December 4th.
Scott began writing new material around 2009 recording it sporadically over the following three years. The end result is Bish Bosch, a tauter but more colourful experience than previous record The Drift, with greater emphasis on processed, abrasive guitars, digital keyboards and thick silences.
Efterklang's latest album Piramida was released through 4AD on 25th September. Their fourth album in total, it's a fitting document of a progressively-minded band pushing the boundaries of their own distinctive sound and creating something lush, inventive and unique.
As is common with Efterklang's approach to music, the making of Piramida started out in unusual fashion in August 2011, when the members of the band (Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg) went on a nine-day audio expedition to an abandoned Russian settlement in Spitsbergen, an Arctic island located just shy of the North Pole. Spitsbergen is home to more polar bears than people and also to the ghost town of Piramida, which was abandoned overnight in the 90s, and today stands as a slowly decaying ruin.