Just Added - May 2017
Washed Out - Get Lost
Friday 26th May, by Cheeka Eyers, Team Laverne
One of our favourite bedroom synthpop artists, Washed Out aka Ernest Greene is back. The title of his new track ‘Get Lost’ might not be hugely welcoming but the fresh new sound of this record makes us glad he’s back. The dreamy house he makes will drag even the most reluctant shape-thrower onto the dance floor this summer. Washed Out is Los Angeles label, Stones Throw latest signee and these guys have very good taste.
It’s the first we’ve seen from this Georgia-born artist since his 2013 album Paracosm, which was good so we’re excited. There’s also news of potential news about a new album coming out. However, we know about as much as you do. In the meantime though, let’s sit back and enjoy his summery sound.
Everything Is Recorded ft Sampha - Close But Not Quite
Thursday 25th May, by Helen Hobday, Team Laverne
Let us introduce you to Everything Is Recorded, the new collaborative artist project from record producer and XL Recordings head Richard Russell. The first release from the project is this track, 'Close But Not Quite', which features the simply wonderful voice of Sampha. It's taken from his debut EP, which came out on Friday the 12th of May and yes, that is a sample of Curtis Mayfield's 1970 Track, 'The Makings of You'. Superb.
With Russell at the helm of Everything Is Recorded, his London studio 'The Copper House' has fast become a second home for many singers, writers and musicians, who join together to share ideas, collaborate and create. The EP is a product of these collaborations and across five tracks, Russell welcomes an incredible mix of talent, including Giggs, Warren Ellis, Green Gartside and Baluji Shrivastav. You'll also be happy to know that 'Close But Not Quite' is the first of several releases planned for this year.
Pixx - Waterslides
Wednesday 24th May, by Helen Hobday, Team Laverne
Hot off the back of her appearance at The Great Escape, which included a lovely session for this very show, Pixx aka Hannah Rodgers, has released a brand new song. It’s called Waterslides and it’s taken from her forthcoming debut album The Age of Anxiety. Waterslides is a spiralling slice of low-fi pop with lyrics inspired by a dream about a waterpark in the middle of the ocean, which sounds like a brilliant day out. However the sentence then went on to describe the presence of emotionless suited figures, which kind of took the shine off things. Not the track though, the track is still great.
Due out on the 2nd of June The Age of Anxiety borrows its title from W.H. Auden’s final poem. Much of the album echos the theme of human isolation that is so present in Auden’s work and Rodgers addresses these with wit and maturity, reflecting within the tracks her own narrative based on her experiences with anxiety, insomnia and her fascination with different states of consciousness. We also strongly recommends seeing Pixx and her band as soon as possible, which is doable given she heads out on tour on May the 26th and takes in a number of UK festivals.
Francobollo - Worried Times
Tuesday 23nd May, by Helen Hobday, Team Laverne
London based, Swedish band Francobollo have just announced their debut album Long Live Life and shared this single ‘Worried Times’ which we’ve decided needs to go on our Just Added playlist because it’s new and we love it. Speaking of the new single, the band’s charismatic frontman Simon Nilsson, says “The song is about claustrophobia…and about the fine art of committing”, which sounds negative but, well they just make it sound so jolly.
Francobollo originally met at school in Sweden and after moving to London, cut their teeth working as session musicians for some of our other faves, such as Slow Club, LA Salami and members of the mystery jets. Add the skills of award winning producer Charlie Andrew into the mix and we’re more than a bit exciting to hear the new record. This’ll do for now, though.
Lucy Rose - No Good At All
Monday 22nd May, by Helen Hobday, Team Laverne
In her own words, Lucy Rose is “very pleased to announce details of her new single” and we have to say, we concur. It’s called ‘ No Good At All’ and it’s taken from her forthcoming Something’s Changing, which is due out on the 7th of July through Communion Records. According to Lucy, it’s the oldest track on the album and was written just before she went on her first trip to Latin America, when she was feeling “that maybe I wasn't good enough for music and was re-thinking everything. Part of me wondered if maybe somewhere down the line somewhere (my great great great grand-daughter maybe?), there would be a girl who had a little bit of me in her and could achieve everything she wanted”.
‘No Good At All’ follows on from the release of ‘Floral Dresses’, Rose’s track with some our other fave ladies, The Staves. The forthcoming album Something’s Changing will be accompanied by a short documentary, which acts as a fly on the wall account of Lucy’s debut tour of Latin America, which she organised independently with the help of her Latin American fans. Building on the intimate relationship she has developed, Lucy is currently asking her fans to but forward their hometowns and cities as part of her latest UK Tour.
Zola Blood - The Only Thing
Thursday 18th May, by Helen Hobday, Team Laverne
London four piece and show faves, Zola Blood have a rather splendid new single out tomorrow, which we’re popping on our Just Added Playlist today, it’s like the weekend’s come early in the 6 Music studio. The track is called ‘The Only Thing’ and it comes ahead of the release of their debut album, Infinite Games, which is expected on the 26th of May via Pond Life records
Infinite Games follows on from their 2014 debut EP Meridian and we’ve been waiting in slightly strained anticipation since they announced it last summer with taster track ‘Heartbeat’. The Hackney Wick based band of Matt, Ed, Sam & Paul recently wowed audiences at London venue Eletrowerkz and we’re hoping for many more live dates in support of the album, which you’d think we’d have details of, given we’re now clearly on first name terms.
Super Best Friends Club – Love is a Morning
Wednesday 17th May, by Cheeka Eyers, Team Laverne
It’s great to hear new music from the band that refused to be put off by the fact that smaller music venues are closing their doors. In fact, they built up their fanbase, getting their music into the mainstream through playing it at various house parties. This single features on their highly anticipated second album ‘Loveblows’ that’s being released via Faith and Industry Records.
It’s always refreshing to listen to a band that doesn’t slot into a specific genre and ‘Love is a Morning’ definitely goes out of its way to avoid being labelled.
They describe the thought process behind their work: “We made this record as a celebration of vividness. For peak experiences. As a way to get lost in the light. We wanted to feel together with everybody but mostly in our lives we experience separateness. Reaching out can feel embarrassing or awkward and that is often when people look the most beautiful. When they're vulnerable and are looking to connect. The music loves and also mourns this reality.”
‘Loveblows’ is out in July and their website promises: ALBUM TWO IS DONE AND SOUNDS SICK. HOLD ON A LITTLE LONGER.
Courtney Barnett – How To Boil An Egg
Tuesday 16th May, by Abbie McCarthy, Team Laverne
It’s been a little while since we heard new music from Courtney Barnett, but her brand new single has now been unleashed into the big bad world. The fun, upbeat ditty features on Milk! Records’ and Bedroom Suck’s joint new vinyl singles series, Split Singles Club.
Although How To Boil An Egg is a new number to us, it’s actually a reworked version of one of the first songs Barnett ever penned.
Barnett explains: “I used to perform this song at all the open-mics when I was 21. It never got recorded, so for personal-posterity I updated it and made this version recently when I was bunkered up in the bush doing some demos for my next album. In tradition of the Milk! Records compilation releases, like ‘Pickles From the Jar’ or ‘Three Packs a Day’, I wanted to include a song of mine for Split Singles Club that was a tad left of album-centre. It’s a songwriting experiment that doesn’t really belong anywhere else.”
The Melbourne lass is currently working on a new LP to follow on from her brilliant debut Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, and is also said to be working with Kurt Vile…
Mogwai – Coolverine
Monday 15th May, by Abbie McCarthy, Team Laverne
Glasgow post-rock legends Mogwai are back! They’ve announced their eagerly anticipated ninth album Every Country’s Sun, which comes out on 1st September on their own label Rock Action Records. This is their first new sounds since 2014’s Rave Tapes and sees them reunited with producing genius Dave Fridmann for the first time since 2001’s totally awesome Rock Action LP.
‘Coolverine’ (great name right?) is the opening track from the forthcoming new LP and it’s a real beauty. 6 minutes of wonderful, percussive, dream-state electronics that will make your Monday that little bit better.
The band head out on a major world tour in October and it finishes with a performance at Brixton Academy on 15th December, as well as a mammoth hometown show on the 16th December at the Hydro Arena in Glasgow.
Fleet Foxes - Fool's Errand
Friday 12th May, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
Those lovely lads, Fleet Foxes, have just released the second track from their forthcoming new album Crack Up, which is due for release on the 16th of June via Nonesuch Records . It’s called Fool’s Errand and it’s three minutes of that perfect Fleet Foxes sound, you know the one that whisks you away to somewhere warm and carefree, probably in the country and probably involving a cider in your hand and straw hat atop your head and even though it’s probably about heartbreak, it doesn’t stop our idyllic vision.
The track follows on from the 9 minute proggy folk opus,‘Third of May / Odaigahara, which was the lead single from Crack Up. There was much excitement at the start of the week when the band teased the new album with clips featuring video footage during rehearsal and much joy when Fool’s Errand arrived in our paws on the strike of midnight. Crack-Up comes six years after the 2011 release of Helplessness Blues and nearly a decade since the band’s 2008 self-titled debut. They take to the road at the end of May, including a date at Latitude Festival in July. That’ll be where the hat and cider makes an appearance then.
The National - The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness
Thursday 11th May, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
After teasing us online for what felt like a decade, but was actually about 36 hours, The National unveiled a brand new track at 5am this morning. It’s called ‘The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness’ and it’s taken from their brand new album Sleep Well Beast, which will be released on September 8th via 4AD.
The new album contains 12 tracks and was produced by Aaron Dessner, with co-production from Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger. The band also announced a World Tour in support of the album, which kicks off in Cork on September 16th, following their appearance at Glastonbury festival this summer. They’ll be a number of other UK dates including Edinburgh, Manchester and London. If writing, recording and releasing a new album plus planning a World Tour wasn’t enough, the band have also curated one day of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris, which takes place in November
Mount Kimbie - Marilyn Ft Micachu
Wednesday 10th May, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
Last month Mount Kimbie released their first track in four years, the brilliant ‘We Go Home Together’, Ft James Blake. Today, they’ve only gone and raised the bar even higher, by releasing a wonderful, woozy track called Marilyn, which finds them teaming up with another close friend, the Oscar nominated Mica Levi. There’s something about Micachu’s voice that just gets us every single time. Pair her with the subtle production of Domenic and Kai and yep, same feeling you get when you secure that table in the beer garden that stays in sunshine for the entire afternoon. Joyful
Marilyn goes live online at 3pm and to align with the release, Mount Kimbie will also be announcing a European tour, which includes their biggest London Headline to date at the Roundhouse on November 3rd. The track will also be accompanied by a video from cult photographer Mark Lebon, who has worked with the likes of John Galliano, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Vivienne Westwood. Four years was a long time to wait for new music from these boys, but if the last four weeks are anything to go by, it has definitely been worth it.
Wesley Gonzalez - Piece of Mind
Tuesday 7th May, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
Wesley Gonzalez, owner of the most splendid album title ‘Excellent Musician’, has just gifted us with an exclusive play of his latest single ‘Piece of Mind’. Taken from the aforementioned album, which is due out on the 30th of June via Moshi Moshi, ‘Piece of Mind’ is another great turn from the former Let’s Wrestle frontman, with a smattering of early Elvis Costello for good measure. It’d be weird if it was shades of Elvis Presley, although now we’ve said that we will happily wait for a full leather 68 comeback special offering….and probably put it on the Just Added list, tbh.
Whereas previous single ‘I Am A Telescope’ was an ode to love and the quarter life crisis, ‘Piece of Mind’ is an honest account of Gonzalez’s progress as a musician and highlights his awareness of the day to day reality of being an artist. Gonzalez says of the track ‘I guess this song is about trying to not be bitter about stuff, especially music. It’s very easy to become embittered making music and hanging out with a lot of other musicians, thinking that you produce better work than someone you may know, who is perhaps doing better than yourself. It’s positive in the fact that I guess it’s me turning a corner in my thinking on music. It’s not fully enlightened as I still can get jealous, so I tried to be honest in the lyrics and not be fully positive - as that would be untrue!’
Sivu - Lonesome
Monday 6th May, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
The beautiful introverted new single from Sivu called ‘Lonesome’ is today’s just added and it comes ahead of his second album Sweet Sweet Silence, which is due out on the 7th of July via Square Peg. The track is a beautiful composition that is both melancholy and hopeful and deals with the "the perils of self-doubt and attempts to battle against your own mind”.
The album is the follow up to his debut record Something On High and was recorded over two years across three locations included a remote town in the Scottish Highlands. Sivu says of the process "I just had this urge to make something less considered and focus more on capturing a performance rather than perhaps layering tracks and building them in the studio. We spent more time thinking about the space we were recording it and ways to capture a moment. I think overall the record is a lot more raw and understated. I wanted to make an album rather focus on singles, and I think its a slow burner - I say that in the most positive way”.
Grizzly Bear - Three Rings : LCD Soundsystem - Call The Police
Friday 5th May, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
We’re gifting you with two Just Added tracks today because A – It’s Friday and B – That’s how much we love you. Also, both Grizzly Bear and LCD Soundsystem just released brand new tracks (two in LCD’s case) and we aren’t going to be the ones to choose between them… don’t make us do that…it’s Friday, be kind.
We’ll start with LCD Soundsystem, mainly because we have very limited (zero) information we can share on new Grizzly Bear, so keep your eyes and ears pealed over the next few weeks as more hints will no doubt be dropped and maybe even some more music. With Mr Murphy and co, we’ve a bit more to go on. Call The Police is one of two tracks the band released over night and it’s taken from their long awaited comeback album, which we’ve all been hankering after since they announced their return in January 2016. There’s no release date for the album just yet, but James Murphy did post a note on social media saying “Seriously almost done with the LP. 1 more vocal and 2 more mixes to go. as eager as folks have been for me to get this done, it's got nothing on how much i want to be finished myself. it's been one of the most enjoyable records to make in my life, if not the most fun ever (i think it is, for sure, the happiest i've ever been making a record.) so it will be sad in some ways to see it leave the house etc.” Not long now then and with two tracks to tide you over in the meantime, we’ll allow it.
Haim - Want You Back
Thursday 4th May, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
Today Haim released the first single from their forthcoming new album Something To Tell You, which is due out on the 7th of July on Polydor Records. The track is called ‘Want You Back’ and no it’s not a cover of the Jackson 5 but don’t let that disappoint you. The track, like it’s predecessor is personal in nature, and speaks of a lover’s regret in treating a former partner badly. Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, ‘Want You Back’ is released on the 23rd of June
Haim threw us a bit of a teaser last week by releasing the understated taster track ‘Right Now’ and we thought we had this new album sussed, but no. With ‘Want You Back’ the LA sister lay bare their influences for all to see (here’s looking at you Fleetwood Mac) with singer Danielle saying of the lyrics "If I'm feeling some type of way and we start to write, I don't fully understand my feelings until the song's done and out in the world. That's how it was with the last album. I think I'm gonna start to figure out what a lot of these new songs mean in two months, or something."
Mary Epworth - Me Swimming
Wednesday 3rd May, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
Earlier this year Mary Epworth signed to a new label, Rob Da Bank’s Sunday Best Recordings, to be precise. Her first release on her new home is this track, it’s called ‘Me Swimming’ and it’s taken from her forthcoming new album Elytral, which is due out on the 1st of September. The track is a hypnotic electronic number, yet probably the most pop moment in an album that is much more dark and experimental than what we are used to from Epworth. Take a listen below.
Epworth’s new album sees her letting loose on her darker instincts, mixing together soundscapes, experimental electronica, prog, psych and free-jazz. When describing her first single, ‘Me Swimming’, Mary says This is and isn’t about me swimming. It's really more about the mind over matter trick where you visualise yourself in a different place and time. In my case I'm zooming back to being 5 years old in a Ramada Inn swimming pool in Roanoke Virginia, fluorescent orange armbands in a sunlit turquoise blue pool, totally free and joyfully unselfconscious”. Free and unselfconscious are definitely words we’d describe the track, and great, we’d use that word too.
Tuesday 2nd May, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
Warp producer Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio has announced latest EP Beyond Serious, which is due out on this Friday. It’s his second EP since his 2016 album, A Mineral Love and it’s essentially a reworking of the vocals from latest effort The Serious EP, which was a collaboration with singer Olivier St Louis. The first track from his new offering is this track, ‘Beyond My Eyes’, which is a upbeat summery number and exactly the sort of track we all need to hear the day after a bank holiday.
The Beyond Serious EP is a showcase of Wilkinson’s teenage influences and harks back to his love of mid to late 90s French House. Although it is in essence a retrospective sound, you could only go so far as to say it’s an homage to the 90’s, it is by no means a pastiche and he hasn’t entered into the misty eyed 90s bubble just yet. The tracks still sound like Bibio doing, well Bibio, with the same warmth that we’ve come to expect from his as a producer. Probably because these are the influences that helped shaped Wilkinson into the artist as he is today, rather than just a nod to what sounds cool.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Digital Black
Monday 1st May, by Helen Hobday Team Laverne
Elusive, minimalist band, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard announce their new album Murder of the Universe with this track, ‘Digital Black’. The single drops the same day as their new 21 track album, which is set for release on the 23rd of June via Heavenly Recordings. The album is broken down into 3 distinct chapters, mostly concerned with the downfall of man and the death of the planet or better still, “the album inhabits a sonic landscape of death, decay, ossification, fossilisation, rebirth. It is a place occupied by wandering shape-shifting beasts, bleeding skies, pools of blood, great fires and mushroom clouds; a planet rent asunder by conflict.”
Following on from the release of Flying Microtonal Banana which landed on this planet in February, Murder of the Universe is the second of five albums the band plan to release this year. Addressing their approach to releases, Stu from the bands says “ We’ve always thought of our albums as portals through which you can move from one to the other….Or maybe each album is a bridge to the next part of the story. Songs sync together, records can be played in loops and past ideas recur or are reprised, and then woven into new textures. These ideas aren’t necessarily contrived though...sometimes these just happen.” King Gizzard and the Wizard Lizard are on tour this summer, including a number of festival at Field Day and Glastonbury.