Tuesday, February 06, 2018

TRAX! — Young Fathers, Blackwater Holylight, Tal National, Blakk Pearl, Holy Wave, Six Organs of Admittance, Fun Fare

Young Fathers: "In My View" (via YouTube)

"In My View" is featured in Cocoa Sugar, the upcoming new album from Young Fathers.  The album is scheduled to release 3.9.18 via Ninja Tune.



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Blackwater Holylight: "Sunrise" (via Us-Them Group/RidingEasy Records/YouTube)

From Us-Them Group:

Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight announce their forthcoming self-titled debut album today with an advance listen to lead single "Sunrise", available to hear and share via YouTube HERE.

The notion of "heavy music" is continuing to expand of late, with many intrepid artists finding new ways to incorporate the power of traditional metal into new music, but without all of its trappings. Enter Portland, OR quartet BlackWater HolyLight to further swirl musical elements into a captivating hybrid of emotional intensity. Heavy psych riffs, gothic drama, folk-rock vibes, garage-sludge and soaring melodies all collide into a satisfying whole with as much contrast as the band's name itself.

"I wanted to experiment with my own version of what felt 'heavy' both sonically and emotionally," says founder and vocalist/bassist Allison (Sunny) Faris. "I also wanted a band in which vulnerability of any form could be celebrated." BlackWater HolyLight — Faris, guitarist/vocalist Laura Hopkins, drummer Cat Hoch and synth player Sarah Mckenna — formed upon the breakup of Faris' longtime band and she sought a fresh start. "In my last band I was the only female in a group of 6, so I wanted to see how my song writing and vulnerability could glow taking the drivers seat and working with women."

The band's self-titled debut begins with a simple, almost grunge-like riff as a chorus of voices introduce a melodic line in call-and-response until the band kicks in, slowly building into crescendo like a lost outtake from Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy. Elsewhere, "Sunrise" begins with a chorus-drenched post-punk groove until a sonic boom of heavily distorted guitar skree erupts out of nowhere. Nearly as suddenly, the song returns to its lulling core, subtly building the tension until it ruptures completely in a blast of noise. Likewise, "Carry Her" establishes a dark, sparse melody and distinctly thin sounding drums not far removed from early work of The Cure. However, BlackWater HolyLight's penchant for surprise attack finds a sudden shift into a doom-like dirge, colored with eerie synth notes and pounding shards of fuzz. Throughout the album, their songs shirk traditional verse-chorus-verse structure in favor of fluid, serpentine compositions that move with commanding grace. The band expertly, yet subconsciously, incorporates hints of Chelsea Wolfe, Celebration, Captain Beefheart, The Raincoats, The Stooges, Pink Floyd, Jane's Addiction and more to form their unique brand of dark'n'heavy transcendence..

BlackWater HolyLight was recorded by Cameron Speice at Gold Brick Studios and The Greenhouse, and with Eric Crespo at Touch Tourcher Recording in Portland. The album will be available on LP, CD and download April 6th, 2018 via RidingEasy Records. Preorders are available for LP & CD at www.ridingeasyrecs.com and digital at blackwaterholylight.bandcamp.com.



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Tal National: "Akokas" (via Us-Them Group/FatCat Records/Soundcloud)

FatCat Records will be issuing Tal National's third LP, Tantabara, on February 9th.  The album is currently available for pre-order.  



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Blakk Pearl: "Cowboy" (via Big Mouth PR/YouTube)

Via Big Mouth PR:

London born, France resident singer Blakk Pearl released her debut single 'Cowboy' at the end of last year. Sleek and commodious and driven by a subtle backbeat and a warm marimba sound, the track perfectly showcases Blakk Pearl’s haunting, mellifluent tones floating atop a lush and otherworldly dreamscape.

Blakk Pearl has now shared a video for her debut single, a video she has put together herself:
"I love 1930's era cut-out animation, and when I came across this clip of these beautiful trio of fairies trying to help a soldier, who had lost his way in the woods, I knew it was the perfect video for 'Cowboy.' It tells the story of 'Cowboy' so beautifully and delicately, and in such a feminine way".


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Holy Wave: "Adult Fear" (via Force Field PR/Brookly Vegan/Reverberation Appreciation Society/YouTube)

"Adult Fear" is the title track from the upcoming new album from Holy Wave, which is available now for pre-order in a variety of formats via The Reverberation Appreciation Society.  Adult Fear will be released 3.30.


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Six Organs of Admittance: "Things As They Are" (via Rarely Unable/Drag City/YouTube)

Taken from 2017's Burning The Threshold.



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Fun Fare: "The Smile Song" (via Späti Palace/Bandcamp)

"The Smile Song" is featured on Fun Fare's upcoming album, Trifles & Events are your Concern.  The album is available for pre-order at their Bandcamp.



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