Monthly Archives: June 2014

Introducing…Immigrant Union

Immigrant Union have recently announced the first single and video from their second full-length, Anyway. The video for the new single, I Can’t Return, was directed by Mike Bruce (Noel Gallagher, Black Mountain, Paul McCartney) and stars Omar Doom (Inglorious Bastards) and Carolyn Stotesbery (Love and Mercy).

Featuring a psychedelic folk sound that front man Brent DeBoer describes as: “Spiritualised being baptised in a warm bath of Creedence Clearwater,” Melbourne’s Immigrant Union hit the national spotlight in 2011 with their acclaimed rendition of Rose Tattoo’s, Bad Boy For Love, on Adam Hills Tonight on ABC TV. The performance occurred just before the band travelled to Portland, Oregon to record their self-titled full-length debut album with producer Gregg Williams (Sheryl Crow, The Dandy Warhols, Blitzen Trapper).

Forged through a chance drunken meeting between DeBoer and Harrow, their shared love of music led to a trip to the country and an all night jam, solidifying a friendship that would form the basis of Immigrant Union. Immigrant Union have already put out a self-titled debut album and will follow it with Anyway later in 2014. Part psychedelic folk, part traditional country rock, Immigrant Union have been building their name through stellar live performances at some of the country’s most iconic venues and boutique festivals.

Director Mike Bruce was eager to work on the video for I Can’t Return. According to Bruce, when DeBoer approached him to make the video, he jumped at the opportunity: “I’m always excited to work with such talented people as Mr. DeBoer. When I heard I Can’t Return, I knew I had to deliver a video worthy of the song.” He and DeBoer thought of several scenarios that represent points of no return but eventually settled on the dark premise seen in I Can’t Return. The video tells the tale of a man who discovers his girlfriend is cheating on him when he accidentally finds incriminating pictures on her phone. His response is to take her on a small plane, fly her to a proper cruising altitude and then jump out of the plane – a suicidal leap that leaves his girlfriend at the helm, powerless and paralysed by fear. Bruce explains the thinking behind the final scene: “It’s really just a morbid fantasy we sometimes have when we’re in a bad situation that there seems to be no escape from. This guy decides, fuck it – if I jump out of this plane, there’s no way I can go back.”

According to Bruce, picking Omar Doom for the role of the emotional ninja was a no-brainer: “Like DeBoer, Omar is a friend and just one of those guys that has this effortless “cool” about him. He also did everything I asked of him which was a lot and I have a lot of respect for actors who are willing to do whatever it takes to get what is needed. I literally put him through the ropes and he never complained.” Doom explains why he was eager to star in the I Can’t Return video: “After years of being a devoted fan of The Dandy Warhols, I was thrilled when I was approached to act in a music video for Brent DeBoer’s side project, Immigrant Union.”

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Ark Life Release New Video For Single, Proud Of Me Out There Mama

From 2007 to 2012, songwriter Jesse Elliott led rock ‘n’ roll band These United States through five studio albums and nearly 1,000 live performances in the U.S., Canada and Europe, appearing everywhere from Glastonbury to SXSW, Daytrotter to Lollapalooza and garnering praise from NPR, The New York Times, SPIN, KEXP and others. In early 2013, Elliott was stopping over for a month in Denver on his way to a new life in New York but as the members of Ark Life met each other, journeyed into the mountains and started playing music together, it became clear he’d have to stick around a little longer.

The three-part harmonies of pianist Lindsay Giles, bassist Anna Morsett (also of TUS) and guitarist Natalie Tate blended too perfectly with veteran Denver drummer Ben Desoto (Nathaniel Rateliff, The Czars) and Ark Life was on the road to creating their debut album, The Dream of You & Me. The album will be out August 19 2014 on Denver label Greater Than Collective and was produced by Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats. Following the premiere of the melodic single, Let Your Heart Break, on Paste Magazine, the band has released a video for Proud of Me Out There, Mama filmed while on a previous cross-country tour. The free-spirited and sentimental track, according to Elliott, is about family members and friends who are proud of you “…no matter your own trashed or triumphnt reality so you might as well wander the way you want.”

The Dream of You & Me is a mile high ocean of uplift, equal parts mischief and heartthrob, that pulls as much from contemporaries like Heartless Bastards, Elvis Perkins and Sallie Ford as from the band’s enduring loves for CCR, Motown, Tom Petty and the classic campfire singalong. Fifteen months and 150 shows in, the garage-soul upstarts have toured coast to coast, sharing stages with Of Montreal, Gregory Alan Isakov, PHOX, The Moondoggies, The Head & the Heart, Mount Moriah, Ryan Bingham, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Ha Ha Tonka and more. Ark Life has just announced summer tour dates including festival sets at Green Box Arts Festival & Joshua Tree Music Festival as well as a run of dates with Portland’s Quiet Life.

You can catch Ark Life live on the following dates:
June 27 — Avon, CO — Beaver Creek Music Experience
June 28 — Crestone, CO — The Cloud Station
July 1 — Denver, CO — Levitt Pavilion (Ruby Hill Park)
July 2 — Everywhere, EV — LIVE FROM LEON Webcast
July 4 — Green Mountain Falls, CO — Green Box Arts Festival
July 24-27 — Denver, CO — The UMS
Aug 7 — Boise, ID — The Crux
Aug 8 — Hood River, OR — Cebu
Aug 12 — Seattle, WA — Tractor Tavern**
Aug 13 — Portland, OR — Doug Fir Lounge**
Aug 15 — Oakland, CA — We Are Scandinavia**
Aug 17 — Ventura, CA — Iron & Resin**
Aug 19 — Everywhere, EV – The Dream of You & Me release
Aug 19 — Las Vegas, NV — Downtown Container Park
Aug 20 — Flagstaff, AZ — Firecreek
Aug 21 — El Prado, NM — Taos Mesa Brewing
Aug 22 — Colorado Springs, CO — Ivywild**
Sept 13 — San Diego, CA — San Diego Music Thing
Oct 10-12 — Joshua Tree, CA — Joshua Tree Music Festival

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Introducing…Lupa

Introducing Lupa, a 16-year-old indie electronica singer-songwriter from Sydney otherwise known as Imogen Jones.

Lupa

Lupa

A classically trained musician, Lupa comes to the indie scene with a fresh take on electronic production. Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of artists, from Grimes to Laura Marling and Radiohead, she integrates her skills as a violinist with synthesised instrumentation and delicate vocal layering to create a unique, alluring sound.

Proving herself an intuitively gifted songwriter and musician Lupa writes, records and produces each of her tracks entirely independently, delivering beautifully textured electronic pop that has a lyrical maturity far beyond her years. Her debut single Statues is a direct, poetic and musically sophisticated window into the heart of today’s teenage girl; an unsettling and unforgettable listen.

Statues is out now available online and through iTunes with an undoubtedly impressive EP set to follow in the coming months.

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Willy Mason Collaborates With Peggy Sue On Longest Day Of The Year Blues

As a special solstice treat, Peggy Sue are very happy to be giving away an alternate take on a favourite song, Longest Day of the Year Blues, from their most recent album featuring their friend Willy Mason.

The Choir of Echoes LP is out now via Wichita Recordings and the band are set to play a string of festival shows later this year.

Peggy Sue had always thought that a US drawl would be perfect for this tale of untimely lost love and Mr Mason delivers the sad story perfectly over a newly recorded, reverb-soaked, drum-less version of the song. And of course Katy and Rosa added their gorgeous harmonies to perfect this extra-melancholy take on the song.

In the words of the band: “We met Willy Mason dressed in formal wear, surrounded by fake plants at Laura Marling’s Secret Cinema album launch last summer where we were both secret guests. When we decided to do an alternative version of Longest Day of the Year Blues inspired by the country ballads of Lee Hazelwood we knew he was the man for the job. We sent him a slow guitar and voices track to sing to via the miracle of the internet and he sent us back the accapella vocal which we’ve been listening with a mix of pride and awe ever since. Now reunited with the backing track we are massively excited to present this special day-before-summer-solstice free download: Willy Mason sings Longest Day of the Year Blues.”

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The Range Of Light Wilderness Reveal Album Stream

The Range of Light Wilderness makes you think that the old old beach blanket in your trunk might actually be a magic carpet. Roll it out and go for a sandy ride in the sky. There’s plenty of magic to spare in the world created on the outfit’s beguiling debut full-length. Refracting the full crystalline spectrum of psychedelic pop, The Range Of Light Wilderness delivers tunes that are profound and danceable, hushed and arresting, fresh and timeless.

These analogue recordings were painstakingly constructed over the course of several years by principal songwriter Thomas Frank McDonald (guitar, synths and lead vocals) at home in Big Sur, California – where he lives on a high ridge top, in the centre of the sunset. The three-piece is rounded out with contributions from Jessi Campbell (drums and vocals) and Nick Aives (bass and vocals). Varying from the most shimmery, hi-fi numbers to transcendently warbly, one-mic tape sessions, the collection of songs on The Range Light Of Wilderness transmits sun-drenched richness.

Written and recorded on the vibrant coast of Big Sur, there are moments when you may feel transported to its expansive, sparkling ocean-scape and rolling, dry grassy hills – but these are songs as much for a party on a rooftop as they are for a party on a mountaintop. As the band name implies, The Range of Light Wilderness creates a bright vibration, crafting songs as welcome as the sunlight that surrounds us wherever we roam.

Once again Gnome Life sets out to present the finest musical artifact: The Range of Light Wilderness LP boasts 140-gram, clear vinyl, full-colour, high quality, matte jackets and original sleeve artwork by Kyle Field (of Little Wings). The first pressing of 500 LP’s is hand numbered.

The Range Of Light Wilderness’ new album is out now.

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