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The Fresh & Onlys Announce UK Tour Dates and Full Stream of Album, Long Slow Dance

Following on from the success of their beautiful and woozily psychedelic fourth album, Long Slow Dance, released last September, San Francisco’s The Fresh & Onlys prepare to set off across the UK to play an array of live dates.

The Fresh & Onlys

The Fresh & Onlys

The quartet comprised of Tim Cohen, Shayde Sartin, Wymond Miles, and Kyle Gibson, got started in 2008 and look exactly like a biker gang composed of record store employees. T

he Fresh & Onlys are so comfortable with mixing and matching seemingly disparate genre elements that, as a listener, it’s easy to feel like a mouse batted about in a corner by a house cat. It is tasteful, of course, and it does this at the service of forceful songs that are frequently witty and often lovely.

You can now stream the full album, Long Slow Dance, here.

You can catch The Fresh & Onlys live on the following dates:
14 June – The Workman’s Club, DUBLIN
15 June – Broadcast, GLASGOW
16 June – Brudenell Social Club, LEEDS
17 June – The Haunt, BRIGHTON

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Moon Duo Release Remix Version of Circles

Following the success of last year’s remix 12” of their album Mazes, the hypnotic-psychedelic duo of Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada AKA Moon Duo celebrate Record Store Day 2013 with a 12” of remixes from their new album ‘Circles’. They have also announced a number of UK gigs and festival dates.

Moon Duo Circles Remixed

Circles Remixed artwork

Featuring remixes by Tom Furse (The Horrors), Life Coach (Phil Manly of Trans Am), Eric Copeland (Black Dice) and more, Circles Remixed will be available for Record Store Day on April 20 through Souterrain Transmissions.

Take a listen to the White Rainbow remix of Trails here.

You can catch Moon Duo live on the following dates:

JULY
9th Sweden, Stockholm, Fargfabriken, What We Do Is Secret Festival
10th Sweden, Goteborg, Tradgarn, What We Do Is Secret Festival
11th Norway, Oslo, Revolver
12th Sweden, Gagnef, Skankaloss Festival
13th Denmark, Copenhagen, Bakken.
14th Netherlands, Amsterdam, Paradiso
15th Netherlands, Nijmegen, De Affaire Festival:
17th UK, London, The Dome
19th France, Paris, City Sounds Festival.
21st UK Latitude festival.
24th Germany, Munich, Kranhalle @ Feierwerk.
25th Switzerland, Dudingen, Bad Bonn:
27th France, West Rock Festival

AUGUST
2nd Belgium, Liege, Micro Festival:
3rd Luxembourg Exit 07:
6th Italia, Ravenna Hanna Bi
15th France, Route Du Rock Festival
16th UK, Greenman Festival
17th UK, Manchester, Deaf Institute
18th UK, Skipton, Beacons Festival
19th UK, Newcastle, The Cluny
20th UK, Brighton, The Haunt

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Doldrums’ Stream Album Lesser Evil Now Available

Last week Doldrums release their debut album Lesser Evil through Berlin label Souterrain Transmission (Europe) & Arbutus (North America). To celebrate the release, Doldrums AKA Airick Woodhead has uploaded a full stream of the debut album as well as a remix, which is both musical and visual, of recent single She Is The Wave.

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Electronic pop act Doldrums

You can listen to Lesser Evil here.

Woodhead has also released a remix of his recent single She Is The Wave. This is one of the more eccentric tracks on the album combining juxtaposing beats with Woodhead’s vocals that jump from one extreme to the next, high and screeching to low and mysterious. Both the track and accompanying video have been remixed with BRTHR attacking the vocals and Emily Kai Block reworking the video (below).

Doldrums is now getting ready to head off on tour with Crystal Castles in North America.

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Doldrums to Release Debut Album Lesser Evil

Doldrums AKA Airick Woodhead is set to release his debut album titled Lesser Evil on February 25 through Souterrain Transmissions. Woodhead, a 23 year old from Toronto, has taken the world by storm with his eccentric take on electronic music. Having toured with the likes of Grime, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Purity Ring and having produced remixes for Grime and Portishead, Woodhead has wowed audiences with his unique and rather electric style.

Lesser Evil was produced between July 2011 and May 2012 through the cracked screen of a borrowed Macbook – the screen which was then scanned and used as the album artwork. With earlier Doldrum releases using anything from 60s girl group samples to Bollywood psychedelia to dial up modems and feedback, Lesser Evil has been woven together in a more sophisticated way with a pallet of sounds ranging from warped vocals to analogue electronic gear.

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Doldrums album artwork for Lesser Evil

Lesser Evil is the perfect mix of alternative electro pop. There are chill out tracks alongside more upbeat, party numbers. Track two, Anomaly, is a favourite. Woodhead’s vocals and the back beat are very 80s in Anomaly while also having a distinct interwoven modern feel. On the other hand, She Is The Wave is an explosion of juxtaposing beats. At first it sounds like a massive mess but is in fact one of the best tracks on the album. Woodhead’s vocals move from one extreme to the next, high and screeching to low and mysterious.

Sunrise is another fantastic number. Woodhead’s voice is in the background in this song unlike in She Is The Wave where it is at the forefront. Sunrise is a short but sweet burst of relaxing tones with a brilliant instrumental bit towards the end.

The next song, Holographic Sandcastles sees Woodhead use an instrumental made by Sami Nacomi under one of his musical pseudonyms, Brain Expansion Program. The drum beat at the start is mesmerising, you can feel it pulsing through your veins, you won’t be able to stay still. Holographic Sandcastles is a blend of genres and it works perfectly. This is the five star song on the record due to its mix of Indian, African and jazz influences. It is original and interesting, it can’t be beaten. It’s a shame that Woodhead didn’t produce all the track, he only added the vocals.

Live Forever is one of the dirtier, hardcore songs on Lesser Evil with a heavy and slightly overpowering bass and drum beat but this isn’t a bad thing. It’s grungy and in your face, it’s hard not to like it for that reason alone. In a couple of songs time, you’re back to calm with Lost In Everyone. Lost In Everyone has soft vocals and a great melody which will bring you peace after the explosion that is Live Forever.

Doldrums has this ability to put together sounds that shouldn’t work and make it into something fantastically new and unusual. Lesser Evil might give some people a huge headache but for others it will be a record you will want to listen to again and again. Each time you listen you will spot some new noise or instrument you hadn’t noticed before. There are layers and layers to each song which is why Doldrums draws in so many people. Woodhead produces crazy, non-commercial electro-pop that will leave you mesmerised at how he managed to create it.

Lesser Evil is out on February 25 through Souterrain Transmissions. Doldrums plays Corsica Studios in London on February 20 and Brighton Green Door Store on February 21. More dates to be announced soon.

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Moon Duo – Ich Werde Sehen

Moon Duo are happy to announce the German translation of their single, I Can See. Ich Werde Sehen is available now through Souterrain Transmissions and can be bought from iTunes.

Moon Duo are Sanae Yamada and Ripley Johnson. In 2012 they released the follow up to their album Mazes. Circles has been praised by the likes of BBC, NPR and Pitchfork. Circles came about after the duo spent an isolated winter in the Rocky Mountains near their home in Blue River, Colorado, in the early months of 2012. All the songs were written and preliminary tracks were recorded there. All additional tracks were recorded at Lucky Cat Recordings in San Francisco with Phil Manley.

The inspiration for producing a German translation of their single I Can See came after the band spent some time in Berlin when they recorded some of their previous album Mazes there. Circles was also mixed in Kaiku Studios in Berlin. This all lead to Moon Duo deciding to produce the new German version of I Can See titled Ich Werde Sehen.

Ich Werde Sehen is exactly the same as I Can See apart from obviously it’s sung in German. This alone instantly renews the track and gives you a chance to learn some German as well. Not bad eh?

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The Fresh & Onlys – Yes or No

Souterrain Transmissions have announced their latest signing for August 2012, The Fresh & Onlys.

Stemming from San Francisco, they have had previous releases for labels like In The Red, Woodsist, Castle Face and a whole load more but their fourth EP will be released through Souterrain Transmissions titled Long Slow Dance. It will be available from 3 September.

The Fresh & Onlys

The Fresh & Onlys promo shot

But you don’t have to wait that long, they have just released 7″ single Yes or No on 18 June. Yes or No is a love song but not your typical ballad. Sounding distinctively American, The Fresh & Onlys have a grungey pop sound all their own. The swooping vocals mixed alongside the melodic guitar and classic drum beat makes Yes or No the perfect American indie track.

Bassist Shayde Sartain explains, “It was meant to be an anthem, but I guess you could say it was more desperate—the overwhelming desire to please someone and then feeling as though you have failed and being confused by that.”

The Fresh & Onlys are Tim Cohen, Shayde Sartin, Wymond Miles, and Kyle Gibson. They formed in 2008 and look like a bunch of bikers or record store employees.

The 7″ single comes with another unreleased track, Take Back The Night. You can buy Yes or No from iTunes. The Fresh & Onlys will be touring Autumn/Winter 2012. More details will follow.

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Doldrums – Copper Girl Video

As Doldrums’ European tour and festival dates come to an end and they head off to the US to support Unknown Moral Orchestra, they release the brand new video for the final EP track, Copper Girl.

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Doldrums single artwork

Copper Girl is the darker side to the 3-track EP. It’s a track that introduces a more melancholic and unnerving side to them which is equally shown in the video directed by American artist Alessandra Hoshor.

Doldrums’ music is about dealing with the loss of the individual, the peeling back of surface emotions to expose an attitude both utterly bleak and mesmerizing. The Egypt EP showcases this perfectly.

In 2011, Portishead heard Doldrums’ cover of their song Chase the Tear and placed it as the b-side to their single. Not only this but Doldrums’ also received the attention of cult London indie record label No Pain In Pop when new tracks fell into its hands. These were quickly confirmed for release as Empire Sound, Doldrums’ debut EP.

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