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Cold War Kids Release New Album,

Cold War Kids are set to release their fifth studio album Hold My Home on the 27 October through Sony RED/Downtown Records.

The album, which was produced by guitarist Dan Gallucci and recorded at the band’s studio in San Pedro, CA, is an 11-song dispatch that further cements Cold War Kids’ status as a truly excellent American rock band.

Fans who pre-order Hold My Home through iTunes from 8 September will receive an automatic download of the album’s lead single, All This Could Be Yours as well as second album track, First.

First made it’s online debut with Shortlist Magazine naming it “…a bold, strident anthem which bodes incredibly well for the rest of the record.”

When asked for a quote to summarise Hold My Home, Nathan Willett quickly shot back his lyrics to the album’s title track. “You’ve moved every year or two since you were 18. Home is no longer an actual place you return to. It’s ephemeral; it’s where you go in your memory to recall friends, your identity, your version of family. You can’t touch or hold on to it but you can feel home anywhere. But where are your roots now? Sometimes I wish that I could stop time and hold my home where the seasons never change.”

Cold War Kids recently shared the album’s explosive lead single, All This Could Be Yours, with NME commending it for it’s “…all bluesy piano, ringing guitar and bovver-boy beats.”

European dates are set to be announced soon. Check out www.coldwarkids.com for more information.

Cold War Kids is Nathan Willett, Matt Maust, Dann Gallucci, Joe Plummer and Matthew Schwartz. Formed in 2004, the band’s breakthrough debut Robbers & Cowards was released to considerable acclaim in 2006. The darker Loyalty To Loyalty followed two years later while 2011’s Mine Is Yours introduced deeper anthemic qualities to the eclectic group’s catalogue. 2013’s Dear Miss Lonelyhearts, featuring the hit single Miracle Mile, was a return to their raw live sound. Cold War Kids have sold over 500,000 albums, over one million singles and have more than 50 million streams to date.

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Son Lux Releases Video For Lost It To Trying (Mouths Only Lying)

Son Lux unveiled the new video for Lost It To Trying (Mouths Only Lying) taken from the recent Alternate Worlds EP, which is out now via Joyful Noise Recordings. Son Lux is set to play a series of EU tour dates later this year.

Director Imogen Murphy noted that: “…the lush musical production and beautifully layered melody merited an intense narrative. The song is full of melancholy emotion so the treatment had to go deep and dark. The film shows a couple in a disintegrating relationship, unable to move on because of the weight of mutual negativity they carry.”

The tour follows the May 27 release of the Alternate Worlds EP, which featured reimagined versions of the tracks from Lanterns. In addition to Build A Pyre (Begin Again), Alternate Worlds features a collaboration with Lorde on Easy (Switch Screens) which came to be after the New Zealand breakout star began covering the original version live.

Released to much praise late last year, Lanterns sees Son Lux (aka Ryan Lott) at the helm of an impressive ensemble of instrumentalists and singers including Chris Thile (The Punch Brothers), Peter Silberman (The Antlers), DM Stith, Lily & Madeleine, Darren King (Mutemath), Ieva Berberian (Gem Club) and yMusic (Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver). Meditative but heaving with energy, Lanterns finds a peculiar congruency between futuristic soul and ancient sentiment. Driving orchestral pop (Lost It To Trying, No Crimes) is placed alongside creepy minimalism (Pyre, Enough Of Our Machines), often starkly juxtaposing densely layered arrangements with Lott’s intimate voice.

Beyond releasing Alternate Worlds and worldwide touring, Son Lux released an album with Sisyphus, his collaborative project with Sufjan Stevens and rapper Serengeti, whose self-titled debut was released on March 18 via Joyful Noise/Asthmatic Kitty. Additionally, Lott is a featured songwriter, producer and performer on Troubled World off WinterSpringSummerFall, the new mixtape from Beyonce producer, BOOTS.

Son Lux also recently scored the upcoming film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, due out this September. Lott, equal parts producer and composer, has been delving into further collaborations as Son Lux, with more details to be unveiled in the coming months.

Son Lux tour dates:

September
23 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
24 – Decibel Festival @ The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
October
29 – Soy Festival (Stereolux) – Nantes, FR
30 – Rockomotives Festival (Le Minotaure) – Vendome, FR
31 – Pitchfork Festival (Grande Halle de la Villette) – Paris, FR
November
1 – B Sides Festival – Lucerne, CH
2 – Beautés Soniques Festival – Namur, BE
4 – Meet Factory – Prague, CZ
5 – Pod Minoga Club – Poznan, PL
6 – Basen – Warsaw, PL
8 – Iceland Airwaves – Reykjavik, IS
22 – Le Guess Who Festival – Utrecht, NL
23 – Nochtspeicher – Hamburg, DE
24 – Schwutz – Berlin, DE
25 – Gebäude 9 – Cologne, DE
26 – Ground Zero Festival (Le Grand Mix) – Lille, FR
27 – La Cartonnerie – Reims, FR
28 – Le Consortium – Dijon, FR
29 – PULS Festival, Munich, DE
December
1 – Arena – Vienna, AT
2 – Miela Theatre – Trieste, IT
3 – Circolo Degli Artisti – Rome, IT
4 – Winter Plissken Festival (Gazi Music Hall) –Athens, GR
5 – Winter Plissken Festival (Block 33) – Thessaloniki, GR

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Amen Dunes Releases Video for Single, Splits Are Parted

Having toured extensively since releasing his album Love earlier this year via Sacred Bones, Amen Dunes shares the new video for album standout track, Splits Are Parted.

Amen Dunes is set to embark on a run of EU tour dates this autumn which includes a show at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia on September 26.

In the words of Amen Dunes himself, aka, Damon McMahon Splits Are Parted is: “…a song about always leaving and always looking back”.

Director Jesse Hlebo then went on to quote Jean Luc Nancy commenting on the thoughts behind the video when he said: “There is no other meaning than the meaning of circulation. But this circulation goes in all directions at once…”

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Sinkane Releases New Video For Single, How We Be

Having received an outstanding reaction from the UK press for his new album Mean Love over the last few weeks, Sinkane is continuing the celebration. He recently revealed his first official video from the record and confirmed more live dates for November.

Directed by Nick Bentgen, How We Be is a gorgeous ode to New York and a love letter to summer as it explores various neighbourhoods through dance. It’s a beautiful visual representation of his fluid, worldly sound as it mixes step, ballet, break-dancing and more. Buzzfeed introduced it saying: “Ahmed Gallab is known for blending African beats, funk and soul into joyously kinetic concoctions. His new video for effervescent single How We Be celebrates those moments when everything is going your way, the sun is shining and you just want to move.”

The solo project of Ahmed Gallab, Sinkane exclaims: “It was great working with Nick on this video. I think he captured the feel-good spirit of the song.”

The director further notes: “I love Sinkane’s music because it’s vividly original. How We Be is especially that and I wanted to express the joy of listening to that song for the first time. Ahmed and I talked about making a dance portrait that plays around with time – moving backwards, forwards, at high speed, in slow motion. We wanted to fill the video with all kinds of movement.

“We collaborated with a high school step team, two Parkour fanatics and a Jooker from Memphis who just moved to New York that same week. We filmed dancers from New York City Ballet, B-boys from Boston and we even got Ahmed to perform in the video. Sinkane’s new album is so expressive and expansive, it’s near impossible for me to categorise or put into words why I like it. It’s just easier to dance to.”

After his current European tour, Sinkane continues intensive across the US before returning to Europe in November. He will be playing shows across the UK (to be announced), leading into a show at London’s Oslo on December 1.

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Chad VanGaalen Releases The Video For Single, Monster

After his performance at End of the Road Festival last weekend and headline show at London’s Oslo this coming Monday, you can now watch Chad VanGaalen’s animated directorial creation for Monster, the official video from Shrink Dust, his critically acclaimed fifth album.

The video is a suitably psychedelic affair featuring, of course, all sorts of monsters.

Chad VanGaalen’s previously announced European tour in support of Shrink Dust, kicked off this Sunday August 31 in North Dorset, UK at End of the Road Festival and ends on September 15 in Tilburg, NL at Incubate.

Shrink Dust has earned Chad VanGaalen some of the best reviews of his career with praise from the likes of Magnet, Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, BLURT, FILTER, NME, Loud & Quiet, Exclaim, Relix, NOW, Music OMH and more. At radio, Shrink Dust spent three weeks in top 10 on the CMJ albums chart.

Recently,  Chad VanGaalen visited KEXP for a wonderful & hilarious performance in support of Shrink Dust. You can also listen to Chad VanGaalen: A Beginners Guide, a collection of his songs from over the years, thoughtfully prepared by the employees of Sub Pop, label mates and friends.

Chad VanGaalen’s Shrink Dust is now available on CD/LP /DL in the U.S. and Europe via Sub Pop. The album is also available in Canada via Flemish Eye. Shrink Dust, featuring the songs Where Are You? and Monster was produced by VanGaalen at his Yoko Eno home studio in Calgary, Alberta.

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Love Inks Reveal New Track, Regular Lovers, Prior To Release Of New Album, Exi

With just a couple of weeks until Love Inks release their third album Exi, the Austin trio reveal sleek album standout track Regular Lovers. The band has also just announced a string of EU dates later this year including a show at The Shacklewell Arms in London on December 2.

Regular Lovers sees Love Inks at one of their most stripped back to date; it’s a powerfully sincere work that holds a whole load of emotion as Sherry LeBlanc’s silky vocals echo, ‘We’re regular lovers and it feels good’. In the words of Sherry herself: “It’s a dark, predatory love song hidden under seemingly blasé lyrics.”

Love Inks are a minimalist group making music that harkens back to early 80’s UK (Marine Girls, Young Marble Giants) and David Lynch’s Roadhouse. The group’s sleek, needle-precise sound comes distinctly from Austin, Texas.

The trio use a combination of delicate guitar sounds, played quietly as if from a 12-foot deep well, alongside a bass, creating both tension and melodic release, in conjunction with an electronic drum machine. The triangle is only completed by Sherry LeBlanc’s voice which leads the listener through every song whether it be mellow or dark. These three elements come together in synchronised dignity to make Love Inks.

The band’s use of silence and approach to instrumentation makes their music direct and sincere harking a real testament to that little old saying, that sometimes less really is more.

Love Inks new album, Exi, is set for release on September 8 2014.

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Sinkane Releases New Track, New Name, Prior To Release Of His New Album, Mean Love

With the release of his inspired and eclectic new album Mean Love being tomorrow, Sinkane reveals another new cut and confirms new London shows, including a Rough Trade East instore on Sept 1 and a second London headline show.

In addition to the free album launch show at The Shacklewell Arms on Sept 12, Sinkane will play at London’s Oslo on Dec 1 with a full UK tour soon to be added.

You can listen to the latest cut, New Name here.

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Sinkane

Melodically beat-driven and meditatively lyrical, Sinkane’s Mean Love rolls like an emotional, existential history of the artist. Ahmed Gallab has created an altogether unique compound of sound, stylistically nostalgic and ultramodern at the same time.

From Gallab’s childhood in Sudan there is a Pan-African influence of popular Sudanese music and haqibah as well as distinct horn and synth arrangements more common to East Africa. This background merges with the lessons learned from Ahmed‘s stints with obsessive craftsmen such as Caribou, Yeasayer and Of Montreal and especially the monumental task he underwent as musical director of ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor.

Gallab excavated and arranged a treasure trove of lost classics from the West African synth-pioneer to put together a now legendary series of performances. Alongside his band-mates in Sinkane (jaytram on drums, Ish Montgomery on bass, Jonny Lam on guitar), he also brought on guests Damon Albarn, David Byrne, The Lijadu Sisters, Money Mark and members of Hot Chip, LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture and Blood Orange.

The experiences from this on-going endeavour contribute to the collective feel of the record and attest to his uncanny ability to embrace and assemble a huge history as pure and generous modern-musical expressions. Employing the architecture of pop and a forward-thinking approach to its classic instrumentation, the vibes of Sinkane’s deep-groove past remain intact, in full force.

There are doses of West African funk slow-burners, a noir blaxploitation cool and a more afro-centric Curtis Mayfield is present, specifically in album standout Hold Tight. A surprising country soul rising is detectable in the title track Mean Love and also in the hauntingly beautiful slide guitar work of Galley Boys a la such soul heavyweights as James Carr and Solomun Burke.

Mean Love will be released September 1 internationally on City Slang (and on DFA Records in North America).

Look for Sinkane on tour this fall as the band embarks on a run of dates in the EU in September and a nationwide tour of the US in October.

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