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Timber Timbre Reveals New Track, Curtains!?

Timber Timbre’s new song, Curtains!?, is now available for streaming. The track has been taken from Timber Timbre’s new album, Hot Dreams which is out March 31 via Full Time Hobby.

Frontman, Taylor Kirk explains: “Curtains!? is nearest to a rock song that the band have ever recorded up to date. When we were creating the bed tracks, I was thinking we were doing something in the world of German kraut rock band Can but Graham Lessard, our sound engineer, made the reference to Lalo Schifrin’s soundtrack for Dirty Harry. Simone Schmidt of Fiver composed the lyrics about a man’s fallen career and his double life exposed.’

Hot Dreams is the follow-up to 2012’s Polaris Music Prize short-listed Creep On Creepin’ On which was hailed for its “…black humour and spectral beauty” (The Guardian) and “possessed…a style all its own” (Pitchfork). The ten songs of Hot Dreams daub vibrant colour and new viscous tonality over Timber Timbre’s earthy, angular palette. The first vinyl pressing will be housed in a limited edition metallic jacket.

The band will perform at two different showcases this week at SXSW before embarking upon an extensive European tour in April.

You can catch Timber Timbre live on the following dates:

April 3 – Brussels, Botanique: http://bit.ly/1fnfrGq
April 4 – Paris, La Fleche d’Or w/Smoke Fairies: http://bit.ly/1c4OdKj
April 5 – Amsterdam, People’s Palace: http://bit.ly/1efP4Xu
April 7 – Zurich, Rote Fabrik (Aktionshalle): http://bit.ly/1bJ9Yik
April 8 – Munich, Hansa 39: http://bit.ly/1kaimqI
April 9 – Berlin, Lido: http://bit.ly/1fngl5G
April 10 – Hamburg, Uebel & Gefahrlich: http://bit.ly/1mwb2r8
April 12 – Stockholm, Debaser Strand : Free Show
April 13 – Copenhagen, Vega: http://bit.ly/1k7ghz5
April 15 – Nijmegen, Doornroosje: http://bit.ly/1bJaqNy
April 16 – London, Scala: bit.ly/1mhiiqM
April 17 – Manchester, Roadhouse: bit.ly/1gQGxdN

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Toydrum Provide Soundtrack To New Vivienne Westwood Short Film, Red Shoes

Inspired by Vivienne Westwood’s Climate Revolution, in association with Environmental Justice Foundation, her new short film, Red Shoes, is a journey through a dark, enchanted space where decay and opulence sit side by side.

The dance of death must end. Trapped in its hostile environment an animal will die. It will try to leave. It will leave but there is nowhere to go. In Red Shoes, Lily dances, trapped in a macabre and beautiful nightmare, swept up in a fight against pain, suffering, greed and lies.

Red Shoes is a dance for truth, for freedom and for life. The film wants its audience to realise that we must stop climate change to avoid our total catastrophe.

The film premiered on Dazed + Confused earlier this week.

The music was created by Pablo Clements and James Griffith (now known as Toydrum, formerly part of the creative team behind Unkle) and Chris Allen featuring cellist Abi Wade and it is music that suits the dark, enchanting footage perfectly. The string compositions cascade, the drums add drama and tension while the absence of other heavy instrumentation creates a deeply hypnotic and magical tone. The film was directed by Lorna Tucker for Vivienne Westwood on behalf of the Environmental Justice Foundation Track: Music Box.

Climate Revolution working with Environmental Justice Foundation asks you to help Climate Refugees by filling out a free online postcard which will be delivered directly to the UN.

Vivienne wrote: “Anyone who gets home late from work and finds she’s forgotten the key. What a disaster! My home is my refuge.”

Lily wrote: “Planet earth is our home. Yet climate change now makes someone homeless every second.”

 

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Timber Timbre Announce News Of New Album, Hot Dreams

Timber Timbre and Full Time Hobby announce the 31 March 2014 release of Hot Dreams, the follow-up to the multi-JUNO Award nominated and Polaris Music Prize shortlisted album, Creep On Creepin’ On. The Scott Cudmore directed album trailer suggests Taylor Kirk’s most vividly cinematic music to date, adding arid western and viscous tonality to Timber Timbre’s signature haunted folk.

Hot Dreams coalesced throughout 2013 with long-time collaborator Simon Trottier stepping forward to join Kirk as co-composer/co-producer on this album. Culled from ideas born during a stint Kirk spent in Laurel Canyon, he and Trottier arranged the new songs at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, later adding from the array of synthesisers at Calgary’s National Music Centre.

Engineered by Graham Lessard at the Banff Centre and Thee Mighty Hotel 2 Tango in Montreal and mixed by Mark Lawson, Timber Timbre’s third studio album for Full Time Hobby sees the return of collaborator Mika Posen on all string arrangements with vintage contributions from Olivier Fairfield on drums and Mathieu Charbonneau on keys. Returning guest Colin Stetson lends atypically velvet saxophone while the backing vocals of Romy Lightman (Tasseomancy, Austra) and words by Simone Schmidt (Fiver, One Hundred Dollars) round out the guest appearances on Hot Dreams.

For the Hot Dreams album trailer Timber Timbre once again turned to Scott Cudmore, director of the band’s videos for Demon Host and We’ll Find Out from Timber Timbre (2009).

Timber Timbre has released four critically acclaimed records since 2005, seen its music appear in Breaking Bad, on The Walking Dead Original Soundtrack and as the score to Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang by Palme d’Or winning French director, Laurent Cantet. Timber Timbre has toured with the likes of Feist, Laura Marling, Lykke Li and Jonsi. The live four-piece heads back to Europe this week for appearances in Spain and Switzerland as well as a very special show at The Winter Camp Festival in Paris tonight at Le Trabendo.

You can catch Timber Timbre live on the following dates:
December 12 – Paris, France – Winter Camp Festival w/ Samantha Crain (FTH), Trust and The Darcys
December 14 – Geneva, Switzerland – La Graviere
December 15 – Bern, Switzerland – Dachstock-Reitschule
December 17 – Madrid, Spain – Charada
December 18 – Sevilla, Spain – Malandar

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Introducing…Samantha Crain

Full Time Hobby has recently announced the signing of US singer/songwriter Samantha Crain. Samantha Crain has been compared to Beth Orton and Suzanne Vega with her songs oozing variety and confidence.

Rolling Stone named Samantha Crain as an Artist to Watch in May 2013, saying she, ‘embraces both joy and anguish’. Crain plays with a revolving cast of musicians including fiddle player Daniel Foulks. She released her debut EP, The Confiscation, in 2007 and has released three albums since.

Samantha Crain

Singer/songwriter Samantha Crain

Crain’s new album, Kid Face, will be released in the UK on January 13 2014.  A wildly original album that stands out as a definitive statement from an uncommonly insightful and fearlessly honest young singer songwriter. Produced by John Vanderslice, (The Mountain Goats & Spoon) – Crain has delivered an instantly accessible gem enabling her to explore the full range of her achingly vulnerable voice with lyric and song.

The album’s title is a nickname she closely identifies with as she is regularly mistaken for a 16 year old and treated accordingly. Crain explains: “It gives me a great insight into people’s character and plenty of material as a songwriter”.

The UK release of Kid Face will include a bonus EP and to celebrate the news of her signing with Full Time Hobby, For The Miner which has been taken from the album is available to download and stream here:  www.samanthacrain.com

Although initially inspired by the sounds of her father’s record collection including Bob Dylan and Neil Young, an adolescent Crain took even greater solace in the music of her home state from the Americana of Woody Guthrie to the sonic experiments of the Flaming Lips.

Crain has been building a following in the US and beyond over the last couple of years including Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit who took her out on tour last year and have been long time supporters of her music. First Aid Kit have commented: “We first met Samantha Crain in 2010 when she was the supporting act on our first US tour. For us, she is a role model and an inspiration. She is an amazing songwriter and a powerful live artist, full of energy and a great sense of humour. And what a voice.”

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By Kate Dexter

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Swearin’ Announce European Tour Dates

Swearin’ recently signed to Wichita Recordings. The band first grabbed the labels attention with their much acclaimed self-titled debut LP which was released on Salinas Records in the US. Swearin’s self-titled album will get its first official release in Europe on 21 October and will be followed by a brand new album later this year.

Swearin'

Swearin’

The band is fronted by Allison Crutchfield, twin sister of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield (they previously played together in P.S. Eliot) and also features Waxahatchee’s drummer Keith Spencer on bass along with Keith Gilbride (guitar) and Jeff Bolt (drums). You can listen to album track Kenosha here.

Swearin’ have also announced their first European tour dates supporting Waxahatchee in October. These dates follow a run of shows in the US in September supporting Kathleen Hanna’s new band, The Julie Ruin.

October
8 – Stengade, Copenhagen (Tickets: smashbangpow.dk)
9 – Privatclub, Berlin  (Tickets:  www.privatclub-berlin.de)
10 – Molotow, Hamburg (Tickets: http://tinyurl.com/p892n8t)
11 – Manufaktur, Schorndorf (Stuttgart) (Tickets: www.club-manufaktur.de)
12 – Rote Fabrik, Zurich   (Tickets: http://www.starticket.ch/0ShowInfo.asp?ShowID=66445&ShowDetails=1)
16 – La Peniche, Lille  (Tickets: www.lapeniche-lille.com)
17 – Point Ephemere, Paris  (Tickets: www.pointephemere.org )
18 – Nijrop, Opwijk  (Tickets: www.nijdrop.be)
19 – Gathering Festival, Oxford  (Tickets: http://gatheringfestival.tumblr.com)
20 – SWN Festival, Cardiff  (Tickets: http://swnfest.com/tickets/)
22 – Scala, London  (Tickets: http://www.seetickets.com/event/waxahatchee/scala/718269 )
23 – Heartattack & Vine, Newcastle (Tickets: http://www.ents24.com/newcastle-events/heartattack-and-vine)
24 – Broadcast, Glasgow  (Tickets: http://www.pclpresents.com )
25 – Sound Control, Manchester  (Tickets: http://www.nowwave.co.uk)
26 – Workman’s Club, Dublin  (Tickets: http://www.tickets.ie/event.aspx/waxahatchee-the-workmans-club-26-October-2013/29QZ7)
28 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds  (Tickets: http://www.seetickets.com/Event/WAXAHATCHEE/Brudenell-Social-Club/723987 )
29 – Green Door Store, Brighton  (Tickets: http://www.seetickets.com/event/waxahatchee/the-green-door-store/724102)
30 – Winston Kingdown, Amsterdam  (Tickets: http://www.winston.nl)
31 – Kuudes Linja, Helsinki  (Tickets: http://www.tiketti.fi )

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