“In an age where white male singer/songwriter types are five to a dime, Yellen is a true rarity: a singer with both an astounding voice and a unique style… This album takes on the more fleshed out arrangements of its predecessor and blows them up to proportions no one could have seen coming.”
“the perfect, airy mixture of Fleet Foxes and Beach House… Yellen’s transition toward the electronic side of things will yield the same gorgeous results as his Americana past.”
After streaming in full over the past week via NPR Music First Listen, Night Beds’ triumphant new album, Ivywild, is finally out today on Dead Oceans. Drawing on Winston Yellen’s original love of Bill Evans through to J Dilla, Ivywild is a truly collaborative effort with a makeshift team of 25 musicians, notably Abe Yellen, Winston’s younger brother and closest friend.
To celebrate the release of Ivywild, the brothers Yellen are sharing the Strangers In Paradise Mixtape, a collection of Abe’s beats, a few Ivywild b-sides and an assortment of tracks that were in heavy rotation in the studio during the making of the album.
Stream the Strangers In Paradise Mixtape above and catch Night Beds performing songs from Ivywild at the Bardot in Los Angeles next Monday, August 10th for School Night!.
“This isn’t Yellen’s first time going electro…but it’s the first time he’s done it alone, and it’s surprising how effective this approach is for him.”
– The FADER
“‘Tide Teeth’ has a real Drake, Weeknd vibe…It feels like warm bed on a snowy evening.”
– Vulture (“10 Best New Songs of the Week”)
Night Beds, the musical project of 26-year old Winston Yellen, is excited to unveil the highly anticipated sophomore album, Ivywild, out August 7th on Dead Oceans. The follow up to the much acclaimed 2013 debut, Country Sleep, Ivywild is a mesmerizing collection of melancholic, neon-tinged R&B.
The second Night Beds album draws on Yellen’s original love of Bill Evans through to J Dilla and is made up of what Yellen calls “sad sex jams.” It was inspired by a long-term love and a break-up which looms large throughout the album’s veiled lyrics (See previously released track “Me Liquor and God”). Its genesis can be found in the stoned night in Nashville when Yellen first heard Yeezus.
Ivywild is a truly collaborative effort with a makeshift team of 25 musicians, notably Abe Yellen, younger brother and closest friend. Additional vocals come from Heather Hibbard, a singer from Maine who features on over half of the album, and was contacted by the gregarious Yellen through YouTube, after he found a video of her covering one of his songs. Setting himself up as curator as well as creator, the record shows off Yellen’s natural flair for plucking people out of obscurity and bringing their talents to the table.
To coincide with the announcement of Ivywild, Night Beds is sharing a beautiful, new Dan Huiting-directed video for “Tide Teeth” today. Watch above or on Night Beds YouTube page. Album art and track listing after the jump.
Things have been quiet on the Night Beds front for a while, but today that changes. Via The FADER exclusive premiere this morning, Night Beds shared a brand new single entitled “Me, Liquor & God” which shows a slightly new sonic direction for Winston Yellen that still showcases his beautiful voice. Hear the new sound above or here on Night Beds‘ website. While you are at it you can download the single from iTunes now.
Night Beds hit the US roads again, this time with Lord Huron, starting next Wednesday in Portland at Wonder Ballroom. To celebrate the start of a new tour we are pleased to share a new single from the band, “Head For The Hills”. Premiering today at Pitchfork, you can also hear the new track above or here on Soundcloud / YouTube.
Click read more to see upcoming tour dates and a link to buy the single.
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