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WATCH // New Artist Kevin Morby Premiers Video For “Parade”

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We’re ecstatic to welcome Kevin Morby to Dead Oceans. From the moment we first heard his 2013 debut, Harlem River, we’ve held the deep belief that Kevin was doing something special. Frankly, we couldn’t be more excited to work with such a world class songwriter. Both Harlem River and it’s 2014 follow up, Still Life, have graced more than a few of our Best-of-the-Year lists and clocked in hours on our turntables. We’re thrilled that Kevin is currently working on his Dead Oceans debut, due in 2016. If you haven’t heard either of his albums on the always-great Woodsist label, let us know. They’re must listens!

Today you can explore NYC alongside Kevin in his new video for “Parade”. The video, directed by Elise Tyler, adds a cheerful coda to the lifestyle change (spurred by a cross-country move) Morby explored on Still Life. Tyler on the video,

‘Parade’ is a tribute to New York City – one of the many love songs artists have written for this pulsating place. The process was a complete collaboration with Kevin – he wanted to document the people and places that make up his New York. I wanted to feature the quieter places and moments that can get lost in the noise of the city, which also reflects Kevin’s nature as an artist and individual.”

Check out his tour dates below, and be sure to keep an eye out for the big things he’s cooking up.

Kevin Morby Online:
twitter.com/kevinmorby
instagram.com/kevin__morby
kevinmorby.com

KEVIN MORBY TOUR DATES
[all dates + tix links: deadoceans.com/tour]
Thurs. May 28 – Nantes, FR @ Indigènes Festival
Fri. May 29 – Nimes, FR @ This Is Not A Love Song
Sat. May 30 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound Festival
Sun. May 31 – Marseille, FR @ Le Grim
Tues. June 2 – Ravenna, IT @ Beaches Brew
Wed. June 3 – Grenoble, FR @ Le Ciel &
Thurs. June 4 – Limoges, FR @ Le Phare &
Sat. June 6 – Porto, PT @ Primavera Sound
Mon. June 8 – Bordeaux, FR @ Rock School Barbey &
Tues. June 9 – Toulouse, FR @ La Connexion &
Wed. June 10 – Lyon, FR @ Marché Gare &
Thurs. June 11 – Sion, CH @ Le Port Franc &
Fri. June 12 – Luzern, CH @ B-Sides Festival
Sat. June 13 – Freiburg, DE @ Slow Club
Mon. June 15 – Liège, BE @ Mad Café
Wed. June 17 – London, UK @ The Lexington &
Thurs. June 18 – Brighton, UK @ The Hope &
Fri. June 19 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret
Tues. July 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
Wed. July 29 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
Fri. July 31 – Sun. Aug. 2 – Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon
Sat. Aug. 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF
Sun. Sept. 6 – Dorset, UK @ End of the Road Festival

& = w/ Weyes Blood

READ // Photographer Cameron Wittig Discusses Album Art For ‘Dark Bird Is Home’ From The Tallest Man On Earth Via Half-Past

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Midwest photographer Cameron Wittig recently sat down with Half-Past to discuss the striking album cover on Dark Bird Is Home, the newest album from The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Sweden’s Kristian Matsson). What started as a ‘friendship birthed from a chance meeting, some friendly conversation, and copious Wisconsin wedding whisky’, the two met in 2014 at a felow musician’s country wedding. When the time came around for a new album cover, Matsson trusted Wittig to give a face to his new project. From the article (Which you can read in full here)-

“It was to be a photographic reinterpretation of stories that came out of discussions about the record and the recording process in Sweden. The figure of Dark Bird was born on a mountaintop near the town where Kristian lives. She may or may not be real. It doesn’t matter in the end, as she is more powerful as a specter, this beautiful figure of uncertainty and change.”

Primarily a portrait photographer, Cameron recruited the talents of a friend to be his model for the cover as they travelled around his neighborhood shooting on the steps of houses that felt just right.

“I asked her to stand on the steps of houses that I selected based on how they looked or felt. Nothing was planned ahead of time. We did maybe six or seven different houses in various ways. Some were fancy houses, some were not. A few were abandoned. But it was always this figure in an ambiguous stance. She looks like she could be returning; frozen in a moment of contemplation anticipating what might happen once she rings the bell. Or perhaps she’s leaving and taking one last look at what her life was before she leaves forever. I didn’t really decide what that was going to be.”

Purchase Dark Bird Is Home:
via Secretly Distribution
via iTunes
via Amazon
via independent stores

The Tallest Man On Earth is currently on tour. Full dates and tickets after the jump

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ALBUM ANNOUNCE // Destroyer Announces ‘Poison Season’ Out 8/28, World Tour

Hey Destroyer fans, it’s Poison Season. Vancouver’s Dan Bejar returns with a new full-length and world tour. Poison Season opens swathed in Hunky Dory strings as Bejar channels a dashboard Bowie surveying four wracked characters – Jesus, Jacob, Judy, Jack – simultaneously Biblical and musical theatre. This Bittersweet, Times Square-set fanfare is reprised twice more on the record – first as swaying saxophone-stoked “street-rock” and then finally as a curtain-closing reverie. Check out lead single “Dream Lover” above.

“The first and last songs are actually one song tracked live with quintet. I even sang with the band. That song always swung between super austere and super mid-’70s Springsteen/Bowie street-rock. In the end, I decided I wanted both. Couldn’t really figure out a way to sequence the orchestral version within the record, so I decided to carve it up as a book-ending motif, with the rock version squarely in the middle.” – Dan Bejar

In addition, Destroyer will concurrently release a two-song 12-inch as a companion to the new album. It includes a remix of “Forces From Above” along with the orchestral “Times Square, Poison Season,” a song that gave rise to several tracks on the new album, as detailed below. Pre-order HERE

Destroyer will be hitting the road in September for a world tour. Full dates after the jump

Pre-order Poison Season now on iTunes, Amazon, and your local indie store.

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ALBUM RELEASE // The Tallest Man On Earth “Dark Bird Is Home” Out Now Worldwide

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“On Dark Bird, Matsson’s voice, reedy and resonant, is recorded raw and seemingly almost inside the microphone. The effect is one of feeling a brain on fire while setting its sights on itself, and the byproduct is a yen for moments of serene relief as a result.”
NPR Music’s “First Listen”

“[‘Dark Bird Is Home’] finds Matsson in familiar territory: Pondering spirits, sorrow, and ‘the end’ amidst a backdrop of dust, daylight, and valleys. Matsson’s narrator is alone, but he longs to be in the company of someone else. And what begins as a simple acoustic number soon erupts into a multi-layered instrumental that sounds as pretty and contemplative as anything he’s ever done.”
ESQUIRE

“That voice undersells nothing: There are no wanly delivered lines, no flat and dour stretches of singing. His voice is prismatic, used like an old-guard storyteller who hews his words to any kind of feeling he wants. “
Pitchfork

The Tallest Man On Earth (aka Sweden’s Kristian Matsson) releases his fourth and fullest album, Dark Bird Is Home, today on Dead Oceans. It is deeper, darker more sophisticated and personal than anything The Tallest Man has previously created. Reliably, the melodies and arrangements are sturdy and classic, and the lyrics and their delivery are both comforting and alarming. You should expect the loudest and proudest songs yet from The Tallest Man On Earth on album number four, but also the softest and the lowest.

Tomorrow, The Tallest Man will kick off his first ever tour with a full-band, and next week he’ll make his late night television debut. In between Forecastle and Lollapalooza, he’s adding a Midwest tour, which will include a performance at the Newport Folk Festival, as well as an additional New York show in June. Full dates and tickets after the jump

Purchase Dark Bird Is Home:
via Secretly Distribution
via iTunes
via Amazon
via independent stores

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WATCH // New Ryley Walker Documentary and Record Store Day Takeover in London

During the month of April in a UK city near you, you’re likely to see an affable mid-western American charmer, purposefully roaming your streets. He’ll be wielding an acoustic guitar, and likely frequenting your local pub for the best lagers on offer before he plays a killer set featuring tracks from his highly praised Dead Oceans debut Primrose Green.

He goes by the name Ryley Walker, and if he does pop into your local and you do say “hi”, that tiny speck of doubt about not attending one of his seven shows in the United Kingdom will be as distant as that inconsequential dream about “work” or “family” you had last night.

Here’s a handy list to help you plan your venture to one of the best folk-jazz shows around – dates and venues that transcend the North/South divide. He truly is the man for all the people:

04/18/15 London, UK – Sebright Arms [Sold Out]
04/19/15 Manchester, UK – The Castle BUY TICKETS
04/20/15 Bristol, UK – Start The Bus BUY TICKETS
04/21/15 Cardiff, UK – Clwb lfor Bach BUY TICKETS
04/22/15 Coventry, UK – The Tin at the Coal Vaults BUY TICKETS
04/23/15 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Cards Room BUY TICKETS
04/24/15 Brighton, UK – The Hope & Ruin [SOLD OUT]

Fans based in London that might have missed the boat on his now sold out show at East London’s local haunt the Sebright Arms, are lucky on two accounts. Firstly, in light of the Record Store Day taking place this Saturday [18/04], Walker will be playing tow in-stores at west and central London’s inimitable independent record stores Sister Ray and Rough Trade West. Full times and line up below, and it’ll be strictly intimate and unplugged.

Rough Trade West – 12.30
Sister Ray Soho – 14.00
Sister Ray Ace – 17.30

Secondly, some wily booking agent has thought ahead for those who’d like to see Walker and his full band. Although you’ll have to wait a few months if you missed out on this weekend’s headline slot, Walker will play Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 2 September. Buy tickets here, while they’re still available.

But why take our word for it? Their are a litany of UK based journalist who’d also state that missing a Walker show would be a grave mistake, and here are the quotes to prove it:

“An instant out-of-time classic… “
Uncut – 9/10 (Album Of The Month)

“Walker has arrived at the same questing folk-jazz territory explored by Tim Buckley and John Martyn – but with equivalent intensity, not limp nostalgia… Utterly delightful and as fresh as tomorrow.”
The Independent – 5 Stars *****

“Ryley is firmly in the lineage of romantic outsider folk guitarists.”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Combining jazzy looseness, rustic picking and an undertow of drugular mind expansion, this is one head cocktail that leaves no pain after it hits.”
Q – 4 Stars ****

“Walker has an uncanny feel for the triangulation of folk, jazz and blues that came from the fleet fingers of Bert Jansch and John Fahey”
NME – 8/10

“Essential listening.”
The Sun – 4.5/5

“Lovers of Bert Jansch and John Martyn will listen to the jazzy chord changes and tales of misadventures on Primrose Green and wonder whether this is really a new release or are they experiencing an unussually mellow acid flashback. The record is bound together by an appealingly laconic mood.”
The Times – 4 Stars ****

“For his dazzling second album, Walker flaunts his influences with assurance, while his virtuoso diligence also upholds their spirit of committed exploration.”
The Independent on Sunday – 4 Stars ****

“A beautiful record… Sometimes a new artist comes along that makes you pause for breath.”
Shinding – 4 Stars ****

A mystical record… Expansive and moving.
DIY – 4 Stars ****

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