Ivywild by Night Beds is out this Friday, August 7th, and NPR is streaming it until then. You can read the article here!
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“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.
Night Beds start their European tour next Monday in Amsterdam marking their third time overseas this year.
As a preview for their newest return to Europe, today The Line Of Best Fit premiered their new video for “Lost Springs” from their 2013 album Country Sleep. The music video follows the band on and off the stage during their tour of North America and Europe earlier this year. Watch the video above or here on YouTube to get a preview of their upcoming tour.
Click read more to see 2013 European tour dates starting next week, info on their tour with Lord Huron next year, and the video for “Ramona” if you missed it!
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In case you missed it earlier this month, here is Night Beds performing “Ramona” live for a new Crypt Session. It’s one of the lead tracks from Winston’s debut album, Country Sleep. Stream the video above. In need of more? Check out this stunning clip of Night Beds on Jools Holland!
Night Beds are pretty damn good at anything they do. Take, for example, this reworking of Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own,” recorded for the A.V. Club’s covers series. It takes a certain kind of imagination to put that song and this band together, but wallllaaaa it works! Check the video out above.