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LISTEN // Mark McGuire Announces New Album ‘Beyond Belief,’ Shares “Earth: 2015”

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We are happy to announce Mark McGuire’s Beyond Belief, his second full-length via Dead Oceans. Stereogum gave us the first taste of the album, premiering track Earth: 2015 and noting, “If the word “ambient” makes you think of incomparably placid chill-out music, this one will surprise you. The title is on-point: “Earth: 2015” is as chaotic and unsettling as life on this planet in these modern times, conjuring such a frantic jumble of guitar and keyboard sounds that at first I wondered if multiple browser tabs were playing music at the same time. Eventually it all coheres into a dark, dramatic, ’80s-inspired electronic instrumental that keeps unfolding for 10 minutes.

Mark McGuire’s albums are, amongst many other things, strong arguments for the album and for the stereo system. They’re not just music; they’re statements, and they demand to be experienced by the best sonic means available. They’re throwbacks, not in style, but intent and effect. Put another way — they don’t make them like this anymore.

McGuire’s albums have beautiful and carefully selected cover art. McGuire’s own liner notes for his breakthrough Dead Oceans debut, Along The Way (2013), are an experience unto themselves — a detailed explication of an artist’s “journey towards the beginning” — a new spiritual manifesto you won’t find on Spotify. The wall of sounds contained therein constitute a degree of ambition uncommon since the 70s heyday of McGuire’s forebears — Göttsching, Eno, Fripp. This is not laptop music.

Beyond Belief, his second full-length for Dead Oceans, finds McGuire now well on the way of his own trip. Fantastical liner note tales written to accompany and set the stage for his mostly-wordless songs delight and confound. Throughout nine tracks we find an unrelenting drive to refine, build upon, focus and maximize the effect of an already remarkably prolific body of work. Though deservedly known for his virtuosic multitracked guitar playing, McGuire in fact plays every bass / synth / piano note, and every beat on the album himself, his vocals more prominent than ever before. 26 months in the making, the passion going into Beyond Belief is self-evident, and the effect is overwhelming.

McGuire, of course, first came to prominence with Emeralds, a Cleveland trio who seem, in retrospect, one of the most pivotal bands to come out of the 21st century noise scene, progressively moving as they did towards sounds more melodic, engaged, directed, and also more hopeful. Like many before him, McGuire isn’t entirely comfortable with the critically-bestowed New Age tag, but the resonance is there particularly in McGuire’s prose, and it’s not unreasonable that he appeared alongside venerated new age masters Iasos and Laraaji in The New York Times’ appraisal of the new age music renaissance.

With Living With Yourself, his first major full-length solo in 2010, McGuire emerged from the underground with a clear reluctance to fulfill expectation or live inside any critical boxes. That album, with its sampled recordings from McGuire’s childhood and track titles like The Vast Structure of Recollection, is unabashedly sentimental, and seems to operate as a disclaimer — a manifesto of sorts against cynicism. Since then, his work has only grown in ambition and emotional complexity. The last few years have seen him working with Dustin Wong, releasing an R&B influenced tape as The Road Chief, expanding into visual art and video work, recording with the Afghan Whigs, and honoring his roots through his work with the annual Voice of the Valley Noise Rally in West Virginia.

Running nearly 80 minutes, the bold and fearless Beyond Belief is McGuire’s magnum opus to date, but in truth, there is no end in sight for McGuire’s vision, making any such assessment wholly premature.

Each pre-order package will include the Beyond Belief (Chopped & Chief’d) cassette, featuring chopped & screwed versions of selections from Beyond Belief.

Pre-Order for Beyond Belief
LP, CD & cassette bundles // Stream or download ‘Earth: 2015’ on Apple Music // Support your local independent store

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RELEASE DAY // Kevin Morby’s “Moonshiner” b/w “Bridge To Gaia” 7″ Is Out Now

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Kevin Morby’s first release on Dead Oceans is out today! The songs Moonshiner and Bridge To Gaia are available as a 7″ or digitally!

Purchase now:
via Dead Oceans // iTunes // your local independent store

See Kevin Morby on our:
(info + tix here)

Mon. Sept. 7 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Tue. Sept. 8 – York, UK @ The Fulford Arms
Wed. Sept. 9 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club, Games Room
Thu. Sept. 10 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Fri. Sept. 11 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sat. Sept. 12 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
Mon. Sept. 14 – Tilburg, NL @ Incubate 2015
Tue. Sept. 15 – Dortmund, DE @ Freizeitzentrum West (FZW)
Wed. Sept. 16 – Copenhagen, DK @ Huset
Thu. Sept. 17 – Leipzig, DE @ naTo
Fri. Sept. 18 – Mainz, DE @ Schon Schön
Sat. Sept. 19 – Leffinge, BE @ Leffingeleuren 2015
Sun. Sept. 20 – Antwerp, BE @ Het Bos
Mon. Sept. 21 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere

WATCH // New Destroyer Video For “Times Square”

…such a striking and involving piece of work. In fact, it’s Bejar’s best. The only bad news for the man himself is that he’s just raised expectations even higher.” – The Guardian **** Album of the Week

The guy’s sitting down among all the noise around him; it’s a perfect example of the considered, measured chaos and wilful determination evident across Poison Season; a mere nano-second of perfection on an album riddled with such moments” – Record Collector **** Album of the Month

The prolific Canadian’s latest blaze of glory” – Uncut 8/10

Following the release of latest single Times Square taken from Destroyer’s critically acclaimed upcoming album Poison Season, we are now happy to share the video.

A video that’s true to Bejar’s ethos, it has a seemingly obtuse take on the what you’d imagine the Times Square is like – bricks and mortar replaced by green spaces; robotic, busy New Yorkers replaced with animals in animation – it’s more Wallace & Gromit than Wall Street.

We ended up just wandering around New York till 3am and the city seemed completely dead. We could have been anywhere, really.” says director Shayne Ehman of an ill-fated trip to Times Square to shoot the video with Dan Bejar.

Realising that the video didn’t have to be shot at the New York landmark, Ehman sought inspiration from the song’s lyrics. “I needed to get outside and shoot in natural light in order to serve as a sort of conduit for those ‘forces of nature in love…’ which seem to rule the song.” he continues, “I let the sun do its thing and let the earth do its thing and watched time unfold. I watched the clouds unfold and unpack and pack up. I was at their mercy, completely.

Poison Season is out worldwide tomorrow, 28 August. Destroyer begins their tour at the end of October. Video for Girl In A Sling and tour dates below.

Destroyer on Tour:
(more info and tix)

Oct 29 31st Pitchfork Festival Paris
Oct 30 London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall
Oct 31 Brighton, UK – The Haunt
Nov 01 Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
Nov 02 Bristol, UK – The Lantern
Nov 04 Brussels, BE – Botanique
Nov 07 Bologna, IT – Covo
Nov 08 Rome, IT – Biko
Nov 09 Luzern, CH – Sudpol
Nov 10 Lausanne, CH – Le Romandie
Nov 11 St. Gallen, CH – Palace
Nov 12 Vienna, AT – Sczene
Nov 13 Munich, DE – Kammerspiele
Nov 14 Cologne, DE – Luxor
Nov 15 Berlin, DE – Lido
Nov 17 Bergen, NO – Hulen
Nov 18 Oslo, NO – Parktheatret
Nov 19 Stockholm, SE – Kagelbanan
Nov 20 Copenhagen, DK – Pumpehuset
Nov 21 Utrecht, NL – Le Guess Who? Festival

LISTEN // Kevin Morby Shares “Moonshiner” Off Upcoming 7″ Out Sept. 4, Announces European Tour

In anticipation of Kevin Morby’s Dead Oceans debut in 2016 and in support of a thorough fall touring schedule, we’re pleased to announce a 7″ slated for release this September. “Moonshiner” and “Bridge To Gaia” are two unreleased gems from Morby’s reliably powerful, yet understated work. The 7-inch is out September 4th, but we’re sharing “Moonshiner” today.

Says Morby, “I wrote ‘Moonshiner’ a few years ago after reading what has become one of my favorite contemporary books: The Sisters Brothers. The book was very inspiring to me at that time and it pulled a few different songs out of me – ‘Moonshiner’ being the most directly influenced. I wrote the b-side, ‘Bridge To Gaia,’ while on vacation in Porto, Portugal. I ended up there after a tour and it quickly became my favorite city in all of Europe. The apartment I was renting was at the foot of a bridge that would take you to the town across the river, Gaia. It, like everything about Porto, is immensely beautiful and inspiring. It’s a different beauty than I had ever experienced. There was almost something sinister to it. The clouds moved fast, there was always a bell tolling and all the school kids wore capes. This song came out of all that.”

Order ‘Moonshiner’:
7″ available via Dead Oceans / Kevin Morby direct
Support your local independent store

KEVIN MORBY TOUR DATES
[all dates + tix links: deadoceans.com/tour]
Sun. Aug. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Festival
Mon. Sept. 7 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
Tue. Sept. 8 – York, UK @ The Fulford Arms
Wed. Sept. 9 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club, Games Room
Thu. Sept. 10 – Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Fri. Sept. 11 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sat. Sept. 12 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
Mon. Sept. 14 – Tilburg, NL @ Incubate 2015
Tue. Sept. 15 – Dortmund, DE @ Freizeitzentrum West (FZW)
Wed. Sept. 16 – Copenhagen, DK @ Huset
Thu. Sept. 17 – Leipzig, DE @ naTo
Fri. Sept. 18 – Mainz, DE @ Schon Schön
Sat. Sept. 19 – Leffinge, BE @ Leffingeleuren 2015
Sun. Sept. 20 – Antwerp, BE @ Het Bos
Mon. Sept. 21 – Paris, FR @ Point Ephemere

WATCH // A Place To Bury Strangers Premier Video For “Love High,” Announce European Tour

“Another giant step forwards in A Place To Bury Strangers’ continual evolution”Drowned in Sound

“Some of the most inventive and intelligent noise rock since the turn of the century… the group’s most complete effort to date”The Line of Best Fit

Transfixiation pulls absolutely no punches. It’s the sound of a band completely untethered and unrefined, delivering what their live pedigree promises.”Artrocker

A Place To Bury Strangers have announced they’re bringing their latest album Transfixiation back on the road to Europe in October and November this year. The tour focuses in on Eastern Europe and Greece. Before this, they’ll also be doing a tour of Asia and Australia, which they are kicking off in Los Angeles with two shows opening for the Jesus and Mary Chain at FYF Festival. Full dates below.

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A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS EUROPEAN TOUR 2015 DATES
(new dates in bold)
(tix here)

07/24/15 Brooklyn, NY – Gigawatts Fest @ The Wick
08/19/15 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest @ Henry Fonda Theater w/ Jesus & Mary Chain
08/20/15 Los Angeles, CA – FYF Fest @ Henry Fonda Theater w/ Jesus & Mary Chain
08/26/15 Shibuya, JP – Shibuya Nest
08/28/15 Hong Kong, CH – Backstage Live Restaurant
08/30/15 Taipei, TW – The Wall Live House Gong-Guan
09/01/15 Singapore, SG – Tab, Orchard Hotel
09/02/15 Selangor, MY – Bentley Music Auditorium
09/04/15 Melbourne, AU – Corner Hotel
09/05/15 Sydney, AU – Manning Bar
09/06/15 Fortitude Valley, AU – Manning Bar
09/07/15 Auckland, NZ – Kings Arms
09/12/15 Vancouver, BC – The Cobalt
09/13/15 Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
09/14/15 Portland, OR – Star Theatre
09/19/15 Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst
09/22/15 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
09/24/15 Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
09/25/15 Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
09/27/15 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
09/29/15 Chicago, IL – The Empty Bottle
09/30/15 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
10/01/15 Covington, KY – Madison Live
10/02/15 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
10/03/15 Detroit, MI – The Majestic Cafe
10/06/15 Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
10/09/15 Brooklyn, NY – Saint Vitus
10/29/15 Lucerne, CH – Schuur
10/30/15 Legnano, IT – Circolo Agora
10/31/15 Ljubljana, SI – Orto Bar
11/02/15 Zagreb, HR – Mochvara
11/03/15 Sarajevo, BA – AG Club
11/04/15 Belgrade, RS – Drugstore
11/05/15 Skopje, MK – MKC
11/06/15 Thessaloniki, GR – Mylos
11/07/15 Athens, GR – Gagarin 205
11/08/15 Volos, GR – Lab Art
11/12/15 Sofia, BG – Mixtapes
11/13/15 Bucharest, RO – Control Club
11/14/15 Budapest, HU – A38
11/16/15 Prague, CZ – Meetfactory
11/17/15 Warsaw, PL – Klub Hydrozagadka
11/18/15 Sopot, PL – Dwie Zmiany
11/19/15 Dresden, GE – Beatpol
11/20/15 Utrecht, NL – Guess Who Festival

free downloads

Your Best American Girl by Mitski
Dhoodan by Ryley Walker
I Have Been To The Mountain by Kevin Morby
Hello Miss Lonesome by Marlon Williams
Dark Child by Marlon Williams
Earth:2015 by Mark McGuire
Sons Of The Serpent by Mark McGuire
Dream Lover by Destroyer
Times Square by Destroyer
Moonshiner by Kevin Morby

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