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
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 BedsYouTube page. Album art and track listing after the jump.
Today marks the worldwide release day for Bill Fay’s acclaimed Who Is The Sender?, the followup to 2012’s Life Is People. Recorded at Ray Davies‘ Konk Studios in North London, the 13 tracks demonstrate the immense talent of the living folk legend. Listen to lead single ‘War Machine’above or on YouTube / SoundCloud page and purchase the album below.
Who Is The Sender? Tracklisting:
1. The Geese Are Flying Westward
2. War Machine
3. How Little?
4. Underneath The Sun
5. Something Else Ahead
6. Order Of The Day
7. Who Is The Sender?
8. Freedom To Read
9. Bring It On Lord
10. A Page Incomplete
11. A Frail And Broken One
12. World Of Life
13. I Hear You Calling (Studio Reunion)
“Playing those four shows, it was clear something special was going on”
This time last year Phosphorescent played a four night series of shows at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Featuring a seven piece band and a string trio, Matthew Houck performed songs from spanning a decade of his career. Those legendary sets were pared down to 19 distilled beauties that will grace an upcoming three LP set Live At The Music Hall, out February 17th on Dead Oceans. Pitchfork has a preview of the album with a special 10 minute version of Los Angeles that you can listen to above or here on Soundcloud.
More from Houck: “After eight months of touring, we’d gotten to a really good point where we weren’t quite exhausted yet with the material, but we’d had enough time to really grow with the songs. So we were in that sweet spot where we were pulling something great out of the songs every night.”
LIVE AT THE MUSIC HALL TRACKLISTING
1. Sun Arise! (An Invocation, An Introduction)
2. A New Anhedonia
3. Terror In The Canyons (The Wounded Master)
4. The Quotidian Beasts
5. Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)
6. Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)
7. Dead Heart
8. Down To Go
9. Song For Zula
10. Ride On / Right ON
11. A Picture of Our Torn Up Praise (Solo)
12. Muchacho’s Tune (Solo)
13. Wolves (Solo)
14. Joe Tex, These Taming Blues
15. Los Angeles
16. A Picture Of Our Torn Up Praise
17. South (Of America)
19. At Death, A Proclamation
In the midst of a string of dates with The War On Drugs, Califone has shared with us a video for “Moonbath.Brainsalt.A.Holy.Fool” (dir. Andrew Peyton) from 2013’s highly-reviewed Stitches. The video follows an ex-football stud who now takes his aggression out on healthy food. Catch Califone tonight in Omaha at The Waiting Room or this weekend with a trio of shows in Texas. Full dates are below.