Like the subtly deep, slowburn dream-pop R&B found on the album, WHITE HINTERLAND’S Kairos has calmly, cooly been winning over hearts of music fan and critic alike. It seems with each day, a new champion of Kairos steps forward. NPR selected Kairos’ opener “Icarus” as its Song of the Day, saying of the jam: “It’s hypnagogic, certainly, but also transformative — these are the sort of reveries that can feed an appetite for wanderlust or make listeners ache for home, depending on the context.”
Meanwhile, in an interview with Casey Dienel, Venus Zine called Kairos “the most contemporary thing that you will hear all year…The influences are apparent, but not overwrought—and the album as a whole sounds complete and definitively unique.”
And lovely remixes of the album have been popping up like Spring lilies in our inboxes. But none have quite captured our hearts like that of NYC electronic artist Alan Wilkis, whose Stereolab-hinting reimagining of Kairos standout “No Logic” fills the originally sparse, jerky-dub track with a chirpy bounce and warm synth melodies. Download “No Logic (Alan Wilkis Remix)” HERE.
Check the latest and greatest White Hinterland tour schedule HERE.
CITAY have not strayed far from home in 2009, playing only about a dozen shows in their home state of California. Just because they have been off the road does not mean the band has not been hard at work. They have been writing and recording new material, as well as compiling tracks for their new release, titled simply, Remixes. Available November 3rd (November 2nd in the UK), this release contains reworkings from their 2007 album Little Kingdom.
From the ambient textures of White Rainbows’ “Eye on Dollar” remix to Cornershop’s Anthony Saffery adding sitar and percussion to “First Fantasy,” these are anything but typical remix rave-ups. These Are Powers’ Brenmar (aka Bill Salas) gives “Moonburn” a playful, skittering treatment, while Black Mountains’ Steve McBean adds his effected vocals to “Former Child” – the end result sounding more like Metallica than like Aphex Twin. While some remixes use the Citay originals as a foundation for embellishments, others simply take the audio as found sounds and source material. Either way, the reinterpretations of Citay’s music on Remixes is surprising and eye-opening. Released on vinyl LP and via digital download, Remixes is the Citay album we never thought we would hear. We are pleased to share an mp3 of White Rainbow’s remix of “Eye on the Dollar,” which is a subtle and lush reworking of the original, HERE.
Citay also recently did a Luxury Wafers session, where they performed an epic rendition of “Nice Cuffs.” The video is a nice holdover of the band live and in action, until they tour extensively in 2010 in support of a new LP. Check out the entire Luxury Wafers session HERE.
You can pre-order Citay’s Remixes LP HERE.
As the release of THESE ARE POWERS’ debut for Dead Oceans All Aboard Future draws near, the good people at The Tripwire have dropped a remix of album cut “Easy Answers” by minimalist trance master Butchy Fuego. Get it right HERE.
Quoth Tripwire regarding Butchy’s edit: “At the forefront — as is the case in their “normal” recordings — are Barie’s vocals. Her sharp staccato annunciation and Ponytail-esque delivery is the attention grabber, but here it’s backed by a softer, almost muted accompaniment of remixed bass and percussion. Cut up with synths, hand claps and overdubs, it’s a more inviting tone for the usually much noisier music collective. Or to appropriate their words again, they are hymns piggybacking on noise collages, club beats and ragas.”
Meanwhile, These Are Powers has lined up a slew of New York shows over the next month, playing some of the city’s coolest venues and art spaces. Check the dates below:
01/23/09 Brooklyn, NY – Bell House w/ Ponytail
01/30/09 Brooklyn, NY – Danbro Studios – Brooklyn Vs. Baltimore Battle w/ Dan Deacon, USAISAMONSTER, Thank You
02/06/09 New York, NY – 92Y Tribeca w/ Bird Names
02/13/09 Brooklyn, NY – Monster Island – Art Show with Album Art
02/16/09 New York, NY – Other Music
02/20/09 New York, NY – Less Artists More Condos
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