Don't forget, you can listen to Basia Bulat's new album "Good Advice" at CBC Music before it comes out this Friday, February 12th!
Hear it on CBC Music
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Listen to “Stay” on Spotify
“Cross-legged acoustic jams and staggering electric anthems … even at their most ornate, Plants and Animals have always been a power trip at core. They play with such vigor that they might as well be fronting an unheard orchestra.” – FILTER
“vibrant, constantly rewarding” – SPIN
Eight years after their debut album Parc Avenue (2008), Montreal based and Polaris-Prize nominated artist Plants and Animals’ newest evolution, Waltzed in from the Rumbling, is set for release April 29 on Secret City Records. Similarly recorded to tape, the new album embodies the raw musicianship characteristic of the group, while injecting symphonic crescendos, lyrical balladry, and metamorphic song developments. This is Plants and Animals' most soulful and inventive collection of music yet. Eleven soundtracks fit to accompany leaps taken, ships sailed, dark water and pink skies.
Since their most recent LP, The End of That (2012), the members of Plants and Animals have begun families and taken the time to slow down. Intentionally removing time constraints from their process, the group sought to reconnect with the honesty and autonomy of music created without pressure. "It was more like an art studio than a recording studio," says lead vocalist Warren Spicer. "A mess, pieces of songs all over the place. We had this big canvas and were constantly filling in corners here, erasing there, repainting that part, standing back and looking at the whole picture to see what we had." The time taken to write the album is reflected in climactic progressions within each song. Rather than a single frame, they give you the length of the horizon. Rather than a glimpse—they give you a vision.
The influences of the new LP are far and wide: the broken soul of Van Morrison; the off-kilter geometry of J Dilla; the dark, French funk of Serge Gainsbourg; the fire of John Coltrane's quartet; Messiaen's synaesthesia; the quirk of Angelo Badalamenti. The result is pure Plants and Animals, wide open with room to move.
The first single “Stay” exemplifies the large orchestral scope that Plants and Animals have unleashed, while channeling the gritty folk roots that bore Parc Avenue. The track opens with an acoustic folk vocal, reminiscent of past albums. Then, unexpectedly, the song takes an electric turn, exploding in sound, tempo, instrumentation, and depth, asking you to “look inside your heart”. “Stay” is an instant rock classic: epic and unforgettable.
Waltzed in from the Rumbling is available for pre-order in our store now!
Hold/Still the third studio album from Suuns, an enigmatic thing : an eerily beautiful, meticulously played suite of music that embraces opposites and makes a virtue of cognitive dissonance. It is a record that does not give up its secrets easily. A natural step on from their two previous albums, 2011’s Zeroes QC & 2013’s Images du Futur, and yet a marked departure, Hold/Still is a cerebral exploration of how to take live and analogue instruments and create a deeply textured “electronic” record. In May 2015, they decamped to Dallas, Texas to work with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton and for three intense weeks they recorded by day and stewed in their cramped apartment by night. “It felt like we were on a mission - looking for something to take us out of our element, or that might seep into our music”, say the band. Hold/Still will be released April 15, 2016 on Secret City Records (in Canada) and Secretly Canadian (Rest of world).
The first single, ‘Translate’, is one of the defining songs of the album - the sound of a band working in mental lockstep, crafting guitar music that feels unbeholden to clear traditions or genre brackets. It is a song that the band have been reworking for years, and was one of the last songs to be finished for the album, and yet, perhaps, defines the record perfectly. The synthesizers are the work of Max Henry, an obsessive who builds his own patches and confesses to using cranky or budget equipment - “[good gear] does all the work for you, and that’s not always fun”.
Accompanying the song is the first of a trilogy of videos for the album (the second and third installments will be launched ahead of the record release). Shot by Charles-André Coderre, a long term collaborator of the band, he says “'Translate', the first music video of a triptych series, is an incandescent vision. It was shot with thermal imagery. The concept was simple: film the band in their rehearsal space and transfigure the footage into something unusual and gorgeous. We experimented the different meanings of the word "translate" and explored a new film language by shooting what the human eye can't see”.
Also released today is the Dark Sky ‘Psych’ remix of ‘Translate’ - the first of a number of remixes that will be launched alongside tracks from the album. This one takes ‘Translate’s repetitive, krautrock-like rhythms and squeezes them into a tighter, mesmeric arrangement. Says Dark Sky “We really liked the psyched out sounds and sonics from the original track which sounded vintage but also forward thinking. We were inspired to build on this vibe.”
Listen to Dark Sky’s remix here
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Suuns will be touring throughout the world on release and are pleased to announce the following tour dates today!
March 13 // Azores Island, PT // Tremor Festival
April 7 // Saint-Thérèse QC // Bar Le Cha-Cha
April 9 // Saint-Casimir QC // La Taverne
April 15 // Quebec QC // L'Anti
April 16 // Carleton QC // Le Naufrageur
April 20 // Montreal, QC // La Tulipe
April 21 // Ottawa ON // St Albans Church
April 22 // Toronto ON // Adelaide Hall
May 19 // Berlin DE // Berghain
May 20 // Amsterdam NL // Melkweg
May 21 // Lille FR // Grand Mix
May 22 // Brussels BE // La Nuit De Botanique Festival
May 24 // London, UK // ICA
May 27 // Neustrelitz, DE // Immergut Festival
May 28 // KleinReifling, AT // Seewiesen Festival
May 30 // Paris, FR // TBA
June 1 // Barcelona, ES // Primavera Sound
June 5 // Mannheim, DE // Maifield Derby Festival
June 8 // Rome, IT // Monk
June 9 // Ravenna, IT // Beaches Brew Festival
Basia Bulat's new single "Fool" from upcoming album "Good Advice" is now available for download and streaming.
Get it on iTunes
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Good Advice is coming out February 12th, 2016 on Secret City Records
Emilie & Ogden announce a January U.S. tour supporting Half Moon Run, with dates at Seattle‘s Tractor Tavern, Los Angeles’ Troubadour, Denver’s Larimer Lounge and Chicago’s Subterranean. See below for complete tour dates.
January 14 Seattle, WA - Tractor Tavern
January 15 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
January 16 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
January 19 Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour
January 20 San Diego, CA - Casbah
January 22 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
January 23 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
January 25 Lawrence, KS - Granada Theater*
January 26 Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock Social Club
January 27 Chicago, IL - Subterranean
January 28 Columbus, OH - The Basement
January 31 South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
The video premiered today via DIY Mag
Montreal mental illness charity Projet P.A.L. is celebrating its 40 years of helping the community with music. A digital album which was mostly recorded at the PAL community centre in Verdun is now available online. It features tracks by many local song birds including Secret City artists Sarah Page, Brad Barr (The Barr Brothers), and Warren Spicer (Plants and Animals).
Find the music here:
And visit their site for more info about the project here:
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The video premiered today via Exclaim!
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