Samsara, the new album by The World of Dust will be released on March 1, 2019 on CD and LP. First single Blood is out now, listen on Soundcloud:
Samsara is effectively a full-length collaboration between The World of Dust’s Stefan Breuer and Todd Tobias (Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard, Circus Devils). Previously contributing keyboard arrangements for 2015’s World of Dust album Womb Realm, Tobias created all the instrumental backdrops for Samsara’s evocative songs. A shadowy universe of forlorn beauty, this lo-fi bedroom pop experiment is shrouded in elemental imagery and laden with ennui. Intimate and wistful, Samsara mines a similarly rich emotive seam to artists like Mount Eerie, Sparklehorse and Pedro the Lion.
The process for Samsara saw Tobias send Breuer 26 instrumental ideas, from which Breuer chose those which resonated with him most. Over the course of nearly two years, Breuer wrote and refined an especially personal suite of lyrics, reflecting his struggles with his mental health and his experience of becoming a father. The result is World of Dust’s most fully realized and vivid album to date.
This album will be released in The Netherlands by Tiny Room Records, in Belgium by Honest House, in Germany by Stereo Dasein and in Australia by Hidden Shoal (who also do licensing). Later in 2019, MOORWORKS will release Samsara in Japan.
This is happening! To top off a brilliant year full of beautiful releases, we end 2018 with a bang. An intimate & sad bang though, ha! Our biggest international release so far…
On December 21st, we’ll release a split 7″ by American indie hero Bonnie Prince Billy and new Utrecht supergroup Naked Shortsellers. Two new songs to celebrate the long-term relationship by highly acclaimed musician Will Oldham and Dutch musician (and Oldham’s webmaster) Leo Meijer. It’s beyond perfect.
This is the cover of the sleeve, a painting made by Rik Berkhout. More info this week!
This Saturday we’ll release a very limited edition 7″ (30 copies only) of Microplaza, a collaboration between Benjamin van Vliet (Microwolf) and Arno Breuer (pino plaza). Love these limited runs, and adore the music.
If you want to join the party: it’s also Saturday in Studio Patrick. New Tiny Roomster LOGOUT is playing too, DJ Don Derop is spinning the wheel again, and hopefully you are there drinking cheap beer and having a great time.
Brace yourself when entering the disorienting world of Moonchy & Tobias, where churning rock textures created by Todd Tobias are the landscape within which vocalist Pat Moonchy runs riot, warping her voice into every recess and shape available. Skirting the boundary between fairytale and nightmare, the angular architecture of the music is softened and stretched at every juncture. Whether the pounding bass of ‘Juu Ichi’, the bubbling submarine atmospheres of ‘Vertigo Trail’, or the percussion and fuzz carnival of single ‘Une Saison En Enfer’, Moonchy and Tobias create a transformative musical experience in which giddy tangents abound.
Moonchy & Tobias pairs Italian vocalist Pat Moonchy with American instrumentalist Todd Tobias. Moonchy is one-half of the experimental band Sothiac, in duos alongside trombonist Angelo Contini and jazz drummer Lino Liguori, in the Tai-No Orchestra, and with German krautrock pioneers Faust. Ohio native Tobias is a long-time collaborator with Robert Pollard (Guided by Voices), and provided the musical backing to Pollard’s vocals in the freak-rock trio Circus Devils. Tobias has also released a series of themed instrumental albums under his own name.
We are proud to present this electrifying collaboration, out November 2nd on Tiny Room Records and Hidden Shoal. Pre-order the CD now on our Bandcamp page. You can stream a few songs of the album too:
Tiny Room Records presents Amialluma: a hypnotic 10-track collaboration between American musician Todd Tobias and English vocalist Chloë March. Dwelling in a mysterious hinterland somewhere between Cocteau Twins’ seminal Victorialand and The Caretaker’s Persistent Repetition of Phrases, Amialluma dances between the earthly and heavenly. Chloë March’s celestial voice shines a light through Todd Tobias’s dark, fantastical soundscapes, resulting in a sublime, uncanny experience that enraptures and unsettles in equal measure.
Through a process of improvisation sparked by the emotive power of Tobias’s music, March developed a lyrical world of word-invention sung into archaic lullabies and tales. The lyrics centre around a child’s journey from the safety of its mother’s arms through an ancient, shadowy world. Overcoming fear and meeting with otherworldly guides, the child finds independence and reveals a deep connection with nature.
Amialluma will be released on CD by Tiny Room Records, on September 4, 2018. Publishing through Hidden Shoal. Listen to the first single Lallulow here:
After the release of Aligned With Juniper (2016), Helen Ferguson withdrew from the writing process for several months. At that point, there was nothing new to say, no new stories to tell. This all changed after a major health breakdown. Following a prescription mistake, Helen found herself in a severe four-day psychotic state filled with paranoia and panic attacks. She realized she was becoming insane. Fortunately, the doctor figured out the problem and switched the medication, gradually fading the effects.
This marked the start of the new album by Queen of the Meadow, called A Room to Store Happiness. The first song that was written, and therefore guided the direction of the record, was Withdrawn. This song has a lively spirit, making it a thankful and hopeful ode to music and how it can save you in hard times. All songs on the record ended up with a stronger fighter spirit than before, creating a sense of empowerment.
A Room to Store Happiness is intimate but bright, melancholic yet combative. Helen and her (musical and life) partner Julien Pras made a sad record about moments of joy, stored in an old room. Feel free to enter the room and share this celebration of (all aspects of) life.
Listen to Withdrawn and Ashes Adèle on our Bandcamp and preorder the CD/LP:
Next month, we will release Massabu Evening Entertainments by Todd Tobias. The album, to be released on cd and cassette, is a rollicking 14-track set of Middle-Eastern flavored psychedelica. Tobias creates an image of an exotic sea port town, Massabu. In this city, there’s a night club grotto called The Blind Baboon, filled with wild dancers and intoxicating fumes. House band Combo Qasam plays their provocative rhythms every night until their fingers bleed.
Also on the album is Italian vocalist Pat Moonchy (Faust, Sothiac), who lends her playful, otherworldly touch on three tracks, as well as Chloë March and Tim Tobias.
Listen now to Do The Massabu and Yogi vs. Yeti and pre-order the CD or cassette!
Here it is: the artwork for our new album Donkey Shot! It will be released on 12″ vinyl, October 4 (World Animal Day). The illustrious cover photo was shot by Nick Helderman Photography.
Lost Bear likes animals. Therefore, they’ll donate € 1 for every sold record to Stichting de Grote ezel, the lovely organization where the photo shoot took place.
1. Carnivorous Plankton
2. Hallway Of Echoes
4. Rap Song
5. Little Big Adventure
7. White Grubs
8. Bull Drool
9. Back In Reverse
10. Spooky Jimmy
11. Love Me Tender