We’re very excited to present the second single lifted from Samsara, the fifth album by Dutch slowcore dream-pop artist The World of Dust. The single is accompanied by a wonderfully playful music video featuring 157 action figures from the late ’80s & early ’90s. Check out the video below and stream the song here.
The album will see official release on the 1st of March 2019 with pre-orders available now in our store.
Exclusive First Listen:
Bonnie Prince Billy & Naked Shortsellers‘ split 7″ record! Head over to Gigwise.com to hear both new songs for the first time. Thank you Gigwise for premiering and writing these nice words.
Pre-orders for this limited (333 copies), numbered slab of wax in a beautiful handmade sleeve are up at our store. Don’t sleep on it!
About Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – The Best of Folks:
“The Best Of Folks is as much a guide for survival in a world of increasing alienation and digital dependency, as it is a highlight of a long-running career.”
About Naked Shortsellers – Harbour Men
“Occupying an alt.county hinterland made up of pedal steel guitars, shimmering twangs and sweeping aural vistas, this is a track that perfectly encapsulates those long winter nights.”
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:
The new video and single by Queen of the Meadow is called Empty Room. Watch the exclusive clip premiere at In De Ban Van:
The video is about Helen overcoming her fear of dancing, by working together with a professional dancer who she admires. She learned to dance on one day, and they shot the video the next day. In the choreography, that came to Helen during a nightly vision and features two opposite women in a sort of schizophrenic setting, you see Helen opening up and gaining self-confidence. The two dancers show the world what beautiful art you can create in a very short time, when you’re determined to try and take chances. Bravo!
Empty Room is the 2nd single of A Room To Store Happiness, the CD/LP that will be released on Tiny Room Records (NL) and Only Lovers Records (FR) on October 5, 2018. Pre-orders 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:
We are delighted to add Canadian artist Astral Swans to our roster! We have been fans since his wonderful debut All My Favourite Singers Are Willie Nelson came out on Dan Mangan’s Madic Records. Matthew Swann (the artist behind Astral Swans) is the nicest guy you’ll ever meet too. His new album Strange Prison will be released on May 18, 2018 through Tiny Room Records (in collaboration with Saved By Vinyl in Canada and Moorworks in Japan). The album is produced by Preoccupations’ Scott Munro, Dan Mangan and Paul Chirka and is Matthew’s most sonically exploratory and emotionally resonant release to date.
First single What Are You Gonna Do With Yourself is out now, and there’s a lovely psychedelic cat video for it. The song is a soothing yet tongue-in-cheek meditation on aging artists’ fears of being left behind. Watch it here:
Also up are the pre-orders of this vinyl-only release, right here on our Bandcamp page:
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!
Only a year after releasing Inside The Dragon, Utrecht based alternative rock band Lost Bear presents us Donkey Shot. A considerably more compact album, with eleven songs recorded on an 8-track cassette tape recorder, mixed and mastered by Floyd Atema (The Sweet Release of Death, Zea). The songs are sinister and dark, with elements from post punk, new wave, dub and avant-garde. By adding keys and sound effects Lost Bear creates an alienating and invasive atmosphere. They seem to translate the current absurd Zeitgeist, for example by shouting out the name of psychotic childhood hero Pee Wee (in Little Big Adventure).
Lost Bear won’t get more political than this. Donkey Shot breathes the deception, the emptiness and the lack of love and empathy that define this decade. For example in Hallway of Echoes, where singer Casper Steenhuizen croons ‘hollow, hollow, hollow, hollow’. Listening to the album one gets carried away in the madness, losing touch with reality during side B. You find your estranged self in a room with drunk maniacs, while you hold a diet coke in your hand. It’s a slippery slope, but it all ends well. ‘No clue why I’m here, but I’m smiling’.
Listen now to the first track released from the album, called ‘Rap Song’. Pre-orders of the limited edition vinyl record are up now too on Bandcamp.