“The tenderness of the English artist’s cut-glass vocals, and the way she so fully inhabits every world she creates, pulls you right in with her, clinging on to her sides as she pilots another eagle across the cosmos.” - Pitchfork on The Bride
"Natasha Khan takes another step toward the vaunted pantheon of British art rock" - Consequence of Sound: Album Review (B)
Bat For Lashes – aka multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Natasha Khan - will release her latest album, The Bride, via Parlophone/ Warner Bros. Records on July 1, 2016. The album’s captivating first track, “I Do” premiered last month to rapturous response while suggesting a bridal theme. The album’s second preview, the foreboding synth-driven “In God’s House,” continues with the mysterious narrative.
The Bride follows the story of a woman whose fiancé has been killed in a crash on the way to the church for their wedding. The Bride flees the scene to take the honeymoon trip alone, resulting in a dark meditation on love, loss, grief, and celebration. Written as the soundtrack for a feature length film in mind, The Bride is Khan’s most ambitious work to date, sonically and visually incorporating an entire world inhabited by The Bride, along with the characters and places she encounters on the way.
The Bride was conceived of and produced by Natasha Khan alongside a host of long-time collaborators and friends including Simone Felice, Dan Carey, Head and Ben Christophers. Inspired by a short film Khan wrote and directed entitled I Do, making its debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in NYC in April, The Bride was created over the course of 18 months across London, Los Angeles, and Brighton. Finally last Autumn, Natasha headed to the mountains of Woodstock, NY, where she built a studio into the ground floor of a big old house and lived there for two months, finishing the record with co-producer Simone Felice (Lumineers, Felice Bros).
The album was mixed by Head in London and mastered at Metropolis Studios.
The lush narrative of the artwork was conceived as a visual partnership between Natasha and Neil Krug over a period of two years. The Bride's universe was the product of intense collaboration and experimentation.
RIYL: PJ Harvey, Lykke Li, St. Vincent, The XX, Chelsea Wolfe
TRY: #5, 3, 1
Los Angeles-based ska-punk band The Interrupters will release their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, on June 24 via Hellcat Records. Say It Out Loud is undeniably fun and urgent in message. And backing their modernized 2-Tone-tinged, guitar-fueled, melody-heavy sound are lyrics that confront everything from social control and self-empowerment to domestic violence and the media circus surrounding the next presidential election.
True to The Interrupters’ unabandoned passion and personal-meets-political dynamic, the first song shared from the album is “By My Side,” a fist-pumping, tender tribute to outcast solidarity.
Since the release of their 2014 self-titled debut, The Interrupters have split their time between touring with the likes of The English Beat and Bad Religion and cranking out new material that shows off their irrepressible sensibility. So when the time came to record their sophomore album Say It Out Loud, the four-piece hit the studio with Rancid’s Tim Armstrong and fired off 14 new songs that both capture their frenetic energy and reveal a whole new level of boldness in their songwriting.
“Over the past couple years we got to know ourselves so much better as a band, and that gave us a lot of room to really grow on this album,” notes frontwoman Aimee Interrupter, whose bandmates include guitarist Kevin Bivona, bassist Justin Bivona, and drummer Jesse Bivona.
Produced by Armstrong and recorded partly at his studio (as well as at Travis Barker’s Opra Studios), Say It Out Loud are a batch of feel-good songs proving The Interrupters’ unstoppably upbeat spirit. The Interrupters have forged a formidable bond that deeply informs their music. “Loyalty, family, friendship, and unity—with upstrokes,” says Kevin. “That pretty much sums up The Interrupters and what we are all about.”
RIYL: Rancid, Menzingers, Less Than Jake, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Distillers
TRY: #1, 5, 7, 14
"...all I could think about as I listened to Hearts On Fire by MAYVE, is how much I want to dance the night away to this track in the near future...l listen to so much music that I appreciate more than I enjoy every day, and the sheer, visceral dance-hall delight of the opening synth/percussion of Hearts on Fire is remarkable. Taking the ear-burrowing synth melodies of Passion Pit with the vocal haze of Neon Indian, Hearts On Fire finds the sweet spot between synthpop bombast and chillwave. It shouldn't really be doable, but MAYVE makes it seem effortless." - Baeble Music
"MAYVE capture an uplifting spirit, empowered by both the dark and the light elements of the transitionary period the band went through creating their own personal sound scape...The band is ready to set the indie scene ablaze this year...Don't miss jumping on the bandwagon before these guys blow up, I can hear radio play and national performances in their near future." - FestFind
RIYL: Passion Pit, Neon Indian, Magic Man, The 1975, Matt and Kim
TRY: #1, 2, 3
"Warp and Weft, the 2013 solo album from Veirs which featured guest appearances by Lang and Case, was something of a dress rehearsal, and now comes Case / Lang / Veirs, a three-way songwriting summit that is utterly devoid of flab or filler." - The National (4 stars)
‘An album of rare beauty and intelligence’ - Independent (4 stars)
"Perhaps we should have expected nothing less than these immaculately performed and skillfully written and overall classy tracks with the impressive level of talent involved. Still, it’s impossible to overstate how marvelously moving and purely enjoyable the end result is, paving the way, we hope, for a follow-up." - American Songwriter
"No matter how much the three singers have accomplished individually, pedigree only takes you so far in group projects — a flash of attention, at best. The work is what counts, and it's the songs and their organic presentation that make "case/lang/veirs" resonate." - Chicago Tribune
We are proud to reveal the details of the new album from the radical Los Angeles punk band letlive. Their fourth studio album entitled If I'm The Devil… is available now. With a sound that Afropunk described as "the first truly unique post-hardcore band in years," letlive. is a band that reflects humanity as a collection of emotional, frontal-lobe beings, and uses their ambition to ignite the same passion with their fans.
Since their beginning in 2002, letlive. has been a band that is not easy to categorize. In fact, letlive. refuse to be constrained by the ideas of a "scene" – whether it is punk, metal, indie, rap. However If I’m the Devil… necessitates a genre, one could posit revolutionary counterculture music - a punk rock Run the Jewels, a more emotional Rage Against the Machine, and Public Enemy with more inclusive politics.
The album is the follow up to letlive.'s critically-lauded 2013 release, The Blackest Beautiful. And the time spent between that and 2016 are defined by the band's engagement with the griot lineage of Saul Williams and Ta-Nehisi Coates, the deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, the social pathologies that led to Ferguson, Missouri and divisive redlining policies that are functionally domestic terrorism. And with those ideas letlive. is a band that aims to bring political messages into rock music again. “Our music is very left-leaning. It’s very clear I have a large disdain for the way a lot of systems are working and our society’s incapability to unravel," front man Jason Butler states.
Jason Butler (vocals), RJ Johnson (bass), Jeff Sahyoun (guitar), and Loniel Robinson (drums) recorded If I'm The Devil… at Kingsize Studiolabs in Los Angeles, with co-producer Justyn Pilbrow. Guitarist Jeff Sahyoun explains, "We collectively wanted the audio realm we have spent years creating to give birth to a digestible powerhouse of modern sound." It is a strident, principled and heavy studio work created by 4 uniquely creative individuals known for letting their passion unfurl onstage. Those who have witnessed a letlive. show can attest that it is a connective, reactive and provocative experience that transcends the standard band performance and stage/audience dynamic. That explosive energy and fury is fully expressed on If I'm the Devil… As Butler states, "I feel we've spent years developing the idea that is letlive. and with this record I feel we have finally developed the SOUND that is letlive."
RIYL: Refused, Deftones, Glassjaw
DIRTY: #1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9
CLEAN: #2, 4, 8, 10, 11
CLEAN EDITS OF #3 and #7 included in downloads folder!
SINGLE: #3 (Be sure to use clean version)