After the indefinite break of „Los Hermanos“, in 2007, Rodrigo Amarante began to devote himself to the Orquestra Imperial, and the group Little Joy, who founded together with Fabrizio Moretti and Binki Shapiro. After the release of the first album of the trio in 2008, the band was on tour in Brazil and around the world by 2009. Living in Los Angeles, in a place where he was unknown, Amarante then began to write about this „exile“ and to know again its nature, forming what would become horse (cavalo).
The 2013 released album „Cavalo“ was recorded in Los Angeles and Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and contains tracks sung in three different languages: Portuguese, English and French, plus some Japanese verses in the title track. Amarante alone recorded most of the album, which features the participation of former bandmates, as Rodrigo Barba, Fabrizio Moretti and Devendra Banhart.
Full album stream is available after the jump. Available on iTunes.
After the first LP in 2012 „Is Your Love Big Enough?“, the 25 years old, English songwriter Lianne La Havas released her long awaited second album. Watch her new acoustic live performance of the single „Unstoppable“. The album ‚Blood‘ is now out and available on iTunes.
Describing their style as „Latin Desert & Funeral Party“ music, Opez clearly go their own special way. But listen to the debut album „Dead Dance“ and you will find that this path is quite an exciting one. Set in a haunting environment of acoustic instruments and an expertly stylish production, the twelve songs recorded by Italian musicians Massi Amadori and Francesco Tappi are a journey into a twilight world of emotion and imagination.
With additional musicians like Fabio Paglierani, an expert in dub who brings a echoing twist to the sultry groove of „Adriatica“ and „Carlos Primero“ or Fabio „Mocambo“ Tozzi who puts „Estelita“, „Diavolanza“, „Malinco“ and „Libre“ into an authentic Fifties environment “Dead Dance” is a band affair. The vocals of Annalisa Bartolini on „Carlos Primero“ and „Sangoda“, as well as Dimitri „Didi“ Mazzs on „Malinco“, add to the complete picture.
Out on Agogo Records, available at Bandcamp, HHV or iTunes. Stream the entire album below …
Swedish singer Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man On Earth, has revealed details on his fourth studio album. Entitled „Dark Bird is Home“, wich is the follow-up to 2012’s „There’s No Leaving Now“.
„It’s an album that presents Kristian Matsson at his most personal and direct, deeper and darker than ever at times, yet also an album with strokes of whimsy and the scent of new beginnings. It feels fresh and well timed. Hear “Sagres” below.“
Out may 12th on Dead Oceans records, available for pre-order on iTunes and Amazon.
Ben Howard is pleased to announce the release of his forthcoming second studio album. ‘I Forget Where We Were’ is the follow up to 2011’s ‚Every Kingdom‘, it will be released through Island Records on the 20th October 2014. Pre-order CD/Vinyl direct or digital on iTunes or Amazon. Below you’ll find three tracks taken from the LP.
Just a few weeks after his debut EP, Nick Hakim now released the second part of ‚Where Will We Go‚. You can now listen to the second EP. Out now on Earseed Records, available now digitally on iTunes. Part One is still up on soundcloud.
Adam Scrimshire just released the second volume of his „in between“ series. ‚Forgotten Songs‘ features six unheard songs. ‚Saltwater‘ featuring Matthew Halsall was written and recorded just a few short weeks after his first album ‚Along Came The Devil One Night‚ in 2009. ‚Driftwood‘, is an acoustic guitar track, he played it while recording ‚The Hollow‚. Modified Man, Fuselage, 7th Tide, A Place For Everything – all experiments.
„… but I myself have been fairly unsettled since then and don’t know what the next album step for me is if, in fact, there should be one at all. These were slated for a new and different project, but, I decided to clear the cupboards and get rid of everything, so here they are. Last time I kind of just pulled them together and put them out, this time I’ve tried to build something a little more cohesive for you – hopefully you can enjoy this while I decide what to do next!“
Download the EP for free or give a little contribution on bandcamp – Volume One is also still available.
We stumbled across Richard Houghten’s music on the skateboard video ‚Urban Isolation‘ by Russell Houghten (watch the video below). Richard Houghten is from Oakland/United States, he started playing guitar as kid and loved working with a tascam 4 track recorder, making use of over dubbing and flipping over the tape to record in reverse. For the album ‚All Guitar‘, he used only one acoustic guitar, and manipulate and change it as much as he could to reach out of its normal boundaries. Released April 8th 2014, available for free on Bandcamp.
London-based songwriter Nick Mulvey, former member in Mercury Award nominees Portico Quartet, is about to release his debut album. With an abundance of genres at his fingertips, Mulvey set about creating a sound that was both striking and individual, intertwining influences of great musicians such as Nick Drake, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Waits with a variation of African styles, including guitarist Kawele. This resulted in the sweet melodies and rhythmic strumming patterns that can be heard on his Dan Careyproduced EP „Fever to the Form“, which was released in 2013. His full-length album „First Mind“ was due to arrive in 2014. You can pre-order now on iTunes.