Bit of a break from our normal output here, but there have been a few announcements in recent weeks that have made us sit up, take notice and salivate profusely. It may only be February, but thoughts are starting to turn to summer releases and festivals (damn those tricky record companies and their impeccably timed schedules) and in honour of this, here’s a bit of news about some people that we like whose new albums are imminent.
First, tUnE-yArDs is back! Merril Garbus and her trusty looping pedal have been in the studio and will release the follow up to the simply outstanding, BiRd BrAiNs on April 19th. The first single off her new album, w h o k i l l, premiered on Radio One a few days ago and is featured below. Apologies for Zane Lowe’s hyperbolic ramblings over the start and finish…
Next, Julian Lynch yesterday announced the release of Terra, which will arrive via Underwater Peoples (not literally you hope) some time in the spring. Check out a live version of some tracks from the album over at the Free Music Archive or simply take in the languid, Just Enough, from last year’s LP, Mare, here:
Meanwhile, 4AD’s Gang Gang Dance have annnounced the follow up to 2008’s St. Dymphna. Apparently it’s called Eye Contact and is set to be released in the UK on May 9th. Exactly one month earlier they’re due play at Village Underground for a Dazed and Confused party, though no ticket news has emerged for the show as of yet. Still, keep your eyes peeled for that one and, in the meantime, have a listen to First Communion and imagine jumping around to it in a body-strewn sweatbox.
And finally. As if the thought of seeing Gang Gang on the 9th wasn’t enough, the 8th of April sees an AV favourite land on these shores for what promises to be a very special performance. Pantha du Prince this week announced the release of an album’s worth of remixes from last year’s jaw-dropping, Black Noise. To go with this, he’s doing a set at Queen Elizabeth Hall on the Southbank alongside Apparat, who’ll be spinning cuts from last year’s excellent DJ Kicks. Here’s Animal Collective’s take on Welt Am Draht: