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Gold Field’s explore psychedelic bliss on new album ‘Dalawa’

Australian indie-electronic band Gold Fields has released their sophomore album Dalawa, their first album since 2013.The album title is a nod to guitarist Vin Andanar’s heritage and meaning ‘two’ in Filipino (Tagalog). 

Gold Fields is the combined talents of Mark Robert Fuller, Vinci Andanar, Luke Peldys, Rob Clifton and Ryan D’Sylva. Originally formed in Ballarat, Victoria, the now Melbourne-based five-piece have blurred the lines between between indie, electronic, disco, and psych-rock.

It’s clear that Gold Fields have not lost their (golden) touch – Dalawa is fascinating, pretty and groovy all at once. Filled to the brim with hypnotic rhythms and neo-psychedelic trippiness, this is an EP that does as well on headphones while you lie back staring into space, as on the dancefloor. The release was accompanied by a video for ‘Glow’, complete with moody psychedelic projections, and dark silhouettes.

The band explains: “The making of Dalawa was a multi-dimensional journey across early adulthood… It saw us through some big life events… some really mind opening experiences, and all during some very interesting times around the world. Dalawa is definitely the record we wanted to make. In a way, it seemed to make itself.. It seems like we plucked the songs bit by bit from somewhere they already existed and pieced them back together into this record. Vin and Ry produced the whole thing and it was amazing to have Tony Espie (The Avalanches) mixing the record. Dalawa started out by us just experimenting and we let the sounds and the music take us on a journey. It’s been a real pleasure to create this and we can’t wait to put it out there.”

Catch the band’s album launch shows if you’re in Oz and feel like having your mind blown.
20 April, Howler Melbourne, VIC. More details.
24 April – The Landsdowne, Sydney, NSW. More details.

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LibraLibra’s ‘Loverboy’ video is hilarious and terrifying

Brighton quartet LibraLibra have revealed a nostalgic new video for their latest single ‘Loverboy’, inspired by ‘90s “secret admirer board game” Dream Phone, and filmed, directed, and edited by Elliot Tatler. The single is out now on all good digital service providers.

Four renegades from the open-minded and multicultural seaside town of Brighton, UK, LibraLibra are the kind of band that embody the free spirit of their hometown. Off-the-wall melodies akin to Asha Bhosle, frenetic lyrical flows that would leave MIA burned, and the range of Mike Patton—all thrown together with playground chants, world music rhythms and broken, distorted guitars—make theirs a riotously unique and colourful collision of styles.

There’s an unease at the core of each of their songs that leaves the listener hanging on to vocalist Beth Cannon’s every inflection, each new chorus cementing the ambition and talent of this intriguing bunch. Their escapades across the last year have pricked up important ears all over the place, leading them to work with Idles’ producer SPACE on their new single, ‘Loverboy’.

Cannon comments on the new single: “When I was younger I was told I ‘went off the rails’, when I was actually struggling with my mental health and had PTSD, but to everyone around me I was wild; a loose cannon, pardon the pun. This song harks back to young me getting drunk at parties, failing madly in love, fucking it up being labelled a slut, failing hard again and not really knowing what to do with all the feelings, other than to keep getting fucked up and searching for that one.”

‘Loverboy’ builds on LibraLibra’s first three singles ‘Animali’, ‘Tongues’ and ‘Skin and Bone’ which gained heavy support including BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio, Radio X, The 405, Les InRocks and Get In Her Ears. The palpable early buzz on the band has been further stoked by recent live dates including appearances at Liverpool Sound City, the Great Escape, Bad Pond festival, Off the Record and London support for the mighty Psychic TV at a sold-out Heaven.

A busy 2019 live schedule is shaping up, including ‘Loverboy’ single launch shows in April—continuing their penchant for multi-dimensional, immersive live gigs, this time they will be luring their audience into a high school prom.

Cannon’s vocal ability has received deserved accolade throughout her career with her command of script prompting comparisons to Kate Bush and Björk. Some may recognise her voice from Simon Raymonde’s Lost Horizons (Bella Union), where Cannon wrote and performed on lead track ‘Bones’ and fronted the band throughout a summer of festivals including Green Man, End of the Road, Seachange, Kendal Calling, Bluedot and many more.

While her powerful presence is unmistakable in everything she does, LibraLibra is a different beast, and really showcases the direction Cannon is heading in, which is ultimately down along a more dark and twisted path. Fans of the B52s, The Knife and Fever Ray will find themselves in exciting new territory here.

‘Loverboy’ is LibraLibra’s fourth release and will be available across all streaming platforms from 5th April. Mixed and arranged by SPACE (Idles/Black Futures) and mastered by John Davis at Metropolis.

03.04.19 – Joiners, Southampton 
05.04.19 – Social, London (FREE ENTRY)
12.04.19 – Brighton Electric, Brighton (FREE ENTRY ‘Prom Night’)
03.05.19 – Liverpool Sound City Festival

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Amycanbe’s ‘Grano (Flow Mix by Mark Plati)’ is a breathtaking tour-de-force


Amycanbe have released a sterling remix of their 2015 track ‘Grano’ by Mark Plati, to be included on their latest album White Slide EP. Plati has worked extensively with the band before, dating back to 2009, and also produced their 2011 album ‘Mountain Whales.’

For our last few records we collaborated with Mark Plati (who has mixed 90% of our songs since 2009); he really has a good ear for music!” says Amycanbe’s Marco. “He has the talent to get the maximum potential from a song, as we envision it in our minds. For example ‘Grano’ is absolutely perfect; exactly how I imagined it. It has always been our favorite song from the Wolf album, and probably one of his favorites as well. He chose it for a remix (almost a re-work), which we would like to include here in this release – very nice, great fun!

Mark Plati’s ‘Flow Mix’ adds a whole new dimension to the track, adding atmospheric layers while maintaining a sense of respect for the original. The result is a breathtaking tour-de-force of synths and basslines, certainly reinvigorating interest in the 2015 version.




Read our previous piece on Amycanbe’s live version of their single, White Slide here

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Big Thief Share New Single ‘Cattails’ & Expand US Tour

Big Thief have shared ‘Cattails’, the second new song off their forthcoming album U.F.O.F. This follows the woozily gorgeous first song, ‘UFOF’ (which Pitchfork named “Best New Track”) and gives listeners a glimpse into the breadth of moods contained within this new collection. ‘Cattails’ begins as a simple song, a finger-picked accompaniment from Adrianne Lenker and propulsive drums from James Krivchenia. As the song progresses, a glorious hum begins to take hold underneath, with drones and twinkling piano joining the throng, as the song seems to become lighter than air and take flight. Lenker says this of ‘Cattails’:

“Cattails came about while we were at the studio in Washington in the pine forest. Writing it was just one of those electric multicolored waves of connectivity just sweeping through my body. I stayed up late finishing the song and the next morning was stomping around playing it over and over again. We thought why not just record it, so James sat at the drums and we practiced and by the time we’d finished practicing, Dom Monks – our engineer – had already sneakily set up mics and recorded it. It was beautiful that he’d captured it right away because when James and I were playing it felt like a little portal in the fabric had opened and we were just flying. Listening back to it makes me cry sometimes.”

U.F.O.F., F standing for ‘Friend’, is the third record by Big Thief, set to be released on May 3rd. Adrianne Lenker (guitar, vocals), Buck Meek (guitar), Max Oleartchik (bass), and James Krivchenia (drums) have spent the last 4 years on an incessant world tour, winning the devotion of an enthusiastic and rapidly expanding audience.

U.F.O.F. was recorded in rural western Washington at Bear Creek Studios. In a large cabin-like room, the band set up their gear to track live with engineer Dom Monks and producer Andrew Sarlo, who was also behind their first two back-to-back releases, Masterpiece (2016) and Capacity (2017).

“Making friends with the unknown… All my songs are about this,” says Lenker; “If the nature of life is change and impermanence, I’d rather be uncomfortably awake in that truth than lost in denial.”

U.F.O.F. is available for pre-order on LP, CD, and digital. Limited translucent orange vinyl is available via the Big Thief store and 4AD store + your local indie retailer. Limited forest green vinyl will be available through Vinyl Me Please.

BIG THIEF TOUR DATES 
April 20 – SAN DIEGO, CA, Irenic
May 2 – LOS ANGELES, CA, The Fonda Theatre
May 3 – LOS ANGELES, CA, The Bootleg Theater **SOLD OUT**
May 5 – BROOKLYN, NY, Elsewhere **SOLD OUT**
May 18 – LEEDS, GB, Brudenell Social Club **SOLD OUT**
May 19 – GLASGOW, GB, SWG3
May 21 – DUBLIN, IE, Vicar Street
May 22 – MANCHESTER, GB, The Ritz
May 23 – LONDON, GB, Roundhouse
May 24 – BRISTOL, GB, SWX
May 26 – CAMBRIDGE, GB, Cambridge Junction
May 27 – PARIS, FR, Trabendo
May 28 – BRUSSELS, BE, Orangerie
May 30 – BARCELONA, ES, Primavera Sound
May 31 – NÎMES, FR, This Is Not a Love Song Festival
June 2 – AMSTERDAM, NL, Best Kept Secret
June 3-6 – MARINA DI RAVENNA, IT, Beaches Brew Festival
June 3 – BERLIN, DE, Lido
June 4 – ZURICH, CH, Bogen F
June 8 – PORTO, PT, NOS Privavera Sound
August 6-10 – OSLO, NO, Oya Festival
August 8 – COPENHAGEN, DK, Lille Vega
August 15-18 – BRECON BEACONS, GB, Green Man Festival
August 16 – HASSELT, BE, Pukkelpop Festival
October 10 – NEW YORK, NY, Webster Hall
October 11 – NEW YORK, NY, Webster Hall
October 12 – SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT, Higher Ground
October 13 – BOSTON, MA, Wilbur Theatre
October 15 – MONTREAL, QC, La Tulipe
October 16 – TORONTO, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre
October 17 – DETROIT, MI, Majestic Theatre
October 18 – CHICAGO, IL, Metro
October 19 MADISON, WI, The Sylvee
October 21 – MINNEAPOLIS, MN, First Avenue
October 24 – PORTLAND, OR, Crystal Ballroom
October 25 – VANCOUVER, BC, Vogue Theatre
October 26 – SEATTLE, WA, Moore Theatre
October 28 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA, The Fillmore
October 30 – SANTA ANA, CA, The Observatory
November 1 – PHOENIX, AZ, Crescent Ballroom
November 2 – ALBUQUERQUE, NM, Sister
November 4 – AUSTIN, TX, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
November 5 – DALLAS, TX, Trees
November 7 – ATLANTA, GA, Variety Playhouse
November 8 – SAZAPAHAW, NC, Haw River Ballroom
November 9 – PHILADELPHIA, PA, Union Transfer
November 10 – WASHINGTON, DC, 9:30 Club
November 11 – COLUMBUS, OH, The Athenaeum Theatre

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