Bibio Announces New Album, Shares Video for New Song “Feelings”

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We are pretty stoked about the just announced seventh Bibio album, A Mineral Love, due out on April 1st through Warp Records. Late last year, he revealed the fragile track “Petals” and now, along with the LP details, has offered up a video for soft-funk jam “Feelings” sure to get some involuntary body movements happening for you. Find both below along with Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio below regarding the concept of the album.

“This album celebrates the sacred and precious struggles of human insecurities through many windows of familiar musical forms. It’s also a celebration of my love of the craft of record making, drawing influences from many sources across all decades from the late sixties to the present. All these referential forms have a twist, some are more full on cocktails.

The album as a whole is an unashamed expression of my fondness of, and need for, variety. The juxtapositions between tracks are well considered and I’m comfortable with them – this is how I enjoy music. This is not a purist record, it is not trying to authentically recreate a specific time or genre but rather use familiar forms as a common language to communicate new ideas and new messages. I want to sing about struggle and tragedy with warmth, sympathy and respect. I want sadness to have bittersweet hope.

The whole album was made from scratch with no samples from other records. I partly want it to sound like sampled records but by crafting every single detail myself and colouring it to have familiar textures that resonates people’s forgotten memories. I enjoy the challenge of writing songs that reference the unique qualities and colours of music from different eras. It’s all guesswork though, I have no real reliable knowledge of why certain records sound the way they do, I taught myself how to play instruments, write music and produce. This album is my personal, filtered take on those forms and qualities. Some tracks are influenced by records I listen to often and some from ghosts of memories of things I heard while growing up, like 70s/80s American TV themes or 90s dance. Sometimes a filtered and tinted memory of a period is a more exciting source of inspiration than close study and mimicry.

I feel this album is built more from those memories and an exposure to music of many styles rather than close analytical study of any particular one. I think that’s why it all sounds like me, regardless of the deliberate references and nods to artists and records of the past. It is after all just a view through my stained-glass telescope.” – Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio)

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Pinkshinyultrablast Share Visual for “The Cherry Pit”

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St. Petersburg, Russia band Pinkshinyultrablast had one of the more promising releases last year with their debut Everything Else Matters. On February 26th, they waste no time on following it up with a new album named Grandfathered via ClubAC30. We have had the pleasure of listening to it and the band really builds upon the ideas of their debut taking their sound to even higher heights. The LP perfectly blurs the line between shoegaze and dreampop pulling off the quiet loud soundscapes immaculately. One of the many highlights is the abrasive, yet blissful “The Cherry Pit” for which they have unveiled a gorgeous video for directed by Jared Hutchinson. Watch below.

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Watch the Video for Yung Gemmy’s Chilled-Out “Cutest in the Game”

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We are just really getting acquainted with Yung Gemmy, however we do know that she hails from Adelaide, Australia and is “not a rapper” per her bio. She meshes colorful k-pop/j-pop aesthetics with both hip-hop and r&b (see her Soundcloud). “Cutest in the Game” is her latest track and feels a little like M.I.A. in delivery. Find the track along with the video below.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 1/19/16

Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available via OnDemand.

LCD Soundsystem – Home
Santigold – Can’t Get Enough Of Myself
Yung Gemmy – Cutest In The Game
The Zombies – Summertime
Ekkah – Small Talk
The Beach Boys – Sloop John B
Pelada – No Hay
Dilly Dally – Know Yourself (Drake cover)
Brett – Decisions (demo)
The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marvin Gaye cover)
Mt. Si – Either Or
ODESZA – Sometimes
West Nile – Lucifer Baby
WOODS – Sun City Creeps
Memoryhouse – Sarah
Purple Pilgrims – Thru Evry Cell
Sean Henry – Dear Joyce
Charlie Hilton – Funny Anyway
Porches – Be Apart
Whitney – No Woman
Joy Again – How You Feel
Your Friend – Come Back From It
Kane Strang – Full Moon, Hungry Sun
Murals – Long Bridge
HOOPS – Nothing But Net
Gap Dream – Fantastic Sam
Dream Chief – Overflow

Collaborative Project Mt. Si Announces EP, Streams New Song “Either / Or”

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“We’re all friends who originally got together to work on songs for the first Classixx album. Mike and I wrote a track that I was supposed to sing, but Sarah came in and stole the show. From there we realized that we had good chemistry as a trio, writing and producing in a subtle, refined way. We’ve been slowly chipping away at songs for almost four years now. A relaxed and loose approach to the project, never settling until we have a great track has been one of the guiding principles.” – Jesse Kivel

Mt. Si is the LA-based pop project from Michael David of Classixx, Sarah Chernoff of Superhumanoids, and Jesse Kivel of Kisses. You might recall their songs “Oh” and “True” a while back>The trio originally became friends while working together for the first Classixx LP, 2013’s Hanging Gardens. They further grew closer over their ties to Israel, which connects with the artwork of a mountain range outside of Tel Aviv produced by photographer David Kitz (seen above). On February 5th, they will be unveiling their debut EP titled Limits (via Cascine) totaling in four tracks of ruminating, palatable pop with a lomographic sheen. With the announcement, we have the “Either / Or” from the release available for pre-order on vinyl here or iTunes.

Stream the Debut Album from Charlie Hilton

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Palana, the debut solo album from Blouse lead singer Charlie Hilton officially is out at the end of the week via Captured Tracks. Hype Machine is offering up a first listen of the album in full for those that like to hear the entire product before purchasing (we recommend the special vinyl edition on colored vinyl found here). We are certain you will love the diverse collection of sounds as much as we do.

Watch the Video for Wistful New Song “No Woman” from Whitney

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Chicago’s Whitney is the musical partnership of ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Julien Ehrlich and ex-Smith Westerns’ Max Kakacek. The pair just unloaded one of the best tracks we have heard to date in this early year via Secretly Canadian and Lead Riders. Per Ehrlich, the song is “about losing the love of your life and being thrown into an aimless journey because of it.” With it, they also unloaded a visual directed by Hugh Donkin. Expect more from the project later this year.

Bleached Announce New Album, Share Video for New Song “Keep On Keepin’ On”

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On April 1st, LA’s Bleached will be releasing their sophomore LP, titled Welcome the Worms, via Bloomington, IN’s Dead Oceans. Created in the chaos of an eviction and broken relationship, the band feel more confident and in control that anytime before, if first reveal “Keep On Keepin’ On” is any indication. The song has a left-coast Ramones aesthetic to it and a appropriate message of perseverance given the personal challenges previously mentioned. You can pre-order the album here and watch the visual for the single below.

Tour Dates:
Mar. 15 – Sat. March 19 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Mar. 29 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones
Mar. 30 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Apr. 2 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Apr. 4 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
Apr. 5 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s
Apr. 6 – Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Apr. 8 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
Apr. 9 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
Apr. 11 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Apr. 13 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Apr. 15 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
Apr. 16 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz POB
Apr. 17 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison
Apr. 20 – Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness
Apr. 21 – Ferndale, MI @ Loving Touch
Apr. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Apr. 23 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Apr. 25 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Apr. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Apr. 28 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
Apr. 29 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
Apr. 30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
May 2 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
May 4 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
May 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
May 17 – Manchester, UK @ Gulivers
May 18 – London, UK @ Moth Club
May 19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival @ Horatios
May 20 – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet
May 21 – Eindhoven, NL @ Stroomhuis