Watch Black Marble’s Video for “Woods”

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Last week, Chris Stewart, aka Black Marble, released undoubtedly one of our favorite albums of this past year with his sophomore effort, It’s Immaterial. Outside of its emotional depth, there is a spiritual otherworld quality that overcomes us every listen where we come out mentally cleansed. The video for “Woods” produced by Libre’s Alberto Berrizbeitia and director Theo Sixou further captures the emotion and spirituality with beautifully choreographed movements and imagery in a forest. Stewart says of the video:

I spoke with Theo awhile back about his initial concept for the piece. At first I was not sure what I thought of all these people running endlessly — sometimes stopping to speak directly to camera — this strange tableau. Having worked with him previously on “A Great Design” though, I knew I should just trust him. Had it been anyone else I might have thought twice about the idea but I’m glad I didn’t.

Somehow, as visual allegory to the spirit of the song, these people running from something, but sometimes it seems, just running because there’s nothing else to do, fits perfectly with the underlying theme of the music, the sort of tension that exists when you already know the ultimate outcome but cant bring yourself to extricate yourself from something that has just been in place for so long. That liminal space between wanting and doing can seemingly last forever and I think this video perfectly represents Woods in that way.

I think Theo is one of the most talented people I’ve had the pleasure of working with and I’m so pleased as always that he chose to dedicate some of his time to creating an amazing visual story for “Woods.”

It’s Immaterial is available now through Ghostly International.

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Austra Announce New Album, Share Video for “Utopia”

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The Katie Stelmanis-fronted project Austra have their third full-length, named Future Politics, dropping on January 20th via Domino Records. The album is a commentary not only on the current geopolitical environment, but a call to change and, according to Stelmanis, “a commitment to replace the approaching dystopia.” It was influenced by her time spent living in Montreal and Mexico City and economic and philosophical literature she had been reading. With the album’s announcement comes a visual for the track “Utopia” directed by THAT GO depicting Stelmanis trapped in an apartment by technology. The album is available for pre-order here.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 10/18/16

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

Jim James – Here In Spirit
Charly Bliss – Ruby
Kadhja Bonet, RJ, and Mark Maxwell – Latenight Munchies
Our Girl – Being Around
Her’s – Marcel
Still Corners – Currents
Sure Sure – New York New Dog
Tunji Ige – Bring Yo Friends
Chance The Rapper & Knox Fortune – All Night (Kaytranada extended joint)
Jidenna – Long Live The Chief
Dream Chief – Can’t Shake U
Foreign Air – Better For It
Darcys – Coming Up For Air
Black Marble – Golden Heart
Many Voices Speak – Blue Moon (cover)
Part Time – Seashells
Muuy Biien – Mara
Forth Wanderers – Slop
EZTV – Racing Country
Devendra Banhart – Fancy Man
Baloji – Spoiler
Sibylle Baier – Tonight
Yellow Days – Your Hand Holding Mine
L’Orange & Mr. Lif – Antique Gold (ft. Chester Watson)
Reva DeVito – The Move (prod. by Kaytranada)
Lazy Day – Disappear
Stef Chura – You
Nutrition – Lost

Ruby Haunt Share New Song “Prayers”

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LA duo Ruby Haunt (fka Haunt) have dropped two of our favorite releases this year with their Crush EP and Sugar LP just a couple of weeks back, however they can’t seem to stop creating. Last week, on the heels of skateboarder Dylan Rieder’s death following a battle with Leukemia, they dropped a touching, mournful song titled “Prayers.” In addition to Dylan, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the passing of another fantastic talent highly regarded to us as well last week, lo-fi bedroom musician Fergus Miller, aka Bored Nothing. Listen below.

Stream “Here in Spirit” from Jim James

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We weren’t really feeling the first single “Same Old Lie” from the new Jim James album, but we are really liking this new one, “Here in Spirit.” The beautiful, feathery production compliments James’ soulful southern vocals blending a retro and modern aesthetic sonically. Eternally Even is out on November 4th through ATO/Capital Records and available for pre-order here.

Discover Bloomington’s Groutfit and Her Seasonally Appropriate Facing Myself EP

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Groutfit is the moniker of Bloomington, IN”s Juliet Johnson. The name comes from the term to describe two or more gray articles of clothing to make and outfit blending together gray and outfit. The term applies very well to the dark ambient moods flushed out through a hypnotic mix of samples, beats, unrecognizable sounds. Her latest offering is the five-song Facing Myself EP. Clocking in a just under five minute, it, without a doubt, feels more like sketches, but the remarkably bewitching beauty exudes an emotional depth that many full-length albums do not come close to approaching. Not to mention, combine this release along with her previous material (find those here) and put it on loop, you have a pretty good mix of effects to blast on the speakers this upcoming Halloween.

Today’s MOKB on SIRIUS XMU Blog Radio Playlist : 10/11/16

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

Tunji Ige – Bring Yo Friends
Foreign Air – Better For It
Dream Chief – Can’t Shake You
Kaytranada ft. Syd – You’re The One
Mannequin Pussy – Romantic
Shop Talk – Knock On A Door
Forth Wanderers – Slop
Lifer – Nightlife
Goon – Dizzy
Our Girl – Being Around
Cadence Kid – The Darkness
L’Orange & Mr. Lif – A Palace In The Sky
Bonzai – Bodhram
Flamingosis – Not Like the Others
The Radio Dept. – We Got Game
Sofie Winterson – I Only Wanted You
Harley Alexander – Staring At Photographs
Sam Evian – Sleep Easy
Many Voices Speak – Video Child
Laura Misch – Divided
Vesuvio Solo – Night Drive
LIPS – Everything To Me
Ruby Haunt – Royal Moon
Fake Laugh – I Made A Sound
Fog Lake – Farther Reaches
Suburban Living – Two Years
Hazel English – Control