It’s that time again. A little later than we would have liked it to be – we’re currently beavering away at the HQ on Issue 4 of After Nyne Magazine – but here are the highlights of what we’ve been listening to for the past month.
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Olde Worlde – ‘Stuck in Hibernation’
Olde Worlde is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist, Sohhei Numata. Born in Machida, Tokyo, Olde Worlde releases his brand new album The Blue Musk-Oxen in the UK on September 1st. Recorded, produced and mixed by Brad Wood (The Smashing Pumpkins, Ben Lee, Sunny Day Real Estate, Tortoise) it features current single Stuck In Hibernation – which is picking up airplay across BBC 6 Music, including spins at Lauren Laverne. On his debut album The Blue Musk-Oxen, Numata plays guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, piano, keyboard and moog.
Getting to grips with many a 90s US Indie Rock and Power Pop band through his radio, the traits of these come to the fore on The Blue Musk-Oxen. From former single Your Bird’s delicate lilt and simple melody, through to Stuck In Hibernation’s more fractured guitars and buoyant pace, The Blue Musk-Oxen is made a bright, sun-kissed, collection thanks to Brad Wood’s production.
Stream ‘Stuck in Hibernation’
Larkin Poe – ‘Crown of Fire’
They say madness runs in the family. They say the same about creativity and passion. That’s good news for Larkin Poe’s sister duo Rebecca and Megan Lovell, the descendants of tortured artist and creative genius Edgar Allen Poe.
“We have a very colorful family history,” explains lead singer/guitarist Rebecca, 23, who also plays mandolin and violin. “There were a lot of creative, hotheaded, and intelligent branches that went against the grain in our family tree. Our paternal grandfather suffered from schizophrenia, while our great, great, great, great grandfather, Larkin Poe, was a Civil War wagon driver turned historian and a distant cousin to Edgar Allen Poe. Growing up with their crazy stories deﬁnitely shaded our perception of normal. As artists, I think some of those innate eccentricities, passed down from generation to generation, have been even further exaggerated in us!” Megan, 25, who contributes lapsteel and dobro to the line-up, chimes in, “As sisters, we just wanted to pick a band name that had familial signiﬁcance, so we decided to give a nod to our ancestors and take on the name Larkin Poe.”
The Atlanta-based sisters celebrate that unique genealogy and their own eccentricities with their debut full-length album, “Kin,” on Restoration Hardware’s label RH Music, produced by Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles and Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Rita Ora) in Atlanta.
“I think our fans will be surprised by this album,” states Rebecca proudly. “In our previous projects, there was always this pervading polish of “politeness.” In this project, that polish isn’t present. ‘Kin’ is the ﬁrst Larkin Poe album where we were able to bring a bit more of our stage show into the studio and capture some grittier, edgier stuff. We can rock-out on guitars like the boys… so why not go ahead and do it? We let our freak ﬂag ﬂy a little higher.”
Stream Crown of Fire
Larkin Poe’s album ‘Kin’ is released August 25th.
Spring King – ‘Can I?’
How to follow the riotous garage stomp of ‘concept single’ “Mumma”? With a 5-track EP – a first for paradYse records, which stretches the band’s sound into thrillingly tuneful new territory.
Production wunderkind Tarek Musa leads his charges of Peter Darlington, James Green and Andrew Morton into darker, anthemic territory with lead track “Demons”- a song recorded in the pitch black as the band pioneer ‘Method recording’, documenting a personal battle of will, juxtaposed with the energetic instrumentation of “uplifting tempos that make you want to shake”.
Recorded in the soon to be legendary bathroom studios. Yes – a studio in which the bathtub was pulled out to accommodate the drumkit, this EP showcases the live furore of the band’s show – bringing to mind the ambition of Funeral era Arcade Fire, with the pure Garage punk of The Reatards and a shared passion for Bossanova – tracks like “Can I” with their call of “It takes some time to clear my mind”, in-fact bury their way into yours, whilst showstopper “Let’s Ride” will blast away and cobwebs hidden behind the sink, with any other band wishing they had a tune as strong as “Better Man” for a lead single!
Stream ‘Can I?’
“Demons” EP released 8th September 2014 on Transgressive/paradYse
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Antonio Paul – ‘Modern Daze’
Antonio Paul is the recording project of Marc Antonio and Michael Paul, that sometimes manifests as a live band. Created from the depths of the deep south of Western Australia, with the intentions similar to any art project that is packed full of social commentary, anti-establishment spunk and the critical analysis of a generation. Sonically serving the purpose to bridge the gap between bands and new wave electronic producers.
Antonio Paul have come a long way since their self produced and recorded track ‘City Dreams’. Since then Marc Antonio and Michael Paul from Bunbury, Western Australia have been busy crafting their tunes and working with upcoming local directors to produce their music video clips.
In this short space of time the boys soon clocked up a strong fanbase both in Australia and Overseas and have supported the likes of Jinja Safari, San Cisco and Snakadaktal.
Antonio Paul created a bit of a buzz on music blogs and college webzines overseas and currently have the interest of some of the World’s leading record labels and booking agencies, and in more recent times have acquired a young gun at Island Def Jam joining them as co-manager for the USA…..now it’s the UK’s turn with Antonio Paul’s new EP Modern Daze.
Stream Modern Daze
Modern Daze EP released September 8th