17.08.2017 news

Surprise Surprise. New King Gizzard Out Now!

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard has surprise released their third album of 2017, Sketches of Brunswick East, a jazz and Tropicalia infused collaboration with Mild High Club.  The album is available now for digital download, and you can now pre-order it on high fidelity 180-gram black vinyl, limited edition cassette, or CD. All physical pre-orders placed through the ATO shop will receive a free Gizzard Gator sticker, and orders will arrive before the album is available in record stores or other third-party retailers.

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Sketches is a soothing balm of a record, a chance to get to know King Gizzard’s sunny, playful side. Where previous albums have slipped down sonic worm-holes to explore distant galaxies, this one is an examination of (and homage to) the Melbourne suburb in which King Gizzard write and record in their own studio, and from where they run their planet-spanning psychedelic operation.

“We’re always walking up and down the street all the time,” described lead singer Stu Mackenzie. “Going to get coffee, lugging amps, just constantly wandering Lygon Street and spending a lot of time looking out into the distance, seeing the terrain change as new apartment buildings are erected, watching the cranes build bigger cranes. In that respect, perhaps it represents greater changes that are happening in the wider world, and this is our attempt to find beauty within a place that we spend so much time.”

A knowing nod to Miles Davis’s Sketches of Spain, this album also sees the band further exploring a Tropicalia element their music only ever previously hinted at. The band’s various sketches about time and place were reworked and pieced together, akin to “sampling-culture, in which old ideas are reshaped and suddenly things make sense,” explained Mackenzie. “It was like we were continually jamming with ourselves.”

Sketches Of Brunswick East is the third of five projected albums to be released by King Gizzard in 2017. “We don’t expect everyone to like everything that we release, but I hope people can view these five records as one body of work,” says Stu of this grand creative undertaking. “They’ve been made at the same time, by the same people, in the same place, and they all overlap.”

The band has a final run of US tour dates in 2017, beginning on September 23 in Michigan and ending at Joshua Tree, CA’s psychedelic Desert Daze Music Festival in mid-October. All upcoming dates are listed below.

 

US TOUR DATES

9/23 – Kalamazoo, MI – Audiotree Music Festival

9/24 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #

9/25 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #

9/26 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom #

9/28 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s

9/30 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Outside

10/1 – Dallas, TX – Trees

10/3 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar

10/4 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

10/5 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre %

10/6 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall %

10/7 – Boise, ID – Neurolux %

10/8 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom %

10/9 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom %

10/10 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre %

10/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore %

10/13 – 10/15 – Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2017

 

# with Mild High Club

% with Tropical Fuck Storm

17.08.2017 news

Gill Landry announces new album “Love Rides A Dark Horse”

Gill Landry of Old Crow Medicine Show has announced the release of his new studio album, ‘Love Rides A Dark Horse,’ due Oct. 6 on ATO Records. The first single and video from the 9-song collection, “Berlin,” was premiered today at American Songwriter. You can pre-order the album now in the ATO shop: http://smarturl.it/gill/officialstorepreorder

Listen to “Berlin”:

Following his critically acclaimed, self-titled 2015 ATO debut, ‘Love Rides A Dark Horse’ reflects the better part of a year Landry spent picking up the pieces of a failed relationship. Touring and recording alone during this period, he wrote with unflinching honesty about depression and expectation and desire.

“Love and hate need each other for either to have meaning and I feel like it’s the same way with people,” says Landry. “I’d like to believe love always wins coming down the stretch—it just might not be the way you envisioned it. In my experience love often isn’t what I expected and wouldn’t be half as good if it was. That basically is what I wrote this album about. The dark horse is the unexpected winner.”

‘Love Rides A Dark Horse’ breaks new ground for Landry with contributions from fiddler Ross Holmes (Mumford & Sons, Bruce Hornsby), keyboard player Skylar Wilson (Andrew Combs, Rayland Baxter), and drummer Logan Matheny (Roman Candle, Rosebuds). The songs spill over with gorgeous female harmonies by Klara Soderberg (First Aid Kit), Karen Elson and Odessa. Landry’s own vocals are front and center with the arrangements built around his husky baritone, often calling to mind Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. EndFragment

Landry will perform at the Americana Music Festival in Nashville in September. More tour dates will be announced soon – get tickets at http://www.gilllandrymusic.com/tour/: 

September 14 – Nashville, TN – High Watt*

October 2 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall (stage 2)

November 22 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day**

November 23 – Edinburgh, UK – The Voodoo Room**

November 24 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – Live Theatre**

November 26 – Nottingham, UK – The Maze**

November 27 – London, UK – The Borderline**

November 30 – Escondido, CA – California Center for the Arts^

December 1 – Los Angeles, CA – The Globe^

December 2 – San Luis Obispo, CA – The Fremont Theatre^

December 3 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre^

December 4 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore^

December 5 – Sacramento, CA – Harlows^

December 7 – Seattle, WA – Showbox^

December 8 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater^

December 9 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater^

* Americanafest

** w/ Ian Felice

^ w/ Valerie June

16.08.2017 news

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Announce “Destroyers of the Soft Life”

J. Roddy Walston & The Business has melded engaging, melodic songwriting with sharp observations about American culture on Destroyers of the Soft Life, their new album set for a September 29 release on ATO Records. Produced by studio veteran Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Built To Spill, Father John Misty) and mixed by M. Allen Parker (Dan Auerbach, Sheryl Crow) the album is now available for pre-order.

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Destroyers of the Soft Life began two years ago when Rod Walston (lead singer / guitarist / piano), Billy Gordon (guitar), Logan Davis (bass) and Steve Colmus (drums) purchased space in a Richmond, Virigina WWII era bomb shelter turned lumber yard. The foursome gutted and subsequently spent seven months transforming it into their own recording studio. As they put down roots Walston also became a father for the first time, inspiring lyrics that take an unflinching look at family dynamics and parental motivations.

“We had never been a band where we pretended that it’s 1965,” Walston said. “Loud rock and roll music has become less relevant because it’s just been on a loop,” he says. “If there was any rule on this record, it was, let’s be a part of music right now. I want to be part of living music in this moment.”

 

TOUR DATES

8/22 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

8/24 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar 20th Anniversary Residency

8/25 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar 20th Anniversary Residency

8/26 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar 20th Anniversary Residency

9/2 – Snowshoe, WV – Snowshoe Mountain Resort

9/9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors

9/10 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall

9/12 – Green Bay, WI – Badger State Brewing Company

9/14 – Maquoketa, IA – Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

9/15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

9/16 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s

9/18 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre

9/19 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up

9/22 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

9/23 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub

9/24 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

9/26 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine

9/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy

9/30 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up

10/4 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall

10/5 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

10/7 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits

10/8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

10/10 – Orlando, FL – The Social

10/11 – Ybor City, FL – Crowbar

10/13 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre

10/14 – Greenville, SC – Fall for Greenville

10/15 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre

 

15.08.2017 news

Lee Ann Womack Announces ATO Debut “The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone” out October 27

LEE ANN WOMACK DIGS DOWN TO HER TEXAS ROOTS ON ATO RECORDS DEBUT ’THE LONELY, THE LONESOME & THE GONE’ OUT OCTOBER 27 

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LISTEN TO NEW SONG “ALL THE TROUBLE” VIA NPR MUSIC

 

Lee Ann Womack, one of the most distinctive and decorated vocalists in modern music, will make her debut for ATO Records on October 27 with the release of ‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,’ an album that mixes the country, soul, gospel and blues of her native East Texas, into an audacious, sharp-edged work of art.  Produced by Womack’s husband and fellow Texan Frank Liddell (fresh off a 2017 ACM Album of the Year win for Miranda Lambert’s ‘The Weight of These Wings’), and featuring songs mostly co-written by Womack, ‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,’ is her most personal album to date, marking the culmination of a journey that began with her 2005 CMA Album of the Year ‘There’s More Where That Came From’ toward an authentic American music that celebrates her roots and adds to the canon.

 

Listen to new song “All The Trouble,” co-written by Womack and her band mates Adam Wright and Waylon Payne via NPR Music here.

 

‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone’ features fourteen new songs, recorded with Womack’s core band of top shelf musicians including bassist Glenn Worf, songwriters and guitarists Wright, Payne and Ethan Ballinger, and drummer Jerry Roe.  The album was mostly recorded at the legendary SugarHillStudios in Houston, TX.  Formerly known as Gold Star and open since 1941, SugarHill is one of the oldest continuously run studios in the country and home to seminal early recordings by many artists who had a formative influence on Womack, including George Jones, Willie Nelson and Lightnin’ Hopkins.  Among the album’s three cover songs, Womack recorded a haunting version of George Jones’ “Please Take the Devil Out of Me” standing on the same gold star linoleum floor where he cut the 1959 original.

 

“I wanted to get out of Nashville, and tap the deep music and vibe of East Texas,“ says Womack.  “I wanted to make sure this record had a lot of soul in it, because real country music has soul.  I wanted to remind people of that.”

 

‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone’ follows Womack’s acclaimed 2014 album ‘The Way I’m Livin’,’ which SPIN deemed “the best of her career” to date.  Highlights from that career include performances for presidents and other world leaders, duets partners ranging from George Strait to John Legend, a Grammy, five Academy of Country Music awards, and six Country Music Association awards including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and two Singles of the Year.

 

 ‘The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone’ Track List: 

1. All The Trouble

2. The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone

3. He Called Me Baby

4. Hollywood

5. End Of The End Of The World

6. Bottom of the Barrel

7. Shine On Rainy Day

8. Mama Lost Her Smile

9. Wicked

10. Long Black Veil

11. Someone Else’s Heartache

12. Sunday

13. Talking Behind Your Back

14. Take The Devil Out of Me 

 

Lee Ann Womack Upcoming Tour Dates:

Aug. 25 – Ford Center – Evansville, IN*

Aug. 26 – State Farm Center – Champaign, IL*

Aug. 27 – Plaza Theatre – Glasgow, KY

Sept. 8 – The Family Arena – St. Charles, MO*

Sept. 9 – U.S. Cellular Center – Cedar Rapids, IA

Sept. 10 – St. Croix Casino – Turtle Lake, WI

Sept. 14 – AmericanaFest – Nashville, TN

Sept. 22 – Charleston Civic Center – Charleston, WV*

Sept. 23 – Erie Insurance Center – Erie, PA*

Sept. 28 – Trans-Pecos Festival – Marfa, TX

Oct. 7 – Museum of Appalachia – Clinton, TN

Oct. 20 – Music In The Mill – Hickory, NC

Oct. 27 – Resch Center – Green Bay, WI

Oct. 28 – Target Center – Minneapolis, MN*

Oct. 29 – Bridge View Center – Ottumwa, IA

Nov. 3 – Lafayette Cajundome – Lafayette, LA*

Nov. 4 – Bell County Expo – Belton, TX*

Jan. 5 – The MusicFest at Steamboat – Steamboat, CO

Jan. 23 – Kent State Universtiy at Tuscarawas – New Philadelphia,  PA

Feb. 4 – Cayamo Cruise – New Orleans, LA

Feb. 16 – Arizona Musicfest – Scottsdale, AZ

 

 *denotes shows w. Alan Jackson

 

More Info on Lee Ann Womack

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10.08.2017 news

Watch Benjamin Booker on CONAN – Fall Tour – New Live Sessions

Watch Benjamin Booker perform his searing new song “Right On You” on CONAN:

Benjamin recently released a new live session of his song “Overtime” – watch it below, or check it out as part of Stereogum’s August cover story. Benjamin heads out on a fall headlining tour kicking off September 8 – see below for a full list of dates, and head to his website for tickets.

Aug 26 – Moontower Music Festival – Lexington, KY

Sept 8 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

Sept 9 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC

Sept 10 – Neumo’s – Seattle, WA

Sept 13 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT

Sept 15-17 – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival – Telluride, CO

Sept 27 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA

Sept 29 – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA

Sept 30 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ

Oct 3 – Trees – Dallas, TX

Oct 4 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

Oct 6-8 – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX

Oct 9 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN

Oct 10 – Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO

Oct 11 – The Bottleneck – Lawrence, KS

Oct 13-15 – Austin City Limits – Austin, TX

Oct 16 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL

Oct 17 – Magic Stick – Detroit, MI

Oct 18 – Mod Club – Toronto, ON

Oct 20 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA

Oct 22 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY

Oct 23 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

Oct 25 – The Loft – Atlanta, GA

Oct 26 – Saturn – Birmingham, AL

Oct 27-29 – Voodoo Festival – New Orleans, LA

 

01.08.2017 news

Listen to Jamie Lidell’s remix of Nick Hakim’s “Cuffed” and catch Nick on tour

Head to Okayplayer to listen to Jamie Lidell’s remix of Nick Hakim’s song “Cuffed”, featuring guitarist Marcus Machado. Okayplayer calls the remix “high-octane electric soul with all the requisite bite”. Download or stream the remix HERE, and grab Nick’s debut album ‘Green Twins’ now: http://smarturl.it/nh_greentwins

31.07.2017 news

Primus Announces New Studio Album and Fall Tour

Primus are excited to announce their ninth studio album The Desaturating Seven.  

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This is the first studio album of original material since 1995’s Tales From The Punchbowl with the classic Primus line-up of Les Claypool (vocals, bass), Larry LaLonde (guitar) and Tim Alexander (drums). The Desaturating Seven is inspired by a 1970’s children’s book Claypool often read to his kids when they were growing up. The book tells a story of seven goblins – one representing each color of the rainbow – who simultaneously pull all of the color out of the world.

 

 

“Many years ago when my children were little kidlets scurrying around the place wreaking havoc and whatnot till it was time for bed and book time, my wife turned them on to a book called “The Rainbow Goblins” by Ul De Rico,” Claypool explained. “The dark imagery and beauty of the art struck me immediately and I thought, ‘this would make good fodder for a piece of music.’ The use of color and darkness both in the paintings and the writing was compelling and now, near two decades later, the metaphor of greed, gluttony and deceit vs unity of the masses is eerily relevant. I brought the notion to the Primus guys and they were all for it. Plus, I figured it’s about time someone brought ‘Goblin Rock’ back to the fold.”

 

TOUR DATES
8/1 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom
8/2 – Mankato, MN – Vetter Stone Amphitheater
8/4 – Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheater
8/5 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads
8/6 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
8/8 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater
8/9 – Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
8/11 – Bonner, MT – Kettlehouse Amphitheater
8/12 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield
8/13 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheater
8/15 – Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park
8/17 – Stateline, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
8/18 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theater
with Clutch

10/20 – San Antonio, TX – Sunken Gardens
10/21 – Houston, TX – White Oak Lawn
10/22 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live
10/24 – Nashville, TN – War Memorial
10/27 – Albany, NY – Palace Theater
10/28 – Washington DC – The Anthem w/ Clutch
10/29 – Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater
10/31 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
11/2 – Akron, OH – Goodyear Theater
11/3 – Cincinnati, OH – The Taft Theater
11/4 – Louisville, KY – Palace Theater
11/5 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Theater
11/7 – Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theater
11/9 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
11/10 – Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Hotel
11/11 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
11/13 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
12/29 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
12/30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

25.07.2017 news

NPR announces new Jessica Lea Mayfield album ‘Sorry Is Gone with video

Sorry Is Gone, the highly anticipated new full-length album from Jessica Lea Mayfield, will be released September 29 on ATO Records and is now available for pre-order.

 

In advance of the release, the official music video for the album’s title track is premiering today at NPR Music. Of the song, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen praises, “Jessica Lea Mayfield is taking back her life. ‘Sorry Is Gone,’ the title track to her next album, is a song of empowerment that finds the singer moving past a difficult period in her life…Despite the weight of that, the song feels breezy, flowing and freeing.” Watch/share the video HERE.

 

The 11-track record was recorded at Water Music and Electric Lady studios with producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Phosphorescent). In addition to Mayfield, the album features a variety of world-renowned musicians including Seth Avett on backing vocals and keys, drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Sun Kill Moon), bassist Emil Amos (Grails, Holy Sons) and guitarist Cameron Deyell (Sia, Streets of Laredo.) with additional production from Patrick Damphier (The Mynabirds).

 

Of the record, Mayfield comments, “The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it. I realized I’m the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else.” She continues, “I have to sing about things and write about things that have happened to me as therapy. That’s what connects me to other music I listen to. I want music to make me feel things. This is my inner dialogue, and my chance to get the last word.”

 

In support of the release, Mayfield will embark on an extensive tour this fall including shows at NYC’s Baby’s All Right, DC’s Songbyrd, Nashville’s The Basement East and Chicago’s The Empty Bottle among many others. All tickets go on-sale this Friday, July 28. See below for complete details.

 

Sorry Is Gone is Mayfield’s first solo album since 2014’s Make My Head Sing…, which was released to widespread acclaim. Of the album, Rolling Stone asserted, “…Mayfield’s echo-laden bluegrass vocals mesh with scorching electric guitar lines to render remarkable results,” while Pitchfork praised, “There’s something certainly compelling about this raw, minimalist sound” and NPR’s Fresh Air proclaimed, “The music is heavy, but it soars.” Additionally Interview Magazine declared, “Mayfield sounds like she’s finally arrived” and USA Today affirmed, “Her evolution as an artist has been fascinating to hear.” Most recently, in 2015, Mayfield collaborated with Seth Avett on Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith.

SORRY IS GONE TRACK LISTING

  1. Wish You Could See Me Now
  2. Sorry Is Gone
  3. Meadow
  4. Maybe Whatever
  5. Soaked Through
  6. Safe 2 Connect 2
  7. Bum Me Out
  8. WTF
  9. Offa My Hands
  10. World Won’t Stop
  11. Too Much Terrible

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD TOUR

October 12—Columbus, OH—Rumba Cafe

October 13—Lakewood, OH—Mahall’s 20 Lanes

October 14—Pittsburgh, PA—Club Cafe

October 15—Toronto, ON—The Rivoli

October 17—New York, NY—Baby’s All Right

October 19—Boston, MA—Great Scott

October 20—Philadelphia, PA—Boot & Saddle

October 21—Washington, DC—Songbyrd

October 23—Charlottesville, VA—The Southern

October 24—Cat’s Cradle Back Room—Carrboro, NC

October 25—Knoxville, TN—The Open Chord

October 26—Asheville, NC—The Altamont

October 27—Atlanta, GA—The Earl

October 28—Charlotte, NC—Stage Door Theater

November 3—Nashville, TN —The Basement East

November 8—Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi

November 9—Chicago, IL—The Empty Bottle

November 10—Milwaukee, WI—The Back Room at Colectivo

November 11—Minneapolis, MN—7th Street Entry

November 12—Madison, WI—The Frequency

November 14—Davenport, IA—The Raccoon Motel

November 15—Des Moines, IA—Vaudeville Mews

November 16—Kansas City, MO—The Riot Room

November 17—St. Louis, MO—Off Broadway

November 18—Louisville, KY—Zanzabar

23.07.2017 news

Slow Dancer’s debut album ‘Surrender’ available now + tour with Hurray For The Riff Raff

Melbourne, Australia’s Slow Dancer – the moniker of singer, songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Simon Okely – has a new record, In A Mood, out now on ATO Records. Okely’s debut record is now also available on vinyl for the first time in the US on 180-gram vinyl. With this announcement, GoldFlakePaint also revealed a new clip for the Surrender stand-out “Took The Floor Out.” Additionally, Slow Dancer will serve as support for Hurray For The Riff Raff‘s upcoming European tour.   Before that, the band will return to the US for a headline tour, as well as dates supporting ATO labelmate Margaret Glaspy. In A Mood has been praised by NPRBillboardNYLONVICE, among others as a stand out label debut for Okely.

Order In A Mood and Surrender here: smarturl.it/slowdancer-official

“[‘Don’t Believe’ is a] soulful serenade to a detached lover, it blends laid-back drums, soft guitar and fuzzy, plucky synthesizers to make a smooth ’70s sound.” – NPR

“Silky smooth…spindly and soulful” – Stereogum

“‘It Goes On’ sounds completely effortless, and it’s the ease with which Slow Dancer flits between country-influenced guitar licks to something closer to indie-rock that makes him such a fascinating prospect.” – DIY

“Okely’s soulful, Stax-inflected vocals and stinging guitar work stand out in any crowd.” – Billboard

“It’s all happening for fresh-faced indie-R&B upstart Slow Dancer, so you’d better go ahead and get acquainted with his music now” – Paste

“pairing soulful ’70s instrumentation with devastating lyricism” – NYLON

“An album that seeps into your consciousness…In a Mood creates a blanket of sound, each layer blending smoothly, a sonic gradient of guitar, organ, strings, bass, and vocals.” – Noisey

Watch/Listen:

“Don’t Believe” video via NPR Music

“It Goes On” via Noisey

“It Goes On” video via Billboard

“I Would” via NYLON

In A Mood stream via Hype Machine 

Simon Okely is lost in time. Or at least, his songs as Slow Dancer sound that way: warm, near-whispered indie-rock love letters to the 60s and 70s rhythm and blues records his parents would play on family car rides down Australia’s winding west coast, heavy on nostalgia and even heavier on imagination. His 2014 debut Surrender was a melt-your-heart, Fleetwood Mac-with-Neil Young licks “pop postcard” from another time, another place. Now returning in 2017 with In A Mood, Okely is aiming even higher, featuring a “more expansive, more ambitious” sound that’s “less about the stories we tell ourselves when in love and more about the moods that can come creeping over a relationship” at any time. It’s no wonder his music is already striking a chord with fans of Mac DeMarco, Tobias Jesso Jr, Connan Mockasin and more, with his latest single accumulating over a quarter of a million Spotify streams in just a few weeks.

Okely grew up near West Australian city Perth, in a “tiny farming town” where, as a small kid, he would bring a toy ukulele to church every Sunday and strum along as though he was playing the hymns. After growing up and learning the guitar aged nine, he inherited his grandmother’s piano and gradually became fascinated with the intense, intimate folk of Nick Drake, rhythm and blues vanguards Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett and his parents’ favourite Van Morrison.

After moving to Melbourne in 2013, Okely began writing as Slow Dancer in 2014, naming the project after a lyric from a song on Surrender that was “essentially an instruction manual for slow dancing with someone who is experiencing apathy.” Key to the Slow Dancer sound is the environment Okely writes and records in: alone, entirely at night, in a bedroom that “somehow crams in a drum kit, a piano, some guitars, and a bed,” he laughs. “This has always been my journal, my love letter to the music I love. My concentration will always be on making the music that pleases me, and if it pleases other people too, that’s also great. It’s been a wonderful ride so far.”

Simon Okely is lost in time. You should get lost in time with him.

http://www.slowdancer.net/
https://www.facebook.com/SlowDancerBand/
https://slowdancer.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/slowdancerband
https://www.instagram.com/slowdancerband/

US Tour:
18 Sep – The Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
21 Sep – The Sinclair – Boston, MA^
22 Sep – Gateway City Arts – Holyoke, MA^
23 Sep – Patro Vys – Montreal, QC
27 Sep – The Drake – Toronto, ON
29 Sep – The Hideout – Chicago, IL
30 Sep – Icehouse – Minneapolis, MN
3 Oct – Barboza – Seattle, WA
4 Oct – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
7 Oct – Café du Nord – San Francisco, CA
9 Oct – Resident – Los Angeles, CA
10 Oct – Hotel Café – Los Angeles, CA
^ with Margaret Glaspy

European Tour:
17 Oct – Koko – London*
18 Oct – Arts Club – Liverpool*
19 Oct – Whelans – Dublin*
21 Oct – Saint Luke’s – Glasgow*
22 Oct – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham*
23 Oct – Trinity Centre – Bristol*
25 Oct – Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth*
26 Oct – Point Ephemere – Paris*

* with Hurray For The Riff Raff

22.07.2017 news

The Claypool Lennon Delirium – “Lime And Limpid Green” 10″ EP Out Now!

The Claypool Lennon Delirium are back with “Lime & Limpid Green”. Previously a Record Store Day exclusive, we’ve pressed 3,000 new copies on a new beautifully colored green splatter 10” vinyl – featuring covers of classics from Pink Floyd, King Crimson, The Who, and Flower Travellin’ Band. Available digitally and on vinyl everywhere now.

Buy from Your Favorite Retailer Here

 

Side A

01 – Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd)

02 – Boris The Spider (The Who)

Side B

01 – The Court Of The Crimson King (King Crimson)

02 – Satori (Flower Travellin’ Band)

 

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