Porteau had this to say about ‘Penelope’, the latest single from their album debut Water’s Gate in an e-mail; “’Penelope’, the album’s latest single, was a direct result of this inspiration and draws on this imagery to explore and unearth personal experience. At a time where I felt powerless in certain relationships, ‘Penelope’ was my way of saying that I could unwind myself from the pain and learn to be at peace with the fact that those I am leaving behind may not be okay. ”
The Vancouver duo of Victoria Williams Craig Stevenson drew inspiration for the album from the Gustave Dore painting ‘Andromeda’, wishing to capture its “cold, urgent yet liberating” look in sound.
“A mutual understanding and inspiration was found and became a driving and unifying force,” they said.
“Water’s Gate tells the story of one’s path to liberation. The album is bookended by mysticism; starting with the first track ‘Re:Birth’ which alludes to a character being born and rising out of the water. The final track, ‘Moon Maidens”’ sees this character liberated and ascending into the night sky. Everything in between discusses the challenges and complex relationships we face,” they said.
“The album artwork features this character ambiguously between the ocean and the sky, unclear whether they are falling or ascending,” the band added.
London, UK dream-pop quintet Margot have shared a free stream of ‘Arles’.
It’s the follow-up to ‘Coffee Stained Scars’.
The band had this to say about ‘Arles’ in an e-mail; “’Arles’ is about the juxtaposition of receiving devastating news in a beautiful place.”
“‘Bodies Meld Together’ is a song about physically connecting with the people you love,” Maya Bouldry-Morrison, aka Octo Octa explained in a statement. “I believe that connection is a deeply integral part of creating bonds and trust with them. It’s about sharing an experience of becoming one with them and having that experience carry on. Love is important and showing that love to your partners in important. It lets you all become a stronger force together.”
The track is taking from her forthcoming EP For Lovers, out on March 1.
Octo Octa also announced the dates of her upcoming tour;
Fri 08 Mar – Natural Selection at Headrow House – Leeds, UK
Sat 09 Mar – Sónar İstanbul 2019 – Istanbul, TR
Fri 15 Mar – Public Records – New York, US
Fri 22 Mar – Origins at Moles – Bath, UK
Sat 23 Mar – Origins at Mick’s Garage – London, UK
Sat 04 May – Dabadaba – San Sebastian, ES
Sun 05 May – ZeeZout Liberty Day – Amsterdam, NL
Thu 30 May – Primavera Sound – Barcelona, ES
Fri 31 May – Lighthouse Festival – Tar, HR
Toronto artist AlphaClub had this to say about his track ‘Night Heart’, the title track from his new album, in an e-mail;
“Growing up in a quiet place along the countryside, I fell in love with the darkness. I was always fascinated by that one, distant light that shone from the forest or near the ocean,” he wrote. “The only thing I love more is the wild night that I embrace trying to reach that glow.”
It’s fitting that Lil Baby chose Paris to shoot the Daps-directed video for ‘Close Friends’.
It was his first time in the city and the song represents love and romance. It co-stars his real-life girlfriend, who’s expecting their their first child any time now.
The track is taken from his collaborative project with Gunna, Drip Harder, out now on Quality Control Music / Young Stoner Life Records, a 300 Entertainment Label / Wolfpack Global Music / Capitol Records / Motown.
He also unveiled the video for ‘Global, which has received over six billion worldwide streams. The track is taken from his Street Gossip mixtape. He received a plaque from his label for this achievement. He also recently performed ‘Put a Date On It’ with Yo Gotti on The Tonight Show.
Lil Baby also announced the dates of his The New Generation Tour;
German electronic producer Christian Loffler has shared the animated video for ‘Like Water’, featuring Mohna.
It’s the first single from his forthcoming album Graal (Prologue) out on April 4 on Ki-Records.
The clip features the main character gazing out over the ocean as cathartic emotions emotions emerge as Loffler’s music takes the viewer on a solitary metaphysical journey. The video was directed by Magnus Lenneskog and Tezo Kyungdon Lee. Best known as the founders of he award-winning Tjoff Koong Studios, their work has been featured in the Wes Anderson film Isle of Dogs as well as several Gorillaz videos.
The new album is a reflection of his frustration at the time about not having the mental space at the time to create music. He instead focussed on visual art and the album is a reflection of that. Drawing gave him the chance to create without constraints or as he explained to, “turn off my brain a bit, especially thoughts about what is possible or not.”
Loffler also announced the dates of his upcoming tour;
3/1 Brooklyn, NY – National Sawdust
3/6 London (UK) – Southbank Centre
3/22 Saint-Sebastien (ES) – Dabada
4/3 Utrecht (NL) – Pandora at TivoliVredenburg*
4/4 Poznan (PL) – Tama*
4/5 Warsaw (PL) – Niebo*
4/6 Paris (FR) – Pavillon Cambon*
4/10 Brussels (BE) – Botanique*
4/11 Berlin (DE) – Columbia Theater*
4/12 Vienna (AT) – WUK*
4/13 Prague (CZ) – Cross Club*
*with special guest Janus Rasmussen
2. Running (feat Josephine Philip)
4. Like Water (feat Mohna)
Toronto dream/alt-pop artist Rosemary Fairweather has shared a free stream of ‘Superstar’, the second single from her forthcoming album Heavenly: A Second Collection of Songs, out in August 2019, specific release date TBA.
She also announced that she will be sharing a track from the album on the last Friday of every month leading up to its release starting on February 22.
Fairweather also shared an update about the situation surrounding her health on February 18. She suffered from a concussion in early 2018 and was diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome. Read the full Facebook post here.