“‘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.
AKUA has announced that she will release her debut album, Them Spirits, on March 22.
The Canadian-Ghanaian artist has shared the video for ‘Offering’ as well as a free stream of ‘Heaven’, the second single from the album;
She released her debut EP One’s Company after losing her father to cancer. She went on tour with Solange and after spending years playing some of the biggest stages in the world, she realized that she had not addressed the grief surrounding her father’s passing properly.
AKUA turned to songwriting as part of the grieving process, something that also provided a sense of renewal, two themes the album explores.
She divided her time between Canada and Los Angeles to record the album, which she wrote, recorded and produced by herself. Them Spirits features appearances from Daniel Aged (inc.), Sam Wilkes and Mocky.
Calgary indie rockers The Northern Coast have shared a free stream of ‘Blindside’, the second single from their debut album The Great Divide, out on March 22.
Breaking up is a central theme in the album as vocalist Arron Crook, guitarist Hunter Hansen and producer Josh Rob Gwilliam were all experiencing long-term relationships coming to an end.
It’s something that is especially obvious in both ‘Blindside’ and the first single ‘Savage’.
“Our first single ’Savage’ really represents the apathy in looking back, and trying to find some understanding,” Crook said in a press release. “‘Blindside’ is less about one particular experience and is kind of a commentary on modern love and its shortcomings. There was a moment in the studio where we were all thinking, ‘what are the odds that three humans are working on one of hundreds of albums across the country and are in the same spot in their love lives’, but I mean you see it all around. Maybe it’s just coincidence, maybe it’s the moon, ya know? That’s what the album title really means. There seems to be a great divide with people, places, and hearts these days not a lot of cohesion.”
Catch The Northern Coast on the following dates;
March 22 – Calgary, AB – Broken City (Album Release Show)
March 27 – Nanaimo, BC – The Cambie
March 28 – Victoria, BC – Logan’s Pub
March 30 – Kelowna, BC – Fernando’s Pub
April 4 – Saskatoon, SK – The Black Cat
April 5 – Regina, SK – O’Hanlon’s
01. Muscle and Bone
02. White Mass
06. Out of Sight
07. Sun Chaser
08. Solo Ride
To celebrate her album Distant Danger being nominated for Adult Contemporary Album of the year at the 2019 Junos, Nuela Charles has shared a free stream of her new single ‘Long Way Down’.
“This song came out of a session with production duo Towers. As we were writing it, the production began to feel inspired by old chain-gang songs. The fierce stomps and claps in the beat were being looped around, and I kept hearing the words long way down accompanied by the image of a river in my head,” Charles said in an e-mail.
“Thematically, I wanted “Long Way Down” to feel hopeful and soulful. It’s a reflection on today’s world – the glorification of status and money, the fear of losing it. Society loves to watch people fail (Britney much?!) Despite this, there is a blessing to stripping it all away and starting anew,” she said. “A fresh slate may be one of the hardest things you’ll ever go through, but it can truly be a blessing.”
Frenship, the duo of James Sunderland and Brett Hite, have shared the Eliza Brownlie-directed video for ‘Wanted a Name’, featuring Yoke Lore.
The clip features actress Millicent Simmonds (A Quiet Place, Wonderstruck) who is hearing impaired, delivering a performance of the song in American Sign Language in a serene natural setting.
Sunderland and Hite were inspired to create the video after learning that there were requests for a sign language interpreter for hearing impaired fans at their performance at Lollapalooza 2018. Wanting to provide something for this often overlooked segment of music fans, they reached out Simmonds after becoming fans of her performance in the 2018 sci-fi horror movie A Quiet Place.
They were amazed at her performance and wanted to collaborate on a video that showed how hearing impaired people experience and express themselves through music.
“She really brought the video to life and highlighted the deaf community in a way we’re honored to be a part of,” FRENSHIP said in a statement. “It’s really cool seeing two languages play out on screen—ASL and English, one seen and one heard. This video is about the co-existence of those two languages and bringing the deaf music experience to a wider audience.”
“I hope this video gives people some insight into how deaf people feel about music and how we experience music. Music can be visual as well as audible. I love this song and am so honored that FRENSHIP asked me to be a part of it,” Simmonds added.
‘Wanted a Name’ is taken from their forthcoming album, out via Counter Records, release date and title TBA. The track was inspired by returning to a quiet home life after going out on the road as part of their first headlining tour.
They also shared a video for an acoustic version of the track;
Marius Vieth, guitarist and vocalist for German indie rockers Kid Dad, had this to say about their ‘Naked Creatures’ in an e-mail; “I wrote this song two years ago while I was spending some very calm and therapeutic time in Switzerland. I cut myself off from the world around me and cocooned myself in my great uncle’s organ room. The song plays on two extremes – introvertism and extrovertism – we have always combined these two elements, but never to this extent.”
Catch Kid Dad on the following dates;
UK Tour w/The Deadnotes:
20.02.2019 London UK The Monarch
21.02.2019 Glasgow UK Bloc+
22.02.2019 Worcester UK Annie’s at the Courtyard
23.02.2019 Watford UK LP Café
23.02.2019 Bournemouth UK The Anvil
24.02.2019 Brighton UK The Hope & Ruin
EU Tour w/The Deadnotes:
27.02.2019 Darmstadt DE Oetinger Villa
28.02.2019 Stuttgart DE Kap Tormentoso
01.03.2019 St. Georgen AT Fümreif
02.03.2019 Linz AT Secret Location
03.03.2019 Hamburg DE Astra Stube
04.03.2019 Gothenburg SWE Sekten
05.03.2019 Stockholm SWE Spinnrocken
06.03.2019 Copenhagen DK Råhuset
07.03.2019 Kiel DE Schaubude
08.03.2019 Capelle Aan den Ijssel NL Capsloc
09.03.2019 Münster DE Gleis 22