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Videos for a Lazy Saturday: Reuben Hollebon’s ‘Faces’ (Damian Taylor Mix)

English musician/producer/engineer Reuben Hollebon has unveiled the video for ‘Faces’ from his debut album Terminal Nostalgia, out on May 20 via Bright Antenna Records/Fontana North.

Hollebon drew on his experiences as a recording engineer for artists such as  Imogen Heap, Courtney Barnett and The London Symphony Orchestra.

“The song comes from a good truth that when we eat together it benefits us all, calmly desperate for less segregation,” he explained in a statement. “And when we die we return to resting together before the next happening, regardless of belief. The music spins and cycles with this.”

He also shared the video for ‘Common Table’ from the album;

Catch Reuben Hollebon on the following dates;

April 26th – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake
May 4th – Hollywood, CA @ Hotel Cafe
May 24th – Berlin, Germany @ Baumhaus Bar
May 27th – Paris, France @ Le Pop-Up Du Label

June 7th – London, UK @ The Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen

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Stream Brian Eno’s ‘Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free’ for Free

Brian Eno had this to say in a statement about ‘Fickle Sun (iii) I’m Set Free’, a cover of a Velvet Underground song penned by the late Lou Reed;

“The first time I ever heard [The Velvet Underground] was on a John Peel radio show… it was when their first album came out and I thought ‘This I like! This I want to know about!’. I was having a huge crisis at the time. Am I going to be a painter or am I somehow going to get into music. And I couldn’t play anything so music was the less obvious choice. Then, when I heard The Velvet Underground I thought, ‘You can do both actually’. It was a big moment for me.

That particular song always resonated with me but it took about 25 years before I thought about the lyrics. ‘I’m set free, to find a new illusion’. Wow. That’s saying we don’t go from an illusion to reality (the western idea of “Finding The Truth”) but rather we go from one workable solution to another more workable solution.

Subsequently I think we aren’t able and actually don’t particularly care about the truth, whatever that might be. What we care about is having intellectual tools and inventions that work. [Yuval Noah Harari in his book Sapiens] discusses that what makes large-scale human societies capable of cohering and co-operating is the stories they share together. Democracy is a story, religion is a story, money is a story. This chimed well with ‘I’m set free to find a new illusion’. It seems to me what we don’t need now is people that come out waving their hands and claiming they know the Right Way.”
The track is taken from Eno’s forthcoming album The Ship, out on April 29 on Warp Records/Fontana North.

Stream Brian Eno’s ‘The Ship’ for Free

Brian Eno has shared a free stream of the title track from his forthcoming album The Ship, out on April 29 via Warp/Fontana North.

“The piece started as an Ambient work intended for a multi channel sound installation in Stockholm, but during the making of it I discovered that I could now sing a low C – which happens to be the root note of the piece. Getting older does have a few fringe benefits after all. From that point the work turned into an unusual kind of song…a type I’ve never made before where the vocal floats free, untethered to a rhythmic grid of any kind,” Eno said in a statement.


Brian Eno Announces New Album

Brian Eno has announced that he will release his new album The Ship on April 29 via Warp Records/Fontana North.

It’s the follow-up to his 2012 Grammy-nominated effort LUX.

“Humankind seems to teeter between hubris and paranoia: the hubris of our ever-growing power contrasts with the paranoia that we’re permanently and increasingly under threat. At the zenith we realise we have to come down again…we know that we have more than we deserve or can defend, so we become nervous. Somebody, something is going to take it all from us: that is the dread of the wealthy. Paranoia leads to defensiveness, and we all end up in the trenches facing each other across the mud,” Eno said in a statement.

Eno originally conceived of the album using three dimensional recording techniques and formed into two interconnected parts.

“On a musical level, I wanted to make a record of songs that didn’t rely on the normal underpinnings of rhythmic structure and chord progressions but which allowed voices to exist in their own space and time, like events in a landscape. I wanted to place sonic events in a free, open space.

One of the starting points was my fascination with the First World War, that extraordinary trans-cultural madness that arose out of a clash of hubris between empires. It followed immediately after the sinking of the Titanic, which to me is its analogue. The Titanic was the Unsinkable Ship, the apex of human technical power, set to be Man’s greatest triumph over nature. The First World War was the war of materiel, ‘over by Christmas’, set to be the triumph of Will and Steel over humanity. The catastrophic failure of each set the stage for a century of dramatic experiments with the relationships between humans and the worlds they make for themselves.

I was thinking of those vast dun Belgian fields where the First World War was agonisingly ground out; and the vast deep ocean where the Titanic sank; and how little difference all that human hope and disappointment made to it. They persist and we pass in a cloud of chatter,” he said.
Eno also had this to say about the Lou Reed-penned cover of The Velvet Underground’s ‘I’m Set Free’ that closes out The ShipWritten in the late sixties, Lou Reed’s song “I’M SET FREE” seems even more relevant now than it did then. Perhaps anybody who’s read Yuval Noah Harari’s SAPIENS will recognise the quiet irony of ‘I’m set free to find a new illusion’…and its implication that when we step out of our story we don’t step into ‘the truth’ – whatever that might be – but into another story.”
“This album is a succession of interleaved stories. Some of them I know, some of them I’m discovering now in the making of them,” he added.
A series of installations will take place around the world where listeners can hear an alternative telling of the album multi-channel three-dimensional sound installations.
01. The Ship
02. Fickle Sun
       (i) Fickle Sun
       (ii) The Hour Is Thin
       (iii) I’m Set Free

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Bibio’s ‘Feeling’

Bibio, aka Stephen Wilkinson, has shared the video for ‘Feeling’ from his forthcoming album A Mineral Love, out on April 1 via Warp Records/Fontana North.

He also shared a free stream of ‘Petals’;

Wilkinson had this to say about the album in a statement;

“This album celebrates the sacred and precious struggles of human insecurities through many windows of familiar musical forms. It’s also a celebration of my love of the craft of record making, drawing influences from many sources across all decades from the late sixties to the present. All these referential forms have a twist, some are more full on cocktails.

The album as a whole is an unashamed expression of my fondness of, and need for, variety. The juxtapositions between tracks are well considered and I’m comfortable with them – this is how I enjoy music. This is not a purist record, it is not trying to authentically recreate a specific time or genre but rather use familiar forms as a common language to communicate new ideas and new messages. I want to sing about struggle and tragedy with warmth, sympathy and respect. I want sadness to have bittersweet hope.
The whole album was made from scratch with no samples from other records. I partly want it to sound like sampled records but by crafting every single detail myself and colouring it to have familiar textures that resonates people’s forgotten memories. I enjoy the challenge of writing songs that reference the unique qualities and colours of music from different eras. It’s all guesswork though, I have no real reliable knowledge of why certain records sound the way they do, I taught myself how to play instruments, write music and produce. This album is my personal, filtered take on those forms and qualities. Some tracks are influenced by records I listen to often and some from ghosts of memories of things I heard while growing up, like 70s/80s American TV  themes or 90s dance. Sometimes a filtered and tinted memory of a period is a more exciting source of inspiration than close study and mimicry.

I feel this album is built more from those memories and an exposure to music of many styles rather than close analytical study of any particular one. I think that’s why it all sounds like me, regardless of the deliberate references and nods to artists and records of the past. It is after all just a view through my stained-glass telescope.”
01. Petals
02. A Mineral Love
03. Raxeira
04. Town & Country
05. Feeling
06. The Way You Talk (Featuring Gotye)
07. With The Thought Of Us
08. Why So Serious? (Featuring Olivier St. Louis)
09. C’est La Vie
10. Wren Tails
11. Gasoline & Mirrors (Featuring Wax Stag)
12. Saint Thomas
13. Light Up The Sky

Stream Geographer’s ‘I Know What I Know’ for Free

San Francisco artist Geographer, aka Mike Deni, has shared a free stream of ‘I Know What I Know’ from his Endless Motion EP Vol. 1, out on December 4 via Roll Call Records/Fontana North.

The EP follows the release of Geographer’s third album Ghost Modern. Deni wrote much of the album in the back seat of his car on a cliff overlooking the beach overlooking the Presidio of San Francisco. Even though he was close to nature, he still considered the writing process to be one of the most difficult he’s ever encountered.

Inspired by his cover of Arthur Russell’s ‘This is How We Walk on the Moon’, Deni decided to record an entire EP of covers. Endless Motion EP Vol. 1 is the result.


Stream Ritual’s Self-Titled Debut for Free

RITUAL has shared a free stream of their self-titled debut one week ahead of its release on Distort Inc./Fontana North.