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Empress Of Shares Video for ‘I Don’t Even Smoke Weed’ & Tour Dates

LA-based artist Empress Of, aka Lorely Rodriguez,  has shared the self-directed visuals for ‘I Don’t Even Smoke Weed’ from her latest release Us, out now on Terrible Records.

The video finds her performing in front of crowd at a warehouse party with her own distinctive dance moves and vocals.

The new album finds Rodriguez shifting her focus outwards and building a sense of community with listeners as well as collaborating with other artists such as Blood Orange and DJDS.

She recorded Us all over Southern California. From a studio with no windows to one in her home of Highland Park, it also included a studio with, “A really loud cricket. He was there, like, all month,” Rodriguez said in a statement. “And I was trying to track vocal tracks and he’d be like, CHIRP, CHIRP!”

It marked the first time she recorded an album in isolation. She would later invite collaborators Blood Orange, DJDS and Spanish electronic producer Pional. Us remains a showcase for Rodriguez as a producer and lyricist, though she remains modest.

“Lorely plays every instrument half-assed,” she said, “Put that in the bio.”

She also remains coy about her songwriting process as well; “I don’t write out chords for my songs. Everything is intuitive in production. I don’t have one piece of sheet music for my songs,” Rodriguez said.

Though she received help from her friends, she estimates she produced 70 per cent of the album. Rodriguez also feels frustrated that the media fixates on her jazz music education since she feels that singing to Celine Dion and Mariah Carey in her living room were far more formative. She also lists her mother as another influence.

Her debut album’s title, Me, was deeply personal, so much so that she admitted that performing the songs live was difficult.

“It was, like, every day, just giving myself to the audience,” she said.

Rodriguez aims to shift this dynamic on the new album, creating an equal exchange of energy between her and the listener.

“It’s not just love songs. It’s about different experiences of the heart,” she said. “I want it to be like a mirror, and [the audience] sees a little bit of themselves in every song.”

Empress Of also announced the dates of her North American and European tour;

1. Everything To Me
2. Just The Same
3. Trust Me Baby
4. Love For Me
5. I Don’t Even Smoke Weed
6. Timberlands
7. I’ve Got Love
8. All For Nothing
9. When I’m With Him
10. Again
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Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Conner Youngblood’s ‘Los Angeles’

Conner Youngblood had this to say about the video for ‘Los Angeles’ in an e-mail; “The idea of the video came about as Johannes and I were discussing the lyrics of the song and sending pictures back and forth to each other. We both gravitated towards pictures of soviet-style architecture as well as of concept photos of refractions through crystal. There was never any treatment written for it, but once we decided on the tone, we both decided that Armenia was the perfect place to film. The story is Johannes’ interpretation of my lyrics, which deal with a fleeting, yet peaceful relationship I once had.”

The release of the video follows ‘Birds of Finland’ from his forthcoming debut Cheyenne, out on August 17 via Counter Records. Both videos were directed by Johannes Greve Muskat.

Cheyenne is the culmination of two years of extensive travelling. Youngblood describes the album as “musical ADHD”. And this is fitting since there are no less than 30 instruments including a harp, a bass clarinet, a tabla, and more, all of which he plays.

He’s heading to Europe in the fall in support of the new album;

9/27 – Brighton, UK @ Green Door Store
9/28 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
9/30 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Community Room
10/1 – Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
10/2 – Manchester, UK @ Now Wave Venue
10/3 – London, UK @ Oslo
10/8 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
10/9 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
10/10 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega Small Hall
10/12 – Oslo, Norway @ Cafe Mono
10/14 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Obaren
10/15 – Gothenberg, Sweden @ Oceanen
10/17 – Berlin, Germany @ Privatclub
10/18 – Poznan, Poland @ Spot
10/19 – Warsaw, Poland @ Bardzo Bardzo
10/20 – Wroclaw, Poland @ Akademia
10/22 – Vienna, Austria @ Rhiz
10/24 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Exil
10/25 – Nyon, Switzerland @ La Parenthèse
10/26 – Paris, France @ Le Pop Up du Label
10/27 – Brussels, Belgium @ Witloofbar
10/29 – Barcelona, Spain @ Sidecar
10/30 – Madrid, Spain @ Costello Club

1. Cheyenne
2. Los Angeles
3. Lemonade
4. The Birds of Finland
5. Stockholm
6. vp (an interlude)
7. 12 lbs
8. Red.23
9. My Brother’s Brother
10. Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge
11. Sulphur Springs
12. Pizza Body
13. Yellowknife

Stream Femdot’s ‘Ryu’ for Free

Femdot has shared a free stream of ‘Ryu’ from his debut album Delacreme 2, out on June 6 via Closed Sessions.

“The root of who you are can be explained through a collection of moments in your life. These not only define you, but are used when one needs reassurance of what it means to be themselves, at the core,” he said in a statement. “That’s what Delacreme 2 is. By using defining moments in my life and keeping them in a place in my heart that I can access if I need to, I created a time capsule of sorts inside of me. So here’s that process on wax.”
‘Ryu’ follows the video for ‘Alright’ from Delacreme 2.
The Chicago-based artist is a first generation Nigerian and graduated from Depaul University’s Biological Sciences program.
1. Lost
2. Exit (Bounce)
3. Alright
4. Ryu
5. No Scholarships
6. Your Love (feat Shawnee Dez & Sherren Olivia)
7. O’something
8. U Learn
9. Red Marlboros (feat Sherren Olivia)
10. Snow In July (feat CRLCRRLL & Johari Noelle)
11. Empty Bottle
12. Listen and Stay Awhile (feat Jack Red & Sherren Olivia)
13. Found

Raine Hamilton String Trio Shares the Video for ‘Starlight’

Raine Hamilton String Trio has shared the video for ‘Starlight’ from their sophomore album Night Sky, out on March 23.

This follows the release of ‘Lift Me Up’;

Hamilton will hold an album release party at the West End Cultural Centre in her hometown of Winnipeg on March 24. The gig will feature ASL interpretation and gender inclusive washrooms. The show will open with n artists’ circle,  featuring Abigail LapellNic Dyson, Gabriela Ocejo, and ASL poetry by Jordan Sangalang.

Hamilton believes that concerts should be an inclusive experience and offers gigs with ASL interpretation. She also offers songwriting and fiddle tune writing workshops in English and French.

“The night sky, for me, is a symbol of the beyond. It is light in the darkness,” Hamilton said in a statement “It is stillness and vulnerability. Imagery of the night sky appears again and again in these songs, the title of the album making itself known.”

She’s toured Canada extensively performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra three times as well as a gig in a cave and playing her way across Canada on VIA Rail.

Catch Raine Hamilton on the following dates;

March 24 – Winnipeg, MB – The WECC *Album Release Show* (with full band)
April 4 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment (with string trio)
April 5 – Medicine Hat, AB – Esplanade Theatre (with string trio)
April 6 – Twin Butte, AB – The General Store (solo)
April 7 – Grand Forks, BC – Seniors Hall at City Park (solo)
April 8 – Vernon, BC – Record City (solo)
April 11 – Vancouver, BC – Guilt & Co. (solo)
April 13 – Chilliwack, BC – Tractorgrease Cafe (solo)
April 14 – Lions Bay, BC – House Concert (solo)
April 21 – Toronto, ON – House Concert (solo)
April 22 – Toronto, ON – The Burdock (solo)
April 25 – Peterborough, ON – The Garnet (solo)
April 26 – Owen Sound, ON – Bleeding Carrot (solo)
April 28 – London, ON – House Concert (solo)
April 29 – Whitby, ON – UpCap Cafe Concert Series (solo)

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1.  Starlight
2.  Lift Me Up
3.  To The North
4.  Robin Hood
5.  Aurora In The Meadow
6.  Everyday
7.  For Hidegard (Canon in b phrygian)
8.  La Plaine
9.  Broken Plate
10. Bury My Heart

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Ride’s ‘Catch You Dreaming’

Ride has shared the Niall Trask-directed video for ‘Catch You Dreaming’ from their new EP Tomorrow’s Shore out now via Wichita Recordings.

“For me the song evoked feelings of human memory, time and travel. So it seemed natural to capture it visually with collage. We incorporated the wave element so familiar in Ride’s art direction, their foundations in Banbury, the energy of a live show, all bound together with a performance scenario,” Trask said in a press release.

It’s the second single from the EP, which follows their 2017 album Weather Diaries, their first release in 20 years. The band joined forces with producer Erol Alkan and mixer Alan Moulder. Moulder also worked with them on their albums Nowhere and Going Blank Again.

Signing to Wichita Records saw them once again working with Dick Green and Mark Bowen, who worked with them during their early years on Creation Records.

“We wanted to call to mind our more humble origins and the first demo recording sessions we did together back in 1988. Some personal memorabilia from that time also features in the video including photos, sketches, posters, and even the original four-track we recorded our first demo on!” Ride’s Loz Colbert said in a statement.

“‘Catch You Dreaming’ is written from the perspective of being one of the last two people alive, watching as the Universe is ending. The protagonist looks back over the time when humanity existed, realising that we as humans brought about our own inevitable demise. Then the couple look back over their own lives of shared memories and as they are sharing this moment, everything vaporises. It’s a love song about fate, nostalgia, and having no regrets,” his bandmate Andy Bell added.

The track was written during the sessions for Weather Diaries.

1. Pulsar
2. Keep It Surreal
3. Cold Water People
4. Catch You Dreaming

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Fischerspooner’s ‘Butterscotch Goddam’

Fischerspooner have shared the Carlo Van de Roer-directed video for ‘Butterscotch Goddam’ from Sir, their first album in nearly a decade, out now on Ultra Records.

Sir was produced by Michael Stipe of REM in Athens, Georgia with contributions from Stipe’s close collaborator Andy LeMaster along with additional production by BOOTS (Beyonce, Run The Jewels, FKA Twigs). The album was mixed by both Stuart White (Beyonce’s Lemonade) and LeMaster. It also features contributions by Spooner’s longtime collaborator Le Chev and Thomas Haskett.

“The song is about a tumultuous love affair. We shot the video entirely in-camera, using optical devices and new filmmaking tools to play with the push and pull of a dichotomous relationship, and the accumulating distortion of reality that comes with that,” Van de Roer said in a statement.

Catch Fischerspooner on the following dates;

March 14 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
March 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre
March 16 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory

1. Stranger Strange
2. TopBrazil
3. Togetherness ft. Caroline Polachek
4. Everything Is Just Alright
5. Have Fun Tonight
6. Discreet
7. Strut
8. Get It On
9. I Need Love
10. Butterscotch Goddam ft. Johnny Magee
11. Dark Pink
12. Try Again ft. Andy LeMaster
13. Oh Rio ft. Holly Miranda

 


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Towkio’s ‘Symphony’ (Featuring Teddy Jackson)

Towkio has shared the visuals for ‘Symphony’ featuring Teddy Jackson.

The track is taken from the Chicago artist’s forthcoming album WWW, out on American Recordings/Republic on February 16. Towkio is the first rapper to be signed by Rick Rubin in over 20 years. He recorded the album at Rubin’s Shangri-La studio.

Norwegian producer Lido executive produced the release along with contributions from Knox Fortune, Peter Cottontale, Nico Segal, Carter Lang and Nate Fox.

Swim
Symphony ft. Teddy Jackson
Hot Shit
Loose
2 Da Moon ft. Teddy Jackson & Grace Weber
Morning View 
Forever ft. Vic Mensa
CNTRL
Drift
Disco
Lose Me (I Don’t Mind)
Hate 2 Love ft. Njomza
Alone