King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announce new album ‘Butterfly 3000’

Photo by Jason Galea

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced their 18th studio album Butterfly 3000, set to be self-released on June 11th. The band will forgo releasing any singles, tracklist or cover art ahead of the album but they have revealed that the cover will feature a “cross-eyed autostereogram” designed by Jason Galea and the sound will be “melodic and psychedelic”. The album was based around modular synth loops.

A press release for the album said: “Their 18th studio album, Butterfly 3000 might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; a suite of ten songs that all began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesisers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and utterly seductive dream-pop by the six-piece. The album sounds simultaneously like nothing they’ve ever done before, and thoroughly, unmistakeably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish. This is undoubtedly the most accessible and jubilant album of their career”

The new album follows on from L.W. released back in February, the second part to the band’s K.G.L.W double album.

No Man’s Land Festival announce first wave lineup

No Man’s Land festival have announced their first wave of acts for the inaugural festival, set to be held at YES in Manchester on August 14th. The festival was designed to showcase women and non-binary artists partially as a response to the lack of gender diversity on many of this years big festivals.

The initial lineup features Jess Fitz, Qlowski, BigFatBig, Brat Coven, Laeeqa and The Wine Fund. Early bird tickets will be on sale 6PM on Thursday 28th of April if signed up to the mailing list here.

Proceeds from the event will be going towards Safe Gigs For Women, a charity that aims to create safer environments for women at concerts. More details on the charity can be found here.

Weekend Listening – DijahSB releases new album ‘Head Above The Waters’

Toronto-based rapper DijahSB has shared their new album Head Above The Waters, an honest, forward-thinking, undeniably fun ride.

Dijah, born Kahdijah Payne, is a clever and agile emcee whose rhymes are as witty as they are raw. They take a balanced approach to their music, fusing candid, personal lyrics about their experiences as a Black, Non Binary person navigating heartbreaks, breakthroughs, and more with modern beats and infectious hooks. Their music effortlessly glides across drum-heavy boom bap, grungy guitar rock, and trap’s booming bass with lyrics that are raw, relatable – a small light pushing through dark cracks of an artist in a constant state of observation and growth. 

Dijah cites Kid Cudi, Pusha T, and Lupe Fiasco as some of their main influences and idols, but their emcee style is so unique and fun, it’s hard to compare. Ever earnest and open about their struggles with depression, mental health, and financial instability, their music serves as a balm; a friend baring battle scars that might serve to soothe your own. 

Of the album, Dijah shares

“’New Harrison’ is probably my fave track on the album, accompanied by my boy Terrell Morris. We went to high school together and we’ve both been doing so well music wise it was only right that we linked up. Harrison is on the beat and it’s just a smooth record in total. I love to tap into the slower beats to really show off my abilities. ‘Head Above The Waters’ follows a theme, I wrote this album with that in mind, because at the time it’s what I needed to hear. so I know someone somewhere might need to hear it too. the waves might be crashing into you and trying to keep you from floating but you gotta keep coming up for air and try your hardest to keep your head above it.”

Head Above The Waters by DijahSB is out now, buy/stream it here.

Indigo De Souza signs to Saddle Creek, announces ‘I Love My Mom’ vinyl reissue

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North Carolina based indie rocker Indigo De Souza has signed to Saddle Creek and announced a vinyl reissue of her debut album I Love My Mom, available for pre-order now and due June 11th via Saddle Creek. A press release also confirmed that fans can expect new music from De Souza later this year.

Originally released in 2018, I Love My Mom feels both raw and unabashed. Indigo pulled a band together for the first time, and was quickly encouraged to commit her songs to tape. Recorded at her friend’s house, they played almost everything live in just a few days, and released the record naturally, with little fanfare. That the record quickly took on a life of its own, deeply resonating with those who heard it, is a testament to Indigo’s songwriting which took inspiration from the unique worlds created by Arthur Russel, Sparklehorse, The Microphones, as well as contemporaries such as LVL UP and Happyness.

Pre-order the reissue here.

Body Breaks announce debut album, share new single

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Body Breaks, the Montreal and Toronto based microtonal rock duo of Matt LeGroulx and Julie Reich have announced their debut album Bad Trouble, set to be released on June 18th via We Are Time, available to pre-order here. They have also shared their debut single “Between The Heart And Mind” along with an accompanying music video directed by Natalie Logan.

The DIY duo who have previously worked on projects like Bile Sister, EXPWY, and Galaxius Mons have developed idiosyncratic approaches to bedroom recording that culminate on their collaborative debut. LeGroulx composed the music for Bad Trouble, recording guitar, bass, and drums in tunings that stand in stark contrast to traditional Western consonance. Reich completed their songs with her spellbinding vocals, weaving vulnerable themes of aging as a woman and artist, environmental devastation, and feeling like an outsider in her own generation.

Speaking on the new single Julie Reich reflected:

 “I wrote that song after I caught someone cheating on me and eventually came to forgiveness. When you’re trying to make sense of something hard, you’ve got your feelings and your rationale. You need to use both, and somewhere in the middle you find peace.”

Tracklist

  1. Between The Heart and the Mind
  2. Work For The Man
  3. Reality
  4. Bad Trouble
  5. Anthem For The Artists
  6. Generation Y
  7. Eyes To Brightness
  8. Break the Icons Down

Smoothboi Ezra announces new EP ‘Stuck’, shares new single

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Smoothboi Ezra, the songwriting project of Greystones, Ireland based Ezra Williams, have today announced their new EP Stuck, set to be released on June 11th. They have also shared a tender new single of the same name with an accompanying music video directed by Arthur Studholme and starring non-binary couple El and Lauren.

Ezra’s latest EP ‘Stuck’ takes a closer look at the intricacies of relationships. Written during lockdown to a soundtrack of Angel Olsen, Soccer Mommy and Haley Heynderickx, the EP recalls a formative relationship with sensitivity and maturity scarcely attributed to young people. Speaking about the title track, Ezra says: 

“‘Stuck’ is a song about being in a relationship with someone you care a lot about but you know it’s not going to work out. It’s an unsaid mutual agreement that you can feel the relationship ending but you’re both waiting on the other person to end it.” 

Watch the new video below!

Tracklist

  1. Stuck
  2. Without Me
  3. You
  4. Palm Of Your Hand

Crumb announce new album ‘Ice Melt’

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Crumb have today announced their second album Ice Melt, set to be released in two weeks time on April 30th via Crumb Records. The new album takes its name from the coarse blend of salts that you can buy from your local hardware store for $9.99. When sprinkled on your wintry steps, this mixture absorbs water and gives off heat, transforming the ice into a viscous, briney slush and, eventually, nothing at all. Beginning with the dynamic chaos of “Up & Down,” and ending with Crumb’s closest thing to a lullaby, Ice Melt’ s ten tracks combine, like ice sculptures melting into a glistening puddle.

From the start, the group knew that cohesion was best achieved through plumbing their individual strengths— frontwoman Lila Ramani’s earliest songwriting, which catalyzed the group’s first two EPs; Bri Aronow’s knack for building (dis)affecting soundscapes; the hypnotic grounding of Jonathan Gilad’s drums, a Crumb mainstay; and Jesse Brotter’s distinctive bass playing, which subtly traces Ramani’s vocal melodies while providing an unrelenting pulse. These collective skills make Crumb a project of independent self-discovery, four creative minds converging around an idea that is always shifting and reforming.

Convening in Los Angeles to work with producer Jonathan Rado, Crumb tapped into atmosphere-creation like never before, building experimental compositions that are at turns head-nodding and surrealist, energetic and euphoric. Ramani characterises the album as a “return back down to earth,” a deeply felt examination of “real substances and beings that live on this planet.” It is also the cultivation of road-worn musicians exploring brand-new sounds and thematic concepts, pushing themselves into territory they could never have anticipated five years ago.

Listen to new single BNR below!

Tracklist

Up & Down

BNR

Seeds

L.A.

Gone

Retreat!

Trophy

Balloon

Tunnel (All That You Had)

Ice Melt

Dizzy release new single “The Bird Behind The Drapes”, announce new collaborative EP

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Dizzy have today shared new single “The Bird Behind The Drapes” and announced a new collaborative EP Separate Places, set to be released on 11th of June via Royal Mountain Records and Communion Records. This follows on from last year’s The Sun and Her Scorch which saw the band recently win the Juno award for Alternative Album Of The Year.

The Separate Places EP sees the Oshawa, ON four-piece reimagine some of the standout tracks from The Sun and Her Scorch. Each track features a different guest artist on vocals: Luna Li, Toronto’s own harp-playing multi-instrumentalist, appears on “The Bird Behind The Drapes”, which is a reworking of “The Magician”. Dizzy will be announcing the featured artist for each track in the build up to EP release.

Speaking on the new EP lead singer Katie Munshaw explained 

“The Separate Places EP has allowed songs from The Sun and Her Scorch to go on tour without us. Following some of our favourite artists around the globe from Birmingham, London, New York and back to Toronto, each song has been reimagined. “Primrose Hill’” is now fiery and tough. “The Magician” and “Ten” returned to a state of naive, solemn bliss. “Beatrice” gains solace with felt piano and harmony and “Sunflower” sounds like something out of a Super Mario Brothers video game. It’s kind of a ride.”

Each track draws inspiration from Dizzy’s chosen collaborators, breathing new life into an already stellar collection of music, enriched by the excitement of artistic synergy in a time when collaboration hasn’t always seemed possible. It’s a celebration of the new ways we have found to be together, even though we’re all in separate places.

Listen to the new single below!

Tracklist

1. The Bird Behind The Drapes (feat. Luna Li)
2. Sunflower, Are You There?
3. Beatrice St. E
4. Primrose Hill At Midnight
5. 10PM

Maple Glider announces debut album ‘To Enjoy Is The Only Thing’, shares new single

Photo by Bridgette Winten

Maple Glider, the project of Tori Zietsch, has today announced her debut album To Enjoy Is The Only Thing, set to be released on June 25th via Partisan Records (pre-order here) Alongside the announcement she has shared new single “Swimming” along with an accompanying music video directed by Bridgette Winten who directed the videos for previous singles “As Tradition” and “Good Thing”

On To Enjoy is the Only Thing, written whilst Zietsch lived in Brighton in the UK, she compiles a striking set of vignettes from her life; growing up in a restrictive religious household, falling in and out of love, cross-country and international travel, longing, alienation and more. Moments both unremarkable and life-altering, but always deeply felt, brought to vivid life by the beauty of Tori’s artistry and wry sense of dark humor. 

Speakin on the new single “Swimming,” Zietsch said:

“This was meant to be a love song, but by the time I finished it, it kind of predetermined a break-up. I’d been experiencing some of the most beautiful places I’d ever been in, and falling out of love was very confusing. I was trying to force myself to be happy and in love, but I was far from home, and really lonely. It made sense to record the song after the break-up. I kind of felt like I was able to handle the sincerity of it then.”

Following the dissolution of a previous musical project in early 2018, Zietsch left Melbourne and moved to the seaside town of Brighton. It was there she began to work on solo material, drawing from bouts of homesickness, basking in the lengthy European summer hours and writing non-stop. She returned to Melbourne late 2019 with a SoundCloud account full to capacity of demo uploads, enlisting Tom Iansek (Big Scary, #1 Dads, The Paper Kites, Hockey Dad) to produce and record the songs that would eventually form, To Enjoy is the Only Thing.

Elaborating further on her vision for the project, Zietsch describes:

“This is what the album looks like to me: walking past tinsel covered trees in mid-September, swimming along the calanques in the south of France, car-bonnet frost, darkness at 4pm, lightness until 10pm, a muted feeling, the perpetual grey fog that swallows the Silver Coast, the colour red, this ugly green dress, red wine, red blood, red lips, red is the colour of the cardinal’s robe, Switzerland, my mother’s diaries, a coroner’s report, the sun on my face, the end of love…”

Listen to the new single below!

TRACK LISTING

As Tradition

Swimming

View From This Side

Friend

Be Mean, It’s Kinder Than Crying

Good Thing

Baby Tiger

Performer

Mama It’s Christmas

The Early Mornings share new single “Blank Sky”, announce debut EP ‘Unnecessary Creation’

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The Early Mornings have today shared new single “Blank Sky” along with an accompanying music video and have announced their debut EP Unnecessary Creation which will be self released on Friday 18th of June. The Manchester based 3-piece consist of Annie Leader – Guitar/Vocals, Danny Shannon – Bass and Rhys Davies – Drums. After recording a couple of home demos and gigging around the UK, they released their debut single “Artificial Flavour” last year. 

The new single pairs Leader’s deadpan vocals against a background of gritty and whirring guitar riffs to create a sonic scenery that is both uniquely surprising and joyously vibrant. Fans of Dry Cleaning’s new album will be sure to be swooning over this song.

Speaking on the video, Annie said:

“The colour palette, composition and lighting of the video all mix to create a dullness; a mundane reality which is interposed with artistic references, flashes of colour and surrealism. This is an idea which extends throughout our music as well.”

Listen to the new single below!