Howdy folks, every day we’ll be rounding up some of the most interesting Music News, tour dates, new single releases and albums we hear about on the grapevine. Starting…now! With news from Tricky, Ela Minus, Elliott Smith, Tim Heidecker, Iceland Airwaves Festival and Lonely The Brave.
Ela Minus Announces Debut Album, acts of rebellion,
Out October 23 on Domino
Colombian musician Ela Minus announces her debut album, acts of rebellion, out October 23 on Domino. Performed, produced and recorded entirely by herself, acts of rebellion is a complex manifesto on simplicity, a call to fight, to live, to be present. It’s a collection about the personal as political and embracing the beauty of tiny acts of revolution in our everyday lives. This ethos is clear in the dreamy, pulsing new single/video, “el cielo no es de nadie,” “an ode to little, constant, every day acts of love” sung in Ela’s native Spanish.
Following “they told us it was hard, but they were wrong” and “megapunk,” “el cielo no es de nadie” defies the idea that one grandiose act means more than little ones. The video, co-directed by Ela and Pepi Ginsberg, presents striking images of Ela’s machines as she moves throughout the stage and hallways of a club. It gives a feel of Ela’s visceral, intimate world and urges finding a deeper connection to those around you. “‘el cielo no es de nadie’ is about all the love I see in small, everyday acts. It’s an invitation to appreciate unheroic, but constant and meaningful actions,” says Ela. “The song’s title, ‘el cielo no es de nadie,’ refers to the phrase ‘I’ll give you the sky,’ a common expression used in Spanish when in love. In the song, I defy it: ‘you can’t give me the sky’ / it isn’t yours to give.”
Before forging her path as a solo electronic artist, Ela was a drummer in a teenage hardcore band. She joined the band when she was just 12, performing with them for almost a decade. Ela then moved to the United States to attend Berklee College of Music, where she double-majored in jazz drumming and synthesiser design. This roving background instilled in her a belief that we all have the power to change things, and as she delved deeper into her work with synthesisers, she saw a clear connection between the freedom of the DIY scene she grew up in and club culture. “I deeply identify with club culture, and want to make music to dance to,” she says. “I also want to make songs in the more traditional sense, with melodies, lyrics, and singing. I want to make songs that stay with people through the years.”
Using only hardware to perform, write and record, Ela creates complex, technical electronic music that exudes a warm vibrancy, along with a darker, almost celebratory understanding that our breaths aren’t infinite. Her sharp, coiled words are cathartic—due in part to her approach to writing them. “I always start writing by improvising alone,” she says. “Once I have some instrumentals I’m happy with, I intuitively grab the mic and sing a phrase with a melody in it. I always keep that initial phrase.”
On acts of rebellion, you sense the stories hidden in everyday things. You feel Ela’s personality and viewpoint; you sense her presence. The cover features a photo of her, most of her face obscured, but her eyes sharply focused. On acts of rebellion, she’s asking us to make contact not just with her, but also the people that inhabit our lives. She’s suggesting we leave our gadgets behind in favour of flesh-and-blood communities. She’s asking us to think, dance, and love, while she coaxes humanity from her hardware—machines that rattle and whirr alongside her and, in turn, make us feel more alive.
Ela is sharing DIY printable posters and projection art for fans to use and share as a means of embracing these tiny acts of revolution in our everyday lives. Please visit the participate section of elaminus.com to download the art.
Ela Minus Tour Dates:
Thu. Feb. 18 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
Fri. Feb. 19 – Paris, FR @ Boule Noire
Sat. Feb. 20 – Brussels, BE @ Rotonde
Sun. Feb. 21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
Tue. February 23 – Copenhagen, DK @ VEGA Ideal Bar
Wed. Feb. 24 – Hamburg, DE @ Turmzimmer
Thu. February 25 – Berlin, DE @ Silent Green
Sat. Feb. 27 – Vienna, AT @ B72
Sun. Feb. 28 – Munich, DE @ Strom
Tue. March 2 – London, UK @ Electrowerkz
Wed. March 3 – Madrid, ES @ El SolTickets on sale Fri. Aug. 28 10am BST via elaminus.com
Lonely The Brave Announce Their Third Album, “The Hope List” Out January 22 on Easy Life Records
Listen to “Open Door” HERE
In a world turned upside down, hope feels more important than ever. Without it, the outlook is much too bleak to bear thinking about. A few years ago, Lonely The Brave weren’t to know this as they took their first tentative steps towards what would eventually become their third album. All they knew then was that they weren’t prepared to quit, no matter how stacked the odds against them seemed. The force of will and resolve to prove that their story hadn’t yet been written would pave the way for “The Hope List”, a record that offers a beacon of light in times that often feel darker by the day.
The band return today with their third single this year, the hook-laden “Open Door”, and the news that their much-anticipated album three, “The Hope List”, will be coming January 22 on Easy Life Records (Pre-order).
The band’s emotional, widescreen rock sounds as expansive as ever throughout the record’s eleven song run-time but retains an intimacy, this new album an honest reward to the patience and loyalty of a fan base who have stuck by the band during uncertain times.
Founding member Mark Trotter says of the record and the sense of optimism around the band in announcing it:
“Given everything that’s happened to this band, it would have been remiss of us to try rushing into this or do something that wasn’t right. It takes time,” the guitarist reasons. “We’ve been a band for over ten years and stuck in our ways a lot. There has been a huge shift in dynamic now. It’s a completely different vibe from where we were before. There’s a renewed energy and a renewed focus. Everything feels very positive in the Lonely The Brave camp.”
“The Hope List” is available to pre-order now on limited edition splatter vinyl, standard LP, CD & cassette formats HERE
The band have also today announced a series of UK dates for April next year, with tickets on sale now:
11 • BRIGHTON • HOPE & RUIN – TICKETS
12 • BIRMINGHAM • CASTLE & FALCON – TICKETS
13 • BRISTOL • THE FLEECE – TICKETS
15 • CAMBRIDGE • J2 – TICKETS
16 • MANCHESTER • ACADEMY 3 – TICKETS
17 • GLASGOW • KING TUT’S – TICKETS
19 • LEEDS • THE KEY CLUB – TICKETS
20 • NOTTINGHAM • THE BODEGA – TICKETS
21 • LONDON • BOSTON MUSIC ROOM – TICKETS
Elliott Smith Self-Titled 25th Anniversary Release
The 25th-anniversary release is out August 28. You can browse the packages available for the Elliott Smith self-titled deluxe reissue and pre-order the 25th-anniversary photobook + double LP. This release is incredibly special to the folks at Kill Rock Stars and we know it is for you, too.
Sharing these covers is one of the most exciting parts about leading up to the release.
Kill Rock Stars kicked off the cover series with Califone’s ‘Needle in the Hay.’
Then, we shared Marisa Anderson’s version of ‘The White Lady Loves You More,’ followed by MAITA’s ‘Coming Up Roses.’ Palehound covered ‘Southern Belle.’ Last week, Shaylee released a psych rendition of ‘Alphabet Town.’
Prateek Kuhad’s cover of Elliott Smith’s ‘The Biggest Lie’ is out now. The rendition hones in on the beautiful lyricism and guitar playing perfectly.
“The Biggest Lie is one of my favourite songs from his eponymous album. A big reason I am a songwriter today is because of being impacted so deeply by the songs of Elliott Smith when I was in university. He was undoubtedly one of the finest songwriters of our generation.”
Iceland Airwaves Moves to November 3-6, 2021
Over 25 New Acts Announced, Including Crack Cloud, Porridge Radio, Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu, GRDN, Bríet, and More
Iceland Airwaves announces that the festival is moved to November 3-6, 2021. In conjunction, they’re pleased to say that the 2020 line-up has moved with the rescheduled dates, and the festival today announces another 25 acts.
Newly-added internationals include Vancouver’s post-punk groove collective Crack Cloud, Brighton’s Porridge Radio (whose long-player Every Bad was recently donned “Best New Music” from Pitchfork), the brand new full band show from Montreal dance doyenne Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu, alternative K-Pop from South Korea’s Balming Tiger and the riotous post-modern boy band, the Franco / American Faux Real.
Newly announced local acts include Bríet, HipSumHaps, GDRN and (Iceland via Toronto) Sigrún Stella, all of whom have dominated Icelandic radio this summer. Beloved troubadour Mugison makes a welcome return to the festival, and we introduce a diverse swathe of bands from the Post-dreifing community, making some of the freshest and exciting underground sounds in Iceland today.
As proud members of the Keychange program, Iceland Airwaves is pleased to announce Keychange artists, Italy’s Any Other, Sweden’s Sara Parkman and Norway’s ISÁK as worthy additions to the 2021 line up, as well as homegrown talent, rapper Cell7.
Safety is Iceland Airwaves’ priority. Recently, to tackle the Covid-19 pandemic head-on, Icelandic authorities implemented stricter measures around mass gatherings, social distancing, testing and arrival into the country. The Iceland Airwaves team is committed to doing their part in stopping the spread of the virus.
For 2020 ticket holders, you can simply hold on to your ticket for 2021. You received your ticket at the best price; they won’t be going down again.
If you are unable to attend and wish to receive a refund, please forward your ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org with the request to refund, within 14 days, up until the end of Wednesday, September 9 at 23:50 GMT. Please note, if you request a refund, then repurchase, it will be at the current price or higher, since the prices won’t go down again.
Those who purchased a travel package with Icelandair will receive an email from Icelandair Holidays with more information.
Furthermore, Iceland Airwaves would be truly grateful if you would hold onto your current ticket and support the festival, and the Icelandic music industry, who, like many others, are currently going through a very difficult time. 2020 has been more difficult than ever to support live music. We hope that 2021 sees the world in better shape, and us all coming together to celebrate the love of music in Reykjavík. For more information, please visit https://www.icelandair.com/vacations/city-breaks/iceland-airwaves/
ICELAND AIRWAVES 2021 – NEW ADDITIONS
Any Other – Aragrúi – Ásta – Balming Tiger – Bríet – Cell7 – Crack Cloud – Faux Real – Karina – HipSumHaps – ISÁK – Kef LAVÍK – KLΞIИ – Logi Pedro – MAMMÚT – Mani Orasson – Marie Davidson & L’Œil Nu – Mugsion – Porridge Radio – Salóme Katrín – Sara Parkman – sideproject – Sigrún Stella – Skoffín – Supersport! – Svala – THUMPER – Ultraflex
ICELAND AIRWAVES 2021 – ALREADY ANNOUNCED
ADHD – Andavald – Andy Svarthol – Benni Hemm Hemm – Black Pumas – BSÍ – CHLOBOCOP – Daði Freyr – Daughters of Reykjavík – dj. flugvel og geimskip – Dry Cleaning – GRÓA – gugusar – Halldór Eldjárn – Júníus Meyvant – K.óla – Kiriyama Family – Krummi – Lynks Afrikka – Metronomy – MSEA – Myrkvi – omotrack – Oyama – Pale Moon – S.hel – sin fang – Sinmara – Sólveig Matthildur – Squid – Tami T
Tim Heidecker Releases New Single, “Nothing”
Fear of Death out September 25 on Spacebomb Records
Tim Heidecker, the Los Angeles-based actor, comedian, producer, musician and podcast host, has released a new single/visualiser, “Nothing,” from his forthcoming album, Fear of Death, out September 25 on Spacebomb Records. While its recently released title track is an upbeat take on avoiding potentially fatal choices, “Nothing” comes to terms with it. “Nothing” was co-written with Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering. Overdramatic piano, their voices blend: “Nothing, that’s what it amounts to, they say // A black void waiting down the road for us one day.” “Nothing” was created during a recording session that he calls “one of the more spiritual and emotional moments of my creative life.”
“I wanted to write a religious-sounding song about agnosticism,” says Heidecker. “I wrote it a little poppier/jauntier, but working with Natalie and Drew (Erickson), we smoothed it out into something more haunting and (in my opinion ) beautiful. We crammed the session into the end of an overdub day/night, just the three of us doing it live with Natalie adding those incredible angel harmonies over the bridge. Drew and (Jonathan) Rado later added all sorts of goodness to it. The second verse is a very literal description of my experience at the SXSW premiere of Us. I’m pretty proud of this one in general. I hope it delivers some goosebumps.”
Fear of Death is Heidecker’s biggest sounding album yet, featuring an all-star band comprised of Weyes Blood’s Natalie Mering, Drew Erickson (Jonathan Wilson, Dawes), The Lemon Twigs’ Brian and Michael D’Addario, Jonathan Rado, and string arrangements by Spacebomb’s Trey Pollard (Foxygen, Bedouine, The Waterboys, Natalie Prass). Throughout, Heidecker’s sound is fleshed out with winding guitar, slow-building percussion, gentle keys, and a 14-piece string ensemble. Tracks range from a bluesy and smokey nod to J.J. Cale, an uptempo ode to country living, to a sad close that began as a Bernie Taupin/Elton John-style writing experiment.
This is an earnest departure from comedy and a collection of songs that centres around Serious Topics – a discouraging future, abandoning life in the city, and the inevitability of death. And although this is serious music about serious topics, Heidecker says. “I hope my observations and meditations on death, the afterlife, the future, while at times a little dark and grim, offer a little comfort and catharsis for some people.”
Tricky Releases New Single/Video, “I’m In The Doorway”
New Album, Fall To Pieces, Out September 4 on False Idols
Tricky releases a featherlight new single/video, “I’m In The Doorway,” from his forthcoming album, Fall To Pieces, out September 4 on False Idols. Following “Fall Please” and “Thinking Of,” “I’m In The Doorway” is beautiful and beguiling. It features honeyed vocals from Danish singer Oh Land. The song’s accessibility – albeit a strange and twisted accessibility – surprised even the man who wrote it. Its cinematic accompanying video was directed by Mateusz Miszczyński. It features gorgeous imagery – hundreds of white geese, a thick forest, and a woman driving blindfolded. “With most of my stuff, there’s nothing else like it around,” says Tricky. “But with ‘Fall Please’ and ‘I’m In The Doorway’, it’s my version of pop music, the closest I’ve got to making pop.”
Fall To Pieces was recorded in Tricky’s Berlin studio in late 2019. Tricky is keen to point out that the tracks on the record can be deceptive; often short, ending abruptly and moving on to the next without warning. Although instrumentation varies from bursts of tense synths, distorted dial tones, and samples, the song’s lyrics can be dark and dense.
Tricky might be over three decades deep into his music career but he’s currently on an especially prolific run. In the last year, he dropped the enchanting 20,20 EP and put out an acclaimed autobiography, Hell Is Round The Corner.
Next year, Tricky will tour across Europe in support of Fall To Pieces.
2021 Tour Dates
Feb. 2, 2021 – Copenhagen, DEN @ Hotel Cecil (SOLD OUT)
Feb. 3, 2021 – Oslo, NOR @ Parkteatret – TICKETS
Feb. 6, 2021 – Hamburg, GER @ Elbphilharmonie – TICKETS
Feb. 8, 2021 – Cologne, GER @ Gebäude 9 – TICKETS
Feb. 9, 2021 – Berlin, GER @ Metropol – TICKETS
Feb. 16, 2021 – Warsaw, POL @ Praga Centrum – TICKETS
Feb. 17, 2021 – Poznan, POL @ TAMA – TICKETS
Feb. 18, 2021 – Krakow, POL @ Kwadrat – TICKETS
Feb. 19, 2021 – Cluj-Napoca, ROM @ Form Space – TICKETS
Feb. 20, 2021 – Bucharest, ROM @ Quantic Club Outdoors – TICKETS
Feb. 23, 2021 – Belgrade, SER @ Dom Omladine – TICKETS
Feb. 24, 2021 – Zagreb, CROA @ Močvara – TICKETS
Feb. 26, 2021 – Budapest, HUNG @ A38 – TICKETS
Feb. 27, 2021 – Milan, ITA @ Magazzini Generali – TICKETS
Mar. 1, 2021 – Amsterdam, NETH @ Paradiso – TICKETS
Mar. 3, 2021 – Bordeaux, FRA @ Le Rocher De Palmer – TICKETS
Mar. 9, 2021 – Paris, FRA @ Le Trianon – TICKETS
Mar. 10, 2021 – Strasbourg, FRA @ La Laiterie (Club) – TICKETS
Mar. 12, 2021 – Lyon, FRA @ Ninkasi Kafé – TICKETS
Mar. 13, 2021 – Tourcoing, FRA @ Le Grand Mix – TICKETS
Mar. 14, 2021 – Brussels, BEL @ Botanique Orangerie – TICKETS
Mar. 16, 2021 – Manchester, UK @ 02 Ritz – TICKETS
Mar. 17, 2021 – London, UK @ Electric Brixton – TICKETS
Mar. 23, 2021 – Helsinki, FIN @ Ääniwalli – TICKETS
Mar. 24, 2021 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ Kosmonavt – TICKETS
Mar. 26, 2021 – Yekaterinburg, Russia @Fabrika – TICKETS
Mar. 28, 2021 – Moscow, Russia @ GlavClub – TICKETS
Mar. 29, 2021 – Minsk, Belarus @ Re:Public Club
Mar. 30, 2021 – Kiev, Ukraine @ Atlas – TICKETS