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New Music Friday Chapter 33

Oct 9, 2020

By ALICE

t’s been a long time coming…The Kills have compiled an extraordinary career spanning B-sides and rarities album titled Little Bastardsto be released on Domino on December 11th 2020.The songs date back from the band’s first 7-inch singles in 2002 through to 2009. All of the material has been newly remastered for release on 2 x LP, CD & Digital and marks the first ever vinyl pressing for some of these tracks.
The compilation includes the unreleased and never-before-heard demo “Raise Me” from the 2008-2009 Midnight Boom era. Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince produced and directed a striking new video for the recently excavated song.

Often raw, intimate and zero-budget spontaneous, the album’s title is a wry comment on these excellent recordings’ neglectful fate: in many cases birthed on the fly to fill bonus-track space on CD singles, they’d effectively vanished together with the release format that necessitated their creation. Also: Little Bastard was the affectionate nickname that the pair gave to the drum machine which enabled their initial existence as a band of only two members for the first half of their career. “It was a Roland 880,” says Jamie, “which isn’t strictly a drum machine – it’s a sequencer, and an eight-track recorder, with its own drum machine built in, and that’s what we’d record all our beats on.”
Little Bastards is available digitally and on CD and LP. The deluxe double LP comes on neon yellow vinyl and is housed in a gatefold jacket with printed inner sleeves. Pre-order the album here.

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Peel’s innovative and emotional debut masters the integration of melodic synths and psych as it shape-shifts from one song to the next. Just ahead of the EP’s release, due October 16th on Innovative LeisurePeel reveal their ethereal single “Citizen X” which also is set to appear on FIFA’s 2021 SoundtrackPeel’s Isom Innis explains, “Citizen X was an outlier to our usual stream of conscious lyric writing process— the framework began more conceptually. It has a tongue in cheek tone and is coming from a disillusioned place. Originally, it was a slower shoe-gaze inspired track, but Sean had the idea to re-imagine it, speed it up and really emphasize the groove and treat the guitar more like Robin Guthrie [Cocteau Twins].”

Peel is the musical partnership of Sean Cimino and Isom Innis; both multi-instrumentalists, as well as a visual artist and producer respectively. The project was born from a month-long recording session between the two artists within Innis’s concrete loft, above The Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The cavernous space served as an industrial incubator for musical experimentation: where fleets of sewing machines once reverberated in the 1930s with metallic rhythms, now echoed the sounds of drums, amps, and modular synthesizers.
The two create a wall of sound paired with a hypnotic groove that takes you out of your head and into a moment. “We are obsessed with records like Second Edition (Public Image Ltd.) and The Pleasure Principle (Gary Numan); records where spirit and improvisation guide expression. 

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Blanketman return with new single “Beach Body” and its accompanying video. Watch and listen HERE.
Produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode, Petite Noir, LIFE), it arrives as the follow-up to their much-heralded debut single “Taking You With Me, which cruelly arrived right after the band performed sold-out live shows just before lockdown took hold. Over the last year or two the band have been spearheading a burgeoning scene in Manchester and have gigged extensively throughout the city, performing their original brand of restless post-punk and cerebral indie-pop, served with a sharper, more sardonic pop edge than many of their peers. So sharp in fact that Steve Hanley of The Fall and Brix Smith & Extricated, has performed live on stage with them on two occasions already.

Back in March, the band’s debut single “Taking You With Me” rightly earned its share of early media praise, including a Next Hype slot from Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1, as well as a Ones To Watch 2020 pick from Huw Stephens. However, where their introduction to the world shone the light on a band full of ideas – and cut a boundless, energetically pop edge that saw them likened to early Blur – new single “Beach Body” dials up the urgency and distils a swift insistence, on top of which vocalist Adam Hopper masterminds a trove of indelible melodies, punctuated by the refrain “Lift off! Lift off!”. He comments on the new single: “After a troubled lost summer, we felt we needed a new advert for British exceptionalism and the Brit abroad.”

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Gothic/dark rock outfit THE NOCTURNAL AFFAIR are set to emerge from the darkness behind the glow of the Las Vegas lights where they call home as they reveal their uniquely haunting sound on their new song “Beyond The Wall of Sleep.” The track marks the first single from their upcoming debut album (META)MORPHOSIS (due early 2021) which was produced by John Moyer (Disturbed) and mixed and mastered by Logan Mader (Machine Head, Once Human) who also contributed to some of the songwriting and production. “Beyond The Wall of Sleep” features “riffs, double-bass beats, and haunting synths that will catch you in the feels and bring you closer”

“‘Beyond the Wall of Sleep’ is a collaborative effort between Logan Mader and myself. Logan approached me a couple years ago with an unfinished instrumental and I was immediately drawn to the song. Words and melody came easy and the experience in the studio led to my unstoppable hunger to work with him on a record. He works quickly, his ideas are sharp, his songwriting is immaculate while inspirational and he brings out some of the best in me. Our collaboration reminded me a lot of my time working with John Moyer so I couldn’t help but set my sights on getting the two of them in one place to put our heads together and create. Throw in some beautifully riffed harmonies from Andy Ingraham and I couldn’t have asked for a better team.”
“I’m stoked to work with The Nocturnal Affair,” says Mader. “Brendan’s voice is timeless and he kills it in the studio every session we do together. Our collaboration on ‘Beyond The Wall Of Sleep’ is epic. I feel strongly the future for TNA is bright and full of dark music that will resonate worldwide for generations to come.”

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