Indiana, the British singer, songwriter and social media provocateur, has announced and released a new EP titled ‘I Like Drinking’. The title track, an uplifting pop anthem dedicated to the art of boozing, is lifted from Indiana’s current album ‘Not Girlfriend Material’, which was released in August. The EP also includes a remix by fast-rising UK producer Adam Turner, an acoustic version of the song, and a brand new track ‘Wasted On You’
“I was drinking heavily at the time of writing it and didn’t give a fuck what people thought. I genuinely like drinking. In fact, I love drinking and that’s OK as far as I’m concerned. There are millions out there that feel the same. It’s a song for them.”
Indiana’s album ‘Not Girlfriend Material’, like it’s creator, is sultry, heartfelt, eclectic and sometimes controversial. The album was recorded at a time of significant change in Indiana’s life - the end of a relationship and a moment of self discovery.
"Entering the dating scene was a wake-up call. It never satisfied me…. guys are attracted to me, and want to f*ck me…. but in terms of continuing a relationship, they have issues with who I am, and why they were attracted to me in the first place."
And so came the life-changing revelation: “I’m not girlfriend material, but I’m OK with it.”
The revelation became a life statement and since then, has become a mantra. Indiana has created a clothing line called ‘Sex Leisure’, which sells a range of t-shirts bearing the slogan ‘Not Girlfriend Material’. In what has now become a signature look for the artist, an oversized t-shirt coupled with sports socks and trainers, she says it is “a cute exterior but with a bit of filth.”
Having previously released an acclaimed album via Sony, since leaving the label Indiana has become a social media provocateur in her own right - her instagram account @indianathegirl has thousands of followers who signed up for her sultry yet artistic selfies, tongue-in-cheek commentary and controversial moments.
‘I Like Drinking’ EP Track Listing:
1 - I Like Drinking
2 - I Like Drinking (Adam Turner Remix)
3 - Wasted On You
4 - I Like Drinking acoustic
'I Like Drinking' is available here: http://smarturl.it/ILikeDrinking
Today Irish electro-folk duo Saint Sister release their debut album ‘Shape of Silence’. The album is inspired by the connections between people, and the conversations borne from figuring yourself out in relation to another person.
Of the album, Saint Sister say:-
“This record is the culmination of the past 4 years of making music together and navigating our 20s in Dublin. ‘Shape of Silence’ comes from an interest in the power and weight of silence - how heavy it can feel. It is a nod towards the use of space in our music; what can be said and felt in between the gaps.”
Saint Sister’s debut brilliantly presents their ability to create a unique blend of electronic, folk and pop. Exploration of the capabilities of the Irish harp - experimenting with effects and loops pedals and blending with subtle electronica - opened up the pathway to the sonic palette of this record. It opens with ‘The Beginning’; an elegant and ethereal track that celebrates the freedom and conspiratorial magic of a brand-new relationship (which we follow over the arc of the record). Next is ‘Twin Peaks’, a soundscape of luscious vocals and glistening Wurlizter, showcasing the bands skill in crafting relatable and honest lyrics. The start of the album feels more whimsical, optimistic and inquisitive but that atmosphere starts to change, and the songs begin to fracture becoming a little darker; more self-aware and lonelier while the relationship, which began with all the hope and promise of something new, becomes undone.
Tracks like ‘You Never Call’ and ‘Causing Trouble’ touch on themes of nostalgia and longing. The band embrace their Celtic roots with the stripped-back ‘Tir Eile’, meaning ‘Other Land’ in Irish, which powerfully displays their incredibly haunting vocals. ‘Steady’, one of their more electronically-influenced tracks sets extracts from author Kevin Breathnach’s ‘Tunnel Vision’ against a trip-hop infused breakbeat. The last track on the record, ‘The Mater’, offers a searing account of the pain and self-realisation that comes at the end of a relationship and the final act of self-isolation.
‘Shape of Silence’ was recorded with long term co-producer Alex Ryan of Hozier. Of the collaboration, the band says:
“We found a really good energy between the three of us, and over the course of the last three years have started trusting each other’s instincts a lot more and getting comfortable pushing the boundaries.”
‘Shape of Silence’ follows Saint Sister’s well-received debut EP ‘Madrid’, released in 2015. Title track ‘Madrid’ reached over 2 million streams and was playlisted through ‘Introducing’ on BBC Radio 1. The EP drew the attention of Lisa Hannigan who invited the band to open for her on the 20 date ‘At Swim’ European tour.
Saint Sister is Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre, hailing from the North of Ireland (Derry and Belfast respectively). The timing of their collaboration was key; having met in Dublin just after graduating from college, it became clear very early on that they were looking for the same thing. Bonding over their shared journey from north to south and a passion for music and words, teamed with the post-college confusion, they channelled all of their energy into the makings of a band.
To date, Saint Sister have amassed over 6 million streams combined.
Saint Sister are currently on tour around the US, Europe, Australia and UK. The band will be supporting Hozier on a number of his European tour dates included below:
Wednesday 21st November – Gasometer – Vienna, AT
Friday 23rd November – Verti Music Hall, Berlin, DE
Sunday 25th November – Sentrum Scene – Oslo, NO
Monday 26th November – Annexet – Stockholm, SE
Full tour dates can be found here
Following twenty albums over 50 years, Yoko Ono's Warzone is strikingly different from any record she has made previously, but it is also strikingly different from any album that anyone is making...
Yoko revisits and re-imagines 13 songs from her past work, spanning 1970-2009, the lyrics and messages still pertinent—perhaps even more pertinent—in 2018. "The world is so messed up. Things are very difficult for everybody. It's a warzone that we are living in..." says Ono. "I like to create things in a new way. Every day things change."
The recordings and arrangements on Warzone are very stripped down, with a particular emphasis on Yoko's voice and lyrics. Here in this minimalist landscape the content of her message rings clear and unencumbered; sometimes somber warnings, sometimes uplifting encouragement, but her wisdom and fortitude are unflinchingly strong, her power having intensified with time and life experience. She ends the ominous questions of "Now Or Never" (1971) with one of her most famous and inspiring lines: "[a] Dream you dream alone is only a dream, but dream we dream together is reality."
Warzone further builds the legacy of an artist unparalleled in her unique and singular vision. At 85 years young, Ono is already plotting her next album... It is not too late to change the world. We need Yoko now more than ever.
Warzone will be in stores on October 19 on Chimera Music, the label run by Sean Ono Lennon. Leading up to the release date, Yoko will releasing a new song each Tuesday on her website ImaginePeace.com and on streaming services.
InVogue Records proudly welcomes Sweden-based band Smash Into Pieces. The band blends elements electro & rock to create a very melodic sound with singalong anthems.
The band's label debut single will be released on April 20th. You can pre save the new single via Spotify here: https://ffm.to/superstarinme
Smash Into Pieces consists of:-
Chris Adam Hedman Sorbye (Lead Vocals)
Benjamin Jennebo (Guitar/Vocals)
Per Bergquist (Guitar/Vocals)
The Apocalypse DJ (percussion).
The band was founded by The Apocalypse DJ who has caught the attention of press & fans with his unique look & technology incorporated into his live performance.
SIP's last full length album "Rise and Shine" was released worldwide in January 2017. The album has collected over 12.5 million streams on Spotify alone. The band released a follow up single "Boomerang" that has gathered over 1.8 million streams in a short period on Spotify.
"We always try to find different types of artists for the IVR roster. We have never signed anything like Smash Into Pieces so I'm very excited to put something different out there for us. Great guys making great music, honored to be a part of what they are doing."
APR 27- Falun, Sweden- Falun Bowling & Krog (w/ Amaranthe, Jay Smith)
APR 28- Västerås Rockfest- Vasteras, Sweden (w/ Amaranthe, Lillasyster, Corroded)
APR 30- Västervik, Sweden- Simson
MAY 04- Stockholm, Sweden- Harry B James
MAY 05- Örebro, Sweden- Ritz Nightclub (w/ Jay Smith, NORMANDIE)
MAY 11- Göteborg, Sweden- Sticky Fingers (w/ Jay Smith)
MAY 12- Linkoping, Sweden The Crypt LKPG (w/ Sonic Syndicate, Jay Smith)
MAY 19- Hova, Sweden - Rockfickan
MAY 25- Edsbyn, Sweden- Parken
MAY 26- Ornskoldsvik, Sweden - Statt
JUL 07- Helsingborg, Sweden - Sundspärlan (w/ HammerFall, CyHra)
JUL 14- Asele, Sweden- Trillen (w/ Dead by April, Corroded)
Alyusha (pronounced ‘Ali-usher’) is the progressive vocalist, writer and producer who today shares the first song “Cracks” from her upcoming “Little God” EP.
Born to Japanese & Romanian / Irish parents, Alyusha has a rich musical heritage, which as a producer she combines with her influence of industrial, city sonic landscapes. This combination of influences creates a futuristic and sometimes jarring sound, juxtaposing light and dark with provoking songwriting.
Since her second single "Paradise" with Linden Jay charted at Number 2 on Spotify’s ‘Global Viral Charts’, she’s toured Europe alongside working on new material in the studio, collaborating with other artists and spent some time in Tokyo where she immersed herself and collected sounds from the city. One of the artists that the progressive, classically trained musician collaborated with is Warp’s “ghetto futuristic artist” Gaika where she features on and co-produced “The Deal”.
“Cracks” has a smooth yet experimental interplay between formation and demolition delivered by her soothing vocals, effortlessly malleable in character with a sound that while soul-infused orbits around the fascinatingly cold decaying tones of jarred Hip Hop and a unique R&B hybrid.
Alyusha doubles down the attack with lyrics that tackle emotion and personal subjects with a lawless attitude. Discussing Japanese philosophical ideologies such as ‘wabi sabi (embracing the imperfect) and ‘kintsugi’ (the ancient art form of mending cracks with gold paint in pottery). This symbolises the belief that only something that has been broken has the potential to transform in to becoming something more beautiful.
While lyrically her vocals are lucid and inviting; the grimy production on her first cut of 2018 transfers its tough and unforgiving strength to the listener.
Check out “Cracks” (Listen here) and stay tuned for more from “Little God” EP
NYC songwriter, producer and musician Amber Mark has shared her new single 'Love Me Right' (Listen HERE). The lead from her upcoming Conexão EP, the track is available to buy and stream everywhere today via PMR/Virgin EMI.
Raised across Europe and Asia, and based in New York City, Amber Mark weaves her deep knowledge of international styles into a stunning musical tapestry. Growing up on a diet of soul, R&B, bossa nova and electronica, Amber's rich songwriting and production talents were distilled into her 2016 release - the '3.33am EP'. The release was a dedication to her late mother and an exploration of how grief can birth incredible creativity. Now on Conexão, Amber is turning her sights to the future. "It's about my process of finding love again," she explains of the project. "It's like you're reading a book about my life and this is the next chapter." On stunning lead single 'Love Me Right', Amber lays out the terms of a relationship over pared-down, purposeful R&B rhythms. Like all her music, the song is an honest reflection of real-life emotion.
The Conexão EP confirms Amber Mark as one of 2018's most inventive artists, both as a songwriter and a producer. This summer, Amber performs at Moogfest as part of an all-women line-up. "Music production has been such a male dominated industry," she says. "It's definitely important for me to champion women producers". In amongst worldwide tour dates and further releases, Amber's first 2018 release is a mission statement for the year ahead.
Electronic-rock musician/producer Voicians has released his third, full-length album, Wasteland. Featuring 16 tracks, ranging from heavy drum & bass, metal, atmospheric sci-fi to electronic-rock, Wasteland showcases Voicians wide-ranging influences. Previously released independently, the album now receives an official release through the Detroit, USA based label FiXT. The album now includes an unreleased bonus track “The Only Friend” with a deluxe edition available on Spotify.
In addition to releasing new material with FiXT, the independent record label owned/founded by entrepreneur artist/producer Celldweller, Voicians has also joined FiXT's boutique roster of management clients.
Voicians has an exciting 2018 ahead with his inaugural DJ performance at Liquicity Antwerp in May and upcoming releases & collaborations on Liquicity Records, Hospital Records, Black Out Records, RAM Records, FiXT and more.
Voicians is known for combining the worlds of electronic / drum & bass with rock/metal. His unique fusion has inspired collaborations and remixes with artists ranging from Celldweller, Muzzy, Maduk, The Qemists, Zardonic and more. Voicians has written/produced originals, collaborations and remixes released on the labels FiXT, Hospital Records, Liquicity Records, NoCopyrightSounds, Monstercat, Position Music and Universal.
Purchase / Stream Wasteland:
Following the release of his latest LP Alive in New Light earlier this month, IAMX today proudly announces headline show in the UK at the Electric Ballroom, Camden on Saturday 03 March 2018. Legendary tattoo artist and entrepreneur Kat Von D will also take part in the unmissable show.
IAMX, born Chris Corner, is best known for his critically acclaimed dark wave performances which explore the complexities of mutation through sound, visual art and make-up. As the founder of the 90s trip-hop band, Sneaker Pimps, IAMX is no stranger to the spotlight, all of his shows promise theatrical production at arena style quality. Fans can expect a cinematic celebration capturing the giddy phase of metamorphosis Corner currently finds himself in as he takes to the Electric Ballroom stage.
Appearing on four Alive in New Light tracks and along for the transformative ride, is postmodern tattooist and makeup powerhouse, kindred spirit, and super fan, Kat Von D. Kat will join IAMX on stage to perform live music for the first time in her illustrious career. Corner’s soaring, plaintive lyrics, alongside Von D’s sultry tones will make this the hottest ticket in town.
Reflecting on her relationship with Corner, Kat says: “We could easily swap closets and make-up drawers and no one would be able to tell the difference. We both create, not because we want to, but because we HAVE to.”
IAMX can’t wait to get back on stage in the capital ensuring to audiences that “Alive in New Lights is about connecting”.
Tickets and more information for the Electric Ballroom Brixton show are available at https://www.musicglue.com/iamx
The world of electronic industrial music has been saddened to learn of the sudden recent death of
Canadian keyboard player and programmer Jeremy Inkel due to complications arising from an asthma condition. He was only 34 years old. Best known for his involvement in the most recent albums by
the veteran act Front Line Assembly, he was also the co-founder of Left Spine Down (LSD) and
produced tracks for various other well known musicians.
Based in Vancouver, he was welcomed into Front Line Assembly in 2005, co-writing and producing
the album ‘Artificial Soldier’ that was released the following year. He also toured with the band,
including festival appearances at the likes of Mera Luna, Summer Darkness and Amphi Festival
and the band’s first ever appearances in Russia. He continued working with FLA on their ensuing
albums ‘Improvised Electronic Device’, ‘Airmech’ (a video game soundtrack) and ‘Echogenetic’.
Jeremy’s involvement with FLA (plus their frontman Bill Leeb's side-project Noise Unit) provided him
with the opportunity to present his ‘other’ band to a wider public, with the result that Left Spine Down
toured with the likes of Revolting Cocks, The Birthday Massacre, Genitorturers and oHGr, plus
a large scale North American trek with 16volt and Chemlab in 2010. Blending elements of industrial,
punk and alternative rock into a sound that was catchy yet abrasive, melodic yet fist-pumping, with
detailed electronica-style programming and a ‘fuck you’ punk attitude, Jeremy had formed LSD with
frontman Kaine Delay. The duo’s final album, ‘Caution’, was released soon after the group had
signed with Metropolis Records.
Bill Leeb of Front Line Assembly has this to say of Jeremy :
“I am truly shocked, heartbroken and saddened beyond belief. Jeremy’s animated larger than life
personality will be truly missed. Everyone who met him walked away saying that he was one of the
nicest people they had ever met. His creativity will also be sorely missed. He had a huge passion for
for music, film and a love of performing. We had recently started creating ideas for a new FLA album,
while he also participated on our upcoming ‘Airmech 2’ release, which we are dedicating to his
memory. Rest easy…. there will always be a place for you with us.”
Metropolis Records have stated that :
“We are stunned and saddened to learn of Jeremy's sudden death. We wish to extend our deepest
condolences to his family, bandmates and friends. His family requests that anyone wishing to make
a gesture in his memory to please make a cash donation at your local food bank. They also request
that we all please remember Jeremy for the kind, funny, soulful and talented person that he was."
‘Hologram Moon’ is the first album in five years by the Italian electronic dark wave act Kirlian Camera.
It includes the autumn 2017 single ’Sky Collapse’, which saw frontwoman Elena Alice Fossi duetting
with Eskil Simonsson of Covenant. A song about blackening skies and disquieting scenarios, it was
written by Fossi with band mate Angelo Bergamini and mixed by the legendary producer John Fryer.
The song dominated the German Alternative Charts in the final quarter of the year.
However, ‘Sky Collapse’ was merely a portent of something more epic, as the full album shows off
Kirlian Camera at the peak of their powers. Not only do new songs such as ‘Eyes Of The Moon’,
’Travellers Testament’ and ‘Polar IHS’ seem destined to repeat the club success of the first single,
but the lyrical subject matter is also intriguing. The album title itself comes from a conspiracy theory
that suggests the moon is no harmless satellite orbiting the earth, but a visual hologram sheltering
an artificial and possibly alien construct. Whether taken seriously or not, ‘Hologram Moon’ sees
the band engaging in subversive play with perspectives and alternative realities.
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