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.
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
Alt-rock quintet Dream State have announced their new EP, Recovery, which is set for release on May 18th via UNFD. Fans can pre-order the EP here: https://unfd.lnk.to/Recovery. The band has also released their brand new single "New Waves" today, following last night's exclusive premiere on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac. Listen to "New Waves" here: https://youtu.be/8s2POYKsKsw.
"'New Waves' is about finally letting go of prodigal habits and ties and riding new waves, making fresh starts, releasing myself of the past and welcoming the future," states vocalist CJ Gilpin on the new single. "Life is not easy for anyone but it's good to remember how far you've come and no matter how dark life can appear, it can't compete with the light that follows, so I put these new experiences and feelings I've been having into 'New Waves' and I couldn't be happier with the results."
Watch the music video for the band's previous single "In This Hell" here: https://bit.ly/2GNkn1O.
The band recently announced their signing to UNFD (Northlane, In Hearts Wake), along with the reissue of their hit single "White Lies". "White Lies" was previously featured as a #NewName on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac. Watch the music video, which has over 5 million views, here: https://bit.ly/2rVQXUr.
Dream State has been announced on line ups for Download, 2000trees, Slam Dunk, and The Great Escape. The band will also be playing shows this summer with As It Is in the U.K. and then with Babymetal throughout Europe.
Dream State is CJ Gilpin (vocals), Aled Evans (guitar), Rhys Wilcox (guitar), Danny Rayer (bass), and Jamie Lee (drums).
Upcoming Festival Tour Dates:
May 18 - Brighton @ The Great Escape (Afternoon headline slot)
May 18 - Brighton @ The Great Escape (Evening slot)
May 19 - Brighton @ The Great Escape (Evening slot)
May 21 - Norwich @ Arts Centre
May 22 - Sheffield @ Plug*
May 24 - Bristol @ The Lantern*
May 25 - London @ St Pancras Old Church
May 26 - Leeds @ Slam Dunk
May 27 - Hatfield @ Slam Dunk
May 28 - Birmingham @ Slam Dunk
May 30 - Swansea @ Sin City^
June 1 - Reading @ Purple Turtle ^
June 2 - Dover @ Booking Hall^
June 4 - Innsbruck @ Music Hall**
June 5 - Utrecht @ Tivolivredenburg**
June 6 - Utrecht @ Tivolivredenburg**
June 10 - Donnington @ Download
July 7 - London @ Basingstoke Live
July 14 - Cheltenham @ 2000 Trees Festival
August 4 - Bournemouth @ Burned Out Festival
*w/ As It Is
Japan's award winning film and television composer Ryo Utasato is publishing her current musical work with `Dawn Of an Empire`. Dawn Of an Empire is an ancient and epic story told by the vehicle of music. The listener will be trapped in a dark world where warriors fight for the kingdom and a kingdom grows out of the shed blood of those who would try to destroy it. It is also a love story between the king and the leader of his warrior class, the beautiful Andrena, a love that should not be.
Ryo Utasato lets your music blend a variety of emotions and create an atmosphere that is unrivaled.
The album is available on all popular music platforms.
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