+Dome will be the Seekae‘s second full-length release and believe me, this is almost as good as The Sound Of Trees Falling On People if not better. With more instrumentation and vocals, +Dome a bit quiet but is all sorts of powerful – an unpredictable retrospective of two years of constant touring and writing. Due for release March 25 on Rice Is Nice/Popfrenzy, there is a promising but very cruel album teaser available over at their home page. Expect more news as it surfaces.
I know I know. You probably didn’t need another set of tours to add to your no doubt already gig-filled schedule but you can count this one on me. Together with the great folks over at Civil Society and Inertia, I have a double pass to both !!! sideshows below. In other words, free tickets to what will only be one hell of a party. So by !!! standards that means heaps of dance-funk beats, all sorts of stage antics and just a general good time. Do yourself a favour and leave a comment where ever you like on TWYE from now until February 7. Winner will be chosen at random. Tell your friends!
Feb 9 Metro Theatre, Sydney
Feb 10 Prince Bandroom, Melbourne
While you are it check out this Take Away Show, recently shot on the streets of Paris.
Fellow TWYE contributor, Zohara, will be doing the rounds in Europe for the next few months so you may find a few reports from her travels. She is particularly excited about this London show and here’s why.
In Australia it is not always easy to get a physical copy of the music you want. Last year neo-classical Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds, released “…and they have escaped the weight of darkness”. I raced around to small independent record stores and to larger music stores but to no avail was I able to find a copy that I could take home that day. The only option was is to get it shipped over from another country. I’ve been listening to his music since I came across his “Found Songs” project on a blog where he wrote and recorded one song per day for one week. This is when his music tapped into a plethora of feelings and emotions within me, even without the use of lyrics or vocal harmonies. I’ve been smitten ever since.
I am visiting Iceland in a few weeks time. I was crossing my fingers that Ólafur Arnalds may be playing when I am there, since I can’t imagine he’d be coming to Australia any time soon, but I heard he was on tour elsewhere. Turns out that he’s playing his new songs (and perhaps some old too) at The Tabernacle on the 7th of February which is the night I arrive in London! Hallelujah! So until then I’ll sit on the plane and brush up on Icelandic language and try to pronounce all of his songs and figure out what they translate to.
For anyone in London, come join! (Unless it’s sold out)
7th February 2011 @ The Tabernacle, 34-35 Powis Square, London
I’m shattered, heart-broken even, to hear that Trish Keenan lost her battle with pneumonia today. The talented musician and vocalist for seminal electronic group, Broadcast, has left such an amazing legacy. Keenan had the creative vision unlike any other musician today and at the age 42, this world has lost such a beautiful soul.
I will miss you, Trish Keenan.
So you might have visited here a few days ago and noticed that Those Walls, Your Ears was m.i.a. – I’ve been updating the look of the site to something a little cleaner and easier to use. The photo galleries are still pages under construction and a few things still need to be fixed but if you notice something not quite right in your browser, give me a holler. Thanks for your patience everyone!
I knew my final year would get in the way of things, particularly all things TWYE, so my apologies for the inactivity here of late. That said, this semester is almost over and we can resume regular programming featuring a whole bunch of new albums, tour announcements and some particularly exciting news concerning a new project.
There is an ever-growing pile of new cds on my desk and even though I will eventually filter through them all, I’ve compiled a list of some of these new releases for you to keep an eye out for in the near future. I guarantee there’s something here for everyone!
Small Black are two friends curled up during one long winter and thawed out to release their catchy self-titled EP. Small Black are currently tucked away somewhere in Delaware recording their full-length. In the meantime, have a listen to “Despicable Dogs”.
[MP3] Small Black – Despicable Dogs
Small Black EP is out April 27 on Jagjaguwar.
Canadian power group, The New Pornographers, are just about to release their fifth full-length titled Together. Expect appearances from St. Vincent, Zach Condon of Beirut and Will Sheff of Okkervil River to join the octet in Together.
[MP3] The New Pornographers – Your Hands (Together)
Together is out April 30 through Matador/Remote Control.
The National are back with a follow-up to their highly acclaimed 2007 record, Boxer. High Violet is their forth-coming record and you’ll be in for a treat if you thought Boxer was great.
[MP3] The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio
High Violet is out May 7 through 4AD.
No longer calling Brooklyn home, the ever-wonderful duo High Places have moved west and are constantly expanding their experimental aesthetic with their latest full-length, High Places VS Mankind.
[MP3] High Places – On Giving Up
High Places VS Mankind out May 8th on Popfrenzy.
Photo: Julien Bourgeois
Mr. Jeremy Jay has been a very busy man, producing almost an album a year. This year we will see a double release from Jeremy Jay – the first effort titled Splash is Jeremy Jay’s most infectious album to date, continuing his romanticised pop fantasy. Listen to the title track below.
[MP3] Jeremy Jay – Splash
Splash is out May 22 through K Records.
As our answer to Camera Obscura, Perth’s Institut Polaire are adding the final touches to their upcoming record Make Your Own Mayflower. And if you’re Sydney next week, they’ll be previewing this release at World Bar.
[MP3] Institut Polaire – We Can’t Wait No More
The release date for Make Your Own Mayflower is yet to be confirmed but I’ll keep you posted. If you can’t wait, I have two double passes to their show at MUM, World Bar next Friday, April 23. Just email us here with the subject line ‘I Wanna Make a Mayflower’.
Despite all the music that has arrived subsequent to Seja’s We Have Secrets But Nobody Cares, I always find myself returning to We Have Secrets … – it has become my favourite release of this year. Thankfully Seja is will be showcasing this wonderful release and has teamed up with up-and-comers Otouto this April to do so. I cannot be more excited.
16 Apr Metro, Adelaide
17 Apr Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
22 Apr The Troubadour, Brisbane
23 Apr Sandringham Hotel, Sydney
In the meantime, here is the video for her ever-infectious “I’ll Get To You”.
Let’s face it; Dirty Projectors’ album of 2009, Bitte Orca, is one of the few significant releases of the past decade – whether you loathed or loved the record, it will always be revisited. In addition, David Longstreth and co. has just released a new 7” titled Ascending Melody with a b-side of “Emblem of the World” – two unreleased tracks from Bitte Orca. Hooray!
[MP3] Dirty Projectors – Ascending Melody
In other news, Grizzly Bear is tonight! After all the reviews from Falls festival and their recent Recital Hall shows, tonight should be nothing short of magical. Check back in the next few days for a recap.
It almost that time of the year again where the kids are writing a list of things to send to the big man in red and the nerds are compiling their end-of-year lists. Personally, 2009 has been a big year in terms of music releases so I’m looking forward to sharing my year with you all. I am also keen to know what your favourite releases are this year.
Thanks to the amazing people at Inertia, we have an awesome prize pack to end our birthday month. It includes some of our most loved albums of this year and it contains a copy of the following albums:
To win, simply leave a comment below with your favourite album of this year and why. The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced November 30. Good luck!