Archive for June, 2011
The recent Slow Dancing Society re-issues are continuing to chart in the US with both The Sound of Lights When Dim and The Slow and Steady Winter in this week’s top 30 at KZSU as well as holding the number 2 and 4 spot respectively in the Classical/Experimental top 10. Then over at New York’s WNYU The Sound of Lights When Dim is sitting at 22 in the top 30 chart.
And we will be announcing the release date of the upcoming Slow Dancing Society remix EP very soon. The release features a track from each of the 4 Slow Dancing Society albums remixed by the wonderful Antonymes.
Umpire’s epic debut album Now We’re Active has quite appropriately been garnering some wonderful reviews and press since its Australian release a few weeks back. Check out what folks had to say at these fine blogs and zines – Delusions of Adequacy, Twiceremoved, ReviewedMusic, The Underground of Happiness, The Vine, Rave Magazine, Der Digital Flaneur and theres plenty more on the way. Not to mention the Australian radio love the album has been getting across community stations and JJJ.
The album will see its international release in just a few short weeks as July 14th approaches. Eager internationals can pre-order the CD via our US distributor n5mailorder now which includes a free mp3 download of the album. Australian fans can hit up their favourite record store for the CD or the Hidden Shoal Store for CD and digital love.
Hidden Shoal Recordings is excited to announce the release of the new freely downloadable single ‘Words Make the Master’ by Brooklyn-based chamber-pop experimentalist Liam Singer.
‘Words Make the Master’ contains all the ingredients that make Liam Singer’s music so utterly beautiful and unique. Singer’s melancholic piano and vocal interweave with the heavenly backing vocals of Boxharp’s Wendy Allen. The gently interlocking parts create a deliciously lulling atmosphere for the first half, before the song heightens in intensity and canters towards a rousing conclusion. This is pop music of a refined and intensely emotive stripe.
‘Words Make the Master’ is the third track to be taken from Liam Singer’s latest album Dislocatia, one of Textura’s top albums of 2010. Produced by , Dislocatia is rich in wondrous, resonant details – a truly beguiling song cycle that contains multitudes. These fantastical song-stories carry the listener skyward like a clockwork cloud. It’s rare to find such arresting compositional talent married not only to an innate sense of melody and emotion, but also to a keen sense of texture and atmosphere. Dislocatia manages to merge these elements together and, more importantly, blur any lines that divide them. Liam Singer’s alchemical compositional process transforms the songs into a whole that transcends simple descriptors. Dislocatia is out now through Hidden Shoal Recordings.
“a uniquely experimental approach to pop music…. His music has the stately and cerebral sides of modern composition, not to mention the beauty and grace, but also an intimacy and directness…. This is very emotional music that uses all of the tactics at Singer’s disposal, for greatest impact.… Singer seems determined to find what is around us that we don’t know about, and to make us feel like we’ve done the same, participating in an exciting act of discovery” – PopMatters
“If the Bedroom Communities roster are the post-romantics, like Brahms and Rachmoninovs, of 21st century indie-acceptable classical music, then Liam Singer is the Erik Satie of the group, playing wildly conceptual music that never quite loses its emotional resonance.” – Tome To The Weather Machine
To co-incide with the single release Hidden Shoal are also excited to announce the wonderful new music video by Portland multimedia artist Jay Leary for another cut from Dislocatia, ‘Mold Me Torn Fan’. As is evidenced here in this wonderfully playful and surreal video, Leary’s work often features psychedelic themes and anthropomorphized animals. His most recent project, the “Talking Kitty Cat Box Cleanup” app, is available here.