Thursday, August 31, 2023

Old Crow Medicine Show - One Drop (Feat. Mavis Staples)

Old Crow Medicine Show Release New Single 
“One Drop” Featuring Mavis Staples
New Album Jubilee Celebrating Their 25th Anniversary Out This Friday, August 25 
via ATO Records
Photo / Credit: Joshua Black Wilkins
L-R: Mike Harris, Mason Via, Morgan Jahning, Cory Younts, Ketch Secor, Dante’ Pope, PJ George
August 22, 2023 – Today, two-time GRAMMY award-winning band Old Crow Medicine Show released One Drop featuring Mavis Staples ahead of their new album Jubilee, out this Friday, August 25 via ATO Records. “One Drop” is a gospel-inspired romp that closes the 12-track album with a message of unity: “It takes one kind word to turn a stranger to a friend / It takes one ear to listen to each other / Just to hear one heartbeat in rhythm again.” 
Old Crow Medicine Show Release New Single 
“One Drop” was featured this morning at Consequence, who praised the “spiritually rich, uplifting tune” and said “The joyous, gospel-esque aspirations of ‘One Drop’ are immediately apparent…the track falls somewhere in between a classic folk standard, a contemporary church staple, and a country anthem.”
About the song, bandleader Ketch Secor explains: “For years Old Crow has always had a song or two on an album striving to sum up the need for a spiritual awakening, a rededication to ideals, and a sing-a-long tune for the campfire’s last dying ember. This is the latest in our canon of ‘songs of a spiritual persuasion,’ and, I think, one of our best, due in no small part to the presence of a legend of gospel music and more, the great Mavis Staples. Mavis epitomizes a life in roots music and Old Crow can only hope that the next 25 years will bring us, like she is, closer to the true vine.”
“One Drop” follows the release of “Belle Meade Cockfight” (feat. Sierra Ferrell) and the album’s debut single “Miles Away,” a sweetly reflective song co-written by Secor and bluegrass virtuoso Molly Tuttle, with guest vocals from Old Crow Medicine Show co-founder Willie Watson. Featured by BrooklynVegan, American Songwriter, No Depression and more, “Miles Away” marks the first time Watson has recorded with the band in over 10 years.
Jubilee finds Old Crow Medicine Show once again co-producing with Matt Ross-Spang (Drive-By Truckers, St. Paul & the Broken Bones) and recording at their own Hartland Studios. As they gear up to celebrate their 25th anniversary, the band doubles down on their commitment to creating roots music that bears an undeniable urgency, encompassing everything from jug-band tunes to Irish folk songs to exultant gospel jams. The result is a wildly expansive body of work showcasing the dazzling musicality and poetic yet powerfully trenchant storytelling that has made Old Crow Medicine Show one of the most potent and influential forces in American roots music. 
Jubilee follows the band’s critically acclaimed 2022 release Paint This Town, which hit #1 on the Americana Radio Albums Chart and debuted at the top of Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart. Earlier this year, Old Crow Medicine Show released a powerful protest song called “Louder Than Guns,” written in the aftermath of the devastating Covenant School shooting. A father of two and co-founder of The Episcopal School of Nashville, Ketch Secor penned a compelling guest essay for The New York Times, spoke with Rolling Stone, CNN’s The Assignment with Audie Cornish and The CBC, and made impassioned appearances on CNN Tonight, MSNBC’s Morning Joe and KCRW’s Left, Right & Center
Old Crow Medicine Show are on tour for the rest of the year, culminating with their 16th annual New Year’s Eve run at the Ryman with shows on December 30 and 31. Find a full list of tour dates below or visit their website.
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Roger Eno, Cecily Eno, Scoring Berlin, Christian Badzura – Strangely, I ...

the skies, they shift like chords
Roger Eno to Release Second Solo Album for Deutsche Grammophon on October 13
the skies, they shift like chords features piano solo tracks performed by Roger Eno as well as multi-instrumental pieces, some with electronics 
It also includes “Strangely, I Dreamt”, a song co-written and performed by Cecily Eno
I think of music in visual terms. Perhaps here the chords could be the earth,
the melody the trees rising above ground, and the atmosphere of floating guitar could be the sky. These three elements are different but interconnected.” — Roger Eno 
Aug. 25, 2023 — “Most of my pieces are snapshots of things that were experienced in the moment,” says Roger Eno. “How do you describe the world, unless it’s in an instant? You can’t fix anything because everything is in flux, it’s changing and mutable.” On the skies, they shift like chords, his second solo album for Deutsche Grammophon, Eno describes the world in a dozen musical watercolors based on spontaneous sketches, tracing an evocative and thought-provoking path through sound and silence.

Following on from the critically acclaimed DG solo debut, The Turning Year (2022) and follow up tracks such as “Above and Below”, which has streamed over 19 million times,  the new album will be issued digitally worldwide, and in physical formats (except in the US), on October 13. Four of its tracks will be made available on DSPs over the next few weeks: “Strangely, I Dreamt”, with vocals by Cecily Eno, today, August 25, “Tidescape” on September 8, “Chordal Drift” on September 22 and “Arms Open Wide” on October 13. The album comes out on vinyl in the US on 17 November, with a two-track single (featuring the full instrumental and a solo piano version of “Strangely, I Dreamt”) released internationally on the same date. 
the skies, they shift like chords builds on the soundworld of piano and strings heard on Roger Eno’s DG debut solo album, The Turning Year, expanding it with lines for electric guitar, clarinet, bass clarinet, vibraphone, flute organ and subtle electronic sounds. Most of the tracks grew out of improvisations – musical snapshots. “Often, the best way to cement these is by hardly using any detail,” explains the composer and multi-instrumentalist. “The first track on the skies, ‘Chordal Drift’, is a series of quite thick string chords with no intimation of melody. If you listen to it more closely, though, you’ll start to link things together.”
The lone vocal piece on the album, “Strangely, I Dreamt”, is co-written and sung by Roger Eno’s eldest daughter, vocalist and visual artist Cecily Eno. Its lyrics began life as part of a poem by one of her father’s friends, but Cecily adapted them to include “The skies, they shift like chords”, a line that invites us to contemplate the nature of impermanence. 
That same idea lies behind “Tidescape”. “It owes its name to a poem by Mary Markwell written in 1976,” notes Roger Eno. “I happened upon it in a Suffolk Poetry Society anthology, one of my favourite poetry collections. I loved the name, implying, as it does, how the tide creates a changing landscape unique to that environment.” 
As “Tidescape” began taking shape for the album, Eno invited his guitarist friend, Jon Goddard to fashion a high guitar drone above the existing music for flute organ. “Jon’s additions allowed me to hear two other elements in the piece, my beloved clarinet and bass clarinet, which sound like aural velvet. The resulting openness perhaps prompted my producer at DG, Christian Badzura, to have the courageous idea of adding reversed distorted guitar. I thoroughly enjoyed watching how the piece developed as though on its own, like a river finding its own path to the sea.”
By contrast, “Arms Open Wide” returns to the simplicity of Roger Eno’s solo piano, although despite the track’s gentle, intimate feel, it is underpinned by a sense of strength. “There always has to be something strong or utterly beautiful, otherwise there’s the danger that it becomes like lift music…” 
The album’s other expressive titles include “Japanese Rain Garden”, “That Which Is Hidden”, “Mind the Gap”, “Illusion”, “Above And Below (Crepuscular)” and “Through The Blue (Crepuscular)”. “I always name pieces after I’ve composed them,” says Roger Eno. “I try to match them to poetic titles, to trigger feelings, emotions and thoughts as the music plays.”
One of the emotional threads running throughout the skies, they shift like chords is Eno’s relationship with his native region of East Anglia. The tracks are inspired by its landscape – a mix of small market towns, medieval churches, wheatfields, meadows, rivers and open skies – as well as by the work of local poets and the Norwich School of artists, active in the early 1800s. The album’s melancholy tone has much to do with the threat now posed to the region’s biodiversity by intensive farming and climate change.
“The overall mood is one of transience,” says Eno of his new recording, whose moments of stillness are vital, allowing the music to breathe and listeners to explore their own emotional and imaginative response to it. “There are lots of gaps, silent pauses, throughout the album, which are a really important part of it. When a track finishes, you’re still ‘there’ in the music, and unless the next one comes in at just the right moment, something’s going to jangle with either or both of them. The composing part is only one part of the process – these other, constructive details are very important.
Praise for The Turning Year & Rarities
“… a keen sense for delicate, unornamented melodies that serve as vehicles for reflection”Pitchfork 
“A sequence of masterpieces in miniature” Prog 
“The Turning Year is calming and often very beautiful” The Wire 
“Sweet music for very strange times” Record Collector 
“Eno has a distinctive style and picks just the right chord change or string colouration” Mojo
“A deeply nourishing record” Uncut (Rarities)
“Beautiful and emotionally devastating”  Electronic Sound (Rarities)
Photo/ Credit: Cecily Eno
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DES ROCS - Dream Machine (Official Music Video)

Des Rocs Releases New Album
Dream Machine via Sumerian Records

Official Video For Title Track “Dream Machine” 
Out Now

Acclaimed By Consequence of Sound,
Guitar World, Distorted Sound and More
Photo/ Credit: Javi Perez 
August 25, 2023: Today, NYC native Des Rocs released his sophomore album Dream Machine via Sumerian Records. Produced by Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, PJ Harvey), Matt Wallace (Faith No More, Maroon 5) and Des Rocs mastermind Danny Rocco, Dream Machine plays like a bolt of energy coursing through the glory days of rock, metal, and grunge, united within his signature “bedroom arena rock” sound. Also released today is the official video for “Dream Machine,” a riveting cinematic ride that kicks off the album’s arrival in appropriately anthemic fashion.


About the video, Rocco explains, “When I wrote ‘Dream Machine’ I was searching for an exit from the labyrinth of my thoughts - a kinda sonic key to unlock a new future. This video is a vessel of escape for those who yearn to disconnect from reality and find bliss in the melodies that sweep em’ away.”

Dream Machine is the album I was born to make,” explains Rocco. “I grew up worshiping the enormous scale of rock n roll. I was obsessed with the awesome spectrum of people it could unite. I wanted to make an album that captured the same magic that changed my life. Dream Machine is an album that embodies the dreams of that little kid standing in front of the TV watching Queen at Wembley. I’m honored to finally be able to share the album with the world.”

Des Rocs recently released the single “I Am The Lightning” and official video for “Nowhere Kid,” which followed the release of his “thrilling new single” (Consequence of Sound) “Never Ending Moment,” which has been streamed nearly 2 million times on Spotify alone and is currently charting at #28 at Active Rock Radio and #32 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart. Guitar World called the song an “essential rock anthem” and raved, “Windmilling acoustic guitars and wailing Flying V solos are the order of the day, and they sound colossal.”

Dream Machine follows Des Rocs’ 2021 debut full length album A Real Good Person In A Real Bad Place. The album received wide-ranging praise from outlets like Loudwire (“addictive”), Guitar World (“fierce”), Rolling Stone, SPIN, American Songwriter and Alternative Press, who describes Des Rocs’ sound as “a whirlwind of classic-rock-influenced alternative rock that will leave your heart racing.” Currently, Des Rocs boasts more than 1.3 million monthly listeners on Spotify, with more than 227 million global streams to date. 

Dream Machine tracklist:
2) I Am The Lightning
3) White Gold
6) Bad Blood
7) Natural Born Thriller
8) In The Night
9) Up To You

Tour Dates:
9/23 – Clarkston, MI – Riff Fest 2023, Pine Knob Music Theatre

Des Rocs:

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succumbs to kryptonite on 
you’re my achilles heel

announces losers EP out September 22
laye - "you're my achilles heel" 

AUGUST 28, 2023 — Singer-songwriter laye returns with her newest release and accompanying visualizer for “you’re my achilles heel” (LISTEN and WATCH). “you’re my achilles heel” previews her forthcoming sophomore EP losers set for release on September 22, 2023 via Sony Music Canada.
Co-written with Gray Hawken (Jack Harlow, Alessia Cara) and Rachel West (Young Thug, Machine Gun Kelly, WILLOW), the track is a lush, atmospheric and moody indie anthem, exploring the tension that exists when you love someone who’s toxic. The single continues laye’s foray into the darker aspects of indie pop.

"This song is a special one to me. It’s a lullaby but it’s also another soft little rager that fits with the rest of the music on my EP. I think it kind of touches on the extremities of an all-consuming love. 'you're my achilles heel' is a love song but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a healthy one. In a way, I think it's a good prelude to all the heartbreak songs on this project.” - laye

laye "you're my achilles heel" single artwork  

 Montreal-born and raised singer/songwriter laye first floated onto the scene and released four tracks in 2018. laye’s sultry, alt-flavored pop and gothic aesthetic guided her 2019 debut album lonesome, which was created over the course of four years with a slew of legendary pop and hip-hop producers, including Lauren Christy (Dua Lipa, Avril Lavigne), Federico Vindver (Jennifer Lopez, Lauryn Hill, G-Eazy, A$AP Rocky), Alex Hope (Troye Sivan), Pomo (Mac Miller, Panderson .Paak), FNZ (Kanye West, Ty Dolla $ign, Megan Thee Stallion). In 2022, laye returned with her release “I Could Die,” setting the stage for her new music released throughout 2023. 
As a singer and songwriter, laye is coming into her own and exploring the next chapter of her evolution as an artist.
With over 20M global audio & video streams to date, and features in FASHION and PAPER Mag, laye is one of our most exciting young pop artists, pursuing a vision all her own while creating beautiful, dystopian pop gems. 
laye’s new single “you’re my achilles heel” is out now. Her sophomore EP - losers - will be released on September 22, 2023 via Sony Music Canada

laye - "blue" (Visualizer)
laye - "touching myself" (Visualizer): 
laye - "Unhappier" (Visualizer):