MADEIRA — New Zealand pop artist Kim Pflaum — won acclaim for her icy-cool single “Manipulator” earlier this summer; now she shares the song’s video. Noisey premiered the clip, praising the track’s “funk filled bassline reminiscent of Toro-Y-Moi leading into a chorus pulsating with emotion that goes from a sunny afternoon barbeque to a 4 AM dance floor and back. It’s the soundtrack of a kingdom ruled by Jamiroquai and Kate Bush.”
“Manipulator” will appear on MADEIRA’s debut EP Bad Humors, out September 23 on Carpark Records, along with previously released singles “Let Me Down” and “Come On Thru.”
On release day, September 23, MADEIRA will be making her U.S. live debut at the Satellite in Los Angeles.
Young Magic, the New York-based experimental pop duo of Melati Malay and Isaac Emmanuel, premiered their new video for “Lucien“. Young Magic’s forthcoming new record Still Life was inspired by the native culture of Malay’s birthplace of Indonesia, and the “Lucien” video is based on the ghostly Indonesian holiday of Nyepi:
“I started making Lucien in Indonesia in small shack by the water. I spent half a month gathering field recordings, collecting stories and writing music. Looking back, I was questioning what it meant to be a woman in this age – a sister, a daughter, a hybrid, a creator. It was a surreal few weeks. There is a day called Nyepi or ‘Day of Silence’ where no-one leaves the house because it’s believed bad spirits fly over the island. They burn effigies of their monsters (Ogoh Ogoh) and then everyone hides indoors for 24 hours. It’s incredible, the streets are completely empty. I’m not sure if these ghosts still follow me in New York, but making ‘Lucien’ was my way to make an effigy of my own Ogoh Ogoh, and then burn it to the ground.” – Melati Malay
Malay stars in the video alongside dancers from the Saung Budaya Indonesian Dance Group.
Experimental pop duo Young Magic are thrilled to announce their new full-length Still Life, set for release on May 13 on Carpark Records. Singer Melati Melay grew up in Jakarta before relocating to New York ten years ago, and Still Life is an exquisite homage to her home country of Indonesia. Stereogum premiered the stunning first single “Lucien” — which features the delicate sounds of a Javanese gamelan — today, praising the band’s “expansive and reverberating soundscapes.”
Still Life inhabits a gorgeous, kaleidoscopic world, as delicate and intricate, as it is expansive and immersive. It walks the line between organic and mechanic, where dusty field recordings weave between warm Moogs and Prophets, where jazz breaks bump next to broken drum machines. It’s meticulously crafted outsider pop, made by obsessives, for obsessives.
Prince Rama’s forthcoming album, “Xtreme Now,” is out March 4thon Carpark Records.
A pummeling, voluntary thrust into the heart of darkness at the speed of light; a face-first bungee jump off the mortal coil into the gaping canyon of forever; a fistful of snow hurled at death’s grin from high on a ski-lift doomed to eternally climb the summit-less mountain; a motorcycle falls from a tear in Hell; a tesseract constructed out of a half pipe slows down time as life flashes before your eyes in vivid colors; a pastless, futureless XTREME NOW unwinds before you, interrupted only by the consumption of a mysterious glowing green liquid oozing from a shiny aluminum can marked “ENERGY…”
Xtreme Now is the most extreme album Prince Rama has ever made. Writing for Xtreme Now began while the Larson sisters were living on a black metal utopian commune on Vȫrmsi, a remote island off the coast of Estonia during the summer of 2012. There, Taraka had a near death experience inside an ancient Viking ruin which sparked a recurring sense of time-schizophrenia, or the physical sensation of existing in multiple time periods simultaneously. In this case, she experienced a joint-existence in both the medieval ages and the year 2067. In one of her prophetic visions she describes, “In the year 2067, I witnessed an aesthetic landscape where art museums are sponsored by energy drink beverages and beauty is determined by speed. I saw a vision of ancient tapestries stretched across half-pipes and people base-jumping off planes with the Mona Lisa smiling up from their parachutes. I saw art merge with extreme sports to form a new aesthetic language of ‘Speed Art.’ I realized that time travel was possible via the gateway of extreme sports, and I wanted to make music that would provide the score.”
Perceiving a great void in the world of extreme sports for music that could match the metaphysical intensity of these death-defying feats, Prince Rama set forth to make Xtreme Now, the first real foray by any musician to create a new “extreme sports genre.” For inspiration, the sisters looked to their own flirtations with death and time-dilation, along with countless hours of obsessively watching extreme sports videos and consuming dangerous quantities of Monster Energy drink.
Working with acclaimed dance producer Alex Epton of XXXChange (Gang Gang Dance, Björk, Spank Rock, Panda Bear, The Kills), the new songs take on a more powerful, confident, fierce, infectious, all-encompassing, and accessible dance-club feeling than any other Prince Rama record – a fearless, visionary pop tour de force for the ghost-modern era that celebrates the ephemerality of life, dancing just at the edge of death’s gilded smile.
Here’s the official video for Skylar Spence’s “Affairs,” the second single from the debut album “Prom King,” out now. Order the album here.
Introverted Dancefloor is Bevan Smith, a New Zealander who has released music under names like Signer and Aspen, and who has played in the Ruby Suns and Skallander throughout the last decade. His prior output has been spread over many international labels and has touched on sundry genres (like techno, IDM, folk, ambient) while featuring restraint and sophistication as compositional hallmarks. As Introverted Dancefloor, Smith has kept those features as guiding principles while allowing a more propulsive low end to dominate the construction of this music, winding up with understated but energetic dance tracks. Gestation, too, is a prominent attribute of this music, though not necessarily an obvious one. Smith started these songs with hundreds of layers, which he then pared down to a few core elements before rebuilding again.
For Introverted Dancefloor, Smith limited himself to the use of two synthesizers, one mic, one filter, and one effects processer. This constraint is not obvious upon listening as the album works across the idioms of electro, Detroit techno, pop house, and leftfield disco, playing with the line between fluid melody and drum machine programming. Each track has a playlist as its scaffolding, Smith’s goal being to filter a certain set of varied influences through just a couple of instruments. Metro Area’s “Miura” (Original Mix) turned into Introverted Dancefloor’s “Happiness is such a mess/Pipedream.” If there can be such a thing as a subtle banger, then Smith may have earned that distinction here. “Take it high” seems to be a constant ascent with its climbing bass and layers of chords, relying on no hackneyed drops or releases for its crescendo. Smith’s layering practices show their precision on tracks like “Even if you try” and “Tiger bones,” in which disparate elements contribute to pointed melodies, an unidentifiable percussive part entering the same expressive plane as a sung line. One of the record’s most striking features is Smith’s inclusion of certain elements of a song in a neighboring one (vocals from “Pipedream” in “Happiness is such a mess,” a synth line from “Even if you try” in “Always turn your head”) to lend a phantasmagorical effect to the procession, blurring the distinction between a track and its reprise. The result is a song cycle wrought from painstaking labor, while nonetheless retaining core values of amorphousness and motion.
Introverted Dancefloor’s forthcoming self-titled album is out September 25th on Carpark Records.
1. Happiness is such a mess
3. Take it high
4. Dark cloud scene
5. Even if you try
6. Always turn your head*
8. Here, my story
9. Giving up on summer
10. Staking the ground
11. Feeling unsound
12. A golden light
13. Tiger bones
14. Shy away
*Note: “Always turn your head” is not on the vinyl LP tracklisting, but is available digitally via the free digital download that comes with the record.
Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher aka GEMS unveiled another beautiful dreamy single from their forthcoming debut album “Kill the One You Love”, which will drop on October 30th via Carpark Records.
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubador *
Oct 10 – San Francisco, CA – Social Hall *
Oct 12 – Portland, OR – Star Theater *
Oct 13 – Seattle, WA – Barboza *
Oct 16 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake *
Oct 18 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *
Oct 20 – Toronto, ON – The Hoxton *
Oct 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle *
Oct 22 – Boston, MA – Middle East *
Oct 23 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall *
Oct 26 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom *
* with Autre Ne Veut
This fall is shaping up to be a big one for Skylar Spence. After last week’s release of Ryan Hemsworth’s remix of Skylar’s summer anthem “Can’t You See”, he is back today to share new single “I Can’t Be Your Superman”. Speaking about the track, Skylar said the song is about “a friend of mine who was living very dangerously for a while. Around the time I wrote the song, I realized I was an enabler of this behavior by not acknowledging the problem, but things soured as soon as I opened my mouth about it.”
The track’s release also comes in conjunction with the launch of skylarspence.com and the announcement that Skylar Spence will be playing a record release show for his forthcoming Prom King on September 25th at Palisades in Brooklyn alongside longtime cohort Ricky Eat Acid. Shortly after the record release show, Skylar will embark on his US fall tour, joined on the West Coast by Kero Kero Bonito.
Check out “I Can’t Be Your Superman”, Ryan Hemsworth’s remix of “Can’t You See” and all tour dates below. Visit skylarspence.com for more info.
“Living as a Ghost” is the first single from GEMS’ (aka Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher) forthcoming debut album “Kill the One You Love” out October 30th on Carpark Records.