Trouble Will Find Me, The National’s new album will be released on 4AD on May 20th & 21st. This is the fifth studio album for the Brooklyn band, and follows 2010’s critical and commercial success High Violet. The album is the most self-assured collection of songs produced by The National in its 14-year career. In an interview with UK’s UNCUT Magazine, front man Matt Berninger described the songs as more “immediate and visceral” than their previous work. Trouble Will Find Me possesses a directness, a coherency and an approachability that suggests The National are at their most confident.
Scott Walker has teamed up with British mixed-media artists Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard to create Bish Bosch: Ambisymphonic, an utterly unique and immersive sonic re-imagining of his recent album, Bish Bosch.
Receiving its world premiere at this year's Vivid LIVE in Sydney, running from May 24th - June 10th, it's Scott like you have never heard him before.
This week sees the release of Daughter’s debut album If You Leave through 4AD.
Less of a statement of intent, these ten songs are more of a snapshot of a year in Daughter's short life. Lyrically, Elena plumb the depths of her psyche to reveal her innermost thoughts, finding comfort in expounding those internal demons. If You Leave is a bold move for an act still in its infancy, displaying a maturity that belies their youth.
If You Leave is available on CD, LP and digital download.
This week Stornoway release their second album, Tales From Terra Firma, (excl. North America - released 18th March).
It is an album of stories – birth, death, marriage, coming of age: The Big Stuff. The songs were mostly written in a camper van in land-locked Oxford and the bulk of the recording spanned two winters, between December 2011 and November 2012. During this time no one outside the band heard the songs before the final mixes.
It all adds to the sense of a band intent on writing their own story to their own exacting specifications, oblivious to trends or outside influence. “We never aspire to be anything other than who we are,” says singer and principal songwriter Brian Briggs. “We’ve never felt we fitted in with a particular music scene, it’s always been about doing our own thing and being ourselves. It is honest music.”
The London-based trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella will follow their late-April shows and festival appearances over the summer with an eleven date run in October, culminating at London's 2,000-capacity Shepherds Bush Empire. Tickets for the October tour will go on general sale on Monday 11th March at 9am. A fan pre-sale begins on Friday 8th March at 9am (check www.ohdaughter.com for more details).