After much anticipation, Los Angeles electro-rock outfit Shiny Toy Guns have released their new album III (Five Seven Music). It features the first new material by the original line-up in five years.
Production on III, courtesy of Mirror Machines (the band’s Chad Petree and Jeremy Dawson), is lush and dramatic, ranging from driving tracks like the first single due January 2013 “Somewhere To Hide,” “Waiting Alone” and “Speaking Japanese” into a sonic pendulum swing to the genre bending current release “Fading Listening.” The band teamed up with legendary mixer Tony Maserati (Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Alicia Keyes) to finalize and sharpen the new 2012 sound of the band. Unlike any other group out there today, Shiny Toy Guns music is driving rock and electro spearheaded by a male and female vocal courtesy of Chad Petree and Carah Faye.
Today, VEVO premiered the video for “Fading Listening” starring Tiny Toy Guns, a play on the band recording the song as kids. Carah Faye is played by Ally Petree, eight year old daughter of Chad Petree. Chad Petree is played by Jesse McClintock, son of GUNS longtime indie music publisher Steve McClintock. Drummer Mikey Martin is played by Maximus Morse, son of Toby Morse, singer of punk/hardcore band H20. Jeremy Dawson on keyboards is played by Noah Castro, the six year old son of friends of Mikey Martin. The two girls engineering at the mixing desk are Isabella Petree (age 6) and Stevie Jane Petree (age 5), daughters of Steven Petree ex-member of SHINY TOY GUNS and brother of Chad Petree. The studio owner in played by Tony Maserati.
Julia Stone has unveiled a new video for the track “Justine” from her acclaimed solo album, By The Horns. The video, which premiered on HitFix.com (here: http://bit.ly/RaBKWe), co-stars actor Quinton Aaron of the Oscar-nominated film The Blind Side as Julia’s love interest.
Director Jessie Hill told HitFix: "I wanted give the viewer an opportunity to experience something different to the ‘normal’ images of lovers in video clips. I set out to make a video that depicted a heartfelt romance in a distant time...a love story in its purist state. My casting agent suggested Quinton, and I immediately contacted him to have a coffee. The contrast of Julia being so tiny and Quinton being a larger character was something I wanted to explore visually."
By The Horns was produced by Thomas Bartlett and Patrick Dillett, whose combined work includes credits on records by Antony & The Johnsons, David Byrne, The National and Mary J Blige. Julia has previously released two albums as one-half of the award-winning Aussie sibling duo Angus & Julia Stone (Down The Way; A Book Like This), as well one previous solo full-length (Julia Stone in The Memory Machine).
Radical Face (Ben Cooper) has released a new video for "Always Gold," his upcoming single due out November 12th in the UK. The single is off of his latest album, Family Tree: The Roots, which is the first in a trilogy of albums telling the story of a fictional family tree.
The "Always Gold" video centers around the relationship between two brothers, and as with all Radical Face videos, it was made exclusively with family and friends. Most impressively, the production cost less than $50.
"This Chinese-born, Canada-based singer-songwriter put on an unparalleled set thick with emotion, energy and musical chops…with a soulful, expressive voice, vulnerable lyrics and striking looks.”
– Billboard.biz (live review of Zebra Music Festival near Shanghai)
Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter WANTING has announced four special live shows, starting Sunday, October 7 in Vancouver and continuing on to LosAngeles, New York City and Toronto. Wanting also premiered the colorful video for “Life Is Like A Song” with BaebleMusic.com, who said it’s “just the thing you need to put the poppy pep in your step today.” Check out the full feature on BaebleMusic.com here: http://bit.ly/O1HiWb.
The rising talent released her debut album, EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD, in North America in April, and left for China soon after, where Universal Music China released the album in July. Everything In The World went Platinum in its first week. Wanting has been touring across China all summer, playing various headline shows and festivals in front of audiences of nearly 40,000; the album is now Double Platinum in China and Hong Kong.
Today, Victoria, B.C.'s Current Swell releases the single "Too Cold" from their new album Long Time Ago, which will make its stateside debut on October 16. "Too Cold" is available now in iTunes (here). Check out the music video for the track above, and stay tuned for tour news.
Chinese-born, Vancouver-based singer/songwriter Wanting continues to take China by storm with her debut album Everything In The World, which is now Double Platinum in China and Platinum in Hong Kong. Today, the self-taught musician releases Everything In The World (Bonus Track Version), featuring three previously unreleasesd tracks sung by Wanting in her native tongue of Mandarin. Find it in iTunes HERE.
Listen to one of these bonus track, "快活-Thrilled," on SoundCloud below:
Ola Klüft, the former frontman of Swedish indie rockers and former Nettwerk artist ThePerishers, has released a new album called Soon, Soon, Soon under the moniker A Lanky Swede. Check out the video for the single "For The Longest Time" above.
Dispatch & State Radio singer Chadwick Stokes presents Simerkane I and the Fall River Sybils, available now. The album is a re-release of the early State Radio EP Simmer Kane, with five additional tracks. The added tracks are a dedication to his wife Sybil, and a nod to the great Fall River. Some of the tracks ("Sybil I," "Sybil II" and "Sybil III" and "Indian Moon") were recorded in Fall River, MA. The final track, "FridaMae," is a new song written for their newborn daughter. To listen to the full album, see above.
1. Keep Sake
2. Heady Riser
3. The Waitress
4. Hopeless Tender
5. Sybil I
6. Sybil II
7. Sybil III
8. Indian Moon
Nettwerk Management Artist Shiny Toy Guns have revealed today, Monday August 20 the cover art for III, their upcoming new album due out October 23 on Five Seven Music. They are also offering a free download of “Waiting Alone” remixed by L.A. Riots via Magneticmag.com.
The cover artwork for Shiny Toy Guns' III was created by Ben Schwartz using a photo by Oklahoma-based artist Benjy Russell. Shot on location in a very remote gypsum rock quarry in Oklahoma, it consists of three 6' mirrored columns against a massive wall of rock. “The album title III is very strong, simple and elegant, and visually it's very sculptural. I always pictured the album artwork having the title of the album incorporated into the photo. I also wanted there to be a hardcore juxtaposition within the elements used,” says Russell of his work. “There is an almost alien-like, razor sharp precision in the mirrored columns, which is in complete contrast to the sheer weight and strength in the boulders and craggy rock facing. I also wanted there to be an element of reflection both physically and metaphorically, especially with what the band has gone through to get to this third album. Not that I could have planned this any better, but in the reflection of the columns you can see a storm receding in the distance.”
Following the release of lead single, “Monarch,” Delerium reveals details about the first studio album in six years, Music Box Opera – out October 30 via Nettwerk Records.
With the creator/brainchild of Delerium Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly, Skinny Puppy) at the helm, the Vancouver-based electronic outfit - which includes collaborators Rhys Fulber, Jared Slingerland and JeremyInkel - fuses ambient and cinematic production with soaring vocals courtesy of a myriad of guests. As a result, this Opera comes to life vividly and vibrantly.
"Music Box Opera is more of an electronic record than a world music record. It's ethereal, but there's a little bit of pop. We tried to intertwine and merge those two strands. The singers really held this up. The last album was more dark and worldly. Previously, I'd use acoustic guitars and real drummers. We really went electronic here and stuck to that vibe,” explains Leeb.
Leeb partners up with an array of talented guest vocalists on Music Box Opera – Azure Ray, Angela McCluskey, Nadina, Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), Kristy Thirsk, Jaël and others. For full track listing, see below.
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You don’t have to spend long in the company of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass to work out the secret behind the success of Swiss/German duo BOY’s debut album. Mutual Friends is a magical collection of songs – suffused with equal parts joy and melancholy – that reflects the two women’s personalities flawlessly. Mutual Friends is an album of simple, heartfelt pop decorated with art school elegance and occasional folky flourishes. Their infectiously catchy single, "Little Numbers," has collected more than 7 million views on YouTube.