Eric Berglund's highly anticipated sophomore album as CEO, 'WONDERLAND', is now available digitally worldwide (excusing Australia which releases on Friday 7 February). Spanning just 8 tracks but a kaleidoscope of emotions, the album is CEO in perfect form - "a chipper jaunt through a fantastical sonic realm with tinges of darkness at its fringes" (Stereogum).
To date, the album has been peeked at via three tracks - the introductory 'WHOREHOUSE', the single 'WONDERLAND', and the New York Times-premiered 'Mirage'. Last week, NPR streamed the full album via First Listen, describing the album as "a statement about isolation and loneliness and a delicate search for meaning".
Take a dive into CEO's 'WONDERLAND' today. Purchase the album via iTunes here.
"Luxuriantly widescreen and eccentrically detail-rich" - Pitchfork
"As demented and blissful as the best parts of once-popular 'freak-folk' movement, with Berglund leading a big top full of whining recorders, sweet-tooth synths and cackling samples." - Billboard
"Top-notch execution of the pretty but hostile Swedish pop sound he's played such a critical role in shaping." - The Fader
Becky & Joe, the creative force behind Tame Impala's 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards' video, have unleashed the second instalment of their 'Don't Hug Me I'm Scared' web series (watch Part 1 here). Somehow managing to toe the line between innocent and terrifying, these muppets on acid are definitely worth checking out.
Klaxons new single 'There Is No Other Time' premiered in a worldwide exclusive play just hours ago via BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe. Here it is in case you snoozed...
Not only is 'There Is No Other Time' classic Klaxons at their best, it's also a collaboration with Gorgon City, the English electronic music production duo currently making serious waves. Excitingly, the track offers a new sound for the Mercury Prize & multiple NME Award winners.
This first taste of new music from the British indie rockers since their 2010 released 'Surfing The Void' album, signals a big 2014 for Klaxons, a year which includes a forthcoming new album due for a mid-year release. The album also sees the band work with Tom Rowlands of the Chemical Brothers, Erol Alkan and James Murphy.
Further news of the new album & live shows for 2014 will follow shortly.
The Presets return with their new single 'Goodbye Future'. Written and produced by The Presets, the track is direct, electric and euphoric; a lighting bolt to the system. It's the first of a series of singles for The Presets across the coming year.
To coincide with the release (available NOW via I-Tunes) the duo will headline Groovin' The Moo, hitting six regional sites around Australia in April. They've also announced their special collaboration with the Australian Chamber Orchestra for Timeline, a kaleidoscopic surge through forty-two thousand years of music. Full details below.
Guitar and effects maestro Dave Harrington is well versed in the art of orchestrating arresting soundtracks. Switching from a mournful Nick Drake cover to classical inspired house within the opening minutes, the Darkside member applies his performing musician principles to DJing with this captivating Modcast that pulls you in instantly. He even found a minute to discuss pop song structures vs improvisation and his Olympic pin collection with us below.
Don't miss Harrington and Nicolas Jaar's Darkside perform at The Hi-Fi in Sydney on April 2 and Melbourne's Palace Theatre on April 4. Both shows supported by Movement. Tickets are running low and additional dates will not be announced. The Modular released 'Psychic' is now available in Australia via I-Tunes and all good record stores.
With early accolades for the album coming in from the New York Times, Fader, This Is Fake DIY, Mixmag, Spin, and Stereogum, CEO's 'WONDERLAND' is a world you need to enter to believe.
Pre-order the album via iTunes here.
Seems as though the team at Last Call with Carson Daly have a bit of a thing for Tame Impala. In October of last year, they filmed the band's set at the famed Greek Theatre in Los Angeles and aired 2 songs - 'Elephant' and 'Feels Like We Only Go Backwards', on the show. Last week, another 2 songs were aired as part of their pre-Grammys coverage - 'Mind Mischief' and album opener 'Be Above It'.
You can catch Tame Impala at one of the remaining Big Day Out shows in Australia, or at one of their two UK dates with the Arctic Monkeys, listed below.
Friday, January 31: Big Day Out, Adelaide, Australia
Sunday, February 2: Big Day Out, Perth, Australia
Friday, May 23: Finsbury Park, London, UK
Saturday, May 24: Finsbury Park, London, UK
Get Lonerism here.
Melbourne Now is an exhaustive expose of the art emanating from Australia's traditional culture hub, an up to the minute multi-media blitzkrieg including some 175 local artists across two of the National Gallery Of Victoria's locations. In an attempt to encapsulate the identity of a city as culturally diverse as Melbourne, the NGV has collected a sprawling array of works from known and lesser known contemporary artists, with an exhibition that's at once rich, innovative, energetic, curious and unique as the city itself.
Highlights include Darren Sylvester's flattering coloured dancefloor, Perks & Mini's strobe-lit slow mo tribalism, Jon Campbell's appropriated teatowels, Mark Hilton's detailed, personal sculpture, Daniel Crooks' hypnotising laneway study, Stieg Persson's surrealist graffiti and the entire floor of contemporary indigenous art in the International building, but really, even lazy gallery goers will find something to lose themselves in.
For those who find themselves in Melbourne before March 23, take a day and dive in.
Catch the sunny pop dreamers at one of the below dates, and grab their Spellemann-winning album Between Places here.
Fri Feb 28 || By:Larm with Red Bull Music Academy || Oslo, Norway
Wed Mar 12 || Jue Festival || Beijing, China
Thurs Mar 13 || Jue Festival || Beijing, China
Fri Mar 14 || Mosaic Festival || Singapore
Mon Mar 17 || Fever || Tokyo, Japan **
Tues Mar 18 || | Fever || Tokyo, Japan **
Wed Mar 19 || Upset || Nagoya, Japan **
Thurs Mar 20 || Shangri-La || Osaka, Japan **
Fri Mar 21 || Cable || Hiroshima (Fukuyama), Japan **
Sat Mar 22 || Bar Caezar || Ehime (Matsuyama), Japan **
Sun Mar 23 || Crow Bar || Tokushima, Japan **
** = w/ Sondre Lerche and Put Your Hands Up For Neo Tokyo
Eric Berglund's sophomore CEO album is nearing its release date, and ahead of this, Sincerely Yours and Modular are pleased to share another peek at WONDERLAND, in the form of album track MIRAGE. Listen to the track here.
MIRAGE premiered yesterday with the New York Times' T Magazine. Read the interview with Eric Berglund here.
WONDERLAND is out Feb 3 (UK/EU), Feb 4 (USA), Feb 7 (AUS). Pre-order it here.
Royal Randwick Racecourse, Sydney
U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
Jack Daniels White Rabbit Saloon , Sydney, Australia
Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Mountain Sounds Festival , Central Coast, NSW
Fever , Tokyo, Japan
Fever , Tokyo, Japan
Marathon Music Works , Nashville, TN
Upset, Nagoya, Japan
Echostage, Washington, DC
Shangri-La, Osaka, Japan
Terminal 5, New York, NY
Cable, Hiroshima (Fukuyama), Japan
Terminal 5, New York, NY
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