It’s been a busy week in the music world, with post-Grammy releases and plenty of new music videos from Band on the Wall-affiliated artists. Here’s a quick round-up of the new and the notable:
Belgian instrumental outfit STUFF. have announced the release of their second album, old dreams new planets, sharing Yto Barrada’s surreal, mountainous artwork and disclosing its 28th April release date. Though a track list has not yet been revealed, the record may feature the track Loper, recorded at the same Finster studio where the band have been working on the new record.
Ahead of the release of their new album Uyai via Merge records, Ibibio Sound Machine have shared a vibrant new video for the track Give Me a Reason. Directed by Ciaran Lyons, whose other work includes videos for Rita Ora and Hot Since 82, it sees the band getting down amidst electric shapes and colours, reflecting the groove of the high-spirited track.
Masterful percussionist Manu Delago was joined by vocalist Pete Josef for an absorbing performance of the lead single from Delago’s new album Metromonk, on Worldwide FM. Using mallets and his hands, Delago creates hypnotic patterns on the hang, an instrument developed in Switzerland with a sound resembling that of a steelpan and a construction similar to the ghatam.
Swedish-singer songwriter Jens Lekman releases his new album today via Secretly Canadian. The record has been very well received by critics and Jens’ openness about his artistic struggles prior to its creation has proved endearing. In their five star review, the Guardian proclaim ‘he’s made the journey from spindly, insular indiepop to glorious, primary-coloured music, explicitly referencing 80s chart hits, soul, funk and disco’.
While rounding off the GroundUP festival in Miami with their third performance in as many nights, Snarky Puppy were awarded their third Grammy award. Addressing the win on Facebook, they said ‘we couldn’t be more grateful for the people who continue to support creative artists. You make us want to make more music!’.
Dreadzone release their new album Dread Times on their own Dubwiser label today. It’s the eighth studio album by the band and the third studio to be released on the imprint. Discussing the album and it’s lead single Mountain, The Arts Desk say ‘The toasting on “Mountain” is reminiscent of Massive Attack, whispered and sensual. The progression of tracks builds as it would in a perfect live set, more anthemic and near-ecstatic with “Battle”, followed by the fierce pulsating “Escape” with its tapestry of interwoven keyboards.‘
DRS’ relationship with producer Calibre goes back a long way and their latest collaborative work is a strong as their earliest. DRS launched his new EP at Band on the Wall last weekend and shared the new video for the track This Ain’t Love ft. Calibre, the same day.