This month’s featured artist is Mothlite, a solo project by Daniel O’Sullivan, a member of the Norwegian dark music legends Ulver. ‘Dark Age‘, the 2nd album to be released under his ‘Mothlite’ moniker, will be issued on Kscope, a label most of you should be familiar with – it’s home to the music of Blackfield, Anathema, The Pineapple Thief and North Atlantic Oscillation, amongst others. Mothlite will showcase tracks from ‘Dark Age’ at a special Kscope event in London next week, at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill, alongside label mates North Atlantic Oscillation and Bruce Soord (The Pineapple Thief). You can hear a preview of ‘Zebras’ from Mothlite’s ‘Dark Age’ below, and you can also watch a video interview with Daniel O’Sullivan and Knut Jonas Sellevold, the producer of ‘Dark Age’. Pre-order ‘Dark Age’ from the Kscope store here, on either CD or Vinyl – it’s due for release on May 14th.
“Mothlite moves in different musical directions from those taken by Daniel’s other projects, recalling the ethereal 80′s sounds of Talk Talk, Japan and Cocteau Twins, and fusing them with an innovative, forward-thinking approach to programming and sound design”
This month’s featured artist is Norwegian progressive/art rockers Gazpacho, who have just released their seventh studio album ‘March of Ghosts’. It is their second studio release for the British post-progressive label Kscope, and the band will be touring the UK & Europe to promote the album at the end of the month. The band consists of six core members, Jan-Henrik Ohme (vocals), Jon-Arne Vilbo (guitars), Thomas Andersen (keyboards, programming, producer), Mikael Krømer (violin, co-producer), Lars Erik Asp (drums) and Kristian Torp (bass). The band’s music was once described by one critic as being “classical post ambient nocturnal atmospheric neo-progressive folk world rock”.
You can listen to the album sampler of ‘March of Ghosts’ below by using the SoundCloud player. I’ve also included the band’s promo video created by Broken Pixel for ‘Black Lily’ a song featured on ‘March of Ghosts’. You can buy ‘March of Ghosts’ from the Kscope store, here.
North Atlantic Oscillation
This month’s featured artist is North Atlantic Oscillation, a post-progressive trio from Edinburgh, Scotland. They are comprised of Sam Healy (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Ben Martin (drums, programming) and Chris Howard (bass, bass synth, backing vocals). Their music has been described as a modern take on progressive and psychedelic rock, with heavy drums and loud guitars mixed with dreamy synths and irregular electronic sound effects. Fans of Porcupine Tree’s lighter progressive albums Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun will most likely find a lot to like about North Atlantic Oscillation.
The band released their debut album Grappling Hooks in 2010, which received massive critical acclaim including being named as Zane Lowe’s Album of the Week on his BBC Radio 1 show. The band are back this year with Fog Electric, their brand new album. It’s due to be released on April 30th on Kscope, and you can hear a montage of the record as well a brand new song ‘Savage With Barometer’ below. The band also are playing a gig in London to celebrate the release of the album, alongside Kscope label mate Mothlite.
Paul Cusick’s brand new album, titled “P’dice” is available to pre-order now! The album features Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison and Steven Wilson’s current touring drummer, Marco Minneman. You can pre-order his album on either CD or digital download via Paul’s bandcamp page, the album will be released on January 16th. The ten songs on ‘P’dice’ were all recorded in between January and October 2011, and Paul wanted to be able to include the drumming talents of some of the world’s best drummers. In order to fulfil that, he sent demo tracks of his work to both Gavin and Marco, who shortly after accepted and recorded their drum parts at their own separate studios. Gavin features on ‘God, Paper, Scissors’, ‘Feel This Way’ and ‘When It Rains’. Marco Minneman features on ‘Everything’, ‘Borderlines’, ‘Tears’, ‘You Know’ and ‘Waiting’. ‘P’dice’ is unique because it was part financed by many of his fans who pre-ordered before he had recorded any songs. He managed to build a substantial fan-base with the release of his first album, entitled ‘Focal Point’ which was released in June 2009. I recommend that you use the ‘share’ button below to help spread the word, Paul is an independent musician who completely relies on his fans for support and promotion.
I’ve included Paul’s description of his new album below, along with a music player containing his songs.
I don’t think I would be too far off the mark by saying we have all exhibited or felt the victim of prejudice in some form or other. It takes on many guises: racism, religious preference, classism, sexism, homophobia, ableism… yes lots of “isms” but this intolerance of others occurs between different gangs, between people of different nationalities, and we sometimes jump to conclusions about someone because of their weight or height. Some even think they know what someone is like because of the type of car they drive, the job they do or the type of music they listen to.
So what about the dice? Personally I think the place we are born, our gender, our skin colour, our religious beliefs, our physical attributes are not laid down in some grand plan but happen as a consequence of a series of events that occurred down through the history of our ancestry. Many of those events are beyond our control and it’s simply a roll of the dice as to what you get when you are born. So I started to write songs exploring some of the prejudices that exist. In this album I wrote songs in the first person, but not from personal experiences as I did with Focal Point. However what started as a collection of songs with a common theme slowly took on a life of its own.
P’dice is the story of one man as he explores moments of his life, his actions, his thoughts, his decisions, his feelings, his realisations and how they were shaped, often unconsciously, by prejudice”. – Paul Cusick
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
This month’s featured artist is a collaboration project between Scottish singer/songwriter King Creosote and electronic music producer Jon Hopkins. Their first album together, titled ‘Diamond Mine’ was released on Domino Records in March 2011, and it’s since gone on to receive critical acclaim, including a nomination for the Mercury prize. The duo recently released a vinyl/download EP titled ‘Honest Words’, and they will be touring the UK at the end of the month and into February. They will also be releasing a single for ‘John Taylor’s Month Away’, which will be available on 7″ vinyl and digital download on February 5th, 2012. You can watch the music videos for ‘Bubble’ and ‘Bats in the Attic (Unravelled)’ on YouTube here.
Steven Wilson named ‘Diamond Mine’ as his favourite album of 2011 in a list he posted on SWHQ last month.