Balmorhea
BALMORHEA ANNOUNCE NEW 7" + REISSUE OF THEIR 2007 S/T DEBUT ALBUM
We're proud to announce the deluxe reissue of Balmorhea's debut album. The audio has been remastered, and the packaging will feature gold foil artwork. In conjunction with the reissue, we’re releasing two new songs on a limited edition colored vinyl 7″ titled HEIR. On HEIR the band returns to the simple structures and melancholic tone that colored their first recordings. Below you can check out "HEIR I" which premiered on The Atlantic. The band will perform two shows in Texas before Rob Lowe and Michael Muller head to Europe to tour as a duo.
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Glass Ghost
GLASS GHOST RETURNS WITH LYFE • DEBUT SINGLE ON STEREOGUM
Glass Ghost's founding members Eliot Krimsky and Michael Johnson have kept busy since the release of Idol Omen in 2009. Johnson joined Dirty Projectors as their new drummer, Krimsky has been collaborating with Here We Go Magic on keys, and the duo welcomed Tyler Wood and Aerial East to the group. LYFE features Joan Wasser of Joan As Policewoman, Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors, Jane Herships (formerly of TEEN), and Brian Betancourt of Hospitality. Check out "Triangle" which premiered on Stereogum below.
The Rosebuds
NEW ALBUM SAND + SILENCE BY THE ROSEBUDS
We're thrilled to announce the new album Sand + Silence from North Carolina-bred duo The Rosebuds will be out in August. Working with Justin Vernon (a friend and former bandmate who, in a 2011 interview noted that The Rosebuds make “some of the most important music in the world”) as well as Bon Iver drummer Matt McCaughan and Sylvan Esso's Nick Sanborn on bass, the group created an album that radiates with the joyful energy that comes from making music with friends.
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New SECRET CITIES album walk me home • BAD TRIP VIDEO ON STEREOGUM
Secret Cities' Walk Me Home is an album that finally reflects the band's live chemistry and their diverging lives and musical tastes. Appropriately enough -- it took years of traveling in different directions for Secret Cities to make an album that brought them closer together than ever. You can check out the video for "Bad Trip" which Stereogum premiered above, and download the mp3, which premiered on Wondering Sound here. Fans in the United States can catch the band's hypnotizing live performance later this year.
Alexander Turnquist
ALEXANDER TURNQUIST'S FLYING FANTASY • VIDEO • THE OUT DOOR FEATURE
New WV artist Alexander Turnquist's latest album Flying Fantasy is now available. The song "Wildflower", premiered on Pitchfork here, and was featured on Stereogum here. Turnquist also recently created a video for fellow WV artist Christopher Tignor, which you can watch here, and he was interviewed for Pitchfork's monthly column The Out Door here. The WIRE magazine calls it “…a work of astonishing beauty…stronger than ever.” Read the Textura review here.
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NAT BALDWIN • IN THE HOLLOWS • stereogum PREMIERE + TOUR + VIDEO
In The Hollows is Nat Baldwin's followup to 2011's People Changes. Despite his busy schedule recording and touring as the bass player for Dirty Projectors, Nat found time to write and record his most soulful and ambitious collection of songs to date. Below you can check out the title track "In The Hollows" which premiered on Stereogum. Date and venue info for Nat's forthcoming tour in support of In The Hollows is available here.
NEW ALBUM BY CHRISTOPHER TIGNOR WITH RACHEL GRIMES & JOHN ASHBERY
Christopher Tignor's new album Thunder Lay Down In The Heart, featuring the string ensemble A Far Cry, opens with a rare reading by Pulitzer Prize winning author John Ashbery, and concludes with a rework of the album's title track by Rachel Grimes of the band Rachel's. The Paris Review premiered the opennig track "A Boy" here. You can check out the remarkable video for "A Boy" above, and the video for "To Draw A Pefect Circle" here.
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Ava Luna
AVA LUNA • ELECTRIC BALLOON • "DAYDREAM" on stereogum
We're excited to welcome Ava Luna to the WV family! Their forthcoming album Electric Balloon will be available in March. Stereogum premiered the opening track "Daydream", and said it's "..a jumpy and angular piece of funk music that hits a peak once a manic saxophone line appears, making it a must-listen for anyone who isn’t afraid to admit they love Trout Mask Replica." You can stream or download "Daydream" below.
lushlife
LUSHLIFE's "toynbee suite" • SHAKING THROUGH SESSION
Episode 8 in the Shaking Through 2013 Series features Lushlife. Directed by Peter English. Produced by Brian McTear. Arranged by Joshua Stamper. Director of Photography Phil Bradshaw. Edited by David Milstein and Sean Huber. Camera Operators Peter English, Larry DeMark, and David Milstein. Production Supervisor Nicky Devine. Production Coordinator Sean Huber. Field Audio Matt Schimelfenig.
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Stone Jack Jones
STONE JACK JONES • ANCESTOR • "State I'm in" on Noisey
Nashville's Stone Jack Jones is pleased to announce his new LP, Ancestor, produced with Roger Moutenot (known for his work with Yo La Tengo, Sleater Kinney, et al) and featuring collaborations with Patty Griffin, members of Lambchop, and Courtney Tidwell. Ancestor filters Jack's lifetime of experience into songs that use the esoteric narratives of an American rambler to elucidate the celestial worlds within each of us. Check out the song "State I'm In" via Noisey here.
Dawn Landes
DAWN LANDES • BLUEBIRD out in 2014 • "Love song" on WNYC
Press coverage of Dawn Landes' new LP Bluebird (produced in collaboration with Thomas Bartlett, and featuring contributions from Tony Scherr, Rob Moose, and Norah Jones) will understandably present this album as Dawn's answer to her ex's "divorce record". However, like any great songwriter, she abstracts her personal narratives enough to leave them open to interpretation and a larger meaning. Check out "Love Song" which premiered on WNYC below.
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ABRAM SHOOK'S SUN MARQUEE • "Distance" on Rolling Stone
Propelled by an impeccable bass groove, and inspired by artists like Shuggie Otis, Serge Gainsbourge, and Chico Buarque, Abram Shook's solo debut Sun Marquee distills lessons learned and questions unanswered into an accessible collection of pop songs. Check out the song "Coastal" via Indie Shuffle here, read about and watch the video for "Coastal" via Texas Monthly here, and listen to "Distance" via Rolling Stone here.
Diane Coffee's Debut • My Friend Fish
We'll never know the whole truth about what happened when Foxyen drummer and former Disney child actor Shaun Fleming moved from the West Coast suburbs to New York, but whatever it was fractured his psyche, opened it up, and gave birth to Diane Coffee. Diane's incredible debut LP My Friend Fish is now available. You can check out the track "Hymn" below, and watch Austin Kearns' video for "Green" above.
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Josh-at-Emil's
FATHER JOHN MISTY joins botany on "Laughtrack"
Botany's Spencer Stephenson: "I produced the track using a lot of Brit-folk samples, as I was a huge Fleet Foxes fan trying to bridge the gap between that style and my own for the sake of the collaboration. It didn't fit into the overall scheme of Lava Diviner, but I didn't want it to rot on my computer, so I remixed it and set it free." You can stream or download "Laughtrack" below. The photo above is "Josh in Emil Newton’s House Big Sur, CA" by Emma Elizabeth Tillman.
botany
Botany'S Lava Diviner (Truestory) on Fader, XLR8R, DAZED DIGITAL, & MORE
Lava Diviner (Truestory) follows Texas native Spencer Stephenson aka Botany on an intensely personal journey, easily moving past stale tropes of beat-based music, while bringing to life a fully-realized, album-length outpouring of profound human emotion. Check out tracks and read more on FADER, XLR8R, Dazed Digital, The Line of Best Fit, and Dummy.
 
Aisha
Aisha Burns On NPR's World Cafe, BUST, and american songwriter
We're proud to announce the release of Life in the Midwater by Balmorhea's Aisha Burns. According to BUST her music is "Haunting in the vein of Glasser’s Cameron Mesirow but with the Americana roots of Gillian Welch...". You can check out the World Cafe feature here, and read about the song "Requiem" on American Songwriter here.
Grooms
Infinity Caller By Grooms on SPIN, Stereogum, and NOISEY
We're proud to announce the addition of Grooms to the WV roster. You can check out the first single from their new album Infinity Caller on SPIN here and the first video, also for "I Think We're Alone Now" is available via Stereogum here. You can also stream the full album on Vice's Noisey here. and view Cora Foxx's video forInfinity Caller on Noisey here.
 
Stereogum premieres ÚLFUR'S "Heaven in a wildflower" video
Máni Sigfússon's video for "Heaven In A Wildflower" by Icelandic artist Úlfur, creates a world in which a "wolfpack" (Úlfur whose name means "wolf" in Icelandic) performs a mysterious cult ritual. The video was shot at Rauðhólar, a cluster of rootless volcanic cones that only exist in Iceland and on Mars. You can stream the audio below, and check out the video above.
Luxury Liners
FADER and SPIN Feature New Music by Luxury Liners
Carter Tanton wrote the material for They're Flowers, his debut under the Luxury Liners moniker, while touring as a member of Lower Dens.  You can check out "Valley High" on FADER here,  or opening track "Caribbean Sunset (Luxury Liners Rework)" on SPIN here.
 
Ola Podrida
Ghosts Go Blind on SPIN, Pitchfork, & Soundcheck
According to SPIN Ola Podrida's Ghosts Go Blind is "...an electric, often heartbreaking indie-rock record..." You can read more and listen to the track "Staying In" here, check out the track "Speed of Light" on WNYC's Soundcheck here, or read the Pitchfork review here.
New Balmorhea Video For "Pyrakantha"
Shot at twilight over the course of 42 days from November 2012 - February 2013. Colin Kennedy's video for "Pyrakantha" follows professional skateboarder Danny Garcia as he navigates Los Angeles in the final moments of daylight. You can check it out above or here.
 
NPR Premieres Video for Lushlife's "Magnolia" by LAMAR+NIK
"Every word to "Magnolia" (188) was handmade using cardboard (discarded from grocery stores), hot glue guns, and paint pens. Random people at over 65+ locations...were used as rappers throughout the video. The video...wound up costing a little under $80." – LAMAR+NIK
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