The new collaboration from James Blake and Bon Iver just went up online. Sounds like the balance of production and writing was heavily held up on James Blakes end. He also seems to be the one promoting it with the video being on his Youtube channel and him being the one that did the BBC interview with Huw Stephens. The two met at SXSW earlier this year and have conversed since via email.
Piled high with reverb, a screaming guitar solo and a thrashing energy ‘Wonder Country’ doesn’t particularly reflect what else you might encounter on Kid Counselor’s bandcamp page and in no way complies with the genres listed on his MySpace page “Ambient / Melodramatic Popular Song / Pop”. Upon the first listen I was sold and by the time the fourth or fifth came around there was no turning back, Kid Counselor has nestled his way into my iTunes.
Kid Counsellor is supporting Youth Lagoon sometime soon.
With nothing to be found about Kid Counselor on the web there is nothing more to say. Other than head over here or here.
EDIT: or you could just head over here for something a little more up to date. Seems to be pretty busy.
Taken from the debut album ‘The Year of Hibernation’ by Trevor Powers of Boise, a.k.a Youth Lagoon. Arguably the least enthralling track, Daydream neatly sums up the album in both title and musical presence. Whilst the track may literally be more representative of those that haven’t been pushed forward by YL so far and not the July or Cannons that we are used to hearing from him it manages to capture the uplifting mood of the album and the definite dream world that it evokes through the bubbly synth sounds, the rolling guitar hooks and the vocal reverb.
The album is due out on 27th September Lefse Records in Europe and Fat Possum everywhere else. Look forward to it.
The second recording of this song and will feature on the compilation named 116 & Rising. The song definitively sounds like an old metronomy song, from the time of their debut LP - Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 you owe, with a James Blake twist, more similar to that of his recently released debut LP. For more info check this Pitchfork article. And yes I did nick the photo from there (he definitely closes his eyes after a few seconds).
Zane Lowe’s hottest record in the world last night [Tuesday 3rd May] was a new one from The Bullits, the group responsible for the amazing Close Your Eyes. Whilst it draws a similar sound to the minimalistic hip hop of Kid Cudi the song seems to also have aspects the same as the best and worst of bloc party. Whilst it isn’t as innovative or creative as the songs predecessor it still has a mighty re-play value.
Great band. Great song. Great video idea. Shame parts of it turned out like a t-mobile advert. I was half expecting everyone to break out into dance simultaneously at points.
Since they signed to Island records Tribes seem to be slowly loosing their authenticity and it’s by no means their fault. A band who used to be one of the traditional age, heard of by word of mouth, playing around Camden and little self promotion online have been turned into one of the digital era, a swanky new website, an overproduced sound on the EP version of We Were Children and a digital release months before anything physical for the fans to get their hands on.
At least one good thing comes out of it… at long last a decent band are coming to Cardiff whilst I’m there.
Maybe I’m over playing the ‘Island Records’ card in this as the EP sounds great and only over produced because it isn’t the rough sounding demo that I fell in love with. Fronted by We Were Children and followed with two new songs and an acoustic demo of We Were Children it’s definitely worth picking up with all four tracks sounding ‘classic Tribes’, which seems odd to say about a band with only two [??] releases to their name.
GUTTED! Couldn’t get tickets to see them at Relentless Garage, seeTickets screwed me over because they definitely weren’t sold out when I was trying to buy them. If anyone has a spare send me a message! Cheers
Also check out this great interview that Nardwuar [my new favourite interviewer] did with them at SXSW.