First Listen: New ratio:state remix taps into the deeply cathartic nature of Doe Paoro’s ‘Over’

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First Listen: New ratio:state remix taps into the deeply cathartic nature of Doe Paoro’s ‘Over’Images Uploads Gallery Doe Paoro Photo Credit Rinny Riot 5

Doe Paoro poured her soul into a timely new record named Soft Power this fall. The artist, real name Sonia Kreitzer, described her songwriting process as a “reclaiming [of] parts of myself that I had lost.” It’s an immensely personal new song cycle, one which explores womanhood, misogyny, and invites its listeners to process and grieve their own experiences in an equally personal scope.

Media outlets have previously compared Paoro’s lush soul aesthetics to that of Amy Winehouse. Track titles like “Walk Through The Fire,” “Over,” and “Guilty” raise questions about harmful relationships, societal injustices, and reconciling with one’s worldly attachments. Each brings Winehouse’s truths to mind as Paoro sings the modern “what kind of fuckery is this” all throughout.

But within Paoro’s electronic departure — the new album sheds her 2015 Justin Vernon-produced After style of moody electronic soundscapes Paoro re-focuses on soulful, piano-driven pop —she gets less intentional about what the music’s achieving and more focused on what it’s saying, forsaking stylistic precision for emotional intent. It’s a move that hearkens back to her propulsive take on the Hercules & Love Affair cut “Blind,” from just a few years ago.

And it’s the same freeing embrace that channels through in ratio:state‘s new remix of the track “Over,” which Dancing Astronaut is sharing an exclusive first listen of today.

ratio:state reinterprets the song’s central question “now that I’m older / does it get easier / to get over” into a demanding, self-affirmation in its four-on-the-floor flair.

“We hit the studio, the vibes were just so natural, the result is what you hear.”

ratio:state said of the track. It’s fitting then, that the rework is a slow-burner. There’s no eruptive nature to the interpretation. There’s no bombastic EDM chorus, and there doesn’t need to be. It does get easier, but it truly is a soft kind of power.

Doe Paoro’s Soft Power is out now via ANTI- Records.

Photo Credit: Rinny Riot

Mothers (no not yours) announce new album on ANTI- Records, share new single “Blame Kit”

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Word to the name of the band this post is about, because Mothers have announced a brand new album. Fresh off their signing to ANTI- Records, the Philadelphia by way of Athens, GA group will release Render Another Ugly Method, their second full-length, on September 7.

Wait, what is that dessert secretly and lovingly tucked into the sack lunch (mother humor!)…is that album announcement? An album teaser?? AND a full song!? Aww, Mothers, you’re the best!

“Blame Kit” is the full song in question, exemplifying Mothers’ brand of “left-of-center indie rock” that trips over the border into near-prog or math rock territory. The album teaser previews a different song, “Baptist Trauma,” showing just how far out there the band can stretch the boundaries of their sound.

If none of my mumbo jumbo makes sense, head down below to hear the good music for yourself. Make sure to also check out the artwork and full tracklisting for Render Another Ugly Method down below; and if that whole combination of sight and sound appeals to you, pre-order the album here. Remember, Render Another Ugly Method is out via ANTI- Records on September 7, a day that henceforth will be known as “Mothers Day.” Got a nice ring to it, no?

Render Another Ugly Method tracklisting:

02. PINK

♫ Listen: Deafheaven – “Honeycomb”

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The consensus about the new Deafheaven song is that it’s good, but that it’s more of the same, another exercise in the black metal/post-rock aesthetic of 2013’s Sunbather and 2015’s New Bermuda. In a sense this is true, but “Honeycomb” also seeks to blend the sounds of those two records: the fractured lightness and leaded buoyancy of Sunbather with the sludgy darkness, the more self-consciously “metalness” of New Bermuda. In order to get these ends to meet, “Honeycomb” traverses a wider range of styles, acting as a sort of kaleidoscopic mashup of heavy metal, black metal, post-rock, ‘90s indie rock, classic shoegaze… and even some gestures that sound pop-influenced. These ideas aren’t layered on top of each other, but, rather, they happen sequentially, making “Honeycomb” one of the most nimble and versatile tracks of Deafheaven’s wild journey. If what comes next is also “more of the same,” Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, due July 13 on Anti-, could be an incredibly good record.

Ordinary Corrupt Human Love by deafheaven

Neko Case announces headlining North American dates in support of forthcoming album Hell-On

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Sometimes you just get a feeling about people. Many years ago, I regularly caught Neko Case play shows with one of her early bands, Maow. I could have never predicted the career trajectory and success that Case has earned since then; but there was always something about her, even back then. Intelligent, outspoken, and funny, it has been no surprise whatsoever to see that she has become one of the most consistent and beloved singer/songwriter/producer triple-threats around. And damned if she doesn’t seem to just keep expanding her reach more and more.

“Case” in point: she’s just announced a September headlining leg to her already-large 2018 touring schedule. Case will play the Sasquatch Fest on May 27 before immediately heading out on a lengthy road trip with Ray LaMontagne, which sees the pair of heart-tearing troubadours travelling America together. After a brief respite, she’ll head out for those September sojourns with Thao of the Get Down Stay Down as support. There is also a bunch of Euro dates booked in the fall. (And relax, hosers! Everyone’s favo(u)rite American Canuck sympathizer will play Toronto in September. Montreal, Vancouver, Sober Island, Ball’s Falls, and Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, you’re shit out o’ luck this time around!)

These tours are in support of Case’s new album, Hell-On, which is out June 1 on Anti-. Stream the video for “Bad Luck” down below; and for tour info and album pre-order links, head to Case’s site, where — as the kids now say — “you can get all the feels” (the kids still say that, right?).

Hell-On tracklisting:

01. Hell-On
02. Last Lion of Albion
03. Halls of Sarah
04. Bad Luck
05. Curse of the I-5 Corridor
06. Gumball Blue
07. Dirty Diamond
08. Oracle of the Maritimes
09. Winnie
10. Sleep All Summer
11. My Uncle’s Navy
12. Pitch or Honey

Neko Case tour dates:

05.27.18 – George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre, Sasquatch Festival
05.28.18 – Boise, ID – Summerfield at Memorial Stadium #
05.30.18 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheater #
06.01.18 – Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre #
06.02.18 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre #
06.03.18 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre #
06.05.18 – Phoenix, CA – Comerica Theatre #
06.08.18 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory #
06.09.18 – Austin, TX – Austin360 Amphitheatre #
06.10.18 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre #
06.12.18 – Rogers, AR – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion #
06.13.18 – Southaven, MS – Bankplus Amphitheatre at Snowden Grove #
06.15.18 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Lawn at White River Amphitheatre #
06.16.18 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island #
06.17.18 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater #
06.19.18 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre #
06.20.18 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion #
06.22.18 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing #
06.23.18 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #
06.24.18 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #
06.26.18 – Wallingford, CT – Oakdale Theatre #
06.28.18 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion #
06.29.18 – North Adams, MA – MASS MOCA #
06.30.18 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica #
07.01.18 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre #
07.03.18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Hall #
07.04.18 – Cooperstown, NY – Brewery Ommegang #
07.06.18 – Madison, WI – Breese Stevens Field #
07.07.18 – St. Louis, MO – Peabody Opera House #
07.08.18 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre #
07.10.18 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre #
09.05.18 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater ^
09.06.18 – St. Paul, MN – The Palace Theatre ^
09.07.18 – Des Moines, IA – Hoyt Sherman Place ^
09.08.18 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre ^
09.09.18 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom ^
09.11.18 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre ^
09.12.18 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City ^
09.13.18 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse ^
09.14.18 – Chapel Hill, NC – Memorial Hall at UNC ^
09.15.18 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater ^
09.17.18 – Harrisburg, PA – Sunoco Theatre ^
09.20.18 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre ^
09.24.18 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall ^
09.26.18 – Buffalo, NY – Asbury Hall at Babeville ^
09.27.18 – St. Johnsbury, VT – Fuller Hall ^
10.29.18 – Stockholm, Sweden – Nalen
10.30.18 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Bremen Theatre
11.01.18 – Berlin, Germany – Bi Nuu
11.02.18 – Cologne, Germany – Stadtgarten Cologne
11.03.18 – Groningen, Netherlands – Takeroot Festival (De Oosterpoort)
11.04.18 – Brussels, Belgium – Rotonde – Botanique
11.06.18 – Dublin, Ireland – Vicar Street
11.07.18 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
11.08.18 – London, UK – Barbican

* Ray LaMontagne
^ Thao (of the Get Down Stay Down)

The Dream Syndicate announce new album How Did I Find Myself Here?, share title track, leave us with more questions than answers

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Dust off your Rickenbackers: one of the key bands of the “Paisley Underground” scene (a mostly-L.A.-specific label for the jangle pop revival of the mid ’80s), The Dream Syndicate, have announced their first album in almost 30 years. How Did I Find Myself Here? will be out on September 8 via Anti- Records. The band have also shared the title track from the LP, a jammy, eleven-minute single.

So how did they find themselves here? The Dream Syndicate’s original run of four studio albums (including the classic The Days of Wine and Roses) lasted until 1989; led by chief songwriter Steve Wynn, the group reunited in Spain in 2012 and have played over 50 live shows since. Going back into the studio in 2016, “[The magic] was there with almost as much ease and grace as the first rehearsal we had three years before in Madrid, despite [longtime bassist] Mark Walton, Dennis Duck and I having not played together for several decades,” says Wynn.

Pre-orders of the album are now available through the band’s PledgeMusic site (Damn, for an 80’s band, they’re pretty good at using the internet, aren’t they?!), with the goodies offered ranging from rather generic-looking tote bags to a private Dream Syndicate show in your living room (at the very affordable price of $15,000). For all you cheapskates out there, the band will also perform in several US and European cities this summer and fall. Check out the dates, watch the album trailer, and listen to “How Did I Find Myself Here” below:

How Did I Find Myself Here? tracklisting:

01. Filter Me Through You
02. Glide
03. Out of My Head
04. 80 West
05. Like Mary
06. The Circle
07. How Did I Find Myself Here
08. Kendra’s Dream

The Dream Syndicate tour dates:

07.30.17 – Camden, NJ – XpoNential Festival
09.29.17 – Portland, OR – Star Theater
09.30.17 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
10.14.17 – Oslo – Rockefeller
10.15.17 – Göteborg – Pustervik
10.16.17 – Stockholm – Kägelbanan Södra Teatern
10.18.17 – Copenhagen – VEGA
10.19.17 – Hamburg – Uebel & Gefährlich
10.20.17 – Bonn – Rockapalast Crossroads Festival 2017
10.21.17 – Berlin – Festsaal Kreuzberg
10.23.17 – Amsterdam – Bitterzoet
10.24.17 – Paris – Centre Barbara Fleury Goutte-d’Or (FGO)
10.25.17 – Turin – Spazio 211
10.26.17 – Milan – Magnolia Segrate
10.27.17 – Bologna – Locomotiv
10.30.17 – London – The Lexington
11.01.17 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
11.03.17 – Leuven – Het Depot
11.04.17 – Athens – Gagarin

Rihanna – Desperado (3lau Remix)

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Rihanna’s eighth studio album, ANTI was widely acclaimed by critics as one that pushed the boundaries of R&B — one of the main factors that helped it reach double platinum status since it bowed in early 2016.

One of the standout tracks of the genial album, “Desperado” has now received the remix treatment by talented American producer 3LAU, to great effect. 3LAU has cleverly left the original vocals practically unblemished, though he has increased the tempo and added a powerful beat to the remix, making it significantly more danceable than the soulful original track.

The producer has also borrowed certain percussive elements from future bass and trap, making for a unique and energetic build-up which melts into the bass-heavy, almost Dyro-esque electro house drop.

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