BEST ALBUMS of 2022 so far

BEST ALBUMS of 2022 so far

HORACE ANDY “Midnight Rocker”

CATE LE BON “Pompeii”


JENNY HVAL “Classic Objects”



WET LEG “Wet Leg”


YARD ACT “The Overload”


ETHEL CAIN “Preacher’s Daughter”


BOB VYLAN “Bob Vylan presents The Price of Life”

JUST MUSTARD “Heart Under”

KEVIN MORBY “This Is A Photograph”

SPIRITUALIZED “Everything Was Beautiful”

YEULE “Glitch Princess”

BLOSSOMS “Ribbon Around The Bomb”

BEACH HOUSE “Once Twice Melody”

HORSEGIRL “Version of Modern Performance”

AURORA “The Gods We Can Touch”




YUMI ZOUMA “Present Tense”

Link: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6zKDGA0sDD68fRxWHbJb4Z?si=d25e893a875e4ef4

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THE INFINITE BEAT 002 With Alexander Laurence

I created a show for Long Beach public radio last year. The new station was so unorganized and slow. They will probably fold this year. They have sat on this pilot episode for almost a year, and I have been in contact with them since 2019. I decided to release this episode on mixcloud and do a few more episodes of The Infinite Beat from my home studio during July 2022. So in the next month there will be 5 or 10 new episodes of this new hour-long format. They will be released spontaneously and immediately. Enjoy!

Friday July 1st, 2022
Alexander Laurence + PORTABLE INFINITE

1. RUTH RADELET "Crimes"
3. CHRISTINE and THE QUEENS "Je Te Vois Enfin"
4. DRY CLEANING "Don't Press Me"
5. SKY FERREIRA "Don't Forget"
6. HOUSE PLANTS "Companero"
7. COLA "Water Table"
9. CATE VON CSOKE "Silver Screen"
10. TAMINO "Fascination"
11. JULIA JACKLIN "I Was Neon"
12. PAGEANTS "Just Tell Me"
13. FRENCH POLICE "Dance With Me"
14. DEHD "Bad Love"
15. SHADOW SHOW "What Again Is Real?"

Link: https://www.mixcloud.com/infinitealexander/the-infinite-beat-002/

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Near Beer Share "Dead Drummers" Single via Beats Per Minute | Self-Titled LP Out 7/15 via Double Helix Records

Near Beer Shares "Dead Drummers" Single via Beats Per Minute

Read the Hollywood Life, New Noise MagazineLOUDWIREAustin Town HallPsychedelic BabyCulture FiendVENTS Magazine, and Thoughts Words Actions Features

New Track Out Now via All DSPS
Self-Titled Album Out July 15 via Double Helix Records
PRE-ORDER: Near Beer - Near Beer LP

 Near Beer - "Dead Drummers"

LISTEN/WATCH & SHARE: Near Beer - "Mixtape Generation"
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LISTEN/WATCH & SHARE: Near Beer - "Yelling at a Dog"
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"Building on sounds explored throughout The Henry Clay People oeuvre, 'Dead Drummers' demonstrates Near Beer’s hook-filled and raucously guitar-driven approach. Siara’s vocal is unmistakable—strained, urgent, slightly sneery. Both a bittersweet elegy to dead bandmates and friends and a riff-y tribute to the redemptive power of music, 'Dead Drummers' is a perfect summer track."
Beats Per Minute

"Despite the darker situation that inspired the song, the track is actually quite uplifting and hits at the spirited fun of making music. We’d be surprised if you weren’t picking up an instrument with the idea of jamming with friends by the time the track is over."

"For me, it’s always refreshing to hear a band who can ruthlessly slam through a true rock n roll song with fast timings, raucous energy, and timely guitar licks. It’s sort of like if Japandroids melded with the more Americana vibe of say The Hold Steady."
Austin Town Hall

"Near Beer capture an energy that feels free of burden yet melancholic as it harkens back to memories of the past."

"Merged somewhere between the songwriting groove of Tom Petty, the modern flair of Brian Fallon, and the punk rock spirit of The Descendents, Near Beer could very well be your next music obsession."
Los Angeles-based indie rock band Near Beer — Joey Siara (vocals, guitar), Brent Stranathan (drums), Jeremy Levy (bass, backup vocals) — have shared a brand new single entitled "Dead Drummers." It comes off their self-titled album, due July 15, 2022 via Double Helix Records. The band describes their forthcoming album as a set of "mini-anthems about insomnia, drinking, and human connection. Sometimes cynical. Sometimes romantic. Always with loud guitars."

Speaking on their newest single, the band wrote:

"The song was recorded soon after a friend's memorial service as a tribute to him and a few other good friends we lost during the pandemic. We wanted to capture the reckless spirit of buddies who find a surrogate family in the music scene. The song ends up being a snapshot of the mixed bag of emotions that go into grief--anger, longing, but ultimately the hope that being in a silly rock band can actually provide some kind of healthy cathartic release."
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Near Beer Bio:

"I don’t recall the specifics, but there were margaritas, tacos, a pool, and a bunch of our friends talking about babies," says guitarist/singer Joey Siara, when asked about the benign house party beginnings of his new band Near Beer"We had a conversation about Teenage Fanclub I think — songs that make you want to drive into the sunset."

He pauses to punctuate his point: "You know, aging indie rockers pining for the glory of a perfect power-pop tune while the rest of their friends become responsible, child-rearing adults."

And that, dear reader, is the je ne sais quoi of Near Beer’s self-titled debut — a relentless last call record that doesn’t know the meaning of moderation 95-percent of the time. Not when the night’s long and life’s so… damn… short. 

Or as Siara puts it, "Our music’s often a push-pull between keeping stuff loose and succumbing to our maximalist tendencies. There are days where I want to channel Bee Thousand and days where I want to do Born to Run."

Near Beer’s capable of either, believe it or not. That’s what happens when you’ve logged past lives in LA bands like The Henry Clay People, Fakers, and I Make This Sound, and spent the past 10 years slaying everything from grad school (Siara accumulated a couple master’s degrees) to R.E.M. songs (Near Beer bassist/cover song crusher Jeremy Levy does a mean Michael Stipe).  

And that’s just the two longtime friends who co-founded the group. On-again off-again guitarist Dan Long (who insisted upon naming the band) is a reputable producer/engineer (Film School, Spiral Stairs) responsible for founding one of Brooklyn’s most storied mixing boards (Headgear Studio), drummer/auxiliary-everything Brent Stranathan is a chaotic neutral beat conductor who met Siara in a softball league and bonded over the idea that a 12-string can “sound cool when distorted.” 

All to say – this isn’t Near Beer’s first rodeo. More like a second chance to make things right and leave a mark in the spirit of such north stars as The Replacements, Pavement, and The Clash. From the venom-tipped vibes and tongue-in-cheek takedowns of "Yelling at a Dog" to the sucker punch percussion and careening power chords of "Dead Drummers," Near Beer is all about songs that strive for transcendence. The magic of making things. Flaws that feel like blessings. And the fleeting release of a fist-in-the-air rock anthem.

"A lot of my favorite artists were punk bands who didn’t seem satisfied being punk bands," explains Siara, "so you see them pushing at the edges of their limited abilities.... That's where I think a lot of my favorite music exists — where ambition exceeds talent, but the bands still go for it anyways."

He continues, "It’s a sort of slacker restlessness. You can be lazy as shit — you can love beer, and a good nap — but still want more out of life."

If that sounds mildly philosophical, consider this: Siara is a big Moby Dick fan, mostly because "it feels like it’s written with such manic energy – poignant, hilarious, and tragic." Which makes sense once you realize just how intense Near Beer’s album is lyrically. Aside from all that aforementioned talk of growing old gracelessly, there’s a fair amount of death on the record. In the span of recording the album, Siara lost a couple of friends, including a former band-mate from his short-lived outlet The Dog Creeps, and his actual dog Edna. 

"Edna was my best bud," says Siara, "and was with me the last 13 years, which was easily the strangest era of my life so far…. Anyhow, we put Edna on the cover."




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Photo Credit: Rachel Paley 


NEW YORK, NY – JULY 1ST, 2022 – Leeds outfit Yard Act have collaborated with icon Elton John on a brand new studio version of “100% Endurance”—the euphoric closing track on their critically acclaimed 2022 debut album 
The Overload. Recorded at Parlour Studios and Metropolis Studios, “100% Endurance” is produced and mixed by Ali Chant.

Explaining how the collaboration with Elton John—a fervent champion of new music of all genres via his own Rocket Hour show on Apple Music 1—came about, Yard Act frontperson James Smith said: “Within our camp we have a saying: ‘Mad shit happens when you do art’—it means what it means. You make stuff because you want to make it, and you throw stuff you’ve made into the world because you’d rather share it than not, and then you leave it alone and let it do its thing. That thing you did can take you to places you didn’t intend to go with it, but it’s out of your control really. You have no control over the mad shit. It just happens (when you do art). Elton John saw our stuff, and he started telling the press he thought we were good, and then we chatted on the phone and after a few calls I said ‘Elton, do you want to come to the studio and play piano on a tune?’ because, fuck it, it doesn’t matter if he says no. Anyway, he said ‘yes’, so it doesn’t matter that he didn’t say no. I don’t know what else to say. He’s brilliant. Switched on, hilarious and an amazing musician.”
Elton added: “From the first moment I heard Yard Act, I fell in love with James’ lyrics, and the way he’s delivered the song. Their sound is such a breath of fresh air. When James called and asked if I would come into the studio, I instantly loved the idea. I started out as a session musician in the late ‘60s, and I absolutely loved it then. It was such a thrill to be thrown in with musicians I’d never met before, it pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I became a better musician. During lock down, I had the time on my hands to really start doing that in a concerted way again, and I fell in love with the challenge and the process all over again. They’re a very special band, with a massive future ahead of them, and I’m honoured they’ve let me be a part of their journey.”
Smith rounds off: “After he’d laid down the piano and laid down the vocals, taking direction from us and trying everything we asked, Elton reiterated his love of sessioning on other people’s tracks and said something very poignant to me and Ali—'I love playing on other people’s songs, especially these guys, because I started off as a session musician. The fascinating thing is you hear things so differently from other people, and when you hear what they hear, then it all makes sense.’ That insight, that curiosity and that approach to music is the reason he’s still standing (after all this time). Elton is a diamond. It was an honour to collaborate with him. My mum is showing off to all her mates and mad shit happens when you do art.”

The original version of “100% Endurance”, the latest single lifted from The Overload—which charted at #2 in the UK and was officially the biggest selling vinyl debut of the century earlier this year—came accompanied by a video directed by longtime collaborator James Slater. The video stars multi-award-winning actor and fan of the band David Thewlis, who said of the experience: “I’ve told my agent I’m only doing Yard Act videos from now on, though next time on a tropical island or a big yacht.” “100% Endurance” also represents the first time Thewlis has filmed in his hometown Blackpool. Watch the video 
Yard Act recently announced their biggest headline show to date at London’s O2 Kentish Town Forum on December 1st, following an entirely sold-out tour in February and March this year, and recent shows supporting Jack White. They will return to the US this fall on their headline tour, stopping in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and more. The band was recently awarded the Grulke Prize for Developing non-US Act at SXSW this year, playing no less than 10 completely sold out shows at the festival. They also made their US TV debut on 
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
The Overload was the subject of stellar reviews across the board in national media with “Album of the Week” accolades from The GuardianThe Telegraph (both 4*), and The Sunday Times, coinciding with high scoring write-ups from DIYRolling StoneDorkThe Forty FiveScottish Express (all perfect 5*), UncutThe Line Of Best Fit (both 4 ½*), MOJOThe TimesNMEGigwise (all 4*), and more. The Official Charts Company also confirmed Yard Act as the year’s Biggest Breakthrough Act so far and crowned The Overload as the best-selling album on vinyl of Q1 2022.
Singles from the album “
The Overload”, “Payday”, and “Pour Another” have been heavily supported across UK radio by the likes of BBC 6 Music (all A-Listed), Radio 1 (where “The Overload” was crowned the Introducing Tune Of The Week and “Pour Another” was C-Listed after launching as a Hottest Record), and John Kennedy at Radio X (who featured “Payday” as a Hot One on the X-Posure show). The band also made their UK television debut last November, performing the album’s title track and lead single on Later… with Jools Hollandwatch HERE.
Praise for Yard Act’s The Overload:
“Lives up to its hype with flying colours”
DIY 5*
“A stellar debut”
Rolling Stone 5*
“We hope the rest of 2022’s musical output is as good as this album.”
Dork 5*
“Will remain omnipresent in the music press for another 12 months to come”
The Forty Five 5*
“A resounding success”
The Scottish Express 5*
“A debut album bursting with character”
Uncut 4 ½*
“An album of deeply relatable storytelling for the plight of the ordinary people”
The Line Of Best Fit 4 ½*
“An exhilarating record”
 MOJO Album of the Month 4*
“Witty post-punks confront post-Brexit Britain”
The Guardian Album of the Week 4*
“The much lauded rock band from Leeds justifies the hype with a set of 11 smart, fierce tracks.”
The Telegraph Album of the Week 4*
“An exciting prospect for 2022”
The Times 4*
“An overload of good ideas”
The Daily Star 4*
“Rabble-rousing, likeable post-punk rock”
The Sun 4*
“Seldom do you hear such sentimentality and beauty in music as brusque as this.”
NME 4*
“The greatest lyrical party you will have in a long time”
Gigwise 4*
See Yard Act Live in 2022:
1 Jul | AFAS, Amsterdam, NL
15 Jul | Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival, UK
22 Jul | Truck Festival, Oxford, UK
22 Jul | Standon Calling Festival, Hertfordshire, UK
23 Jul | Bluedot Festival, Cheshire, UK
24 Jul | Tramlines, Sheffield, UK
27 Jul | The Cluny, Newcastle, UK - SOLD OUT
28 Jul | The Caves, Edinburgh, UK - SOLD OUT
29 Jul | Deer Shed, Thirsk, UK
30 Jul | Ynot Festival, Derbyshire, UK
5 Aug | Ypsigrock Festival, Castelbuono, IT
7 Aug | Off Festival, Katowice, PL
11 Aug | Haldern Pop Festival, Rees-Haldern, DE
12 Aug | Way Out West Festival, Gothenburg, SE
13 Aug | Oya Festival, Oslo, NO
18 Aug | Route du Rock Festival, St Malo, FR
19 Aug | Cabaret Vert Festival, Charleville-Mézières, FR
20 Aug | Pukkelpop Festival, Hasselt, BE
21 Aug | Lowlands Festival, Biddinghuizen, NL
26 Aug | Golden Leaves Festival, Darmstadt, DE
28 Aug | Todays Festival, Turin, IT
4 Sep | End Of The Road Festival, Dorset, UK
9 Sep | Andalucía Big Festival, Andalucía, ES
10 Sep | Mad Cool Sunset, Madrid, ES
16 Sep | The Bullingdon, Oxford, UK - SOLD OUT
17 Sep | Esquires, Bedford, UK - SOLD OUT
18 Sep | O2 Institute, Birmingham, UK - SOLD OUT
21 Sep | Sugar Mill, Stoke, UK - SOLD OUT
22 Sep | The Crescent, York, UK - SOLD OUT
23 Sep | Polar Bear, Hull, UK - SOLD OUT
6 Oct | Crocodile, Seattle, WA
7 Oct | WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
9 Oct | Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
11 Oct | Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles, CA
13 Oct | Black Cat Washington, D.C.
14 Oct | Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
16 Oct | Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
22 Nov | Saint Luke’s, Glasgow, UK
23 Nov | NUSU, Newcastle, UK
24 Nov | O2 Academy, Leeds, UK
25 Nov | O2 Ritz, Manchester, UK - SOLD OUT
26 Nov | Marble Factory, Bristol, UK
27 Nov | Tramshed, Cardiff, UK
29 Nov | 1865, Southampton, UK
30 Nov | Chalk, Brighton, UK - SOLD OUT
1 Dec | O2 Kentish Town Forum, London, UK
Yard Act – The Overload – Out Now

1. The Overload
2. Dead Horse
3. Payday
4. Rich
5. The Incident
6. Witness
7. Land Of The Blind
8. Quarantine The Sticks
9. Tall Poppies
10. Pour Another
11. 100% Endurance

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Stream the new EP from Swedish dream pop band The Mary Onettes

Stream the new EP from Swedish dream pop band The Mary Onettes

First new release from the band in four years

STREAM: What I Feel In Some Places -
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Today Swedish introspective pop virtuosos The Mary Onettes return with three-tracker What I Feel In Some Places. Three songs that showcase the dreamy, overcast pop we’ve all come to expect and love from the band.

The title track “What I Feel In Some Places” was one of the first songs written for the new upcoming album. It takes inspiration from Peter Gabriel's typical 80s rhythms and blends it with the more dreamy Mary Onettes landscapes.

Since forming in the Swedish town of Jönköping in 2000, The Mary Onettes have continually shined a soft light on Sweden’s enduring brand of introspective pop. Over the course of four albums and numerous singles, Philip Ekström and band members Henrik Ekström, Simon Fransson and Petter Agurén have eschewed trend cycles in pursuit of music that’s honest to them. Philip also enjoys success as a composer, writing for TV and film.

What I Feel In Some Places" was one of the first songs we experimented with when we wanted to explore the direction for the new album. We had some idea to take inspiration from Peter Gabriels typical 80s rhythms and let it blend with the more dreamy The Mary Onettes landscapes.

The song is about always being a bit unsure about your surroundings. Having the feeling that you take in everything. That the room eats you up. Buildings fall over you. That the world constantly points at you like a spear.” - Philip Ekström


The Mary Onettes
What I Feel In Some Places EP
(Westside Music Sweden / Welfare Sounds)
Street Date: July 1, 2022

Track List:

1. What I Feel In Some Places
2. Mind On Fire
3. Palace

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Victoria Canal today shares her beautiful new single ‘pity season’. Lifted from forthcoming new EP Elegy, out Friday 16th September via Parlophone Records, ‘pity season’ follows ‘own me’ as the second single from her new project and was premiered by Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1.

Elegy is a collection of deeply heartfelt tracks that work through stages of grief, hurt and acceptance in Canal’s gorgeously effortless songwriting style. Following the EP’s narrative, pity season takes the listener inside a conversation between a sick person and their son over dinner, where he breaks the news about his illness to the family. 


“They’re all at the dinner table and the song is told from the kid’s perspective,” Victoria explains. “It’s their perspective of ‘what the hell is going on?’ as they try to make sense of a terrible situation.”


Part of the song also sees the son exploring how he measures up next to his father. “It’s that fear of a loss of identity when the son wonders ‘How can I be like you, measure up to you, if you’re not around for me to observe and follow your lead?’” Victoria says,“The song eventually sees the parent assuming the strong role: they are there for their child once more.”

Listen to ‘pity season’

Victoria Canal’s new EP Elegy is due for release in September via Parlophone Records. Of the new project, she explains: “Elegy is probably my most heartbroken work to date. I wrote it in the first few months of the pandemic when I found out someone close to me was quite ill. I was thrown neck-deep into the crushing awareness of time, having conversations with a person whose aliveness I no longer took for granted. In a weird form of therapy, I couldn’t stop watching ‘This Is Us’. There was just so much emotional nuance that applied to my own life in every single episode. These songs and stories poured out of me, often right after watching an episode of the show, in some attempt to cope with anticipating loss and grief. I honestly never thought anyone would ever hear these songs; I wrote them because I had to, and the thought of some of these words being public still scares me a little bit because of just how honest they really are.

Pre-save Elegy

23 year old singer, songwriter, producer and activist Victoria Canal makes soul-stirring, emotive pop music. Born in Munich, Spanish-American Canal says her international upbringing fostered her love for a nomadic life in music. A proud “third culture kid,” she lived everywhere from Shanghai, Tokyo, Amsterdam, London, and Dubai to Atlanta, New York, and Forth Worth, and is proud of her identity as a queer, disabled, mixed-heritage woman, which fuels much of her activism.


Victoria Canal tour dates

Thursday 30th June - Heaven, London, UK #

# with Luz, JP Saxe

^Elegy EP artwork^

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Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner Releases '41 Strings'

Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner Releases Orchestral Rock Album 41 Strings on Chaikin Records


"Nick’s musical life is set on becoming even more exciting as 2022 unfurls."
Composer Magazine

"...a journey of tension, beauty, and suspense."

Guitarist, composer and producer Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 13 million year old ghost) and Chaikin Records proudly present 41 Strings, a song cycle for string orchestra, electric guitars and expanded rhythm section. Originally commissioned for a large-scale Earth Day event, 41 Strings draws inspiration from and pays tribute to the four seasons, each movement corresponding to a respective season. The world-premier concert was held on the 41st anniversary of Earth Day which encouraged the idea for an ensemble consisting of 41 string instruments. Following the latest performance of the piece at NYC’s Rockefeller Plaza in 2019, the inclination arose to formally release 41 Strings as an LP and digital download, resulting in this Chaikin Records album. The music’s core environmentally-centric theme couldn’t be more timely in regards to current issues of climate change.

A distinctive component of the 41 Strings composition is its fusion of ‘classical’ music with rock band, a quality which is reflected in the piece’s instrumentation: violins, violas, cellos, double basses, eight electric guitars, two synthesizers, two electric bassists and three drummers. This dual identity of ‘rock band’ and ‘string ensemble’ is directly linked to Zinner’s multifaceted musical practice as heard in his guitar playing with Yeah Yeah Yeahs and his soundtrack composing for film and television. The music of 41 Strings beautifully leans on these dichotomous ensemble characteristics throughout its depiction of the four seasons - hot and cold, impassioned and calm, joyful and melancholy…

41 Strings performances have had the distinctive honor of including very notable special guests, particularly calling upon the indie rock music scene. The guitar section has featured Lenny Kaye (Patti Smith), Sarah Lipstate (Noveller, Iggy Pop), Paul Banks (Interpol), Gemma Thompson (Savages), Aku Orraca-Tetteh (Florence & the Machine), David Pajo (Slint, Gang of Four), Andrew Wyatt (Miike Snow), among many more; the rhythm section has maintained a consistent line-up with such accomplished players as Jaleel Bunton (TV on the Radio), Andy Macleod (Royal Trux), Hisham Bharoocha (Boredoms), Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Ryan Sawyer (Gang Gang Dance) and Ben Vida. All of these musicians impart a sense of independent-art ethos with an exalted reach-for-the-stars morale. Such voices excel at tapping into the sensitivity of the music and bringing its beauty to the surface. Violinist Gillian Rivers, in addition to performing, worked as arranger in adapting Zinner’s compositions for string orchestra; additionally, she coached the string section during rehearsals and conducted them during performance.

Counting the debut performance in NYC in 2011, 41 Strings has only been performed four times. This low number is due to the project being such a massive undertaking. Because of the rarity of performance, each one has been deeply significant. The second performance took place at the Sydney Opera House for the Sydney Festival in 2012; the third took place at London’s Royal Festival Hall for Meltdown Festival in 2014; the fourth took place at Rockefeller Plaza in NYC in the summer of 2019.

The music of 41 Strings
 is purposefully simple, lyrical and minimal; melodic motifs gradually unfold over time and convey a steady pacing as sections move one from the next. A subtle subjectivity infuses the ‘experience’ of each season as opposed to striving for a more objective ‘picture’: the movements of “Fall” and “Winter” naturally express a temperate majesty and solemn introspection; “Spring” brings the most raucous intensity, aligning itself with the season’s energy of rebirth and adolescent-like freedom; “Summer” expresses an idyllic potential, as if one is planted in the midst of a field surrounded by green grass, trees and flowers, awash in the warmth and light of the sun.

photo by Jason Williamson 

Nick Zinner - 41 Strings
Release Date: 
July 1st, 2022
Chaikin Records
Link to buy:


1. Fall
2. Winter
3. Spring
4. Summer

Guitars: Aku Orraca-Tetteh, David Pajo, Siebren Versteeg, Nick Zinner, Joshua Zucker
Bass: Andy Macleod
Synth: Ben Vida
Drums: Hisham Bharoocha, Brian Chase, Ryan Sawyer

Gillian Rivers String Section:
Violins: Rebecca Cherry, Patrick Doane, Yukio Kamakari, Gillian Rivers, Mary Jo Stilp
Violas: Erin Benim, Caleb Burhans, Kyle Armbrust
Cellos: Jessie Reagen Mann, Leo Soeda
Upright Bass: Justin Frye

All tracks written by Nick Zinner, Little Vampie / BMG Blue (BMI)

Except "Spring" written by Nick Zinner, Hisham Bharoocha and Ben Vida, Little Vampie / BMG Blue (BMI), Soft Circle Music (ASCAP) and Bird Show (ASCAP)

Arranged by Gillian Rivers

Recorded May 2011 at Water Music, Hoboken, NJ
Recorded and mixed by Rudyard Lee Cullers at Water Music, NJ and Plantain NYC
Remastered by Chis Coady June 2020

Designed by Julian Gross

Thank you: Berrin Noorata and all the musicians around the world who have performed this music with us since its initial conception. 

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Psychedelic duo Cari Cari announce new album 'Welcome To Kookoo Island' via Perla Nera Records

Psychedelic duo Cari Cari share new single ‘No Proper Life’ and announce new album


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Welcome To Kookoo Island is due out September 16th via Perla Nera Records

Press image by Adreas Jekworth. DL Hi-res & alternatives HERE
Previously supported by
NME, BBC 6 Music, Redbull, KCRW

 "The biggest discovery of Primavera Sound Festival"  Rolling Stone
LISTEN / SHARE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Sm1gn2vjCw

Today Cari Cari have shared new psychedelic disco single, ‘No Proper Life’. The release comes alongside news that the duo are set to release their new  album Welcome To Kookoo Island on September 16th, 2022 via Perla Nera Records. 

Recorded at their studio, located in an Austrian national park in 2020 and 2021, the band’s second album is a slice of psychedelic escapism. Lead single ‘No Proper Life’ started off as a White Stripes-esque blues rock jam which immersed itself into an upbeat, psychedelic number with a thumping bassline and Roger McGuinn-y 12-string guitar riffs. The track is about having the urge to avoid a ‘proper life’: “proper job, proper friends, proper hobbies and living your life for someone else instead of daring to go your own way. No one’s better at being yourself than you are.” adds guitarist Alexander Koeck.

Accompanying video for 'No Proper Life' was illustrated by Kane Rowlingson. The band on the video:
 "Sometimes if you wanna live an improper life you gotta be as stubborn as a donkey. Follow our mascot Donny the donkey on his way past the temptations of a proper life"

Cari Cari is Stephanie Widmer (vocals, drums & didgeridoo) and Alexander Koeck (vocals, guitars). Since their inception, Cari Cari have been tirelessly working to create their own world, carefully crafting everything from their music to their artwork, videos to set design in-house. This meticulous attention to detail has earned the band a loyal following; Rolling Stone Magazine called them ‘the biggest discovery of Primavera Sound Festival’, their die-hard fans sold out 1000+ capacity rooms across Europe and their debut album was praised by the likes of NME, KCRW, Rolling Stone, IndieShuffle and many more.
However, for the band, all roads have led them to Kookoo Island. The product of years of world-building, Welcome To Kookoo Island, was born from a desire to retreat from modern-day life completely. “Kookoo Island is our libertatia, the utopia of what we think the world should be like,” explains Widmer. “It seems to be cuckoo to dream of such a place right now, but dreaming of what we want the world to be like is the first step towards making it a reality,” she continues. 
For their version of Utopia, the pair took inspiration from a plethora of cultural touchstones, ranging from Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom to Hermann Hesse’s novel Steppenwolf, the 17th century pirate colony ‘Liberatia’ to the volcanic landscape of the Canary Islands. On Kookoo Island there are no jobs or responsibilities, just long sunsets, winding rivers and child-like exploration. 

Cinematic is a word that is often used to describe the music that Cari Cari makes, which is unsurprising given their origin story. Both cinefiles, the pair grew up listening to film-scores, particularly favouring the work of Italian composer Ennio Morricone. 

“We make music the way Tarantino makes films, in fact that was the reason we became a band. To make music that could be featured in a Tarantino movie,” laughs Widmer. “Our way of knowing if a song is finished is if it gives us an idea for a music video and we can picture the visuals in our head,” Koeck continues. “Wes Anderson soundtracks were a big inspiration for this album. He also has an over-stylized approach when making his films. You could say if our debut was our Tarantino album, then this is our Wes Anderson album.” 

Welcome To Kookoo Island will be released on vinyl, CD and digital streaming services on September 16th, 2022 via Perla Nera Records. The band are on tour in the UK and Europe throughout 2022, dates can be found here: https://www.caricariragazzi.com/tour
Cari Cari 
Welcome To Kookoo Island 
RD: Sept 16th via Perla Nera Records 

1. Jelly Jelly 
2. Belo Horizonte
3. Zdarlight 1992
4. No Proper Life  
5. Around The Bend 
6. Bubu Fire  
7. Welcome To Kookoo Island 
8. Entire Crocodile Mountain
9. Last Days On Earth 
10. A Life Under The Ocean 
11. Departure From Kookoo Island 

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