Laurel Halo to make you feel anything but sickly with debut album Quarantine on Hyperdub

Laurel Halo to make you feel anything but sickly with debut album Quarantine on Hyperdub

Readers of TMT: it behooves you to jump on the Laurel Halo bandwagon now, because a year from now, after everyone’s compiled their end-of-the-year lists for 2012, you’re bound to feel a bit like I did listening to James Blake (TMT Review) for the first time this past January — which is to say, woefully disconnected from the buzz-worthy chatter surrounding up-and-coming electronic (kind of) pop (sort of) artists. For the record, I was tremendously disappointed by that James Blake LP, which I suppose is commentary enough on my own mental irregularities, but I doubt that I’m alone in thinking/saying that Laurel Halo has a serious future doing what she’s doing — namely, reminding me, as I close my eyes and drift away into a vocal-induced fantasy, of Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser, though with more intelligibility. If the musical similarities between Halo and Fraser extended beyond their respective singing styles, I might question the former’s choice of record label, but as of now, it’s completely appropriate that Halo’s signed with Hyperdub and has plans to release her debut album Quarantine on June 5 in the US, and on May 28 in Europe.

You need only look to labelmates King Midas Sound and Darkstar to get an immediate sense of how Halo’s music fits in. The incorporation of original vocals alongside a backdrop of contemporary electronic yet genre-defying melodies is at the forefront of Quarantine, as a press release notes: “This is an album of transporting songs, various altitude shifts via effecting pop-concrete, built on a rich synthesis of intuitive but exacting electronic abstraction, bass pulse and heartfelt songwriting.” I’ve been horribly wrong before, but I’d definitely make of note of this album for future acquisition. Pay for it, you bastards.

Likewise, it’s also worth noting that, under the moniker King Felix, Laurel Halo will also be releasing her Spring EP sometime… soon? Originally set to be released on March 19, the EP has been pushed back to an unspecified date.

Quarantine tracklisting:

01. Airsick
02. Years
03. Thaw
04. Joy
05. MK Ultra
06. Wow
07. Carcass
08. Holoday
09. Tumor
10. Morcom
11. Nerve
12. Light + Space

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AIDS Wolf break up, plan one last EP

Ruckus-rousing Montreal noise punkers AIDS Wolf have decided to call it quits after nine years of mayhem, according to their Facebook page. While no real reason was given for the breakup, the band did comment to Exclaim! that “There’s always a reason… everything for a reason.” Well it better be a good reason. Maybe you guys could say you’re not playing until justice is served in Florida? Yeah, say that.

Founding members Chloe Lum and Yannick Desranleau will now be focusing on their visual art work as Seripop, while guitarist Alex Moskos, who joined AIDS Wolf in 2009, will continue with his solo project, Drainolith. Before all that, AIDS Wolf will be heading back into the studio in May to record one more EP to follow up last year’s Ma vie banale avant-garde on Lovepump United.

There are also a handful of final shows for the band to perform, so if you’re in Canada, go see their last moments and then maybe get some free health care and then maybe some poutine?

AIDS Wolf final tourdates:

05.04.12 - Sherbrooke, QC - Sporoble
05.05.12 - Montreal, QC - Casa del Popolo *
05.11.12 - Toronto, ON - TBD

* Souffle, David Lafrance

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My Bloody Valentine bedazzle the sonic womb that birthed them, reissue remastered and expanded back catalog

Kevin Shields would give anything to have the free time and head space to work on a third My Bloody Valentine album, but his train of thought keeps getting interrupted each morning by a representative from Sony Music scratching at his window and aggressively whispering threats if he doesn’t put “something, hell, anything sellable” out in stores. If I’m not mistaken, My Bloody Valentine released a remastered version of Loveless around the time of their reunion shows, but now that album will be available in two-disc, “painfully remastered” form on May 7. Poor Kevin.

Listen carefully: the first disc of Loveless will be remastered from the “original tapes,” while the second disc will be the same album remastered from the “original 1/2 inch analogue tapes.” Those original tapes were of unknown width and presumably inferior. Also arriving on May 7 are remastered versions of Isn’t Anything and a two-disc compilation that gathers all four MBV EPs and rarities/unreleased. Only the EP collection’s tracklisting is getting posted here; check the backs of your old jewel case CDs for the other tracklistings — ain’t shit changed.

EPs 1988-1991 tracklist:

Disc 1:
01. You Made Me Realise #
02. Slow #
03. Thorn #
04. Cigarette in Your Bed #
05. Drive It All Over Me #
06. Feed Me With Your Kiss $
07. I Believe $
08. Emptiness Inside $
09. I Need No Trust $
10. Soon %
11. Don’t Ask Why %
12. Off Your Face %

Disc 2:
01. To Here Knows When ^
02. Swallow ^
03. Honey Power ^
04. Moon Song ^
05. Instrumental no. 2 !
06. Instrumental no.1 !
07. Glider [full-length version] &
08. Sugar +
09. Angel *
10. Good for You *
11. How Do You Do It *

# from You Made Me Realise EP
$ from Feed Me With Your Kiss EP
% from Glider EP
^ from Tremolo EP
! free 7-inch w/ first 5000 copies of Isn’t Anything
& B-side, “Soon (The Andrew Weatherall Mix)” 12-inch
+ promo-only B-Side on “Only Shallow” (France only)
* previously unreleased

• My Bloody Valentine:
• Sony:

Simian Mobile Disco release new album Unpatterns on May 15 and WE’VE got an exclusive fake video

Simian Mobile Disco have an “album” coming out on Wichita Recordings May 15, if their press release is to be believed. The album, Unpatterns, is “brand-new,” and the band is “proud to announce” its release. Fans of Simian Mobile Disco should look forward to “huge fun” that is “completely of the now,” according to the next bit of this press release. The first single, “Seraphim,” will be “released” on April 9.

Now please check out what should have been the promotional video for Unpatterns but was instead left to be found by me searching YouTube for “disco ape”:

Unpatterns tracklisting:

01. I Waited for You
02. Cerulean
o3. Seraphim
04. A Species Out of Control
05. Interference
06. Put Your Hands Together
07. The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife
08. Your Love Ain’t Fair
09. Pareidolia
10. Everyday (iTunes only, SUCKERS)


03.23.12 - Miami, FL - Fixed - The Vegabond
03.25.12 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Samsung Studio
03.29.12 - Mexico City, Mexico - Auditorio las Americas
03.30.12 - Santiago, Chile - Lollapalooza Chile
03.31.12 - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro Faenza
04.21.12 - London, UK - Village Underground

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• Wichita:

Editions Mego starts Recollection GRM sub-label to reissue classic musique concrète, not realizing that musique concrète can be heard for free in the subway

Welp, seems like Editions Mego’s merciless march toward cornering the market on re-releasing and/or newly releasing “every cool thing ever released anywhere by anyone” just cannot be stopped. Seriously, at this point if they aren’t putting your record out, just forget about it; it’s Dad Rock. And god knows no one wants to listen to that. Not even dads.

But speaking of dads, Editions Mego’s latest bout of cred-mad imperialism has led to the creation of Recollection GRM, a new sub-label whose sole purpose is “is to make available on vinyl works from the vast archives of Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM),” the first release of which comes to us from the “father” of musique concrète (and possibly of Dave Letterman’s sidekick Paul Shaffer), Pierre Schaeffer! In addition to being handsome and French, Schaeffer (as I understand it) helped pioneer the highly exact science of making bumping, clubby jams out of steam engine samples. In other words, the Oneohtrix Point Never dude probably likes him a lot, so you’re fucking nobody if you don’t too. The second record Recollection GRM has announced so far is by Guy Reibel, who, for all intents and purposes is the same guy as Pierre Schaeffer, except with a much much shorter Wikipedia page.

Anyway, the label says that batches like this will come out every two or three months, and each release will be “recut at Dubplates & Mastering and be packaged in new artwork by Stephen O’Malley, featuring bi-lingual (French/English) texts.” Which is good, because weirdly enough, I’m pretty good at reading French, but only when its exact translation into English is sitting right next to it.

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• Pierre Schaeffer pre-order:
• Other Guy pre-order:

Noveller readying double LP of limited ARTIFACT material, needs your greenest money for commissioned project

What else was Sarah Lipstate to do after releasing Glacial Glow (TMT Review), her most approachable Noveller album yet, than to follow it up with an ultra-limited looping cassette/quadruple-DVD titled ARTIFACT in all caps? For the experimental artists of the world, there is no other choice; it’s simply a matter of deciding on the exact number of looping DVDs and whether or not the package should include actual locks of hair. Well, Lipstate pulled it off, and here’s what Jspicer said about the original ARTIFACT release in a Cerberus column last summer:

Those who have witnessed Lipstate’s live show often find themselves as equally mesmerized by her filmmaking skills as they are her array of pedals and demure presence. ARTIFACT marks Lipstate’s first stab at combining her passions into a direct-to-consumer package. The four looping DVDs capture a recent installation, but it’s the cassette where Lipstate’s imagination grabs hold. Each six-minute cassette was uniquely recorded, one-of-a-kind artifacts (pun!) that link listener to artist. The first track to come to life from this idea may be the lightest Lipstate track I’ve ever heard. As her recorded output moves toward heavier basslines and deeper rhythms, the loop is ginger in its approach. Notes dance as if flower pedals carried in a warm summer breeze. The mood matches the installation’s isolated pictures recalling the work of Rodney Graham (in the place of Graham’s pop culture reinventions is one linked to abstract thought). Sadly, ARTIFACT’s supposed run of 50 was cut to 20, making its careful packaging and etched lettering the trophy of but a few Noveller fans; worse still, only 20 unique loops exist when Lipstate has proven herself capable of at least 50.

Weep no more (or weep harder now that your cassette is less special): Noveller has now hand-picked 12 of the best ARTIFACT loops and laid them out on a double LP for all to zone. As each tape held six minutes of music, each LP track will be roughly six minutes long and you’ll just have to stand up every once in a while and loop them yourselves. Talk Normal’s Sarah Register has mastered the whole thing for vinyl, and according to Lipstate it’ll “be off to the pressing plant as soon as I finish the gatefold artwork.” Why yes I will accept a “review” copy and one more for an adoring friend!!

As for 2012 jamming, Ms. Lipstate was commissioned by the Low End String Quartet to create a work for their altered string quartet setup — electric guitar, electric violin, amplified cello, and electric upright bass — and the finished composition will be premiered on April 14 (alongside a piece by Zoe Keating) at Center Stage in Reston, Virginia. Only thing is, they need your dollar bills to make it happen, as right now they haven’t even been able to cover the commissioning fee. Head here to see an explanatory video, give what you’re able, and receive incentives, all without even mentioning Kickstarter. Even if you only give $1 you’ll be rewarded with a download of “We Will Be at Sea Again” off the double LP. Twenty days are left and it’s less than 50% funded so far. Help your Virginia concert-goers out for once!

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• Low End String Quartet: