20:00 | Following last year's breakthrough 'Dreamzone' EP, which saw Jaakko Eino Kalevi take his enchanted slant on disco around the world to sell-out crowds and festivals, the Finnish psych-pop visionary released his first album for the Domino label's Weird World imprint in June 2015 to ecstatic reviews from the international press.
In Time Out, Dummy and Mojo, Jaakko's self-titled LP was named one of the 20 best albums of the year to date. The Times called it "the soundtrack to summer". Radio 1 and 6 Music picked up on the songs 'Double Talk', 'Deeper Shadows' and 'Hush Down', which were also playlisted on stations in Australia, Germany and the US, and the album entered Finland's Top 40.
Now, on the back of a thrilling run of sold-out UK and European shows this summer, Jaakko heads out on the road once again armed with one of modern pop's richest catalogues and a unique approach to showmanship.
20:00 | Rooted in American and British folk, Weyes Blood pulls and stretches the style at its fringes, like a sweater that's just begun to unravel. Traditional instruments (guitar, piano, drums) are set against electronics and tape effects, collages and the melodic qualities of delay, that bridge an older world of songcraft into the future, creating a synthesis between all the best of the 20th century and those that came before. A song like the melancholy ballad "Bad Magic" possesses infinite beauty in its sadness and how it releases those sentiments, but it's even more beautiful in relief to all the other material on The Innocents. Never once does she repeat herself. Each song is a variant on the styles present in the record, and each is unmistakably her own. Not dissimilar to the work of Henry James, Weyes Blood presents a series of musical interludes, free for you to interpret but poised to elicit a raw emotional response. Does her music sound haunted to you, then, because it evokes memories that trigger our own fears, or do you honestly believe that there is a ghost dictating her every turn? As Mering stated in a recent interview, her work's "creepiness ... is only as intentional as you think it is." To her, this is the only form of expression: laid bare, deeply connected to the past, and miles away from anything else you're likely to hear in music today.
20:00 | This fall sees the release of Sean Nicholas Savage's latest record, Other Death. Savage, a master of tenderness, reflection and projection, has released and toured relentlessly in pursuit of the rarer beauties found only in the nuance of pop song and performance. Other Death was recorded in Santa Monica, Los Angeles as a collaboration with Agor, of Savage's Arbutus labelmates Blue Hawaii, while Errhead of Doldrums plays on much of the record. Ramona Gonzalez Nite Jewel also makes an appearance, as do TOPS' Jane Penny and David Carriere. This is Savage's highest fidelity recording to date, with daring, captivating, and as always minimal and soft production style. In contrast to his usual introspection, Other Death is immediately more upbeat, uptempo, confident, inspired and delivers more consistent pop singles than any of his previous records.Savage is not playing to the middle. Here he gives his listeners, those who crave a harder SNS smack, the energy they crave. This is the release fans will turn to when they want to feel the sophisticated, delicate, and enchanted music of Sean Nicholas Savage at its most brave, free and loud. It's as if upon being tossed a copy of Other Life, Savage reads the message; "Other Life?" and throws it back at us in blood red, "Other Death"