4AD. Release: May 17th, 2019. On 3rd September 2017, director Mike Mills emailed Matt Berninger to introduce himself and in very short order, the most ambitious project of the National’s nearly 20-year career was born and plans for a hard-earned vacation died.  The Los Angeles-based filmmaker was coming off his third feature, 20th Century Women, and was…

Quiet Arch. Release May, 17 2019. Be Kind is their debut album and follows on from a couple of successful singles, ‘Until We See The Sun’ and ‘All In’ Beauty Sleep have earned a stellar reputation for crafting vibrant synth-driven pop music thanks to previous single releases like ‘The Dark’ and ‘Feeling Back’, earning them…

FIKA RECORDINGS. Release: May 17, 2019. Queer New York duo the Ballet marry the DIY ethos of the Hidden Cameras with the wry poeticism of the Magnetic Fields and the romantic pop of Jens Lekman, to create literate, infectious pop gems. Matchy Matchy by The Ballet Formed in 2005 by Greg Goldberg and Craig Willse, the…

Source: BandcampRelease Date: May 10, 2019  French modern-classical quartet astrïd return on May 10th with the first part of a new release entitled A Porthole.  Conceptually the two records work in unison, focusing on portholes into the abyss, with part one delving into the depths of the deep sea. The tracks are named after various…

In an era when networked access to information is nearly universal and wearing influences on your sleeve is normalized, it often feels like everything’s been done. Which begs the questions: What’s the point of creating? Does the world need another still life of fruit? Another film about love? Does the world need another melody?