Published 24 February, 2015 by DM
In the time it takes to say “2014 Mercury Prize shortlisted album In Each And Every One”, Polar Bear have returned with a brand new album. ‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ is the first single from their upcoming sixth album Same As You. Featuring bandleader Sebastian Rochford alongside Hannah Darling on vocal duties, it finds Polar Bear at their most direct: the song’s infectious life-affirming mantra stays with you long after the track has ended.
Given its short gestation, it is striking how far removed the new album is from its immediate predecessor. Inspired by Seb’s time in the Mojave Desert, there is a startling freshness in the songs, both thematically and sonically. After the dark complexity of recent output, Same As You is presented in sharp focus, as inclusive and accessible as the title suggests, while still maintaining the playful experimentation on which the band has made its name.
Read what Seb has to say about the new album and single here.
Some great reviews for Same As You already in:
“A joyous affirmation of positivity” 4/5 Mojo
“Their most direct and uplifting yet. ‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ is just a spoonfed breakbeat away from pop gold” 8/10 Uncut
“The UK’s most forward-thinking jazz act… make dazzling return” 4/5 Q
‘Dont Let The Feeling Go’ is out now, and is available to download for free if you pre-order the album.
Polar Bear are touring in Europe this month and in the UK in April. Details on our live page.
New Leaf imprint Bias signs Vessels
Published 03 February, 2015 by BP
We're very excited to announce a new imprint label, Bias, and its first signing Vessels. The Leeds band have undergone a transformation in recent years, and have stepped into the light clutching an exquisite, euphoric new album Dilate.
Visit the band's website to sign up to their mailing list for more information and updates.
You can catch Vessels live on the following dates:
Thu 12th Mar - Convergence, Village Underground, London (with Clark)
Fri 13th Mar - Convergence, St John-at-Hackney, London (DJ set with Kiasmos)
Sat 14th Mar - Start The Bus, Bristol
Sun 15th Mar - Rainbow, Birmingham
Mon 16th Mar - Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Tue 17th Mar - Nice & Sleazy, Glasgow
Wed 18th Mar - Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds
Sat 25th Apr - Opium Rooms, Dublin
Wildbirds & Peacedrums soundtrack Fortitude TV drama
Published 26 January, 2015 by DM
The sparse beauty of Wildbirds & Peacedrums’ ‘Peeling Off The Layers’ has been selected to soundtrack Sky Atlantic’s new flagship series Fortitude. Music director and composer Ben Frost has chosen the track from the Swedish duo’s 2010 album Rivers as the series’ title music.
Recorded by Frost in Reykjavík’s Guðríðarkirkja church with the Schola Cantorum Reykjavík Chamber Choir (arranged by Hildur Guðnadóttir), the track reflects the breathtaking Icelandic scenery that acts as the backdrop to Fortitude’s unsettling narrative. Keep an ear out for more Wildbirds material later in the series.
Featuring a heavyweight cast of Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and Sofie Grabol, Fortitude premieres on Thursday January 29th at 9pm.
Radioland: Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity Revisited
Published 15 January, 2015 by DM
To mark its 40th anniversary, Kraftwerk's pioneering Radio-Activity album has been revisited and reimagined by a stellar Anglo-French trio: our own Matthew Bourne along with composer Franck Vigroux and artist Antoine Schmitt.
Drawing on their diverse backgrounds in jazz and improvisation, electronic composition and visual installation, Bourne, Vigroux and Schmitt’s Radioland project turns the original album inside out, using analogue synths and electronics intensified by some striking live video work.
This brand new live experience promises to transport the listener into a futuristic audiovisual world, imagined by Kraftwerk in 1975 and reconstructed in this bold new manifestation for 2015.
This footage from early rehearsals of Radioland speaks for itself:
'Radioland' will be performed at the the following venues:
13th March - LEEDS Belgrave Music Hall (Part of IFAI)
19th March - BRIGHTON Komedia (promoted by Melting Vinyl)
20th March - LONDON Village Underground
21st March - BRISTOL Colston Hall
22nd March - EXETER Phoenix (part of Vibraphonic)
23rd March - MILTON KEYNES The Stables
- Polar Bear - new single and album
- New Leaf imprint Bias signs Vessels
- Wildbirds & Peacedrums soundtrack Fortitude TV drama
- Radioland: Kraftwerk's Radio-Activity Revisited
- Polar Bear album reissues
- Polar Bear - Mercury Prize, tour & 6 Music mix
- Wildbirds & Peacedrums – Rhythm album stream
- Matthew Bourne at Leeds International Film Festival
- Melt Yourself Down - That's Life mixtape
- Jamie Cullum champions Polar Bear
- Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Keep Some Hope
- Polar Bear with Jin Jin - Cuckoo
- Polar Bear announce special one-off London show in October
- Jherek Bischoff - Kickstarter campaign
- Watch: Polar Bear live video
Same As You
Dont Let The Feeling Go
Held On The Tips Of Fingers
Wildbirds & Peacedrums
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