Episode 13 - Following Remedy

Tracklist

  • 01 My Autumn Empire - The Following [Wayside and Woodland Recordings]
  • 02 Future Elevators - Modern World [Communicating Vessels]
  • 03 Xul Zolar - Tides [Asmara Records]
  • 04 New Politicians - Revelator [New Politicians]
  • 05 Flagship - I Want You [Bright Antenna Records]
  • 06 Pumarosa - Cecile [Chess Club]
  • 07 Samaris - Ég Vildi Fegin [One Little Indian]
  • 08 Bantum & Loah - Take It [None]
  • 09 Barbelle - Ohwhyyeah [To whom it may concern]
  • 10 Aron McFaul - From Love [West Coast Recordings]
  • 11 CRATER - Hardly at All [Help Yourself Recordings]
  • 12 NAVVI - Polychrome [Hush Hush]
  • 13 Loom - Fractured Light [Gobstropper Records]
  • 14 Lone - Backtail Was Heavy [R&S Records]
  • 15 Dr Meaker - Remedy (feat. Romaine Smith) [Circus Records]

Artist Information

My Autumn Empire

Staffordshire based dreamy folk-pop melodicist Benjamin Thomas Holton is the man behind My Autumn Empire and the lynchpin of pastoral experimenters’ epic45.

His latest release ‘The Visitation’ (April 2014) is testament to his willingness to experiment and is the most conceptual album to date. Holton pulls out his inner ELO to deliver a space themed, televisually inspired, dissection of human relationships and all their complexities. The themes are realised by utilising sumptuous vocal harmonies and rich progressive pop structures all the while retaining the smudged and hazy sonic textures for which he’s renowned.

The first studio release entitled ‘The Village Compass’ (2010) presented a collection of recordings that centred around the idea of life in a remote Staffordshire village, from where Holton hails. Serving as introspection to convey a “dreamlike state of self imposed isolation”. The album was recorded in tandem with epic45’s ‘May Your Heart Be The Map’ (2007), with Holton’s solo work sharing many of that records concerns with folk and sample based textures.

Follow up album ‘II’ (2012) demonstrated a radical departure into a world with a seventies tinged dreamscape, replacing the ambient electronica and samples with live drums, multi-layered vocal harmonies, shimmering synths and acoustic guitar.

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Future Elevators

Michael Shackelford first wrote down the words “FUTURE” and “ELEVATORS” a few years ago on a rough instrumental demo. Recorded at his home studio outside of Birmingham, Alabama, the music never grew into a finished song, but that simple, surprisingly evocative phrase stuck with the multi-instrumentalist. “I liked the phrase so much that I thought I would name the band that,” Shackelford explains. “It’s about trying to rise above and be the best possible version of yourself, and for some reason I kept thinking about the glass elevator in Willy Wonka as a visual metaphor for this band I was putting together. We try to achieve this feeling of elevation.”

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Xul Zolar

Xul Zolar are a trio from Cologne.
Xul Zolar founding members Ronald Rottel and Marin Geier met in Cologne’s infamous Club Scheiße (Club Shit) back in 2011. They bonded over a mutual love of The Smiths and Talking Heads and decided to start writing songs together.

The trio was completed by drummer Dennis Hofmann and subsequently Xul Zolar were invited to play c/o Pop Festival, Immergut Festival, Appletree Garden Festival, Reeperbahn and Dockville before they had released any music at all. While all three members have previously played in punk and hardcore bands, Xul Zolar play melancholic pop music with just a touch of post punk.

Thus far Xul Zolar have released a pair of DIY 7’’ singles, both of which sold out. ILAJALY, the first official from the Tides EP, was revealed last year. The remainder of the EP was finished earlier in 2015 and produced by Jochen Naaf (Polarkreils 18, Maxim) and Sven Ludwig (OK Kid) and is set for release 16th October via their own imprint and Jakarta Records sub label ASAMRA Records.

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New Politicians

New Politicians are a four piece Post-Punk, Alternative Rock band from Centerville, NJ. The band consists of Renal Anthony (vocals/guitar), Gian Cortese (guitar/keyboards/vocals), Erik Watson (drums), and John Comminel (bass). On April 21st, 2015 the band released their third EP entitled Remission. This seven track release is available to stream & download on their BandCamp.

"New Jersey’s New Politicians have quietly gone about their business – well, quietly in terms of being an under-the-radar, unsigned band despite making music that can be highly contagious or deep and contemplative. Dubbed as a post-punk, alternative band, on their latest EP, Remission, they take an approach that echoes of Interpol and A Place to Bury Strangers..." - Ben Yung, The Revue

"New Politicians are a band who seem very comfortable in their musical surroundings. They are not afraid to experiment with sound or skip through various musical genre’s. Collectively they have some sublime vocal melodies and impressive hooks that are well balanced with their Post-Punk ethos but are not overly exuberant. This is a band in love with music and I believe that for them this is only the beginning." - Del Chaney, Primal Music Blog

"Vocalist Renal Anthony has limitless talent and he routinely leaves me stunned with the passion and emotional depth of his performance, best heard on the stately title track. Even as the songs meander, the tracks seem to repeatedly reintroduce and reimagine themselves, morphing into intricate, emotionally driven masterpieces. This is music most people would love to make but simply do not possess the prowess to do so-each moment of Remission carries the listener away and reminds each person that there are bands out here still taking real changes." - Rich Quinlan, Jersey Beat

"The music itself, elegant and pronounced, is at times nuanced and other times obvious. The record is just as concerned about the arrangement and performances as it is about creating mood. There’s a slightly cinematic feel to the record, couched between a nostalgic 80’s feeling and a also a peculiar “newness.” It’s as though we’ve been led back to a grand old city – one the entire world knows from a bygone golden age. We’ve seen the pictures and we have practically visited every street in the cinema of our minds. But New Politicians takes us back to see all of those things we missed." - Unsound America

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Flagship

When the brotherhood of Flagship gathers together to innovate more of their intricate, ethereal diacoustics, it’s a virtually effortless endeavor. Their sound is visionary and vivid, much like the minds and hearts behind the instruments. The band is made up of Drake Margolnick and Michael Finster. Hailing from Charlotte, NC. Their new EP "Faded" is out now on Bright Antenna Records.

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Pumarosa

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Samaris

Samaris consists of Jófríður Ákadóttir singer, Þórður Kári Steinþórsson computer musician and clarinet player Áslaug Rún Magnúsdóttir.

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Bantum & Loah

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Barbelle

“OHWHYYEAH” is the debut single of Barbelle, the solo project of swedish musician, songwriter and producer Claes Björklund.

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Aron McFaul

Westcoast Recordings
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CRATER

The Seattle electro-pop duo Crater populate their debut album with distant couples who hide behind glowing screens, barely speaking, and veiling their limited exchanges in so many layers of irony that they can hardly decode each other when they speak.

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NAVVI

NAVVI is the experimental electro-pop project formed by Kristin Henry and Brad Boettger. The Seattle duo blends pop melodies with darker, looming beats and production.

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Loom

Loom plays like an appropriately wistful dream pop cousin to Young Marble Giants or the Marine Girls, or perhaps something resembling Camera Obscura’s awkward stepsister.

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Lone

Matt Cutler, known for the lysergic downbeat and serotonin-flushed rave throwbacks he creates as Lone, released his first widely available album, Lemurian, seven years ago.

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Dr Meaker

Dr Meaker splice dirt with soul.

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