ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER PREMIERES VIDEO FOR “IT’S HARD” + UK Tour Kicks Off

ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER PREMIERES VIDEO FOR

“IT’S HARD”

UK Tour KICKS OFF + NEW Remix REVEALED FOR ‘Are We Good’ by Cate Le Bon

Watch The Video For ‘It’s Hard’ Here


Ahead of her UK dates next week in support of current album ‘Rebound’ which will see Eleanor performing with full band.  Eleanor Friedberger premieres both a new video for ‘It’s Hard’ and a special remix of ‘Are We Good’ by Cate Le Bon. 

Video Director Christine Pfister explains the thinking behind the ‘It’s Hard’ video: "For this piece, I thought it would be fun to put real Eleanor in the doll world and doll Eleanor in the real world. “It’s Hard “ is about a Greek nightclub, which is also the namesake of the album, so I wanted to focus on the Eleanors traveling to the nostalgic spot." 

Check out the new remix of ‘Are We Good’ by Cate Le Bon

“ I've admired Cate's work since a friend in LA put on Mug Museum after dinner.  I learned how to play I Think I Knew and later, Love is not Love-- usually botching both in front of audiences-- but always getting a cheer when I mentioned I was a big fan of Cate LeBon.  We met the day after my 40th birthday in Cardiff; she and her friends sang Happy Birthday in Welsh and she gave me a scarf with long, black fringe. 

I've been interested in the idea of remixing my own recordings for years, and thought Rebound was finally my first album that clearly lent itself to the silly notion.  Instead of doing it myself, I thought it would be better to ask a talented friend.  I was hoping for a series of remixes; we'll have to wait and see... “ Eleanor Friedberger

"I didn't know what a remix was, I still don't know what a remix is. I subtracted and added and made it longer." Cate Le Bon

Forthcoming Tour Dates:

  • October 24 - London, UK - Oslo

  • October 25 - Bristol, UK - Exchange

  • October 26 - Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen

  • October 27 - Lancaster, UK - Loud in the libraries

  • October 29 - Glasgow, UK  - CCA

  • October 30 - Edinburgh, UK - Sneaky Pete's

  • October 31 - Leeds, UK - Headrow House

  • November 1 - Brighton, UK - Hope & Ruin

  • November 3 - Amsterdam, NL -  Indiestad Festival @ Paradiso Upstair

  • November 6 - Hamburg, DE - Nochtwache

  • November 7 - Berlin, DE - Berghain Kantine

  • November 8 - Schorndorf, DE - Manufaktur

  • November 10 - Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City Festival

  • November 11 - Utrecht, NL - Le Guess Who Festival

  • November 15 - Barcelona, SP - Vol

  • November 15 - Barcelona, SP - Vol

  • November 16 - Madrid, SP - Lucy in the Sky Club

  • November 17 - Zaragoza, SP - La Lata de Bombillas

  • November 26 - Athens, GR - Stavros Niarchos Hall (Performing 'Rebound' in full with string quartet)

  • December 14 - Market Hotel, NYC - Eleanor supporting DRINKS (Cate Le Bon side project).

Rebound is the incredible next step in a lauded, brilliant recording career by one of the most prolific, daring independent artists of our time.  From her days spent in The Fiery Furnaces, creating melodically off-kilter, idiosyncratic mini-epics, to her three acclaimed previous solo albums, Eleanor Friedberger continues to create exactly what we need to hear when we need to hear it.  Always anchored by her plaintive, velvety alto, and Dylan-esque lyrical treatises, Rebound is Eleanor at her very best, and a welcome addition to her rich, celebrated catalogue.

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VALLEY MAKER - RHODODENDRON NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY!

VALLEY MAKER - RHODODENDRON

NEW ALBUM OUT TODAY ON FRENCHKISS RECORDS

LISTEN NOW

ON TOUR IN THE U.S. + EUROPE

"Crane's guitar work is as rhythmic and nimble as ever... [his] cracked, yearning vocals explore themes familiar to fans of his work: his wandering faith; the weight of your upbringing; the embrace of life's discoveries." - CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

"Lush, textured folk vocals, spacious sound and melancholy backing vocals. His language might be metaphorical and rhetorical, but his tender voice and indie-rock songwriting are both immensely grounding." - PASTE

"Rolling guitar lines intersect with soft, sighing backing vocals, resulting in something pretty special." - CLASH

"An epic expansiveness is created through the glistening harmonies and twanging guitars." - THE LINE OF BEST FIT

Valley Maker, the folk project of South Carolina-born/Seattle-based songwriter Austin Crane, releases his Frenchkiss Records debut Rhododendron today. Valley Maker's music is a musing and wandering brand of folk, and the album is a collection of ten exquisite tracks inspired by Crane's PhD studies in Human Geography, namely the politics of migration and borders. Crane's songs convey a sense of humanitarianism in today's fraught political climate. The Line of Best Fit writes, "Valley Maker are able to find light and hope within the cracks," and Exclaim says, "Crane moves forward and tries to find brightness in the world." With a cast of collaborators that includes Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi (who contributed instrumentals and produced half of the album's tracks), producer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes), Beach House drummer James Barone, and Father John Misty bassist Eli Barone, the sound of Rhododendron runs rich and deep. 

Listen to Rhododendron HERE.

"BEAUTIFUL BIRDS FLYING"

Video directed by Movie Company (Joseph Kolean and Zach Gutierrez)

Valley Maker is currently on an East Coast tour, which will be followed by a full UK and European tour and a run of more U.S. dates in December. Click here for tickets & info all shows.

  • 10/12: Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY

  • 10/13: The Fort - Baltimore, MD

  • 10/14: Neptune's - Raleigh, NC

  • 10/15: The Mothlight - Asheville, NC

  • 10/16: Fond Object - Nashville, TN

  • 10/17: 529 - Atlanta, GA

  • 10/18: New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC

  • 10/19: The Royal American - Charleston, SC

  • 10/27: London Calling @ Paradiso - Amsterdam, NL

  • 10/28: Ramsgate Music Hall - Ramsgate, UK

  • 10/29: Subside - Birmingham, UK

  • 10/30: The Islington - London, UK

  • 11/01: The Cookie - Leicester, UK

  • 11/02: YES - Manchester, UK

  • 11/03: The Old Cinema Launderette - Durham, UK

  • 11/04: The Prince Albert w/ Mt. Joy - Brighton, UK

  • 11/06: Frannz Club w/ Ryley Walker - Berlin, DE

  • 11/07: FZW Indie Night - Dortmund, DE

  • 11/08: Kassette - Dusseldorf, DE

  • 11/09: Autumn Falls @ Bar Mirwaar - Ghent, BE

  • 11/10: Le Guess Who? @ Ekko - Utrecht, NL

  • 11/11: Autumn Falls @ Kavka - Antwerp, BE

  • 12/05: The Biltmore - Vancouver, BC

  • 12/06: Barboza - Seattle, WA

  • 12/09: Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR12/10: Cafe du Nord - San Francisco, CA

  • 12/11: Resident - Los Angeles, CA

  • 12/12: Soda Bar - San Diego, CA12/14: The Hideout - Chicago, IL

  • 12/15: The Back Room @ Colectivo - Milwaukee, WI

  • 12/16: 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN

MORE ON VALLEY MAKER:

On Valley Maker's second full-length album, Rhododendron, songwriter Austin Crane sings about movement - from one kind of belief to another, from place to place, through time. This new record from Crane, a Seattle-based musician and PhD student in Human Geography, reflects both the rootedness and rootlessness that shapes his songwriting on the precipice of his third decade. Like his noted inspirations Jason Molina, Bill Fay, and Gillian Welch before him, he speaks to the strange and transitory ways we mark time through our lives. Years pass and fold in his cosmic American songs.

Crane formed Valley Maker in 2010 with a self-titled collection of songs written for his undergrad thesis project at the University of South Carolina, tracing existential questions around biblical origin narratives, as embedded in his spiritually-infused Southern upbringing. Similar themes shade his vision on Rhododendron, which follows 2015's When I Was A Child. Prophetic and apocalyptic language shapes Crane's lyrics, but his outlook is not bound by dogma. Instead, he uses the metaphors of faith to explore the ineffable and to navigate the intersection of belief, time, place, and the political present. Much of the album was written leading up to the 2016 US presidential election and in the months after as Crane was traveling for his PhD research on migration, borders, and humanitarianism. Tellingly, it grapples with what it means to share space with others as popular political discourses veer towards exclusion.

Named for the common plant which springs up in both Crane's native south and his current home in Washington, Rhododendron speaks to how the places and moments we occupy become reflections of ourselves. In his careful, open-hearted songs, characters move from place to place, traveling through time and over lines on maps, driven to encounter the mysteries of existence and glimpse shared humanity. Though lyrically contemplative, the music floats. Crane's songs retain their folk-based nature - they are the kind of songs that stand on their own with his lone voice and guitar - but they bloom paired with surprising rhythms and arrangements.

The album was recorded between two locales. In Portland, Oregon, Crane teamed with producer/engineer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Longtime friends and schoolmates from the University of South Carolina, Bear and Crane laid the groundwork for the record over four days, playing all instruments in tracking four songs between themselves. The record's remaining songs were tracked in Seattle, Washington with producer/engineer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes). Having worked together on Valley Maker's previous release, Spencer and Crane's Rhododendron sessions aimed for imaginative, groove-oriented arrangements that remain concisely in step with the individual songs' qualities, enlisting drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis) and bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), along with Brandon Camarda on trumpet, and Andrew Swanson on saxophone. Amy Fitchette, a longtime collaborator whose roots with Valley Maker stretch back to the Southeast, provides richly layered vocal harmonies across the album to round out Rhododendron's lush but spacious sound.

From the streamlined indie rock of opener "A Couple Days" to the swirling psychedelia of "Be Born Today," from the soulful horns of "Rise Up" to the ambient touches of closer "River Bend My Mind," the album demonstrates Crane's distilled approach, his solidly built songs blooming with tasteful arrangements and touches. Out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records, Rhododendron is an album about transition, about leaving, but also arriving, a document of the journeys in-between.

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FUTURE GENERATIONS NEW LP LANDSCAPEOUT TODAY, SEPTEMBER 14

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR KICKS OFF

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 IN PHILADELPHIA

LOS ANGELES @ THE ECHO 10/6

BROOKLYN @ BABY'S ALL RIGHT 10/26

 Photo Credit: Erez Avissar

Photo Credit: Erez Avissar

CONGRATULATIONS to Future Generations whose new album Landscape (Frenchkiss Records) is released today, September 14.

STREAM LANDSCAPE HERE!

Future Generations will be embarking on a massive tour of North America with dates that kick off September 18 at Philadelphia's Johnny Brenda's. The tour takes them to, among other markets, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and Montreal, QC. The dates conclude with a hometown show at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, NY on October 26. The full tour is listed below and including already-announced summer dates.

Future Generations can be heard on WFUV, KCRW and more. Leading to today's release they have shared 4 singles off the album including "Out Loud" which PopMatters called, "a hooky, carefree, sophisticated slice of synthpop." Before that they shared "Suddenly" which can be heard via Spotify's "IndiePop"(the UKs Clash Magazine said, "Future Generations supply off piste thrills"), the title track (which IndieShuffle labeled 'thrilling" and a "spectacular pop song that's catchy as hell") as well as “All The Same," which was featured on Spotify's New Music Friday playlist (Blackbook Magazine said "with its quirky, jittery rhythms and thoughtfully existential lyrics...the obvious touchstone would be Talking Heads. But the lush synths, sumptuous harmonies and infectious hooks recall everyone from OMD to Ladytron.”

The full bio for Landscape is here:

Future Generations

Landscape

The second full-length from Future Generations, Landscape emerged from the kind of playful creativity only possible among the closest collaborators. Five friends who all live together in Brooklyn, Future Generations brought Landscape to life by balancing their pop-minded songcraft with bursts of free-form experimentation: recording guitar riffs from the receiving end of a phone call, messing with a vintage synthesizer called the Fun Machine, building percussion tracks by sampling a batch of drum-circle recordings. So while the album’s abundance of hooky melodies makes each song immediately catchy, Landscapeunfolds with an intricacy of detail that reveals more nuance and depth with every new listen.

The follow-up to their 2016 self-titled LP, Landscape finds Future Generations matching that sonic exploration with a greater emotional intensity. “The title partly came from ending the first significant relationship of my life, and with the band’s move to Brooklyn, we were all put into this world we’d never experienced—living on our own and navigating the landscape of being in New York City,” the band’s singer Eddie Gore explains.

Produced by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Hamilton Leithauser), Landscape is also the first Future Generations release to feature their full lineup which aside from Gore includes Mike Sansevere (synthesizer, guitar, percussion), Eric Grossman (guitar), Devon Sheridan (bass), and Dylan Wells (percussion) as the latter two joined the band a few years after its’ formation. Throughout the album, the band proves the power of their chemistry in songs like lead single “All the Same,” a track that builds a brilliant tension between its nostalgia-soaked synth lines and lyrics that perfectly channel pre-breakup disillusionment. A bravely honest look at longing for connection—and rejecting the emptiness of one-night stands—“Suddenly” draws inspiration from hip-hop in its sampled beats, an element offset by the song’s shimmering synth and acoustic guitar. That hip-hop influence also informs the hypnotic rhythms of “Out Loud,” while “Landscape” mines its frenzied urgency from the unchecked fury of punk. And on “I Never Knew I Was Lonely,” Future Generations deliver one of the album’s most chilling moments, shifting between stripped-bare vocals and brutal guitar work to beautifully unsettling effect.

From song to song, Landscape shows the sophisticated musicality that Future Generations have honed since Gore, Sansevere, and Grossman first crossed paths at Fordham.  

As a trio, they created an EP that included their breakthrough single “Stars” which helped land them a deal with Frenchkiss Records before they had even finished school.  With the eventual addition of Sheridan (whom Gore invited to join the band while waiting in line at a school dance) and Wells (a lucky Craigslist find), Future Generations felt complete. The band moved in together right after graduating, and soon finished up work on their full-length debut.

Once in Brooklyn, Future Generations quickly settled into post-college life, splitting their time between music and their day jobs. “Some people might think, ‘Don’t you guys get sick of each other?’ But even though we live together and work on music together and tour together, I don’t ever feel like I’ve had too much of anybody,” says Gore. As he notes, the Future Generations home life is always kept colorful by the band members’ varying obsessions. “Eric loves good food, he’s always cooking these very intricate things for us,” says Gore. As for the others, "Devon is always illegally streaming NBA games and Dylan is very talented when it comes to betting on horse races."

Above all, Future Generations are unified by a passion for endless discovery in every element of the artistic process. “Making this album was the most creative time we’d ever experienced together,” says Gore. “I remember after the ninth day of recording, we were all walking to the subway together to go home, and we just stopped and looked at each other like, ‘This is crazy, what’s happening here.’ It was this euphoric experience; the energy in the studio was completely palpable.” In reflecting on their chosen name, Gore points to the band’s mission of transmitting that energy to others. “We’re all very optimistic people who are really grateful to get to do what we love together,” he says. “Our hope is for future generations to also have that—to get to do what they love, and be with who they love. It’s a little idealistic, but I think that’s what really encapsulates the whole spirit of the band.”

Eddie Gore (vocals, keys, guitar) - Mike Sansevere (synthesizer, guitar, percussion) - Eric Grossman (guitar) Devon Sheridan (bass) - Dylan Wells (percussion)

Future Generations on Tour:

9/18 Johnny Brenda's - Philly

9/19 DC9 - Washington DC

9/20 Evening Muse - Charlotte

9/21 The Earl - ATL

9/22 High Watt - Nashville

9/24 Growlers - Memphis

9/26 Gasa Gasa - New Orleans

9/27 Warehouse Live (Green Room) - Houston

9/28 Hotel Vegas - Austin

9/29 Three Links - Dallas

10/2 Rebel Lounge - Phoenix

10/4 Soda Bar - San Diego

10/5 - OC Tavern - San Clemente, CA

10/6 The Echo - Los Angeles

10/7 Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco

10/9 The Holocene - Portland

10/10 Barboza - Seattle

10/12 Kilby Court - Salt Lake City

10/14 - Lost Lake - Denver, CO

10/16 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis

10/17 Ruby - Madison

10/18 Beat Kitchen - Chicago

10/19 Zanzabar - Louisville, KY

10/20 Beachland Tavern - Cleveland

10/21 Baby G - Toronto

10/23 Bar Le Ritz - Montreal

10/24 Middle East - Boston

10/26 Baby’s All Right - New York

All above dates with Zuli

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Landscape Tracklisting:

1.   Stranger

2.   Landscape

3.   Caught Me By Surprise

4.   Suddenly

5.   All The Same

6.   Out Loud

7.   Take Me There

8.   Hurry Home

9.   I Never Knew I Was Lonely

10.   Tear You Down

11.   Incomplete

VALLEY MAKER SHARES NEW SONG "A COUPLE DAYS"

VALLEY MAKER SHARES NEW SONG

"A COUPLE DAYS"

PRODUCED BY CHAZ BEAR OF TORO Y MOI

NEW ALBUM RHODODENDRON OUT 10/12 ON FRENCHKISS RECORDS

U.S. + EUROPEAN TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

  Photo credit: Kyle Johnson

Photo credit: Kyle Johnson

When Austin Crane was creating his new Valley Maker album Rhododendron -- due out October 12 on Frenchkiss Records -- he enlisted his old University of South Carolina college friend Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi to record four songs. Today, he shares one of those tracks, the elegiac album opener "A Couple Days," which was produced by Bear and also features him on drums, bass, keyboard, and background vocals.

LISTEN / SHARE: "A COUPLE DAYS"

Video directed by Joseph Kolean

Rhododendron also features the previously released single "Light On The Ground," hailed by Consequence of Sound as "rhythmic and nimble as ever... buoyed by a steady beat and cloaked in dreamy wisps of saxophone." The album is available for pre-order now.

Valley Maker is also thrilled to announce U.S. and European tour dates. Catch him at:

  • 8/21: Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
  • 8/22: Everyday Joe's - Fort Collins, CO
  • 9/14: Doug Fir w/ Chad VanGaalen - Portland, OR
  • 10/11: Coney Island Baby - New York, NY
  • 10/12: Union Pool - Brooklyn, NY
  • 10/14: Neptune's - Raleigh, NC
  • 10/15: The Mothlight - Asheville, NC
  • 10/16: Fond Object - Nashville, TN
  • 10/17: 529 - Atlanta, GA
  • 10/18: New Brookland Tavern w/ Grace Joyner - Columbia, SC
  • 10/19: The Royal American w/ Grace Joyner - Charleston, SC
  • 10/27: London Calling @ Paradiso - Amsterdam, NL
  • 10/28: Ramsgate Music Hall - Ramsgate, UK
  • 10/30: The Islington - London, UK
  • 11/01: The Cookie - Leicester, UK
  • 11/02: YES - Manchester, UK
  • 11/06: Franzz Club w/ Ryley Walker - Berlin, DE
  • 12/05: The Biltmore - Vancouver, BC
  • 12/06: Barboza - Seattle, WA
  • 12/10: Cafe du Nord - San Francisco, CA
  • 12/11: Resident - Los Angeles, CA
  • 12/12: Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
  • 12/14: The Hideout - Chicago, IL
  • 12/16: 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN

MORE ON VALLEY MAKER:

On Valley Maker's second full-length album, Rhododendron, songwriter Austin Crane sings about movement - from one kind of belief to another, from place to place, through time. This new record from Crane, a Seattle-based musician and PhD student in Human Geography, reflects both the rootedness and rootlessness that shapes his songwriting on the precipice of his third decade. Like his noted inspirations Jason Molina, Bill Fay, and Gillian Welch before him, he speaks to the strange and transitory ways we mark time through our lives. Years pass and fold in his cosmic American songs.

Crane formed Valley Maker in 2010 with a self-titled collection of songs written for his undergrad thesis project at the University of South Carolina, tracing existential questions around biblical origin narratives, as embedded in his spiritually-infused Southern upbringing. Similar themes shade his vision on Rhododendron, which follows 2015's When I Was A Child. Prophetic and apocalyptic language shapes Crane's lyrics, but his outlook is not bound by dogma. Instead, he uses the metaphors of faith to explore the ineffable and to navigate the intersection of belief, time, place, and the political present. Much of the album was written leading up to the 2016 US presidential election and in the months after as Crane was traveling for his PhD research on migration, borders, and humanitarianism. Tellingly, it grapples with what it means to share space with others as popular political discourses veer towards exclusion.

Named for the common plant which springs up in both Crane's native south and his current home in Washington, Rhododendron speaks to how the places and moments we occupy become reflections of ourselves. In his careful, open-hearted songs, characters move from place to place, traveling through time and over lines on maps, driven to encounter the mysteries of existence and glimpse shared humanity. Though lyrically contemplative, the music floats. Crane's songs retain their folk-based nature - they are the kind of songs that stand on their own with his lone voice and guitar - but they bloom paired with surprising rhythms and arrangements.

The album was recorded between two locales. In Portland, Oregon, Crane teamed with producer/engineer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Longtime friends and schoolmates from the University of South Carolina, Bear and Crane laid the groundwork for the record over four days, playing all instruments in tracking four songs between themselves. The record's remaining songs were tracked in Seattle, Washington with producer/engineer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes). Having worked together on Valley Maker's previous release, Spencer and Crane's Rhododendron sessions aimed for imaginative, groove-oriented arrangements that remain concisely in step with the individual songs' qualities, enlisting drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis) and bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), along with Brandon Camarda on trumpet, and Andrew Swanson on saxophone. Amy Fitchette, a longtime collaborator whose roots with Valley Maker stretch back to the Southeast, provides richly layered vocal harmonies across the album to round out Rhododendron's lush but spacious sound.

From the streamlined indie rock of opener "A Couple Days" to the swirling psychedelia of "Be Born Today," from the soulful horns of "Rise Up" to the ambient touches of closer "River Bend My Mind," the album demonstrates Crane's distilled approach, his solidly built songs blooming with tasteful arrangements and touches. Out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records, Rhododendron is an album about transition, about leaving, but also arriving, a document of the journeys in-between.

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VALLEY MAKER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM RHODENDRON -OUT OCTOBER 12 ON FRENCHKISS RECORDS

VALLEY MAKER ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM RHODENDRON  

OUT OCTOBER 12 ON FRENCHKISS RECORDS

RELEASES VIDEO FOR 1ST SINGLE "LIGHT ON THE GROUND"

Photo credit: Kiersten Miller

Valley Maker, the folk project of South Carolina-bred, Seattle-based songwriter Austin Crane, announced his new album Rhododendron today. Set for release on October 12, the album is Valley Maker's debut with new label home Frenchkiss Records. The ten songs of Rhododendron reflect Crane's headspace as a PhD student in Human Geography, roaming through places in time and meditating on the spaces and connections we share with others. The record features production by Crane's longtime friend Chaz Bear of Toro y Moi and Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes). Valley Maker released the new album's rambling first single "Light On The Ground" today along with a video directed by Joseph Kolean:

 WATCH / SHARE: "LIGHT ON THE GROUND"

Rhododendron is the follow-up to Valley Maker's 2015 full-length When I Was A Child, praised by Spin for its "sense of a haunting warmness" and The Line Of Best Fit for send[ing] shivers across your spine with the bittersweet riffery." 

Rhododendron is available for pre-order now.

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Valley Maker - Rhododendron

October 12, 2018 - Frenchkiss Records

1. A Couple Days

2. Light On The Ground

3. Beautiful Birds Flying

4. Rise Up

5. Seven Signs

6. Be Born Today

7. Baby, In Your Kingdom

8. Planted In The Tall Weeds

9. Wonder

10. River Bend My Mind

MORE ON VALLEY MAKER:

On Valley Maker's second full-length album, Rhododendron, songwriter Austin Crane sings about movement - from one kind of belief to another, from place to place, through time. This new record from Crane, a Seattle-based musician and PhD student in Human Geography, reflects both the rootedness and rootlessness that shapes his songwriting on the precipice of his third decade. Like his noted inspirations Jason Molina, Bill Fay, and Gillian Welch before him, he speaks to the strange and transitory ways we mark time through our lives. Years pass and fold in his cosmic American songs.

Crane formed Valley Maker in 2010 with a self-titled collection of songs written for his undergrad thesis project at the University of South Carolina, tracing existential questions around biblical origin narratives, as embedded in his spiritually-infused Southern upbringing. Similar themes shade his vision on Rhododendron, which follows 2015's When I Was A Child. Prophetic and apocalyptic language shapes Crane's lyrics, but his outlook is not bound by dogma. Instead, he uses the metaphors of faith to explore the ineffable and to navigate the intersection of belief, time, place, and the political present. Much of the album was written leading up to the 2016 US presidential election and in the months after as Crane was traveling for his PhD research on migration, borders, and humanitarianism. Tellingly, it grapples with what it means to share space with others as popular political discourses veer towards exclusion.

Named for the common plant which springs up in both Crane's native south and his current home in Washington, Rhododendron speaks to how the places and moments we occupy become reflections of ourselves. In his careful, open-hearted songs, characters move from place to place, traveling through time and over lines on maps, driven to encounter the mysteries of existence and glimpse shared humanity. Though lyrically contemplative, the music floats. Crane's songs retain their folk-based nature - they are the kind of songs that stand on their own with his lone voice and guitar - but they bloom paired with surprising rhythms and arrangements.

The album was recorded between two locales. In Portland, Oregon, Crane teamed with producer/engineer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Longtime friends and schoolmates from the University of South Carolina, Bear and Crane laid the groundwork for the record over four days, playing all instruments in tracking four songs between themselves. The record's remaining songs were tracked in Seattle, Washington with producer/engineer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes). Having worked together on Valley Maker's previous release, Spencer and Crane's Rhododendron sessions aimed for imaginative, groove-oriented arrangements that remain concisely in step with the individual songs' qualities, enlisting drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis) and bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), along with Brandon Camarda on trumpet, and Andrew Swanson on saxophone. Amy Fitchette, a longtime collaborator whose roots with Valley Maker stretch back to the Southeast, provides richly layered vocal harmonies across the album to round out Rhododendron's lush but spacious sound.

From the streamlined indie rock of opener "A Couple Days" to the swirling psychedelia of "Be Born Today," from the soulful horns of "Rise Up" to the ambient touches of closer "River Bend My Mind," the album demonstrates Crane's distilled approach, his solidly built songs blooming with tasteful arrangements and touches. Out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records, Rhododendron is an album about transition, about leaving, but also arriving, a document of the journeys in-between.

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FUTURE GENERATIONS RELEASE TITLE TRACK OF NEW ALBUM LANDSCAPE

FUTURE GENERATIONS RELEASE TITLE TRACK OF NEW ALBUM LANDSCAPE

LP OUT SEPTEMBER 14 VIA FRENCHKISS RECORDS

MAJOR NORTH AMERICAN TOUR THIS FALL

 Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Brooklyn's Future Generations will release their new album Landscape via Frenchkiss Records on September 14 and today, they share the title track to the new record with fans. Stream/share "Landscape" HERE.

The band recently announced a massive tour of North America with dates that kick off September 18 at Philadelphia's Johnny Brenda's. The tour takes them to, among other markets, Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, Chicago, IL and Montreal, QC. The dates conclude with a hometown show at Baby's All Right in Brooklyn, NY on October26. The full tour is listed below and including already-announced summer dates.

"Landscape" is the follow up to previously released single “All The Same," which was just included on Spotify's New Music Friday playlist. Blackbook Magazine have said "with its quirky, jittery rhythms and thoughtfully existential lyrics...the obvious touchstone would be Talking Heads. But the lush synths, sumptuous harmonies and infectious hooks recall everyone from OMD to Ladytron.” Saying Future Generations, "is ready to set the world on fire with its unabashed keyboard-driven explosive pop songs," Ghettoblasterfurther noted, "The music created by Future Generations takes the best elements of indie rock, wraps sweet melodies around those songs to become infections gems of sound."

"All The Same" is available here.

Landscape is the follow up to Future Generations’ 2016 eponymous debut. Produced by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Hamilton Leithauser), Landscape is the first release from the band to feature their full lineup of Eddie Gore (vocals) Mike Sansevere(synthesizer, guitar, percussion), Eric Grossman (guitar), Devon Sheridan (bass), and Dylan Wells (percussion). 

Throughout Landscape the 5-piece build their pop-minded songcraft with bursts of free-form experimentation. And while the album’s abundance of hooky melodies makes each song immediately catchy, they unfold with an intricacy of detail that reveals more nuance and depth with every new listen.

Future Generations are unified by a passion for endless discovery in every element of the artistic process. “Making this album was the most creative time we’d ever experienced together,” says Gore. “I remember after the ninth day of recording, we were all walking to the subway together to go home, and we just stopped and looked at each other like, ‘This is crazy, what’s happening here.’ It was this euphoric experience’” In reflecting on their chosen name, Gore points to the band’s mission of transmitting that energy to others. “We’re all very optimistic people, who are really grateful to get to do what we love together,” he says. “Our hope is for future generations to also have that—to get to do what they love, and be with who they love. It’s a little idealistic, but I think that encapsulates the whole spirit of the band.”

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Future Generations On Tour:

  • 7/18 Fete Lounge - Providence, RI ^
  • 7/19 The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ ^
  • 7/20 Karl Hall - Wilkes Barre, PA ^
  • 9/18 Johnny Brenda's - Philly
  • 9/19 DC9 - Washington DC
  • 9/20 Evening Muse - Charlotte
  • 9/21 The Earl - ATL
  • 9/22 High Watt - Nashville
  • 9/24 Growlers - Memphis
  • 9/26 Gasa Gasa - New Orleans
  • 9/27 Warehouse Live (Green Room) - Houston
  • 9/28 Hotel Vegas - Austin
  • 9/29 Three Links - Dallas
  • 10/2 Rebel Lounge - Phoenix
  • 10/4 Soda Bar - San Diego
  • 10/5 - OC Tavern - San Clemente, CA
  • 10/6 The Echo - Los Angeles
  • 10/7 Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco
  • 10/9 The Holocene - Portland
  • 10/10 Barboza - Seattle
  • 10/12 Kilby Court - Salt Lake City
  • 10/14 - Lost Lake - Denver, CO
  • 10/16 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis
  • 10/17 Ruby - Madison
  • 10/18 Beat Kitchen - Chicago
  • 10/19 Zanzabar - Louiseville, KY
  • 10/20 Beachland Tavern - Cleveland
  • 10/21 Baby G - Toronto
  • 10/23 Bar Le Ritz - Montreal
  • 10/24 Middle East - Boston
  • 10/26 Baby’s All Right - New York
  • bold = newly announced, on tour with Zuli
  • * w/ The Lagoons
  • ^ w/ Plastic Picnic

Find Future Generations here:

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FUTURE GENERATIONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM "LANDSCAPE" TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 14

FUTURE GENERATIONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM "LANDSCAPE" TO BE RELEASED SEPTEMBER 14

BAND SHARES FIRST SINGLE “ALL THE SAME”

ON TOUR THIS SUMMER!

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Brooklyn-based Future Generations are happy to announce the forthcoming release of their sophomore album, Landscape.  The album will be released via Frenchkiss Records on September 14.  Today the band shares the first single, “All The Same” which premiered via Blackbook Magazine who note, “QUOTE.”  The band told them “All The Same” is “one of the oldest songs on the album. It's all about fighting this urge to get back into toxic relationships. The song was always about that, but the energy and arrangement of the song went through many changes, from the early stages to what it is now. This song took the longest to figure out how to make it feel just right, but its turned out to be one of our favorite songs on the record.”

LISTEN TO “ALL THE SAME”

Landscape is the follow up to Future Generations’ 2016 eponymous debut. Produced by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, Hamilton Leithauser), Landscape is the first release from the band to feature their full lineup of Eddie Gore (vocals)  Mike Sansevere (synthesizer, guitar, percussion), Eric Grossman (guitar), Devon Sheridan (bass), and Dylan Wells (percussion).  Of the album’s title, Gore notes it “came from ending the first significant relationship of my life. And with the band’s move to Brooklyn, we were all put into this world we’d never experienced—living on our own and navigating the landscape of being in New York City.”

In advance of Landscape’s release, Future Generations will be touring the East Coast and Midwest.  The dates are listed below with more to be confirmed.

As a trio, Future Generations created an EP that included their breakthrough single “Stars” which helped land them a deal with Frenchkiss Records before they had even finished school.  With the addition of Sheridan (whom Gore invited to join the band while waiting in line at a school dance) and Wells (a lucky Craigslist find), Future Generations now feels complete. Throughout Landscape the 5-piece build their pop-minded songcraft with bursts of free-form experimentation.  And while the album’s abundance of hooky melodies makes each song immediately catchy, they unfold with an intricacy of detail that reveals more nuance and depth with every new listen. Today’s single exemplifies this chemistry as it builds a brilliant tension between its nostalgia-soaked synth lines and lyrics that perfectly channel a pre-breakup disillusionment.

Above all, Future Generations are unified by a passion for endless discovery in every element of the artistic process. “Making this album was the most creative time we’d ever experienced together,” says Gore. “I remember after the ninth day of recording, we were all walking to the subway together to go home, and we just stopped and looked at each other like, ‘This is crazy, what’s happening here.’ It was this euphoric experience’” In reflecting on their chosen name, Gore points to the band’s mission of transmitting that energy to others. “We’re all very optimistic people, who are really grateful to get to do what we love together,” he says. “Our hope is for future generations to also have that—to get to do what they love, and be with who they love. It’s a little idealistic, but I think that encapsulates the whole spirit of the band.”

Pre-order Landscape HERE

Future Generations On Tour:

  • 6/9 Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
  • 6/10 Laurelive Festival - Cleveland, OH
  • 6/11 MOTR Pub - Cincinnati, OH *
  • 6/12 The Basement - Columbus, OH *
  • 6/14 Founders Brewing - Grand Rapids, MI *
  • 6/15 Yacht Club - Iowa City, IA *
  • 6/16 Record Bar - Kansas City, MO *
  • 6/19 The Cooperage - Milwaukee, WI *
  • 6/20 Mac's Bar - Lansing, MI *
  • 6/21 Marble Bar - Detroit, MI *
  • 6/22 Rivoli's - Toronto, ON *
  • 6/23 The Funhouse at Mr. Small's - Pittsburgh, PA *
  • 7/18 Fete Lounge - Providence, RI ^
  • 7/19 The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ ^
  • 7/20 Karl Hall - Wilkes Barre, PA ^
  • * w/ The Lagoons
  • ^ w/ Plastic Picnic

Landscape Tracklisting:

  1. Stranger
  2. Landscape
  3. Caught Me By Surprise
  4. Suddenly
  5. All The Same
  6. Out Loud
  7. Take Me There
  8. Hurry Home
  9. I Never Knew I Was Lonely
  10. Tear You Down
  11. Incomplete

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NEDELLE TORRISI SHARES VIDEO FOR "RICH KIDS WORLD"

NEW LP ONLY FOR YOU OUT FRIDAY MAY 18 ON FRENCHKISS RECORDS

PLAYING MAY 17 AT FREEHAND HOTEL IN LOS ANGELES, CA

In advance of the May 18 release of her new album, Only For You (Frenchkiss Records), Nedelle Torrisi has revealed the video for her single "Rich Kids World."  It debuted via Culture Creature who notes, "QUOTE" and she told them "The sarcastic lyrics are about how the world is made for rich people, so I play both an Italian movie star and an Italian peasant in the video. It's an homage to my Sicilian heritage, as my grandparents came to the states the year before the Great Depression and built a life during that difficult time."

Watch the "Rich Kids World" video, directed by Natalie Fält, here:

To celebrate the Only For You release, Nedelle is playing a record release partytomorrow, May 17, at The Freehand Hotel in Los Angeles.

Only For You  is the follow up to 2015's Advice From Paradise and was co-produced by Torrisi and Billy Uomo  (Babes) who also played and programmed drums. Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire lent his skills to Only For You, along with many other talented L.A.-based musicians. "Good Love" was produced by the band Inc., Kenny Gilmore (Ariel Pink) produced "Show Me Your Face" and "Vision of Love." David Greenbaum (Beckand Gilmore mixed the album.

Beyond her own work, Torrisi has contributed and played with a number of artists and bands whose ranks include Ariel Pink, Dev Hynes and Sufjan Stevens. Her accomplishments extend to being the "Dear Abby"of the indie rock world by way of a long-running advice column called "Advice from Paradise." In the past The New York Times has said Torrisi has "a guileless voice, an instrument of earnest pleasure and petition," and Stereogum has noted her music has "80s synths that imply carefree pop, but Torrisi's gorgeous, layered vocals add depth that the '80s themselves never achieved." 

"Nedelle Torrisi's synthpop songs are electric and enigmatic, lovelorn and warm. They carry undeniable undertones of 90's R&B that can be credited to her formal jazz training in college, seamlessly paired with with airy 80's synths. Uproxx

The Only For You pre-order (available here) includes the singles "Rich Kid's World" as well as "and "Bad Dream."

Only For You Tracklisting

  1. Love To The Limit
  2. Rich Kid's World
  3. Discipline    
  4. Complicated                   
  5. Candy                      
  6. Bad Dream                    
  7. Good Love                   
  8. Slow Motion                  
  9. Could You Be Down       
  10. Vision of Love                
  11. Show Me Your Face

Find Nedelle Torrisi here:

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ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER’S NEW ALBUM REBOUND OUT NOW & STREAMING VIA CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

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“Eleanor Friedberger has set herself apart as one of indie rock’s sharpest narrators. With “Rebound,” her fourth solo LP, Ms. Friedberger swerves toward New Romantic balladry, with echoes of the ’80s goth disco in Greece that gave the album its name.” -- New York Time

“Friedberger’s finest solo album to date...Supple, elastic, and in forward motion, it loses nothing in translation.” - Mojo

Eleanor Friedberger's new album, Rebound, on Frenchkiss Records is out TODAY! The album is streaming via Consequence of Sound.  The album stream is accompanied by a lengthy interview about each song on the album with Eleanor; click HERE to listen to it all now. 

Rebound takes significant inspiration from Eleanor’s time spent in Greece.  Half-Greek herself, Eleanor frequently traveled to Greece to see family, but decided in 2016 to really immerse herself in the culture.  She says:

“I spent most of 2016 on the road, and I needed to keep that momentum going. I had always wanted to spend more time in Greece; take Greek lessons and get to know Athens better while hopefully writing some music. After November 8, 2016 I set that loose plan into motion. While friends back home were suddenly becoming politically activated for the first time, it was exciting to be living in a city where protest marches occur on a weekly, or sometimes daily basis. I assembled a band of Greek musicians, played a few shows, learned a few more Greek words, but didn't get much writing done. It turned out to be more of a reconnaissance mission.

After a month in Athens I asked my friend, the Greek musician Σtella, “What's one thing I have to do before I leave?" After some long and careful consideration she smiled and said, "you have to go to Rebound. It's a time warp; kind of an 80s goth disco where everyone does the chicken dance; you’ll love it... but it's only open on Saturdays after 3:00 AM." Rebound proved to be a revelation in terms of finding the sound and energy for my fourth album.”

Rebound is the incredible next step in a lauded, brilliant recording career by one of the most prolific, daring independent artists of our time.  From her days spent in The Fiery Furnaces, creating melodically off-kilter, idiosyncratic mini-epics, to her three acclaimed previous solo albums, Eleanor Friedberger continues to create exactly what we need to hear when we need to hear it.  Always anchored by her plaintive, velvety alto, and Dylan-esque lyrical treatises, Rebound is Eleanor at her very best, and a welcome addition to her rich, celebrated catalogue.

Eleanor will be playing select solo shows before opening for The Decemberists in May and June. She will be embarking on a full US tour in the fall. Tour dates are:

Tour Dates :

  • April 28: BSP, Kingston, USA
  • May 1: Bowery Ballroom, New York, USA
  • May 3: The Drake, Toronto, Canada
  • May 5: Lincoln Hall, Chicago, USA
  • May 9: The Moroccan Lounge, LA, USA
  • May 23: Uptown Theatre, KC, USA*
  • May 25: Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, USA*
  • May 26: Art Park, Buffalo, USA*
  • May 28: Metropolis, Montreal, Canada*
  • May 30: Sony Center, Toronto, Canada*
  • May 31: Benedum Centre, Pittsburgh, USA*
  • June 2: Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, USA*
  • June 5: Iroquois Amp, Louisville, USA*
  • * w/ The Decemberists

 

Eleanor Friedberger:

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ISLAND Announce North American Tour!

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Tickets for the North American Tour go on sale Friday, March 23 @ 10am EST! 

http://islandislandisland.com/

Tour Dates:

🇨🇦 09.12 // Vancouver, BC
🇺🇸 09.14 // Seattle, WA
🇺🇸 09.15 // Portland, OR
🇺🇸 09.17 // San Francisco, CA
🇺🇸 09.18 // Los Angeles, CA
🇺🇸 09.20 // Costa Mesa, CA
🇺🇸 09.21 // San Diego, CA
🇺🇸 09.22 // Phoenix, AZ
🇺🇸 09.25 // Austin, TX
🇺🇸 09.26 // Dallas, TX
🇺🇸 09.28 // Kansas City, MO
🇺🇸 09.29 // Minneapolis, MN
🇺🇸 10.01 // Chicago, IL
🇺🇸 10.02 // Columbus, OH
🇺🇸 10.04 // Boston, MA
🇺🇸 10.05 // Washington, DC
🇺🇸 10.06 // Brooklyn, NY