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Back To School – Summer 2017

Back To School, our new playlist and digital collage featuring new releases from this past Summer.

Back to School 2017 - digital collage and GIF by GoodMorninCaptn

Back to School 2017 - digital collage and GIF by GoodMorninCaptn

featuring:

  1. Will Stratton (NY, US) — “Some Ride” from ‘Rosewood Almanac‘ out on Bella Union.
  2. sóley (IS) — “Never Cry Moon” from Endless Summer’ out on Morr Music.
  3. Seabuckthorn (UK) — “Near Translucent” from ‘Turns’ out on Lost Tribe Sound.
  4. Raoul Vignal (Lyon, FR) — “Hazy Days” from ‘The Silver Veil’ out on Talitres.
  5. Juana Molina (AR) — “Cosoco” from ‘Halo’ out on Crammed Discs.
  6. Do Make Say Think (official) (Toronto, CA) — “Bound And Boundless” from ‘Stubborn Persistent Illusions’ out on Constellation Records.
  7. Noga Erez (ISR) — “Dance While You Shoot” from ‘Off the Radar’ out on City Slang.
  8. Orval Carlos Sibelius (FR) — “Cœur de verre” from ‘Ordre et progrès’ out on Born Bad Records.
  9. Jason Loewenstein (of Sebadoh, US) — “Superstitious” from ‘Spooky Action’ out on Joyful Noise Recordings.
  10. Palm (Philadelphia, PA, US) — “Walkie Talkie” from ‘Shadow Expert’ EP out on Carpark Records.
  11. Tom Adams (Berlin, DE) — “Sparks” from ‘Silence’ out on Kowloon Records.
  12. Arca (VZ/UK) — “Anoche” from ‘Arca’ out on XL Recordings.
  13. Jessica Moss (of A Silver Mt Zion, Montreal, CA) — “Glaciers I (Pt I)” from ‘Pools Of Light’ out on Constellation Records.
  14. Tiny Vipers (Seattle, WA, US) — “K.I.S.S.” from ‘Laughter’ out on Grapefruit Records / Ba Da Bing! Records.
  15. Orson Hentschel (Düsseldorf, DE) — “Paradise Future” from ‘Electric Slutter’ out on Denovali.
  16. Mutual Benefit (USA) — “Glow Worms” from ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ (Vashti Bunyan cover album) out on Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious vinyl subscription service.
  17. Yoke Lore (Brooklyn, NY, USA) — “Only You” from ‘Goodpain’ EP.
  18. H. Hawkline (Wales, UK) — “The Last Thing On Your Mind ” from I Romanticize’ out on Heavenly Recordings / [PIAS].

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Passage – February 2017 playlist

Passage“, our new playlist and digital collage, compiling new releases from January and February 2017.

Passage - February 2017 digital collage by GoodMorninCaptn

Passage - February 2017 digital collage by GoodMorninCaptn

Surprisingly, this edition tends to heavily eye California (Foxygen, Ty Segall, Xiu Xiu, Banana, Cherry Glazerr). Hope for a political counterweight? Or is it a mere longing for sun? The latter could be confirmed by the presence of a couple artists from Toulouse in the French South West (Aquaserge, Laure Briard) as well as PVT from Australia. To get us back to the seasonal grayness, let’s welcome a couple Mancunians (Jesca Hoop, Irma Vep), and of course a few brilliant Scandinavians (Rainbrother, Lowly, Linnea Olsson)…

Beyond this reductive geography, let’s notice the first solo adventures of singers breaking away from Ought (Tim Darcy) and The Antlers (Peter Silberman), souls to console (Jesca Hoop, Shannon Wright, Peter Silberman), retro nods (Laure Briard, Molly Burch, Tim Darcy, Foxygen), and joyful or hypnotic loops to fly away (Banana, Aquaserge, Rainbrother, Six Organs Of Admittance, Mind Over Mirrors, PVT, Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche). Enjoy!

Featuring:

1 — Tim Darcy (Montreal, QC) — “Tall Glass of Water”, from Saturday Night on Jagjaguwar.
2 — Jesca Hoop (Manchester, UK) — “The Lost Sky”, from Memories Are Now on Sub Pop Records.
3 — Xiu Xiu (San Jose, CA, USA) — “Wondering”, from Forget on Polyvinyl Record Company (US) / Teenage Menopause Rds (FR) / Altin Village & Mine (DE) / La Tempesta (IT) / Upset the Rythm (UK, Australia).
4 — Dirty Projectors (Brooklyn, NY, USA) — “Keep Your Name”, from Dirty Projectors on Domino Recording Company.
5 — Foxygen (Westlake Village, CA, USA) — “America”, from Hang on Jagjaguwar.
6 — Banana (Los Angeles, CA, USA) — “Banana C”, from Live on Leaving Records.
7 — Aquaserge (Toulouse / Paris, FR) — “Tour du Monde”, from Laisse ça être on Almost Musique (FR) / Crammed Discs (rest of the world).
8 — Shannon Wright (Atlanta, GA, USA) — “The Thirst”, from Division on Vicious Circle.
9 — Linnea Olsson (SE) — “Weekend”, from For Show EP.
10 — Ty Segall (Los Angeles, CA, USA) — “Orange Color Queen”, from Ty Segall on Drag City Records.
11 — Rainbrother (Copenhagen, DK) — “Riverside”, from Tales From The Drought on General Bird.
12 — Six Organs of Admittance (Holyoke, MA, USA) — “Taken By Ascent”, from Burning The Threshold on Drag City Records.
13 — Mind Over Mirrors (Chicago, IL, USA) — “Restore & Slip”, from Undying Color on Paradise of Bachelors.
14 — PVT (Sydney, AUS & London, UK) — “Another Life”, from New Spirit on Felte / Create/Control.
15 — Avec le Soleil Sortant de sa Bouche (Montreal, QC) — “Alizé et Margaret D. Midi moins le quart. Sur la plage, un palmier ensanglanté II”, from Pas pire pop, I Love You So Much on Constellation Records.
16 — Lowly (Aarhus, DK) — “Mornings”, from Heba on Bella Union.
17 — Cherry Glazerr (Los Angeles, CA, USA) — “Told You I’d Be With The Guys”, from Apocalipstick on Secretly Canadian.
18 — Laure Briard (Toulouse, FR) — “On dit que je ne suis pas sage”, from Sorcellerie EP out on Midnight Special Records.
19 — Molly Burch (Austin, TX, US) — “Wrong For You”, from Please Be Mine on Captured Tracks.
20 — Peter Silberman (Brooklyn, NY, USA) — “Karuna”, from Impermanence on Anti Records / Transgressive.
21 — Irma Vep (Manchester, UK) — “A Woman’s Work is Never Done”, from No Handshake Blues on Faux Discx records.

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Music Is My Religion – Summer 2016 playlist

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1 – case/lang/veirs (US) — Best Kept Secret, from the album case/lang/veirs on anti records.

2 – William Ryan Fritch (US) — Storms, from the album Clean War on Lost Tribe Sound.

3 – Ben Lukas Boysen (DE) Golden Times 1, from the album Spells on Erased Tapes.

4 – Deerhoof (US) Plastic Thrills, from the album The Magic on Polyvinyl Records (North America), Upset the Rhythm (UK), Clapping Music / Kythibong (France, BeNeLux), Altin Village & Mine (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Giradiscos / Humo (Spain), Lado ABC (Poland), Lovers & Lollypops (Portugal), Felicity (Japan).

5 – Throws (UK) The Harbour, from the self-titled debut album on Thrill Jockey Records / Full Time Hobby.

6 – Tiny Ruins (NZ) Dream Wave, from the Dream Wave 7” on Bella Union.

7 – Bert Jansch (UK) River Running from the 1985 album From The Outside reissued on Earth Records.

8 – Sarathy Korwar (UK) — Indefinite Leave To Remain, from the album Day To Day, out July 8 on Ninja Tune. Thursday November 3, 2016 at Festival WorldStock #4, in Paris, Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.

9 – Skeletons (US) All I Want Is You, from the album Am I Home?, on Altin Village & Mine.

10 – Paul Simon (US) — The Werewolf, from Stranger To Stranger, on Concord Music Group. European tour in October and November, incl. Nov 14 in Paris, Palais des Congrés.

11 – YEYEY (ex – Uzi & Ari, US) — The Vision, from the album The Vision on Hush Records. On tour in Europe in September, starting September 9 in Paris, FR, at le Carmen (free entrance).

12 – Converge (US) You Fail Me, from You Fail Me Redux, reissue of their 2004 album on Epitaph.

13 – Let’s Eat Grandma (UK) — Rapunzel, from the album I, Gemini on Transgressive Records.

14 – Message To Bears (UK) I’ll Lead You There (feat. Will Samson), from the album Carved From Tides out July 1st (self-released).

15 – David Toop (UK) Dry Keys Echo In The Dark And Humid Early Hours, from the album Entities Inertias Faint Beings on ROOM40.

16 – Flamingods (UK) Taboo Groves, from the album Majesty on Soundway.

17 – Son Lux (US) You Don’t Own Me, from Stranger Forms EP on Glassnote Records.

18 – Moonface and Siinai (CA) — Them Call Themselves Old Punks, from the album My Best Human Face on Jagjaguwar.

19 – Casket Girls (US) Sixteen Forever, from the album The Night Machines on Graveface Records.

20 – B/B/S/ (Aidan Baker, CA, Andrea Belfi, IT, and Erik Skodvin, NO) Cosmow, from the album Palace on miasmah.

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May 2016 Playlist: Listening Party Crashing…

Listening Party Crashing, Sitting, Dancing and Flying Away – May 2016 playlist by GoodMorninCaptn

Listening Party Crashing, Sitting, Dancing and Flying Away - May 2016 digital collage by GoodMorninCaptn

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1 – Yoni & Geti (USA) — Lunchline, from Testarossa, out on Joyful Noise Recordings.
2 – Julianna Barwick (USA) — Nebula, from Will, out on Dead Oceans.
3 – Tom Adams (UK/Germany) — Seven Birds, from Voyages by Starlight EP, out on Kowloon Records.
4 – William Ryan Fritch (USA) — Awake (feat. DM Stith), from New Words For Old Wounds, out May 20 on Lost Tribe Sound.
5 – Marissa Nadler (USA) — Janie In Love, from Strangers, out May 20 on Sacred Bones & Bella Union.
6 – Andy Shauf (CA) — The Magician, from The Party, out May 20 on Arts & Crafts / Anti-.
7 – Maria Usbeck (Ecuador/USA) — Moai Y Yo, from Amparo, out May 27 on Cascine (North America), Labrador (EU), Rallye (JP).
8 – Christine Ott (FR) — Disaster, from Only Silence Remains, out May 20 on Gizeh Records.
9 – Gypsum (USA) — Follow Me.
10 – Mutual Benefit (USA) — Lost Dreamers, from Skip a Sinking Stone, out May 20 on Mom + Pop / Transgressive Records.
11 – Islands (CA/USA) — The Joke, from Taste, out May 13.
12 – Christian d’Or (DK) — Tough Soul, from Tough Soul, out on Sound Of Copenhagen.
13 – Chris Cohen (USA) — In a Fable, from As If Apart, out on Captured Tracks.
14 – Josiah & The Bonnevilles (USA) — Cold Blood, from Cold Blood EP, out on Vagrant.
15 – Plants And Animals (CA) — No Worries Gonna Find Us, from Waltzed in from the Rumbling, out on Secret City Records.
16 – Beth Orton (UK) — Moon, from Kidsticks, out May 27 on Anti- Records.
17 – Glenn Jones (USA) — Flower Turned Inside-Out, from Fleeting, out on Thrill Jockey Records.
18 – Clem Leek (UK/USA) — Dance With Me, from forthcoming piano album (TBA).
19 – Julien Marchal (FR) — Insight XX, from Insight II, out on 1631 Recordings.
20 – Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus (FR) — Rocío Y Corrales (por Sevillanas), from Al Viento, out May 13 on InFiné Music.
21 – Andy Stott (UK) — Selfish, from Too Many Voices, out on modernlove.
22 – einarIndra (IS) — Sometimes I’m Wrong, from Stories, out May 20.
23 – Ytamo (JP) — Hamon, from Mi Wo, out on Someone Good (Room40).
24 – Af Ursin (FIN) — Tableau Fluide, from Aura Legato, initially released in 2005, reissued in May 2016 on Blackest Ever Black.

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2010 – Top 18

GoodMorninCaptn - Top 2010 Part 2 - feat. Heartland, Innundir Skinni, Cardiac Malformation, Des Larmes..., Rivers, Creatures..., Teen Dream, Learning, My Father...AFTER THE TOP #30 TO #19 RECORDS, LET’S KEEP ASCENDING THE STAIRS OF 2010 WITH THE SECOND PART OF OUR FAVORITE RECORDS, MOSTLY POP AND FOLK, WITH SPARSE JAZZY OR NOISY TOUCHES.

SWANS - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (artwork: Beatrice Pediconi)Perfume Genius - LearningBeach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop/Bella Union, Jan. 2010)
18) SWANS – “My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky” (Young God Records)

12 years after “Swans Are Dead”, Michael Gira’s noble bird turns into a Phoenix and resuscitates with a strikingly powerful album.
Eden Prison by Swans

> Listen to My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky on Spotify.

17) PERFUME GENIUS – “Learning” (Matador / Turnstile)

The sensitive Seattle singer-songwriter delivers a sincere and troubling debut, directly from his bedroom to yours.

Listen to title track “Learning“:

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Perfume Genius – “Look Out, Look Out” directed by Patrick Sher
(Alternative link to watch the video on YouTube)

> Listen to Learning on Deezer or Spotify.

16) BEACH HOUSE – “Teen Dream” (Sub Pop / Bella Union)

Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have perfected their suave melodies on their 3rd album, enchanting fans and critics alike.

Listen to “Norway“, from “Teen Dream“:

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> Listen to Teen Dream on Deezer or Spotify.

Clogs - The Creatures in the Garden of Lady WaltonWildbirds & Peacedrums - RiversThomas Mery - Des larmes mélangées de poussière
15) CLOGS – “The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton” (Brassland)

For the first time, the instrumental quartet has invited some distinguished friends over to sing along: Sufjan Stevens, Matt Berninger (from The National, with whom Clogs share one of their founders and masterminds, Bryce Dessner), and most notably Shara Worden (aka My Brightest Diamond) all take turns and grace the lush and brilliant compositions with their unique vocal presence. Not the least of its qualities, Clogs‘ fifth album is nicely packaged in a beautiful hommage to Douanier Rousseau by Hvass&Hannibal, also known for designing record covers and directing a video for Efterklang.

Listen to “On The Edge“, featuring Shara Worden, from “The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton“:

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> Listen to The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton on Deezer.

14) WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS – “Rivers” (Leaf Label)

Wildbirds & Peacedrums‘ third album is the reunion of 2 EPs, Iris and Retina, where the Swedish duo mixes its warm, soulful voice and tribal rythms with the Icelandic avant-garde. Rivers indeed was recorded by Ben Frost and mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson, with an Icelandic chamber choir arranged by Hildur Guðnadóttir.


Wildbirds & Peacedrums – “Bleed Like There Was No Other Flood” directed by Patrik Instedt

13) THOMAS MERY – “Des larmes mélangées de poussière” (Ohayo Records /BS Records)

Thomas is back with a beautiful EP, the poetry of which we love to get immersed and lost into. A nice preamble to his new full-length album to be released in 2011.

Ça by Thomas Mery

> Listen to (and/or buy) the EP on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Deezer, or Spotify.

> Read our review and listen to 2 songs from Thomas Mery’s live session au salon.

Thus:Owls - Cardiac MalformationsÓlöf Arnalds - Innundir SkinniOwen Palett - Heartland
12) THUS:OWLS – “Cardiac Malformations” (Hoob Records / Almost Musique)
A few more Swedes (and a Canadian) in our top, with Thus:Owls, the dark cabaret pop of which has rocked us the whole year.

Listen to “Climbing The Fjelds Of Norway” from “Cardiac Maformations“:

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> Listen to Cardiac Malformations on Deezer or Spotify.

> Read our Review of Cardiac Malformations.

11) ÓLÖF ARNALDS – “Innundir Skinni” (One Little Indian)

Björk’s protégée and Múm collaborator Ólöf Arnalds releases a lovely new album produced by Kjartan Sveinsson (Sigur Rós), at times heavily orchestrated with uplifting choirs, and at times stripped down to only Ólöf’s high-pitched voice and simple strings.


Ólöf Arnalds – “Surrender” directed by Arni & Kinski

> Listen to Innundir Skinni on Deezer or Spotify.

10) OWEN PALLETT – “Heartland” (Domino)

Owen drops his Final Fantasy stage name but keeps delivering what he does best: light and grandiloquent pop songs for viola and violin loops.

Owen Pallett

> Listen to Heartland directly in the embedded player above, or on Spotify or Deezer.

Read and listen to the first part of our favorite records (top #30 to top #19), and finally (attention, drum roll…) discover our favorite 9 records of 2010

New Year’s Label Interview: Bella Union

New Year's Eve Label Interview: Bella Union
Andrew Bird - Noble Beast (Bella Union) MORE THAN A DECADE AFTER IT WAS CREATED BY THEN COCTEAU TWINS MEMBERS SIMON RAYMONDE AND ROBIN GUTHRIE, ENGLISH LABEL BELLA UNION HAS KEPT PRETTY BUSY LATELY ON THE FOREFRONT OF INDIE ROCK, POP AND FOLK ADVENTURES, WITH 2009 RELEASES INCLUDING ANDREW BIRD, WAVVES, VETIVER, ABE VIGODA, AND J. TILLMAN OF FLEET FOXES‘ FAME, WHILE PETER BRODERICK‘S 2008 “HOME” REMAINED ONE OF OUR MOST PLAYED RECORDS THIS YEAR. AS THE NEW YEAR HAS ALREADY STARTED, MANY OF US ARE EAGERLY EXPECTING THE FORTHCOMING ALBUMS OF BEACH HOUSE, LAURA VEIRS AND MIDLAKE. SIMON TELLS US WHERE HIS OWN EARS HAVE BEEN WANDERING IN 2009 AND WHERE THEY ARE HEADING TO NEXT.

A) Which records released in 2009 do you wish you had released on Bella Union?

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino) Fever Ray - s/t The Antlers - Hospice

Simon: I loved Fever Ray’s album and Animal Collective’s “Merriweather Post Pavilion” but I wasn’t so bothered about them not being on my label.
I tried to sign The Antlers“Hospice” but couldn’t work it out in time.

B) Which artist(s) you wish you had signed will you keep an ear on in 2010?

Simon: I don’t have regrets really but I won’t be signing Beth Jeans Houghton and I will be keeping an ear on what she does.
I will be listening for Mai’s new album, Kira Kira, and anything new from Loney Dear.

C) What are you the most proud of for Bella Union in 2009?

Beach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop/Bella Union, Jan. 2010) Laura Veirs - July Flame (Raven Marching Band Records/Bella Union, Jan. 2010)Simon: Having such great people working for me, Mark and Luke, continuing my working relationship with Duncan who looks after all our press (he has since 2000) and still working with our bands like Dirty Three, and re-signing Beach House after our deal expired, deciding to work again with Laura Veirs, and starting to record again myself with my band snowbird.

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Beach House – Norway (from “Teen Dream”, Sub Pop / Bella Union, Jan. 2010)

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Laura Veirs – “July Flame” teaser (Raven Marching Band Records / Bella Union, Jan. 2010)

D) What are the label’s challenges for 2010?
Simon: Just getting better at what we do, promoting more events, making more special one-off packages, box sets, improving the quality of the packaging and vinyl, offering better online services, and staying in business another year!

Visit Bella Union’s blog to read the full list of the label’s staff picks of 2009.

Read our New Year’s Eve interview with Erased Tapes Records.

On The Go With Peter Broderick

Peter Broderick at Nouveau Casino, May 11, 2009 (c) GoodMorninCaptn

IN THE MIDST OF A VERY BUSY YEAR, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST AND COMPOSER PETER BRODERICK PUTS HIS LUGGAGE DOWN FOR A QUICK LOOK BACK ON HIS PROMISING DEBUT AND WALKS US THROUGH A DAZZLING GALLERY OF PROJECTS.

Captn: “4-Track Songs” is being released on Type. You recorded this song collection back in 2006. Do you feel like a lot has changed for you since then, or does it seem like only yesterday?

Peter Broderick - 4 Track SongsPeter: It’s funny, because I only made this music three years ago, but it feels like much longer. So many things have happened in my life since I made that music, and at that time, my own music was only something I did for fun on the side. I never thought I might be able to release records on my own and make a career out of it… When I hear that music now, it’s hard for me to believe that I made it. It’s almost a bit embarrassing actually, but I also like how raw the music is, and I’m happy that Type has reissued it.

Captn: Your roll-out of releases for 2009 is quite impressive. How do you manage so many projects? Do you write and record songs 24/7? How many ghostwriters do you have, and/or do you ever sleep?

Peter: Sleep is something I could probably use a lot more of. These last couple years have been incredibly busy, and in general I’m pretty exhausted sometimes. But I make music whenever I can! I think it’s what keeps me going. And I often work very quickly. I like to work in many different ways. Sometimes spending a lot of time on something in a studio, and sometimes making things really quickly on my computer with the minimal equipment I have. For instance, the music on Five Film Score outtakes was recorded really quickly before I left for an extended North American tour. I set up one microphone on the piano and recorded some improvisations, and then quickly recorded some improvisations on a few other instruments, and then I brought all the files with me on the road, and did all the mixing and assembling in the tour van, with my laptop and noise-canceling headphones. So I’m always working on things!

Peter Broderick & Machinefabriek - Blank Grey Canvas SkyCaptn: “Blank Grey Canvas Sky” is coming out in October on Fang Bomb. What can you tell us from your collaboration with Machinefabriek?

Peter: I am really happy about this one. Over the last couple years, Machinefabriek has become one of my favorite artists, period. Everything he does, from the music, to the design, to the amount of things he releases, his website, etc.  In my eyes he is a completely unique artist, and I have so much respect for what he does. In addition to that, he’s one of the most amazing, positive, and energetic people I’ve ever met. A short email from Rutger (Machinefabriek) always puts a smile on my face and makes my day brighter.  That said, making an album with him was an amazing experience for me. I would record different things and send them over to him (by email), and he would work on it and send it back. Every time he sent something back to me I was blown away. It felt like he took my music and turned it into something much more interesting, in a way that I could have never imagined in my musical brain. I think we have very different approaches to music, and when you combine them, for me it turns into something very special. So I’m really happy about this album. Sadly we’ve had some problems with the master, so it might be delayed a few weeks now, but I look forward for it to be released!

Captn: What about your remix/letter to Balmorhea, which is just out?

Peter: Haha, I don’t think there’s too much to say about that one. Michael and Rob from Balmorhea are two of my favorite people in the world, and great friends. I think the concept of “remixing” music is quite strange, especially when I think the music is already perfect (and I think this about theirs). So when they asked me to contribute to this remix project, rather than sit there spending a lot of time trying to figure out how to approach their remix, I just started recording, and this is what came out…

Peter Broderick - HomeCaptn: You’ve been travelling/touring a lot for the last 2 years. Where do you consider “Home” now?

Peter: Well, at the moment I’m between Copenhagen, Berlin, and Portland, Oregon. My things are scattered all over the place, and I’m really working hard to try and find a place where I can settle for a while. I think the most honest answer to where my home is, is probably in my suitcase at the moment. Sad but true. But someday I’ll have a home!

Captn: You wrote soundtracks to a short film and a dance creation already. Would you be interested in composing a feature film score? If yes, which director would you work with in your wildest dreams?

Peter: I love to work with filmmakers and different kinds of artists to make music. It always encourages me to try something new, and that’s very valuable to me.  If I could choose one artist to work with, it would probably be Miranda July. If she made another film and I got to make the music for it, this would be my dream collaboration.  She is an incredible artist, and so inspiring. Actually once I sent her a fan letter (a real letter, not an email). I spent a lot of time putting it together, and mailed it off feeling really embarrased about it. I never heard anything back. So I don’t think we’ll be collaborating any time soon ;-)

Captn: Owen Pallett of Final Fantasy tweeted you “World’s best looper”. What do you think? And who would you pick for world’s best looper?

Peter: This is crazy. One of my friends forwarded that Tweet to me. I’m stunned by that. Owen Pallett is amazing, and I was really nervous about playing that night with him, because he is who I would consider to be the best looper! So to hear this from him is a real honor.

Captn: Can you tell us a few words on your current recording sessions with Efterklang? What should we expect from “Parades“‘ successor? Will you keep touring with them despite of your numerous projects?

Peter: I am -really- excited about the new Efterklang album. Those guys are my heroes, and they always will be. There is still a lot of work to be done on the album, so I don’t think I should say too much yet. I will say that I think it’s very different for them. But in the best way possible. I will continue to play with them as long as I can! At this point I’m not ready to say goodbye to them and focus only on my solo music. I love having both. So at this point I do everything I can to keep Efterklang a top priority in my schedule.

Peter Broderick at Nouveau Casino, Paris, May 11, 2009Captn: Any details about what will be your next full length album? When should it come out? On which label? Will it be song-oriented or rather instrumental?

Peter: I am working on my next album for Bella Union right now. It’s quite far from being finished, but I think it will most likely be out next Spring. The main difference this time around is that I’m actually spending a lot of time on it. All my other albums have been made really quickly, in focused, condensed periods of time. For once I’m taking some time to really work on something, and I think that’s good. It’s more challenging in a way, because as time goes by, I start to doubt my own ideas, and I try to rework them. There are already three songs on the new album which I’ve recorded two times. After a while the first version wasn’t working to me any more, so I started over with a different approach. And it’s also the first album where I’m not placing any limits on myself. It is mostly song oriented, but there are a lot of strings and piano, etc., and a lot of extended instrumental passages. I think that’s about all I can say now, because I’m still not sure where it’s going! My friend Nils Frahm is producing the album. I’ve been getting to know him really well in the last six months, and I trust his ears so much. He has a great impact on this album, because he has been there almost the whole time, contributing ideas and playing piano, etc.

Captn: Any other projects you are working on or are looking forward to and which you would like to mention?

Peter: There is one thing. There’s a lovely record label from Belgium called Slaapwel, which only releases music to sleep to. They asked me to make a contribution sometime last year, and I immediately said I’d love to. For many years I have often fallen asleep to my favorite music. Not so much these days because I’m always traveling and sleeping in hotels, etc., but when I had my own home I always listened to music to fade away in the night. At the same time, there was a girl in Holland (but actually she’s from Greece…) who made a sleeping sculpture of me. A gigantic sculpture of me, laying in a bed sleeping, with a little motor in the chest so you can hear it breath. When she first proposed the idea to me, I thought it was crazy (a sculpture of ME?), but also beautiful in some way. So I told her I’d love to make a piece of music to acompany the sculpture. I made a long piece of music for this strange version of myself to sleep to. It’s about 30 minutes long, and comprised entirely of my voice and little piano (with a lot of processing and effects). When I made the music, I was maybe the most exhausted I’ve ever been, after my longest tour ever around Europe this Spring. I was nearly falling asleep while I made the music. And when I finished, I sent it to Chrysa (who made the sculpture), and then I took a trip to Amsterdam to see the opening exhibition of the sculpture, with my music playing in the background, on repeat. It was….terrifying. I sat there in this cold, grey room, staring at myself sleeping on this bed, and it felt as if I was watching myself die. And all of a sudden this music I made became very, very sad to me. But at the same time, it became peaceful, like it was ok that I was dying.  …This all probably sounds very strange right now, but this music is really important to me. If I were to die tomorrow, and if there was any kind of funeral held for me, I would like this piece of music to be played there. That image makes me feel very calm. Anyhow, this one will be released at the end of the year. My last release for a very busy year.

Captn: Thanks a lot for your time (and for your music)!

Peter: Thank YOU!

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Wild, Free, Noble, Heavy… 2009’s Best Half… So Far

As many labels are preparing their Fall line-up, let’s celebrate the launch of GoodMorninCaptn.com with a little look at the top 20 records 2009 has offered us so far. While a few established bands have released so-so albums, many promising young women have surprised us (Blue Roses’ Laura, Hildur, Anni, Soap&Skin’s Anja…), prominent indie figures have confirmed they were not only shooting stars (Grizzly Bear, Patrick Watson, Andrew Bird), hyperactive craftsmen have perfected their skills (James Blackshaw, Peter Broderick), and a shy songwriter has unexpectedly climbed straight to the top of this past semester’s podium.

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20) TORTOISE “Beacons of Ancestorship” (Thrill Jockey)
While trying to move forward with their first proper album in 5 years,  Chicago undergound heroes succeed in synthetising their 3 previous LP’s, dressing them up with drunken samba and retro-futuristic pop.
Listen to Tortoise – Prepare Your Coffin (MP3).

19) BLUE ROSES “Blue Roses” (XL Recordings)
Sweet, romantic debut album of the sweet, romantic Laura Groves from Yorkshire, England.

18) SONIC YOUTH “The Eternal” (Matador)
Everybody’s favorite art rockers are back to an independent label and try hard to prove they are as hip and young as in 1990. It does work… except they should have nothing to prove.

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17) PJ HARVEY & JOHN PARISH “A Woman A Man Walked By” (Island Records)
PJ woof-woofs and John clang-clangs.

16) NLF3 “Ride On A Brand New Time” (Prohibited Records)
Paris trio goes on experimenting on their 4th album, looping sounds in an electropical psychedelia.

15) PETER BRODERICK “Music for Falling From Trees” (Western Vinyl / Erased Tapes)
In the continuity of Float, only more minimalistic, Peter scored a contemporary dance to those 7 nice pieces for violin and piano.
Listen to Peter Broderick – The Path To Recovery (MP3).

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14) BALMORHEA “All Is Wild, All Is Silent” (Western Vinyl)
Part post-rock, part post-classical, Balmorhea’s 3rd LP is an ode to early American settlers with epic strings and wordless choirs.
Listen to extracts from Balmorhea – Harm and Boon and Balmorhea – Rememberance.

13) JAMES BLACKSHAW “The Glass Bead Game” (Young God)
12-string British guitar-virtuoso James opens his timeless pieces to a fuller sound.
Listen to James Blackshaw – Cross (MP3).

12) LONEY DEAR “Dear John” (Polyvinyl / Parlophone)
Some will deplore the cheap cosmetic arrangements with which Emil Svanängen has wrapped its otherwise enthralling melodies on his 5th LP.

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11) AKRON/FAMILY “Set Em Wild, Set Em Free” (Dead Ocean / Crammed Discs)
As an answer to Tortoise’s Standards, this new LP freely ventures from psychedelic rock to experimental folk, with Afro rythms and vocals to sing along to around the fireplace.

10) FEVER RAY “Fever Ray” (Rabid Records)
Karin Dreijer Andersson from Swedish electro duo The Knife wanders through dark swamps on her first solo album.

9) ANNI ROSSI “Rockwell” (4AD)
In her collection of songs for viola and voice, backed with drums and cello, 23-yr old Anna, also a violonist with Carla Bozulich, proves she does not lack the creativity of Joanna, Tori, or Regina. Too bad this Steve-Albini-recorded Rockwell is hiding in such a doubtful packaging.

Animal Collective - Merriweather Post PavilionHildur Gudnadottir - Without SinkingAndrew Bird - Noble Beast
8) ANIMAL COLLECTIVE “Merriweather Post Pavilion” (Domino)
A jolly merry mess.

7) HILDUR GUDNADÓTTIR “Without Sinking” (Touch)
After many collaboration with Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Pan Sonic, or Múm, Icelandic cellist Hildur releases her 2nd solo album, a wonderfully melancholic evocation of a peaceful shore.

6) ANDREW BIRD “Noble Beast” (Fat Possum / Bella Union)
Not as innovative as previous LP, Noble Beast progressively grows as a nice addition to Mr. Bird’s discography, with evident melodies.

Soap and Skin - Lovetune For VacuumElegi Varde5) SOAP&SKIN “Lovetune For Vacuum” (PIAS)
The cloudy moods of a dark, gifted child from Austria.

4) ELEGI “Varde” (Miasmah Recordings)
Norwegian composer Tommy Jansen imagined a striking soundtrack to Robert Falcon Scott’s tragic 1912 Antarctic expedition.

Patrick Watson - Wooden ArmsGrizzly Bear - VeckatimestDM Stith - Heavy Ghost
3) PATRICK WATSON “Wooden Arms” (Secret City)
A logical follow-up to Close To Paradise, maybe even closer, that reveals its full qualities on stage, where Patrick and his Wooden Arms band excel.

2) GRIZZLY BEAR “Veckatimest” (Warp)
Seemingly more self-confident, the Brooklyn quartet has achieved a big step forward with a luminous 3rd album, which clearly deserves all the critical praise you have read all over.
Listen to Grizzly Bear – Cheerleader (MP3).

1) DM STITH “Heavy Ghost” (Asthmatic Kitty)
New to the singer/songwriter scene, David already distinguishes himself through a deeply personal, touching touch, and luxurious instrumentation. A hauntingly beautiful debut.
Listen to DM Stith – Pity Dance (MP3).

Efterklang’s Parisian Parade

Anna, Niklas, and Casper of Efterklang on April 7, 2008

Anna, Niklas, and Casper of Efterklang in Paris, Apr. 7, 2008.

After a magical show at the Divan du Monde where they presented their 2nd album Parades, Danish elves of Efterklang were back in Paris on April 7. Their unique sounds enlightened the dull concrete of the Point Ephémère.
On stage just like on their records, strings, brass, percussions and electronics delightfully mix with the heartful choirs and communicative enthusiasm of the 7 members.

As a sweet starter, Anna Brønsted, also a full Efterklang live member, sung a few titles alone at the piano, from her own enchanting project Our Broken Garden, whose first EP comes out on April 28 on Rumraket, Efterklang-run label, and internationally on Bella Union.

Efterklang – Prey and Predator (2004)