Archive for July, 2011

The Magnetic Fields Return to Merge Records

Stephin Merritt‘s erudite indie-pop project the Magnetic Fields is returning to Merge Records. The last few Magnetic Fields albums were on Nonesuch, but Merge released the landmark 1999 triple-album 69 Love Songs and many other 90s Magnetic Fields records.

Merge’s website has announced that the Magnetic Fields will release a new album in 2012. As previously reported, Merge will release Obscurities, a collection of older Merritt material, on August 23. Below, listen to the Obscurities track “Forever and a Day”.

Exitmusic Announce “From Silence” EP, Residency at NYC’s Piano

According to their label, Secretly Canadian’s website:

New York City duo Exitmusic — comprised of Aleksa Palladino and Devon Church — will release their first EP this fall. The four song collection, entitled From Silence, will hit stores on October 4. They’ve also just announced a special late summer residency at NYC’s Pianos, rounding out their ranks onstage to include drummer Dru Prentiss and electronic musician Nicholas Shelestak.

Listen to “The Sea” from the forthcoming EP HERE. See Exitmusic’s tour dates & the From Silence track listing, and read more about the band after the jump.

Church and Palladino started writing together several years ago, when Church, originally from Winnipeg, moved to New York following a year teaching English in Taiwan and India. Palladino, a New York native, had been writing and recording her own songs since she was in her early teens. The pair spent pretty much all of their time creating music, but things really began to take shape when they moved to Los Angeles a year later. They began recording at home, creating music that the UK’s Supersweet Magazine described as “dark, brooding and beautiful… a living nightmare.” The duo eventually moved back to New York in 2009, and have slowly but surely been taking the city by storm with their arresting, intense live shows.

From Silence immediately establishes the duo’s beautiful, chilling aesthetic. The songs evoke a sense of loss, disorientation, and vertigo, while pulsing forward on Church’s hazy winds of guitar squalor and bass-heavy beats. Anchoring the songs are Palladino’s otherworldly voice, with its spine-tingling vibrato and rich, emotional resonance (few can let out a wail quite like Aleksa). From the urgency of opener “The Sea,” which premiered this past June on Pitchfork to glorious response, to the haunting sway of “The Hours,” and the stunning depths of “The Silence,” From Silence is the perfect introduction to one of New York City’s most intriguing new bands.

Exitmusic Live

7/19/11 New York, NY @ Pianos

7/26/11 New York, NY @ Pianos

8/3/11 New York, NY @ Pianos

From Silence Track List

1. The Sea

2. The Modern Age

3. The Hours

4. The Silence

Rilo Kiley Announce Split

Rilo Kiley have officially broken up, reports Spinner.

In an interview with the website, guitarist Blake Sennett revealed that the group has split after they were thought to be on hiatus.

“I just felt like there was a lot of deception, disloyalty, greed and things I don’t really want to submit myself to,” said Sennett. “I had related that frustration to music but I just thought, ’I’m not going to put myself in that position again,’ so I said, ‘Fuck that, I can’t do this anymore.’”

The indie rock quartet was thought to be taking a break while lead singer Jenny Lewis worked with her partner Johnathan Rice on the project Jenny and Johnny and Sennett worked on his side project, The Elected.

Since forming in 1998, Rilo Kiley released five studio albums, the most recent Under the Blacklight in 2007.

“I don’t think it was our best record by far,” Bennett said of Under the Blacklight. “I think that it could have been our best but I think we were under pressure. There were some of our best songs on that record but some of our worst songs.”

However, the guitarist also revealed that the band has a collection of unreleased songs.

“I think we’re going to try and release a two-disc set of 40 songs, or something,” he said. “I think that can be more considered like our last release, to me. But I don’t know.”