Tim Hecker – “Love Streams”

Tim Hecker is a perennial favorite at DECIBELity. The Canadian artist and avant garde sound designer, who currently splits time between Montreal and Los Angeles, has always defied easy categorization— more abrasive than what generally passes for ambient music, and yet far too melodic and pretty to be classed with the noise or drone crowds. Over the course of the last decade and a half, he has consistently pushed into uncharted territories, with results that are usually equal parts beautiful and terrifying. His eighth LP Love Streams, released via 4AD finds him in peak form, marrying harmonic distortion with warped choral arrangements, heavily processed synthesizers and of course lots of noise. Stellar!
“Black Phase” (taken from Love Streams)

Get it here

Purity Ring – ‘Shrines’ full album stream

Purity Ring has been teasing our electro/pop senses since early 2011 when they dropped their first 7″ Ungirthed on Transparent Recordslink to that post here. They have since signed to 4AD and have been steadily approaching a full length debut slated for a july 24th release. If you’re tired as I am of hearing no more than a sequence of 2 coherent Purity Ring songs without stringing together a series of singles the wait is only as long as it takes for you to follow the link at the bottom of the page and stream Shrines in its entirety via NPR’s First Listen.

Here’s the beautiful new video for the lead single Fineshrine directed by Young Replicant.

Purity Ring – Fineshrine

album stream link below

First Listen: Purity Ring, ‘Shrines’


Summer/Fall Tour

11th – Mr. Smalls Theatre, Millvale, PA #
12th – Forecastle, Louisville, KY
13th – Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago, IL
15th – First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN #
24th – Le Poisson Rouge, New York
24th – Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH $
25th – Mayday, Cincinatti, OH $
26th – Firebird, Saint Louis, MO $
27th – The Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence, KS $
29th – Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO $
30th – Santa Fe Sol Live, Santa Fe, NM $
31st – The Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ $

1st – FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA
3rd – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA $
5th – Neumos, Seattle, WA $
7th – The Biltmore, Vancouver, BC $
8th – The Royal, Nelson, BC $
9th – The Republik, Calgary, AB $
10th – The Starlite Room, Edmonton, AB $
12th – Amigos Cantina, Saskatoon, SK $
13th – Lo Pub, Winnipeg, MB $
17th – Ace of Cups, Columbus, OH $
19th – Rock and Roll Hotel, Washington, DC $
20th – First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA $

20th – Scala, London – tickets

# with Dirty Projectors, % with Wye Oak, $ with both Evian Christ and Headaches

tUnE-yArDs – New Album “WHOKILL”

tUnE-yArDs is the solo project of Merrill Garbus, A Connecticut  native currently based in Oakland. She plays music that at times floats in and between Experimental Folk, Afro/Pop, lo/fi blues and at others simply shatters all attempts to genre define. Her sharp, jagged pronunciation blends with explosive instrumentation giving way to a sound that grabs hold and forces a reaction. It’s music that truly feels alive, music that demands attention. Her first effort BiRd-BrAiNs was completely self recorded and produced using a hand held voice recorder, loop pedals, a ukulele, and shareware mixing software. Listen to the standout track Lions (right click to download).

The sophmore release WHOKILL which dropped April 19th on 4ADRecords finds Merrill stepping away from that intimate process and into a full studio where luckily she doesn’t lose the earthen organic feel and only augments her unique sound by inviting a horn section, bassist Nate Brenner, and microphones to further animate her incredibly dynamic vocal range bringing us closer to her as an artist fully realized.

Fluent in Swahili, a former puppeteer, both parents hippie musicians, OK it’s starting to make sense…kinda. Her playful, confident approach to her musical exploration may be best represented in the video for the single Bizness.

Here’s a couple Mp3’s click to listen, right click to download.

tUnE-yArDs – “Powa”

tUnE-yArDs – “Gangsta”