Barsuk Records has just released Menomena‘s video for “Plumage,” off their new album Moms. The video was directed by Trevor McMahan, who described the clip as “the ultimate illustration of the beautiful conflict in the band’s music – that aural struggle between instruments and ideas that is complex, satisfying, and always unmistakably Menomena.”
Hi everybody. Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed‘s Free Music Friday. We have some great music for you today. The first is a track straight from Benjamin Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie) called “Set Yourself On Fire“. The second track today is from a duo that we really like a lot. They’re called Lymbyc Systym. The track is “Falling Together” and it’s a wonderfully rich atmospheric piece.
New York’s Yellow Ostrich will release their new album, Strange Land, on March 6, 2012. Strange Land is the follow-up to the acclaimed The Mistress, and is self-produced with engineer Beau Sorenson (Death Cab for Cutie, Sparklehorse). The Mistress was also self-produced, and was made by singer/guitarist Alex Schaaf on his own, playing all the instruments. With multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez and drummer Michael Tapper in the fold, Strange Land presents Yellow Ostrich fully formed, no longer a bedroom project, but rather now a full-fledged power trio.
What’s up everybody? Welcome to another edition of Project Rhythm Seed’s Free Music Friday. The theme for this week’s FMF is collaborations as you will see below. This week has been full of free tracks. On Monday we brought you a review of Campfire OK’s Strange Like We Are which included a free download. On Tuesday it was an in-depth look at Sting‘s new box set , written by Reed Trachy, our newest addition to the PRS team. This post also included a free download of “Rock Of Calvary“. Today we have two tracks to offer you. The first is from Pyyramids and the second is from Eight And A Half. We hope you enjoy them both. Join us next week for more news, reviews and interviews on Project Rhythm Seed.
Barsuk Records is pleased to announce the release of the new Nada Surf record, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, on January 24, 2012. Stars is Nada Surf’s seventh record, and fourth for Seattle indie label Barsuk, following the successful and critically lauded Let Go (2003), The Weight is a Gift (2005), Lucky (2007) and their self-released covers record if i had a hifi (2010). This is their first album of new material in four years. The band will perform a day-of-release show at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom.
By Natalie Ekstrand
The new mini LP, entitled Nightlife, from New York street pop duo Phantogram, comes out November 1st. With their first album release in February 2010, long time friends Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboards) and Josh Carter (vocals, guitars) have enjoyed a fair amount of success for a newer band. Compared with such promising new groups as The XX, Phantogram has a promising and bright future in the electro pop circuit. Their musical careers are on the fast track with several festival appearances and ongoing tours alongside other well known bands.
By Alana Crawley
Death Cab For Cutie has adopted a noticeably brighter view on life, shown in their newest album, Codes And Keys, which was released May 31, 2011 on Atlantic Records. Although it is the band’s seventh studio album, it is obvious that they do not suffer from a lack of original ideas, inspiration, or creativity. In fact, it seems that the band has begun to explore other realms of music in this album, relying less on a guitar-based sound and shifting more towards analog synths.
By Myles Crawley
Once upon a time, tucked away in the upper left hand corner of America, there was a little company called Barsuk Records. Now Barsuk wasn’t your regular everyday record company. No, they were much different than that. While most other record companies were busy maximizing on every drop of musical content available, Barsuk would nurture and protect. They would create a safe environment for their artists to flourish in and find new waves of creativity to ride. How beautiful and blissful. And yet, believe it or not, it’s not so far from the truth…