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Leap and the Net Will Appear is Andy Barlow’s first official solo album as Lowb, released on June 3rd through Distiller Records.
For nearly a decade, as a member of Lamb, Andy Barlow helped cultivate one of the richest and most innovative sounds in contemporary music. Lamb occupied the space between profound sadness and boundless jubilation, using a sophisticated marriage of sound and technology to communicate the rawest and most basic of human emotion.
The group released four studio albums before going their separate ways in the early part of 2004. Before re-uniting with Lamb in 2009, Barlow continued his work in the studio, producing Fink’s 2007 LP Distance & Time, remixing groups like Placebo, Elbow and Snow Patrol, and engineering Lou Rhodes’ third solo album, One Good Thing. In 2007, he linked up with folk songstress, Carrie Tree, recording a handful of songs as Lunaseeds.
With every project, Barlow moved closer to establishing his own musical identity outside of Lamb’s oft-mimicked sound… Lowb is that sound. “This album has got a lot more warmth and musicality, and the level of texture is way more than I’ve ever done,” Barlow confesses. “There’s a particular sense of detail that I don’t think I would have had the patience to do before.”
This first solo outing has been a long time in the making. A Zen quote that speaks to a trust and reassurance in the universe’s master plan, Leap and the Net Will Appear has been something of a mantra for Barlow over the past few years. From the opening notes, it’s clear that attitude has embedded itself within the DNA of each song. The inspiration for Consecration featuring Jay Leighton on vocals, was born out of a plant medicine ceremony that occurred at Barlow’s home near Brighton. Hypnotic and uplifting, the song mirrors the sacred magic of the ritual, as Leighton’s recitations wash slowly over the beats. Themes of healing and connection continue in celestial Looking God in the Eye.
Three of Barlow’s Lunaseeds collaborations also appear on Leap… including “Tears and Sparks” and the epic “Compassion,” where Tree’s voice patiently unfolds over an evolving marriage of strings, sound design, and head-tripping beats.
“When I was a kid, I used to pee in saucepans while banging the side to change the sound,” he laughs. “My mum said I’ve always been tapping away. I played snare drum when I was seven in a marching band. Things that you hit or pluck, that’s what I gravitate to. It comes most naturally to me.”
Nowhere is this more apparent than on The Shaman’s Wife and the opening Wheeler Dealer Healer, a graceful instrumental that sways like a feather floating to earth while glitchy snares skitter and pan backwards and forwards. Lowb is a simple piano and guitar melody that finds purpose within vibrant hand drums and a pulsating 4/4 kick, but it’s Everybody, that hints at deeper, more abstruse adventures on the horizon.
Leap... has already received four major sync licenses, including a spot on TV show CSI:NY. Barlow is currently working with David Gray on the follow-up to 2010’s Foundling, and has been approached by a number of filmmakers to try his hand at scoring. It’s a balance Barlow has managed to strike since his early days with Lamb. Acoustic versus electric. Organic versus processed. Beats versus melodies. With Lowb, he’s poured a foundation that’s very much his own; one that he’s keen to build on in the coming years. After nearly two decades of successful collaboration and compromise, Barlow has stepped up to a new vantage point, and the view is breathtaking.
Stream 'More Than I Love Myself' HERE
Sean Nicholas Savage is a Montreal based singer-songwriter and recording artist. Over the last two years he released the albums, Flamingo, Won-Ton Jazz and Trippple Midnight Karma with Arbutus Records, each a new flavor in the palate of pop, always smooth and practical but with the darkness and depth of real life. A contemporary incarnation of singers like Elvis or Madonna, he marries the universal themes of love and pain with fingered keyboard bass playing, lush harmonies and hypnotic rhythms. As if each were an episode in a philosophical drama, Savage touches always on a theory or point and comes to at least a near conclusion with his compositions. His melodies are inspired and free, but with a wisdom and responsibility, flowing effortlessly under each captivating stanza.
Paramount of Montreal’s after party scene, Savage is renowned for his captivating and inspirational solo performances, although each tends to be different from the last. This influence was recently articulated in tribute album called 'A Taste Of Savage: His Pupils Sing His Music' made in homage to Savage which featured covers of his songs from an all star cast of Montreal's DIY music scene including Mac Demarco, Doldrums, Majical Cloudz and Mozart's Sister among others. Savage has released exclusively with Arbutus Records, and was one of the first artists to join the label after its inception in 2009. Savage was an on/off resident at the historic Lab Synthese DIY space that the label was born out of.
On April 30th Savage will release his latest album ‘Other Life’ on vinyl, CD and digital, and will be supporting the release with a worldwide tour. Marking a compelling stylistic evolution of his sound, the new album incorporates elements of intimate synth pop, jazzy intonations and calypso, coupled with Savages’ signature croon.
Songs like 'Lonely Woman' and 'More Than I Love Myself' move like a curtain dropping over close communion with the beloved, invoking the stranger, the ultimately and avoidably impersonal. In the songs of 'Other Life' he loses his men, his women, and the shadows of a place he has never quite been. This album is a mirror that will never break, held far above us all, constant as the sky, saying: ‘Change. I will do nothing for you.’ Somewhere far below is the jaw of the man forever lost and forever losing himself ‑ Savage ‑ dancing with you through chattering teeth.
Pre-order the album here - http://arbutusrecords.com/?shopp_pro...-pre-order-now
Sean Nicholas Savage plays the following UK/EU dates:
May 17, 2013 | UK - Manchester – The Roadhouse %
May 20, 2013 | UK - Leeds - Brudenell Social Club #
May 21, 2013 | UK - London - The Garage %
May 23, 2013 | Spain - Barcelona - Primavera Sound
May 28, 2013 | UK - London - Jazz Quarters (headline)
May 29, 2013 | UK - London - Jazz Quarters (headline)
% with Mac Demarco
# with Mac de Marco, Widow Speak and Bleached
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Major Lazer's second album 'Free The Universe' is out now on Because Music, check out the video for 'Watch Out For This (Bumaye)', directed by Jay Will (Game Over) in Diplo's spiritual home of Kingston, Jamaica.
Watch the video for 'Watch Out For This (Bumaye)' HERE: