Alexis Taylor’s ‘Await Barbarians’ Announced

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Domino have announced the release of Await Barbarians, Alexis Taylor’s second solo album (and first for the label) on 9th June 2014. Alexis will be touring to support the album (full tour dates below the album biog). Watch a clip for the first track from the album – Elvis Has Left The Building – here:

“Possessing the same immediacy as his music with Hot Chip and the adventurousness of his work with About Group, there is a special intimacy to the lyrics of Alexis Taylor’s Await Barbarians, a simplicity and candour in his expression of emotion, though the moments of honesty are matched with a sense of humour, playfulness and fun.

“Playing and recording all the instruments himself apart from strings, Taylor also presents a more reflective side of his writing and singing, which comes into focus in a more confident and defined manner than before. With its brushed cymbal-led quiet and solitude, and its startlingly direct recording approach, the album recalls in places the work of such English luminaries as Mark Hollis and Robert Wyatt. Recalling such recordings is one thing, but the record doesn’t sound especially like those. Await Barbarians‘ soundworld is entirely Taylor’s own – at times claustrophobic, synth-led and dry, and at others spacious, warm and homely, it always places Taylor’s unique and recognizable vocals up front in the mix, rarely adorned by audible effects.

Await Barbarians is a record whose warm tones draw you in, whose sequencing asks of the listener an uninterrupted session of close listening, and whose sound world reminds us of the pleasures of all that is quiet in music. It is rich in deep insight and profound feeling, a truly significant album by one of the country’s most continually arresting musicians.”

Watch a video for the album track ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’, HERE.

Await Barbarians will be available on CD (WIGCD334), standard LP (WIGLP334) and Digital (WIG334D). Copies of the LP purchased through Dom Mart or indie retailers will include a bonus 7” featuring the tracks I Hope (a Bobby Charles cover), b/w Song Of Long. Click HERE to buy the album through Dom Mart.

The tracklisting for Await Barbarians is as follows:

Lazy Bones
From The Halfway Line
Without A Crutch (2)
Immune System
Dolly and Porter
Closer To The Elderly
Elvis Has Left The Building
Piano Ducks
New Hours
Where Would I Be?
Am I Not A Soldier?
Without A Crutch (1)

Alexis will be performing live throughout the summer. The dates are:

Fri 23/05/14: Hay on Wye – The Globe
Sun 25/05/14: London – The Ace Hotel – SOLD OUT
Sat 31/05/14: Glasgow – The Wee Chill
Thur 12/06/14: London – The Vortex
Wed 18/06/14: Leeds – The Brudenell
Thu 19.06/14: Manchester – Band On The Wall
Fri 20/06/14: London – Roundhouse Studio
Fri 18/07/14: Eigg – Howlin’ Fling – SOLD OUT
Fri 29/08/14: Shaftsbury – End Of The Road Festival
Sat 06/09/14: Portmeirion – Festival Number 6

Hot Chip Vs William Onyeabor

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Hot Chip have provided a mindblowing cover of William Onyeabor’s ‘Atomic Bomb’ for a forthcoming remix album. WHAT?! William Onyeabor Remixed features (among others) JD Twitch, the Vaccines, Scientist and Daphni and will be released for Record Store Day. In addition, Alexis Taylor takes part in two William Onyeabor tribute concerts. The first (at the Barbican) is sold out; tickets are still available for a second show at Bristol’s Colston Hall on Weds April 2nd. A film about the mysterious genius Onyeabor is online now via Pitchfork.

Pitchfork Gig Online Now

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Hot Chip’s phenomenal recent Paris show (as part of the Pitchfork Festival) is now available online to view in its entirety. Setlist looks something like this:

How Do You Do?
Boy from School
Don’t Deny Your Heart
One Life Stand
Night and Day
Flutes
Over and Over
Everything She Wants (cover)
Ready for the Floor
Let Me Be Him
Pale Blue Eyes (cover)
No Fit State
I Feel Better

New Bears: Fabric, Boiler Room, Album

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Quick bit of 2 Bears news. First up, Joe and Raf will be playing the main room at Fabric this weekend. Also playing are Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Goldie and the Greco-Roman Soundsystem. Advance tickets available here, more on the door. For a taste of what they’re playing at the moment, there’s a 45 minute Boiler Room set online now – click here to watch. A new 2 Bears record is due in the new year on Southern Fried. The band recorded in Mark Ralph’s studio over the summer – expect New Jersey screamers, distorted house and possibly Raf Daddy in a Daryl Pandy style glittery number.

Last European Gigs Of 2013 This Weekend

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Hot Chip play their last European shows on the year this weekend. On Friday (Nov 1st), the band play Manchester’s Warehouse Project for a Bestival party that also features Chic, 2 Many DJs, Toddla T, Horsemeat Disco, TEED and Rob da Bank. On Saturday (Nov 2nd), they head to Paris to play as part of the Pitchfork Festival at the Grande Hall de la Villette. Hot Chip take the stage at midnight; the all day and night bill also includes Panda Bear, A-Trak, Todd Terje, Yo La Tengo and Omar Souleyman.

Hot Chip to Headline Warehouse Project

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Hot Chip have announced a one-off autumn gig as part of the Warehouse Project 2013 line up. Joining the phenomenally good Bestival bill on November 1st, the band will play next to Chic, 2 Many DJs, Toddla T, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Horse Meat Disco, Aeroplane, Rob da Bank and many, many more. Tickets are £25 or £28.50 and are on sale now.

Festival Season Is Upon Us – UPDATED

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Hot Chip‘s summer schedule has been coming together on the site for the last couple of months now. In case you’ve missed any gig announcements or want to check whether the band are swinging by your town/country, here are all this year’s summer festival dates – now updated with ticket links.

25/05 – Primavera (Parc del Forum, Barcelona, Spain)
01/06 – Ahmad Tea Music Festival (Hermitage Garden, Moscow, Russia)
13/07 – Ilosaarirock (Joensuu, Finland)
20/07 – Latitude Festival (Southwold, UK)
21/07 – Longitude Festival (Marlay Park, Dublin, Ireland)
27/07 – Blue Balls Festival (Luzern, Switzerland)
02/08 – Lollapolooza (Grant Park, Chicago, USA)
03/08 – The Grove Music Festival (Niagara-on-the-Lake, On, Canada)
04/08 – Osheaga Festival (Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal)
15/08 – Paredes de Coura (Porto, Portugal)
17/08 – Route de Rock (St Malo, France)
31/08 – Popoganda Festival (Stockholm, Sweden)

As well as Hot Chip live dates, there are various DJ dates by most band members taking place across the whole summer – the live pages were fully updated with all available dates last week, check there for details.