What The Papers Say About Await Barbarians…

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‘Tender, intimate ballads and more exploratory folk-pop pieces’.
Metro – 4*

‘Not for nothing is he among the most quietly clever indie-pop stars around’.
Esquire

‘An ornate and edifying musical adventure’.
Daily Mirror 4*

‘Spacious, introspective and completely genre-defying, these tracks have a floating, dream-like quality, complimented by Taylor’s pleasantly reedy voice.’
The Sun

‘This is an album full of wistful, careworn emotions and a sense of quiet profundity.’
Daily Telegraph – 4*

‘To hear a record which builds such rich mood and character in so unshowy a fashion these days is a rare treat.’
Scotland On Sunday – 4*

‘Quirky and diverse…’
Mail On Sunday – 4*

‘It brims with never-ending tenderness… gorgeous’
The Sunday Times

‘Await Barbarians is a trove of sentiment and intricacy’
The Line of Best Fit

‘A beguiling and downbeat gem’.
Drowned in Sound

‘Lo-Fi gold… Priceless musical masterpieces… this is f***ing MINT.’
Weekend Sport – 5*

‘A more confident and coherent sound than before. He moves effortlessly from a claustrophobic and dry soundscape into a palette that is spacious, warm and inviting.’
Future Music

‘Await Barbarians honestly boasts Taylor’s talent as a musician, and should be praised for un-conventional music it beholds.’
Slate The Disco

‘…one of the country’ s most idiosyncratic songsmiths…’
Dot And Dashes

‘Showing a different side to himself with downbeat, introspective songs about booze, love and growing old.’
Curious Animal 9/10

Alexis Awaits…

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Alexis Taylor celebrates the release of Await Barbarians, his second solo album, (Domino, June 16th) with a series of dates in the UK, the US and Europe. He will take to the road playing bass, synths, guitar, drums and machines backed by Zongamin.

Alexis plays:

Jun 16 The Vortex, London (w/ very Special Secret Guests!)
Jun 17 The Art Bar, Oxford GIG POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC
Jun 18 Brudenell Social, Leeds (support from Rozi Plain) GIG POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC
Jun 19 Band On The Wall, Manchester (again w/ Rozi Plain) GIG POSTPONED – NEW DATE TBC
Jun 20 Roundhouse (Camden Crawl), London
Jun 22 Dinefwr Literary Festival, Llandeilo
Jun 28 The Glade, Glastonbury Festival (with Jon Hopkins, the Radiophonic Workshop, Dinos Chapman – Sold Out)
Jul 9 Days Off Festival, Paris
Jul 10 Verboten, Brooklyn (DJ set)
Jul 11 Mezzanine, San Francisco (DJ set)
Jul 12 Avalon, Los Angeles (DJ set)
Jul 13 The Mint, Los Angeles
Jul 14 Joe’s Pub, New York
Jul 18 Howlin’ Fling, Eigg (Sold Out)
Jul 26 Siren Festival, Vasto, Italy
Aug 29 End Of The Road Festival, Shaftsbury
Sep 6 Festival No 6, Portmeirion
Oct 3 Waves Festival, Vienna

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The full tracklist for Await Barbarians is:

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)

The album is released on Domino. Copies of the LP purchased through Domino’s online shop or from indie retailers will include a bonus 7” featuring the tracks I Hope (a Bobby Charles cover) and Song Of Long.

New 2 Bears – ‘Angel’

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Following on from the announcement of their 12 week stand at Xoyo (featuring a Hot Chip takeover this Saturday), The 2 Bears tease the release of their second album – The Night Is Young – with the video for Angel (hosted by Thump). The phenomenal promo is not for the faint hearted… more to come soon. In the meantime, the Bears Xoyo dates are:

17/05 The 2 Bears + Hot Chip
24/05 The 2 Bears + Bestival takeover: Rob Da Bank + Cuban Brothers + Severino
31/05 The 2 Bears + Matias Aguayo
07/06 The 2 Bears + Andrew Weatherall + Emperor Machine (Live)
14/06 The 2 Bears + Greco Roman takeover: Wookie + TCTS
21/06 The 2 Bears + Steve Bug
28/06 The 2 Bears all night long (Optimo in Room 2)

Click here for details & tickets.

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.

12 Weeks. 2 Bears.

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The 2 Bears return to active service with a twelve week residency at one of London’s best underground clubs, XOYO – beginning at the start of April. Ahead of a new record, Joe and Raf have put together a killer line up that includes Four Tet, Daphni (Carobou), Henrik Schwarz, Rob da Bank, Andrew Weatherall, Pachanga Boys and many many more. Of special interest – the 10th May Hot Chip takeover…

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Tickets are available in advance from the XOYO website.