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

New 2 Bears, Hot Chip and solo DJ Dates

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A bunch of new DJ dates for the 2 Bears, Alexis & Owen, Joe, Al and Felix (and a couple of tag team band sets too). The dates are:

28th Feb – Al Doyle at Elements with Anthony Mansfield (Disco Knights), Ingenious Rockers & the Diaz Brothers
8th Mar – The 2 Bears at Bugged Out Weekender
21st Mar – Alexis & Owen at 1500m2, Warsaw
25th Mar – The 2 Bears at Snowboxx, Andorra
28th Mar – Joe Goddard at Snafu, Aberdeen
28th Mar – Felix at Gibson, Frankfurt
29th Mar – Joe Goddard at Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
18th Apr – Hot Chip DJ set (curating a night with Paul Woolford) at Social Club, Paris
20th Apr – Hot Chip DJ set at Electron Festival, Geneva
3rd May – Felix Martin at Electric Palace, Bridport
23rd May – Felix Martin at Hay on Wye Literary Festival

Check the Live section for venue details and festival locations.

Alexis with Fimber, inspired by Britten

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Alexis plays guest spots a couple of interesting shows next month. First, one with Fimber Bravo in Oxford on October 11th at the Pegasus Theatre, the following night as part of Faster than Sound/Aldeburgh Music’s night of Benjamin Britten inspired music with Green Gartside, Mara Carlyle, Anna Meredith, South London Ordnance, and Max de Wardener.

Enlightenment – An Alexis Taylor Mix For Oki-Ni

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The good people at Oki-Ni have posted an exclusive hour-long mix by Alexis Taylor. Called Enlightenment, it’s the perfect musical accompaniment to bleached out summer days. Says Alexis: “I took Enlightenment as a loose theme – some of the tracks suggest spiritual enlightenment, or reflection upon our time alone on the earth; in others characters journey through drunkenness and sobriety, and it’s unclear whether or not there is any great moment of enlightenment – although it is clear that they certainly see things. Some are in search of a greater truth, or someone/some thing to help bear the weight of the world, and others travel on personal journeys of discovery about what matters and what does not in love.”

The full tracklisting for Englightenment is:

1. Jai Rama Chandra – Alice Coltrane
2. Enlightenment (El Saturn single version) – Sun Ra and his Astro-Galactic Infinity Akestra
3. Jesus’s Birthday – Alexis Taylor
4. Pink Elephants on Parade – Chorus and Orchestra (Dumbo Soundtrack)
5. Sleepy Time – Raymond Scott
6. Pray 4 Love – Moodymann
7. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker – Prince
8. Lovely How I Let My Mind Float – De La Soul feat. Biz Markie
9. Right Here (Teddy Riley Human Nature Remix) – SWV
10. It Didn’t Matter – The Style Council
11. Night After Night – David Sea
12. Who’s Gonna Take The Weight – Gangstarr
13. Brown Rice – Don Cherry
14. Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground -Blind Willie Johnson
15. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – Odetta
16. Enlightenment – Sun Ra and his Arkestra (Jazz in Silhouette album version)

Click here to listen.

All Is Not Lost by About Group – GIG DATE CHANGE

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About Group have announced details of the first single taken from their forthcoming album. All Is Not Lost will be released on June 24th 2013. The album, Between The Walls, will be available on July 1st.

All Is Not Lost is a classic heartbreak ballad; hinting at a more modern r’n'b mode of writing, the strange but wonderful airlessness of such productions is replaced here with the electricity and liveliness of a straight to tape recording session, capturing the band in performance.

The accompanying video was directed by Swedish artist, Henrik Håkansson: “This film is a collage of projects that have recently been exhibited as single works, where bits and pieces are psyched together to create a visionary and open reading to words and music. The visions of my work use reflections of or by fragments in our surrounding environment, mirroring a personal statement on the state of our natural world today. In the end it is a shared vision of gain and loss.” You can watch the video here.

About Group can also announce a London album launch at the Dalston Victoria on July 2nd. Purchase tickets here.

Between The Walls captures the sound of a band ‘playing’ together, in both senses of the word – experimenting and trying things, being playful, as much as being a group performing as a unit together. Between The Walls is the sound of people pushing towards and pulling against one another simultaneously. It is the sound of buzzing amplifiers, sudden musical non-sequiturs, loud blasts of straight synth lines cutting through melody and structure. And it is also the sound of beautiful and odd electronic textures and brilliantly defined and deliberate drums, underpinning fragile but deliberate performances of sad songs and country ballads.

Between The Walls will be available on CD (WIGCD292), LP (WIGLP292), DL (WIG292D) and on special edition 2 x CD, featuring a bonus disc with DJ loops, available through Dom mart and indie stores only. Pre-order the album HERE. Download album track, Walk On By, HERE.

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Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now)
John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized)
Pat Thomas (has played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley)
Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip)

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is About Group’s last album with Charles Hayward who now moves on to other projects.

About Group Will Be Between The Walls

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About Group – the quartet of John Coxon, Charles Hayward, Alexis Taylor and Pat Thomas – have announced details of Between The Walls. Their third album will be released through Domino on July 1st.

Between The Walls captures the sound of a band ‘playing’ together, in both senses of the word – experimenting and trying things, being playful, as much as being a group performing as a unit together. Between The Walls is the sound of people pushing towards and pulling against one another simultaneously. It is the sound of buzzing amplifiers, sudden musical non-sequiturs, loud blasts of straight synth lines cutting through melody and structure. And it is also the sound of beautiful and odd electronic textures and brilliantly defined and deliberate drums, underpinning fragile but deliberate performances of sad songs and country ballads. ‘The balance between songwriting and free playing, and a lack of clarity about which mode we will be in for any given amount of time, is the key to About Group.’ Alexis Taylor

Between The Walls will be available on CD, LP, download and on special edition 2 x CD, featuring a bonus disc with DJ loops which will be available through Dom mart and indie stores only. Pre-order the album HERE. Download album track, Walk On By, HERE.

The album features:

1 After Video
2 Walk On By
3 All Is Not Lost
4 Words
5 Graph Paper
6 Make The World Laugh
7 Love Because
8 Nightlife/Sinking
9 Untitled
10 I Never Lock That Door
11 Yes
12 If You Can’t Love Me

About Group are Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now), John Coxon (Spring Heel Jack, Spiritualized)
Pat Thomas (played with Derek Bailey, Tony Oxley) and Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip).