In November & December, Macie Stewart will support Widowspeak's European tour, performing solo arrangements of songs from her debut solo album, Mouth Full of Glass. At the end of the tour, Stewart will play her own headlining show at The Sebright Arms in London, England on December 9. Don't miss Macie Stewart live! Tickets for all dates are on sale now!
"This song is about: the road, the metaphor of the road, the never ending journey, the horizon you never reach, the continuous line. It's about where I’m from – Arizona, America. It's about the beautiful and the ugly, light and darkness, the ever changing landscape, the forces outside of our control shaping the landscape (maybe like capitalism carving our cultural landscape like wind). But of course it's also about shadows. You can hit the road, try to put shadows behind you. They're still there. But not just on a personal level. Our country's shadows, etc. I tried to end the song with some forgiveness – the skulls are dancing, the party has gone wild. And then ultimately death
In this case, the video made the song. I filmed what I saw while I was on a road trip, and later, I wrote the soundtrack to the video and the experience.
I also included some footage for a never-released video for "White Fur" that my friend Josh Brine captured in 2018. And the double exposure fits with the theme of the palimpsest – the layers upon layers of time, echoed in geological layers revealed in the carved landscapes of the desert southwest."
human futures, the latest album by Dear Nora and the group's first recorded in a commercial recording studio, will be released by Orindal Records on October 28, 2022. Over the album's twelve tracks & thirty-four minutes, there are new kinds of songs, old kinds of songs, there is still the voice of beauty and sanity that we’ve come to know and love over the years. On songs like leadoff track and first single “scrolls of doom,” Dear Nora founder and guiding force Katy Davidson leans more into the producer’s role than that of singer-songwriter – coaxing bandmates Greg Campanile (drums), Nicholas Krgovich (piano/synth) and Zach Burba (bass/synth/drums) through chord changes, beats, and stylistic blends, while writing vocal melodies on the spot. Everyone brings the most interesting parts out of each other and themselves. Here, Katy’s more like the ‘top-line’ writer, composing the melodies, harmonies and lyrics, almost treating the other elements as if they were found – making this Dear Nora record much more collaborative than past ones and particularly contemporary in its process.
Today, we're thrilled to share human futures' leadoff track "scrolls of doom" and its accompanying music video. Watch it here:
Pre-order human futures on "Skull" opaque natural vinyl, classic black vinyl & digital formats HERE.
In his review for Pitchfork, Sam Sodomsky wries "Across
a casually sublime album, Cass McCombs is at his most confident and
intentional, constantly returning to the imagery of music and the
casualties of a life devoted to making and sharing art."
In their "Album of the Month" review, Uncut calls Heartmind "One of the most impressive bodies of work of the century so far."
The Fader writes "Heartmind is as rich & confounding as anything that McCombs has released. In its melodies & structures, it has the same wristwatch-like quality as all of his best work, beautifully simple on the surface despite the intricate complexity underneath.”
Orindal has an exclusive cassette edition of Heartmind (featuring a 7-panel, foldout lyric sheet) & it's available HERE.
Chicago singer, songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist Macie Stewart (she/they) returns with “Maya, Please,” their first single/video since their debut album, Mouth Full of Glass, released last year via Orindal Records. Following the same sonic path as Mouth Full of Glass’s avante chamber folk, “Maya, Please” is a tender morsel of meditative acoustic balladry, featuring fingerstyle guitar, understated vocals and lushly-arranged strings, all performed by Stewart. The accompanying animated video was drawn and directed by Izzy Vasquez.
"This song moves in and out of internal and external experience, all revolving around forgiveness. It is a conversation being had inside yourself asking for forgiveness, and ultimately finding the ability to forgive yourself. I wrote the strings at home and recorded them at Fox Hall with Dorian Gehring."
"Maya, Please" is available to stream & purchase from Bandcamp.
On August 19, Orindal Records will release the cassette edition of our old friend Cass McCombs' excellent new album, Heartmind.
On Heartmind, Cass McCombs
enters the double-digit-album phase of his career, a quantitatively
rarified place for any songwriter; rarer still, though, is the fact that
he does not yet seem to have settled into a qualitative sound or
pattern, of singing the same thought twice (or perhaps even once).
Heartmind cassettes feature a metallic silver imprint & a 7-panel, full color foldout j-card featuring complete album lyrics & credits. Tapes will ship on or before the August 19 release date & can be pre-ordered HERE.
CDs, LPs & digital downloads of Heartmind are available from ANTI- Records.
Back by popular demand!!!! Wednesday's instant-hit covers collection, Mowing the Leaves Instead of Piling ’Em Up, is back in print on tape! Featuring amped-up versions of classic songs originally recorded by Gary Stewart, Chris Bell, Roger Miller, Drive-By Truckers, Hotline TNT, Greg Sage, Vic Chesnutt, Medicine & Smashing Pumpkins, the second edition of Mowing the Leaves Instead of Piling ’Em Up features yellow-tint shells imprinted with gold ink.
Own the album that Pitchfork liked so much, they reviewed it TWICE!
From For the Rabbits' review of demos: "While the concept of a demo version can sometimes feel like seeing
something uncooked, here it feels like watching Karima put the pieces
together of a particularly fiendish puzzle as you second-guess where the
sketches might end up in the stunning finished product that was Waking
The Dreaming Body. Take How It Falls Apart, while it feels loosely
familiar you certainly couldn’t tie it to a specific track on the final
record. The track was inspired by memories of being a long-distance
runner when Karima was in high school, as Karima recalls, she, “would
go whole miles spelling this word, e-s-t-c-e-q-u-e…something about the
rhythm of this word would just kinda fit with how my body was moving”. This jogging mantra became a way of, “mapping a landscape”
and the looping pattern became the base rhythm of the song. From that
physical place, Karima seems to almost ground herself, allowing her true
thoughts to pour forth, as she questions everything she’s known up
until this point, “everything comes from god’s own hand, a little
sweeter than I can stand. Knew the story thirty years ago, conversation
was a sinking stone, fraying edges of what we know”. There’s
something disarmingly intimate about this recording as if we’re being
invited to peek behind the curtain, see the whirring cogs, the inflating
lungs, the fizzing synapses that make up a perfectly complex thought
process, it’s unusual and beautiful all at once, from this most special
of talents you’ll quickly learn to expect nothing less."
Purchase demos on digital formats & limited edition cassette HERE.
Karima Walker & Advance Base have made the difficult decision to
postpone the April UK tour. Here's a statement from Advance Base's Owen
With the current levels of COVID infections
in England & Scotland, we just don't think it's the right time to
travel overseas & perform the kinds of shows that we've worked so
hard to prepare. So, in the interest of our health & yours, we're
coordinating with venues & promoters to reschedule our UK dates for
August & September, with the hopes that COVID numbers will be at a
more manageable level by the time we return.
All of the dates that have already been rescheduled are listed below. If
you'd already purchased tickets for our April shows at any of these
venues, your tickets will be valid for the rescheduled dates. Our
rescheduled Oxford show has been moved from Fusion Arts to The Library,
but Fusion Arts tickets are still valid for the new venue.
Advance Base & Karima Walker August/September 2022 UK Tour
we will not be able to reschedule a Hastings show through the same
ticket vendor. If you purchased tickets for Hastings, or if you
purchased tickets for any other show but are unable to attend the new
date, email firstname.lastname@example.org & I'll get you in touch with the ticket sellers to
ensure that your money is refunded.
sorry for any inconvenience the postponed dates may cause. Postponing
our tour has proven to be a costly & time consuming undertaking,
& Karima & I did not take the decision lightly. Regardless, we're still pretty sad about postponing our visit to the UK. We hope to see you in August & September.
Some news that we're happy to report:
Karima Walker, Advance Base & Claire Cronin are touring the West Coast off the US in May!