Kaktus Einarsson – Ocean’s Heart
Pleased to announce that Kaktus Einarsson has released his
final video from his newly released debut album ‘Kick The Ladder’
Returning with their first new music in 8 years, Stubborn Heart have now released their anticipated new album ‘Made Of Static’.
Luca Santucci and Ben Fitzgerald, who have spent the last few years developing the ten brooding electro-soul tracks that make up the successor to their lauded 2012 self-titled debut, have once again struck a fine balance between ominous synth-soundscapes and introspective songwriting.
Balance is the key theme here. With Fitzgerald leading the production and manning the machines, the sound is rawer than on their previous album. Left-field pop with dark, icy edges, it finds a home somewhere in between r&b and cold wave. Santucci brings the heart and with it his aching, obsessive lyrics and a desire for something grittier in its presentation. The duo’s talents complement each other perfectly throughout.
‘Yout’ by God Damn is now available, this is the first single of their upcoming album ‘Raw Coward’ that will be out 10 September 🔥
They tell us “The opening line “When he was just a baby, his mother told him son, be a good English boy and sell the world their guns” is a good foreshadow to a repeated theme on the record; that false pride that’s groomed into us from a young age. Blinkered to the real atrocities and corruption that have both made our country and continues to do so, that sense of higher moral rank, that sense of superiority and privilege that many still unfortunately feel they’re entitled to. If we’re going to evolve, we need to see what we’ve done and are doing wrong. The death of false pride, finding your true identity and personal growth.”
We are pleased to announce that ‘Kick The Ladder’ the anticipated debut album from Icelandic composer and songwriter Kaktus Einarsson, frontman of post-punk outfit Fufanu, is finally here 🧡
It draws heavily on the concept of how we as a society relate to our surroundings, whether it’s environmental or personal. For example, ‘Hypnotized’ is inspired largely by the recent deportation of immigrants and their children from Iceland, some of whom have lived there all their lives. He asks “Are the children scared? Do they belong with us here?” Angered, schools marched against the bill which in turn had Kaktus ruminate on the wondrous innocence of youth, and how older generations often find their ethics clouded, forgetting the simple difference between right and wrong. “They do not bow their heads to the plan, nor adjust to the broken scam”.
We are excited to announce that the stunning album ‘Detritus’ by Sarah Neufeld is out today!
The album is wistful and emotive, and carries the listener on a journey of euphoric and complex looped violin dusted with mesmeric melody recall. Openers ‘Stories’ and ‘Unreflected’ lead with atmospheric ease, sombre soundscapes and distant, otherworldly vocals. ‘With Love And Blindness’ ups the tempo with remote, dreamlike rhythms that hypnotise and enthrall. ‘The Top’ is elated, but it highlights the isolated strings and poetic loneliness Neufeld is able to convey with them. ‘Tumble Down The Undecided’ and ‘Shed Your Heart’ are climatic in their delivery, full of cascading notes and delays before closer ‘Detritus’ exits with a state of calm, easing back into the shadows and taking with it the vivid textures and images crafted with infinite grace over the course of the album.
Out now is latest album by Polly Paulusma called ‘Invisible Music’ which is a collection of traditional folk songs that influenced novelist Angela Carter, gracefully recrafted by Polly.
This epic assortment explores a multitude of lyrical themes from long past, most of which describe in grizzly detail dramatic loss, love, incest, abduction, war and death. Having discovered that Carter either sang or knew these songs, reframing these ballads became important to Paulusma — songs such as ‘The Maid and The Palmer’ which depicts a survivor of child abuse, or ‘Jack Munro’ which bears witness to the wartime antics of a cross-dressing heroine whose bold challenges to society bring her out on top, or ‘Lucy Wan’ where we’re privy to a brutal slaying of a young woman whose brother is never held accountable. Paulusma could feel the presence of these songs in Carter’s writing, but she needed to climb inside them and sing them herself to truly understand their power. Across the entirety of this LP we’re given the chance to view forgotten historical tragedies through a fresh lens, and through proximity to readings from Carter’s prose, to see the interplay between these old songs and Carter’s contemporary writing. Through Carter, Paulusma brings us the heroines she was influenced by, restoring historical narratives of female agency which are in danger of being lost.
“I was inspired by both a sense of interior aloneness, and a sense of deep intimacy. Within both, a profound questioning of identity and intention, and ultimately, a grieving over one’s former sense of self. The stories we’ve told ourselves that we can no longer believe. Nestled within deep layers of comfort, familiarity, and solace, I’m able to repeat myself again and again, never learning, never looking back.
Simultaneously becoming wiser and more ignorant as the years wind on, beauty and grace exist even here, in this rift.”
We are also very much pleased to announce that we will be releasing the debut album from Kaktus, frontman of post-punk outfit Fufanu, on May 21st!
Kick The Ladder is taken from the anticipated debut album by Icelandic composer and songwriter Kaktus Einarsson, frontman of post-punk outfit Fufanu. Produced by Kaktus alongside Swiss electronic composer Kurt Uenala, it was written in Iceland, with the sound being developed further in Copenhagen in collaboration with French prepared piano experimentalist Thibault Gomez.
Having honed his understanding of songwriting, recording, and production, the album is a culmination of his experience in contemporary classical and pop music, and bridges the two sides of his work.
Check out the first single ‘Kick The Ladder’ in the link below and pre-order the album 🥰
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