Echopark – Ties

 “Ties is the name of this album; ties like the bonds that grow between people.” With these simple words Antonio Elia Forte (aka Echopark) introduces his sophomore album following his 2013’s beautiful debut Trees. Ties that tighten and then loosen up like the distance between me and you: all the song in this record are filled with the duality between closeness and distance as for two conflicting lovers (End) or that between planets (Watching the Planets Colliding). Distances that love can cover in a moment (Oceans) or un-fillable like our silences (When the Night Comes). Echopark’s vibe through this album seems to reflect these opposing forces: the quest for warmth and contact on one side, while building walls of sounds within which one can isolate from the outside world, on the other side. Translated in music, synths over synths defining the measures, facing guitars that create incredibly carrying psychedelic moments (Space Dog). In Ties there’s an idea of music in which rock and groove inextricably blend together, as taught by masters such as TV On The Radio, Tame Impala, or Notwist; but there’s also a reflection of a more secluded and introverted songwriting reminding some Andy Shauf, Aqueduct, or the latest Apples in Stereo. Ties was recorded and produced together with Matilde Davoli (Studiodavoli, Girl With The Gun) at Sudestudio in Lecce, Italy. Percussions are by Andrea Rizzo.

Ties is out now on a limited edition 12″ pressed on royal blue vinyl,  and digitally via your favorite streaming or download service.

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 “Questo disco si chiama Ties, come i nodi che si creano tra le persone”: Antonio Elia Forte, in arte Echopark, sceglie queste semplici parole per presentare il suo nuovo lavoro. Nodi che si stringono e si sciolgono, lo spazio tra te e me: le canzoni di questo disco sembrano essere piene di distanze e connessioni, da quelle tra due amanti in conflitto, come nel singolo End, fino a quelle tra stelle e pianeti (Watching The Planets Colliding). Distanze che l’amore fa coprire in un lampo (Oceans) e distanze incolmabili come i nostri silenzi (When The Night Comes). La musica di Echopark in questo disco sembra riflettere e raccogliere queste due spinte: da un lato a cercare calore e contatto, dall’altro a edificare muri di suono dentro cui isolarsi. Da un lato, strati di synth, a volte sporchi e ruvidi, ritmi quadrati, dall’altro chitarre acustiche ed elettriche (“in questi anni c’è necessità di chitarre”), fino a sfiorare la psichedelia (Space Dog). Dentro Ties c’è un’idea forte di musica in cui rock e groove sono indissolubilmente mescolati, secondo la lezione di nomi come TV On The Radio, Tame Impala, o anche certi Notwist, ma tra le cui pieghe traspare anche un cantautorato più appartato e introverso, i cui riferimenti potrebbero essere Andy Shauf, Aqueduct o gli ultimi Apples In Stereo. Echopark è nato in Puglia ma da alcuni anni vive a Londra. Ties è il suo secondo album (dopo Trees del 2013), ed è stato registrato e prodotto insieme a Matilde Davoli (Studiodavoli, Girl With The Gun) al Sudestudio. Le percussioni sono di Andrea Rizzo.

Ties è disponibile in edizione limitata 12″ stampato su vinile royal blue, e via download e streaming attraverso tutte le piattaforme.

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WWNBB @ SXSW – our label’s showcase in Austin

We bet that among the “5 things you didn’t expect from SXSW 2017” there will soon be a “Wait a second: did you say this stuff is from Italy?” – The showcase of a small independent record label curiously called We Were Never Being Boring will show you a side of Italy – and in a broader way an approach to music – you didn’t know could exist around the boot.

Friday, March 17th at The Sidewinder (inside), We Were Never Being Boring collective (aka WWNBB) presents six bands that will bring a great deal of good music, from indie-rock to electronic, from psychedelic lo-fi to indie-pop, and everything in between: a little festival inside the festival!

BIRTHH (https://www.facebook.com/birthhofficial)
Alice Bisi debuted her project at SXSW 2016 when she was not even allowed to see half of the shows because of her then 19 years of age. Since that first appearance she has been continuously playing shows, bringing her music to many prestigious European festivals (Ment, Eurosonic, Ypsigrock, to name a few). In March, she’s going to be back in Austin for SXSW 2017 amidst a year that is already full of unwinding surprises. The debut album Born in the Woods has received international praise, due to its’ breathtaking lyrics and vibrating sounds–a recipe for becoming completely absorbed in the songs.
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UblL3uxZYI
Live: http://concert.arte.tv/fr/birthh-au-festival-eurosonic?language=fr
Streaming: https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-078-born-in-the-woods

Dizzyride (http://www.dizzyride.com)
Nicola and Zoë live in Brooklyn where their paths met a few years back. She comes from Montreal, Canada; he is from Venice, Italy. This is their first project together and their music can be described as lo-fi dream pop. Their songs are the perfect soundtrack to those endless nights in which you meet tons of incredible people and in your head are already writing a movie about all of them. Dizzyride just released their eponymous debut album and they are at the moment on tour in the US.
Video: https://youtu.be/WLaIZqol3Qg
Streaming: https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-083-dizzyride

Echopark (https://www.facebook.com/theechopark)
Antonio Elia Forte lives in London, but his Mediterranean roots are vibrant in his passionate and at times euphoric way to face and dismantle synth-pop’s standard forms, and, while doing so, riding along walls of guitars built layer after layer after layer… Antonio is restless and never stops playing, reinventing, pushing the boundaries, and having fun. His sophomore album, Ties, out on March 10th, is a perfect gem that couldn’t debut on a better stage than that of SXSW.
Video:  https://youtu.be/DaolFvEcL7E
Streaming: https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-085-ties

Weird Black (https://www.facebook.com/weirdblackband)
This four piece from Rome plays a joyous psych-pop with a great passion for the Beatles and the Canterbury scene. Captain Luca Di Cataldo is a never ending volcano of ideas and songs, and while he is finalizing with Don Bolles (Ariel Pink, The Germs) the band’s sophomore album, set for release in the spring, it looks like there’s more and more urgent songs coming out right before SXSW. We couldn’t be happier to be facing the incoming spring with more surrealistic songs!
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ResJ_dNA0g
Streaming: https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-071-hy-brazil

Halfalib (https://www.facebook.com/halfalib)
Marco Giudici might be a familiar face to some, for his bass playing with the band Any Other, but his solo project Halfalib is still somewhat mysterious even if the tracks are already scattered across the web and the physical album is on its way to the stores. Halfalib’s music floats between Chris Cohen and Mercury Rev inside a shiny cloud of its’ own, still transforming and doused with mystery.
Streaming: https://wewereneverbeingboring.bandcamp.com/album/wwnbb-084-malamocco)

TIGER! SHIT! TIGER! TIGER! (https://www.facebook.com/wearetstt)
We are long time admirers of this band even though it’s not part of our label-family (they have released with the awesome To Lose La Track and MiaCameretta Records), we are very excited they will be joining us to bring on stage their indie-rock à la Sonic Youth / Dinosaur Jr. A perfect energy shaker condensed in a 40 minutes set, like their latest album “Corners”, should be played cranked up to volume 11!
Video: https://youtu.be/eCqlLpCGskA
Streaming: https://miacameretta.bandcamp.com/album/tiger-shit-tiger-tiger-corners

Polaroid DJ (https://www.facebook.com/polaroidallaradio)
Enzo Baruffaldi, from his hometown of Bologna, curates since 2001 the indie music blog “polaroid” (the nod is to Douglas Coupland’s “Polaroids From The Dead” and Belle & Sebastian’s “Ink Polaroids”, not the camera…) and a weekly radio show on Radio Città del Capo. In 2014, a survey conducted by Styleofsound.com included polaroid in the list of the “100 most influential blogs worldwide”. He wrote for Rolling Stone and various other magazines and webzines. When he djs he usually mixes indiepop and Northern Soul, and basically spends the entire set going back and forth from the dancefloor.
Blog: www.polaroid.blogspot.com
Podcast: https://polaroidpodcast.wordpress.com/

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Halfalib – Malamocco

WWNBB#084 - Malamocco by Halfalib

 Halfalib is Marco Giudici‘s solo project, debuting with the stunning Malamocco, an album able to surprise and excite with its dreamy atmospheres, sonic experimentations and sweet pop. Eight unpredictable tracks that can bring to mind the likes of Mercury Rev and Chris Cohen, with an approach to music that seems without limitations and can blend the warmth of a saxophone with the more direct electronics – clear pianos in a whirlwind of samples, lush strings that seem stolen from a sci-fi soundtrack and lo-fi divertissements. “I tired to write Malamocco without any pre-set boundary, but at the same time with an homogeneous sound. Adele Nigro (from the band Any Other in which Marco plays bass) has been a determining figure while writing the album, both from an emotional and a practical point of view; despite her unconventional half-in half-out role, the added brains and soul of this album are hers. Mattia Savelli took care of the graphics and has been a great help. With him I share ideas and approach; we often found each other thinking alike despite coming from different experiences as he doesn’t come from the music world. Niccolò Fornabaio at the drums, and Roberto Dibitonto at the saxophone added an incredible lot the the parts that I wrote but were left open to interpretation; they really out their heart in the interpretation  and you can definitely hear that on the album.”

“Halfalib is simply who I am, a 25 year old introvert born and raised in Milan, Italy. Malamocco is an album about high density emotional communication, of conflicting egos and their outcomes, with the outside world and with oneself. From the extreme of feeling lost , without an anchor, alienated from all the aspect of one’s personality, to the opposite of having a strong ego, being an anchor, following the instinct.”

Malamocco is out now on a very limited edition of 100 copies 12″ pressed on milky clear vinyl,  and digitally via your favorite streaming or download service.

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  Marco Giudici, già bassista degli Any Other, esordisce con un album solista a nome Halfalib che stupisce ed emoziona, tra sperimentazioni soniche, atmosfere sognanti e improvvise dolcezze pop. Mercury Rev e Chris Cohen sono tra i primi nomi che vengono in mente mentre ci si perde dentro queste otto imprevedibili tracce. Un’idea di musica che non si pone limiti, e che sa raccogliere e conciliare dentro di sé tanto i suoni caldi di un sassofono quanto l’elettronica più algida; limpidi pianoforti e l’accatastarsi turbinoso dei campionamenti; archi sontuosi che sembrano rubati a colonne sonore sci-fi e divertissement a bassa fedeltà. «Per scrivere Malamocco ho cercato di non pormi alcun tipo di limite, ma allo stesso tempo la mia volontà era quella di ottenere un suono omogeneo. Adele Nigro (Any Other), è stata una figura fondamentale per la realizzazione di questo disco, sia per un aspetto emotivo e motivazionale, che per uno strettamente pratico. Ha avuto un ruolo poco convenzionale, a metà tra esterno ed interno, ma se c’è un’altra testa e anima in questo disco è la sua. Mattia Savelli, che ha curato il contenuto grafico, è stato di grande supporto. Con lui condivido, talvolta in modo speculare, gusti e approccio, e ci siamo trovati su uno stesso piano ideale, pur venendo da strade diverse. Non è un musicista e il suo punto di vista è sempre stato prezioso perché scevro da una serie di minuzie che si rivelano essere poco importanti, a conti fatti. Essenziale è stato l’apporto di Niccolò Fornabaio e Roberto Dibitonto, rispettivamente batterista e sassofonista. Hanno eseguito parti scritte da me, che lasciavano però spazio ad ampi momenti di libera interpretazione. Ci hanno messo il cuore nel suonare ciò che gli era stato chiesto, ed è una cosa che personalmente ho percepito e apprezzato molto, e credo che nel disco si possa sentire.»

«Halfalib fondamentalmente sono io, una persona piuttosto introversa di 25 anni, nata e cresciuta a Milano. Malamocco è un disco che parla di comunicazione ad alta densità emotiva, con l’esterno e con se stessi, di ego conflittuali e della loro risultante. Dall’estremo del perdere contatto con se stessi, essere senza un’ancora, sentirsi alienati da uno o da tutti gli aspetti della propria personalità, a quello di avere un forte senso di sé, essere la propria ancora, stare bene con il proprio istinto.»

Malamocco è disponibile in edizione limitata a 100 copie stampato su vinile 12″ milky clear, e in digitale su tutte le piattaforme di streaming e download.

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Echopark drops new single “End” – Announces new album

London based Echopark fills the gap between his debut Trees and the sophomore Ties with the stunning single End; a jaw-dropping hymn that starts out precise to an almost methodic degree, explodes in an epic chorus and evolves into a sonic mash of a finale. End anticipates Echopark’s second album Ties, out on March 10,  released digitally and on a limited edition transparent blue vinyl that you can pre-order from our European and North American stores while listening to the song!

Halfalib first single and vinyl pre-order

Halfalib is somewhat a mysterious presence who is unveiling little by little his musical existence. So far we know they’ll be at SXSW 2017 in Austin next March, and we can hear the band’s first single Arythmie Du Soleil, “a perfectly mellow single” described by For the Rabbits as “light jazzy percussion, unnerving electronics and warm, woozy saxophones [that] seem to wash in and out of earshot, as the vocal and the omnipresent piano, pick out a wistful melody. There’s a touch of Lionlimb or Chris Cohen in this articulate take on beautiful hazy-pop music.” We heard that the debut album, Malamocco, will be out on February 24th, and now we know as well that the record will be released on a very limited edition of 100 copies pressed on milky clear transparent vinyl! And guess what? Those 100 copies are now available for pre-order from our European and US bandcamp stores. I foresee a sell-out in 5…4…

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Watch Dizzyride’s Young You – Preorder the 12″ Vinyl

With a stunning new video featuring Dizzyride‘s many faces through Zoë Kiefl capturing acting, the Brooklyn based duo tickles our appetite for more, which is a good reason why it’s the perfect time to pre-order the limited edition 12″ vinyl of the band’s self titled debut album out in January. The video filmed by Canadian director Angus Borsos and produced by Helium Castle was premiered via NOWNESS and features a chameleonic Kiefl who leaves us wondering and pushes us to re-play again and again, to get more details and get transported by the melody of the song.
Young You is the second single anticipating the release of the full length due out on January 20, 2017. The album is being pressed on a limited edition 12″ vinyl, and you can make sure to get your copy here:

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DIZZYRIDE introduces debut album with “Soundtrack”

Brooklyn has been already for a few years the home for the duo Kiefl – Donà, names that you might recognize for their solo projects: Horrible Present for the Venetian crooner, and the homonymous Zoë Kiefl for the Canadian’s angelic voice. Together they are Dizzyride, and after a few songs and EPs they finally announced the release of their debut full length, due out on January 20th, 2017. Soundtrack is the first single previewing the self-titled album that includes as well a number of collaborations (Mary Lattimore and Kyle forester to mention a few). Press play, replay.

Giovanni Ferrario Alliance – Places Names Numbers

GIOVANNI FERRARIO ALLIANCE - PLACES NAMES NUMBERS cover

 During every real journey comes a moment when you wonder how it would be to live in the place that you have travelled to and where you are beginning to feel acquainted with. And you catch yourself wondering if you are meant to be there at that precise moment: “I feel it’s the right time for me to figure out / if this is the place where I belong”. Giovanni Ferrario expresses that feeling in the music and lyrics of Places Names Numbers, an album that gradually unveils like a map, dotted with names of cities and countries, from Bristol to Cecina, from Africa to Australia. The landscapes pass by and Ferrario collects each fragment of the trip in his diary of names and numbers: a bus at four in the morning, the casual confident gesture of a girl,the road down to the bay, the depth of a friendship revealed unexpectedly. “These memories are never revived with nostalgia, a feeling that I don’t want to let in” confides Ferrario. And so this record develops and gains speed dot after dot after dot on the map: it goes from the indie-rock of He Fell to the rarefied electronic atmospheres of Where To Go; from Oaxaca’s sophisticated  pop to the summery upbeat rhythms of Wish 33rd, and among elegant arrangements and new directions finds place as well the cover of Costa, written by Robert Wyatt and his wife Alfreda Benge. This album ends up looking like a long road, full of questions and unpredicted events, but we know that Ferrario is a guide of great experience on which we can rely. Producer, musician and author, Ferrario has worked on many albums both in Italy and abroad (among others, those of  PJ Harvey & John Parish, Rokia Traoré, Le Luci Della Centrale Elettrica, Scisma, Morgan, GuruBanana, Sepiatone, Hugo Race & The True Spirit). His musical career began in the 80s with the project Views, continued in the second half of the 90s with Micevice, and evolved in the 2008 release by his name, titled Headquarter Delirium. In recent years he has worked primarily as a producer, but continuing to writing songs, some of which have found space in Places Names Numbers, an album released as Giovanni Ferrario Alliance, to emphasize the variety of fellow travelers that characterize the sound of the record. Places Names Numbers is available on a beautiful CD digipack, digital, and black 12″ Vinyl (this last version does not include the cover “Costa”).

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 Dentro ogni viaggio, se è un vero viaggio, arriva quel momento in cui ti domandi come sarebbe vivere nel luogo che hai raggiunto e che stai cominciando a conoscere. Ti chiedi se magari non è quello il luogo a cui appartiene davvero la tua vita. “I feel it’s the right time for me to figure out / if this is the place where I belong” canta Giovanni Ferrario, quasi alla conclusione di questo suo nuovo album, Places Names Numbers. Un disco che diventa via via una mappa, costellata di nomi di città e paesi, da Bristol a Cecina, dall’Africa all’Australia. Scorrono i paesaggi e il personaggio che narra tutte queste storie raccoglie nel suo diario di nomi e numeri ogni volta un frammento o una luce: un autobus alle quattro del mattino, il gesto casuale e pieno di invidiabile confidenza di una ragazza, una strada che scende verso la baia, la profondità di un’amicizia che si rivela in un attimo quasi inaspettato. “Ricordi, mai rivissuti con nostalgia, sentimento al quale sono refrattario”, confida Ferrario. E così l’itinerario di questo disco si arricchisce dopo ogni tappa: si passa dall’indie rock di He Fell alle rarefatte atmosfere elettroniche di Where To Go; dal pop sofisticato di Oaxaca ai ritmi quasi estivi e in levare di Wish 33rd, e tra arrangiamenti eleganti e passaggi tutti da esplorare trova posto una anche cover di Robert Wyatt e sua moglie Alfreda Benge, Costa. Questo disco finisce per assomigliare a una lunga strada, piena di domande e imprevisti, ma sappiamo che Ferrario è una guida su cui possiamo contare, di grande esperienza. Produttore, musicista e autore, Ferrario ha lavorato alla realizzazione di molti album sia in Italia che all’estero (tra gli altri, quelli di Le Luci della Centrale Elettrica, PJ Harvey & John Parish, Scisma, Morgan, GuruBanana, Sepiatone, Hugo Race & The True Spirit). La sua carriera musicale, iniziata negli anni ’80 con il progetto Views, è proseguita nella seconda metà dei ’90 con la fondazione dei Micevice, mentre è del 2008 la pubblicazione dell’esordio solista dal titolo Headquarter Delirium. Negli ultimi anni ha lavorato soprattutto come produttore artistico, continuando a scrivere molti brani, parte dei quali ha trovato spazio dentro questo Places Names Numbers, disco che esce a nome Giovanni Ferrario Alliance, a sottolineare la varietà dei compagni di viaggio e di incontri che questa musica porta con sé. Places Names Numbers è disponibile in CD digipack, download digitale, e vinile nero 12″ (versione senza la cover “Costa”).

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Weird Black – “Our Lies Are True” Video and album free download

Rome’s Weird Black is a never ending bucket of surprises, and they show it once more with a psychedelically contemporary video for the song Our Lies Are True, another gem extracted from their debut album Hy Brazil, out a few months ago and with just a bunch of copies left for you to grab. The band has been busy lately recording the sophomore album planned for early 2017, and still playing shows around Europe. Here the next dates if you are lucky enough to be close to any of those cities:

13 October – Seregno (MI-Italy) @ Honnky Tonky
14 October – Strasbourg (FRANCE) @ Le Local
15 October – Vagney (FRANCE) @ L’Estaminet
19 October – Besançon (FRANCE) @ Bains Douches
21 October – Landau (GERMANY) @ Fatal

And as a token for your moral support and the 3 minutes you spent watching the video, the album Hy Brazil will be available on free download for a week!!