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LVMRKS – Valentine

What do you get when you blend the likes of Broken Bells, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, & Red Sparrows? Well, from the latest news, something along the lines of LVMRKS. Neil Busch, former vocalist/bassist/songwriter in …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is back with LVMRKS as well as work nearly completed on their forthcoming debut album, Pale Fairytale. The all-star group includes, of course, bassist Jonathan Hischke (Broken Bells, Hella, Dot Hacker, et al.) and drummer Dave Clifford (Red Sparrows, The VSS), making a well rounded act with an extremely potent potential.

To appease your undying desire, LVMRKS has already shared the first song from their debut album, the cupid-themed song, “Valentine” which is available to stream above. As far as the album, Pale Fairytale, it will be available on LP and download on May 21st, 2013 and was recorded and mixed by Toshi Kasai (of Melvins, Tool, & Big Business notoriety). So I will not say much since I don’t want to look back in several months and feel like a jackass despite to say, I’ve got a smile on my face. And yes, that’s a good thing. Take a peak and get excited.

LVMRKS – Valentine

– Cliff

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Big Sir- Before Gardens After Gardens

Singer/composer Lisa Papineau has made an impact in the indie-pop scene with such contributions including Air and M83. Bassist/composer Juan Alderete has been making a career of spacey-noodley psych rock with his work at Mars Volta. Combine the two and you get something known simply as Big Sir. Premiering the second track from their forthcoming new album off of RCRD LBL, “Our Pleasant Home” features fellow Mars Volta alumni Cedric Bixler-Zavala on drums and provides a timely introduction to the unheard momentum of their album, “Before Gardens After Gardens“, due February 7th, 2012. This will be the second track already released for the album, with “Ready On the Line” already released a little under a month ago.

Born in the late 90s, Big Sir is a enigma of electronic and analog beats, with Alderete’s fretless bass and Papineau’s dynamic voice sewn in seemlessly. “Before Gardens, After Gardens” gives listeners samples of danceable pop the likes of Billboard 100, yet at other moments, it can come across as haunting, like visiting an old car-crash site. Furthermore, as Sargent Records states, “the fear and uncertainty that we all face in contemplation of death, and the varying ways we all make peace with it is the basis of the album’s overall concept.” With such an introduction, I can only expect how epic this album could be, like Big Sir’s answer to Arcade Fire’sFuneral“. Yet this theme spreads far more sublimaly then one might think. As Lisa Papineau explains, “the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ speaks to the death of pride,” She continues by stating that, “the death of believing yourself to be omnipotent, and how joyful and sweet this humble giving-in can be. So, on our album, Death is a ship, and her name is The Calico.”

Before Gardens After Gardens” is said to host a whole string of appearances including Mars Volta’s Cedric Bixler-Zavala on drums, Broken Bells’ bassist Jonathan Hischke, multi-instrumentalist Matthieu Lesenechal, violist Heather Lockie (Mike Watt, Listing Ship), Matthew Embree (ME & LP), Mars Volta drummer Deantoni Parks, and even bonus tracks featuring Money Mark Ramos-Nishita and David Sims of Jesus Lizard. Between the unabashed pop hooks of “Ready On the Line“, to the shimmering organ and lightly brushed drums of “The Kindest Hour“, to the plaintive piano that leads “Born with a Tear“, it is clear that “Before Gardens After Gardens” will be an album of subtlety creative instrumental harmony and vocal melody. And with a combo like Mars Volta and M83, my question is: why not?


01) Regions

02) Ready On The Line

03) Infidels

04) Right Action

05) The Ladder

06) The Kindest Hour

07) Old Blood

08) Born With A Tear

09) Be Brave Go On

10) Our Pleasent Home

11) 1 Thousand Petals

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– Cliff

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