Surprisingly serene + melancholic new single from Ryan Hemsworth, the first to be released off his forthcoming second album in as many years, Happysad. Until then, you can grab the Snow In Newark 7″ from Last Gang, backed with the Ricky Eat Acid-featuring “Body Pillow,” here.
Here’s the first single from what’s probably the last of our most-anticipated releases of the year, Andy Stott‘s forthcoming Faith In Strangers. The record is being touted as being something “between Ron Hardy, Prefab Sprout, Dome, Actress, Cocteau Twins and Arthur Russell,” which is certainly an ambitious description, but seems to be pretty on point given the harsh-yet-wistful way “Violence” unfolds, once again employing the gorgeous and ethereal vocals of Stott’s friend/former piano teacher Alison Skidmore to haunting effect. Faith In Strangers will be out November 18 via Modern Love.
Very stoked to catch word that Swedish dream team Korallreven will be following up one of our still-favourite of albums of 2011 with a proper second full-length, Second Comin’. The record’s opener, “Death Is Not For Us,” is the kind of sweltering Balearic bliss we’ve been missing lately, with a sort of weird forboding lurking in the corners (as the title implies), perfectly setting the stage for the whole soaring affair to drop November 4 via the great Cascine. [via]