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Chris and Gileah

Chris and Gileah’s self-titled debut evokes laying in the grass on a summer’s night, staring at the moon and the stars, and contemplating the twists and turns your life has taken. With poetic introspection, raw emotional candor, breathtaking harmonies, sweeping grandeur, and pastoral folksiness, Chris and Gileah (The Love Library) tackles weighty topics such as the promise of youth yielding to the demands of adulthood, marriage, depression, and sweet love.

It’s both haunting and comforting—it’s an album of bold contrasts born from one profound incongruity: It was never meant to happen but it was also inevitable.

The backstory is that Chris and Gileah have been married for a decade, and both are esteemed solo artists with impressive careers. Chris was discovered through the Myspace craze of harvesting young talent, and found himself catapulted into the world of big record deals, nonstop national tours, and co-write sessions with Nashville’s finest hit makers. Gileah is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who has been featured in such magazines as Paste and Relevant.

After they married, Chris made a big decision. “I quit music, my priorities shifted,” he says today. “I had a great label and so many opportunities, but I felt a commitment to be married and be there for my daughter. I didn’t want to be that guy that came back in time for his daughter’s birth, and then just went back out on the road.”

Throughout the rollercoaster ride of Chris’s career, Gileah, a prodigious songwriter, remained an active and prolific artist. “It was a strange time,” she confides. “I was doing what I had always done as an artist, but here I was with a baby watching Chris’s career. It was complicated. I was so proud of him but, still, there was a struggle within me.”

The next chapter saw Chris working in the family business and Gileah doing what she always did, writing songs. Then, one fateful day, there was a twist in the plot.

Gileah was writing on the piano in the living room when Chris passed by. “I said to him, ‘sing this verse for me,’” Gileah says playfully. “He did and it was like ‘oooohhhh’, it was like an angel singing!”

That song became the dreamy, “Love On This Island,” one of many standouts on Chris and Gileah. “Gileah wrote all these songs,” Chris reveals. “But I feel like they are my songs. ‘Love On This Island’ was about her watching me grapple with depression.” Gileah adds: “They are your songs, you were the muse.”

The album is jeweled with reflective gems on day-to-day living, and each one is prismatic and earnest, capturing the emotional complexity of couplehood. “We’re not above bad seasons, but we love each other and that keeps us going,” Gileah says.

“Map In My Heart” recalls the duo’s relationship journey with the sweet longing of the harmony vocals perfectly evoking young love nostalgia. And “Stay Love” is a majestic “us against the world” slow burn anthem.

An essential part of the Chris and Gileah family is producer/writer/multi-instrumentalist Allen Salmon who produced Chris and Gileah and contributed his multi-instrumentalist talents to the project. Chris and Allen first worked together during co-writing sessions back when Chris had his record deal, later on Allen worked with Gileah on her solo projects.

Thinking back, Gileah says with a good-natured laugh: “I guess I feel like I caught that big fish by luring Chris back. I didn’t think he would sing again, and I missed that spark.” Chris pauses pensively: “When I hear the album, I just feel like it adds so much depth to our life, to our family, it’s real. It’s made my life better.”

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Juliane Jones

Singer-songwriter and ethnomusicologist Juliane Jones finds harmony in what seems like self-identity dissonance. “I occupy a middle space – my world is about intersections,” the New York-based songstress explains. Juliane’s father is Welsh, and her mother is from LA. She has lived internationally in five different places and speaks fluent Chinese and French. She is an ethnomusicologist by profession and an actively gigging musician. Evocatively, Juliane titles her kaleidoscopic, singer-songwriter, English-Chinese hybrid album The Space Between The Telephone Lines.

Juliane’s expansive artistry melds genres and inward/outward travelogues. It’s an exquisitely curated showing of diverse identities, spanning the genres of indie, alternative, folk, pop, electronic music, and rock, as it incorporates her experiences from studying music in China and France. Her writing evokes the astute and playful lyrics of Serge Gainsbourg, and the vivid narratives in the French Chanson genre with elements of Canto-pop music, inspired particularly by the Chinese artist Faye Wong.

Juliane has been building her artist profile through gigging in NYC’s vibrant singer-songwriter scene and expanding her outreach through gigs nationally and internationally, most notably with intimate gigs in Shanghai. In addition, she’s received exposure through having tracks played on Fairchild Radio and TV broadcast in Canada.

A foundational moment in her life’s work timeline occurred while in graduate school in the East Asian Studies Department at the University of Chicago. She was studying the great Italian composer Giacomo Puccini and became inspired by the fact that he integrated Eastern music within one of his operas. It was a revelatory moment: Previously she was a prodigiously talented singer-songwriter with a separate intuitive gift for linguistics and understanding different cultures. This light bulb moment helped her discover the harmony in the space between these worlds.

“Ethnomusicology and songwriting are similar in a lot of ways. Ethnography is really about description, observation, and interpretation. Songwriting is similar, but in writing songs the author can blend fact with fiction—it’s more flexible,” she says.

The Space Between The Telephone Lines uses pop conventions to explore intriguing, contrasting dialogues in music styles, cultures, and love. “The progress and innovations in pop have made it the perfect medium to explore different cultures and genres to create a fresh artistic vocabulary,” Juliane reveals. The album standout, “When You Sleep,” blends elegantly essential classical motifs with sweet folk pop. The accompanying video presents a charmingly quaint snapshot of new love. “That’s about when you get to that point in a relationship when you are so crazy-mad-in-love that you start second-guessing what you have,” Juliane says. The sublime, pastoral pop of “Rhythm & Blues” dissects long distance relationships in a playfully conceptual video and lyric scheme, referencing the Chinese myth of the red string of fate that connects destined lovers.

Throughout the album Juliane innovatively explores an East-West cultural exchange. She sings portions of songs in Chinese, boldly challenging herself to keep thematic and melodic continuity within Western pop conventions. Further enriching the East-West artistic dialogue, Juliane covers “旋木 (Wooden Horse)” by beloved Canto-pop artist Faye Wong who previously ignited her own cultural exchange with a gorgeous version of the Cranberries “Dreams.”

The album was tracked in Nashville and produced by Juliane and Doug Beiden.
Reflecting on the profound journey to arrive at The Space Between The Telephone Lines, Juliane says: “For me, answering big questions about music, culture, and life has always been a part of my songwriting. I’m always looking for new ways of understanding music, and I’ve always been interested in how writing music can be linked to individual biography and social history. I’m forever fascinated with that moment of creation, it always seems magical.”

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Electro Noir Pop – a description that fits no:carrier best. “We can’t be compared easily. We have our very own sound that includes elements from several styles – from Dark Wave to Synthpop, from Acoustic to Electro,” says Chris Wirsig, main songwriter and producer of no:carrier. “We found our own way, we are not going on the trodden paths. We stay true to our ideals and write exactly the songs we want to write.”

no:carrier, originally founded in 1995 in Germany, but active in its current line-up since 2001, is now a long-distance musical affair, with Chris Wirsig living in San Francisco while singer Cynthia Wechselberger still resides in their home country Germany. But as with all long-distance relationships this can add some spice to the mixture.

After two critically acclaimed albums, “My Own Dream” in 2002 and “Between The Chairs” in 2011, the duo is back in 2013 with even more variety. Still firmly rooted in Dark Wave and Synth Pop, no:carrier’s sound and topics are broader than ever, incorporating Arabic instruments, drums and percussion from different cultures, with topics ranging from melancholic introspection to defiant declarations to tragic real-life biographies.

First harbinger of the new songs was the 5 track single “Last Scene”, released in June 2013. The song reflects a dubious past, a “last scene of a play we shouldn’t have staged”, and was praised in magazines like Side-Line, Nachtaktiv, Amobss-Mag and ReGen. The follow up single, “The Nine Days’ Queen”, released in December 2013, deals with the tragic life of Lady Jane Grey who ruled England for nine days and later was beheaded. A third precursor to the new album “Wisdom & Failure”, the “Confession EP” is released late February 2014 with the album following late April/early May.

Websites:
Official: http://www.nocarriermusic.com/
Bandcamp: http://nocarrier.bandcamp.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NoCarrierMusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ncrrr

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Gone Away (Writing Cave Session) by The Glass Child

A new track from a former XMR.fm artist of the month has been released. Gone Away (Writing Cave Session) is now available to download on Bandcamp.

Download song: http://theglasschild.bandcamp.com/track/gone-away-writing-cave-session

Website: http://www.theglasschildofficial.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/theglasschild

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/justaglasschild

 

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War Poets

Pop-rock band War Poets are uncompromising social justice advocates with a refreshingly inviting approach to expressing their ideals. They infiltrate the pop-rock genre using smart hooks and compelling narratives to gracefully invite listeners to consider their social and political perspectives. “The songs we write have messages, but we like to pass these on in stories so they’re more relatable,” says Rex Haberman, the band’s primary creative force.

The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based group has garnered favorable comparisons to Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, and the Replacements. Like the aforementioned artists, War Poets draw on Americana, pop, and rock to achieve an aesthetic that’s refined but rootsy.

In just 14 months, War Poets have managed to build a highly impressive artist profile. The video for band’s lead off single, “Close Enough,” from War Poets’ debut full length, Dulce et Decorum Est, has wracked up an astounding 250,000 views. It was a heartwarming statement on marriage equality dedicated to the memory of the historical NYC Stonewall uprisings, and the track became an anthem for many same-sex marriage supporters. The group’s follow-up video (for the single, “Will You Be There”) netted over 45,000 views. War Poets’ music is played nationally on both AAA and college radio formats. The group has the added distinction of being the #1 most played album on KSJS radio in San Jose, CA. War Poets have earned nine TV and film licenses. Last spring, War Poets played Red Gorilla Music Festival during SXSW. The group has worked with such iconic producers as Grammy winner Kevin Bowe (Etta James, Jonny Lang) and five-time Grammy winner Joe Baldridge (Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson). It’s been one heck of a year for War Poets.

The group has a unique band structure built around a core duo of Haberman as the primary singer-songwriter and guitarist, and bassist-vocalist, and contributing songwriter, Jenny Case as the musical director. The two keep an ongoing artistic dialogue with creative advisor Matt Kirkwold who also contributes songs to War Poets. Previous to War Poets, Haberman had recorded and released three albums, and Case has led her own band, and played in many cover bands. Currently, she is the executive director of She Rock She Rock Foundation.

When forming War Poets, Haberman made a socially conscious decision to build the band around a female singer-bassist. “I have a strong opinion about the status of women in music because I find it a really male-dominated world,” he reveals. When he expressed the idea of forging a female/male artistic alliance to creative advisor Matt Kirkwold (Haberman and Kirkwold have been friends and collaborators for 15 years) Kirkwold suggested Case. “We work together like we’re on a mission,” Haberman explains. “Jenny has high standards. She’s a perfectionist in the studio and really pushes the band’s performances. She’s super talented and highly professional.” The two also have complimentary voices with Chase’s angelic and schooled vocals providing a sweet counterpoint to Haberman’s plaintive and impassioned vocal stylings. Rounding out the ranks as a full-band collective is a fluid mix of some of the Midwest’s finest musicians and songwriters.

The group’s new album is boldly titled American Police State, evoking the red button topics shared within its irresistible pop-rock songs. The band is currently putting the finishing touches on the album and Haberman’s sneak-peak revelations are that the new album will discuss income inequality, Native American rights, and gun violence. “What is a gun really for? It’s for killing people,” Haberman affirms. “I realize I have strong opinions on gun violence, but we’re musicians, not politicians. We put our views out there by singing so people can think about this.” War Poets are currently readying one of their signature poignant and purposeful videos for “8:05 On A Saturday Night” which addresses gun violence directly without glorifying an atrocity.

In a very short amount of time, War Poets have made an impact as musicians and as messengers. They have been embraced by masses and respected by some of the music industry’s leading lights. “The most fulfilling moment of it all might be when we played ‘Close Enough’ during our CD release party. There were all these people I’ve never seen before so into that song,” Haberman says, pausing thoughtfully. “As a heterosexual male, making that connection that we have different orientations but I still care for you, respect you, and love you as another human being. That was a great moment.”

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Gumshen

XMR Summary: As an LP Progtronica shows an innovative style from the Settle based band.

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From the beginning, Gumshen has been a band that embraces a wide array of musical styles. Influenced by Pink Floyd, Phoenix and pop, their sound transforms intellectually from modern to classic to progressive rock, pop and electronic dance, rap and funk, analogue to digital; usually within the same CD.

Gumshen started as a traditional guitar based rock band in a garage in north Seattle in the mid-2000′s under the name Menthol James.  Guitarist Jan Ciganik escaped from Communist Czechoslovakia in the 80′s, found success in the 90′s Seattle grunge scene playing with the acclaimed band Ventilator produced by John Cale. Eventually he met up with drummer Dennis McCoy and others to form Menthol James. After a few line-up changes they were joined on bass by actor/musician Ron Hippe (broadway theatrical credits, Northern Exposure, Caspar Babypants with Chris Ballew).

The trio recorded a hard rock eponymous EP in 2007. The next year they changed their name to Gumshen for no particular reason and recorded their next EP, a grungy affair called Stew, with bassist and sound engineer Rich Hinklin (formerly of Jack Endino’s Reciprocal Recordings and currently a Sound Design Faculty member at The Art Institute of Seattle). This addition to the band allowed Ron to switch over to guitars and keyboards and expanded the sound of the band.

Once the line-up was settled the band soldiered through seven calendars of steamy summers and icy winters to practice, record and produce smart, eclectic EP’s each year, and play alongside such bands as Minus the Bear and The Icons on stages such as the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon, Hempfest and the Bite of Seattle.

Gumshen Discography:

Menthol James (2007)
Stew (2008)
Super Buffet (2009)
March of the Februaries (2010)
What You make It  (2011)
Everything What We Recorded (2012)
Progtronica (2014)

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Amy Madden: Hotel Ruin and Other (Vintage) Minor Disturbances and B-Sides

Amy Madden’s “Minor Disturbances” finally as digital release.

Amy Madden’s U.K. 1989 vinyl release, ‘Minor Disturbances’ drew rave reviews from Melody Maker, Billboard and the NME. Finally the album is now available as a digital release, along with live recordings from her earliest performances, some dark poetic 8-track home demos, and a rare Jamaican radio dub-mix of one of her first compositions.

Belpid Records now releases Amy Madden’s album “Hotel Ruin and other (vintage) Minor Disturbances and B-sides” (Belpid 040). It’s an album of all-original dark, minor key 1980′s analogue-recorded pop/rock from both London and New York City.

13 all-original tracks, featuring the stellar guitar of Jon Gordon (Suzanne Vega), Jon Paris, Freddie Katz and Joe Pisciotta. Charlie Giordano (of Springsteen’s E Street Band) played accordion on the (minor) hit single, “Hotel Ruin”, which was originally released by One Big Guitar Records and distributed by Rough Trade. Long out-of-print and most of it never released before, rarely have 80′s indie rock sounded this great.

Web: www.belpid.sewww.amymaddenmusic.com

 

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Elliott Wheeler

Elliott Wheeler is a Sydney based composer, producer and founder of Turning Studios. Classically trained, he studied composition and brass studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and Philosophy at Sydney University. Since then, he has worked continuously as a screen composer and producer across a broad spectrum of genres from studio releases to film, documentary, commercials, and theatre.
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For the last year he has been working on the soundtrack for Baz Lurhmann’s “The Great Gatsby”, collaborating on material from all of the film’s artists, from Jay Z, Florence + the Machine, Lana Del Rey, Jack White, will.i.am, Bryan Ferry and his Jazz Orchestra, Emile Sande and Kid Koala, Fergie, Q Tip and Goon Rock, as well as providing original additional music for the film. Wheeler’s currently working on the soundtrack for the new George Miller Mad Max film, “Fury Road”, as well as Rob Conolly’s adaption of Tim Winton’s “The Turning” – a collection of eighteen short films directed by diverse range of artists and directors including Cate Blanchett, David Wenham and Mia Wasikowska, among others.

In 2011, Elliott produced and arranged the “Ship Song Project” for the Sydney Opera House, taking Nick Cave’s iconic torch song and filtering it through the lens of some of the most iconic artists and ensembles to perform at the House, from Neil Finn, Martha Wainright, Daniel Johns, and Temper Trap, through to the Australian Chamber Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and Opera Australia.

As well as his filmwork, 2013 sees the worldwide release of his debut studio album, “The Long Time” which features Wheeler along with a succession of veiled muses – hand-picked from his extensive work with the best Australian singers in jazz, neo folk, indie rock – adding to the mystique and sense of theatre that sits at the core of the album. Each track on the album takes it’s inspiration from one of Wheeler’s favourite scenes from his most loved films of the 60′s and 70′s. “The Long Time” is due for release soon.

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Amatorski was recently described as “the best Belgian act around at the moment” by The Guardian (UK), while Les Inrockuptibles raved about the band’s recent show at the Reeperbahn Festival, “extremely classy… refined, delicate, melodic, subtle: the most beautiful concert of the evening”. The French magazine went on to compare the band’s “absolutely delicious atmospheric pop” to the music of Sufjan Stevens, Portishead and Sparklehorse, while other writers have evoked Sigur Ros or The Cocteau Twins.<a href=”http://rk3.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Amatorski1.jpg”><img class=”size-medium wp-image-791 alignright” alt=”Amatorski” src=”http://rk3.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/Amatorski1-300×236.jpg” width=”300″ height=”236″ /></a>

Singer Inne Eysermans (who also plays keyboards &amp; guitar), guitarist/vocalist Sebastiaan Van den Branden, bass &amp; keyboard player Hilke Ros and drummer Christophe Claeys formed Amatorski in Ghent, and immediately achieved wide recognition in the Benelux with their self-produced, self-released Same Stars We Shared EP, which contained four exquisite songs written by Inne, and carried by her hypnotic voice.

Inspired by the letters exchanged by Inne’s great-grandparents during World War II, the EP’s opening track “Come Home” conquered the local charts, got airplay on all national radio stations, and was used in a commercial for a famous brand of water.

Then came the TBC album, a beautifully arranged suite of songs which weaves electronic &amp; acoustic ingredients with delicate orchestrations. The album was again created in the band’s studio in Ghent, and mixed in London by Darren Allison (known for his work with Belle &amp; Sebastian, Efterklang and The Divine Comedy). The album ascended to #5 in the Belgian charts (a rare feat for a totally self-released album), and earned the band nominations in several categories at the Belgian Music Industry Awards.

The band’s two music videos were directed by young up-and-coming Belgian film directors (Wannes De Stoop for The King, and Maria De Gier for Soldier).

“Amatorski” means “amateur” in Polish. The name may possibly be connected to a certain movie by K.Kieslowski.

Amatorski’s devoted following keeps increasing after each of the band’s mesmerising performances (“Perfection on all fronts”, according to Dutch magazine OOR), which beautifully translate the album’s dreamy sonic &amp; lyrical universe.

The band has now joined forces with Crammed Discs, who will be giving Amatorski its first international release, with a special double-pack edition of the “TBC” album and the “Same Stars We Shared” EP, due out in early Spring 2013.

Amatorski’s track “Come Home” has been selected by Google Music to be part of their monthly Antenna emerging artist feature, one of their most successful slots!

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Meredith O’Connor

Meredith O’Connor is a 17 year old singer/songwriter from New York. She has trained in classical, Broadway, and pop vocals, as well as theater and dance, and performed in professional and local productions including “Annie”, “Grease”, and “Little Shop of Horrors”. Meredith loved to be on stage, and found her passion at a young age.

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Unfortunately, at school she was ostracized because she didn’t fit in, and faced harassment by other students. After spending much of her junior high and high school years being on the outside of the in crowd, (too tall, too skinny, too weird, no good at sports), in 2011 Meredith was “discovered” by a Miss Teen/ USA scout, and launched a successful modeling/acting/singing career. In 2012, she began production of an EP of her original songs with Threshold Studios, which is soon to be released. Meredith’s songs speak to young people who are deciding who they want to be. In “The Game” she seeks to inspire teens to be brave, and stand up for those who have been left out of the social hierarchy. “Celebrity” beautifully expresses her “prove them wrong” attitude when it comes to people who have treated you unfairly. Her music is edgy country-pop, a combination of Taylor Swift and Alanis Morisette.

Meredith also has a leading role in the upcoming independent film “Red-Headed Randy”, an anti-bullying horror film, designed to get young people’s attention. Her song, “The Game”, will be featured on the soundtrack. Meredith is a member of “It gets Better” since 2010 and is an official advisor for the “reach out” magazine and online blog (reachout.com ) She makes herself available for speaking engagements to groups of young people, sharing her music and her story, and encouraging teens to be inclusive and tolerant of one another’s differences.

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