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Stream The Dovecotes's 'Humorless,' Out Today

Thematically centered around social anxiety, personal loss and other relatable content, the second full length from The Dovecotes is more than aptly titled. Humorless speaks on sadder subject manner, with the music not always reaching as low.

Staying on their same course of jangly dream pop, Humorless is the perfect follow-up chapter for the near two year old quartet. Over the course of eight days the band recorded and stripped down their new set of songs to keep their same powerful chord progressions and dynamic arrangements, with the help of producer Skyler Norwood. The results are complex and at times a bit unpredictable, though still true to The Dovecotes sound.

Celebrate the release of Humorless, along with a new album from the band Team Evil, tonight at the Alberta Street Pub. Your next chance to catch The Dovecotes won't be until the end of next month, during their show at the Secret Society with Risley and A Certain Smile





Mood Music: Sleeping Horses - "Rarely Has Reality Needed So Much To Be Imagined"

Post-rock is a beautiful genre, especially when it leans more towards the classical end of the spectrum. It's one that really shows the depth of an artist or band's talent, since at times it takes a little more effort to keep the fascination going. This isn't a problem for new solo orchestrator James Randolph Fouty, recording under the moniker Sleeping Horses, who keeps interest piqued with his self-titled debut.

Each track is ambient magic in its own right, but one that stands out is "Rarely Has Reality Needed So Much To Be Imagined." Aside from its thought provoking title, "Rarely Has Reality..." builds up in sonic expansion without becoming too chaotic or losing its intrigue.

Give the song a listen below and check out the debut album from Sleeping Horses, out on Fluttery Records.

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Fleetmac Wood is coming back to Holocene

There's no denying how influential Fleetwood Mac has been on the state of music, especially their seminal album Rumours, which reached its 40th anniversary this year. We've all taken to the album in varying ways, looking to it as inspiration for our own projects or as comfort needed in trying times. Regardless of what we turn to it for, Rumours and Fleetwood Mac have been and will continue to be some of the most influential facets in music of all time. It's on this basis that Fleetmac Wood exists.

An interesting concept never really done before, Fleetmac Wood is a remix project and party including various DJs and fans who share a love of Fleetwood Mac. The party project isn't meant to be a tribute, but more a dedication and celebration of it all by editing and remixing songs from the band's extensive catalog. Its roots started down in an East London basement back in 2012, after a launch party for the release of a remix to "Dreams" by Psychemagik. Nothing has been the same since.

The Fleetmac fun is coming for its third time to Holocene on April 1, so we wanted to dig a little deeper into the project and how it'll focus on Rumours specifically. We extended a couple questions to one of the DJs playing the Holocene rave, Lisa Jelliffe aka Roxanne Roll...

What made you decide on Rumours as the album to finally take on? 

Rumours is the ‘gateway’ drug for Fleetwood Mac fans. Since we started the remix project in London 2012, we’ve never made it the focus before as it felt too obvious and there is so much more material in their back catalogue. As the 40th anniversary of Rumours, it felt like the right time to acknowledge what a perfect album it is and give it a proper birthday party. It’s a four hour event so we play lots of other Fleetwood Mac tracks but around midnight we have a celebration and play exclusive remixes of Rumours tracks starting with Side 1, track 1.

As far as the musical approach taken to do the remixes, what was the inspiration behind it? Why a rave/club approach?

As DJs, dance music is a genre we love and have played for a long time and combining old with new feels perfectly natural. Most of the edits and remixes we play have a disco-leaning and a Balearic sensibility. Rock is a genre that was created to be played loud and danced to, it’s just that people are not used to hearing it in clubs. People really dance hard at our nights and lose themselves in the music. Because they have so many emotional connections with the songs, it’s a joyful release. It’s musical therapy.

What do you feel Rumours has done for the music world? What has it done for you personally?

Apart from creating a 40 year soundtrack to millions of lives, I think it’s helped women in music. Here’s a rock n' roll band to rival The Eagles and The Rolling Stones that is not just men. Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie are both talented musicians and songwriters who stayed true to themselves and became world famous rock stars. It’s the multi-perspective songwriting that really gives Rumours depth. There’s a lot of authentic stories being told through the music.

Which song is your favorite remix and why?

There are loads of amazing ones and our friends Psychemagik have made some classics, but the one that I am excited to play right now is a new edit of "Silver Springs" that I created. I was really nervous to work on it as "Silver Springs" is my favourite Fleetwood Mac song. It famously never made the original vinyl and became a B side to "Go Your Own Way." I was never going to better the original but I think the feeling is still true to the song and it has gone down well at recent parties.

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Portland is such a Fleetwood Mac town that this rave party is sure to sell out quickly, so if you want to dance the night away to some remixes, purchase your tickets for April 1 Holocene show quickly here.





PREMIERE: Barra Brown - "Poem No. 8: The Thread (feat. Gregory Uhlmann)"

*photo by Reed Ricker

Conceptually speaking, the basis of Barra Brown's Poem Project is something to pay much attention to. Coming out on Cavity Search next month, Poem Project takes Barra Brown's single "Poem" and sees it interpreted by eight different musicians from across the country. From members of groups like Ages and Ages, The Shins and Radiation City among others, Poem Project's participating artists breathe new life into an already amazing song.

Under a set of specific parameters, each artist was allowed to play with the original structure of the song while providing their own lyrics as part of the transformation. The one of particular focus today is from Los Angeles folk musician Gregory Uhlmann, who produced the softly intimate folk of "Poem No. 8: The Thread." Uhlmann's orchestration has made for a beautifully minimal track, led by rich vocals and slow, warm instrumentation.

Listen to "Poem No. 8: The Thread" below and be on the lookout for Poem Project's release April 7.





Daydream Machine drop new album, tour with Souvenir Driver

 We've been asking for new music from shoegazy neo-psych post-punk outfit Daydream Machine for a little while now and after being teased with "Modern Prophecy" back in January, The Show Must Not Go On is finally here.

It technically dropped earlier this month with a video for the album's first track "You Know Who" to go along with it, and a listening party running through the album a few days ago on St. Patrick's Day. Tonight is when the big celebration takes place, since it's the album release show along with the kickoff of their tour with Souvenir Driver.

Daydream Machine aren't the only ones with new tunes, since Souvenir Driver have been hard working in the studio as well. They debuted their new emotive dream pop track "Dive" earlier in March, the first single shared from their upcoming self-titled fourth release, due out April 14. Catch more peeks into what the LP will sound like tonight at the tour kickoff, or at any of their stops while on the road.

TOUR DATES

03/21 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR

03/24 – The Sound Lounge – Grants Pass, OR

03/25 – Starlite – Sacremento, CA

03/26 – Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA

03/27 – Continental Room – Fullerton, CA

03/29 – Harvard & Stone – Los Angeles, CA

03/30 – The Pour House – Oceanside, CA

03/31 – Til-Two Club – San Diego, CA

 

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