Comedian and actor Jon Benjamin has taken to the piano to record an album with a jazz trio. The only potential pitfall: he doesn't know how to play piano. Look out for Well, I Should Have...* when it drops November 27 on Sub Pop.
https://soundcloud.com/erasedtapes/lubomyr-melnyk-evertina Last year, Ukrainian piano god Lubomyr Melnyk released the transcendent Windmills, which apart from the almost concurrently released Corollaries, was essentially his latest major work in 15 years. Indeed, while Melnyk's discipline is probably unparalleled by anyone else in modern music, he can hardly be considered prolific anymore. However, that thankfully might be changing, as Erased Tapes Records has just announced he has an EP/mini-album-thing called Evertina on the way.
The release will apparently show off Melnyk's gentler, more melodic side - sorry, anyone jonesing for some more kung fu piano action. Above, you can lay your ears on the lovely title track and below you can watch a trailer for the mini-album. In it, Melnyk talks about discipline and metaphysics (whooo!) and proceeds to perform a double-piano version of new solo-piano composition "Butterfly." I like the way this guy thinks and plays!
Evertina is due out December 15 via Erased Tapes.
On Perfume Genius' third album, singer-songwriter Mike Hadreas uplifts his emotionally charged piano dirges with even more backing instrumentation.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen (aka the partnership of pianist/composer Dustin O'Halloran and Stars of the Lid's Adam Wiltzie) released their debut self-titled record back in 2011, and it was full of beautiful, lush drones and striking piano. In other words, it was a good holdover for all of us SotL fans eagerly awaiting the band's next record. But it seems we will have to wait a bit longer, as A Winged Victory for the Sullen are ready to release a follow-up. Entitled Atomos, it originated as a score for a dance performance by Wayne McGregor, and is now being released on its own. The first track from is the simply titled "Atomos VII", and it features just what we've come to expect from this duo: it's gorgeous, it's weightless, it feels like it could stretch on for days. The string are a bit more aggressive than on their debut, but otherwise, this is a nice reminder of why this group wasn't just a random offshoot.
Atomos is out later this year, but the teaser EP that "Atomos VII" is from is out April 28 via Kranky.
Nils Frahm's latest album showcases a series of live performances, pushing a lot of previously written material to the limit with longer song lengths and intense playing.
A captivating live rendition of "Toilet Brushes," which is one of many cuts off the latest album from minimalist composer Nils Frahm, Spaces. The LP is out now on Erased Tapes. Enjoy!
The new Moonface record not only features a simple display of Spencer Krug's vocals against his incredibly refined piano playing, but it's also the Canadian singer-songwriter's most personal record yet.