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Premiere: All India Radio - "Vega"

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All India Radio is an atmospheric downtempo outfit hailing from down under–shoutout to Melbourne! Frontman Martin Kennedy and his rotating cast of characters have been at it since the late '90s and are dropping (what's by my count) their 13th studio album next week. Titled S P A C E and sporting album art that was originally commissioned for Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, it's an album so confident in its hand that it's eager to show it as soon as possible.

We're premiering the project's opening track, "Vega," a grand instrumental that sets the stage quite well. Yes, it's got the vibe of other acts who similarly have their heads in the cosmos, like the aforementioned Pink Floyd and The Flaming Lips at their most ethereal, but also in the mix is a bit of the Lynchian noir of, say, Timber Timbre. Hopefully this mix of sounds does it for you. Listen below and enjoy!

S P A C E begins streaming May 25 via The Big Takeover.

Grouper - "Parking Lot"

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“Parking Lot” is the first single from Grouper’s upcoming album Grid of Points, which will be released on April 27 via Kranky. This will be her first album in four years, following up 2014’s Ruins.

The minimalist song is sonically similar to what appeared on Ruins and creates a hypnotizing atmosphere with its echoing vocals and piano. The song is practically formless and the lyrics are almost indiscernible, but the emphasis is certainly on the aesthetic.

Grouper has also announced a tour that will kick off in Berlin on April 20. There will be a number of European dates as well as a show in Calgary and Arcosanti, Arizona.

-Owen Murray