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May 23, 2011 (New York, NY) - IVY returns to Nettwerk to release their long-awaited fifth studio album this fall, title/release date TBA. The upcoming release -- written, produced and mixed by the band in their own Manhattan studio -- is their first in six years and the follow up to 2005's critically acclaimed In The Clear.
Fans will get a taste of the new album when Ivy releases their first single, "Distant Lights," on June 7, 2011. A slow-building, hypnotic and danceable track, "Distant Lights" manages to sound simultaneously like classic Ivy and like nothing they've ever quite done before. Singer Dominique Durand says, "This record feels like a new beginning for Ivy. We have never been as excited about one of our records as we are about this one."
Ivy -- Parisian-born singer Durand, Andy Chase and Adam Schlesinger-- began life in the mid-1990s as a stripped-down indie band, with an unpolished, jangly sound offset by Durand's intimate accented vocals. But on their breakthrough second album Apartment Life (1997), they began to augment their succinct melodies and chiming guitars with richer arrangements that revealed their growing comfort level in the recording studio. On 2001's Long Distance, lush soundscapes and dense rhythm tracks were brought to the fore, and bouncy pop songs were outnumbered by moodier, more atmospheric songs like standout single "Edge Of The Ocean." For 2005's In The Clear, the band tried to strike a balance between the immediacy of their early recordings and the careful sonic detailing of their more recent work.
About the forthcoming album, Mark Jowett, Nettwerk VP of International A&R/Publishing, says, "Ivy has reemerged with a beautiful, evocative and excellent album, and we are thrilled to have linked up with them again."
Stay tuned for more details on Ivy's fifth studio album.
Lana Mir LP
(Unfiltered Records; August 24, 2010)
The Ukranian born Lana Mir, New York based singer-songwriter will be releasing her infectiously charming self-titled debut album on August 24th via Unfiltered Records (The Postmarks, Ivy). The album is a breezy and disarming collection of songs that wholly reflects Lana's unconventional journey. Recorded at Stratosphere Sound in New York City and produced by Andy Chase (Ivy, Brookville) and Bruce Driscoll (Blondefire), the album is a promising beginning for the enchanting chanteuse.
Growing up in Kiev, Lana's creative options were limited, albeit her love of music was insatiable. Over time, Lana became exposed to western musicians such as Bjork, Air, Marianne Faithful, Joni Mitchell and Portishead via friends who were travelling in Europe and America. Discouraged with the artificialness of the Ukrainian recording industry, where she was quickly becoming popular, Lana swiftly left home and headed for New York where the gentle and earnest songwriting she penned would have a proper home.
Lana got her chance when producer Andy Chase fell under her spell upon hearing a few songs she recorded in a home studio. A year later, the LP was complete. Lana Mir is bursting with airy pop songs such as "Tears Are Not Enough," while the Tracey Thorn-esque "Return" takes its cues from Lana's appreciation of jazz. Lana's passion for Brazilian music from artist's such as Astrud Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, and her years of experience playing the jazz circuit in New York shines beautifully on the bossa nova-tinged, "Goodbye Girl." On songs like "Summertime" and "Say You Need Me," Lana's sultry voice and subdued sensuality combined with Chase's warm, gauzy production creates a fitting home for Lana's organic blend of contemporary and vintage 60s-style pop - much like Serge Gainsbourg achieved in the songs of Francoise Hardy. Lana pours herself into the hushed minimalism of "These Days" and her wistful voice floats on the shimmering "We Started Something."
The album's songs flow with unassuming emotion. Lana Mir is an album both worldly and timeless, establishing her as an undeniably gorgeous new voice to American ears.
Venus Magazine premiered the video for a new album track ""Summertime", which Lana shot in New York's Central Park. You can view the video here.
Watch the video for "I Wanna Be Adored" (Stone Roses cover)
Lana Mir tracklisting:
1. Say You Need Me
2. Beautiful Day
3. To Be Wrong
5. I Wanna Be Adored
6. Tears are Not Enough
7. These Days
8. We Started Something
9. Believe in Me
10. Goodbye Girl
For more on Lana Mir, please reach out!
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Gina Schulman//Inge Colsen//Sarah Usher
UK DATES WINTER 2009, SUPPORTING BELL X1
Thurs Nov 19 London, Shepherd's Bush Empire
Fri Nov 20 Manchester, Club Academy
Sat Nov 21 Glasgow, Oran Mor
"Nods to Burt Bacharach, Henry Mancini, and Sunflower-era Brian Wilson… fans of The Sundays and The Cardigans will love it."
The Guardian ‘New Band Of The Day' on debut album The Postmarks
On 1st February 2010, Florida based trio, The Postmarks, release their second album, Memoirs at the End of the World, through Unfiltered Records. They precede the release with a UK Tour, starting November 19 in London, supporting Irish rockers Bell X1.
The Postmarks recorded Memoirs between August 2008 and February 2009 in their home recording studio, taking a collaborative approach to the process. The resulting 13-track album is a sublime marriage of cinematic melodies, sonic experimentation, classic soul harmonies and female vocalist Tim Yehezkely's sultry, world-weary vocals. In short, it's that rare beast, an album that oozes instant appeal as well as rewarding repeated listens.
Opener No One Said This Would Be Easy hurls us into the string-soaked drama of a Jean-Luc Godard movie, whilst the anthemic pop of All You Ever Wanted builds into a horn-drenched sing-a-long ending. For Better…Or Worse? is reflective and hopeful, packing the emotive punch of the best Bond themes, while Go Jetsetter, the first Yehezkely-penned single, is an unforgettable, tongue-in-cheek look at the pursuit of material pleasures: we're in a Joseph Losey movie, speeding giddily down a country road, headscarves on, wind on our faces. The album's closers are two songs that delve deeply into cinematic themes. The Girl From Algenib is Italian sci-fi running headlong into Earth Wind & Fire, and with Gone, images of French New Wave crossfade to a mournful symphony, bringing the record to a shattering close.
The concept for Memoirs at the End of the World was born in a dingy bar on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, with the band wanting to delve into the darker territories of their self-titled, first album. After the release of their debut in 2007, they realized that their itch for cinematic themes on a grand scale still needed to be scratched - without losing their identity. The result is a true leap forward: these 13 songs are soaked with the ambient textures of dub reggae, the horn arrangements of classic soul, and experimentation reminiscent of old-school electronica.
Christopher Moll concludes: "Most bands that I've loved have come into their own on their second album. They had something that hooked me initially, but I truly saw them blossom on their second release. The second record should make good on all the promises the first one made and I'm hoping people get that feeling with ours."
The Potted History of The Postmarks
So, how did an Anglophile/Francophile indie band come to form in the rock cover-versions hub that is South Florida? Jonathan Wilkins had been based in San Francisco scoring music for independent films while Christopher Moll - born in the Bronx - had already established himself as a gifted composer, arranger and producer around Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. He also shared Wilkins’ passion for film music, and as Wilkins tells it, the pair’s friendship was sealed by a shared appreciation of the score for the 1973, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing-appointed gore-fest Horror Express, a flick they’d both seen as kids.
By 2004, Wilkins was periodically DJ-ing at Dada, a Palm Beach venue that sometimes had open-mic nights. One evening a girl with a boy’s name got up. It was Tim Yehezkely, of course, and when the enigmatic, Tel Aviv-born singer managed to silence, then enthrall, the normally rowdy crowd, Wilkins approached her afterward, and made sure Moll had a chance to see her. The Postmarks were soon born.
The trio recorded their beguiling debut album scored for strings, brass and woodwind, and found a home on Andy Chase’s Unfiltered Records in the Spring of 2007. The band soon headlined a national tour, played shows with Múm, The Apples in Stereo, The Album Leaf and The New Pornographers, took the stage at America's prestigious Lollapalooza festival in 2007 and made a memorable appearance on Nickelodeon's cult kid's show Yo Gabba Gabba. A year later, they embarked on a recording project that culminated in a covers album entitled By the Numbers, which the band released in November of 2008.
Memoirs at the End of the World is out 1st February 2010, and the band start the UK leg of their European tour supporting Bell X1 at Shepherd's Bush Empire on November 19:
Gen Art spent the day with the Postmarks in New York City making the video for Go Jetsetter. Check out interview with lead singer Tim and behind the scenes of the video shoot:http://www.genart.org/irockinspiration/insider/backstage-pass/the-postmarks-making-of-go-jetsetter
BROOKVILLE AND THE POSTMARKS HIT THE ROAD FOR MONTH LONG CO-HEADLINE TOUR IN SUPPORT OF LATEST RELEASES
Broken Lights and Memoirs at The End of the World From Unfiltered Records/ILG Finds Synergy in the Studio and On Stage Collaborations
New York-based band Brookville and Unfiltered Records label mates The Postmarks announced today that they will co-headline a tour beginning September 29 at Hotel Utah in San Francisco. This is also the release date for Brookville's latest release Broken Lights.
Brookville and The Postmarks, who recently released their sophomore CD/LP Memoirs at the End of the World are both signed to Unfiltered Records which is run by Brookville's Andy Chase. Chase, who is also from the band Ivy, runs the six-year old Unfiltered under a new agreement with Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group (ILG) to distribute his label. The connections don't end here either. Andy Chase mixed "Memoirs" and The Postmarks' female lead singer Tim Yehezkely duets with Andy on Brookville's "Break My Heart". Expect to see the pair collaborating on stage on this tour as well.
09/29 @ Hotel Utah, San Francisco, CA
10/02 @ Spaceland, Los Angeles, CA
10/05 @ Hi Dive, Denver, CO
10/06 @ The B Side Lounge, Boulder CO
10/08 @ Emo’s Inside, Austin, TX
10/09 @ Mink, Houston, TX.
10/13 @ Double Door, Chicago, IL
10/15 @ Radio Radio, Indianapolis IN
10/16 @ Southgate House, Newport, KY
10/17 @ Rex Theater, Pittsburgh, PA
10/19 @ Middle East, Boston MA (The Postmarks only)
10/20 @ The North Star, Philadelphia PA
10/22 @ Canal Room, New York NY (CMJ - The Postmarks only)
10/24 @ The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY (The Postmarks only)
Additional tour dates to be added.
Press Assets For Both Artists: http://eastwest.ilgpress.com/