Essential Sounds: 28.02.20

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – when so many artists playing Roadburn start gearing up to release their new albums. As a consequence, this week’s playlist is sprinkled with new tracks from bands that you can see on a Roadburn stage in less than two months!

Elsewhere we have some Roadburn alumni in the mix too – including Napalm Death who are back with an EP which only leaves us hungering for more.

Dive in!

If you want to seek out the tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Miserable – Damned To Love You (Sargent House)

FACS – Casual Indifference (Trouble In Mind)

Midwife – S.W.I.M (The Flenser)

Perfume Genius – Describe (Matador)

Wrekmeister Harmonies – Midnight To Six (Thrill Jockey)

Huntsmen – God Will Stop Trying (Prosthetic)

Regarde Les Hommes Tomber – L’exil (Season of Mist)

Napalm Death – Logic Ravaged By Brute Force (Century Media)

Gouge Away – Consider (Deathwish Inc)

Portrayal of Guilt – The End of Man Will Bring Peace To This Earth (Run For Cover)

Tombs – Black Sun Horizon (Season of Mist)

Lucifer – Midnight Phantom (Century Media)

Hexvessel – Billion Year Old Being (Svart)

Essential Sounds: 07.02.20

The only downside that I can think of, to handing over a playlist to a guest editor for the week, is that we then have an extra week’s worth of tunes to catch up on when we come to doing the next playlist ourselves. It’s barely a hardship though when there are so many new releases rolling our way every few days! If anything, the hardship is whittling it down into something the right size.

The HEALTH guest playlist is archived on our Spotify account, and we’ve cleared the path to a new week’s worth of songs. So without further ado… dive in.

If you want to search out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Saudade – Lions (Sargent House)

envy – Dawn and Gaze (Pelagic)

Fool’s Ghost – Touch (Prosthetic Records)

Sylvaine – No More Solitude (Prophecy Productions)

Uniform – Awakening (Sacred Bones)

Bestial Mouths – Within (Rune & Ruin)

Intronaut – Pangloss (Metal Blade)

Telepathy – Pariah (Svart)

WuW – Assiége Par Les Cris Du Sursis (Prosthetic Records)

Obsidian Tongue – Poison Green Dream (Bindrune Recordings)

Panopticon – Rune’s Heart (Bindrune Recordings)

Essential Sounds: 17.01.20

Once again it’s been a busy week here at Roadburn HQ as we made another announcement on Tuesday. We’re nearing the end of announcements now, but there’s one or two gems still to come – stand by for those in a few weeks.  For now, we have another playlist for you with some new tunes that we’ve been listening to over the past seven days or so. There’s plenty to dig into!

Perhaps you’ll enjoy a flashback to Myrkur’s Folksange set thanks to her new track, Ella, or you’ll be hyped up in anticipation for shows from Mamaleek, Algiers or Jeromes Dream. Either way, we hope you find something to enjoy!

If you want to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Myrkur – Ella (Relapse)

Sylvaine – No More Solitude (Prophecy Productions)

Jeromes Dream – Commonly, The Other Head with Both Hands (Microspy)

Igorrr – Very Noise (Metal Blade)

Algiers – There Is No Year (Matador)

Kim Gordon – Cookie Butter (Matador)

U.S Girls – Overtime (4AD)

Holy Fawn – Candy (Triple Crown)

Mamaleek – Eating Unblessed Meat (The Flenser)

Huntsmen – Ride Out (Prosthetic)

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Reducer (Rocket Recordings)

Garganjua – Mire (Holy Roar)

Essential Sounds: 06.12.19

December 6, 2019

Ahh just when we thought the releases for 2019 were coming to an end, Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky drop a couple of covers which are right up my street. And with Walter on vacation – and therefore unable to convince me otherwise – Droneflower’s cover of Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight kicks off this week’s playlist. I guess ’tis really the season as Ruby The Hatchet have also released a cover – also included here.

If you’d like to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Droneflower – In The Air Tonight (Sacred Bones)

Highnoon – Lens (Cicada Choir)

Rome – Rakes and Rovers (Trisol)

Algiers – Void (Matador)

Ohyda – Spokój (La Vida Es Un Mus)

Kvelertak – Bråtebrann (Rise Records)

Ruby The Hatchet – Easy Livin’ (Brutal Panda)

Twin Tribes – The River (Self Release)

S Y Z Y G Y X – Die Like A Rockstar (Cold Transmission)

clipping. – Drownt (Sub Pop)

Johanna Knutsson – Kungsvagen 44 (Kontra-music)

Årabrot & Lustmord – Die Nibelungen (Pelagic)

(Marissa Nadler photo: Peter Troest)

Essential Sounds: 01.11.19

Whilst we’re in the midst of prepping for our next announcement, we have been kept afloat by a raft of new music that is both inspiring and diverse. Get stuck in to a selection of those bands that are making it so very difficult to whittle things down for a year end list…

If you’d like to track down these songs elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Black Mountain – What’s Your Conquest? (Jagjaguwar)

Mark Lanegan – Gazing From The Shore (Heavenly Recordings)

Rev Rev Rev – Gate of the Dark Female (Fuzz Club)

Chasms – Deep Love Deep Pain (felte)

Autodrone – Thunderbolt (True Mother)

TOY – Down on the Street (Tough Love)

Double Mixte – Romance Noire (Italians Do It Better)

Ritual Howls – A Safe Haven From The Sun (felte)

Primitive Knot – Hatebait ( 1347054 Records DK)

Obsequiae – In The Garden of Hyacinths (20 Buck Spin)

Schammasch – A Paradigm of Beauty (Prosthetic)

Petbrick & Dylan Walker – Radiation Facial (Rocket Recordings)

White Ward – Love Exchange Failure (Eitrin Editions)

Lankum – Hunting The Wren (Rough Trade)

Tau – Tōnatiuh (Drones of Praise Records)

Essential Sounds: 25.10.19

October 25, 2019

Last week the creative forces of Bismuth and Vile Creature combined as they met up to really get going with the writing for their collaborative commissioned piece for Roadburn 2020: A Hymn of Loss and Hope. Hamilton, Ontario was a-shakin’ as heads were put together and riffs were churned out like it ain’t no thing. They found a few minutes to put together a playlist for us, featuring songs that inspired their creative direction for their collaboration.

KW told us:

We listen to a wide variety of music, everything on our playlist inspired us sonically, emotionally, in tonality or with its riffs. A Hymn of Loss and Hope is the most ambitious and challenging piece either of us has ever been part of, and we can wait to share it with Roadburners in April.

So without further ado…

Samothrace – When We Emerged (20 Buck Spin)

Baroness – Cavité (At A Loss)

Red Sparowes – Alone and Unaware, the Landscape Was Transformed in Front of Our Eyes (Neurot)

Arvo Pärt – Salve Regina (harmonia mundi)

Dead Can Dance – Summoning of the Muse (4AD)

ISIS – Collapse and Crush (Hydra Head)

Primitive Man – My Will (Relapse Records)

Efrim Manuel Menuck – The Beauty of Children and the War Against the Poor (Constellation)

The Goat Rodeo Sessions – Attaboy (Sony)


Essential Sounds: 04.10.19

October 4, 2019

This week’s playlist features a whole bunch of Roadburn alumni – including two who have ‘Live at Roadburn’ albums out, which means we couldn’t resist including those tracks here.  Elsewhere Jo Quail has reissued her album Exsolve, and Coilguns are gearing up for the release of Watchwinders… there’s plenty going on, and plenty keeping us inspired.

Kurt Vile, The Sadies – Baby’s Arms (Matador)

Battles – A Loop So Nice… (Warp)

Golden Dawn Arkestra – Hamza (Self Release)

Perfume Genius – Alan (Rework) (W Records)

Jo Quail – Forge (D.O.R Infinity)

Oranssi Pazuzu – Saturaatio (Live) (Roadburn Records)

Coilguns – Big Writers Block (Hummus Records)

Boris – LOVE (Third Man Records)

Hell – Helmzmen (Live) (Roadburn Records)

Jessica Moss – Particles (Constellation)

Essential Sounds: 06.09.19

September 6, 2019

These tracks have been the soundtrack to us working hard behind the scenes to bring you this week’s Roadburn announcement. A constant process of discovery is one of the huge joys of this job – and collating new music into a playlist like this cements that feeling.

This Hether Fortune track is actually not her newest, but it’s still glorious so I included it anyway! To hear her latest track, The Joker, head HERE.

If you’re not yet subscribed to our main 2020 playlist you can do so HERE – that will keep you up to date with all the bands we announce for Roadburn. Listen at your leisure.

‘Til next week…

-Becky Laverty

If you’d like to seek out these tracks elsewhere, here’s the info you’ll need:

Chelsea Wolfe – Deranged for Rock & Roll (Sargent House)

Soft Kill – Tin Foil Drip (Closed Casket Activities)

Hether Fortune – Birds of Prey (Etruscan Gold Records)

Liturgy – God of Love (YLYCYN)

Coilguns – Manicheans (Hummus Records)

Cult of Luna – Lay Your Head to Rest (Metal Blade)

Pleasure Symbols – Dissociation (Avant! Records)

A.A Williams – Jolene (Holy Roar)

Kayo Dot – The Something Opal (Prophecy Productions)

Cloud Rat – Wonder (Artoffact)

Pharmakon – Spit It Out (Sacred Bones)

Mizmor – Cairn to Suicide (Gilead Media)

Essential Sounds: 5.4.19

April 5, 2019

This time next week, we’ll be neck-deep in Roadburn Festival 2019 – we can’t wait! It does mean there will be no new playlist next week, but we’ve put together something great that will hopefully tide you over.

You’ll notice several Roadburn 2019 artists in this playlist, as the new music just keeps on coming. Top of the pile is a new offering from Heilung, which has us highly anticipating their show on Thursday!

We’ll be back with another playlist in two weeks, ’til then – see you in Tilburg!

Heilung – Norupo (Season of Mist)

Deafkids – Espirais da Loucura II (Neurot)

Waste of Space Orchestra – Void Monolith (Svart)

Droneflower (Marissa Nadler, Stephen Brodsky) – Estranged (Sacred Bones)

Big Business – Time and Heat (Joyful Noise)

Gost – The Call of the Faithful (Century Media)

Inter Arma – Howling Lands (Relapse)

GOLD – Things I Wish I Never Knew (Artoffact)

Helms Alee – Spider Jar (Sargent House)

Sky Ferreira – Downhill Lullaby (UMG)

Ioanna Gika – Messenger (Sargent House)

Big Brave – Sibling (Southern Lord)

Cocaine Piss – Dry Mouth (Hypertension)

Morne – Scorn (Live) (Armageddon)

EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: 'Darkest Hour' by San Diego's PHARLEE

March 7, 2019

So enthused were we by the sounds coming out of San Diego, that last year we shipped over 30 or so of their best musicians to create the San Diego Takeover. Leading the charge was undoubtedly scene forefathers, Earthless, who were our artist in residence for the 2018 edition – a band who have deeply influenced so many other bands from their hometown.

One of the newest bands participating in the madness – a band, in fact, that is yet to release an album – was Pharlee.  They are cut from the same cloth as their San Diego cohorts, but arguably that cloth is just of a slightly darker, bluesier hue. The energy and spark of their live show prompted us to invite them for an impromptu second set on the Sunday afternoon at the Ladybird Skatepark.

Dylan: “Roadburn was insane! I think we were the very first band of the Festival so that was kind of an honor. I’m just stoked we got to play – definitely a once in a lifetime experience.”

Macarena: “We had tons of people show up to a band that doesn’t even have an album out! It was awesome to see everyone’s reaction to the set, no one really knew what to expect. I hope we have the opportunity to come back to such a fantastically curated festival with the nicest hosts, and true music loving fans!”

Overlapping with some of the other San Diego bands project – Zach also played in Joy and Volcano, Figgy also played in Harsh Toke and Arctic, Dylan played with Sacri Monti – meant that Pharlee were somewhat familiar to Roadburners. But with the pipes of Macarena Rivera up front, there was a distinctively soulful vibe to Pharlee’s abundant charm.

Thankfully they’ve seen fit to capture some of that charm and commit it to record; their eponymous debut will see a release via Tee Pee this April. Pre-order here. We’re thrilled to bring you an exclusive premiere of a track from said album. Dive in to Pharlee’s Darkest Hour.