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Composer / producer / singer Lydia Ainsworth has been secretly writing and recording songs over the past three years from bedrooms and basements between Toronto and Brooklyn. What began as pass-time sketches between composing music for film and multimedia projects has over time revealed an enchanting collection of experimental pop songs with a life of their own.

Blurring the boundaries between indie music, filmic orchestration, and electronic music, Lydia’s debut ‘Right From Real’ thrives on haunting melodies and draws inspiration from a wide range of musical sources – Verdi’s Requiem, Ace of Base, Bulgarian Choirs, Bernard Herrmann, Tones on Tail, Art of Noise… just to name a few. This sense of unexpected marriages of influence flows throughout much of Lydia’s previous work which features use of voice sampling and string arrangements woven into a unique minimalist fabric.

“As I listen to the finished album I am reminded of the immense comfort I felt in the obscurity of it’s destination. I became entranced by the evolving process that took shape within those invisible tactile walls of tradition. Whether I was sampling instruments/ writing lyrics/ incorporating lyrics by my pen pal Matthew/ recording multiple arrangements for each song – stripping them down – building them back up – I was guided only by a relentless instinctive urge to express what I could not in waking life. The songs approach dreams, thoughts, and inspirations that demand a search for the unknown, a search for something beyond what the five senses can offer.”

Right From Real Part I EP is out June 10th, 2014 on Arbutus Records

 


Bermuda Waterfall is out May 12th (UK/EU) and May 13th (NA) on CD, vinyl and Worldwide Digital. Pre-orders are available here

TOUR DATES
May 2nd | Liverpool UK | Kazimer (Sound City Festival)
May 3rd | Glasgow UK | Glad Cafe
May 9th | Brighton UK | The Loft (Great Escape Festival)
May 15th | Berlin DE | Privat Club
May 16th | Aarhus DK | Pop Revo Festival
May 17th | Rouen FR | Mythomania / Le 106
May 19th | Bruxelles BE | Grand Salon (Nuits Botaniques)
May 20th | London UK | Dalston Rooftop Garden (Café Oto)
May 21st | London UK | Oval Space *
May 23rd | Metz FR | Trinitaires @
May 24th | Utrecht NL | Ekko (Le Guess Who Festival)
May 25th | Laval FR | River boat show (3 Elephants Festival)
May 26h | San Sebastian SP | DABADABA Club
May 27th | Lisbon PO | Lux *
June 3rd | Paris FR | Petit Bain (back upper deck show)
June 5th | Barcelona SP | Estrella Damm’s Old Factory (Vida Festival)
June 7th | Marseille FR | La Friche rooftop show
June 8th | Marigny Brizay FR | Manoir de Lavauguyot vineyard show
August 16th | New York NY | Summerstage NYC %
* with Owen Pallett
@ with Chain and the Gang
% with Blood Orange

BRAIDS released an outtake from Flourish // Perish today. Listen to Deep Running above and catch them on tour with Wye Oak this spring!

TOUR DATES
May 2nd | Pittsburgh, PA | Mr. Small’s Theatre
May 3rd |Lancaster, PA | Chameleon Club
May 5th | Philadelphia, PA | Union Transfer
May 6th | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club
May 7th | New York City, NY | Webster Hall
May 9th | Boston, MA | Paradise
May 10th | Montreal, QC | Il Motore
May 11th | Toronto, ON | Horseshoe Tavern
May 13th | Chicago, IL | Metro
May 14th | Milwaukee, WI | Turner Hall Ballroom
May 15th | Minneapolis, MN | Fine Line
May 16th | Omaha, NE | Waiting Room
May 17th | Lawrence, KS | Granada Theatre
May 18th | St. Louis, MO | Old Rock House
May 20th | Nashville, TN | Mercy Lounge
May 21st | Atlanta, GA | Terminal West
All dates w/ Wye Oak

Bermuda Waterfall is out May 12th (UK/EU) and May 13th (NA) on CD, vinyl and Worldwide Digital. Pre-orders are available here

TOUR DATES
April 4th | Rotterdam NL | Motel Mozaique Fest (4PM)
April 5th | Amsterdam NL | People’s Palace #
April 7th | Zurich ZW | Rote Fabrik #
April 8th | Munich DE | Hansa 39 #
April 9th | Berlin DE | Lido #
April 10th | Hamburg DE | Uebell & Gefährlich #
April 12th | Stockholm SW | Debaser #
April 13th | Copenhagen DK | Veag #
April 15th | Nijmegen NL | Doornroosje #
April 16th | London UK | Scala #
April 17th | Manchester UK | Roadhouse #
May 2nd | Liverpool UK | Kazimer (Sound City Festival)
May 3rd | Glasgow UK | Glad Cafe
May 9th | Brighton UK | The Loft (Great Escape Festival)
May 15th | Berlin DE | Privat Club
May 16th | Aarhus DK | Pop Revo Festival
May 17th | Rouen FR | Mythomania / Le 106
May 19th | Bruxelles BE | Nuits Botaniques
May 20th | London UK | Dalston Rooftop Garden
May 21st | London UK | Oval Space *
May 23rd | Metz FR | Trinitaires @
May 24th | Utrecht NL | Ekko (Le Guess Who Festival)
May 25th | Laval FR | River boat show (3 Elephants Festival)
May 26h | San Sebastian SP | DABADABA Club
May 27th | Lisbon PO | Lux *
June 3rd | Paris FR | Petit Bain (back upper deck show)
June 5th | Barcelona SP | Estrella Damm’s Old Factory (Vida Festival)
June 7th | Marseille FR | La Friche rooftop show
June 8th | Marigny Brizay FR | Manoir de Lavauguyot vineyard show
# with Timber Timbre
* with Owen Pallett
@ with Chain and the Gang

 

 


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May 9th | Rotterdam NL | Poortgebouw *
May 10th | Oslo NO | Revolver*
May 11th | Copenhagen DK | Jazzhouse *
May 14th | Brussels BE | DNA *
May 15th | Amsterdam NL | Melkweg  ^
May 16th | Paris FR | Le Trabendo  ^
May 17th | Nantes FR | Stereolux  ^
May 19th | Brighton UK | The Old Market  ^
May 20th | Glasgow UK | The Arches  ^
May 21st | Manchester UK | The Ritz  ^
May 22nd | London UK | Koko  ^
May 24th | Berlin DE | Bi Nuu  ^

* with Jerry Paper
^ with Mac DeMarco

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Sean Nicholas Savage & TOPS @ SXSW

It’s on!
Sean Nicholas Savage
March 12th | Austin TX | Remedy (Strange Victory Touring Showcase) – 11:30PM
March 13th | Austin TX | Headhunters (Mint Records Party) – 2:35PM
March 13th | Austin TX | Maggie Mae (M For Montreal Party) – 10PM
March 14th | Austin TX |  5400 Hurlock Drive (Burger Records Pool Party) – 3PM
March 14th | Austin TX |  21st St Co-Op – 6:30PM
March 14th | Austin TX | Wonderland (Arts & Crafts Party) – set time TBC
March 15th | Austin TX |  Club 1808 – 2PM
TOPS
March 12th | Austin TX | Speakeasy Kabaret -11PM
March 13th | Austin TX | Headhunters (Mint Records SXSW Party) – 1:15PM
March 14th | Austin TX | Exhibition Hall #4 Convention Centre (Flatstock & GvsB SXSW Party) – 1PM
March 14th | Austin TX | 5400 Hurlock Drive (Burger Records SXSW Pool Party) – 2:15PM
March 14th | Austin TX | House Of Commons (Redefine Magazine SXSW Party) – 4:10PM
March 14th | Austin TX | Wonderland (Arts & Crafts Party) – set time TBC
March 14th | Austin TX | The Iron Bear (Driftless/Shout It Out Loud/Dither Down SXSW Party) – 11:00PM
March 15th | Austin TX | Club 1808 (Escapes Party) – 3:00pm
March 15th | Austin TX | Wonderland (Hometapes Friend Island Party) – set time TBC
March 16th | Austin TX | Beerland (Panache Hangover SXSW Party)

TOUR DATES
April 5th | Amsterdam NL | People’s Palace #
April 7th | Zurich ZW | Rote Fabrik #
April 8th | Munich DE | Hansa 39 #
April 9th | Berlin DE | Lido #
April 10th | Hamburg DE | Uebell & Gefährlich #
April 12th | Stockholm SW | Debaser #
April 13th | Copenhagen DK | Veag #
April 15th | Nijmegen NL | Doornroosje #
April 16th | London UK | Scala #
April 17th | Manchester UK | Roadhouse #
April 19th | Bruxelles, BE | Nuits Botaniques (Grand Salon)
# with Timber Timbre

Pre-order his new record “Bermuda Waterfall”, out May 13th here:
http://arbutusrecords.com/?shopp_product=sean-nicholas-savage-bermuda-waterfall
…and watch the lyric video for Sean’s new single, Naturally

On a sunny fall afternoon during Pop Montreal festival, after being chased out of an abandoned building by the police, Doldrums main man Airick Woodhead took a generator and his sampler out to the Outremont train yards to perform Lost In Everyone for the Yours Truly team, from his debut full length Lesser Evil. He’s currently hard at work finishing a new album and you can catch some of these new songs this spring as he heads on tour with Owen Pallett.

Tour Dates:
May 9th | Montréal, Québec | La Sala Rossa
May 10th | Toronto, Ontario | The Danforth Music Hall
May 13th | Brooklyn, NY | Glasslands
May 14th | New York, NY | Bowery Ballroom
May 15th | Philadelphia, PA | Johnny Brenda’s
May 17th | Boston, MA | Brighton Music Hall

all dates with Owen Pallett

“bermuda waterfall= invisible action, unconscious fertilization,

the subconscious master plan continuum

much of the words to bermuda (which i feel are the center piece) were written whilst travelling between one place i loved and another place/people i loved, and trying to describe my most potent dreams related to my most potent life experiences.

there was a feeling of disappointment in communication with the people that i’m calling out to connect with through my performances and travels in the last year, a feeling of loneliness.

i had to have faith with the meanings of the poetry because more then ever it was lifted from my life often without being understood, only knowing that they were events, truths i admired, truthfully complex as anything so haunting can be interpreted in so many ways, like any dream funny or sexual, or horrifying. not so much knowing the reasons, but just the experiences as mysterious as they are to me. i promise that i was as straight forward with the words as possible in describing these nuances.

full of yin and yang, and just sitting back and taking a look at my life, something i’m happy with, and came naturally in the words of which i intended for the first time nothing. i’ll have to wait a few years before i understand exactly whats going on in the record, in this time in my life, and i’m alright with that, cos i’m into mystery ” -Sean Nicholas Savage

Bermuda Waterfall is out May 12th (UK/EU) and May 13th (NA) on CD, vinyl and Worldwide Digital. Pre-orders are available HERE.
Listen to the first single, Naturally, and find tour dates below.


TOUR DATES

March 1st | Boston MA | Whitehaus
March 2nd | Brooklyn NY | Signal Gallery
March 3rd | Durham NC | Duke Coffeehouse
March 5th | Baltimore MD | The Crown
March 6th | Charlottesville VA | Twisted BranchMarch 7th | Atlanta GA | Mammal Gallery
March 8th | Savannah GA | Savannah Stopover
March 9th | Athens GA | Secret Squirrel
March 10th | Tallahassee FL | The Mansion
March 12th | Austin TX | Remedy (Strange Victory Touring Showcase) – 8PM

March 13th | Austin TX | Headhunters (Mint Records Party)
March 13th | Austin TX | Maggie Mae (M For Montreal Party) – 10PM
March 14th | Austin TX | Burger Records Pool Party -3PM