Los Angeles, CA – It’s a music hipster’s dream come true, a pairing that will make legions of fans weak at the knees. A recorded collaboration between the ever-innovating producer, songwriter and Rock Hall Of Fame nominee Todd Rundgren and one of the most eclectic, quixotic and highly celebrated musical acts in modern music, Sparks! Not since Sparks’ Rundgren-produced 1971 debut album have these two titanically talented acts worked so closely together.
And now Rundgren and Sparks are proud to release “Your Fandango,” the third single from Rundgren’s forthcoming Space Force album, which also features collaborations with Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo and hip hop artist Narcy, and the timing couldn’t be better. Rundgren just recently completed a highly publicized and hugely successful virtual tour, the “Clearly Human” Tour, while Ron and Russell Mael have been generating their own buzz ahead of the Cannes premiere of the Sparks-penned movie musical ‘Annette’ (starring Adam Driver & Marion Cotillard) and the full-length, Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Baby Driver) directed documentary ‘The Sparks Brothers’ about their career. In fact, it was the filming of Rundgren’s interview for the latter that reunited him with Sparks and formed the idea of a collaboration.
The result is a masterful piece of polyphonic pop that elegantly layers Spanish music, Neopolitan cantatas, baroque fugues and glam rock for one truly epic composition.
“It’s been a truly heartwarming experience to once again be working with Todd, our first-ever producer, after a brief 50-year hiatus.” – Ron and Russell Mael
“It’s been a long way since Simple Ballet, but we finally got the old dance troupe back together!” – Todd Rundgren
In addition to making the track available on all digital platforms, acclaimed Finnish media artist Liisa Vääriskoski has created a mesmerizing and eye-popping video. The video will be premiering on Sparks’ YouTube channel Friday (April 23) at 6pm BST/10am PST/1pm EST.
KOSMODOME, another rising star in the firmament of Norway’s flourishing Prog Music scene, has found its way into Karisma Records capacious arms, with the label preparing to release the band’s debut full-length album later this year.
The brainchild of the two Sandvik brothers, Sturle on guitars and vocals, and Severin on drums, KOSMODOME’s music is riff-based Rock with Stoner elements all of which are placed within a progressive universe to great effect. Together, the duo have an explosive drive, where the melodic can often be found hand in hand with the hard and the heavy.
Having self- released an EP via streaming in 2019, KOSMODOME add a bassist and guitarist to their live performances, appearing on stage as a four-piece, and they are, understandably, excited to be working with Karisma Records for their first full-length release, as the band explains:
We feel very humble and honoured to have signed with Karisma Records alongside all their great and inspiring bands. This already feels like the start of a fun and lasting relationship, and we look forward to showing people what Kosmodome is all about!
Laura Meade’s new studio album, The Most Dangerous Woman in America, due on May 21, 2021 on Doone Records, marks Meade’s follow up to her solo debut, 2018’s Remedium and 2019’s Don’t Panic with New York progressive rock septet IZZ.
The Most Dangerous Woman in America, co-written with IZZ bandmate John Galgano between March and December of 2020, explores the story of a woman whose voice was silenced and whose story was all but forgotten by her own country.
“As we wrote the music and lyrics for this album, John and I realized that the concept and story that inspired us was not just the story of one woman, but also the story of all of those who stay true to themselves regardless of the cost,” says Meade.
“There have been so many people throughout history – many of them women – who stand up for themselves, stand up for what they believe in, and experience great pain and suffering for doing so, their memories and voices lost along the way to gossip and rumor. I hope that this album, in some small way, honors and gives voice to the forgotten.”
From the pulsing forward-momentum of “Leaving” to the majesty of “Iconoclast” to the mystery and passion of “Forgive Me,” The Most Dangerous Woman in America explores the sincerity, emotion, and authenticity that so often lie beyond the gossip and sensationalism of fame and celebrity.
“This album was written to honor the forgotten: those whose stories remain untold, whose lives have been neutralized by those with unchecked power,” says Meade.
Meade’s new album features the songs “Burned at the Stake” and the title track, both available on April 23, 2021 for purchase by pre-ordering the full album at izzmusic.bandcamp.com and for streaming on Spotify.
Meade is joined on the album by IZZ members Tom Galgano (Keyboards, Production), Brian Coralian (V-Drums), John Galgano (Bass).
Laura Meade’s The Most Dangerous Woman in America is available for pre-order now on the IZZ Bandcamp page: izzmusic.bandcamp.com (download) and will be available for streaming on all platforms on May 21, 2021. CD and Vinyl versions of the album are also available for pre-order now.
Track Listing: 1. On the Shores of the Seine 2. Leaving 3. Burned at the Stake 4. Iconoclast 5. End of the Road in Hollywood 6. Doesn’t Change a Thing 7. The Most Dangerous Woman in America 8. The Shape of Shock 9. Forgive Me 10. Tell Me, Love
First, and foremost the RoSFest team would like to thank their supporters for being so patient in awaiting further announcements with regards to new festival dates. As fans and supporters of music and festivals; we tried and consider the impact of our decisions on fans and try to minimize any disruptions to the best of our ability while still maintaining the best overall experience. These considerations are what have guided the RoSFest Team in deciding to move the 2022 festival dates to make sure fans and supporters won’t have to miss out on any great music.
The new RoSFest dates have been chosen as not to conflict with the new dates of the Cruise to the Edge (CTTE). We have decided it was in everyone’s best interest to not share the same dates. The RoSFest Team wants to wish the organizers and CTTE team the best of luck on the new dates for the cruise. To that end, we have moved RoSFest 2022 from May 2022 to April 15-17, 2022.
We continue to work diligently behind the scenes to sign contracts with hotels to secure the best possible rates for your accommodations and organize the best event we can. We hope to make some of those announcements soon and we are sure you can’t wait to find out who will be on the big stage, you won’t be disappointed, so stay tuned.
Thank you for your patience and support, we cannot say that enough, but most of all we look forward to mingling with our friends and meeting our many new supporters.
Esoteric Antenna label is pleased to announce the release of a new CD EP by the legendary PROCOL HARUM.
“Missing Persons” was completed during lockdown, after founder and lead singer Gary Brooker rediscovered a CD of rough mixes of two studio tracks the band had laid down during a previous session. “They weren’t written last week, neither are they old” says Gary, but the precise date of the original recordings remains a mystery. With the world locked down Gary and the band revisited these tracks and they now proudly sit alongside the band’s venerable catalogue.
The title track “Missing Persons (Alive Forever)” is a particularly poignant and emotive song, and a fine example of the musical tradition of Procol Harum. Gary adds: “Keith Reid’s lyrics sound incredibly apt for the time we’re living in, this is the sound of Procol Harum today.” The EP’s other new song “War Is Not Healthy” is also a touching observation of war and its impact on humanity.
This is Procol Harum at their timeless best.
Procol Harum Gary Brooker (vocals, piano) Geoff Whitehorn (guitar) Josh Phillips (organ) Geoff Dunn (drums) Matt Pegg (bass)
Tracklist 1. Missing Persons (Alive Forever) 2. War Is Not Healthy 3. Missing Persons (Alive Forever) (Edited Version)
Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce the release of The Other Place, the long-awaited second full-length album from English art-rock collective Billie Bottle & The Multiple, on 14th May 2021.
On Election Day 2015, a pint of milk mysteriously appears at the gates of Parliament.
Set in the week running up to a UK general election, The Other Place tells the true story of two musicians from Devon (Billie Bottle & Martine as seen on BBC’s The Voice) as they make their way slowly to Westminster.
On high streets, market squares and seafront promenades, they perform the same song, forty-nine times over, and at each stop they start conversations with whoever they meet, asking them “Who’s got the Power?”.
This journey through the foundations of British democracy inspired a sequence of songs whose lyrics come from the words of the voters (and non-voters) that Billie and Martine met on their journey. It is a celebration of gentler kinds of power and an invitation to make their voices heard.
Following on from their critically acclaimed album, Unrecorded Beam (the poetry of Thoreau), The Multiple features Martine Waltier, Roz Harding and Billie Bottle, (all mainstays of Mike Westbrook’s Uncommon Orchestra) plus flautist Vivien Goodwin-Darke (from the psychedelic rock band, Magic Bus) and recording artist and producer Lee Fletcher (of Unsung Productions). Like the best art rock, they continue to combine folk, jazz, pop and minimalism in an engaging and meaningful way
Pre-orders for The Other Place – which will be available on CD and as a digital download – commence on 4th April 2021.
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