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Sky Flying By – 'A Total Lack of Understanding'

Despite the fact that Boston’s Sky Flying By has been making music for close to a decade, the new album ‘What’s The Farthest You Can See?’ is the first to be recorded outside the bedroom studio. The opening string arrangement of ‘A Total Lack Of Understanding’ is proof of this, showcasing a higher production value than most unsigned acts. There’s plenty here for ambient post rock fans to sink their ears into, from progressive instrumentals to abstract vocals. And no, you won’t be starved for crescendos either! A limited physical release is available for pre-order here, Sky Flying By’s digital download is available now.

 

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Visit Sky Flying By online here / @ Bandcamp / @ Facebook.

Hammock – 'Sinking Inside Yourself'

Ambient post-rock duo Hammock have teamed up with Steve Kilbey and Tim Powles from the legendary Aussie band The Church. The result is the breathtaking new EP ‘Asleep In The Downlights’ featuring ‘Sinking Inside Yourself’. The Nashville pair have created an incredible amount of depth and space throughout the songs… and that’s before you throw Steve Kilbey into the mix. Hammock’s latest is available for download now.

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Pick up Hammock’s ‘Asleep In The Downlights’ here or visit the official webpage.

Jakob – 'Malachite'

New Zealand post rock three-piece Jakob have wrapped up touring commitments with Mono and Russian Circles. In the new year they’ll take their live show to Europe and the UK. But the big news is that Jakob have spent the last few months recording a new album, due early 2012! It was just mixed by Aaron Harris (from ISIS) – have a listen to the original demo teasers here. The new record will be their first in six years, following ‘Solace’ which featured the brilliantly atmospheric track ‘Malachite’.

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For more information visit Jakob online here or connect @ Facebook.

Sigur Ros – 'Festival (Live from Inni)'

It’s been more than three years since Iceland’s Sigur Ros released their last studio album, ‘Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust’ (good luck pronouncing that!) So it’s only fitting (and financially savvy) to make a comeback that reminds fans of their back catalogue.

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The live concert film and album ‘Inni‘ aims to do just that when it’s released on November 7 ( North America on November 8). The footage was shot at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2008 before their hiatus. But it won’t be all Sigur Ros classics, an unreleased tune called ‘Lúppulagid’ will be unveiled (albeit as part of the credits).

‘Inni’ will be released as a special edition to give fans a very slick Sigur Ros package complete with an “artefact from the show itself”. Initially I was confused as to what an ‘artefact’ could mean… concert aftermath isn’t usually pretty. But this week Sigur Ros confirmed that the artefact is actually a piece of a band member’s clothing that has “been painstakingly pressed (but not washed) and then cut into neat squares which have then been put into individually numbered envelopes.”

The cynic in me thinks its a shame that a band with such musical depth and world renown would enter shallow marketing waters to sell a special edition. Do we really covet cloth touched by rock gods!? But then, the realist pops out and I figure… if it takes these lengths to sell physical copies these days then so be it.

Having said that, if you’re reading this, then you were probably going to slap down the $79 regardless! So will I. If ‘Inni’ gets close to the experience of Sigur Ros’ 2007 film ‘Heima’ it will be an achievement. In the least ‘Inni’ will immortalize the magic of Sigur Ros’ live shows.

Free download of Sigur Ros‘ ‘Festival (Live)’ here or ‘Ný batterí (Live)’ here. Pre-order Sigur Ros‘ ‘Inni’ from the offical site here.

Explosions In The Sky – ‘Trembling Hands’

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A friendly reminder…tickets are on sale tomorrow for Explosions In The Sky Australian Tour this December!

The Texan quartet released their sixth album ‘Take Care, Take Care, Take Care’ in April complete with artwork that turns into a house! Well, kind of, have a look here if you missed it. The six track album, features the “single” (if you can call it that) ‘Trembling Hands’ and Explosions In The Sky’s first ever video for ‘Last Known Surroundings’. Plus ‘Be Comfortable, Creature’ which has a newly released video (see below) that follows a lonely orange fuzzball on a transformational journey!

As part of Explosions In The Sky‘s tour PR, a Rolling Stone quote sticks out, “highly disciplined enchantment: echo-laden orchestral-guitar rock as specific as Bach in its circling concentric melodies and as steadfast as AC/DC in its push to ecstasy.” Hmm… I’ll let you figure that out, either way I’m sure Explosions In The Sky will rock!

Explosions In The Sky 2011 Australian Tour…

Thursday December 8 – Forum Theatre, Melbourne (www.ticketmaster.com.au)
Fri / Sun December 9/11 – Meredith Music Festival (www.mmf.com.au)
Sunday December 11 – The Metro, Sydney (www.ticketek.com.au)
Tuesday December 13 – The Hi Fi, Brisbane (www.thehifi.com.au)

Visit Explosions In The Sky online here for more info.