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Washington Hebrew s/t Debut Out Now!

Washington HebrewThe time has come for this wild sonic ride to be unleashed upon the world. The debut solo album from Washington Hebrew (aka Michael Kentoff of The Caribbean) is now officially with us, available via Bandcamp and the usual online stores and streaming services. Featuring the brilliant single ‘Bank Holiday Wknd‘, Washington Hebrew acts as both a leap and bridge for Kentoff. Inspired by his use of samples and loops for installations, remixes and soundtrack projects, Kentoff has employed these raw materials to craft new songs akin to the wonderfully skewed and melodic pop of The Caribbean, but with a magic all its own.

“They are bound to confound your expectations several times on any given album, and if you’re into that, they’re good enough at putting these weird songs together that they can pull you in with surprising ease.”Pitchfork on The Caribbean

In Michael’s own words, “I wanted Washington Hebrew to take what I loved of Chicago footwork, soundtracks, Dilla, and broken beats, take existing sounds and music, sample them, chop them up (often beyond recognition), and create completely new hooks and songs out of the raw, pulpy material. Recorded largely (although not entirely) alone, I was able to work on the nine songs making up Washington Hebrew in the studio, at coffee shops, at work, helping the record radiate an intimate, sneaky, and slightly indulgent glow while emphasizing the glitchy, danceable beats that made me look really weird while I mixed tracks at Starbucks.”

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Exclusive Washington Hebrew Track Stream at Ondarock

Washington HebrewHead over to Italy’s wonderful Ondarock for an exclusive stream of the Washington Hebrew track ‘Ima Try’ lifted from his forthcoming self titled debut. The exclusive follows the release of first single ‘Bank Holiday Wknd’, available now for free download and stream. Washington Hebrew will see release on 28th April 2017.

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Gorgeous New Chloë March Track!

Chloë March‘Sennen’ is the first taste of the new album by English dream-pop artist Chloë March, scheduled for release later in the year. The song is another stunning exercise in atmosphere and melody, all held together by March’s unmistakably honey-glazed vocals. In her own words,

“I love watching or being in the sea when it’s raining and this track is inspired by that sensory experience. I wanted to get a sense of that hypnotic state induced by the waves and the falling rain and that hazy, misty light that can be quite hallucinatory.”

The track is available as a pay what you want download via BandCamp.

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Apricot Rail Announced for In The Pines 2017

Apricot RailAfter yelling out Craig Hallsworth‘s inclusion to the In The Pines 2017 line-up we can now excitedly add another Hidden Shoal band to the list in the form of the mighty Apricot Rail. Craig Hallsworth and Apricot Rail will play alongside the likes of Jebediah, Sodastream, Institut Polaire, Childsaint, Doctopus, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and many more. In The Pines is an RTRFM and Perth yearly institution with the line up and even never failing to impress. It all happens on the 30th April with pre-sale tickets available now for a ridiculously cheap $35 or $30 if you’re an RTRFM subscriber. All details available here.

 

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Craig Hallsworth Announced for RTRFM’s In The Pines!

Craig HallsworthWe have more exciting live news for you. Craig Hallsworth has just been announced as part of the In The Pines 2017 line up. He and his excellent new live band will playing alongside the likes of Jebediah, Sodastream, Institut Polaire, Childsaint, Doctopus, Tangled Thoughts of Leaving and many more. In The Pines is an RTRFM and Perth yearly institution with the line up and even never failing to impress. It all happens on the 30th April with pre-sale tickets available now for a ridiculously cheap $35 or $30 if you’re an RTRFM subscriber. All details available here.

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Joe Sampson, Nathaniel Rateliff & Devotchka to Play Refugee Benefit

Joe Sampson | Photo by Glenn RossThis is very exciting news! Our very own Joe Sampson is supporting Nathaniel Rateliff and Devotchka at a special refugee benefit at the Ogden Theatre, Colorado on March 23. A little birdy also told us that a certain Kramies may be joining Joe on stage for a few songs. I’d urge you to go if you’re in and around the area but the show has sold out!

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New Washington Hebrew Single – Stream and Download!

Bank Holiday Wknd CoverGood times, people! You can now get your first taste of the wild and wonderful self-titled debut from Washington Hebrew (Michael Kentoff of The Caribbean). ‘Bank Holiday Wknd’ is the perfect intro to the Washington Hebrew universe, with its dizzying psych/space jazz and Kentoff’s trademark vocals. The track is available now as a free download via Bandcamp and can be streamed via SoundCloud.

Having performed in The Caribbean since 2000 and with no pressing desire to go ‘solo’ or work outside that secure, familiar context, Washington Hebrew acts as both a leap and bridge for Michael Kentoff. Inspired by his use of samples and loops for installations, remixes and soundtrack projects, Kentoff has employed these raw materials to craft new songs akin to the wonderfully skewed and melodic pop of The Caribbean, but with a magic all its own.

“They are bound to confound your expectations several times on any given album, and if you’re into that, they’re good enough at putting these weird songs together that they can pull you in with surprising ease.”Pitchfork on The Caribbean

Washington Hebrew‘s self-titled debut will see release on April 20. Read more about Washington Hebrew here.

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Washington Hebrew (aka Michael Kentoff of The Caribbean) Signs to Hidden Shoal!

WWashington Hebrewe’re incredibly excited to announce the signing of Washington Hebrew to the Hidden Shoal family. Having performed in The Caribbean since 2000 and with no pressing desire to go ‘solo’ or work outside that secure, familiar context, Washington Hebrew acts as both a leap and bridge for Michael Kentoff. Inspired by his use of samples and loops for installations, remixes and soundtrack projects, Kentoff has employed these raw materials to craft new songs akin to the wonderfully skewed and melodic pop of The Caribbean, but with a magic all its own.

“They are bound to confound your expectations several times on any given album, and if you’re into that, they’re good enough at putting these weird songs together that they can pull you in with surprising ease.”Pitchfork on The Caribbean

Washington Hebrew‘s self-titled debut will see release on April 20, 2017 preceded by a single on March 14th. Read more about Washington Hebrew here.

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Slow Dancing Society Vinyl & Digital Debut Reissue Out Now!

The Sound Of Lights When Dim (2017)We are proud to announce the official release of the reissue of The Sound of Lights When Dim, the acclaimed 2006 debut album by ambient artist Slow Dancing Society’s. The newly remastered version of the album is available in clear vinyl and digital formats, and is accompanied by a remix album featuring remixes of tracks from the original album by Echo Grid, Antonymes, Fr33dom People, Candlepark Stars, Startle the Heavens, Spenzar, Chloe March, and Monte Xannic.

First released back in 2006, The Sound of Lights When Dim was one of Hidden Shoal’s most acclaimed early releases, landing on many ‘best of’ ambient lists. It introduced Drew Sullivan as an artist capable of imbuing minimal ambient compositions with enviable depth and emotion. While he has gone on to release another six full-length albums, his debut album still stands among his best work, unfolding as one long sumptuous ride towards a fading horizon.

As with Eno’s finest moments and Sylvian’s ambient explorations, The Sound of Lights When Dim manages to dissolve its temporal markers and speak about moments removed from time. It talks to the delicious flaws of memory and feeling, while never sullying itself with literality or simple documentation. The fact that album track ‘A Song That Will Help You Remember to Forget’ has been streamed over 5 million times on Spotify speaks to the album’s lasting appeal.

“a deeply affecting, consistently excellent effort of stunning tranquility and beautiful ambience, that demands repeated listening… Hidden Shoal have a masterpiece on their hands”Sputnik Music

The vinyl (and accompanying digital release) is available now via BandCamp and the digital only version is available from all the usual online stores.

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Slow Dancing Society Debut Reissue – Vinyl Pre-orders & Single

The Sound Of Lights When Dim (2017)We’re super excited to announce the reissue of ambient artist Slow Dancing Society’s acclaimed 2006 debut album, The Sound of Lights When Dim. This new remastered version is available in clear vinyl and digital formats, and is accompanied by a remix album featuring remixes of tracks from the original album by Echo Grid, Antonymes, Fr33dom People, Candlepark Stars, Startle the Heavens, Spenzar, Chloe March, and Monte Xannic. Pre-orders are available now and a special limited time free download single release featuring the album track ‘Radiance’ along with a stunning remix of the track by Antonymes is also available via BandCamp and SoundCloud.

First released back in 2006, The Sound of Lights When Dim was one of Hidden Shoal’s most acclaimed early releases, landing on many ‘best of’ ambient lists. It introduced Drew Sullivan as an artist capable of imbuing minimal ambient compositions with enviable depth and emotion. While he has gone on to release another six full-length albums, his debut album still stands among his best work, unfolding as one long sumptuous ride towards a fading horizon.

As with Eno’s finest moments and Sylvian’s ambient explorations, The Sound of Lights When Dim manages to dissolve its temporal markers and speak about moments removed from time. It talks to the delicious flaws of memory and feeling, while never sullying itself with literality or simple documentation. The fact that album track ‘A Song That Will Help You Remember to Forget’ has been streamed over 5 million times on Spotify speaks to the album’s lasting appeal.

“a deeply affecting, consistently excellent effort of stunning tranquility and beautiful ambience, that demands repeated listening… Hidden Shoal have a masterpiece on their hands”Sputnik Music

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