New Release: Steven Lambke – Dark Blue

New Release: Steven Lambke – Dark Blue

February 21, 2019 | Posted in: Steven Lambke 0

The weather is changing. Rhythms and interactions that had seemed eternal degrade. The realm of the uncertain expands. Uncertainty inspires fear, fear inspires rage. Points of recognition are shifting, points of return becoming rare. The measure of human meaning and dignity has been reduced to discussions of financial gains and losses.

A song can seem a slight thing. Barely there. Unless it is in the midst of being sung or being heard it could be said to exist only in potential or in memory. What is the form of this potential? A balance of words, chords, melody. Balance implies an interaction. The song is the point of balance that is returned to, potential turned into action with intention. In this way the song is the music of ritual. Ritual is the creation of human meaning through repetition.

With Dark Blue, Steven Lambke builds a visceral swirl of narrative images, dense with allusions and invocations, rich with imagery and scene, into a series of creation stories, a document of disruption, a lament for environmental ruin and the destructions of colonialism, and a stubborn evidence of endurance and transcendence. It is a product of this time, a collaborative process between poet and muse, inspiration and scribe, guitar and voice and drum.

The release of Dark Blue marks the 10th anniversary of You’ve Changed Records, the label co-founded in 2009 by Steven Lambke and Daniel Romano. A collaboration yields its own energy. Evocative poetry and guitar work reminiscent of Lambke’s long career with indie legends The Constantines combine with Romano’s multi-instrumental skill and production talents in a music that is sophisticated and immediate, intimate and expansive.

But what act of creation could ever be called complete? The song reacts to the world into which it is sung, and acts on that world. The outcome is never known and the song is not sung the same way twice as everything surrounding it will have changed. The song moves through the world like a rendezvous of atoms.

Begin again. Calling equally to the past and to the future, the song has a double existence as an expression of memory and an expression of hope.

New Release: Ian Daniel Kehoe – Secret Republic

New Release: Ian Daniel Kehoe – Secret Republic

February 13, 2019 | Posted in: Blog, Marine Dreams 0

Ian Daniel Kehoe has been hiding in plain sight. A classic songwriter pulling from a seemingly endless supply of hooks, dancing in silver face paint and an assortment of wide shouldered sports jackets, Kehoe appears like an emissary from a better world. Secret Republic is Ian Daniel Kehoe’s debut album, an entirely self-assured first record, ten confident, immaculate pop songs, drenched in analog synth and punchily articulate in their pursuit of love, beauty and rhythm.

Ian Daniel Kehoe will be familiar as the bassist and songwriter in Attack in Black, and for the several records he released as Marine Dreams. He’s been in high demand as a touring musician with Andy Shauf, The Weather Station, and Julia Jacklin.

This is something new. Recorded and performed entirely by Kehoe himself, Secret Republic is an introduction to a world where melody reigns supreme, every love is a true love, and the singer searches endlessly for “prizes through the mazes of the jungles, prizes at the tips of the poles.”

Ian Daniel Kehoe – Secret Republic
YC-036 LP/Digital
March 22, 2019

New Release: Daniel Romano – Finally Free

New Release: Daniel Romano – Finally Free

September 27, 2018 | Posted in: Daniel Romano, News 0

“Finally Free is a lucid plea. It is a final apology and an attempt at the unwarranted reconciliation between us and everything in our path (including ourselves). It is an exploration of how to cope with the certain end created by our own hand. And/Or, it is the enlightenment of change and the promise of all possibilities in all circumstance. The celebration of all things mystical and unknown. Accepting the unknown with grace and humility, one can illuminate in spirit and trudge forward through the remaining landscape. Maybe even see it’s beauty for the first time.” – Daniel Romano

Daniel Romano – Finally Free
YC-035 LP/CD/Digital
Nov 30, 2018
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Ancient Shapes – Across Canada 2018 Photo Book

Ancient Shapes – Across Canada 2018 Photo Book

May 28, 2018 | Posted in: Ancient Shapes, Daniel Romano 0

In January 2018 Daniel Romano’s Ancient Shapes embarked on their first Canadian national tour. 13 stops between Vancouver and Montreal, 13 brief, passionate blasts of sound within the frozen moment of the winter, the moment that extends for thousands of kilometres and crosses mountains, prairies, rivers, and all sorts of soiled and stolen lands. The sound made by 5 comrades, wrestled into shape by another at the front of the house, and captured by another in raw black and write images.

Photographer Sebastian Buzzalino has compiled the best of his photographs from the tour into a beautiful 120 page 6×9” format book, containing 147 images from the stage, the van, the beds, the hotels, the freezing cold road stops, and the results of drinking too many Labatt 50s. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Dan on a couple of tours, but this was the first time documenting Ancient Shapes” he says. “Huddled in a busted van full of speed holes as we raced across Canada at the height of winter, I captured a more frenetic, urgent side of his music. Between the close quarters, the packed venues and our scrappy camaraderie, these represent some of my most visceral and intimate photos to date.”

The photograph is a collaboration between photographer and subject; let the subject speak: “Sebastian Buzzalino is an invisible summer. When behind the camera, he is disguised and blends into even the most vivid scenery. This ability is what makes him able to capture the raw, living, bleeding imagery that he does. Never have I met someone with such a quick response and attention to a subject. Above all this, when the camera comes down, his beautiful smile appears.” – Daniel Romano

Ancient Shapes – Across Canada 2018 Photo Book is available for a limited time from our mailorder shop.

To see more of Sebastian’s work please visit Unfolding Creative Photography.

Partner – Tiny Desk Concert

Partner – Tiny Desk Concert

May 21, 2018 | Posted in: Blog 0

Partner deliver the full spectrum of laughs, charm, talent, and sincerity to the intimate environs of NPR’s Tiny Desk. What is there to say? This concert is full of surprises and real feeling: “one of the sweetest, funniest and most endearing Tiny Desk performances I’ve seen” says host and producer Robin Hilton.

Watch Partner’s Tiny Desk Concert now!

 

 

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