Wed Mar 4 2015

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First 50 presales will be entered to win a copy of Ultimate Painting's OOP ORANGE vinyl version of their debut + some Trouble In Mind Records SWAG.

JACK COOPER & JAMES HOARE are ULTIMATE PAINTING, a duo formed from a fast friendship when JACK’s band MAZES (U.K.) were on tour supporting JAMES’ band VERONICA FALLS. Sharing similar tastes in music, art & films, it wasn’t until after they returned home home that a musical synergy was formed. After numerous demos were exchanged, a few casual jam sessions turned into a partnership. Christening themselves after a piece of art by the Southern Colorado desert community (and fanciful geodesic dome builders) “Drop City”, the lads set to work recording their debut, self-titled LP, out on Chicago's Trouble In Mind last October. Aquarium Drunkard listed it as one of the best albums of 2014, calling the effort "a syrupy dose of late 70s New York-inspired post punk" while SPIN said the album "injects the duo's addictive melodies into a tried and true, warm-and-fuzzy formula." MICHAEL RAULT is a Toronto-based singer, guitarist and songwriter fronting his own eponymously named band. A gifted multi- instrumentalist and arranger, his hooky blend of pop rock refracts an evolution of guitar based music through the ages. An era-defying mischievousness defines his synthesis of jukebox R’n’B and acid-laced psych as refracted through the experience of an adolescence spent idolizing the clever craftsmanship of the BEATLES and the wiggy New Orleans textures of DR. JOHN in equal measure. CLEARANCE was started in Chicago in early 2013 by MIKE BELLIS and ARTHUR VELEZ. RAULT’s latest album, Living Daylight, will see worldwide release on Burger Records in 2015. The pair first started playing in assorted basements around Ann Arbor as the FINE PRINTERS, stumbling through half-remembered covers by bands like TELEVISION and the VELVETS. Now, they've offered their own take on slanted, lo-fi rock with the release of their "Dixie Motel Two-Step" debut 7" and another one, "Greensleeve."

(Aquarium Drunkard) (Entertainment Weekly) (Far Out) (Pitchfork) (Pop Matters) (SPIN) (Stereogum)

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Ultimate Painting / Michael Rault / Clearance

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  • Ultimate Painting

    Ultimate Painting

    Pop

    Ultimate Painting emerged fully formed in the summer of 2014, brightening up the airwaves with their eponymous debut single 'Ultimate Painting'. Spending the summer playing garden shows, house parties and putting on their own events, James Hoare (Veronica Falls) and Jack Cooper (Mazes) quickly followed the initial flurry of activity with their debut LP, released in October on Chicago's Trouble In Mind Records (Mikal Cronin, Jacco Gardner, Dick Diver). Acclaimed by critics and peers, the LP felt like a breath of fresh air, with one eye on the orange haze of the late sixties and another looking optimistically to a sparse post-digital space. Refined and economic, dreamy and quietly euphoric; ten songs by two songwriters at the top of their game.

    After touring North America and Europe with contemporaries such as Parquet Courts, Twerps and White Fence, Jack and James quickly retreated to James' all analogue home studio just off Green Lanes in North London to record the follow-up, joined this time by Mazes drummer Neil Robinson.

    Recorded by James on one-inch tape, 'Green Lanes' perfects the template they created with the first LP. Five songs from each songwriter and with various shades of collaboration in between: "The song always comes from a melody, some vague structure and then maybe a verse and chorus worth of lyrics... but everything we do, be it a guitar part or harmony, is always filtered through the other person."

    "I think we both have a very specific sound in mind that neither of us have ever tried to explain to each other and I think on this record we've figured out what songs we needed to write to compliment the sound we were getting at with the first LP. I guess, inadvertently, the lyrics and themes of the record have a cohesiveness that we hadn't really thought about with the first one. Although I'm (Jack) generally more optimistic, we both have this very similar English melancholic outlook." Themes of isolation and nihilism hide beneath the breeziness and cloud of some beautiful classic melodies.

    Make no mistake, this is a guitar record and it's refreshing to hear two guitars so confused as to which one is leading, each leaving space and taking turns to rise to the surface and provide the hook. It feels like every little thing has been pored over and at the same time it seems completely on the fly, never contrived. Jack's lead guitar on 'Kodiak', a Grateful Dead-ish hook that circles around James' languid groove is the perfect example. The second track 'Sweet Chris' is as good as it gets... a perfectly crafted James song that could have been written at any point in the last 50 years. 'Break The Chain', too... a slice of very English pop music that got perfected at some point between Pink Floyd's Meddle and Blur's Modern Life Is Rubbish. Jack's '(I've Got The) Sanctioned Blues' skips and bobs through their native East London, the protagonist a victim of David Cameron's government and their draconian sanctions and benefit cuts. 'Into The Ocean' and its clouded nostalgia lyrically echoes the sonics of the record. It pines for simpler times, rose tinted and dusky.

  • Michael Rault

    Michael Rault

    Pop Rock

    Canadian singer-songwriter Michael Rault is pleased to announce his new album and Wick Records debut (a Daptone Records subsidiary), It's A New Day Tonight, out May 18th. The Edmonton-born, Montreal-based singer-songwriter-producer began working on its songs in earnest after winding down the tour supporting his 2015 full-length Living Daylight, but getting to the point of having an album was a process. "Musically it came out of a period of dissatisfaction, creatively and personally, as I found myself pushing against the limitations of my abilities and approaches to making music." But those delays eventually paid off. As he was working on Tonight's songwriting, Rault kept entering the orbit of Wayne Gordon, producer and head engineer at Brooklyn's legendary Daptone studio. Sending Gordon early sketches of some songs led to Rault heading to Daptone for what was initially going to be a two-week recording stint. Midway through that Gordon approached him about signing to the Daptone Records label's fledgling rock spinoff, Wick—and becoming the first Canadian member of the Daptone family. Signing with Wick also led to Rault finishing the record at Daptone and bringing Gordon on as co-producer.

    It's A New Day Tonight has the loose-limbed feel of a lost album by '70s bands that bridged the gap between folk rock's open-hearted strumming and power pop's crisp, melody-forward confections—Wings, Badfinger, Big Star, 10cc—yet possesses an energy shot through with 21st-century optimism. The album's title (and title track) comes from the most Canadian of overheard sources: a pregame interview with a hockey player coming off a rocky night. "He said, 'It's a new day tonight, we've got to put the past behind us.' At first, I thought it was an awkward phrase," says Rault. "But I quickly thought: 'Awkward turn of phrase... or a good album title?' [The title track] is almost completely describing a very positive nightlife experience, but the opening line implies that this evening is coming as a major relief after spending the majority of the day depressed." It's this idea of new hope born from a period of hardship that drives the record. Hope springs eternal when day is over it's a new day tonight.

  • Clearance

    Clearance

    Pop

    Clearance began in Chicago in 2013 when Mike Bellis and Arthur Velez, who met as students at the University of Michigan, self-released a 7” EP called “Dixie Motel Two-Step” to learn how to make a record from scratch. Another EP called “Greensleeve” (also pressed to the economical 33rpm 7” format) quickly followed, and the pair soon drafted friends to help them play their fledgling set of songs live around town. After a year and change spent cutting their teeth across Chicago’s vibrant DIY scene — becoming a fixture on bills throughout the city’s bars, basements, and record stores alike — the group, now rounded out with Greg Obis on bass and Kevin Fairbairn on another guitar, met toward the end of 2014 to record an LP in the basement studio of friend and engineer Dave Vettraino.

    The result is “Rapid Rewards,” a cheekily-titled batch of 13 tracks (the first of which is called “Delays Expected”) that capture the unique mix of anxiety and malaise familiar to the newly adult and municipally independent, all delivered with a detached humor and slapdash style befitting a young band just starting to hit its stride. Taking equal cues from the Flying Nun school of arty guitar pop, classic British post-punk and otherwise Velvets-indebted rock, the band mixes eras and styles with ease, resulting in a tightly focused but coolly off-the-cuff record that appeals to rock nerds of all stripes and sizes. Co-released by Chicago label Tall Pat and Los Angeles-based Unsatisfied Records, “Rapid Rewards” presents a band fevered with ideas, and whose giddiness — and clear knack — for conjuring up clever, off-kilter pop songs is apparent to anyone tuning in.

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Wed Mar 4 2015 9:00 PM

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Ultimate Painting, Michael Rault, Clearance
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Ages 21+

First 50 presales will be entered to win a copy of Ultimate Painting's OOP ORANGE vinyl version of their debut + some Trouble In Mind Records SWAG.

JACK COOPER & JAMES HOARE are ULTIMATE PAINTING, a duo formed from a fast friendship when JACK’s band MAZES (U.K.) were on tour supporting JAMES’ band VERONICA FALLS. Sharing similar tastes in music, art & films, it wasn’t until after they returned home home that a musical synergy was formed. After numerous demos were exchanged, a few casual jam sessions turned into a partnership. Christening themselves after a piece of art by the Southern Colorado desert community (and fanciful geodesic dome builders) “Drop City”, the lads set to work recording their debut, self-titled LP, out on Chicago's Trouble In Mind last October. Aquarium Drunkard listed it as one of the best albums of 2014, calling the effort "a syrupy dose of late 70s New York-inspired post punk" while SPIN said the album "injects the duo's addictive melodies into a tried and true, warm-and-fuzzy formula." MICHAEL RAULT is a Toronto-based singer, guitarist and songwriter fronting his own eponymously named band. A gifted multi- instrumentalist and arranger, his hooky blend of pop rock refracts an evolution of guitar based music through the ages. An era-defying mischievousness defines his synthesis of jukebox R’n’B and acid-laced psych as refracted through the experience of an adolescence spent idolizing the clever craftsmanship of the BEATLES and the wiggy New Orleans textures of DR. JOHN in equal measure. CLEARANCE was started in Chicago in early 2013 by MIKE BELLIS and ARTHUR VELEZ. RAULT’s latest album, Living Daylight, will see worldwide release on Burger Records in 2015. The pair first started playing in assorted basements around Ann Arbor as the FINE PRINTERS, stumbling through half-remembered covers by bands like TELEVISION and the VELVETS. Now, they've offered their own take on slanted, lo-fi rock with the release of their "Dixie Motel Two-Step" debut 7" and another one, "Greensleeve."

(Aquarium Drunkard) (Entertainment Weekly) (Far Out) (Pitchfork) (Pop Matters) (SPIN) (Stereogum)