Lawrence Arabia’s ‘The Sparrow’ – Out July 13 May 1st 2012 By brooke

Lawrence Arabia’s ‘The Sparrow’ – Out July 13

We’ve been very lucky to work with a handful of fine NZ musicians in the last short while, and are so excited to announce Lawrence Arabia as our newest NZ signing. We’ll release The Sparrow, Lawrence’s third record & the follow up to his Taite Prize Awarded album Chant Darling, on Friday July 13. You can stream some tunes from Lawrence’s gorgeous catalogue here, & we’ll have a brand new track from The Sparrow available soon.

Spunks on Splendour In The Grass April 23rd 2012 By brooke

Spunks on Splendour In The Grass

Splendour In The Grass have just announced Explosions In The Sky & Youth Lagoon on their 2012 line-up. We’re excited to have both acts back in Aus so soon – Youth Lagoon played a couple of amazing sold-out dates in February, and Explosions did the sunset slot at Meredith Festival in December. Here’s a brand new live video from Youth Lagoon, for Year of Hibernation cut ‘The Hunt’.

Lambchop’s ’2B2′ Video April 22nd 2012 By brooke

Lambchop’s ’2B2′ Video

One of the gorgeous cuts from their recent album, Mr. M, Lambchop have created a music video for ’2B2′ from live footage taken since the band’s Australian visit in January, where they previewed many of Mr. M‘s songs for the first time. Kurt Wagner… What a writer, guitarist, performer. You could’ve heard a pin drop at any point during their two + hour show. ’2B2′ gives a nice flashback to that.

Emma Russack’s ‘Tonight’ Video April 18th 2012 By brooke

Emma Russack’s ‘Tonight’ Video

Emma Russack’s debut album Sounds of Our City opens with ‘Tonight’: a very honest, striking track – all pedal steel guitar and heartbreaking vocal. Emma has just finished a music video for the song, filmed by her bandmate Alec Marshall, and starring Emma and Jessica Venables, of Jessica Says. You can grab the album digitally on iTunes now.

Glen Hansard solo album out June 15 April 17th 2012 By Aaron

Glen Hansard solo album out June 15

Over 20 years in the making, singer songwriter Glen Hansard will release his first ever solo album, Rhythm and Repose, on Friday June 15. Best known for his work with The Frames, The Swell Season and in the feature film Once, for which he won an Academy Award, Rhythm and Repose is Hansard’s first album of new material since his 2009 release, Strict Joy with The Swell Season. Here’s the first cut from the album, ‘Philander’.

Julia Holter’s ‘Ekstasis’ – Out Now April 15th 2012 By brooke

Julia Holter’s ‘Ekstasis’ – Out Now

Julia Holter’s new album, Ekstasis is hard to pin down – as thoughtful and complex as it is flat-out gorgeous. Mixing pop and ambient beats with bedroom produced synths and almost medieval vocal arrangements, it draws from many influences to sound completely of its own design. Below, she performs the album’s songs live in NYC for NPR. Read more about the making of this gorgeous record here, which is out now in Aus/NZ.

Ty Segall & White Fence’s ‘HAIR’ April 11th 2012 By brooke

Ty Segall & White Fence’s ‘HAIR’

We love Ty Segall – a master of the Californian garage scene & an incredible live performer. Following last year’s Goodbye Bread Ty recently recorded a collaborative album with friend White Fence titled HAIR, with the intent to “bring the guitar solo back to rock’n’roll.” Indeed. We’ll release the eight track HAIR on Friday May 25. Stream ‘I Am Not A Game’ below, & read more about the LP here at Spin.

Out Now: M. Ward’s ‘A Wasteland Companion’ April 6th 2012 By brooke

Out Now: M. Ward’s ‘A Wasteland Companion’

M. Ward’s new full-length, A Wasteland Companion is out now in Aus/NZ: available here on iTunes & here from JB HiFi. Stream the album, recorded over a year’s time with a net of excellent collaborators, via The Music. Here, the band perform ‘Primitive Girl’ live on Conan O’Brien. Read Paste Magazine’s excellent interview with the man himself here.