Cynic Return For First Album In 15 Years

Reunited progressive metallurgists Cynic — the Floridian forefathers of tech-minded prog metal, and the proud parents of 1993’s landmark Focus — will unveil their first album in 15 years October 28th. Due via French powerhouse Season of Mist, Traced In Air is an eight song tour de force of twisted time-signatures, mind-bending riffs and all-out metal indulgence, building upon the groundwork laid out by the formidable Focus while fortifying and updating a genre the band practically willed into existence a decade and a half ago. Recorded in California with Down knob-twiddler Warren Riker, the current line-up features founding members Paul Masvidal (guitars/clean vocals) and Sean Reinert (drums) along with Sean Malone (bass), and newcomer Tymon Kruidenier (guitars/growls). In other news, the band will support OPETH on their upcoming European trek in November and Decembe, which comes on the heels of their headline performance at this year’s installment of ProgPower Europe. A U.S. tour will follow in early 2009. Current dates and Traced tracklist after the jump.

MP3 : Cynic – Integral Birth
VIDEO : Cynic Traced In Air Preview

Carlon Debut Out Now, Streaming On AOL Spinner

Fresh off their twelve date Boston to Austin tour, New Jersey indie roots four-piece Carlon has released its debut for Ropeadope Digital, Johari Window . The long-awaited answer to Carlon’s self-released Suburban Heel EP , was recorded in the band’s warehouse rehearsal space in New Jersey. Executive Produced by Pete Francis (of Universal-recording sensation Dispatch), produced by the band and Ross Petersen (John Mayer, Bruce Springsteen, Muse) and mixed by Dan Huron (TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), the album is filled with twangy rock and harmony-laden balladry that has won the band more than a few favorable comparisons to Band of Horses. The album is streaming in its entirety on AOL Spinner .

MP3 : Carlon – Cantaloupe

Ane Brun Ushers Us Into the Changing of the Seasons

If you’re in the US, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve never heard of Norwegian songstress Ane Brun, but with her fifth album Changing of the Seasons coming out October 14th on Cheap Lullaby, you should soon.  The album, which is already out in Sweden, debuted at #2 on Swedish album charts, and was produced by Valgeir Sigurdsson (Björk, Sigur Ros, Múm).

Having grown up in Norway, Ane has lived in Stockholm, Sweden since 2000.  She’s already received a ton of recognition in Scandinavia since releasing her debut in 2003, Spending Time With Morgan, on her own Balloon Ranger/DetErMine Records.  What kind of recognition, you ask?  Well, are three Norwegian Spellemannsprisen Awards (Norway’s Grammy), and a nomination for “Best Norwegian Act” at the 2005 European MTV Music Awards enough for you?

They should be, but just in case they’re not, check out “The Treehouse Song” below!

MP3: Ane Brun – The Treehouse Song

Trentemøller Collaborators Lulu Rouge Release Remixes of Dub-tastic Track “Bless You”

Danish downtempo dub-bers Lulu Rouge, comprised of DJs T.O.M. (Trentemøller’s touring partner and right-hand for the last three years) and Buda, have been busy since the release of their debut album Bless You on June 9th of this year.  The duo that Trentemøller calls “the next big thing to come out of Denmark” played a killer set at the Roskilde Festival on July 6th, are gearing up to play at the Amsterdam Dance Event later this month upon special request, and today announce the release of two brand new remix collections. Each disc presents four different remixes of debut single “Bless You,” which features vocals by seven-time Danish Music Awards nominee Mikael Simpson.

The bonus version of Bless You Remixes Part I includes a nasty cut by Pilooski, calling himself PSKI here, along with a synthy club number from Minilogue that you can download below.  The duo’s compatriot Trentemøller makes an appearance on Part II with his remix of the haunting track, while 16-year-old production prodigy Mike Sheridan adds his unique take to the second volume as well.  Parts I and II are available in all digital stores today.  Tracklists after the jump.

MP3: Lulu Rouge – Bless You feat. Mikael Simpson (Minilogue Remix)


Luomo Dishes About Upcoming Album “Convivial” and the Future of Dance Music

Whether you know him as Luomo, Vladislav Delay, Uusitalo, or his given name, Sasu Ripatti, sit back and enjoy the dancilicious track “Love You All (feat. Apparat)” as The Rind chats with the man of many names.

Panda Bear (Pitchfork’s #1 artist/album of last year) made mention of how Luomo was one of his influences on the record, Person Pitch. Was that a surprise to hear, or do you feel that electronic and indie rock artists are starting to cross into each other’s genres more?
This is great to hear! I didn’t know about this, and to be honest I don’t know Panda Bear, but I will check him out for sure. To a certain extent it seems that more and more fusion is about. That might be because electronic music, by itself at least, has been having a bit of a problem trying to reinvent the wheel lately.  I see many purely electronic artists forming bands and collaborating with indie artists, or at least using more instrumentation to get forward.

There are some early 80’s electro and techno-pop elements on Convivial. Was there any particular artist from that period that inspired you on this album?
I don’t really have direct influences from that period/style, but for example some of the early Michael Jackson, Prince, etc. influence actually comes into play on the production of Convivial.  Because I’m using quite the same instruments and methods as were used in 80’s electronic productions, it can easily sound similar.