News In Brief: Ben Lee, UMO, ‘The Key Of Sea’, Dear Time’s Waste
News posted Friday, October 12 2012 at 02:00 PM.
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– When interviewed at the start of this year by M+N, Ben Lee mused about reaching listeners in a post-music-industry landscape. “If you don’t have multi-national corporations behind you shoving you down people’s throats and you don’t fit into a predetermined demographic, how do you get music to people? That’s an interesting question.”
It looks like he's found an answer: he’s crowd-funding his new album Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work and is now at the 99% mark of his fundraising goal. Lee calls the album “somewhat of a sonic diary of my experiences with the South American healing medicine Ayahuasca … [it’s] designed to reflect the inner journey – dynamic and joyful, meditative and tender, playful and experimental.” All artist royalties from the album will go to MAPS (Multi-Disciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies) and the Amazon Conservation Team.
– After signing to Jagjaguwar, Unknown Mortal Orchestra have now set an Australian release date for their second album. The follow-up to 2011’s self-titled debut, the simply titled II comes out Feb. 1, with distribution through Inertia. “Written during a punishing, debauched touring schedule during which Nielson feared for both his sanity and health, II illustrates the emotional turmoil of life on the road, painting surrealist, cartoonish portraits of loneliness, love and despair,” goes the presser. UMO will appear at the Pyramid Rock and Peats Ridge festivals in Australia at year’s end.
– Auckland’s Claire Duncan has signed to Spunk for her second album as Dear Time’s Waste, following 2010’s underrated debut Spells. Heralded by the blissful ‘Heavy High’, Some Kind of Eden comes out Nov. 30. A live version of the band has shared stages with St. Vincent, Low and Deerhunter, and the new album has been compared to early Cure and Garlands-era Cocteau Twins. It was “recorded in isolation by Duncan between a cramped Eden Terrace flat and an expansive vacant studio space [and] works in a playful orbit, dancing between the lightness and weight of experience with cold purpose and red desperation.”
– The collaboration-rich collection The Key Of Sea Volume 2 will yield a one-off concert in Melbourne later this year. The Dec. 14 event at Hamer Hall will be MC’ed by RocKwiz’s Brian Nankervis. Slated performances include team-ups by Tim Rogers and Polyxeni, Jinja Safari and Kinfe Geshu, Brous and Awaz, Chet Faker and The Royal Swazi Spa and The Tiger & Me and Murtaza Jafari. As with the CD, profits from the gig will go to the Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival and SAIL (Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program). Tickets go on sale next Friday (Oct. 19), to coincide with the compilation’s release.