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In the latest episode of Origins, Sophie Porter met with Toronto art-dance sibling trio DOOMSQUAD during Sea Change in May. The conversation features music by Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, Fela Kuti, Fucked Up and DOOMSQUAD.


Artwork by Steve Krakow aka Plastic Crimewave
Produced by Sophie Porter

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VIDEO: DOOMSQUAD - Dorian’s Closet

Toronto’s ardent art-dance sibling trio DOOMSQUAD have shared the video for their new single ‘Dorian’s Closet’, a track honouring legendary drag queen Dorian Corey, best known for her role in the film Paris Is Burning.

The new LP “Let Yourself Be Seen” is released May 10th and you can preorder now over at Drift.


Lost Horizons: Simon Raymonde Interview & Triptych Premiere

Lottie Brazier at The Quietus spoke to former Cocteau Twins bassist, founder of Bella Union and now half of Lost Horizons, Simon Raymonde about Triptych, his new film with BAFTA-winning director Kieran Evans. Interview and full premiere today on the Quietus.

Spoiler alert, it's pretty stunning.


Tiny Desk: Holly Macve

Whilst in the USA a few months back, Holly taped a session for NPR as part of their Tiny Desk series. The production - as ever - is just amazing from NPR and Holly is given all the room she needs to sparkle. Pretty amazing stuff this. 

Watch it online here:

HollyMacve's voice seems to hover from era to era, coming to rest somewhere between the lonesome twang of Patsy Cline and the moodily modern slur of Lana Del Rey. Macve's songs lope and shimmer at a lazy pace, but they never lack drama, even as she holds herself motionless.

The Brighton-based singer-songwriter recently stopped by the Tiny Desk to perform three songs from Golden Eagle, her debut album. Whether performing on acoustic guitar (for "No One Has The Answers" and "The Corner Of My Mind") or piano (for Golden Eagle's epic title track), Macve remained in complete command. Backed by a suitably low-key band, she'd sound subtly radiant just about anywhere, from your nearest country bar to the most dreamily lit stage in Twin Peaks.

Holly Macve (vocals, guitar, piano); Tommy Ashby (guitar); Michael Blackwell (bass); David Dyson (drums)

Producers: Bob Boilen, Stephen Thompson, Niki Walker; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Morgan Noelle Smith, Beck Harlan; PA: CJ Riculan; Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR.

Focus on Will Stratton

Originally from Woodland, California, Will Stratton lives in Beacon, New York and we've been swooning over him all year. This year's Rosewood Almanac is his first with Bella Union and is another in a long line of beautiful, addictive and euphorically downbeat LP's the label have brought into our conscious. 

Although his first LP with Bella Union, and certainly the first time we became aware of his work, Will is actually six albums into his career, with some really engaging EP's and Demos floating around in the ether too. That commitment to time creating music shows, his playing ranges from intricate and fast picked to hazy and atmospheric, recalling all sorts of gestures from John Fahey to Nick Drake with that Sufjan Stevens esq sparkle in their too. Vocally he is so measured, a beuafifull clear voice with no affectation. 

I wrote ‘Manzanita’ last spring. It was the final song I wrote for this album, and it’s about watching plants bloom and take root at the same time as people grow and adapt and age, and how beautiful that can be. Sandy Gordon plays the drums, Gabriel Birnbaum plays the saxophone, Maia Friedman sings backup, and I do the rest, aside from a little swell of strings at the end.
— Will Stratton on Manzanita

More: "An Identity Crisis in a Good Way" - An Interview with Will Stratton on Pop Matters.

Will's story is one to summon myths: son of a traveling preacher and a cancer survivor, his music was found by Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde during a night-time online search. The ten songs on Rosewood Almanac feel consistently delicate and fawn-like, even when their lyrics bare teeth.

With pastoral folk roots, New York singer-songwriter Will Stratton has gotten more discreet in his approach. Not a single note sounds out of place here, meshing into a breathtaking whole.
— Pitchfork
Directed by Evan M. Cohen

We are thrilled to welcome Will Stratton to Sea Change to play as part of the Bella Union twentieth birthday celebrations.