Chrysalismusic’s Blog


Broken Bells begin by Will
January 27, 2010, 4:45 pm
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This has got our mouths frothing considerably. A Danger Mouse collaboration with a quarter of a Shin. Well the video for the first single, ‘The High Road’ can be viewed HERE. Excited excited excited. Excited.

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Australia. by Will
January 26, 2010, 11:00 am
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We love our Australian sub-publisher, Mushroom Music. They consistently supply us with quality music and new artists to fall in love with AND highlight to us the cracking sounds coming out of Australia and New Zealand at the moment. SO, as a thank you to them, here are five Mushroom-signed artists that are bringing sunshine into our lives:

Eddy Current Supression RingTheir first album came out in the UK in November and deservedly garnered some rave reviews. Taught grungy rock with lots of personality. Lush. And what a video.

The Boat People: Dreamy, super-melodic-indie-pop to die for. If the current single is anything to go by then I’m very excited about the new album (due this year).

Canyons: With an album due on Modular this year and a one off 12″ already released on DFA this band’s brand of off-kilter dance music is set to capture the imagination in 2010.

Shapeshifter: This lot are MASSIVE in New Zealand with platinum albums and sell-out gigs on a huge scale. Their brand of manic, driving ‘heavy soul’ music, which is as warm as it is chaotic, will undoubtedly find them new fans in many countries this year as they release their new album ‘The System is A Vampire’.

Cloud Control: I was very impressed with Cloud Control when I saw them live last year. After hearing some songs from their album due this year I realised I actually love them… Folky pop with big hooks. Gorgeous.

– David O B x



Four Tet – ‘Love cry’. by Will
January 25, 2010, 11:53 am
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Four Tet releases ‘Love Cry’ this very day! We say it’s a wonderful record and one that has been enchanting our ears for the past weeks. But now it is released into the world and you can either take our word for it, OR someone elses. So, this is what The Guardian say / The Times say / Pitchfork say.

And of course there’s a delightful remix by the excellently named, Joy Orbison to behold



Chrys-a-lis-a-fri-day by Will
January 22, 2010, 12:20 pm
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Grey skies. Christmas hangover. The Gym. Grey Skies. Late pay days. Drizzle. Broken resolutions. Celebrity Big Brother nonsense. Grey Skies. For those wishing to break out here is a playlist, nay a catalyst, nay an explosion! For those who have forgotten hope, forgotten joy, who have let the sensational tingling feeling of reckless abandon allude them for three weeks too many. Soul-sore people! Let’s bring back the good times. Right now. Your chariot awaits you HERE.



Coming shortly: Yeah Yeah Yeahs ‘Skeletons’ video.. by Will
January 21, 2010, 10:45 am
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This has got our minds a-fluttering.  Yeah Yeah Yeahs will unveil their new video for ‘Skeletons’ in a matter of days. It goes live on www.babelgum.com on Monday. Be there.



Laura Marling – ‘Devil’s Spoke’ by Will
January 19, 2010, 4:22 pm
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We like this! Only streaming on the guardian website for now. Which is here.



Hup Oranje! (‘Hip hip Holland’) by Will
January 19, 2010, 1:18 pm
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Kyteman in Celebratory mode. (Friend on left with hands in ears less celebratory)

There’s a lot of brilliant stuff coming out of our Holland office at the moment. Our man in the field, Lucas Van Slegtenhorst, has been signing marvellous things with an unparalleled ferveur. One of the biggest success stories so far is KYTEMAN‘s HIP HOP ORCHESTRA who has, this week, been awarded the 2009 Pop Prijs – Holland’s most prestigious award for contemporary music.

Also most definitely worth checking out and unlikely (foolishly) to be shouted from then rooftops of Pitchfork / DiS / GorillavsBear / Next big blog mouthpiece are MOSS (Reverb rich, kraut rock, pop epicness), THE KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE (even darker, storm brewing, mostly-instrumental wonderstuff), and WAY OUT WEST (Bristol based progressive house, breaks magic)

For those initiated on Spotify have a listen here. For those not, have a listen here:

WAY OUT WEST We Love Machine / MOSS Silent Hill / KYTEMAN No More Singin’ the blues / THE KILIMANJARO DARKJAZZ ENSEMBLE Lead Squid

And congratulations, Kyteman and Lucas.