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July 14, 2014

Sunrise, Sunset: Doe Paoro

The Fast-Rising Brooklyn Songstress Takes a Walk on the Wild Side in Our Series With Yours Truly

“Part of my process is to spend as much time creating in silence as possible,” says singer-songwriter Doe Paoro of carving her own brand of ethereal R&B. “Silence clarifies that relationship with sound.” Abandoning the bustling environment of her New York base in favor of a bucolic retreat––the Wisconsin studio of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon––Paoro shows off her distinct wavering voice in a live performance of new track “Walking Backwards.” Having encountered an age-old Tibetan folk-opera tradition during a backpacking trip, the singer distilled its influence into her recent EP Ink on the Walls. “Making the record in Manhattan would have been a nine-to-five experience,” explains Paoro, who was captured for the latest episode of Sunrise, Sunset by NOWNESS regulars Yours Truly after making waves in this year's festival circuit. “I guess there is no set time when inspiration strikes; it might happen at 2pm or 3am.” 

Ink on the Walls is available now on Middle West.

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These New Puritans: Island Song

A Cinematic Live Session From the Uncompromising British Musicians

These New Puritans give a taste of their forthcoming American tour in today’s live music video, co-directed by the experimental band and Phil Poole. The performance of “Island Song” at Electric Brixton in London was captured by multiple cameras, showcasing the group's elegiac third record Field of Reeds, which has drawn high praise from such notable figures as Elton John and Björk. “The motivation for coming to the US this time was the positive reaction to the two Hollywood Bowl shows we played with Björk last year,” says songwriter Jack Barnett, who formed These New Puritans while at school in Essex, southeast England with his twin, drummer George Barnett, and their friend Thomas Hein. This ‘septet’ incarnation of the group includes honey-voiced Portuguese singer Elisa Rodrigues alongside French horn, flugelhorn and keyboard players. Before they leave for the States, the band will embark on their most ambitious show yet at the Barbican in April, with a corresponding exhibition at the Strand. “There will be thirty or more musicians on stage,” says Jack. “From chromatic gong players to Adrian Peacock, the basso profundo singer who has one of the lowest voices in the country: during the album recording, it was amazing to hear some of the frequencies that came out of him.”
 
TNP Expanded takes place at London’s Barbican on April 17. The US tour begins April 30 in New York. Field of Reeds is available here.

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Matthew and The Atlas: Pale Sun Rose

A Fisherman Saves Himself From a Tempestuous Sea in the Folk Group’s Maritime Video

“The shoot for this video was so cold, I even fell in the sea at one point,” says former Boardwalk Empire star and Donmar veteran Charlie Cox of filming the video to Matthew & The Atlas' new single, “Pale Sun Rose”. Made before Christmas by Neil Coxhill, who has worked with Garbage, Zero7 and Elton John, Cox plays both characters in this mysterious narrative played out on the coastline in Sussex, England. The landscape provides the perfect backdrop to the British band’s elegiac indie folk that is composed from electronic beats and acoustic strings. “I’d been exploring ideas of how time changes your perception of memory through my lyrics, and Neil took that and created this story,” explains songwriter Matthew Hegarty. “Everyone had their own opinion of the story is about,” adds Cox, who has also appeared in the UK hit period drama Downton Abbey. “I think the businessman is a figment of the fisherman’s imagination.” Next up for Cox is a biopic about Stephen Hawking, Theory of Everything, while Matthew and the Atlas release their debut album in the spring.

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