Brendan Perry

Brendan Perry’s voice drifts through the open windows on a late summer’s eve with a warm melancholy breeze. You’re enveloped with the inevitability and beauty of the cycle of life.

The male half of Dead Can Dance, Ark is his second solo album.

“Utopia” is a free download.

Bon Iver

Bon Iver is a band but is known for the distinctive voice of Justin Vernon.

The name Bon Iver is a variation on the French phrase “bon hiver”, in English “good winter”, in some ways reflecting Vernon’s northern Wisconsin roots.

The eponymously titled second album is due in June.

“Calgary” is our first taste and a free download.

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable album The Big Roar is an impassioned debut.

Ritzy Bryan-vocals, guitar, Rhydian Dafydd-bass, and Matt Thomas-drums make up this formidable Welsh trio.

We first featured their music here with their most unique Christmas song “My Beerdrunk Soul Is Sadder Than a Hundred Dead Christmas Trees”.

We spotlight them again with “Whirring”, their formidable single.

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire will release a deluxe version of The Suburbs this summer.

Included will be a 30 minute film by Spike Jonze entitled Scenes From the Suburbs, an 80 page booklet with photos and lyrics and two unreleased tracks: “Culture War” and “Speaking in Tongues”.

“Speaking in Tongues” features backing vocals by David Byrne. A tongue in cheek homage no doubt to the Talking Heads album of the same title.

Friendly Fires

Friendly Fires, England’s dance band with an edge, just released their second album, Pala.

Their first album, eponymously titled, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2009.

Pala is a fictional utopian island in Aldous Huxley’s novel Island.

The discovery of the “Blue Cassette” and the stirrings of a long lost voice is from the new album.

Gang Gang Dance

Gang Gang Dance describe their music as experimental.

Eye Contact is the fifth album from this New York ensemble featuring the distinctive vocals of Lizzi Bougatsos.

True to form the music moves in compelling new directions. Listen to “MindKilla”, a free download from the band’s website.

Black Lips

Black Lips refer to their music as flower punk.

Hailing from Atlanta the band is known for utterly outrageous stage shows.

Arabia Mountain, their sixth album, is due in June.

“Modern Art” will give you a taste.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys are one of those British bands with attitude. But the band does live up to the hype.

Their debut album, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, released in 2006, became the fastest selling debut album in UK history and featured the singles “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down”.

Suck It and See, the fourth Arctic Monkeys album is due in June.

The powerful “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved You’re Chair” is the first single.

Kate Bush

Kate Bush

Director’s Cut, the new album from Kate Bush, consists of eleven reworked tracks from her previous albums The Sensual World and The Red Shoes, originally released in 1989 and 1993 respectively.

A formidable and unique presence in the UK since the late 70’s, she now has her own record label, Fish People, and control over her earlier recordings.

Kate only toured once, and briefly at that, in 1979 and most of us have only witnessed her performance via video. I was fortunate though to privately lunch with her around the time of The Sensual World. A most charming and delicate encounter.

Here she re-imagines the song “Deeper Understanding” from The Sensual World. The new chorus is the computerized voice of her son Albert. (The long-form video directed by Kate, but not starring her, can be seen in the above YouTube button.)

This is the original version:

Okkervil River

The Oedipus Project is up and running with a new media player. No longer will we be hassled with SoundCloud’s legal issues and arcane practices.

So let’s turn our attention to Austin, Texas.

Okkervil River released their sixth album, I Am Very Far, last week.

It’s been three years since their last album, The Stand Ins, when Okkervil River took a brief sojourn as the backup band for Roky Erickson, the 13th Floor Elevators’ legendary frontman.

I Am Very Far is the first Okkervil River album that leader Will Sheff has produced.

“Wake and Be Fine” is a free download from the band’s website.

Poly Styrene

Poly Styrene Generation Indigo Drawing

A Message from Shirin Koohyar at Future Noise Music
Hi Everyone, after days of still trying to gather my thoughts on what to write here on such an exceptional person and a very close dear friend, I’m still struggling as there is so much…but there are two things that keep repeatedly coming into my mind, ‘Angel’ and Poly’s wonderful mom, ‘Joan’.

So I just want to say that Poly remains the wonderful voiced Angel that I first met some years ago, here to help us think daily towards being conscious, caring, forgiving and responsible human beings, without being ‘anti’ anything, through her unique beautiful spirit and genius lyrics.

There are no doubts in my mind that Poly is being rewarded royally for all that she has done and left us with, and I know she’s spreading her beautiful wings freely, playfully and so much much wider.

It takes an incredibly special woman to have given birth to this Angel, so my never ending thanks to Joan for bringing Poly into this world for us all to connect with.

I regularly read all the facebook and twitter comments to Poly and to each and everyone, in her beautiful innocent voice and genuinely surprised tone she would reply “Ahhh isn’t that nice, that’s so positive!” I can still hear her saying this every time I see your comments and I really hope that you can too.

Once again, thanks to ALL of Poly’s extended friends and fans, and in particular to a few, you know who you are, for your support on Poly’s facebook and twitter especially through this difficult period. Poly’s team will soon get back to hard work here to carry on making sure that her genius messages and last body of work reaches the deserved places that it needs to get to.

Whilst I know there are so many of you who would love to attend Poly’s funeral to pay your respects, it is her family’s wish to keep it a private intimate one, and we have to honour this. So wherever that you may be, I’m sure you’ll be able to connect with Poly in your own way, please do so this coming Thursday 12th of May when her funeral will be taking place at 3pm UK time.

We’ll soon start working on a tribute concert to take place some time late September, early October this year in London and will keep you all posted on any developments with that once we get some headway into it.

Poly’s sweet innocent voice and infectious boisterous laugh will remain in my ears forever, as well as one of her greatest quotes in a recent interview she did with Dave Simpson, so I’m going to end this note with that and extend my love and warmest wishes to you all, Shirin – Future Noise Music

“You remember that old song ‘Que Sera Sera, Whatever will be, will be, the future’s not ours to see’? I’ve always felt that. It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but I wouldn’t change a thing.” Poly Styrene, March 2011