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WHITE WILLOW: Norwegian Act Debuts Video For “Future Hopes” Via PROG As Album Nears Release Through Lasers’ Edge

Eclectic Norwegian progressive/post-metal outfit, WHITE WILLOW, has debuted the first single from their Laser’s Edge-bound seventh album, Future Hopes, with an official video for the record’s title track, which has been premiered exclusively through PROG.

Experience WHITE WILLOW’s “Future Hopes” video only through PROG at THIS LOCATION.

Laser’s Edge will issue Future Hopes on CD, LP, and digital formats on March 31st, 2017. Digital preorders are live, the standard version HERE and the hi-res version HERE.

Additional audio clips, preorder info, and more from the album will be issued in the coming days.

WHITE WILLOW‘s first album since 2011’s well-received Terminal Twilight sees the outfit exploring some of the most “progressive” territory the band has ever ventured into, with several lengthy tracks and more instrumental passages than they are usually known for. Musically, the album builds upon the foundation of its predecessor, with a modern approach to production. Future Hopes also features a heavy use of synthesizers, including the unique textures of the famed Blade Runner synth, the Yamaha CS80. Future Hopes was mixed by highly respected Norwegian Grammy-nominated engineer Christian Engfelt, known for his work on the Elephant9/Reine Fiske album, Atlantis, and the Todd Rundgren/Lindstrøm collaboration, Runddans. The record was mastered by Grammy Award-winning audiophile legend Bob Katz, and completed with a specially commissioned painting by Roger Dean.

Offers WHITE WILLOW‘s Jacob Holm, “‘Future Hopes’ is the title track off our new album. I actually wrote these songs a couple of years ago, and the title is ironic, seeing as even at that point I felt there wasn’t that much future hope. I grew up in an age of scientific optimism – the ’70s and ’80s, and I was an avid reader of science fiction. As I have grown up and seen the future come and go, I feel that ‘future’ is a term that doesn’t quite hold the magic it used to. The whole album is really about that. How do you cope with a future that seems hopeless? The question becomes more apt each day. To me, interpersonal relationships, the human bond, is the thing that gives us hope and keeps us moving into the future. Love, basically, both platonic and romantic. The actual song ‘Future Hopes’ is that kind of love song, a bit hopeless and hopeful at the same time. The video is really just an atmospheric collage of images of a future/present where there is both happiness and sadness, beauty and decay.”

The Future Hopes lineup, which as always is a loose constellation of musicians with multi-instrumentalists Jacob Holm-Lupo and Mattias Olsson at the core, sees the return of several WHITE WILLOW stalwarts, including flautist Ketil Einarsen (Jaga Jazzist, Motorpsycho), keyboardist Lars Fredrik Frøislie (Wobbler, Tusmørke), and bassist Ellen Andrea Wang (Pixel, Manu Katché Quartet). The singer is however a new arrival. Venke Knutson is best known in her native Norway for a string of Top 10 hits and is well established as a solo pop artist. She came into Holm-Lupo’s orbit as a guest singer with his other project, The Opium Cartel. Guesting on several tracks and putting a clear stamp on the album is Norway’s trailblazing guitar hero Hedvig Mollestad, known from her own Hedvig Mollestad Trio. Holm-Lupo felt the material needed a soloist who could both navigate the tricky, almost jazz-influenced chord and time changes on the album while at the same time retaining a rock edge, and Hedvig fit the bill perfectly.

The CD and digital versions of Future Hopes also feature two bonus tracks, including an original tune, “Damnation Valley,” as well as WHITE WILLOW‘s unusual cover of The Scorpions’ classic dirge, “Animal Magnetism,” re-interpreted as a Tangerine Dream-like electronic piece while still retaining the heaviness of the original. The star on the track is New York-based clarinetist David Krakauer, knows as the world’s foremost klezmer clarinetist, with countless credits to his name both with his own projects, in jazz constellations, with many of the world’s best philharmonic orchestras and with soundtrack music. Krakauer is a recipient of many prestigious nominations and awards, from DownBeat to the Grammys.

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#4 Domain Cleveland – Ryan Leitru (FOR TODAY)

Ryan Leitru from the band For Today spoke with Domain Cleveland’s Bill Bailey for ryan1this exclusive interview. This interview is pretty deep, alot of great questions are brought to the for-front.

 

 

#3 Domain Cleveland – Bill Bailey interviews K. Flay

Domain Cleveland’s own Bill Bailey captures this exclusive interview with Alternative rock star K. Flay. Bailey talks with K. Flay about numerous topics including: touring, new material and so much more. This is one of those interviews you need to check out.

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THE CLASSIC CRIME Announce New Album How To Be Human, Out April 20 via BC Music

classiccrimeFive years have passed since THE CLASSIC CRIME released their highly acclaimed album Phoenix, and now the Seattle rock group is back to unleash their fifth studio album, How To Be Human (Out April 28 via BC Music).  The album was completely funded via Kickstarter, with over 2,500 backers, tripling the original goal. Album pre-orders begin on March 20 via PledgeMusic.

“My goals for every album is to push the boundaries a bit,” explains lead singer-songwriter Matt MacDonald, “When we started playing together back in 2003, our influences (wide as they were) were pretty apparent. With each record we’ve tried to go some place different, to incorporate different styles while maintaining core structure and textures.”

In the meantime the band is excited announce their ‘How To Be Human’ Tour, kicking off in April year and leading into May. Opening bands on the 12 date tour will include Matt & Toby and CIVILIAN.

How To Be Human contains The Classic Crime’s most mature body of work yet, featuring 12 tracks of pure indie rock in the stylings of Death Cab For Cutie meets Motion City Soundtrack. Working with longtime producer and mixer Michael “Elvis” Baskette (Albatross, The Silver Cord, Vagabonds), the band was able to challenge themselves, exploring a “happy to be here” songwriting style, while feeling at home with Baskette’s ability to try new recording techniques and cement the The Classic Crime’s signature tight drum work and guitar layering. “Control and comfort will always reel us back in some,” MacDonald explains, “But I like to cast out as far as I can to see if we can catch something good.”

The Classic Crime is Matt MacDonald (vocals & guitar), Robbie Negrin (guitar), Skip Erickson (drums), and Alan Clark (bass).

THE CLASSIC CRIME
TOUR DATES

w/ Matt & Toby and CIVILIAN
April 27 – Seattle, WA – Neumos*
May 04 – Nashville, TN – The End
May 05 – Cincinnati, OH – Mad Frog
May 06 – Columbus, OH – Steadfast Festival
May 07 – New York, NY – Blackthorn 51
May 09 – Hartford, CT – The Space
May 10 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
May 11 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
May 13 – Orlando, FL – The Abbey
May 14 – Miami, FL – Churchills
May 15 – Tampa, FL – Crowbar
May 17 – Atlanta, GA – Vinyl @ Centerstage

*Without CIVILIAN

#2 Domain Cleveland – Kaya Stewart – Shows she can rock like her dad (David Stewart – Eurythmics)

Kaya Stewart – Vans Warped Tour – Blossom Music Center Cuyahoga Falls, OH

The next up and coming star to rise from Warped Tour has to be Kaya Stewart. She has the potential to really make a strong name for herself. Armed with a golden voice and the front person qualities to really lead a pack. Kaya brings to the stage, power and does a great job getting the audience attention and involved with her. She was able to push that power from the stage to the listeners and maintain that vibe throughout her whole set. It was quite evident that she has made a host of new fans in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, noting that by the thousands of people who were singing along with her during her set.

If you have the chance to check out Kaya Stewart please do. She has a lot of gifts under her sleeve and great role model parent. If she keeps this up she will no doubt be a star.

Kaya interview with MT’s Dom can be listened to above or click DOWNLOAD

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