Winter is a-coming in.

You can almost feel it. The clocks have gone back, and the hangover from Hallowe'en is beginning to recede. The days seem to get shorter, and you find yourself reaching for that old woollen scarf lodged at the back of the cupboard. Thankfully, we've got a few musical treats to keep the cold at bay.

The 1975 announced their arrival last month with the 'Facedown' EP but now the Manchester group are ready to take a turn for the dark. New EP 'Sex' – try Googling '1975' and 'Sex' – drops on November 19th, and finds the band moving forward at considerable pace.

The essential influences – shoegaze, a touch of electronics, fractured R&B – are all there, but the sense of bliss has been lost. Take 'Undo'. From its title alone you can tell that this isn't some summery hymn, with the wistful nostalgia of 'Facedown' turning into something more ominous.

Opening with the fluttering of synths and vocals almost submerged in reverb, 'Undo' starts in near ambient territory before the beat makes itself known. Stumbling along at almost funeral pace, 'Undo' almost seems ready to crumble into pieces but the sheer intensity of the production hems it in. Bewitching, ominous and certainly deserving of November's darkening days.

Listen to it now…

One of Italy's most picture-esque cities, Turin's club culture remains – for most – an unexplored gem.

Club To Club should change that. A hugely respect organisation, Club To Club Alfa Romeo MiTo have hosted parties across Italy and the continent – recently spreading their wings for a one off bash in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Toasting its 12th anniversary in style, Club To Club Alfa Romeo MiTo are set to head to Turin. The line up is astonishing, with everyone from Django Django to Flying Lotus, Actress to Jeff Mills, Rustie and more taking part. Here's a teaser video.

#C2C12 • The Future Is Yet To Come from Club To Club – #C2C12 on Vimeo.

Running between November 8th – 11th, Clash have managed to grab three day passes to the event. Flights aren't included, but if you look around then we're sure you'll be able to pick up some bargain last minute jaunts.

Fancy entering? Simply tell us why you should be the one to go…

Efterklang's new documentary, 'The Ghost Of Piramida', premieres at the Danish CPH:DOX film festival on November 1st.

Following on from the release of their latest album 'Piramida', Efterklang have hooked up with director Andreas Koefoed to create 'The Ghost Of Piramida'. The documentary follows the Danish band on their visit to the Russian mining town that they took the name for their album from. Accompanied by a polar bear guard, the band go on a treasure hunt around the abandoned town while the narrator, a former citizen of the once flourishing mining community, recounts stories of Piramida's past.

This isn't Efterklang's first foray into the world of documentary making, back in 2011 they made a 50 minute performance film with French director Vincent Moon. Titled 'An Island', the band developed an innovative Private-Public Screening system whereby anybody could host a free screening of the film as long as they had a minimum audience of 5 people. In 2 months 1,178 Private-Public Screenings were hosted all over the world; expect similarly innovative ideas when 'The Ghost Of Piramida' hits our screens.

The official trailer for the film hasn't been released as yet but you can watch the album trailer, also directed by Andreas Koefoed, below.

 

Chicago dance pioneer Chez Damier is set to play a one off London show courtesy of Apogee as part of Upfront Project this Friday (November 2nd).

Hallowe'en isn't just for kids, y'know. Promoters across the country are busy cooking up something special, something for fans to really sink their teeth into. This Friday (November 2nd) Apogee are set to take control of South London venue Fire once again, promising a bill which focuses on cutting edge material.

R&S affiliate Pariah is set to drop by, while Will Saul, Casino Times and Medlar are all taking part. Perhaps the most striking addition, though, is Chicago figure Chez Damier. European shows from the producer are pretty rare, making this slot even more special.

A pivotal figure in the evolution of house and techno, his tasteful sets are in demand across the globe but the producer has plumbed for South London as an appropriate way to celebrate Hallowe'en.

Clash asked Apogee resident The Pushamann for his thoughts on the addition: "Great artists dont compromise and you only have to look at Mr. Damier's back catalogue to realise this. A true pioneer of everything deep,soulful and groovy which in turn has helped to define house music and make the 4/4 rhythm a timeless genre defying masterpiece".

Here's 'Teach Me, Keep Me'.

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Apogee Hallowe'en special takes place at Fire, London on November 2nd. Ticket link

When a young band makes the leap up to venues the size of the O2 Academy, Brixton, there’s always a disquieting feeling the place might swallow them up and they will end up sounding a little tame (pun utterly intended). But there is certainly no such concern for tonight’s sell-out crowd, all gathered to witness Australia’s most exciting export since Steve Irwin. In fact, it wouldn’t matter which venue Tame Impala played, their sound is so huge it’s on another planet.

The band’s synth-soaked space rock has been swelling in acclaim since the release of their second album ‘Lonerism’, basking in the praises of both critics and fans alike, and their performance tonight cements them as one of the most innovative and exciting groups around.

They open with drifty cosmic intro ‘Be Above It’ lulling in a hazy half-dream of looping vocals and tribal drums, before launching into the colossal ‘Solitude is Bliss’. The crowd go insane and from that moment on Tame have them eating out of their hands. The first half of the show is built up mainly of tracks from the band’s storming 2010 debut album ‘Innerspeaker’, many of which are delightfully blended together with jammy little interludes, at times verging on dance music. Stand-out tracks from the new release are certainly ‘Music to Walk Home By’ and the sorrow tinged ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’. These tracks sparkle with groove and maturity, but to look at the band you’d think a couple of the boys were barely old enough to buy fags! As the packed crowd leap and sway to the storming ‘Apocalypse Dreams’ and foot-stomping anthem ‘Elephant’, it’s easy to see why the thirsty masses are lapping up Tame’s psychedelic rock milk.

One of the most beautiful aspects of the band is the way they give their music space to breathe. No spoon-feeding the same riff over and over, no clambering to get to the first chorus in the first thirty seconds – the guitars can go wandering and the honey-licked vocals can creep and swoop without being suffocated. Even the drums get a couple of solos, meaning you have time to stand back and fully absorb every inch of what the band is creating.

Parker seems genuinely moved by the reaction of the London mob, shaking his head in between songs and murmuring, “Amazing, you guys, just amazing.” And as the band leave the stage his grinning band mates come fist pumping to the front of the stage, clearly trying to get their longhaired hippy heads around the adoration they receive. But there’s one more twist in the tale of the Tame. The boys re-emerge for an extended version of old favourite ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’ a driving, twisted monster of a tune, before finally releasing the feverous crowd from their jaws, leaving them to stumble out dazed into the biting Halloween freeze.

 

Words by Luke Holloway

Photos by Rachel Lipsitz

Stubborn Heart are releasing their eponymous debut album on November 5th through One Little Indian and have made it available to stream in full via YouTube.

The video stream incorporates the album artwork designed by Trevor Jackson and macro photography of liquid, provided by the aptly-named Janet Waters. Stubborn Heart's debut follows on from the success of their 'Need Someone' EP, released during the summer on Kaya Kaya, and it's already been selected as the album of the month for November in Rough Trade.

Check out the album stream below, along with the duo's live appearances during the next month…

5th November, London, Rough Trade East

20th November, London, Birthdays

21st November, Manchester, Trof Fallowfield

22nd November, Glasgow, The Art School

 

Slowcoaches new video for 'Tummy Bug' released recently on a One For The People compilation, premières today on ClashMusic.

The band's first release since their debut EP '_We're So Heavy_', released back in May on Tye Die Tapes, 'Tummy Bug' was written as the title track for a forthcoming film that shares the same name. In return the film's directors, twins John and Tom Turrell, have stepped behind the camera to direct Slowcoaches' video, giving it a lo-fi vibe that complements the song and throwing in some DIY 'special' effects for good measure. 

The 'Tummy Bug' film, which will be packaged with another 2 songs from Slowcoaches and a graphic novel, is set to be released early next year via Belly Kids.

Taken from her critically acclaimed 'I Predict A Graceful Expulsion' album, watch Clash's video premiere of the new single from Canada's Cold Specks, 'Hector'.

Cold Specks, aka Al Spx, now resides in London but draws musical inspiration from the Deep South of America's musical traditons, from Alan Lomax's field recordings to Soul, Gospel, and acts such as Bill Callahan and Tom Waits. She recently performed a sold out show at London's Union Chapel and received a nomination in Canada's Polaris Music Prize.

Kate Nash has posted new track 'FRI-END?' online – watch the Hallowe'en inspired video below.

Unveiling her new direction earlier this year, Kate Nash was forced to endure the slings and arrows of the cynics. Swapping piano driven pop for something resembling the ashes of Riot Grrrl the singer adopted a fast, web-drive creative process.

Recently deciding to get into the Hallowe'en spirit, Kate Nash drafted new track 'FRI-END?'. Shooting a video for the song, the singer has decided to simply release it as a free download via her official website.

Posted online this afternoon, you can download the song HERE.

Watch the Hallowe'en inspired video for the song below.

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'FRI-END?' is out now.

He might not be a household name, but Magic Arm – born plain Marc Rigelsford – is gaining praise in high places.

Grizzly Bear are fans, while Sam Beam (Iron & Wine mastermind) recently labelled the Mancunian musician “the master of the loop pedal”. New EP 'Put Your Collar Up' will hopefully gain the songwriter some much needed exposure, combining his obvious skill with some genuinely probing songcraft.

Out now, the EP matches a sense of ambitious to some humble, honest surroundings – at one point, Rigelsford retrieved a synth from Cash Converters in an attempt to get the exact sound he was looking for. Intrigued by his working methods, Clash asked Magic Arm to craft a short playlist focussing on the loop pedal.

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David Thomas Broughton
Loop pedal, guitar and a dictaphone. I've seen David play many times over the last few years, each time completely different from the last. The most engaging gigs you're likely to see. It's beautiful, funny and at times, harrowing.

tUnE-yArDs 
Loop pedal, ukulele, drums. On the spot hip hop rhythms and delicately plucked ukulele. Watching her build everything from scratch is always exciting and thoroughly impressive.

Andrew Bird
Loop pedal, guitar, violin. Lots of staccato violin and whistling. It makes me happy.

Denis Jones
Loop pedal, samplers, guitar. Perfectly executed loop pedaling, in my opinion. Using samplers, effects, beat box rhythms and layered vocals he switches between subtle blues to a heavy bass driven sound with-in the tap of a pedal.

Owen Pallet
Loop pedal, violin, keyboard. Armed with just these, he creates beautiful and intense orchestral soundscapes.

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'Put Your Collar Up' is out now.

Catch Magic Arm in action at the latest Clash Magazine issue launch party – Facebook event.