[PIAS] - Singles of the week #14

  Van Muylem    5 april 2022

Balthazar has a new funky/disco version of Linger on thanks to Roosevelt's remix. C. Duncan has with Bell Toll also a nice dreampop single! Mattiel with Cultural Ciminal got me almost hooked to her sound! The biggest surprise comes with Koen Buysse reworking The Other Side (De Overkant van Suzan and Freek) and blows us out of our socks! This is really great work in reworking it! That's literally giving an old song a new life in a brand new jacket!


Belgian art-poppers Balthazar have teamed up with German singer, songwriter and producer Roosevelt for a funk-fuelled remix of their single, Linger On.
Roosevelt says of the collaboration: "Balthazar was the first band to bring me on tour as an opening act throughout Europe in 2012, which I have very fond memories of. I love their new material and was honoured to be asked to remix it. ‘Linger On' sounds like it was made for a spaced-out disco remix, so it felt very natural and instinctive in the studio to produce it. Hope everyone has as much fun listening to it as I had creating it!"

03/07 @ Rock Werchter, Werchter
10/07 @ Cactus Festival, Brugge
14/08 @ Hear Hear!, Kiewit

KOEN BUYSE (ZORNIK) - THE OTHER SIDE (Live uit Liefde Voor Muziek)

Koen Buyse is this year one of the participants of the Flemish music program called Liefde Voor Muziek (For the love of music). In the first episode he covers De Overkant from Suzanne and Freek and changes it into an emtional rocker with an epcic touch. Main thing of this program is that each artist covers a song from the other artists who are participating. The have been a lot of relaunches of carreers thanks to this program!


Wildly acclaimed, Grammy-winning artist Flume unveils a new track Sirens, featuring breakout star Caroline Polachek and co-written and produced by Danny L Harle. The new song is taken from Flume’s forthcoming new LP, Palaces, out May 20 on Transgressive. "Caroline and I had known each other for years, but she'd just moved to L.A. and we bumped into each other living down the street," Flume says. Speaking on the origins of the song's lyrical contents, Polachek adds, "I was living by myself in London, and it was the darkest time in the pandemic. I was really going through it, feeling so small, unable to control anything in the world, and the lyric 'sirens' was in reference to the constant ambulances I was hearing.

20/05 new album 'Palaces' via Transgressive Records

17/07 @ Dour Festival, Dour

Atlanta’s powerhouse rock’n’soulers, Mattiel, made up of Mattiel Brown and Jonah Swilley, share Cultural Criminal, the latest track from their third album, Georgia Gothic, which was released on Heavenly Recordings on March 18th 2022. This follows the release of previous tracks LighthouseJeff Goldblum and Blood In The Yolk. Talking about this track Mattiel said: “’Cultural Criminal’ was written as a reminder to myself to question everything and to avoid the trappings of “thought police,” so to speak. And just to maintain my focus and attention span during a time when we’re all being assaulted by media and advertising at any given moment. I’d just say… I prefer to think for myself and surround myself with people who may see the world differently than I do. Getting out of the echo chamber, you know?”

new album 'Georgia Gothic' out now via Heavenly Recordings
19/05 @ Trix, Antwerpen

Los Angeles indie-rock pioneer Day Wave (the project of singer/instrumentalist Jackson Phillips) returns with news of his upcoming album, Pastlife, out June 24 on [PIAS] Recordings. Day Wave first emerged from the Bay Area in 2015 and quickly became known for his wavy lo-fi bedroom production. Tracks like Drag and Something Here put him on a global radar, boasting hundreds of millions of streams across DSPs and creating a lane for bedroom-pop that didn't previously exist. Now Jackson returns to the forefront of the indie space with Pastlife, an album that tackles themes of love, loss, and maneuvering life in your 30s.Today, he shares the title track off the forthcoming album, a blustery indie-rock number that encapsulates the sweet nostalgia of missing someone.On the single, Jackson shares:  “I think of ‘Pastlife' as the thesis statement for this record, because the overall theme is reminiscing on past chapters in my life. I have so many era’s from my past that I miss, and so many friends left behind in those times. I wonder if they ever think of those times the way I do.Jackson's knack for ear-catching melodies and simple, fresh production is cherished more than ever in a world saturated with overly-produced tracks. In Pastlife, Jackson takes it back to the basics of indie— a space he's been spearheading for the past 10 years and continues to rise to the top in, producing for a new generation of indie acts like Hana Vu, Saba, Hazel English, KennyHoopla and more.

24/06 new album 'Pastlife' via [PIAS] Recordings

Moonchild Sanelly - real name Sanelisiwe Twisha - announces her long-awaited second album Phases out on June 10. The trailblazing South African musician signed to Transgressive Records in 2020, kicking off with diverse mini-LP Nüdes. Now, she returns to the international label with her brand new single Strip Club featuring Ghetts. The track flips the male-led narrative, instead putting the woman in charge. Moonchild says, “This song means so much to me. Especially as the people being entertained in the strip club are the ones condemning these women in the outside world. This is my love letter to the hustlers, the strippers and the twerkers - a celebration of the continuously judged. These people are doing what they need to for their hustle, and whenever there’s a woman fighting for survival I’m going to celebrate her and make her voice heard.”  

10/06 new album 'Phases' via Transgressive Records

With his new album Alluvium due out digitally 6th May (LP + CD to follow on 5th August) via Bella Union, C Duncan today shares another enticing new track titled Bell Toll from this much-anticipated release. Commenting on the track Duncan says: “'Bell Toll' is about uncertainty and companionship, and finding comfort in uncertainty. It explores the idea of security and assurance juxtaposed with the exhilaration of not knowing what’s to come.” The track brings to mind a meeting between Michel Legrand and early Kate Bush.

06/05 new album 'Alluvium' (digital) via Bella Union

Critically-acclaimed Dutch act Weval (AKA Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte Albers) return to Ninja Tune imprint Technicolour with the announcement of forthcoming EP Time Goes, due out on the 29th April. The 4 track EP is a continuation from the electronic duo’s 2021 EP Changed For The Better which, in true Weval fashion, featured bold, beautifully composed melodies and songwriting.  We hear similar features but with snippets of late 90’s inspired elements, pulling inspiration from genres such as trip hop and big beat, taking us on a journey that mixes a sense of nostalgia with a fresh, new approach.

29/04 new EP 'Times Goes' via Ninja Tune
2104 @ Trix, Antwerpen