LYDIA AINSWORTH REVEALS NEW TRACK, ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES

PHANTOM FOREST DUE OUT MAY 10

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NORTH AMERICAN, UK & EUROPEAN TOUR DATES BEGIN APRIL 9

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"Boldly trend-defying, pageantic pop music... Ainsworth's vocals work in tandem to catch light and color from new and exciting angles." - THE FADER

"Lydia Ainsworth doesn't so much subvert pop music, but skates around its edges... [She] blurs melodies and rote formats with a sense of mystery." - NPR

"Among pop music's experimental architects, Lydia Ainsworth has a unique knack for making grand sweeping gestures feel human." - PITCHFORK

"Ainsworth creates enough comforting fantasies to make us all feel at ease." - STEREOGUM

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Lydia Ainsworth is returning with her self-produced album Phantom Forest on May 10, and today she shares its second single, "Tell Me I Exist". Paper says of the track,"Lydia Ainsworth creates the kind of bewitching pop that you'd swear soundtracked your dreams... Not unlike art-pop predecessors like Kate Bush or Bat For Lashes, listening to Ainsworth helps one connect to their subconscious, and to the world we live in." In an accompanying interview with the magazine, Ainsworth says, "I find many facets of social media to be meaningful and I feel more connected than ever with kindred spirits who I'd probably not been able to connect with had the technology not been there. But I am afraid of the way it is being harnessed by dictatorial powers. Our faces all stored in a tidy database. Technology has become a distraction to the truth."

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Her third album, Phantom Forest is he follow up to 2017's Darling of the Afterglow and her first since relocating from Toronto to Los Angeles. The LP is themed around the precarious state of nature in the modern world introducing a lush, complex dream world that the singer, composer, and producer created and inhabited largely on her own.

Ainsworth produced Phantom Forest herself, and wrote all the songs with the exception of the closing track "Green Is The Color," a Pink Floyd cover, and "The Time" and "Give It Back To You", which she co-wrote with Kyle Dixon of Survive (Stranger Things).

Ainsworth, explains that the collection revealed itself to her "as a play taking place in Mother Nature's vanishing home," aka Phantom Forest, and that she's singing from three perspectives: herself, Mother Nature, and Greek Chorus. For instance, of the album's opener, "Diamonds Cutting Diamonds," she explains: "The Greek Chorus sets the scene, narrating and offering direction on how to enter Phantom Forest. It's my hope that the listener will imagine the narration to be directed to them as well, as they begin the journey of the album."

You'll get a sense of this from the collection's edenic cover art and the playful, pastoral video for the album's first single, "Can You Find Her Place". Its inspiration came from Ainsworth's love for Italian Renaissance painter Botticelli's 15-century masterpiece "Primavera", an allegorical representation of the burgeoning fertility of the earth in spring. She notes: "The video features the Greek gods of the painting in a choreographed Baroque style dance." Keeping with the personal feel of the collection, her sister Abby Ainsworth directed the clip.

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In line with the classical and historical depths of Phantom Forest, Ainsworth, who holds a Masters Degree in film scoring composition from NYU and studied composition as an undergrad at McGill, notes that although the album might be considered pop, she approached it as an orchestrator. "Even if I'm dealing purely with synths," she says, "The songs are like a score, each one an evolving journey. I love to use strings so I've included my string arrangements on 'Tell Me I Exist' and 'Can You Find Her Place.' I recorded live musicians on drums, bass, and guitar on 'Edge of the Throne', 'The Time', and 'Floating Dream', and wove those live elements into my programmed elements."

Phantom Forest is a beautiful, vast collection that mixes the historical and the hands on, with hooks about the apocalypse and people obsessively using face-recognition software to see what paintings their face match with, in search of some kind of connection.  It's a journey that holds up to close listening (and lyric reading) and to dance floors, but that can also exist on a purely emotional plane. In all cases, it asks that you listen, and take some kind of action.

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LYDIA AINSWORTH TOUR DATES
4/09: Steelyard - London, UK
4/13: Le Bababoum - Paris, FR
4/14: La Bababoum - Paris, FR
4/17: Vega - Copenhagen, DK
4/26: The Phoenix - Toronto, ON
5/01: Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
5/02: Elsewhere - Brooklyn, NY
5/03: Elsewhere - Brooklyn, NY
5/04: Underground Arts - Philadelphia, PA
5/05: U Street Music Hall - Washington, DC
5/09: El Club - Detroit, MI
5/10: Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
5/11: Fine Line - Minneapolis, MN
5/14: Wonder Ballroom - Portland, OR
5/15: Neumos - Seattle, WA
5/17: Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
5/18: Fonda Theatre - Los Angeles, CA


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PHANTOM FOREST TRACKLIST
1. Diamonds Cutting Diamonds
2. Tell Me I Exist
3. Can You Find Her Place
4. Edge Of The Throne
5. Kiss The Future
6. The Time
7. Give It Back To You
8. Floating Dream
9. Green Is The Color (Pink Floyd cover)

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IN THE VALLEY BELOW ANNOUNCES NEW LP + FEATURE FILM

THE PINK CHATEAU SET FOR APRIL 26 RELEASE ON ARTS & CRAFTS

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WATCH AND SHARE “RISE” OFFICIAL VIDEO + THE PINK CHATEAU FILM TRAILER HERE

LIVE PERFORMANCE + FILM SCREENING TOUR ACROSS THE U.S. APRIL 9 – 20

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Art rock duo In The Valley Below has announced their sophomore full-length album and its motion picture companion, The Pink Chateau, will be arriving April 26 on Arts & Crafts - sharing their new Dave Sitek (TV on the Radio) produced single, “Rise” today, along with a trailer from the feature film.

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For In The Valley Below’s Angela Gail and Jeffrey Jacobs, hardship and passion are two sides of the same coin, and romance is the only defense against a world gone mad. Almost giving up on a music career when Angela found out she was pregnant, they emerged in 2014 with a hit single, “Peaches” off their debut album The Belt. Angela and Jeffrey were swept up quickly into an unexpected whirlwind… a record deal with Capitol Records, invitations to perform on Letterman and Conan, remixes by Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke and Passion Pit, tours with White Lies and the Cold War Kids, and festival dates from Austin City Limits to Reading & Leeds. After living on the road for several years, with child, bags were packed in LA and shipped to Grand Rapids, Michigan, where a house was bought and a basement studio created.

Holing up last winter in their home studio, the resultant album, The Pink Chateau puts lie to our preconceived notions of how environment influences music. There’s a tendency to conflate an artist’s sound with their surrounding geography—be it the sun-dappled serenity of ‘70s Laurel Canyon folk-rock or the industrial pallor of Manchester post-punk. But The Pink Chateau is proof you can make sexy, urbane, tropical pop music in a Michigan basement in the dead of winter. When the duo invite you to ‘drink champagne in the pink chateau’ on the album’s seductively funky title track, the message is clear: paradise is wherever you want it to be.

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The Pink Chateau film is the story of a young woman who follows a beautiful stranger into the countryside. What unfolds is a series of sensual and intimate tales in the form of a silent film set to In The Valley Below’s new album. The film was written and co-directed by Gail, and filmed in and around a palatial estate in rural Michigan. A dreamlike diorama of interconnected musical vignettes inspired by vintage French erotica and the faded colors of 1970s films, each song on the record serves as a portal through which the film’s enigmatic female protagonist confronts her most deep-seated desires. “It’s a story of sexual discovery and freedom from taboo,” Gail explains. “It’s a fantasy of an inviting place where female sexuality is a beautiful curiosity and not a shameful secret. Free from the story of the woman being a slut or victim if she is sexual.”

The idea to make a film for the album came from novelist / film director and head of Bright Antenna, Tiffanie Debartolo, who gave Angela the full freedom and confidence to write and direct the film. Angela adds, “I had previously directed music videos, but the logistics of organizing a feature film shoot were new to me. I brought on a filmmaker friend and colleague, Marcos Efron, to team up with and help me take this from vision to reality. It was also important for us to be inclusive with our cast and crew. We made every effort to include women, persons of color, and LGBTQ. I feel a diverse group brings a much richer atmosphere on set and on screen.”

In The Valley Below will take the sonic and visual experience out on the road in April. Broadcast over headphones, guests will experience a fully immersive audio and visual experience as the band performs the album / score live in theaters in front of the movie at Alamo Drafthouses across the U.S. Full tour dates can be found below. You can currently find In The Valley Below on the road supporting Albert Hammond Jr. on the West Coast thru March 8 in Los Angeles.

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THE PINK CHATEAU TRACKLIST
01 Rise
02 Pink Chateau
03 Bloodhands (Oh My Fever)
04 Desperate Dance
05 Hold On Tight
06 Break Even
07 Sink Or Swim
08 Blue Sky Drugs
09 Control
10 The Beggar
11 Brass Ring

LIVE DATES SUPPORTING ALBERT HAMMOND JR.
02/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03/02 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03/04 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
03/05 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
03/07 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
03/08 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theater
03/19 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
03/22 – Three Oaks, MI @ Acorn Theater

AUDIO IMMERSIVE CINEMA TOUR
04/09 – Brooklyn, NY @ Alamo Drafthouse
04/14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Alamo Drafthouse
04/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Alamo Drafthouse
04/17 – Dallas, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse
04/18 – Austin, TX @ Alamo Drafthouse
04/20 – Denver, CO @ Alamo Drafthouse
04/23 – San Francisco @ Alamo Drafthouse
04/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bardot/School Night

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PONDERCAST EPISODE 34 : THREE QUESTIONS

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In Pondercast Episode 34, Laurie Brown channels her inner teenager. 

Remembering back to that agonizing time of trying to decide what to do with the rest of her life. “Trust me - it wasn’t my idea to try and answer that question, but every adult around me couldn’t stop asking it,” she says. “Drove me nuts.”

So this episode is about 3 agonizing questions that never go away.

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Recently, Killbeat Music partnered with the team at Pondercast to bring you Ponderbeat, a series of special episodes featuring selections curated by Brown from some of Killbeat’s latest releases. The third episode of Ponderbeat is live now, featuring music from Broken Social Scene, Foxwarren, Daniel Romano, Charlotte Cornfield, and more.

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