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Yellow Ostrich Soft

The gorgeous new Yellow Ostrich album Soft is available digitally everywhere today! It's the first new album that the quietly brilliant musician, producer and songwriter Alex Schaaf has released under the Yellow Ostrich name in seven years, and it's full of sublime lyrics, a perfect balance of experimental and classic sounds, great hooks, and elegant playing, featuring an outstanding group of assembled musicians borrowed from La Luz, Lissie, Bon Iver, and The War on Drugs, and engineered and mixed by Zach Hanson (Bon Iver, Gordi, Whitney, Waxahatchee, Hand Habits).

Check out charming videos for two of the singles off Soft, "Julia" and "Last Summer" — each captures aspects of the album's thematic concerns around the pitfalls and pressures of traditional masculinity, and human nature's complex simultaneous aversions and drives toward connection, vulnerability and tenderness. 23 Apr 2021

New single from upcoming Yellow Ostrich album

"'Birds'" is about realizing that desire can be fluid and that it doesn't follow strict rules and patterns the way you might expect it to," says band leader and songwriter Alex Schaff about the new Yellow Ostrich single. "And generally it's about continuing to learn more about yourself and others as you get older, that it's not a process that stops when you reach a certain age."

Hear Yellow Ostrich's "Birds" The new album Soft is out April 23. 09 Apr 2021

Yellow Ostrich returns with Soft, new video “Julia”

We're excited to announce Soft, the new album from Yellow Ostrich out April 23rd, and today the band has released a new video for the song "Julia".

"Julia" features Schaaf's crystal-clear vocal melodies as he analyzes the ongoing struggle against an ever-present 'separator' antagonist determined to make maintaining human relationships challenging. The song is the first single from Soft, and also appears on the stellar Like a Bird: An Alex Schaaf Anthology (2010-2021) available digitally tomorrow, March 26th. 25 Mar 2021

Yellow Ostrich announces anthology and releases new track

Barsuk is excited to announce the release of Yellow Ostrich track "River '93" from the forthcoming Like A Bird: An Alex Schaaf Anthology (2010-2021). The compilation spans the career (so far) of quietly brilliant songwriter/producer Alex Schaaf, including some of the best material from his Yellow Ostrich albums on Barsuk and from his self-released solo projects under his own name and under the name Human Heat. It will also include previously unreleased material, including new single "River '93" (listen/pre-save here).

"I wrote River '93 after moving across the country to Minneapolis while trying to figure out how to settle into a new place, something I've done a few times in my life," says Schaaf of the new song. "It's about trying not to worry about the future too much and to just let things unfold as they will. Which is easier said than done." The trance-like sparse ballad, punctuated by a minimalist piano arrangement and a retro drum machine, fits perfectly with Schaaf's introspective recent solo work (mostly recorded by longtime Bon Iver engineer Zach Hanson) and which is highlighted on the upcoming Like a Bird compilation. 26 Feb 2021

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Sunset Valley release final single, "Amped"

Sunset Valley, a band who started in Portland in the late 90's and spread across the land with a cult-like following in the years since, are proud to release their final song and accompanying video "Amped".

Recorded remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, "Amped" puts a capstone on their career from their debut The New Speed (1998), to follow-ups Boyscout Superhero (1999), Icepond (2001), Goldbank 78 Stack (2003), which are all available now for the first time on Bandcamp. Barsuk previously released Tropic of Candycorn in 2014, a career-spanning anthology that includes all four Sunset Valley albums and a collection of unreleased rarities, demos and covers, available digitally everywhere. 16 Apr 2021

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Hibou's new single, Désir

Hibou, the critically acclaimed dream-pop project of Seattle's Peter Michel, has released a lush new French language single Désir featuring French artist LUHA, available today at digital services everywhere.

"In the winter of 2020 Hibou performed at Supersonic, a venue in the 12th arrondissement of Paris," recalls Michel. "The show was one of those beautiful moments where I felt like I had made all the right choices to be on stage amongst such loving people. After our set, I was introduced to LUHA and was quickly drawn to her music."

"When the pandemic hit and I was unable to return to France, I began writing lyrics in French to aid me in my patience," he explained. "I'm thrilled to have had LUHA contribute to 'Désir'. Her presence sits at the core of the song." 19 Feb 2021

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Death Cab for Cutie's The Georgia E.P.

From a video message released this morning by the band:

Because we are so happy with the results of the recent Georgia runoff elections, we have decided to release our EP 'The Georgia E.P.' – originally released on Bandcamp for 24 hours in early December – today on all streaming services, so that everybody can take a listen to it. It will also be available soon on peach vinyl, which we're all very excited about.

It's an EP of covers of acts from Georgia including Neutral Milk Hotel, Vic Chesnutt, R.E.M., TLC, and Cat Power, and we had a blast making it.

We raised over $100K for voting rights organization Fair Fight, which we've always been big supporters of; we're really stoked. So, we hope you enjoy it and we hope to see you guys in person very soon!

The EP is available now on streaming services, while the vinyl version is available here for pre-order. 13 Jan 2021

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