Howard Ivans – ‘Beautiful Tired Bodies’ – Out Sep. 22
Howard Ivans is back, this time with his full-length debut album. Beautiful Tired Bodies is pure magic, a soft funk tone poem to lost identity, the grip of love, and trying to live in the present as time rushes under the bridge. “Frame it, display it, something Renoir would have painted,” he declares in the first single “Denise,” which you can hear now.
Beautiful Tired Bodies will be released September 22, 2017. It’s available on limited edition metallic gold vinyl with an exclusive screenprint designed and printed by Spacebomb art director Travis Robertson (a pre-order exclusive, limited to 100 units), standard black vinyl, CD, and digital download. Add on the Red Face Boy 7″ for just $3.
Fall down the rabbit hole of Ivan Howard’s alter ego and wake up in a stylized soundscape, surrounded by twisting melodies and singing shadows. Beautiful Tired Bodies is the latest installment of chromatic-eyed soul from the man who brought us 2013’s “magnificent art-funk treasure” (SPIN) and “a symphonic funkscape worthy of Quincy Jones” (UNCUT), “Red Face Boy b/w Pillows.” Talking to the mirror in the man, Howard Ivans delivers his full-length debut, co-produced by Trey Pollard and Cameron Ralston, featuring the Spacebomb house band and a VIP list of Richmond musicians. The experience is immersive, a headlong rush, shot through with highlights like Pollard’s transfixing string arrangements and bold keyboard riffs from Devonne Harris (Stones Throw). Howard Ivans stands in the spotlight, a man who once recorded a bold, song-by-song remake of Sade’s Love Deluxe, delivering a new soft funk tone poem, a voice crooning out in the wilderness. Read more about Howard Ivans.
Howard Ivans – Beautiful Tired Bodies (SB011)
CD/LP/DIG | 09.22.2017
Introducing Bedouine – Debut album out June 23
We’re very happy to welcome Bedouine to the Spacebomb family and announce that her self-titled debut album is due out June 23rd. You can listen to the lead single “Dusty Eyes” now at FADER, who calls the forthcoming album “gorgeous, drifting folk music filled with sun.”
Bedouine, a gallicized riff on bedouin, the nomad, the wanderer. Anyone can assume such a name, but Azniv Korkejian has an experience of what it means, the type of ground it covers. Her development was shaped by political landscapes and family opportunities, her adult life patterned by paths of her own. Born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents, Korkejian spent her childhood in Saudi Arabia, moving to America when her family won a Green Card lottery. They settled in Boston, then Houston, but she split for L.A. as soon as she could. A casual offer to stay on a horse farm took her to the rolling hills of Lexington, Kentucky, followed by a year in Austin, and a trip east to Savannah for a degree in sound design. Returning to L.A., she discovered a close-knit community of musicians in Echo Park that started to feel like home. Read more about Bedouine.
Bedouine – Bedouine (SB010)
CD/LP/DIG | 06.23.2017
A Spacebomb Revue in London
Spacebomb and its House Band bring a slice of Richmond, Virginia, to London for this one-night-only Revue at The Barbican, hosted by Matthew E White.
Hosted by Spacebomb Records figurehead White, the Revue will see the Spacebomb House Band’s ‘million dollar sound’ (Guardian) embellished with a horn section, a chorus of strings all backing some of the finest artists to have set foot in the Spacebomb studios over the last 12 months. Initially assembled by White, and with Trey Pollard as the ever in-demand arranger, the Spacebomb and its House Band has asserted itself as a musical unit second-to-none – in the studio and stage alike, its sum greater than its parts, its sound immediately identifiable.
Spacebomb will welcome to the stage guests including Natalie Prass, Slow Club, Mike Scott (of The Waterboys), Bedouine, Cocoon, Georgie, Foxygen, Charlie Fink (Noah and the Whale) and Howard Ivans (The Rosebuds).
Because Virginia is for Lovers, two lucky members of the audience will win an all expenses paid trip to Richmond, VA, to visit Spacebomb and the city where the music originates.
Resound – “Black History”
Black History, a compelling medley in the unique Resound style, tells a story of struggle and hope, from slavery through civil rights, to the present day. The songs are deeply spiritual, overtly Christian in tone, yet sung with an intention for universality. Resound is coming from the African-American community of Richmond, a city with past and present systems of racism, in a country with past and present systems of racism, with the knowledge that their experience will speak to the struggles of all humanity.
The whole purpose of Black History is for us to touch the world. Our videos often show us singing, arranging, laughing, and joking, but we are very aware of what’s going on, and we want to show the world that we see, we’re here, we got it, shedding light on it, spreading hope, spreading unity. We can’t call ourselves Christians if we don’t do that. We don’t want to be Christians who ignore our problems.
– Mariah Hargrove, Resound
Selecting certain significant titles was itself a political statement: the struggles facing the black community in America today are real and as important – and in some ways exactly the same – as those addressed by the Civil Rights Movement, and the political and religious histories of the movement are inextricably linked: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Christian pastor. Gospel songs have a double impact and carry political and spiritual weight.
Resound took a chronological approach, not necessarily in order of composition date, but a thematic progression for narrative effect. The track opens with a few hummed lines of Lift Every Voice and Sing, the Black National Anthem, a cornerstone of this spiritual and political tradition. The humming is intentional, to reference the quietness of slaves in many situations, undergoing the repression of music and soul. I Want Jesus to Walk With Me was picked out of a hymnbook when the group was on the road, a traditional spiritual to represent the darkness of slavery as a whole, in my trials, in my sorrows, in my troubles. The stomps that introduce the transition to Lay Down My Burdens carry multiple meanings, echoing the chain gang rhythm, and creating the atmosphere of an early church service. The song’s message and its uplifting melody offer a sign of hope, but by a future event, not a present reality.
Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand declares the roots of gospel music, the three vamping and expanding on the melody, clapping added both for syncopation and sound effect. Now we’re really in church. The medley is threaded throughout with dazzling individual performances, but the strength of Resound is always in the whole, the sound of three in one. Glory, the John Legend song from the film Selma brings us to the present, the present where the past is always with us. The men and women of the Civil Rights Movement were American heroes, a truth which can still be lost even at the highest level of government today. The song is mournful and aching, a declaration of hope colored by the stains of history. It’s a moment that shows Resound’s ability to transcend technical prowess and achieve an emotional communication that is timeless and rare. The journey closes with that February staple, a statement of power that is frustratingly as relevant as ever, We Shall Overcome.
There wouldn’t be a Spacebomb without gospel music. Its historical significance and direct role in the development of pop and rock has been well documented, but still underappreciated. Both in bigger genre progressions down to specific details like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a Gibson SG-wielding gospel guitar hero who directly influenced the Beatles. Gospel’s continued presence as a vibrant and complete music is remarkable. It has everything: melody, harmony, rhythm, form, improvisation, arrangement, an incredibly wide range of emotion and dynamics, it can be very complicated or very simple, it can contain experimentation, it has a sense of history, but is not held down by the past. Other kinds of music don’t have that range, that ability to facilitate technical prowess and still communicate pure emotion.
– Matthew E. White, Spacebomb
Celebrating a banner year of Spacebomb
In its nearly six years, Spacebomb has asserted itself as having a signature sound. “We are a house band,” we declared in 2010, “a unified crew of arrangers and musicians, artists, scribes, vibe-gardeners and business men who feel it takes a village to produce a record.” That has never been truer than today.
Spacebomb began as a record label assembled under a house band model that would go on to produce and release breakthrough debut albums by founder Matthew E. White and Natalie Prass. The music we made captured the attention of publications like The New Yorker, TIME, Sound On Sound, and The Guardian, which declared, “Spacebomb make albums that sound like a million dollars.”
As the company’s profile grew internationally, so to did the outside demand to work with our talented cast of musicians, arrangers, and producers. People wanted the million-dollar sound.
Spacebomb’s creative output has exploded and in response we launched the Spacebomb Group to oversee the Production work, Record Label activity, Publishing signings and Studio operation. Spacebomb Productions was particularly busy in 2016, lending our production team and house band model to artists and bands from all around the world. A few of those projects can be found below, with even more to be announced in the coming months including Spacebomb Records artist signings. We are immensely proud to have worked on and left our mark on this music.
(photos by Lauren Serpa)
Horns and strings for the album ‘Hang’ (Jagjaguwar) arranged, orchestrated, and conducted by Trey Pollard, with additional arranging by Matthew E. White.
Duets record ‘Gentlewoman, Ruby Man’ (Glassnote Records) featuring all cover songs sung by Flo Morrissey & Matthew E. White, a Spacebomb Production, produced by Matthew E. White.
New single “Company of Thieves” for the UK-based artist on Columbia is A Spacebomb Production and released in the U.S. by Spacebomb.
Album ‘One Day All of This Won’t Matter Any More’ (Moshi Moshi Records) for the UK-based duo is a Spacebomb Production, produced by Matthew E. White.
Album production on Welcome Home (Barclay/Universal France) featuring the house band, string and horn arrangements, and cameos from Matthew E. White and Natalie Prass.
Monthly online radio show for Red Bull Music Academy featuring music and interviews. Hosted by Matthew E. White and produced by Pinson Chanselle.
String and horn arrangements for the legendary band’s new album, out soon, by Trey Pollard. Coming soon.
Swear & Shake
The new album from Nashville-based new Americana charmers, produced by Trey Pollard. Coming soon.