Listening Pleasures Episode 12
December 23rd, 2010 by Nueva Forma™

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The Bear and The Sea - Drinking Diamonds feat. Joel Swensen

Del Dot - Droid Crusher

The Bear and The Sea closes out the year in style with episode 12 of Listening Pleasures, a mix that could easily be on par with summer, but has all the fixings of a winter wonderland, too. Included are free downloads of Drinking Diamonds, a Bear and The Sea exclusive featuring the gorgeous vocals of Joel Swensen, and Droid Crusher, a title and cut that might be apt for a modern 8-bit video game, brought to you from our newest artist, Del Dot. And if you just can’t get enough of The Bear this month, download his instrumental reinterpretation of Silent Night, a synth-y cover that even the Grinch would dig. As always, we hope you enjoy the tunes. Have the happiest of holidays, and see you all in 2011!

No. Track Title Artist
01 We’re Going on a Journey Nueva Forma
02 Friend [Lover] Evenings
03 Further Than Ice Cream Social
04 See On See (Pixelord Remix) Pixelord
05 Where is the Problem? Dunian
06 Pop Song Baths
07 Tijuana Roads & Boats
08 Pillow Talk Party Girl
09 White City Letna
10 A Wonderful Place to Visit Nueva Forma
11 Drinking Diamonds feat. Joel Swensen
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The Bear and The Sea
12 Shoulder to Hand Helios
13 Ettertid Pers
14 The Everywhere Air Ochre
15 (B) Ramon Tim Koch
16 Droid Crusher
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Del Dot
17 Hoeschst Skyline Redpoint
18 Home Again Nueva Forma
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The Bear’s Silent Night
December 23rd, 2010 by Nueva Forma™

Silent Night instrumental cover by The Bear and The Sea

The Bear and The Sea got all Christmas-y on us and made us this sweet Silent Night cover (and artwork!), free for download. In his words:

I never thought I would make a holiday themed track. Ever. But late one cold night when I was bleary eyed, half asleep and trying to finish up another project I had a bright idea. Yes! Silent Night! I totally need to cover that song! Equal parts cheesy & awesome.

Silent Night by The Bear and The Sea

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Listening Pleasures Episode 11
November 22nd, 2010 by Nueva Forma™

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In just a few short weeks, Creta (formerly known as White Car) will have a new full-length release out titled Closing the Doors of Perception. In leading up to this, we’ve invited him to curate the latest episode of Listening Pleasures. It’s surely a signature Creta mix, a mix that’s a bit more experimental than previous episodes, and includes not only three of his older tracks, but gorgeous cuts from iameb 57 and Lapse. A few words from Creta about his episode:

Herman Melvile once said “the eyes are the gateway to the soul.” I’ve always felt music in general, but even more specifically electronic or alternative music was another one of those gateways. These tracks represent a few of those gateways, portals into a world not far removed from our own, and yet seemingly unfamiliar. A glimpse into the world of another lost soul.

No. Track Title Artist
01 It Just Does… Nueva Forma
02 Weirdo GoCab
03 Brightr Light Creta
04 Service Station Soni Jimm & Nonima
05 Washing jpegs iameb 57
06 berr Creta
07 Have You Noticed? Nueva Forma
08 The Pawn feat. Morbid Monja ENV(itre)
09 Emotions in Binary Grids/Units/Planes
10 We’ve Been Rowing For So Long Lapse
11 Breaking Waves Swin Deorin
12 The Ingrahm (Bosto remix) Creta
13 We Need Understanding Nueva Forma
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Listening Pleasures Episode 10
October 25th, 2010 by Nueva Forma™

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Our tenth episode, curated by Wolfe+585, promises plenty of gorgeous sounds fit for fall. Creta (formerly known as White Car) debuts a brand new track from his forthcoming album (to be released this winter), and thrown into the mix are cuts by Miori and Lapse. All three tracks are available as free downloads (see download links below).

No. Track Title Artist
01 Now Close Your Eyes Nueva Forma
02 Dark Jazz Parov Stelar
03 SoulFlute Jega
04 Yesterdays (Junior Boys remix) Billie Holiday
05 Franq
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Creta
06 Toninas (Fehlmann/Mateo remix) Sun Electric
07 Midway
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Miori
08 Would Know Mount Kimbie
09 Atom Blues Datahowler
10 A Sissy’s Dream Nueva Forma
11 Hybrid Evening Searching the Sky Pablo Ribot
12 You Moog Me Jean Jaques Perrey & Luke Vibert
13 Maximalist Baths
14 Jimmy Chu Otograph
15 The Silver Monster
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Lapse
16 Before Me People Press Play
17 Overnight Hudson Mohawke
18 Seize the Day Wax Tailor
19 So Long, Partner Nueva Forma
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Listening Pleasures Episode 09
September 28th, 2010 by Nueva Forma™

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As a temporary farewell to summer, we bring you our 9th installment of Nueva Forma Listening Pleasures curated by A Gap Between.

We’ve also made four tracks available as free downloads. Click on the download links in the tracklisting to get your tunes courtesy of A Gap Between, The Bear & The Sea, and Miori.

No. Track Title Artist
01 A Series of Vibrations Nueva Forma
02 Rapier Miori
03 Dienyddio Airliner
04 Human Loop
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05 Syncopated (Miori Remix)
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Boy Eats Drum Machine
06 It’s a Beautiful Day in the Ari Worlds Péninsolar
07 Glamour City
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A Gap Between
08 Bear Auras Cosmic Sound
09 Avalanche Blackbird Blackbird
10 Half Dreaming Reprise CFCF
11 Keep America Beautiful Nueva Forma
12 Bonfire
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A Gap Between
13 Black Swans Datahowler
14 Always Away Boat Club
15 Real Life Tanlines
16 Cynthia Millionyoung
17 Pure Blackbird Blackbird
18 Soak It Up Houses
19 We’ll Return Nueva Forma
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Miori & Lapse debut releases
September 22nd, 2010 by Nueva Forma™

While the days are getting shorter and the ice cream trucks creep through the neighborhoods playing their siren songs with dwindling frequency, we here at Nueva Forma are taking advantage of the lengthening nights of September to bring you more great music out of the darkness. New additions to our catalog this month include releases by roster members Miori and Lapse. Drink up, ladies and gentlemen…

Miori - I Have No Memory Of This Place

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Imagine Aaron Sjogren, aka Miori, as your tour guide through an ethereal, illusory land. I Have No Memory of This Place has this sense about it. Miori invites the listener into his domain with open arms for a half-hour exploration of its terrain and inhabitants: mellow grooves, eerie synth patches, acousmatic layering, a filtered and detached voice surfacing here and there. A timeless sense of music emerges from the album as tracks fade in and out, swirling in the atmosphere of its planet. You may find the title fitting as everything feels new while at the same time familiar and comfortable. Sjogren is the conduit, not the architect. Let him show you what he has found. Samples are available here and the full 11-track album is up for purchase at shopnuevaforma.com.

Lapse - The Living Lucid

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If you want to witness, in a single sitting, the budding and decay of a flower, or perhaps someone driving from Los Angeles to New York City, check out the art of time-lapse photography. If you want to listen to a composer who can successfully and coherently develop a single track through a multitude of concise musical themes, look no further than Lapse. The Living Lucid is not exactly what you’d expect from an IDM artist. Straying from pop sensibilities, the ten cuts on this release have deeper bows to improvising jazz artists of the mid-20th century than to the more immediate predecessors of techno and glitch. Strong polyrhythmic layers permeate the electronic beats while the guitar-driven melodies wander freely from one idea to the next in a stream-of-consciousness bliss. Listen to segmented motifs here and head on over to shopnuevaforma.com for your unabridged version.

Insert your earbuds and enjoy. And while you are doing so, check back for the next installment of our podcast, Listening Pleasures Vol. 9, coming to a music player near you, in a time near now. See you soon!

Pinscape Debut Release
August 24th, 2010 by Nueva Forma™

Transitory Timing, Pinscape’s debut release for Nueva Forma, has arrived safely into the digital world. Check out the samples on the player below, buy the complete album, and enjoy the offering from our computer to yours.

Pinscape - Transitory Timing (EP)

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What shines through brightest in the lens of Transitory Timing is Pinscape founder Matthew Flook’s fixation with the shoegaze music of the early ‘90s. The tracks are laced thread-and-needle with Flook’s gorgeous vocal work and mixed to blend his ethereal orating deep into the layers. And while nods to My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive would explain much of what you hear in this 7-track EP, the landscape shows a broader horizon of musical upbringing and experiences.

In lieu of the heavily effected guitars traditionally used by bands of the shoegaze era, Pinscape turns to electronica and IDM tactics to fill out the backdrops. “Last Wish” puts on a bass-heavy synthetic beat perfect for either a night on the dance floor or a mellow evening on the couch, while “Tres Pasitos” and “Through the Window” follow the more ambient wanderings of bands like Telefon Tel Aviv and Aphex Twin. Occasional acoustic instruments and analog sampling and manipulations add ear-catching details throughout.

In the end, it’s Flook’s voice that will bring you back to the album again and again. Its dark, emotive power will not be denied. He has impressed upon Transitory Timing the grey, gloomy din of Pacific Northwestern weather and midnight outings in pitch-black corners of a dim city. Similarities to Sparklehorse’s collaboration with David Lynch surface on more than a few instances. With this in mind, the ethereal reverb placed on the vocal tracks gives an almost otherworldly and uplifting sense to the music as a whole. It is the space rock musician turning his head from his more shoe-conscious forebears.

We hope you enjoy the listening. Keep your ears out for more aural pinscapes on the upcoming Listening Pleasures Vol. 9 and the imminent release of Social Club Vol. 2, which you will most certainly be the first to know about if you join our mailing list. Until then…

iameb 57 & Hello Square debut releases
August 3rd, 2010 by Nueva Forma™

July was a busy month for us here at Nueva Forma. And while we look ahead to August, please allow us our momentary rest and reflection of our laurels. We dropped the newest installment of Listening Pleasures (Episode 8 for those keeping score), which with its mellow grooves and warm resonance you could say is an ode to a mid-summer’s night garden party with ghetto blasters. We also cut exciting new releases from two members of our label’s roster, iameb 57 and Hello Square.

iameb 57 - Tipsy Hax

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Tipsy Hax, the newest album from iameb 57, will have you at its mercy from the first beat drop to the final echoing tones. We urge you to give into the sensation and get lost in the encapsulating melodies and deeply-textured layers of this 19-track offering. Creating some of the most beautiful compositions and eclectic mixes this side of the mainstream, iameb 57 has done more than make an album; he’s reinvigorated our love for IDM. Check out free streaming previews of the tunes right here and purchase all 19 complete mp3 tracks for only $8.00 USD at shopnuevaforma.com. With rumors spreading that IDM is dead, you can take iameb 57′s word that it is indeed alive and well.

Hello Square - Office Jargon

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To round out July’s releases, we offer you Hello Square’s beautiful debut single, Office Jargon. Featuring a fabulous combination of vocal-driven melodies and danceable synthetic beats, this track is perfect for the more pop-minded listener. Included in the package are remixes by the aforementioned iameb 57 and Nueva Forma’s newest artist, A Gap Between. We think you’ll dig the treatments and transformations. The single, along with the two remixes, is up for grabs for only $0.99 USD at shopnuevaforma.com. Three cuts, one low price. Come and get it!

We hope you enjoy these releases as much as we do. And as the summer rolls along, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for more releases, sign up for our newsletter to never miss another beat, and hold your breath for some serious music coming from Pinscape and Miori in the coming weeks. Cheers, and with love -

- your Nueva Forma team

Listening Pleasures Episode 08
July 29th, 2010 by Nueva Forma™

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Episode 8, curated by Wolfe+585 comes right at the tailend of July, a month that saw two new releases, a single from Hello Square, and a full-length album from iameb 57. One of our favorite iameb 57 tracks from the Tipsy Hax album is featured on the mix, and it also includes songs from both Masmöd and Miori (one old, and one new). We hope that these sounds accompany you from the remaining days of this month to the next.

No. Track Title Artist
01 Ghetto Blaster Nueva Forma
02 Sun Geskia
03 Airport Aneek
04 Boson The Stringed Theory
05 Energy is for Henrik Henrik José
06 Bilocation Mike Kidd
07 Transit Map Masmöd
08 Imprisoned Memories Nueva Forma
09 Experimental Goddes Geskia
10 Orangle Balloon Chromatic Flights
11 Feisar Miori
12 You Again James Figurine
13 Magnis Drip iameb 57
14 Febrero (mar de valencia mix) Malota/Engine7
15 Us Nosaj Thing
16 All is Well Nueva Forma
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