SOURCE: Everloving

November 20, 2008 13:30 ET

Nevermind the Majors: Los Angeles Indie Label Everloving Records Takes a Breath to Recap 2008 Releases

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - November 20, 2008) - In 2008, Everloving Records delivered a diverse bundle of music from all around the world. While many in the music industry were tightening their belts, Everloving had its most prolific year to date, releasing eight titles in total.

The music varied from Inara George & Van Dyke Parks' delicate orchestral fever dream ("An Invitation") to Japanese iconoclast Cornelius' 5.1 audio-visual odyssey ("Sensurround + B Sides") to Herman Dune's ramshackle wall of sound ("Next Year In Zion") and Don Cavalli's wah-wah rumble ("Cryland"). With releases praised by MOJO, NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Les Inrockuptibles, Wall Street Journal and Uncut, the internationally focused American label continued to solidify its reputation as careful curators of future classics.

"Everloving Records outta Los Feliz has been globetrotting this year, putting out thrilling music by Germans, French, Japanese and Angelenos. The label that since 2003 has delivered hot music action from wherever it arrives. They cherry-pick choice little records from across the globe and deliver them stateside." -- L.A. Weekly Music Editor Randall Roberts

Download Everloving's 2008 Sampler HERE.

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DON CAVALLI

"Cryland"

Released APRIL 22 2008

Point of Origin: ile-de-France (Greater Paris)

Recorded in a Parisian flea-market, Don Cavalli's debut "Cryland" sounds like a lost musical treasure unearthed from hours of crate digging. The 35 year old Cavalli, (who holds a day job in Paris as a green thumb) has ingested the sound of American rock and roll only to growl it back to us in a patois entirely his own. The result is a disarming musical hybrid that weaves funky blues, zydeco, shuffling skiffle beats and 60s garage-soul grooves.

Album artwork by SO-ME

The highlight reel:

**** -- MOJO (11/08)

***** -- Uncut (11/08)

***** -- London Independent (10/17/2008)

"It's hard enough as it is to learn another language, so give France's Don Cavalli bonus points for nailing Americana roots and blues with a fat-ass hammer. His stripped-down hybrid Cajun swing owes as much to his laptop as it does to his soulful pipes, which recall everyone from Jimmy Cliff to Leadbelly. From front to back, his postmodern folk music is a blast from our mutually repurposed past." -- XLR8R

RIYL: White Stripes, Captain Beefheart, King Kahn, Leadbelly, ESG

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CORNELIUS

"Sensurround + B-Sides" DVD+CD

Released SEPTEMBER 09 2008

"Gum" (EP) 12" + MP3

Released JANUARY 15 2008

Point of Origin: Tokyo, Japan

Japanese sound explorer Cornelius has always marched to the beat of a different drum machine, even in his technicolored home-base of Nakameguro, Tokyo. Since exploding onto the scene in 1997 with debut pop opus Fantasma, he has dazed and amused fans worldwide with his freeform multimedia aesthetic and playful sense of humor. His disciplined sonic layers; bursts of electronic pulse-waves, wood-grain acoustics, minimalist interludes and raw guitar freakouts are only one part of the equation.

His legendary live performances, most recently "The Sensuous Synchronized Show" are spectacular in the truest sense of the word. A tightly orchestrated spectacle of light, color and sound that has graced the stages of the Montreaux Jazz Festival, Coachella and Barcelona's Sonar Festival.

The Highlight Reel:

- National Geographic full-length concert special coming in 2009

- World tour of The Senusous Synchronized Show, including sold out performance (2265 capacity) at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

- "Fit Song" video awarded Jury Prize at SXSW 2008 Film Festival

- Pitchfork "One Week Only" screening of "Sensurround" DVD

- Featured in CoolHunting's 2008 Holiday Gift Guide

"A tireless soundscaper, this musical polymath blends electronica with a musical kleptomania." -- TIME MAGAZINE

"[W]hat is arid and calculated on 'Sensuous' has become raucous and elemental in the hands of musicians who, paradoxically, have to ape the precision of machines to make Cornelius's clinical music come alive." -- NEW YORKER

RIYL: Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, Aphex Twin, Underworld, Murakami

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INARA GEORGE with VAN DYKE PARKS

"An Invitation"

(Released AUGUST 12 2008)

Point of Origin: Los Angeles, CA

"An Invitation" is an intimate collaboration between Los Angeles songwriter George (Bird and the Bee vocalist, and Daughter of the late Lowell George of Little Feat) and legendary arranger, and long-time family friend, Van Dyke Parks.

The result is a lush, elegant, fully orchestrated song cycle, a catalog of experiences equally inspired by the sophistication of Frank Sinatra and the storied, cinematic wonder of Richard Sherman's oeuvre. The 24 piece orchestra, conducted and arranged by Parks, was recorded over two days in the historic Sunset Sound studios in L.A.

Produced by Michael Andrews (Donnie Darko, Walk Hard OST, Greyboy All-Stars).

The Highlight Reel:

A- -- Entertainment Weekly

**** -- L.A. Times

**** -- SPIN

European orchestral performances in November 2008, including the Crossing Borders Festival in the Netherlands.

"Ms. George muses on love, yearning and separation in lyrics that can be ingenuous or surreal: "I'm breaking up our house for firewood." Meanwhile Mr. Parks surrounds her ballads and waltzes with a nonstop counterpoint of melodies and of allusions: parlor songs, tangos, fanfares, chamber music, show tunes. With no drums there's no explicit beat, and the orchestra unfolds continuous variations and metamorphoses. Her voice, always at the center, clings to the neat curves of her tunes; around her, as in her romances, everything is in flux." -- NEW YORK TIMES

RIYL: Edith Piaf, Brian Wilson's SMiLE, Feist, The Bird and The Bee

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HERMAN DUNE

"Next Year In Zion" (LP)

Released OCTOBER 21 2008

"1-2-3/Apple Tree" (EP)

Released JULY 15 2008

"I Wish That I Could See You Soon" (EP)

Released MARCH 24 2008

Point of Origin: Paris, France

After years as a highly prolific, mostly DIY band, Herman Dune gained considerable cult status across Europe and in New York City, where the young band lived off and on for nearly 8 years. They found an early champion in legendary UK Radio DJ John Peel, and their archive of Peel for the BBC number in the double digits. On "Next Year In Zion," their first official U.S. full-length, songwriter and vocalist David-Ivar Herman Dune and drummer Neman Herman Dune deliver a dozen charming and intricately constructed pop songs. There is sly playfulness and whimsy in the lyrical acrobatics and rhyme schemes, and arrangements include as many nods to traditional Jewish and Eastern European instrumentation and Ennio Morricone's desert vistas as they do to Chuck Berry and The Velvet Underground's simplistic cacophony. Featuring guest appearances by the Jon Natchez Burbon Horns (Beirut/Arcade Fire) and Dave Tattersall (The Wave Pictures). Engineered by Richard Formby (Spacemen 3/SPECTRUM) at VEGA Studios.

The Highlight Reel:

- "1-2-3/Apple Tree" & David-Ivar Herman Dune featured on "Good Morning America Weekend" (July 08)

- Performances at SXSW in Austin (Mar), New York's Central Park Summerstage (Jun) and the Pop Montreal Festival (Oct.

- Full U.S. tour supporting singer/songwriter Jolie Holland (Oct-November 2008) followed by headlining European dates through December.

"This is music for feeling happy." -- NEW YORK MAGAZINE

"An album with love and light pushing almost all the heaviness from its heart." -- MOJO

"Herman Dune's unusual juxtaposition of conversational literalisms and whimsical flights of fancy culminate in an expression of human emotion, of some deep metaphysical truth." -- SEATTLE WEEKLY

RIYL: Donovan, Leonard Cohen, Belle and Sebastian, Jens Lekman, Vetiver, Jeffrey Lewis

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VARIOUS ARTISTS

"B.I.P.P.P.: French Synthwave 1979-85"

Released FEBRUARY 12 2008

Point of Origin: Paris, France

Everloving's U.S. release of "B.I.P.P.P.," originally curated and compiled by Parisian indie label Born Bad, introduce Maries Moor, Deux, Ruth and others to a global audience who are listening to new releases that even in 2008, draw heavily from the robotic electro of the late 70s and 80s. Case in point, Busy P (aka Ed Banger label head Pedro Winter) recently released "Rainbow Man," a song framed around a sample of Comix/TGV's "Touche Pas Mon Sexe." An influential blueprint for the evolution of the French electronic music genre at large, the majority of the performers featured on "B.I.P.P.P.: French Synth-Wave 1979-1985" never made it beyond limited DIY pressings of 500 or 1000 copies of 7" vinyl singles.

"The 'Nuggets' of French electronica" -- VICE

"Obscurantists and beard-strokers, we've got the record for you: 'Esoteric' would be a generous way to describe the compilation, which delves into the wacky subgenre of Synthwave, a blippy, beepy off-shoot of New Wave that emerged in France in the late '70s. Though not much here will ring many bells -- most of the songs were culled from obscure 7-inch singles by acts with the longevity of fruit flies -- the collection as a whole is a veritable treasure trove of post-nuclear pop: Ruth's 'Polaroid-Roman-Photo' is an infectious 'Je T'aime Moi Non Plus' for the technocratic age, Visible's 'Le Jour Se Leve' is a bleak, tinny, march-of-the-robots anthem; and Comix's 'Touch Pas Mon Sexe' is a masterpiece of Devo-esque nerd-rock." -- INTERVIEW MAGAZINE


RIYL: Joy Division, Justice, Grace Jones, Ed Banger Records, Devo

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