Dialect heads out n’ about on a run of dates with Yann Tiersen, starting next week. If you’re lucky enough to be in France, Switzerland, or Italy, let alone hold a ticket for these highly anticipated shows, you might catch a glimmer of Dialect music forthcoming from our corner of the cosmos.

20 FEB – Orléans [FR] @ L’Astrolabe *
22 FEB – Besançon [FR] @ La Rodia
23 FEB – Annecy [FR] @ Brise Glace *
24 FEB – Lausanne [CH] @ Les Docks *
25 FEB – Zürich [CH] @ X-TRA
27 FEB – Padua [IT] @ Hall Padova
* Sold out

Horse Lords bring the fervor and fury of their live show to the confines and comfort of your trusted playback device with As It Happened: Horse Lords Live, a collection of recordings that capture the quartet’s galvanic energy as never before while toying with the trope of the live album. With performance at the center of the band’s practice, and elements of chance colliding with Horse Lords’ tightly composed and complex music, As it Happened works as both provocation and total jam.

Captured at a series of concerts across Europe spanning Horse Lords’ multiple 2022 and 2023 tours, As It Happened is a mediated, sometimes obviously edited presentation of a live performance that strives for a certain level of idealization. The album “makes the present infinitely repeatable,” says the band, “like a painting of a crashing wave can evoke an experience while being of a fundamentally different substance.”

Horse Lords’ As It Happened: Horse Lords Live arrives Friday, March 1 just ahead of the band’s first US tour in six years (with Ka Baird), available as a limited vinyl edition exclusively at those shows, directly from RVNG, and digitally.

Live in London documents guitarist and songwriter Steve Gunn and pianist and composer David Moore (Bing & Ruth, Cowboy Sadness) at the vaunted venue Cafe OTO for the penultimate evening of the duo’s European tour in the Spring of 2023.

Using pieces that appeared on their collaboration album Let the Moon Be a Planet as loose armatures throughout their live set, Gunn and Moore expand and contract a sense of tension within the meditative calm of five new compositions, appearing in real time from rippling interplay between piano and guitar and between, and from a place of joy and camaraderie.

Live in London will arrive as a(n extremely) limited vinyl edition, available exclusively from Steve and David on tour and direct from RVNG, with a Japanese import double CD, via Plancha, and digital editions in store for February 23, 2024.

Special thanks to Bradford Bailey for helping steward this release, in many ways, and to Cafe OTO.

Pièces is a collection of unrelated pieces. What unites them is a certain consistency in the exploration, the form, the inspiration – and my idea that it was going to be a collection or an album. hence the title ‘Pièces,’, which in French has different meanings.

Danielle Boutet on her debut album, self-released and distributed on cassette in 1985. Pièces will be released in a limited vinyl edition as part of Freedom To Spend’s uncommon¢ series on February 16, 2024. Have another listen from Pièces via “En attendant l’aube” below.