Andrew Wyatt of Miike Snow Partners With The Creators Project to Release “Descender” Documentary

Watch the “Descender” documentary here.
Pre-order the album “Descender” out on Ingrid/Downtown Records April 16th on iTunes now and get the first single “And Septimus…” instantly.
Pre-order the 12″ vinyl of “Descender” here.

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Grammy-nominated artist Andrew Wyatt, better known to most as the front man of revered electronic pop group Miike Snow, has released a documentary providing a compelling look into the aesthetic and process of making his forthcoming debut solo album Descender – out April 16 on Downtown Records and MapleMusic Recordings. More than just a Web episode, this documentary directed by Sebastian Mlynarski, spotlights Wyatt’s unique versatility as a songwriter and is released in collaboration with The Creators Project. Aptly named “Descender,” it provides a distinct peak within Wyatt’s music career – his work with artists like Carl Barat and Mark Ronson, his time in Miike Snow, his studies in classical conservatory (which spawned his collaboration with the 75-piece Prague Philharmonic on the album), and the experiences that lead to his growth as a songwriter. This documentary is beautiful in its direction and style, encompassing what it is to be human in an incredible world while displaying a humbleness that makes it easy to relate with Andrew, his music and his struggles.

The documentary, which also previews songs from the new album Descender – Andrew Wyatt’s first solo effort including cameos from Anthony Rossomando of The Libertines, Brad Traux (formerly of Interpol) and John Herndon of Tortoise, starts in New York City where we find that Wyatt gives himself just one month to record the album. Upon booking the orchestra and sending the transcribed music, he finds that his transcriptions were rather unusual to the orchestral musicians. “I have serious concerns and worries. If we make parts from these scores, nobody will be able to read them. Maybe we should put these sessions off,” says the orchestra conductor. And so begins the documentary, taking us through the streets of Prague and into the recording studio. It also stops in Kutna Hora, which is home to a small Roman Catholic chapel located beneath the Cemetery Church of All Saints, called Kostnice Ossuary, that contains the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people whose bones have been artistically arranged to form decorations and furnishings for the chapel. It is here that Andrew reflects on the album as being “the ruins of my grand ideas.”

The Creators Project is an ongoing initiative by VICE and Intel, dedicated to supporting artists in realizing their creative visions through technology. Since 2010 there have been over 300 Creators involved in the project hailing from all over the world. Participating Creators include Florence and and the Machine, Karen O, Mark Ronson and now Andrew Wyatt among others.

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Maplecore Recieves 14 JUNO Award Nominations

MAPLECORE RECEIVES 14 JUNO AWARD NOMINATIONS

Look out Regina! This morning at the 2013 JUNO Award Nominees press conference, MapleCore (consisting of MapleMusic Recordings / Pheromone Recordings / Open Road Recordings and Fontana North Distribution) collectively received an impressive 14 JUNO nominations – congrats!

Here are the nominees:

MapleMusic Recordings:
Kathleen Edwards: Voyageur
Adult Alternative Album of the Year
Songwriter of the Year

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Royal Wood: We Were Born To Glory
Adult Alternative Album of the Year

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Open Road Recordings
Emerson Drive: Roll
Country Album of the Year

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Dean Brody: Dirt
Country Album of the Year

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Fontana North Distribution
Kristina Maria: Tell The World
Pop Album of the Year

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Manafest: Fighter
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

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Thousand Foot Krutch: The End Is Where We Begin
Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year

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Elliott Brood: Days Into Years
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year

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The Strumbellas: My Father and The Hunter
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year

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The Wooden Sky: Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun
Roots & Traditional Album of the Year

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Ex Deo: Caligvla
Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year

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Ratchet Orchestra: Hemlock
Instrumental Album of the Year

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Crystal Shawanda: Just Like You
Aboriginal Album of the Year

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For the full list of nominees, click HERE.

The JUNO Awards will air on CTV on April 21, 2013.

For more information, please contact:
Mavis Harris
MapleMusic Recordings / Fontana North
mavis.harris@maplemusicrecordings.com
416.961.1040 x277

New Releases – Tuesday February 5, 2013

Good morning friends. Just wanted to let you know new MMR releases are ALL available in-stores and online today…what are you waiting for?

Jim James “Regions of Light and Sound of God”
Thomas D’Arcy “What We Want”
Cold War Kids “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts” (PRE-ORDER)
Alabama Shakes “iTunes Session”
The Bronx “The Bronx (IV),”
Martha Wainwright “tu peux partir” (Single from Trauma OST)

MMR Releases-Tue Feb 5 2013

Joel Plaskett Gets A Diamond Jubilee Medal

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On Jan.4th, Joel Plaskett was honoured by everyone’s favourite monarchy when he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.  The medal marks the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth reign on the throne and its mission is “to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians.”  Read more about it HERE!

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