The Jesus and Mary Chain have announced the release of Damage and Joy – their first album since 1998’s Munki. Recorded with legendary producer Youth, the 14-track LP is out via ADA/Warner Music and features contributions from former Lush bassist Phil King and the band’s touring drummer Brian Young.
Listen to the first track off the album ‘Amputation’ below.
London’s Little Cub have shared a video for their latest track, ‘My Nature’. Directed by Bear Damen, whose previous work includes Fatima Yamaha’s ‘Love Invaders’ clip, the new video finds its protagonist in a total state of trance to the song, as if possessed by someone performing it through them.
With the new Cate Le Bon album not long gone, here's four candles not placed on the original Crab Day cake for you to hear as the titular holiday comes round once again.
Cate writes: "Rock Pool" is the killed darlings from the Crab Day sessions brought back to life on a classic 2-2 formation. Written under the same banner of the impossibly absurd and emerging to unimaginable bedlam." Produced by Noah Georgeson and Josiah Steinbrick, and featuring musicians H. Hawkline, Stephen Black and Stella Mozgawa, "Rock Pool" spins and swirls the waters with carnival pop, synth, drone and dance, all beamed along the pan-electric ray of Cate's immutable blank stare. Short-and-sweet-play fun of a highly ambiguous nature.
On their fifth album titled 'A Fair Field' (released on Static Caravan), The Memory Band return once more to the ghost-lit back-roads of British traditional music where digital machinery and acoustic musicians congregate to make old music from the future.
The album documents much of their recent live work, some of which was featured in Children of the Stones, a live performance commissioned in 2015 by Birmingham’s Supersonic Festival in conjunction with the British Library Sound Archive. There are several uses of spoken word elements taken from field recordings including the voices of Vashti Vincent recorded by folklorist Peter Kennedy, Albert Hupton as recorded by writer George Ewart Evans and poet Basil Bunting reading from his epic poem ‘Briggflatts’ as can be heard above on The Mason and the Lark.
Our current climate leaves many feeling apathetic but despair can act as a compass – the less you can ignore, the more you have to act.
Having previously shared the video for first single ‘Utopia‘, Austra are pleased to reveal the video for new track ‘Future Politics’, taken from the forthcoming album of the same name which is released January 20th on Domino.
Of the video, Austra’s Katie Stelmanis and the director Allie Avital say: "Future Politics is the breaking down of paradigms. In this video, we wanted to explore what a world might look like if our values were transformed: instead of glorifying labour, maybe we could learn to glorify the act of doing absolutely nothing."
The Last Shadow Puppets have shared the video for their cover of Bristolian post-punk band Glaxo Babies’ ‘This Is Your Life’, taken from the ‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP which is out now.
Watch the video, directed by Focus Creeps above.
‘The Dream Synopsis’ EP was recorded live in one day at Future-Past Studios, Hudson NY and features new versions of album favourites ‘Aviation’ and ‘The Dream Synopsis’ alongside a selection of cover versions, first heard live during The Last Shadow Puppets’ summer touring.
Bulgarian-born, Berlin-based singer/producer DENA released her new EP Trust in September 2016. Along with sharing details of the EP, she has also shared the singles 'Lights Camera Action' as well as the single 'Freaking Out' which you can watch the video to above.
In the video, DENA's venting about an ex to a group of stone-faced love addicts is juxtaposed by vulnerable moments of coping with the break. She defaces said ex's car, holds her head underwater, and wanders sullenly through her hometown of Berlin. It's a great pairing for pop that wears its heart on its sleeve without sounding toothless.
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