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.
On the eve of Low’s UK & Ireland tour - on which they’re set to play tracks from their seminal 1999 EP Christmas - the Duluth trio present a reflective and inspiring new recording, closing out our current year and looking ahead to the next.
”Some Hearts (at Christmas Time)” finds Mimi Parker’s lead vocal soaring above Alan Sparhawk’s own artfully processed vocal and plaintive guitar motif.
The song comes with a short personal note from the band: “To friends who have moved away and friends who have passed on this year. To one and all, especially those who are alone, we wish you a Merry Christmas and new hope for the new year. May we all find ways to lift each other.
Key member of the widely-beloved Hot Chip, one half of the 2 Bears, songwriter, producer, DJ, remixer and co-founder of the influential Greco-Roman label; Joe Goddard’s influence has been keenly felt in clubs and headphones all over the world for over a decade.
Now Goddard steps in to the limelight as a solo artist with brand new track ‘Lose Your Love’. Being released on Greco-Roman, this left field slice of pop, positions this seminal UK artist firmly in the club and sounds a call of things to come. Directed by Fred Rowson(Years & Years, Zak Abel), the video delves deep into the world of the Colour Spectrum Cult, its Guru and loyal followers.
Esteemed producer Stuart Cullen returns with ‘Libero’, the 7th album under his Pilote moniker. Following on from 2013’s well received LP ‘The Slowdown’, this time Mr Cullen breaks out his songwriting skills to add to the mix of traditional folk stylings and more contemporary electronic production, and drafts in a range of vocalists to bring the record to life.
Over nine tracks, the album blends lilting waltzes and driving blues to startling effect. The hypnotic album opener ‘Clover’ leads into the ‘blues-rave’ of ‘Boxkart’ featuring the unmistakable voice of American bluesman Charlie Parr. Re-worked from an old instrumental, ’The Ballad of Titus Bramble’ then tells a surreal, existential tale of love in a time of woe. The trad bluegrass tune ‘Train On The Island’ is re-imagined as a beautiful waltz, with Tom Holder, roped in from Bristol scallywags ‘The Railway Sleepers’, providing lead vocals. Jo Nye then adds some sass on ‘The 45’, a paean to the 7” single. The mercurial Clemency Jones then takes over vocal duties on the infectious ‘Hog Farm Blues’, an Orwellian omen of a mistake that may already have been made....." Beck Lanehart then lends her beautiful voice to ‘Zetterling’s Ghost’ before ‘Libero’ comes to an end with the slow burning, all waltzing ‘Shoes On My Feet’.
Cherry Glazerr have announced their new album 'Apocalipstick' out January 20 via Secretly Canadian. The band have also shared the music video for their song “Nurse Ratched,” which you can check out above. (Warning: the video is pretty graphic.)
Following the release of their debut album, Practice, The Clang Group are happy to share the video for their latest track, ‘Had A Nice Night’, featuring Madness’ Suggs. The band release the video in anticipation of their biggest show to date, supporting Madness at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday 10th December.
Following the release of his debut album 'The End of Comedy', out now via Weird World, and a string of shows around his hometown of Los Angeles, Drugdealer, aka Michael Collins, returns with a video for the album’s title track. Directed, edited, and filmed by Andrew Storrs, and shot in and around Collins’ home and studio in Los Angeles, the video features cameos from Mac DeMarco and Natalie Mering of Weyes Blood, who also contributes vocals to the song.
The Moonlandingz will release debut album 'Interplanetary Class Classics' via Transgressive. The loose-knit London collective have gradually evolved into one of the most mind-expanding live experiences around, a thrilling fusion of power drill punk and brown acid psych.
Sean Lennon was recruited to shape their debut album, with The Moonlandingz decamping to New York state to lay down some feral psych-out grooves. Guests include Randy Jones the Cowboy from The Village People, Rebecca Taylor from Slow Club, drummer Ross Orton, bassist Mairead O’Connor, The Human League's Phil Oakey, and Yoko Ono who contributes to no-holds-barred finale 'This Cities Undone'.
In order to raise awareness of Alzheimers Research UK, 'Santa Forgot' has been created by Aardman Animations with music from Hannah Peel and narration by Stephen Fry.
Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) has launched a new campaign set to pull at the nation’s heart strings this Christmas. The Santa Forgot campaign explores the idea of Santa having dementia through a bold animation that imagines Christmas without him.
Santa Forgot’s central character is a young girl called Freya, who has grown-up in a world where Santa has stopped visiting on Christmas Eve. On learning about Santa’s condition, Freya travels to the North Pole. She offers her own support and re-mobilises the redundant elves as researchers, explaining her belief that ‘if Santa has a disease, research can find a way to fix it’.
Through the depiction of Freya and Santa’s elves, ARUK showcases that only with world leading research, new approaches and innovative thinking can the diseases which cause dementia be defeated.
Dementia is the world’s greatest medical challenge, not only for the individuals affected and their families, but also for society as a whole. Over 850,000 people in the UK have dementia, and the condition has an economic impact in the UK of over £24bn a year, more than cancer and heart disease combined. It is also the leading cause of death amongst women in the UK.
Hannah will be performing at Shoreditch Church, London on 24th November 2016.
Austra, the recording project led by Canadian vocalist and producer Katie Stelmanis, recently announced their third full length LP Future Politics, out January 20th via Domino. Today, Austra are pleased to share a remix by Ikonika for Future Politics’ lead single ‘Utopia’.
John Cale will re-issue the classic live album Fragments of a Rainy Season, featuring his revered interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ amongst many solo versions from his enduring catalogue and previously unreleased outtakes, out via Double Six / Domino.
Alongside the announcement, Cale has shared a new video for ‘Hallelujah’, directed by Abby Portner – watch it ABOVE.
Hannah Peel plus special guests, presents an evening inspired by the music, imagery and themes of her new album Awake But Always Dreaming. "A meeting of minds on memory/art/music/literature/film"
Hannah will play a live set from her new album. She'll also be joined by poet, writer and filmaker Lavinia Greenlaw (The Sea Is An Edge And An Ending) and artist/film director Shelly Love (Scratch) with special film screenings from both. Curated by Kirsteen McNish of Vine Collective. In association with Alzheimer's Research UK.
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