There’s nothing better than an injection of new music in to your week – particularly on overcast Tuesdays (rolls eyes). I’ve started standing at my desk because I read somewhere that it’s better for you – I’ve been playing an imaginary keyboard in my own band and so far, the outlook is good. One of my friends has declared that ‘Sitting is the new Smoking’. He’s hilarious. My favourite thing about this week’s new tracks is the videos. My love for the music video has come back with a vengeance this year – the artist and director’s ability to tell a story in roughly four minutes, and the stylists you don’t see, who make it all so real. It’s bite-sized, low-calorie escapism.
Basement: Promise Everything
Promise Everything is Basement’s return to full-length writing and recording since their break in 2012. Sonically, the record breaks progressive new ground for the band. Thwarting the geographical challenge of its members living everywhere but close by, Promise Everything was written by piecing together songs from different members. Without the luxury of a shared space or even a convenient time zone, the songs were only ever played by the full band while in the studio. The result is like a conversation between different people, their differing moods and feelings. The self-titled album will be out 29 January 2016.
London based trio Daughter – singer/guitarist Elena Tonra, guitarist/producer Igor Haefeli and drummer Remi Aguilella – have launched a second new song, Numbers.
The video is the second of a trilogy created by filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (behind the BAFTA-nominated Nick Cave feature film 20,000 Days on Earth). Their new album Not to Disappear, will be out in January. Delicious despair.
Grimes: Flesh Without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream
The new Art Angels album was recorded primarily in Grimes’ Los Angeles home studio, where she relocated in 2014. Like all of her previous albums, it was written and recorded entirely as a solo endeavour. Featuring more live instrumentation than ever before on a Grimes record, she plays piano, guitar and violin, continuing her evolution as a musician and producer for what is her most ambitious album to date.
Grimes will return to Australia in 2016 for Laneway Festival and sold out sideshows in Sydney & Melbourne.
Fascinator: The Traveller
UV BOI فوق بنفسجي: If She, If He (ft. Eastghost)
MS MR: Criminals
The Criminals video is awash with shocking pink light, fast fashion and rock eisteiddfod style choreography. This is flawless popular music. The video was directed by Charlotte Rutherford who has previously worked with Marina & The Diamonds, Charlie XCX and Jess Glynne.