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.

Daughter: Numbers

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.

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Listen to and watch the Numbers video here. The first video for the single Doing The Right Thing can be viewed here.

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

Teaming with Kirin J Callinan to open Tame Impala’s two sold-out shows at LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery earlier this year, Fascinator aka New York-based Australian Johnny Mackay (pictured at top, obviously) has poised himself as ‘the prince of psychedelic curiosities’. ‘The Traveller’ is the second song from his upcoming debut album ‘Man’ (not to be confused with Natalie Imbruglia’s Male), set for release in early 2016.
Made by Fascinator and friends, the video follows the day of your average NYC knight from his cereal beginnings to casual glory amongst Renaissance fair escapists. The video muses on the character of the professional pretender.

 

UV BOI فوق بنفسجي: If She, If He (ft. Eastghost)

Brisbane-based producer UV Boi offers his boldest work yet with ‘If She, If He’ (ft. EASTGHOST). Taken from his debut EP ‘LUV’ due out early next year.
In the meantime, UV BOI is gearing up for a clanging summer festival season, with appearances set for Soundscape Festival, The Plot, FOMO Festival and Beyond the Valley.

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 DiamondsCharlie XCX and Jess Glynne.

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