This week has had a false start, but as the sun shines and the incredible stories keep coming, matters can only improve. Thankfully. Sometimes you have to really dig your heels in to get what you want, so that’s what we’ll do. This week’s most unusual pick is all girl metal/teen pop band BabyMetal from Japan. I don’t understand, but it’s so unexpected that it’s worth sharing with you. Do let me know if any of these songs rock your boat. I’d like to hear from you.
Elliphant – Spoon Me feat. Skrillex
Described to my amusement as a bedroom banger, Spoon Me is the next nugget of pop good from Swedish genre-bending Elliphant‘s forthcoming debut album Living Life Golden, which is out on 25th March. Long time friend and collaborator Skrillex features with a more subdued arrangement than usual.
London trio Daughter will tour Australia this April. The video for How is the final instalment of their film triptych, and the song is from their acclaimed second album, Not To Disappear. The band has sold out their Melbourne show and upgraded their Sydney show to the Enmore Theatre due to high demand. Full tour details can be found here.
Directed by BAFTA-nominated filmmakers Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (creators of the startling Nick Cave feature film 20,000 Days On Earth), the video treatment for ‘How’ was inspired by the short story ‘5,040’ – one of three works of fiction written by Stuart Evers and commissioned by Daughter.
ZHU: In The Morning
Here is the brand new single and video In The Morning from The Garb Wire fave ZHU.
Raleigh Ritchie: Bloodsport ’15
Bloodsport originally appeared on Raleigh Ritchie’s 2013 EP Black & Blue.
The new version features additional string arrangements provided by the Rosie Danvers and Wired Strings, who have worked on recordings by Kanye West, Adele and many others. Read our recent Raleigh Ritchie story here. His debut album You’re A Man Now, Boy is available now.
FKA twigs: Good to Love
Good to Love was produced by FKA twigs with Rick Nowels. The video was self-directed. Do you see yourself in those sheets, struggling to get out of bed? The release of Good To Love follows FKA twigs’ acclaimed 2015 album M3LLI55X EP.
BabyMetal was 2015’s breakout all-girl-fronted Japanese heavy metal/teen-pop hybrid group. Karate is the first single from the groups forthcoming album Metal Resistance, out on 1 April. Listen to Karate here.
Watch the album preview trailer here (we insist):