After neglecting the nutribullet for far too long post New Year, this morning I decided that the re-introduction of fresh green juice (aka lawn clippings) was absolutely essential to balance a lingering chocolate addiction, and that perhaps some new music would help to cheer you all through the battlefield of work/life, or as Vanity Fair describes it “our escalating dystopian hellscape”.
If you do read these posts, I’d love to hear what you think of the music each week. Drop me a line in comments, or send me a link to your music in an email (flaky comments on Instagram just sit there). We’ve heard from people all over the world in Italy, Greece, Scotland, USA, and of course Australia, a breeding ground of supreme talent (if you ask me).
Spoon: Can I Sit Next To You
Spoon have revealed the new Can I sit Next To You track, which has a slick, steady-paced groove and an eerie synth filled chorus. It’s the second single from the band’s forthcoming album Hot Thoughts, out Friday 17 March. Catch Spoon at a forthcoming live show in Melbourne and Sydney. Dates below.
The video was directed by acclaimed contemporary artist Marcel Dzama, whose previous musical collaborators have included the likes of Beck and Bob Dylan, and the costume and stage design for last year’s The Most Incredible Thing by New York City Ballet.
Spoon – Sydney & Melbourne Headline Shows
- Thursday 23rd March – Metro Theatre, Sydney
- Saturday 25th March – Croxton Bandroom, Melbourne
- Tickets and details via www.frontiertouring.com/spoon
Lana Del Rey: LOVE
The sultry Lana Del Rey has released this lush first single from her forthcoming fifth album. Raining down like a wistful ballad to the young, I wonder, is Lana farewelling her own youth, because from where I sit she looks frozen in time (breathtakingly so)? The video was directed by Rich Lee. Lana Del Rey is still major.
Dante Jones and Drew Love, better known as THEY., fuse hip hop and R&B with a rock sensibility. Their hotly anticipated debut album Nü Religion: Hyena comes out on 24 February. The album is available to pre-order now. Such an epic TUNE. Crank dis.
London Grammar: Rooting for You
London Grammar has returned to us with a melodic vengeance in 2017. Though their recent singles (this, and Big Picture) were actually released late last year, they’ve only recently dropped into my emotional safety deposit box. Some brilliant music takes time to seep into the skin. I decided too this morning that London Grammar is of the same ilk as Evanescence, but for non-emo types. That’s not meant as an insult either (Evanescence appears in my break-up mix tape of life). Sure, they might wear more colour, but the emotional intensity of the music is similar.
SOKO: Sweet Sound of Ignorance
Everything about this is incredibly affecting in a world gone mad. Lyrically, the song describes an emotional awakening of sorts, and a vow to self. SOKO shot this video in LA on a break from recording in New York. With OTT styling, the video was directed by the lady herself, with trippy and colourful results. Soko first rose to fame with her single I’ll Kill Her, which appeared at #9 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of 2007.
Warpaint: New Song (Soulwax Remix)
Oh, this isn’t really new anymore, but it is a brilliant remix of one of our fave tracks of last year. It’s decidedly Ladyhawke in sound, which is precisely why we can’t get enough. This Soulwax Remix extends the life of an already great Lipstick Renaissance (sub-genre penned by us) blockbuster, now lounge-room discoteque ready (or pen tapping, whatever suits you currently). Catch Warpaint in Brisbane TONIGHT at The Triffid on February 22, Melbourne at Zoo Twilights on February 24 and Sydney Opera House on February 25. For ticket details click here.
London O’Connor: Nobody Hangs Out Anymore
Self-produced American songwriter London O’Connor is shaping up to be one of our favourite new discoveries. His material is simply expressed and unapologetically confronting, yet softly conveyed, like an unexpected punch to the stomach (listen to the brilliant: Guts). This is the self-directed music video for O’Connor’s melancholy ode to the smart phone-obsessed internet generation called Nobody Hangs Out Anymore.
Tei Shi: Keep Running
Brooklyn-based Valerie Teicher (born Buenos Aires, Argentina), aka Tei Shi, is a singer-songwriter and producer . She was a guest artist on the track “Holiest” by Glass Animals, but is probably best known in Australia for her single Bassically from 2015. This song is excellent, however the video comes with a STRONG SPIDER ALERT: Arachnophobes proceed with caution. Look away! Look away!
Ben Esser: Promises feat. Noah Slee
The combination of Ben Esser and Noah Slee is one that you’ll be hearing a lot from in the near future, with the duo poised to release their collaborative Otherland Mixtape, due out late this year. Though Promises is a song that sits outside of the Otherland project – it came together after one of their frequent idea sharing sessions – Noah had written a hook about broken commitments, which immediately caught Ben’s attention and resulted in this easy-on-the-ear nugget of good.
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