Did you forget this track? No? Didn't think so... Almost three months too late but fuck it! We've finally understood how (really, really) good Empress Of's Me album is. We've retrospectively stuck it as AOTW where we originally were going to put and don't ask why we didn't at the time! Oh hindsight... It's ironic but the lack of decent stuff lately and the inevitable end of year malaise has enabled some perspective. In that light, the brilliant 'How Do You Do It' makes a belated entry into the Top 30 this week at 17.
Joining Lorely Rodriguez is ex-Hooray For Earth mastermind, Noel Heroux with his new project Mass Gothic. His debut track in that incarnation is the emotive stomper 'Nice Night' off his forthcoming self titled record out next February. That's at 19. Completing the new entries at 25 is 'Waxing Moon' featuring Predawn from Rayons who we featured on Wednesday. At 29 is Long Beard with 'Turkeys'.
In big moves this week Molly Nilsson's 'Happyness' moves up 9 spots to 6 while Aidan Knight moves into the Top 10 at 9 with 'All Clear' as does Blood Orange with 'Sandra's Smile (8). And its a Canadian 1,2,3 this week as TOPS remain at 1 with 'Anything'.
All chart details HERE while all is playing in the player top right. Just one more chart to go people!
Late last month the Leslie Bear directed trio Long Beard dropped their debut record, Sleepwalker. A long time in the making, songs from it have appeared on two separate recordings over the past couple of years, firstly on the Holy Crow EP, 'Hates The Party' and 'Twinkle Twinkle' and on the split LP, Ghost Graduation with Fraternal Twin, 'Turkeys', 'Porch' 'Moths' and 'Days Of Heaven. It's a pleasurably awkward affair with percussion often deliberately outpacing or lagging behind Bear's autumnal guitar stylings, dreamily recorded loops and stream of conciousness vocals. It is at once as rock as it is folk as it is pop, all with a tinge of the experimental. The new video for 'Turkeys' is below. Sleepwalker is out through Team Love and can be purchased on vinyl here. Enjoy.
Back in September, Rayons, the project of Japanese instrumentalist and composer Masako Nakai released her debut album, The World Left Behind. She's just released the latest exquisitely beautiful single from it, 'Waxing Moon' featuring the vocals of Miwako Shimizu aka Predawn. It comes accompanied by a cinematic video directed by Tao Tajima of night descending over the metropolis of Tokyo. A double delight!
In case you unfamiliar with Rayons, we've included two other tracks from the record below. Out through one of our favourite Japanese labels Flau Records, also home to Noah. Buy it here.
Slim pickings this week as the year winds down but we have a new number one and the two new entries are more than worthy. Coming in at 23 is the swirling and deliberative 'Heathering', from Taryn Miller's Your Friend project. Her debut album, Gumption is out early next year. Charlie Hilton, from the band Blouse also has a solo record out next year. The understated psych-pop of 'Pony' is the first single from Palana and debuts at 27.
Big moves for Blood Orange, 'Sandra's Smile' (26 to 13), Port St. Willow, 'Ordinary Pleasure' (18 to 6) and Grimes 'Flesh Without Blood' (19 to 8) while 'Anything' from TOPS takes the number one spot.
Track order and all release details, artist links and media HERE while all tracks stream from newest entry on in the player.
Your Friend (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Gumption', Domino. Out Jan 29.
After a six week delay due to pressing delays, Berlin based Swedish artist Molly Nilsson's new and sixth record was finally made available in tactile form on vinyl and CD last week. To coincide with this momentous occasion, the fifth music video from the album, 'My Body' has been released. While its been on high rotation digitally around here, can't wait to get these hands and ears on the vinyl now on its way in the post. Zenith is forthright, wry and honest yet surprisingly optimistiic and builds nicely on the previous trajectory Nilsson has constructed over the years and is Indie30's current AOTW. Grab a copy on wax yourself, it's on sale for just €13 here. Check the new video below.
Molly Nilsson (SWE)
From the album, 'Zenith', Dark Skies Association/Night School Records.
As at this time every year, we’ve been pondering candidates for our album of the year gong and its been a rather difficult process. Yesterday though the process got a little easier with the release of Art Angels, the intensely cerebral pop wonderland created by Canadian pop experimentalist Claire Boucher, aka Grimes. If anybody has been wondering what Boucher has been up to to since Visions, her acclaimed last effort in 2012, the blood, sweat and tears dripping all over Art Angels will leave you in no doubt.
The kaleidoscopic album comes across as almost a pop encyclopaedia as Boucher effortlessly glides through a myriad of pop stylings with insightful and sometimes caustically honest lyrical accompaniment. Witness the smackdown on all things fake on the country tinged back hander to 'California' and the vocal hook driven pop stunners 'Flesh Without Blood' and 'Belly Of The Beat'. 'Kill V. Maim' and 'Pin', are radically different rough edged nods to bubble gum pop and the understated, uber smooth and reworked 'Realiti', released in different form earlier this year thankfully made her ruthless cut. Utilising Taiwanese artist Artistophanes on the the confronting industrial rap of 'Scream', is her first foray into producing without being front and centre.
The stunning dexterity of and within each track underlines her undoubted production chops, bringing guile and muscle to her creations. See, Boucher does it all. From writing, performing and producing the music, producing and directing her own videos right down to designing album cover art. It's worth remembering that this is the first time Boucher has made a record that has been widely waited for, highly anticipated and to so completely triumph in such circumstances is never easy.
For us, she can take all the time in the world if she is going to create music this thoughtful, this exhilarating. And if anybody was in any doubt as to her almost manic search for intellectual pop perfection twinned with her humble honesty, two things stand out right at this minute - the fact that she culled an albums worth of tracks in the making of the record for not coming up to her impossibly high standards and that she posted this on twitter last night. We'll leave the final word to her.
James Stocker - November 7, 2015
Art Angels is out digitally now through 4AD while the vinyl and other physical versions will be released on November 11. Pre-order one of the albums of 2015 here. 'Scream (feat. Aristophanes) is below.
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