Out of nowhere and without fanfare, independent musician, artist and performer FKA twigs has released her new five track EP, M3LL155X. She set it in motion with four stunning back to back videos rigorously encapsulating through dance and technology, the concepts of misogyny, objectification and sexual reclamation and from the words of her own press release pregnancy and pain, the birthing of creativity and freedom and liberation. Watch the 16 minute work of art below showcasing four of the tracks and grab the EP digitally here. The vinyl according to her label Young Turks will follow soon.
Brooklyn trio Small Black's new single, the ever-dreamily constructed 'Boy's Life' off their forthcoming new album, Best Blues joins the previously featured Melbourne bands, Arbes, 'Beach Side' (21) and Totally Mild, 'Move On' (23) as the new entries this week. Two Canadian acts are in the news this week. Peter Sagar's project, Homeshake, moves up seven spots and into the Top 10 with 'Heat' (10) and American expats Ought ascend to the number one position with their modern day opus 'Beautiful Blue Sky' to replace Blank Realm's 'River Of Longing' (2).
All chart details here while all songs are streaming as always in the player.
27. Boy's Life
Small Black (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Best Blues', Jagjaguwar. Out October 16.
Canny Melbourne pop quartet Totally Mild released their debut full length, Down Time, in Australia back in April on the erstwhile Bedroom Suck Records and last week scored the album an international release through Fire Records. We missed the initial release here so the second release is most welcome. It’s kinda what happens when you don’t have your ear to the ground at home. Understated is often a word overused in the independent music sphere but in the case of the Elizabeth Mitchell fronted band, their name, the name of their album and their slow dance type approach to their brand of pop just oozes the term. But don’t be fooled by such superficiality as musically, Totally Mild’s carefully constructed melodies and deliberative timing structures possess great songwriting depth and align perfectly with Mitchell’s emotive and bittersweet lyrics. And if you haven’t caught up with Totally Mild to this point, check out the self effacing excellence of three tracks below, the upbeat sparkle that characterises the single 'Move On', along with the celestially glacial, 'Christa' and the gentle mantra of 'Always Around'. You can grab a copy of the record on vinyl here. Just plain fuckin' gorgeous!
2. When I’m Tired
3. Go Home
4. Move On
6. The Next Day
7. Work It Out
9. Always Around
10. Money Or Fame
Totally Mild (AUS)
From the album, 'Down Time', Bedroom Suck/Fire Records
Swimmer, the debut EP from Melbourne surf pop outfit Arbes, originally released in Australia digitally back in May, last week scored a limited edition cassette release through London DIY label Sports Day Records. Consisting of Jess Zanoni’s affectively constructed vocals and elastic bass lines, Anita Agathanelou’s effusive and restless stick work and Sam Pannifex’s intricate delay drenched guitars, the self-admitted bashful “okay? trio” (according to their twitter account) have been acquiring a deal of blog love over the past couple of weeks surrounding the international release. We’re more than happy to join the love-in. Swimmer can be bought digitally on the band's bandcamp page for a steal $1AUD and on cassette (only 50 in the run) here or here. The perfect accompaniment to the now or soon to be sweltering northern hemisphere summer. Let’s hope this is just the start from a young band chock full of potential, (they're still in their teens btw). This is indicative on the EP's first two tracks, the bang on hook driven 'Beach Side' and the dreamy, tropic inspired 'Key Largo' both of which can be streamed below.
Danish quartet Communions have just released a new video for the late 80s channeling shoe gaze driven track ‘Forget It’s A Dream’ off their recently released EP. It involves beautifully shot close ups of the young band doing things and not doing things backdropped with cute girls and a sports theme. Nothing really original but nice all the same. The self titled EP is out now through Tough Love.
Just the three new entries this week which sees the Portland based duo Pure Bathing Culture debut at number 25 with the outstanding grinding pop that is the title track, 'Pray For Rain'. The album is due out on Partisan, October 23. They are joined by the two artists we have featured this, also duos, Brisbane's Lastlings, 'Verona' (23) and Albuquerque's Reighnbeau, 'Ghost' (26).
You can steam the Pure Bathing Culture track below and survey all the chart in all its detail here. Top 30 player is on your right.
Pray For Rain
Pure Bathing Culture (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Pray For Rain', Partisan Records. Out October 23.
Albuquerque electronic duo REIGHNBEAU have just released their new single, the glitchy, stilted kaleidoscopic wonder, ‘Ghost’. Resting on cut up hypnotic vocal samples and expectant, ethereal and edgy electronics, it throws quite a few layered punches throughout. Check it out below.
Gold Coast sibling duo Lastlings recently dropped their debut single, the exquisitely paced, almost angelic, ‘Verona’. Amy Dowdle’s leisurely yet intricately constructed vocals combined with her brother Joshua’s delicate arrangements leave the listener as breathless as the track itself. It’s getting a lot of love from Australia’s youth radio network too. Listen below.
This week sees six new entries from some familiar names and a new number one. Unsurprisingly, of all new entries, the monster of a track, 'Big Beautiful Sky' from Montreal based Americans Ought from their forthcoming record, Sun Going Down is not only the highest placed of this week, its one of the highest placed this year. It's straight in at 5.
Trevor Powers is back with another dose of his Youth Lagoon project. The slow building cautionary tale with celebratory tinge, 'The Knower' is the first single to drop from his upcoming new record, Savage Hills Ballroom and nestles in at 13.
The split single Protomartyr dropped with Kelley Deal's R Ring, 'Blues Festival' might have left the chart but that doesn't mean that the Detroit foursome are going anywhere as they are set to drop a new record, The Agent Intellect, just a year or so since their last, Under Color Of Official Right. The intellectually and musically hard hitting (what other way can they do it?) first single, 'Why Does It Shake?' debuts at 15.
Two tracks of very different hues which we have featured over the past week also enter. Amy Bezunartea's new track, 'New Villain' enters at 25 while Day Ravies sit at 27 with 'Fake Beach'.
While not scaling the heights of much off his excellent last album, Wakin' On A Pretty Daze, Philadephia's veritable slacker Kurt Vile's new single, the laconic as ever 'Pretty Pimpin'' is good enough to enter at 28.
There are big moves this week from San Francisco's Flesh World, 'Wild Animals In My Life' (7 to 2) and Julia Holter, 'Feel You' (14 to 10).
Brisbane's beautifully dishevilled pop outfit Blank Realm, are about to take Europe by storm in the next couple of months with a massive tour including some big indie festivals on the back of their forthcoming album and first ever real studio effort, Illegals In Heaven. One of the best tracks of the year, 'River Of Longing' knocks off The Radio Dept. to ascend to top spot.
Check out the three previously unfeatured tracks below and peruse full chart details here. All tracks in the player too.
13. The Knower
Youth Lagoon (USA)
From the forthcoming album, 'Savage Hills Ballroom', Fat Possum. Out Sept. 25
We first featured Scandinavian introspective pop outfit We Float a few months back to coincide with the release of their impressive debut album, Silence. Therefore, the opportunity to see the talented quartet, led by Norwegian songwriter and musician Anne Marte Eggen, live, as part of the two month long Sommarscen Malmo Festival was too good a chance for this writer to miss. The show took place against the dramatic backdrop of Malmö Castle and despite some very inclement weather intervening at the half way point of the set, Eggen (bass) and the Swedish trio of Linda Bergström (vocals/keys), Fanny Gunnarsson (electric piano) and Filip Bensefelt (drums) pressed on regardless, adeptly and soulfully taking the appreciative and knowledgeable audience through all but one of the cuts from their album. Below is a selection of pics from the show and a repost of the former Top 30 listed track from the album, 'Mysticeti' from earlier in the year. You can grab a copy of Silence on vinyl by contacting the band here and buy it digitally here and here. If you do, you won't be disappointed. Any European festival promoters out there would do well to enlist this band to their schedule. Such exquisitely crafted music played this well deserves to be heard.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
We Float Live @ Sommerscen, Malmöhus Slott, Malmö.
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