Even though we’re still in shock from last week’s surprise album announcement from Lykke Li and accompanying teaser for I Never Learn, she confirms we definitely need therapy with new song Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone. The Swede sounds as miserable and beautiful as ever, with the lyrics basically speaking for themselves: “A devil’s hand across my heart as we dance through the dark / go ahead, go ahead, love me deep until you can’t”. The introspective video directed by Tarik Saleh has you reading all of her emotions off her face, her eyes red from tears - so sad, but so beautiful.
While a lot of straight men will end up watching this because of all the girls kissing one another, they should really watch this because of the song soundtracking it: the glorious Touch by Shura. It’s kind of like the “I only need you to be French with me” lyric deluxe. Works like a charm, a perfect fit with the mellow, romantic mood the song sets.
Erik Hassle is taking a step back from the bright, cheerful pop he gained fame with, only to rebrand himself as a brooding pop mastermind. With a new EP Somebody’s Party out today (streaming in full below) he is certain to juice up somebody’s party we’d like to attend: surely it’s not bangerz but the pop vibes are definitely present underneath that shimmering production. This is the pop game how it’s supposed to be played in 2014. And oh yeah, Pathetic was produced by SOHN.
Some bands don’t make a big splash on the internet but rather grow in time, eventually blooming into something pretty exquisite - Woman’s Hour is one of those. The London four piece formed in 2011, steadily growing their discography on various boutique labels (Parlour, Luv Luv Luv) and eventually ended up signing with Secretly Canadian (Antony and the Johnsons, jj, Porcelain Raft, etc). They perfectly fit with the magic of the rest of the SC-roster with their stargazing, laid back gentle pop, floating somewhere in between Chromatics and Cocteau Twins.
After B-girl Terra showed her moves in the video for Platoon, Jungle are at it the dancing path again with the video for their latest single Busy Earnin’. Shot in a warehouse and featuring a team of dancers (all adults this time around), the lot bust some moves to the jolly good song. Busy Earnin’ is out on a 12” via XL in April, with an album due later this year.
Owen Pallett is up for an Oscar for his work on the Her soundtrack with Arcade Fire - even if he doesn’t win, it surely helped shape his forthcoming new record In Conflict (out on May 13). Today he shared two songs off the record - The Riverbed and On A Path - which both feature contributions from Brian Eno (most noticeable on The Riverbed). Both sound even richer than anything on Heartland - we can’t wait to hear the rest of In Conflict and see how it translates live.
AKUA definitely has no problems with death: dancing next to a body, dancing at the funeral (near a neon light cross, that’s cool though), dancing at the graveyard - if we were here we would maybe dance too given the fact it’s all soundtracked by One’s Company, the title track of her glossy odd ball layered pop affair EP released last year.
Kill J made us kick this and that with the energetic Phoenix, a sparkling example of passive aggressive pop. Follow up Bullet picks up where she left off with the song dedicated to the victims of other peoples bullshit convictions. Vocal-wise it’s very whisper pop à la FKA Twigs, bad girl wise it’s like a MØ in cøntrøl - the best of both worlds, basically. It slowly creeps onto you, Kill J luring you word by word, true to that passive aggressive vibe we got from Phoenix.
Lykke Li returns to music with I Never Learn, the first taste of her forthcoming new record (also titled I Never Learn, out on May 5 - track list below). It’s a very rough and direct recording which makes it a very personal thing, yet there’s a certain richness to it thanks to the strings backing up her soothing voice. It’s an interesting direction she takes after the (commercial) success with Wounded Rhymes, yet one we aspire.
01 Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone
02 I Never Learn
03 No Rest for the Wicked
04 Just Like a Dream
07 Never Gonna Love Again
08 Heart of Steel
09 Sleeping Alone
Very proud to announce DN is setting foot at SXSW once more – after our joyful party with Crack In The Road last night featuring the likes of SOHN, GEMS, Eddi Front, DENA and Pacific Air, we’re back this year to add that extra juice of fun and buzz to SXSW.
This year DN and CITR have partnered up with the Hype Machine's for their Hype Hotel presented by Taco Bell, a series that has been going strong for these past few years with great line-ups and live vibes. The DN x CITR show is happening on Friday March 14 in the afternoon (12PM – 6PM); note down you’ll be at the Hype Hotel all afternoon right now, cause once you’ve seen our line-up you may be in some sort of little shock and forget what to do next.
We kick things off with Hozier, the Irish brute force that sent tingles up everyone’s spine with his debut EP Take Me To Church last year and is surely set to make an impression at SXSW. GEMS will then soothe you for a bit (but only slightly) with their dreamy guitar pop, showing how much they’ve grown since playing at our show last year. Next up are Holychild, an LA-duo that will most certainly bring up the energy once more with a tasty set full of impressive and juicy electronic pop tunes. Rising UK trio Wolf Alice will keep up that level yet throw some guitars in your face; you will definitely find them headlining some showcases at SXSW 2015. Then it’s up to HAERTS who will bring the perfect mix of band and pop to the stage after having impressed literally everyone with their glorious debut EP Hemiplegia. And given the fact The 1975 play arena-sized venues in the UK, they will most certainly pack out Hype Hotel with their headlining set. Le Youth will provide some tasty tunes behind the DJ decks in between sets to keep the rhythm going for the entire afternoon.
A mighty fine line-up, right?! Right.
A word of thanks goes out to the sponsors Taco Bell, Titos Handmade Vodka and Miller, plus of course Hype Machine, our partners in SXSW-crime Crack In The Road and all acts and blogs involved.
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