Beach House return to their roots in Saturn Song, their contribution to Space Project, a compilation record that features songs built around recordings made in space by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes. While all of that sounds a bit futuristic, the track is everything but: classic Beach House, reminiscent of the gloomy tone they set on their self-titled debut. Other contributions come from the likes of The Antlers, Porcelain Raft and Youth Lagoon, with the entire compilation coming on April 19 via Lefse. Hear Saturn Song over at NPR or below. (picture)
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
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