WHITNEY ANNOUNCES ‘LIGHT UPON THE LAKE: DEMO RECORDINGS’ OUT NOVEMBER 10TH
Whitney are pleased to announce the release of Light Upon The Lake: Demo Recordings coming out November 10th, and share the previously unreleased song, “You and Me.” The track was written in 2014-2015 during the early sessions for Light Upon The Lake.
TESSA Takes to the tarmac in debut music video Watch ‘Wait’ (feat. KINGS)
One of New Zealand’s newest voices to cross over in both electronic / pop music scenes, TESSA, has today shared the debut music video to accompany her hypnotic new single ‘Wait’ (feat. Kings).
Set at the popular race track at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, the young artist (who has a side passion for cars and auto-mechanical DIY-ing) could not be more at home. “My love of cars and driving started on the dirt roads up north where I spent most of my time growing up, which then grew to the street/drift scene,” Tessa explains.
This is one for the car fanatics out there. Filmed and produced by Jonny Goosemanand Andrew Morrison (What’s Next), the video features sweet drifting action from drivers David Hunter and Josh Smith from Team Thirty3. “I was fortunate to have Team Thirty3 – a trio of amazingly talented drifters – behind the wheels of their c33 Nissan Laurels featured in the video. They will be putting their skills to the test at the next National Drifting Series D1NZ.”
The xx ‘ON HOLD (JAMIE XX REMIX)’ OUT TODAY B/W FOUR TET REMIX OF ‘A VIOLENT NOISE’
At the end of 2016, The xx announced their return and news of a new album (I See You) with the lead single ‘On Hold’. An undoubted highlight of one of the year’s most critically acclaimed albums, ‘On Hold’ has quickly become one of The xx’s biggest songs to date.
Today, the band’s very own Jamie xx reveals his ‘On Hold’ remix – his first official remix in over four years. It comes accompanied by a ‘remix video’ from Alasdair McLellan, who made the original ‘On Hold’ video and has been a key I See You visual collaborator. McLellan also created videos for recent xx singles ‘Say Something Loving’ and the star-studded ‘I Dare You’ video (a collaboration with The xx and Raf Simons which featured, among others, Millie Bobby Brown, Ashton Sanders, Paris Jackson, Lulu and Ernesto Cervantes).
WATCH ALASDAIR MCLELLAN’S ACCOMPANYING ‘ON HOLD’ REMIX VIDEO HERE
Released October 13th on XL Recordings/ True Panther Sounds
shares new single & video ‘Dum Surfer’
Picture Credit: Frank Lebon
One of the most celebrated figureheads on the independent British scene, Archy Marshall returns with the dense, sprawling “The OOZ”, the much anticipated follow up to his debut “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”. Drifting and seeping through the cracks of South London like the album title, King Krule casts an unflinching eye over his kingdom, transforming his observations of all the disorientation and heartbreak of his youth into piercing narratives and poetry that are both startlingly honest and brutally beautiful. With “The OOZ”, Marshall finally takes the crown as poet laureate for the dazed and confused generation, painting a bleak and sometimes harrowing picture of a rapidly splintering city.
“The OOZ” is released October 13th on XL Recordings/ True Panther Sounds, and can be pre-ordered HERE. It also comes preceded by the raucous new single “Dum Surfer” which can be pre-ordered HERE, as well as a brilliant Brother Willis directed video which you can see HERE (link). This autumn also sees Marshall hitting the road for a worldwide tour this autumn; for further details head to http://kingkrule.co.uk/live
Where “Six Feet Beneath the Moon”, released in 2013, was a rigorous, rambling excavation of Marshall’s expansive body of work to date, “The OOZ” snaps into focus quickly and sharply, his modus operandi coming into view almost immediately. Over jazzy curlicues and guitars, the opener “Biscuit Town” sets out its stall irresistibly as Marshall sings about rapidly disintegrating romance and personal dissolution with acute, almost painful detail. These wrenching themes of self-annihilation and fraying relationships seem inextricably linked in Marshall’s eyes – once you lose yourself to someone else, you inevitably wind up losing yourself completely when they leave – and recur in other tracks. “Why’d you leave me? Because of my depression? You used to complete me but I guess I learnt a lesson” he spits on the roiling “Midnight 01 (Deep Sea Diver)”, and, even layered with the warm vocals of Okay Kaya, “Slush Puppy” is an unsparing dissection of a couple with nothing left to give, like a Gainsbourg and Birkin ballad gone toxic. Elsewhere, things only get darker, as Marshall desperately tries to find safe harbor in the city he knows and loves, only to be thwarted constantly, as on “The Cadet Leaps” and first single “Czech One”. Not even the synthetic high of chemicals, as shown in “Emergency Blimp” and “A Slide In (New Drugs)”, can stanch the suffering.
Although seeming at first abstract, “The OOZ” as a title proves oddly fitting. There are references littered throughout about its physical manifestation, or as Marshall himself says, “about earwax and snot and bodily fluids and skin and stuff that just comes out of you on a day to day basis”. But it works on a more figurative level too, with the OOZ also representing the unknown depths or horizons the solitary mind can travel to, whether it’s sinking into the deep sea or soaring through the night sky. It may be messy, unwieldy, even unsightly, Marshall seems to say – but we need The OOZ in order to exist.
“A beautiful, mad jigsaw of ideas.” – Loud And Quiet – Album of the Week
“Do Hollywood is a special little record with surprises around every corner that constantly thrill and excite.” – The Line Of Best Fit – Album of the Week
“Do Hollywood is a curiosity, but a pretty glorious one.” – The Guardian ****
“The Lemon Twigs have created their own world, and it was exciting to witness it for the first time.” – The Times ****
“A hugely entertaining, hyperactive romp crammed with lush, Beatles-y harmonies, vaudeville pop and histrionic rock opera flourishes.” – Q
“Baroque and power pop splendour.” – MOJO
“The future of rock ‘n’ roll.” – NME ****
Ahead of their Brothers of Destruction EP, The Lemon Twigs have shared a second song from Brothers of Destruction, their forthcoming six-track EP due to be released on September 22 on 4AD. Premiered by BBC 6Music and Stereogum yesterday, ‘Why Didn’t You Say That?’ is now available on all streaming services.
WATCH THE BRAND NEW VIDEO FOR MODERN M?ORI QUARTET’S DEBUT SINGLE, SHINE AND THE HILARIOUSLY WONDERFUL REACTION VIDEO FROM THE NEW ZEALAND YOUTUBE SUPERSTAR KID-COUSINS, JESS & AYVA.
Modern Maori Quartet ‘Shine’
“‘Shine’ is a heartfelt song of a father’s love for his daughter. If we as parents give our kids the love, support and confidence they need, then they can do anything. The inspiration for the song is my daughter Coco-Grace, but it is dedicated to all the kids in the world.
The ‘Shine’ music video showcases the multi-talents of the MMQ and their efforts to impress a panel of kids. The process involved was lots of laughter, one too many cups of coffee, don’t give kids sugar (!), lots of kai, purposely bad costume changes, dad jokes, more laughter, more coffee, more kai, teaching of dad jokes, kids are fading somebody give them some sugar, working that camera… and that’s a wrap.
In the end, our kids panel reveal to the MMQ that it’s always better to just ‘Be you’!”
4th SINGLE FROM NEW ALBUM ‘SLEEP WELL BEAST’ OUT SEPTEMBER 8TH ON 4AD
One Auckland Show – Villa Maria – Sunday 25 February , 2018
Tickets on sale from Ticketmaster this Friday – September 1st
Picture Credit: Graham MacIndoe
The National shared their latest track ‘Day I Die’ from their forthcoming album Sleep Well Beast. The video, which was directed by Casey Reas, compresses the frenetic energy of performing with the grind of touring. It’s a day in the life of The National.
Reas adds, “Graham MacIndoe captured eighteen time-lapse photo series during rehearsals at Le Centquatre in June 2017 in Paris. Hours of rehearsal are compressed into a few minutes. Over five thousand of these photographs were brought together to make the final video. I wrote custom software to collage multiple photographs together and to compile them into videos. A flickering colour layer abstracted from broadcast television signals augments the black and white footage. The images here are played back at 12fps, near the threshold of the persistence of vision.”
THE BLACK SEEDS Share new, heartwarmingly good music video
‘BACK TO YOU’
With their sixth studio album Fabric out next Friday, The Black Seeds have today, shared a bright and colourful new music video bound to get you feeling good. The video premiered yesterday on Stuff in an extensive feature.
Their latest single ‘Back To You’ is a tribute to old relationships revived and staying true, set over bubbly rhythmic stabs. Made with the support of NZ On Air, the video was created by Connor Pritchard (Director / DOP), Jasper Jay (DOP) and features animation by Ethan Zonneveld. It all unfolds with paint, confetti & yarn coming together in a vibrant visual as co-frontman Daniel Weetman sits down to tell the story.
The Black Seeds will embark on their full NZ tour next month! Make sure to come and experience the new album and the hits with one of New Zealand’s most-loved bands when they’re in your town! Get tour dates & full ticketing details here.