Aromanticism is a concept album about lovelessness as a sonic dreamscape. Set for September 22nd release via Jagjaguwar, it seeks to interrogate social constructions around romance. The debut will include the recently released single ‘Doomed’ as well as new versions of standouts ‘Lonely World’ and ‘Plastic’.
Moses Sumney puts a great deal of thought into the heartfelt music he creates. On his debut album, Aromanticism, he was inspired by everything from the works of Plato and Aristophanes’ account of the origin of humanity to the Bible, particularly Genesis and the story of creation. It’s all in an attempt to understand human relationships and the sorts of couplings we tend to be drawn to. But despite the working and reworking it took to put these ideas to song, and to then make his brilliant debut, there’s a spontaneous side that you’ll see in this Tiny Desk Concert.
U.S. GIRLS Announces new album In a Poem Unlimited Releases new video ‘Velvet 4 Sale’
2017 marks a decade of U.S. Girls, the protean musical enterprise of multi-disciplinary artist, Meg Remy. Today, Remy announces her sixth studio album In a Poem Unlimited will be released Friday 16 February via 4AD / Remote Control. To celebrate she has shared a new single ‘Velvet 4 Sale’.
Remy’s second release for 4AD, which also includes her recently released single, ‘Mad As Hell’ was tracked in collaboration with Toronto-based instrumental collective the Cosmic Range, and features arrangements by long-time contributors Maxmilian Turnball and Louis Percival. The dizzying buffet of live grooves on In a Poem Unlimited represents an inversion of the dusty, sample-based minimal textures of Half Free, Remy’s 4AD debut.
In a Poem Unlimited features dark meditations reflecting charged atmospheres that precede and follow acts of violence. Many of the songs are character studies of women grappling with power. Remy also rallies against the public lies told by political and religious leaders, and more crucially, questions the lies we tell ourselves in order to survive. In A Poem Unlimited may be Remy’s most individually distilled protest to date.
Following ‘Mad As Hell’, album opener ‘Velvet 4 Sale’ is released today. The song concerns a female narrator imploring another to buy a gun for protection, impressing that the only way to change men is for women to use violence. Remy says, “Men are lucky women (and children) have yet to take up arms. And although I hope this never happens and I completely disagree that violence is ever effective, this very idea was ripe for a song.”
The accompanying video explores the idea of acknowledgement as a form of retribution, a counterbalance more powerful than violence itself. Remy plays a police officer who discovers that a fellow cop who has beaten his wife will be left off the hook as a “professional courtesy”. By the power of her unrelenting gaze she banishes the abuser in the final images of this powerful and provocative video. This striking tableau representing the power of bearing witness ties back into the album’s underlying theme; that truth and acknowledgement are our most potent and corrosive weapons in the fight against repressive inequality. Remy’s work with this video (which she co-directed with Alex Kingsmill) and the album as a whole, illustrate and seek to inspire the taking up of these moral arms.
Pixx – the alter ego of Hannah Rodgers – has released visuals for her song ‘Romance’ created by Alice Clingan (the same director behind the ‘Waterslides’ video). Filmed at Rodgers’ beloved local football club, Walcountians, it’s a playful tribute to the romance that endures within its walls.
Destroyer shares “Cover From the Sun” as final preview of new album ken, out Friday
Before the October 20 release of Destroyer’s 12th album ken, Dan Bejar is sharing one final preview from the release that Record Collector has already called “a luxury item, one of the most vital pieces of hand luggage on our hero’s journey.”
Listen to & share Destroyer’s “Cover From the Sun” now