News: TV On The Radio To Return With Brand New Album

‘Seeds’ will drop this coming Autumn.

Brooklyn indie quartet TV On The Radio have announced that they will be releasing a new album this Autumn. ‘Seeds’the much anticipated follow up to 2011s ‘Nine Types of Light’was announced via the bands website earlier today. The album trailer, teases a synth heavy explosion of coloured foam, giving a little away to how the new album with sound.

Released on Harvest Records, ‘Seeds’ will stand out as the groups sixth studio album, and the groups first album since the death of bassist and producer Gerard Smith, who sadly lost his battle with lung cancer in April 2011. Talking to Rolling Stone magazine, vocalist Tunde Adebimpe discussed the release: ”We’ve been through a lot of stuff in the past few years that could have stopped the band cold. But I’m glad we got it together and took stock of the unique connection we have between each other because the record is, 1000 percent, without a doubt, the best thing we’ve ever done.”

Another record to mark down in your diary then, guys.

http://www.fortitudemagazine.co.uk/music/alt-indie/tv-radio-return-brand-new-album/20522/ – See the news post here, y’all!

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Karen O Reveals Video For First Solo Single ‘Rapt’.

The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s front-woman submerges herself in brand new video.

Stop whatever you’re doing, because Karen O has unveiled her first solo single and video, as her debut solo album release creeps ever closer. In an exclusive for Pitchfork earlier today (28th July), O premiered the video, which sees her lolling around in an underwater environment.

Rapt‘ is taken from her first solo album, ‘Crush Songs’, which will be released via Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records label on September 9, and it’s worth noting down in your diary. ‘Rapt‘ gives an intimate look at how ‘Crush Songs’ will pan out. On announcing it’s release, Karen O admitted to the personal nature of the new record: ”When I was 27 I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours.”.

Described as a “collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings”, ‘Crush Songs’ will be firsty available for pre-release as a limited, special vinyl edition, including Karen’s own personal drawings and handwritten lyrics.

http://www.fortitudemagazine.co.uk/music/karen-o-reveals-video-first-solo-single-rapt/20494/ – You can view this article here, with Fortitude Magazine.

 

Karen O Reveals Video For First Solo Single ‘Rapt’.

The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s front-woman submerges herself in brand new video.

Stop whatever you’re doing, because Karen O has unveiled her first solo single and video, as her debut solo album release creeps ever closer. In an exclusive for Pitchfork earlier today (28th July), O premiered the video, which sees her lolling around in an underwater environment.

Rapt‘ is taken from her first solo album, ‘Crush Songs’, which will be released via Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records label on September 9, and it’s worth noting down in your diary. ‘Rapt‘ gives an intimate look at how ‘Crush Songs’ will pan out. On announcing it’s release, Karen O admitted to the personal nature of the new record: ”When I was 27 I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They are the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours.”.

Described as a “collection of lo-fi, bedroom recordings”, ‘Crush Songs’ will be firsty available for pre-release as a limited, special vinyl edition, including Karen’s own personal drawings and handwritten lyrics.

http://www.fortitudemagazine.co.uk/music/karen-o-reveals-video-first-solo-single-rapt/20494/ – You can view this article here, with Fortitude Magazine.

 

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Single Review: Haim, feat. A$AP Ferg – My Song 5.

The ferocious sound of feminist rock and roll continues.

Taken from the critically acclaimed ‘Days Are Gone’, Haim have returned with a new single, the anonymous sounding ‘My Song 5’. Despite the initial lack of name invention, the bulk of the track spurs on into a much richer and flavoursome treat. With the added urban insertion of hip-hop recording artist A$AP Ferg, the slow-rock beating of Haim’s feminist drum carries on into the night.

Layered among the slow tempo rhythm lies the cold-hearted sound of aggression. Whilst the title gives nothing away, the sound of the track does not disappoint. Structured around a domestic argument, the discourse follows quip after quip from Haim. Showing no remorse, lead vocalist Danielle Haim interjects her lyrical wit and sting: “You’ve been lying, so honey, I’m not your honey pie”. Sassy, prominent and primitively aggressive, the flag of feminist indie-rock sways valiantly in the wind, led to the beat of one of the break through artists of the year.

Dazzled by a bubbling cauldron of tightly strung guitars, groaning bass and callus vocals, each fragment tessellates together and transforms the everyday domestic argument into a cry for feminine independence. As a result, the masculine counter balance is represented by hip-hop rock-body A$AP Ferg, real name Darold Ferguson, Jr. As the feminist bond because stronger throughout the track, the masculine camp becomes reduced further down to its primitive stereotype: Something seen throughout pop music all too often. Musically, A$AP Ferg offers his urban dynamic, giving the song greater intensity and variation.

Above the gender-troubled digressions lies a solid, satirical and boldly moulded song, that it constructed around Haim’s feminine-rock pulp. Like everything Haim produce, ‘My Song 5’ is completely marinated in character. The droning, almost dubstep-style bass wobble is a welcome surprise from the band, and adds further evidence to their versatility and creative prowess. As the song ticks over into a lavish, seasoned crescendo, the chorus carries the listener through an aggressive march between each thumping drum beat. Short, snappy and full of anger, ‘My Song 5’ leaves little to the imagination, but a lot to get fired up about.

One again, Haim have smeared the lipstick of modern day rock songs, in their own particular and exquisite fashion. In a nutshell, ‘My Song 5’ captures raw emotion of a love song in dispute, yet laces it together with the dry sass of a New York drag queen.

Single Review: Haim, feat. A$AP Ferg – My Song 5.

 

News: All Is By My Side: Trailer Released For Jimi Hendrix Biopic.

See the official trailer for the Jimi Hendrix biopic, starring Outkast’s Andre 3000.

Put on your bandana and tighten up your whammy bar, because the trailer for the greatly anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side, has been revealed online. The troubled genius and guitar legend will be portrayed by Outkast’s Andre 3000, with Hayley Atwell starring as partner Kathy Etchingham. The casting sheet also includes Burn Goldman, Ashley Charles, Imogen Poots and Ruth Negga. With the Hendrix family refusing the grant permission for Hendrix’s music, a large focus of the film will follow the musicians rise to fame, and inevitable fall from grace.

All Is By My Side will be released in the UK on August the 8th this summer.

http://www.fortitudemagazine.co.uk/music/side-trailer-released-jimi-hendrix-biopic/20075/ – See the Trailer here!

Single Review: The Weeknd – Often.

Sexy, filthy, and down right offensive. Abel Tesfaye’s latest track is brilliant for all the wrong reasons.

When it comes to singing about sex, no one does it quite like The Weeknd. The Toronto-based R&B singer brings a lot to the table, musically. A unique voice and a dark, unfettered sound that transcends the majority of modern R&B. In expressing his sexuality, his music often sways between the limits of social-acceptance: The thin line that divides sexy to offensive, and even misogynistic. In his new single, ‘Often’, The Weeknd pushes the limits further than he has dared to before.

“Baby I can make that pussy rain, often” is the beckoning call of the song. Coercive, dark, and deeply problematic, the troubled vocals of Abel Tesfaye soften the sharp blow of the songs lyrics, in an almost absurd contrast. The dicey, cutting and almost nonchalant lyrics breathe heavily down your neck, whilst the vocals personify a paradox of confidence, yet guilt. The backdrop melody dimly captures the disorientating, gritty nature of the music. Truly, The Weeknd is all about sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll. Lyrically, then, The Weeknd portrays a version of the modern male as a predatory and sexually dominating being, whilst underlining the modern female as and the passive vessel for male pleasure, in an all too ludicrous and vivid interpretation of contemporary ‘cock-rock’.

With all this in mind, The Weeknd’s voice still envelops a sense of romance, albeit in a skewed way. The line “but I see your eyes, you wanna go again, girl I’ll go again” tethers together the innocence and guilt that the track projects in parallel with its problematic themes of sexual domination and promiscuity. A trip-pop track, feathered over by a slow jam R&B rhythm that hazes the peripheries of the listener, the develops a sour, near to hallucinogenic effect. The bass carries the song, and the off-beat deep-tom percussion jabs at the nerves, and shakes up the harmonic edge to the song.

Subtly, the deep throb that the track deliciously compliments the vocals. With such a raw theme, the disparities continue with how separately each component of the song stands from each other. The music is compressed, intimidating and slow-burning, whilst the vocals are gentle, sexy and inviting. Here, the temptation is matched with a warning, and Abel Tesfaye’s creation is finished. As previous Weeknd songs, such as ‘Kiss Land’ and ‘Adaptation’, tell us, Tesfaye’s admiration for women is mainly focuses on their flesh, rather than their more abstract, intimate features.

A slimy, monstrous track in many ways, ‘Often’ barks out two unfoundedly reductive representations of men and women as two completely separate, conflicting components of sexuality. However, The Weeknd maintains the seductive and desirable core that his tracks always seem to have. Problematic, yet musically brilliant. The controversy conjured up by ‘Often’ it’s unique selling point in a market ripe with taboo material, and The Weeknd’s sex-on-drugs feel is no anomaly. As a binding force between genders, The Weeknd’s music and soulful vocals conjoin the ideas of sexual freedom, and overlook the more questionable thumbnails of the song.

In a twist of sexual politics, the latest product from the deliciously sordid The Weeknd is a masterclass in seduction. As a poetical tyrant of sexual aggression, mellowed out by it’s low-thumping tune, The Weeknd has turned what should have been a filthy mess into an epic story of conflicting emotions, and tangled expression.

Single Review: The Weeknd – Often

News: Pawws Unveils New Video For ‘Sugar’.

The cosmic new video for the single ‘Sugar‘ features a wave of disco-thread goings on.

London-based songstress Pawws have released her latest music video for the smooth cutting single ‘Sugar‘. The singers candy-pop 1980s feel blends delightfully with the new symmetry exploring video. Boldly retro, imaginative and whole heap of fun, the new video will give you a sweet tooth and wanting more.

Pawws will performing at this years Southsea Festival on September the 20th, on a bill that includes Dinosaur Pile-Up, Eliza and the Bear, Charlie Boyer & the Voyeurs and Mazes.

http://www.fortitudemagazine.co.uk/music/pop/pawws-unveils-new-video-sugar/20080/ – See the video here!

News: Miley Cyrus, The Flaming Lips & Moby Unveil Surreal New Video.

Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain‘ is nothing short of lunatic.

Wrecking ball-rider Miley Cyrus has teamed up with The Flaming Lips and Moby for a mental new music video. Following on from their their collaboration to record Beatles covers, Cyrus has once again joined up with The Flaming Lips, as well as electronic singer-songwriter Moby, for the bizarre new video for ‘Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain‘. The premise of the video tells the story of Moby as a cult leader with magic powers, as a woman tries to steal the brain of former US president John F. Kennedy. So, if brain thievery, rainbows and nearly-naked pop stars are your thing, then give it a watch.

Talking to the Rolling Stone, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips has given his run through of the video:

“The video story is something like this: Moby is an evil, power-hungry cult leader. He wants the world’s most valuable psychedelic supernatural possession. John F. Kennedy’s brain…. the brain contains the original formula for the drug LSD. Miley Cyrus has the magic brain. And Moby enlists a nympho Manson girl-type blonde superfreak to go steel the brain from Cyrus”.

Coyne continued: “She steals the brain from Cyrus while Cyrus is still in bed in a drug-induced coma. Cyrus finally wakes up and is mega-pissed that her BRAIN has been stolen. She enlists a burned-faced Santa and a lesbian Bigfoot ( that are hovering in a nearby spaceship) to hunt down the blond superfreak that stole her brain. They have a relentless pursuit, all the while Cyrus laments the loss of her magic brain and Moby gains powerful rainbows from hell. In the end, the blond superfreak kills Santa and Bigfoot and a baby mole ends up with the brain…

“Oh yeah. And the Flaming Lips are disguised as rainbows, mushrooms and flowers watching from the sky room where a giant diamond explosion happens.

Right. That definitely clears things up.

Miley Cyrus, The Flaming Lips & Moby Unveil Surreal New Video

News: Morrissey Streams New Album Online.

Listen to Mozza’s 10th studio album, World Peace Is None Of Your Business, online.

Good news, Morrissey fans. The undisputed king of wit has made his latest album, the widely anticipated World Peace Is None Of Your Business, available to stream online through NME, find the stream here. The former Smiths frontman has put his latest creation up for streaming a week ahead of its official release.

After recently cancelling a number of US tour dates due to illness and controversially blaming opening act and singer Kristen Young, Morrissey fans will be pleased be to at long last hearing some good news. The track listing for World Peace Is None Of Your Business is as follows:

1. World Peace is None of Your Business
2. Neal Cassady Drops Dead
3. Istanbul
4. I’m Not a Man
5. Earth Is the Loneliest Planet
6. Staircase at the University
7. The Bullfighter Dies
8. Kiss Me a Lot
9. Smiler With Knife
10. Kick the Bride Down the Aisle
11. Mountjoy
12. Oboe Concerto
13. Scandinavia (Deluxe version)
14. One of Our Own (Deluxe version)
15. Drag the River (Deluxe version)
16. Forgive Someone (Deluxe version)
17. Julie in the Weeds (Deluxe version)
18. Art-Hounds (Deluxe version)

 World Peace Is None Of Your Business is due to drop on 14 July.

Morrissey Streams New Album Online.