Watch FKA Twigs take the crown in her new video for “Two Weeks”. Possibly her “cleanest” song yet in terms of more straight-forward instrumentation and vocal delivery. She sings beautifully, in stark contrast to some of her other works like “ultraviolence”, where her voice is shifted and morphed into a whole other beast from the depths of hell (Which is of course beautiful in parallel ways).
Vancouver Musician Bob Moses has a 12″ vinyl coming out on Domino Records in July called First To Cry. It features the songs “I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry” and “Grace”.
“I Ain’t Gonna Be The First To Cry” is an ear worm from the moment the funky guitar loops pops in. “I ain’t gonna be the first to cry / even though you had the last laugh on me”, Moses puts quite bluntly. There’s a feeling of combating with one’s self here, desperately trying to put up a tough front: No — I’ll be the stronger one here — You’re on the losing side this time.
“Grace” has a skeletal structure, leaving the vocals a chance to breathe. A chance for Moses to reflect on what he’s thinking, letting each question or thought he pulls forward linger in the air. If the first song was Moses’ denial of a broken relationship, then this one is the struggle for his acceptance of the situation. “How could you say I’m not the one you need? / Why would you say I am the one you want? You see the toll it’s taking.”
It’s a great 12″ that handles minimalism very well. Perfect for listening while lazing around on a cloudy day. Pre-order it here
Sia’s new single “Chandelier” is grander than anything she’s done in the past. Accompanying the single is a video set in an empty, bare apartment with some jaw dropping choreography, featuring the 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler from Dance Moms. Maddie seems to be acting out what a child might see as a daily routine for their parents, who are suffering through alcoholism.
Most people may know Christopher Owens as the frontman of the now disbanded project Girls. He’s now focusing on solo work under his own name, having released the album Lysandre last year. “Stephen” is undoubtedly a gospel song. Don’t let that idea instantly push you away though. As Christopher mentions, it’s different than anything he’s ever worked on. However, it doesn’t seem to fall too far away from his overall solo sound which sometimes borders on country and easy-listening. The chorus fits exceptionally well with Christopher’s voice, rising above acoustic guitar and piano. This song sticks wholly (pun intended?) to the classic gospel sound with a slow buzzing electric guitar rearing its head up as the chorus gains momentum.
Nikki Nack is the most ambitious Tune-Yards album yet, and it’s now available to stream in its entirety courtesy of The Guardian. After seeing them perform live with Arcade Fire just a few days ago: it was clear the mastermind of the project, Merrill Garbus, had pushed her odd and infinite creativity to a whole new platform. Though she’s completely uninhibited, there’s a definite refining of craft over her last album W h o k i l l in every possible way.
Nikki Nack will be released on May 5th on 4AD. .Pre-order it here
Modular People have put a stream out for Movement’s new full EP. Movement are an electro R&B trio from Sydney, taking the darker corners of the genre and tweaking it for the dance floors of low key nightclubs.
Their EP will officially release on May 6th in the U.S. and they will be touring Australia. Hopefully an international tour will follow in the near future.
The time is nearing when BANKS will finally release her debut album. To tide everyone off, she’s released the title track “Goddess”. It’s minimal yet in-your-face, relying mostly on Banks’ voice and a wobbling bass line with some skittering percussion. She really is placing herself on the throne here, demanding the attention of anyone who’s discounted her up to this point “You shoulda crowned her / cuz she’s a goddess / you never got this”.
Goddess will be out Sept 9. Pre-orders are available on iTunes