Anna Meredith‘s long-awaited debut album, Varmints, came out a couple of months ago and we love it. The gorgeous and bouncy ‘Something Helpful’ is now being offered with a jolly animated video, directed by Jonny Sanders who also co-animated it with Sam Williams. Watch it below.
We’re just over two weeks away form the release of House In The Tall Grass, the new album from Kikagaku Moyo. The Tokyo five-piece have been teasing the album with a series of singles and ‘Green Sugar’ is the latest cut to emerge from their forthcoming album. The song “was inspired by a morning walk”, said drummer Go Kurosawa. “It’s in three parts, expressing first a blizzard, then a gentle stroll in the woods finding birds, foxes and squirrels, and finally a descent into a bottomless cave.”
Listen to it below and watch out for the album release on May 13th via Guruguru Brain.
We’re beyond excited about Holy Fuck‘s upcoming album and we haven’t really been shy about it since they’ve announced it in February. Congrats, the follow-up to 2010’s Latin, is their first album in six years and it arrives on May 27th via Innovative Leisure and Last Gang.
The Canadian quartet had previously shared the mighty and blistering lead single,‘Tom Tom’, and now they’re offering a video for it. Shot in Romania, the effort was directed by Michael Leblanc, who had this to say about it:
“Brian and I decided to shoot the video in Romania so we could cast authentic people in a unfamiliar setting. I wanted to shoot most of the scenes when the sky was just about to fade and use as much natural light as possible. This helped with the surreal style I was trying to create. Though…we did end up using a few lights and a homemade dolly we built in Romania with wheels I ordered from the US.
I was lucky to have my Romanian friend Miruna Soiu who helped produce/translate and her husband Ian Mcgettigan who’s one of my best friends who helped with all things including being the dolly grip and doing most of the driving. Myself, the two of them and my girlfriend Erika Lobko who’s a local set designer from Toronto flew over. There we found our two main characters and now friends Marius Staicu senior and his son Marius. They were perfect in every way. Everything I had hoped for and way more really. Casting was really fun as we just walked around Zarnesti and asked people if they’d like to be in a music video. We shot most of the video in Sirnia a small village near Brasov where both Ian and Miruna had once stayed. It was through their contacts that we were able to do this video. Without them and Erika who ended up operating on many shots the video would have never been made. Miruna’s wonderful Aunt Iona cooked us traditional Romanian meals every day and woke up really early every morning and lit the heaters to make sure we were warm and cozy.”
Tunng’s founding members Mike Lindsay and Sam Genders have a new project called Throws and a self-titled album on the way. The effort was conceived and recorded in Lindsay’s new home and recording studio in Reykjavik, where Genders visited him for a month. Being together again, the pair reconnected their creative minds and started to make music.
“The whole month became a cathartic party,” said Lindsay speaking about it. “We talked about the challenges we were facing in life. We walked by the sea and along the city’s small streets to crowded bars and cafes. We drank, laughed a lot, and danced like madmen on moonshine whilst recording whatever ideas came to us without any responsibilities other than making music, eating, and sleeping.”
The upcoming album also saw Lindsay and Genders being joined by guest contributors, including Icelandic String Quartet Amiina, drummer Magnús Trygvason Eliassen, and múm’s Sigurlaug Gísladóttir. Throws arrives on June 10th via Full Time Hobby, and ahead of it, the pair shared the wonderful lead single ‘Punch Drunk Sober’. Take a listen now.
Britain will hold a EU referendum on 23rd June and in the run-up to it, Gruff Rhys is wholeheartedly endorsing a continued membership of the European Union. The Welsh musician has unveiled ‘I Love EU’, a brilliant and funny new song, praising Europe and the good and diverse things the EU offers. ‘I Love EU’ is “a love letter to an idea that crosses international borders”, says the press release. “It puts forward the long overdue and much-needed positive case for staying the European Union.”
Here’s what Gruff Rhys said about ‘I Love EU’:
“This song genuinely came to me in a daydream whilst I was trying to tune in my faulty DAB radio. I heard a snippet of news about this badly timed referendum on staying in/leaving the EU and suddenly it hit me hard how much I’d miss it if the UK managed inexplicably to kick itself out. It’s basically just an attempt to make an emotional case for Mother Europe – this flawed, fantastic, potentially Utopian mega-club that I’ve been lucky enough to grow up in.”
Out today digitally, ‘I Love EU’ comes with a fittingly amusing video. Check it out below.
New Zealand’s Orchestra Of Spheres are gearing up to release their much anticipated brand new album, Brothers And Sisters Of The Black Lagoon. Last month they dropped the album’s incredible first taste, ‘Trapdoors‘, and they are teasing the effort again. The latest track to emerge from it is the groovy and hypnotic ‘Anklung Song’. Listen to it below and make sure you grab the album when it’s out on May 13th via Fire Records.