Earlier this year Xiu Xiu announced the release of their twelfth album, OH NO, and shared the first taste from it, ‘A Bottle of Rum’, featuring Grouper’s Liz Harris. A duet album, OH NO is a collection of duets that sees singer and songwriter Jamie Stewart collaborate with an array of artists, also including Circuit des Yeux’s Haley Fohr, Chelsea Wolfe, Owen Pallet, Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier, Twin Shadow’s George Lewis Jr., Sharon Van Etten and many more. Another stellar guest contributor is Liars’ Angus Andrew, who features on the latest single to emerge, ‘Rumpus Room’. Xiu Xiu’s Angela Seo, who directed the video for lead single ‘A Bottle of Rum’, takes the director’s seat for this one too. She commented about it:
“Does everyone have a deep personal childhood association with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, or just me? One of the first things I shoplifted as a kid was a bag of FHC. I once bet my cousin I could finish an entire Party Size bag in one sitting; I won the bet but lost my sense of taste for a couple days. I was a latchkey kid and would ditch school and often go to the 7-eleven by our apartment, where some 20 year old kid who didn’t give a crap would be working and watch me play their single arcade game- Marvel vs. Capcom – in the corner as long as I bought a slurpee and FHC. Sometimes in my old teenage journals, I find flamin’ red dusted fingerprint smudges among melodramatic poems and fake runaway notes. All that intersected perfectly with the “Rumpus Room” song, and part II story of the video trilogy (1st being “A Bottle of Rum”).”
Liars re-emerged last year in full force as the solo project of singer and guitarist Angus Andrew. Following the release of TFCF, Liars has just released its sequel Titles With The Word Fountain, digitally and on cassette, with a vinyl edition arriving on November 2nd through Mute.
We had already heard and loved the first single ‘Murdrum’, and now Liars unveiled a video for it directed by Australian filmmaker and photographer Riley Blakeway. Angus Andrew had this to say:
“Riley has made something beautifully cinematic and horrifyingly evocative here. Shot in the Australian bush, it brings to light the frightening qualities of the natural environment within which the song was written. The use of thermal footage to emphasize “Murdrum’s” haunting qualities really freaks me out.”
After re-emerging last year as the solo project of singer and guitarist Angus Andrew, Liars released a killer of an album, TFCF, and we haven’t put it down since. A sequel to the album has been announced, Titles With The Word Fountain, arriving digitally and on cassette on September 21st and on vinyl on November 2nd through Mute. The new album was recorded during the TFCF sessions but as Angus explained, none of it was material left out. “To me it’s more like a sequel. I chose the songs that appear on TFCF based on how well they addressed the trauma of a failed creative relationship, whereas the material on Titles With The Word Fountain is more playful despite revolving around the same sentiments.”
The news comes with the first single from Titles With The Word Fountain, ‘Murdrum’, and we can’t stop playing it.
Liars are also set to release a limited split single with Tropical Fuck Storm as part of Famous Class’s LAMC series on September 28th.
Liars‘ first original soundtrack, 1/1, is out now digitally and arrives next week in physical formats through Mute. The soundtrack saw singer and guitarist Angus Andrew and Aaron Hemphill work together for a last time, after the release of 2014’s Mess and before Aaron left the band. Liars had previously teased the release with ‘Liquorice’ and ‘No Now Not Your Face’. Now, to get us even more excited, they have shared a video for the ethereal new single ‘Helsingor Lane’, using footage from the film. Jeremy Phillips and Matt Detisch direct.
With eight albums under their belt, and constant exciting and unexpected shifts from album to album, Liars re-emerged last year as the solo project of singer and guitarist Angus Andrew, following the amicable departure of Aaron Hemphill. 2014’s Mess marked their last album together, but soon after they were invited to create the soundtrack to 1/1, Jeremy Phillips’ directorial debut. After reading the script, Angus and Aaron didn’t hesitate to accept it. “It was very heavy, it was very intense and by the time we got to New York, we’d read it. At that point, we hadn’t seen anything but we were on board just from reading the script.” explained Angus.
Described as a joint production between all of the artists involved, some of the film was even edited to work with the music. “I view this movie as ours, and that goes for everyone involved in the production,” explained the director. “I wanted there to be give and take between everyone working on it.”
1/1 will be out in cinemas next month and Liars’ soundtrack arrives on July 20th through Mute. Liars had already dropped ‘Liquorice’ as the first taste and now they have shared a video for new single ‘No Now Not Your Face’, featuring footage form the film and also directed by Jeremy Phillips and Matt Detisch. Check out both below.
There’s less than a month to go before Le Guess Who? takes over Utrecht. With over 150 artists set to perform, how do we make sense of such a monumental line-up? We made a list of the artists we’re most excited to see and asked them for their recommendations.
Now eight albums in, and having just released TFCF, Liars’ music has shifted from album to album, constantly taking exciting and unexpected turns. TFCF is the first record as the solo project of singer and guitarist Angus Andrew, who after living in New York, Berlin and LA, moved back to a remote part of his native Australia. We never know what to expect from Liars but we do know Angus and his new touring band will be tearing through a wild set spanning new and old material. And now we also know what Angus is looking forward to at Le Guess Who?.
Performing Sunday 12th November at EKKO, curated by Perfume Genius
“Margaret Chardiet is one of my favourite artists of the last few years. We actually played a festival with her in Beijing a couple of years ago but scheduling conflicts meant I couldn’t see her perform. I thoroughly hope things work out better at Le Guess Who? so I can finally witness what I’ve only been able to imagine.” Angus Andrew
Le Guess Who? will take place 9-12 November. For the full line-up, tickets and more info visit leguesswho.com. And stay tuned for more artists we’re excited about picking their own Le Guess Who?’s Who.