FINALLY we get the album artwork from Jonna and Claes that is worthy of their glacial panoramic music. This is stunning and possibly the album artwork of the year, so far (although FKA twigs is offering stiff competition).
Zola Jesus has unveiled - we like to imagine album art is actually literally unveiled by someone in an art gallery, pretentiously whipping away the cloth to gasps of delight - the cover and tracklisting of her 4th (5th? Does Versions count? These are the philosophical questions that haunt us) studio album. Here are both:
In which Lykke Li performs interpretive dance in an abandoned parking lot with a face full of ghostly makeup
At one point, Lykke dances amongst various women of colour who are twerking, in slow motion, but - unlike Miley and Lily Allen - she resists the urge to dehumanise them by grabbing at their bodies. Commendable.
We’re not sure entirely what an ‘audiovisual’ album means. Is it an album where each song on the tracklisting has its own music video, à la BEYONCÉ? If so, iamamiwhoami have been pioneering that approach for years, and this isn’t something radically new. Is there accompanying visual material that is physical as opposed to digital? An app, or game, like Biophilia? Or something we’ve never experienced before?
Grimes has premiered the debut track from her as yet untitled 4th album. The song is called “Go” and was premiered on unrepentant misogynist Zane Lowe’s radio show.
Apparently it was originally written for Rihanna but rejected. You can hear that: it’s the most unashamedly pop thing she’s ever done. Gone is the shapeless, formless yet charmingly melodic whimsy of her breakout album, Visions. This is structured, hook-laden pop excellence. It’s hard to see why Rihanna would possibly reject this, but the fact that we still get it in the form of a Grimes track is spectacular.
It’s great to hear Grimes progressing and maturing. I can hear the naysayers already complaining that she’s abandoned ‘alternative’ music in favour of mainstream trash. But this is not trash, even at its most mainstream. It’s well-constructed, emotional, dreamy pop brilliance.
There’s a lot going on here, in the surprise first single and video from FKA twigs’ debut full length album, LP1.
The track, “Two Weeks”, is - musically - the most melodic and accessible track she’s released so far, but the lyrics… The lyrics are in twigs’ trademark haute-raunch style, profanity-laden and filled with triple, double and single entendres. You’re not likely to hear this on daytime radio.
The video is like a moving painting, in which twigs presides like a goddess over slowly-revealed dancers. It’s directed by Nabil, who’s previously done music videos for artists as diverse as Nicki Minaj and Antony & The Johnsons.
LP1 is out on the 11th of August, and in the US on August the 12th.
Röyksopp & Robyn have premiered a music video for “Say It”, the third cut they’ve teased from their upcoming EP Do It Again.
This video was uploaded to Youtube by H&M (don’t ask, we don’t know). The song is one of their more abstract/atmospheric electro pieces, rather than a straight pop banger. The video features Robyn dressed as a sailboat or a visual representation of the concept of surrender. You decide.