Lykke Li’s comeback is in full swing now. There’s no album art yet, but we have a tracklist for you, and a music video for lead single (buzz single? Hype single? Promo single? Double A side rare limited edition 7” single?) “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone”.
The song is a mournful, slow-burning torch song, with Lykke’s signature wounded, pitchy battle cry vocals. The video is beautiful, spare and simple, a moving portrait. Like a long, slow gif.
So that tracklist, eh? Here you go:
"I Never Learn"
"No Rest for the Wicked"
"Just Like a Dream"
"Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone"
"Never Gonna Love Again"
"Heart of Steel"
Things to note: only 9 tracks long! That’s short even by today’s mini-album and EP-saturated standards. “Gunshot” and “Never Gonna Love Again” sound the opposite of cheery, which is not a bad thing, but this is going to be a difficult, tortuous listen isn’t it? We’re not judging, but when you have mental health issues of your own - and we’re not saying that Lykke does, but she seems more than a little depressed - it’s hard to indulge in someone else’s pain.
Linda Perhacs released her first album in 1970 and some 44 years later, here she is releasing “Prisms of Glass”, the lead single and music video for her sophomore record, The Soul of All Natural Things.
It’s beautiful and unusual: cyclical and multilayered, like a revolving prism catching the light, transfixing and hypnotic and so pretty.
The Soul of All Natural Things was released yesterday (March 4th) via Asthmatic Kitty, and can be bought at their website.
Fun fact: Perhacs has experienced synesthesia throughout her life, but has never experimented with drugs, so contrary to popular belief, the trippy, rich imagery and tone of her music is not inspired by hallucinogens, but by the swirling colours and lights that she sees naturally.
Here’s a way to perk up your Tuesday (Officially The Worst Day of the Week™): Hercules & Love Affair return with their third full-length studio album, The Feat of the Broken Heart and a brand new single “Do You Feel The Same?” featuring Gustaph. That’s the cover art for the album, up there. Here’s a tracklist:
"Hercules Theme 2014"
"My Offence (feat. Krystle Warren)"
"I Try To Talk To You (feat. John Grant)"
"That’s Not Me (feat. Gustaph)"
"Think (feat. Rouge Mary)"
"5.43 to Freedom (feat. Rouge Mary)"
"The Light (feat. Krystle Warren)"
"Liberty (feat. John Grant)"
"Do You Feel The Same? (feat. Gustaph)"
"The Key (feat. Rouge Mary)"
Below is a soundcloud embed of “Do You Feel The Same?”, a thumping, upbeat house number with soulful vocals.
Sweden’s premiere peddler of sophisticated chronically depressed pop, Lykke Li, finally returns with her third album: I Never Learn.
Here’s the trailer. As we’ve come to expect, this is lush, reverb-heavy melancholia with bittersweet melodies. If it ain’t broke etc.
I Never Learn is, according to Lykke herself, the final instalment in a trilogy of albums. After this she’s going to do an upbeat concept doo wop album set in space and produced by will.i.am. (We made that last bit up.)
Anyway it’s out on May 5th apparently. We’ll update you when we know more.
There’s an intro to Iamamiwhoami’s new video - “Hunting For Pearls” - that’s a little bit student horror film. Fortunately, the rest of the video is so stunning (really stunning, not just Facebook picture comment ‘stunning’) that it doesn’t really matter.
The song, too, is just a spectacular ornate ice sculpture. What with this and “fountain”, the previous single, Iamamiwhoami’s 3rd album is shaping up to be their best yet.
Shakira may not have wowed with her previous single - sultry Sapphic Rihanna riddle “Can’t Remember To Forget You” - but if you were experiencing any doubts as to her monumental talent and singularity as a mainstream popstar, listen to follow-up single “Empire”.
Like a cross between an Arcade Fire banger and that Alanis song with the spooky string arrangement, it starts slow and swiftly segues into euphoric and panoramic.
Something Else Cool We Missed Due To Being Bad At Blogging
Part of the problem of blogging about music as a hobby, is that even if you’re as passionate as it it’s possible to be, eventually real life gets in the way and you miss some cool things. Point in case, something cool: Joan As Police Woman’s 4th studio album, The Classic, out March 10th.
Here’s a tracklist:
"What Would You Do"
"New Year’s Day"
You can already hear - and see - the tracks "Holy City" (which I keep misreading as Holby City, comically enough) and the eponymous "The Classic", via their music videos, linked in this very sentence.
Joan seems to be going for a sort of doo-wop-cum-70s-funk-folk sound, which isn’t bad, per se, but it’s not quite as enticing as the more sombre and lushly melancholy work of her first 2 albums. Having said that, it’s nice to see that Joan is clearly in a happier place in her life, making happier music, even if it’s less personally appealing to miserable grumpy cunts like us.
We’ll doubtless be purchasing this anyway as we are solidly fans. So there.
We usually hate this sort of half-arsed music video: behind the scenes of a photoshoot intercut with some live-performances and specifically-shot footage hastily cobbled together.
But in the case of Kelis’ “Jerk Ribs”, it fits the joyous and rambunctious tone of the song and the lady herself looks so happy and radiant that we don’t even mind that visually it’s a bit of a cop-out.