Monsterheart - Bunnies, from W, out this Friday on Seayou
Life must be fun as a rabbit in the quirky Monsterheart world.
Thieves Like Us - Sutphin Boulevard (Blood Orange Cover)
As a first appetizer for the new Thieves Like Us album due in autumn/winter on Seayou, the band decided to cover a Blood Orange track, which is a project of half god Dev Hynes.
When I say half god, that is no exaggeration. Not only is he besties with Beyoncé’s little sister Solange, but he was also the guy behind both Lightspeed Champion and Test Icicles.
Free download here.
Monsterheart - Oh Death, from W, out this spring on Seayou Records
We live in the capital of morbidity, so it’s not unusual to come across artists and thinkers dealing with death, but everytime I do, I land in a thought spiral of my own about how 〜life〜 is just so absurd and doesn’t make any sense at all and how each individual life is completely irrelevant in the big picture, and this somehow always leads to the relieving conclusion that I can basically do whatever I want with the one I have.
My philosophy in a nutshell, triggered by a pop song (how apt).
sorry i’ve been missing in action over here. lots of stuff happening on my music site for Squalloscope, though.
like this video that i made last week. location shots from point cabrillo and mendocino county, California, where i spent some time over new year’s.
Squalloscope - Desert Pacific Octopi
I continue to not be a particularly big fan of Squalloscope’s Desert EP, but you gotta admire this renaissance woman in complete control of her artistic self.
Monsterheart - Waves, from the upcoming album W
"My heart belongs to the sea." Yes. Yesyesyesyes.
A Thousand Fuegos - Naenie
Sometimes there’s a quality to ATF songs that reminds me of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone. It’s not so much the instrumentation, it’s more that very gentle, very warm sadness the songs convey.
we proudly present you the video to our new single VANITY.
UMA - Vanity, from the UMA debut album, out sometime next year on Seayou Records
Ah well, a melancholic black and white bokeh-heavy video with beautiful people, that makes sense. It’s not the most groundbreaking idea, but it works very well with the UMA sound.
Ian Fisher & The Present feat. Phia - Regret
Only skin, only skin you are to me
Waiting for it to turn into something
This folky stuff just doesn’t stand a chance with us at the moment, but some things are more beautiful than others and on a relative scale, this song is very beautiful.
Actually… If it weren’t for the banjo part in the middle, this would be absolutely great. If Ian Fisher relocated even further north to some place with lots of water and cold winters, he would probably make the most beautiful sad Scandinavian music.
Squalloscope - Three Minutes For A Detuned Diorama, from the Desert EP, out now on Seayou Records
Saying “Boys will be boys” is just a lame excuse to raise idiots, states Squalloscope and I agree entirely, albeit tiredly. I don’t know if it is because being a feminist in the entertainment industry in Western Europe is so exhausting I don’t even want to know how hard it is elsewhere, or because by the time these lyrics come up, it’s the fifth song on this EP and I’m a sucker for catchy hooks of which it doesn’t have many.
Therefore I suggest you listen to the EP’s first track, Three Minutes For A Detuned Diorama, instead, which features a detuned piano or dissonances or both (really not an expert), which sounds surprisingly great.
Japanther & Cheeky Blakk - Donut Shop Bounce
If you’re like me and you have little to no knowledge about hip hop and are therefore wondering what the New Orleans hip hop style “Bounce” is, that Japanther were talking about in our recent interview with them: It is this. And it is pretty awesome. Listen to it. Download it. Put it on at your next party. Dance.
One crappy cellphone picture per band - Vortex Rex, Flex café, October 3rd 2013
It was ice cold outside and yes, the Flex Café was heated and yes, there were a hundred people radiating body heat, but I choose to believe that the wave of warmth I felt when I went inside, came off of Vortex Rex because if I had to think of one adjective to describe them, it’d be “warming”. They work pretty much like chicken broth with me.
Fijuka - Phantom Sentimental
Fitting the dreamy Sunday afternoon sound of Phantom Sentimental, this video consists of slowly tilting images of flesh and meat and other foods, and of people who are enjoying these things deeply.
Fijuka - Phantom Sentimental, from Fijuka, out on 8 November on Seayou Records
Foodporn just got a whole new meaning. I’ve rarely seen tongue-in-cheek sexual innuendo delivered quite this un-cringeworthy and gender equal and perfect.
Fijuka have this effortless, relaxed, natural feminist attitude that I aspire to accomplish for myself. Maybe they’re the first proper role models in pop music since the Spice Girls. It goes without saying that they not only have great concepts, but that they are great musicians and that their self-titled debut album has turned out really well also from a purely auditive standpoint.
Fijuka @ Waves Vienna: Thursday, 3 October, Flex Café
Parkwächter Harlekin - In der Stadt
To be honest, I was a bit afraid of watching this video. Because I’m a grown-up now and I know that the circus is not a magical place. I know that it is not a nice place for humans and animals and “running away to join the circus” will probably lead to a life of poverty and hard work (or, even more likely, being turned in to the authorities). I know all of that but I like to pretend I don’t, and so I was a bit afraid of having illusions shattered, yet again, by this video.
It doesn’t shatter illusions though. Instead, the images from a storage room filled with circus… stuff, are a great juxtaposition to the lyrics that are also about things from the past (apologies to those of you still going to circuses) that seem glorious but aren’t.