Empress Of releases new single ‘Woman Is A Word’

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LA’s Empress Of today releases new single ‘Woman Is A Word.’

Previously unheard and taken from her recording sessions for her critically acclaimed debut album Me (out on Terrible Records), ‘Woman Is A Word‘ is a deeply personal and political track.

Empress Of explains its genesis: “Sometimes as a songwriter and a human, I feel very restricted by words. One word can have so much social implication, standard, limitation, qualification that it doesn’t give a person their own opportunity to really choose their identity. I wrote ‘Woman Is A Word’ at a time when I felt like the word ‘woman’ put me in a box of things I was capable to do, things that defined me that didn’t necessarily define me.”

Underpinned by Empress Of’s unique brand of avant-R&B, ‘Woman Is A Word‘ is strongly defiant in its ideas of femininity and identity. Listen to it below.

Rostam releases single ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me’

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Singer and producer Rostam releases ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ as a beautiful dance video.

Alongside previously released tracks ‘EOS‘ and ‘Wood,’ ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ is part of a collection of singles Rostam is releasing on XL recordings this year. The video for ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ was co-directed by Rostam and Josh Goleman (who he previously worked with on Ra Ra Riot’s ‘Water’ Music video).

This video was in some ways years in the making,” explains Rostam, “After the release of the Discovery LP in 2009 I began to see people posting videos of themselves choreographing sections of songs from the album. It was then I realised I really wanted to make a dance video.”

The video features dancers Jack Grabow and Sam Asa Pratt, who have posted their own videos improvising dance to Rostam’s music in the past. Catching Rostam’s attention, it was only a matter of time until a collaboration came into the works. The final result is the visually engaging video for ‘Gravity Don’t Pull Me‘ which showcases mirrored dance choreography for a symmetrically shot performance on camera.

EL VY drop videos for ‘Sad Case/Happiness, Missouri’ & ‘It’s A Game’

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EL VY’s Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf have made good on their promise to deliver a video for every song on their debut album… watch ‘Sad Case/Happiness, Missouri’ and ‘It’s A Game’ videos below. Return To The Moon is out now via 4AD / Remote Control Records.

‘It’s A Game’, directed by Tom Berninger (Matt’s brother, director of the award-winning Mistaken For Strangers film and creator of all preceding EL VY videos thus far), sees Tom’s artwork time-lapsed to life, while he and Matt struggle to come up with imagery that works for both of them.
 

‘Sad Case/Happiness, Missouri’, filmed by Michael Brown and Ben Krall, and edited by Kelly Lyon, is a music horror video, of sorts.  It captures Matt and Brent in a fight for survival, combined with live EL VY performance footage.  

Liima share video for ‘Roger Waters’

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Liima – the Nordic quartet formed by Finnish percussionist Tatu Rönkkö plus Mads Brauer, Casper Clausen and Rasmus Stolberg of Danish act Efterklang – explore their dark side in their video for new single ‘Roger Waters.’

Not for the faint-hearted, the video was directed by Plastic Zoo and feels more like a miniature horror film. It is focused on a hidden menace, striking fear into a cast of unusual characters who find salvation from an unlikely hero.

“You know that feeling when you switch on the TV late at night and catch the last few minutes of a film and you think, “wow, that was awful and made absolutely no sense!” but you still wanna watch the whole thing? Yeah, that….” – Plastic Zoo

The track comes from their debut album ‘ii’ out next Friday 18 March via 4AD / Remote Control.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announce ‘Nonagon Infinity’ + share ‘Gamma Knife’

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Clear the launch pad – Melbourne septet King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard have announced the release of their 8th LP, Nonagon Infinity, out Friday April 29 on Flightless / Remote Control Records.

This high-octane, face-melting 9-song collection has been ingeniously crafted as the world’s first infinitely looping LP – each track seamlessly flows into the next, with the final song linking straight back into the top of the opener.

The first track to be shared from the record is ‘Gamma Knife.’ Watch the crazy video for the single below.


Nonagon Infinity is available for preorder today on iTunesGoogle PlayJB Hifi, your local neighbourhood record store and www.kinggizzardandthelizardwizard.com

Lapsley shares ‘Love Is Blind’ video

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Lapsley has shared her stunning video for ‘Love Is Blind.’ The track comes from her debut album ‘Long Way Home’ out now!

Long Way Home documents a turbulent time in Låpsley’s life — a period in which she revelled in her new-found music career as it took her from Liverpool to London to Los Angeles and back again. Of the album, Låpsley says “I think it’s helped me to be able to collect everything for those moments when I’m writing. I think that’s what’s driven this album.”

She had a chat with Brag Magazine about her experience as both a producer and singer. Read the interview here.

ANOHNI shares ‘Drone Bomb Me’

Hopelessness PackshotANOHNI, the singer of Antony and the Johnsons, announces the release of her new album, ‘HOPELESSNESS’, out May 6th on Rough Trade / Remote Control Records. A collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke, HOPELESSNESS is a dance record with soulful vocals and lyrics addressing subjects including surveillance, drone warfare and ecocide. The album seeks to disrupt assumptions about popular music through the collision of electronic sound and highly politicized lyrics.

‘Drone Bomb Me’ is the beautiful yet brutal second single from HOPELESSNESS. As described by ANOHNI, “’Drone Bomb Me’ is a love song written from the perspective of a young girl in Afghanistan whose family has been executed by unmanned U.S. drones. She dreams of being annihilated.” The powerful video for ‘Drone Bomb Me’ is directed by Nabil and features an astonishing performance by Naomi Campbell. Directed by Nabil, art directed and styled by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.

Låpsley’s ‘Long Way Home’ out today!

unnamed-17Today – Friday 4th March – sees the release of 19 year old singer, producer and songwriter Holly “Låpsley” Fletcher’s highly anticipated debut album Long Way Home on XL Recordings / Remote Control Records.

The twelve track album features new versions of her previous releases ‘Hurt Me’, ‘Falling Short’, ‘Painter’ and ‘Station’, in addition to current single ‘Love Is Blind’. For much of the album Låpsley worked with XL’s in-house producer Rodaidh McDonald, in addition to production contributions from Paul O’Duffy and Mura Masa.

Listen to Long Way Home via Spotify | Apple Music | Google Play
Purchase Long Way Home via iTunes | Google Play

Long Way Home documents a turbulent time in Låpsley’s life — a period in which she revelled in her new-found music career as it took her from Liverpool to London to Los Angeles and back again. Of the album, Låpsley says “I think it’s helped me to be able to collect everything for those moments when I’m writing. I think that’s what’s driven this album.”

Låpsley’s determined views on her own production have ensured her involvement in every element of these songs — a fact that in the early days seemed to confuse many of the producers she met. “They didn’t want to listen to me,” she says, “or they think a girl’s just there to add a top line, or they come to the table with ideas already. Straight away if I come in to a studio and someone says ‘I’ve written something for you’, then I’ll just walk out. I don’t care. I’m not there for that.”

Listen to ‘Love Is Blind’

‘Hurt Me’