Tuesday, April 22, 2014

What's New(s)?

Damon Albarn drops video for Brian Eno feature "Heavy Seas of Love"

Earlier today Damon Albarn made his debut solo effort Everyday Robots available for streaming through iTunes Radio and to promote the move he's released the video for Brian Eno-feature "Heavy Seas of Love". While the Matt Cronin-edited clip doesn't include the ambient-pioneer, it does incorporate plenty of shots of wide-eyed traveling and not so subtle psychedelia. Like the ambling track itself it doesn't bowl you over, but it is relaxed enough to calm you down. 

Everyday Robots is out April 28 via Parlophone/Warner Bros.


Jamie xx releases new song "Girl" from upcoming single

Almost a month ago, The xx's beatmaker Jamie xx dropped the profoundly silent "Sleep Sound" as part of an upcoming double A-side 12" record. Then dubstep-crooner James Blake released the record's other half "Girl" during his BBC Radio show; albeit with talking piled on top of the track. Now the track has officially been released by Jamie xx and its an absolute monster. For all of the stark silence of "Sleep Sound", "Girl" is brimming with warped vocal samples, hair-raising electronic tics, and dying drum machine beats. Whatever sliver of comfort the already tense "Sleep Sound" had to offer is gone on "Girl".

"Girl"/"Sleep Sound" is out May 5 via Young Turks, and you can find the audio for "Girl" below along with the deeply affecting clip for "Sleep Sound".

Chromatics & Glass Candy's Johnny Jewel Scoring Ryan Gosling's directorial debut

As much as I love Cliff Martinez's alternately bright and foreboding soundtrack for the 2011 pulp-masterpiece Drive, I can't help but wonder how it would've sounded in the hands of Italians Do It Better-founder Johnny Jewel. Though Jewel's band Chromatics had a feature on the soundtrack, Jewel was originally slated to craft the entire score until interests diverged and Martinez stepped in. And while Jewel's fascinating Themes for An Imaginary Film strongly hints at what might've been, it's not entirely satiating. 
All of that will change next month when Drive-star Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival. The film which the L.A. Times summarizes as "A single mother enters a dark lifestyle, while her son uncovers a road leading to an underwater utopia," was entirely scored by Jewel, who is also working on a new Glass Candy record.

No word yet on when the score/soundtrack will be releasing, but odds are it will be a worthwhile listen. While you wait, enjoy the video for Chromatics' mesmerizing "Cherry".

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