We've mentioned the young talent of Polly Scattergood a few times on SKOA, most recently was for her matrix glitch filled video for "Wanderlust". Today we get the lead single from her newly announced album Arrows. "Cocoon" comes packaged in a video from the same guys, Madrid based collective NYSU, who created her previous déjà vu filled clip and you can watch it below. The album will be released via Mute on October 21st and you can pick up the single from November 4th. Peep the video for now and we'll let you know if we get any more treats sent our way before release.
Yes. Yes. Yes. Chromeo is back and they're ready to unleash their follow-up to 2010's fantastic Business Casual, the questionably titled White Women.
It was great hearing Chromeo team up with Oliver a few weeks back, as their cover of Donna Summer's "Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)" really reminded me how good this Montreal duo is. I've since revisited their discography and god damn, all three of their albums are amazing. Hell, nine years after their debut album She's in Control was released, "You're So Gangsta" still sounds fucking incredible. These guys have a timeless sound, and that's why today's news was so exciting.
While all we know is that the album is "coming soon," Dave 1 and P-Thugg have provided us with a humorous teaser trailer directed by Jérémie Rozan. And how aobut that song? The new jam is called "Over Your Shoulder" and boasts one hell of a guitar riff. Watch it below and check back for more on White Women!
A couple of weeks ago, we got a tease of Phoenix's full "Take Away Show" with a performance of "Entertainment" at the Palace of Versailles. Now, the full 21-minute session for La Blogotheque is available, and it's pretty epic.
Things kick off with a humble rendition of "Bourgeois," performed on a commercial flight flying over the Alps. Then, we are once again treated to their performance of "Entertainment" at Versailles before moving on to "Trying To Be Cool," charmingly sung in a boat on the calm waters of Neptune's Bassins. The short film finishes with a beautiful acoustic version of "Countdown" taking place in a quiet garden.
From the sky to the ground to the water, Phoenix never cease to amaze. Watch it below.
9pm on September 9th. Today is the big day. Arcade Fire has hinted about and teased it for months now, and fans and bloggers alike have speculated, ruminated and hunted for details, but it's finally here. The band has officially unveiled their fourth album Reflektor.
For those living in countries with access to the 9pm availability of the album's titular single on iTunes (it's still only 12 noon where I currently am), some tantalizing details were provided. First, Reflektor will be released on October 29th, as we already knew. Second, that's the artwork posted above—it is inspired by the Greek legend of Orpheus and Eurydice. Third, it will feature thirteen songs, one of which is "Reflektor." The running times and titles of the other twelve have yet to be revealed.
Now, on to the most exciting part! While you may not yet be able to purchase "Reflektor" on iTunes, Arcade Fire have shared an interactive video featuring the song. Teaming up with Google Chrome and frequent collaborator Vincent Morisset, the video "follows a young woman who travels between her world and our own." You can view the interactive piece, filmed in Jacmel, Haiti, here, and below you can watch a behind the scenes look at the making of the video.
"Reflektor" was produced by LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and features vocals from David Bowie. It is available to buy digitally today at 9pm—yes, it is time zone specific—and will also come as a 12" vinyl at select record stores. Arcade Fire will also be performing on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live on September 28th.
UPDATE: Arcade Fire have released an official video for "Reflektor," this time featuring the band members themselves. Directed by Anton Corbijn, it's simply fantastic from start to finish, full of dark touches and charming oddities. Arcade Fire are owning this day. Replay the video below.
Empire of the Sun are known for their absurdities, be it their colorful costumes or grandiose stage design. In the video for "DNA," they bring their absurdities to the early morning streets of Los Angeles. Donning glamorous apparel, Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore bike around, take the bus, visit laundromats and party it up with some local twenty-somethings. Check it out below.
"DNA" is featured on the duo's latest LP Ice on the Dune, out now via Astralwerks.
Canadian producer extraordinaire Ryan Hemsworth casually slipped in some exciting news last week, revealing that on October 22nd he would be releasing a new full-length album titled Guilt Trips. The LP will see Hemsworth digging deeper into his musical inspirations, going "beyond the hip hop, r&b and dance music world to inspirations that sprout from a time before he made the type of music that people have come to expect." For an initial taste of the upcoming release he has shared the first single, titled "Against A Wall." Check out the track below, featuring vocals from Miami rapper Lofty305.
Hemsworth shared his thoughts on "Against A Wall" and on Guilt Trips as a whole, saying:
I reached out to friends and people I admire really. I wanted kind of unexpected collaborations and people with a uniqueness to them, instead of just reaching out to random top-liners. Someone like Lofty305, who has a weird, certainly not trained voice, made sense for "Against A Wall" because I wanted it to match the mood of the track. That's so much more important to me than making a perfect song. I just wanted to flesh out that charming imperfection on a lot of the tracks. When I asked the people on it to do their parts, I didn't direct them too much but just asked them to think of a breakup or a time when they felt weird or shitty from love. All of my music is sparked from love in some form or another I think, so this album is kind of just a capsule of different moods caused by love."
"I Can Hardly Make You Mine," the first single from Cults' sophomore album, was quite an upbeat affair, reveling in psychedelic guitar riffs and echoing harmonies. Their latest offering is a bit more subdued, though. "High Road" is a mid-tempo number, restraining loudness in exchange for haunting atmosphere and richer sounds. The end result is something more somber and emotionally provocative, proving that Cults aren't holding back on this new record. Stream it below.
Static is out on October 15th.
01. I Know
02. I Can Hardly Make You Mine
03. Always Forever
04. High Road
05. Were Before
06. So Far
07. Keep Your Head Up
08. TV Dream
09. We’ve Got It
10. Shine A Light
11. No Hope
It seems we'll be getting new music from The xx sooner than we expected. Exactly one year removed from their stunning sophomore album Coexist, news arrived that the band will start recording LP #3 in early 2014. This comes from the mouth of Jamie xx, who was recently interviewed by Swedish festival blog Festivalrykten. While the band is currently on tour, including numerous festival slots, Jamie said:
We are working on some new songs right now, we have a couple of demos and some sounds. After finishing this tour, we will be doing some separate things, I'll produce and DJ, but we will get back together after New Year’s and start recording our third album."
Let the wait begin. For now, why not indulge in some of The xx's current affairs?