We've not really mentioned These Monsters as much as we probably should have. They're a noisy bunch from Leeds offering up a riff heavy wave of music that you should familiarise yourselves with. The make the kind of music you'd have playing through your head while running away from a murderer wielding an axe or something similar. It gets the blood pumping. They've just announced a new, double A-side 7" single in the shape of "The Swamp" / "The Dogs" which will be released as part of September's Too Pure Singles Club. You can pick up the tracks from September 30th. Until then, stream it on repeat below and keep looking over your shoulders for murderers.
How about some brand new of Montreal to start off your Friday in good spirits? The band are preparing to release lousy with sylvianbriar next month on October 8th. In preparation of the release they've let loose a tune call "Belle Glade Missionaries" which is a more than slightly sounding rock throwback that I can more than get down to. Retro is the future I'm telling you. Plus everything's already been done. Or so they say. Daft Punk know what I'm talking about. But in all seriousness, this song sounds pretty damn good and is worth a few minutes of your Friday. You're probably slacking anyway as it's Friday so treat yourself to something that's not a picture of a fluffy cat or something.
A few weeks ago I made the trip to the wonderful Beacons Festival and one of the highlights of the weekend for me were the death-blues pairing Wet Nuns who delivered a face melting set. Their new single "Hanging" has now been given the official video treatment and it features footage from that very set along with the duo smashing the crap out of their guitar and drums. Something I've always wanted to do in all honesty. The track is set to feature on their self-titled debut which is released on the 9th of October.
They'll head out on tour in October too so be sure to catch them live while you can. Not that they're going anywhere. Just, you know, 'cause they're playing soon.
Wet Nuns UK Tour 2013
03rd Oct - LONDON - Lexington
04th Oct - BIRMINGHAM - Victoria
05th Oct - LEEDS - Belgrave Music Hall
09th Oct - LIVERPOOL - East Village Arts Club
10th Oct - MANCHESTER - Now Wave at Deaf Institute (Supporting No Age)
11th Oct - CARDIFF - Clwb Ifor Bach
12th Oct - BRISTOL - Simple Things Festival
14th Oct - BRIGHTON - Green Door Store
19th Oct - SHEFFIELD - Queens Social Club
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.