Monday Music News

photo by Lauren Slusher

  • Recent Mercury Prize winners Alt-J released this super strange video for their song “Fitzpleasure” from An Awesome Wave today. Directed by Emile Sornin, everything is slightly out of place in the video – the word “pleasure” ripples across black and white footage of a cats cradle being woven, fingers bending into gang signs, a man with two faces smoking a cigarette, and other similarly strange snippets. [Prefix]

  • Sigur Rós debuted a new song at the end of Iceland Airwaves last night  – “Brennistein” sounds more like an 80s post goth industrial song than the kind of soaring glittering Icelandic pop we are used to from the group. Check out the video below, and KEXP at Iceland Airwaves here. [Prefix]

  • The Chromatics released this 35 minute long free album, Running From The Sun, of unreleased tracks from their Kill For Love sessions. Johnny Jewel released this statement with the album, “Jet lagged & buzzing from Friday’s show in Paris, I couldn’t sleep…so I stayed up all night with Oko talking about color based dreams while blending these tracks together. Since the album came out, a lot of people on the road have been telling us they are curious to hear some of the unreleased music from the Kill For Love sessions…Recorded November 2009 through December 2011, these songs were all mixed between 4 & 6 a.m.” [Stereogum]

  • In other music news TLC‘s plan to tour with a hologram Left Eye Lopes is apparently actually probably going to happen. “It will be hard on us but I certainly think our fans would love to see it. We would definitely be the first group ever to do it. I think we would probably pass out and all of our fans would break down but it’s amazing how real the hologram looks, it’s almost like you can touch the person. It’s great but spooky at the same time but we’re definitely thinking about it,” Chili said. [FACT]
  • M.I.A. spoke about her new art book at MoMA’s Ps 1 this weekend – including video of herself dancing that she then edited in order to learn how to edit on a computer(handily turned in gifs over at FADER). The multimedia presentation included discussion of her upcoming album Matangi. [Spin]
  • Electronic musician/Berlin-club DJ Holly Herndon is streaming her new album Movement today. Beats rise over heavy thick vocals that gasp and breathe throughout this sparse but danceable album. Movement is aptly named because of the many types of motion occurring – from the gasp of breath to the beat of a heart to feet on a dance floor.  [NPR]
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