Thursday Music News

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  • Zola Jesus is releasing her 6th album Okovi in September via Sacred Bones. She previously shared the lead single “Exhumed” and today the correlating video for the song has been released. Directed by Jacqueline Castel, the creepy black and white footage bears a resemblance to The Ring, with a similar girl with long, dark hair crawling on the ground after being exhumed from her grave. Says Castel of the video, “‘Exhumed’ was personally conceived of and created whilst processing death – of family members and of relationships – and much like Okovi‘s core themes, it is a reflection on loss, heritage, and the often painful personal growth we must harness in the face of life’s constant evolution.” Zola Jesus will play the Crocodile on Thursday, October 19 with John Wiese. [ Under the Radar ]
  • Father John Misty has shared the official video for Pure Comedy‘s “Things It Would Have Been Helpful To Know Before The Revolution.” Directed by the go-to stop-motion animator Chris Hopewell, who recently directed Run The Jewels’ “Don’t Get Captured” and Radiohead’s “Burn The Witch” last year, the clip features a woman walking through a post-apocalyptic city collecting cell phones off of bodies. If you’d like to own a piece of Misty memorabilia, he’s auctioning off the puppets from the video to benefit the Environmental Defense Fund. Misty is already finishing up his follow-up to Pure Comedy, which is said to thematically revolve around depression. [ Consequence of Sound ]
  • British soul singer Jessie Ware released her first single since 2014’s Tough Love, “Midnight,” last week and today she’s shared the video.  Directed by Tom Beard, the video was shot in Mallorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands. The dark, sexy video follows Ware as wanders through the streets at night, ending at the beach. “We shot from 1 a.m. until the sun came up and the video was so much fun to make,” said Ware in a statement. The as-yet-untitled new album will due out later this year. [ Pitchfork ]
  • Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke has shared the third single off his forthcoming album Fatherland. “Grounds For Resentment” features Olly Alexander from Years & Years and is a romantic duet. Okereke explained the song saying, “I remember reading something that [Olly] wrote about the use of pronouns in pop music for gay artists that I thought that was very perceptive and intelligent – that the use of pronouns was the last frontier for gay artists. There are lots of gay acts that avoid using the term he when singing about same sex desire. It will just be a neutral term, whereas Olly understands from what I read that there is a long way to go for gay musicians in being able to describe love and desire authentically. So I was very happy to sing a romantic duet with him on my album because I couldn’t think of a precedent of any out gay musicians singing a love song to one another without having to hide behind codes.” Fatherland will be out October 6. [ Paste ]
  • Post-punk band Liars have returned, although slightly changed, with frontman Angus Andrew as the sole member. He previously shared the single “Cred Woes” off his forthcoming album TFCF and today he’s shared two vastly different new songs, “Coins In My Caged Fist” and “The Grand Delusional.” TFCF was recorded at his home studio in Australia and will be released August 25 via Mute. Liars will roll through Seattle on Saturday, October 7 to play the Crocodile. [ Stereogum ]

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