Friday Music News

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  • R.E.M. are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their iconic 1992 album Automatic for the People in a big way. The band is releasing a 25th-anniversary reissue featuring unreleased demos and tracks, teaming up with clothing company Paul Smith for a run of products featuring album art, song lyrics, and promo photos from the era, and putting out a mini-documentary about the making of the album. The documentary, entitled Automatic Unearthed, premiered today on YouTube and features interviews with band members Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, and Mike Mills, producer Scott Litt, and Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, who did the string arrangements on four songs off the album. The Automatic for the People 25th-anniversary reissue is already out via Craft Recordings. [ SPIN ]

  • Björk has shared a new video for the title track from her recently released fantastic album Utopia. Set in an alien fantasy land, the video directed by Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones features Björk and some friends playing the flute. The candy-colored world follows a similar theme to previous videos for Utopia tracks “The Gate” and “Blissing Me.” Utopia is out now via One Little Indian. Industrial Revelation is paying tribute to Björk by playing 1997’s Homogenic in full on Wednesday, December 20 a the Neptune Theatre. [ Under the Radar ]

  • Sensual R&B duo Rhye have slowly been churning out new songs and today they’ve announced that they’ll be releasing their first album since 2013’s Woman. Entitled Blood, the album will be out February 2 via Loma Vista Recordings. The band has also shared a new song called “Count to Five.” Frontman Milosh said of the new album: “We’ve spent the last few years on the road translating the Woman album from a bedroom project into a full live experience. With Blood, it’s been the opposite process; the music and sounds were really born out of the live environment and are built for performance. It takes a lot of courage to be vulnerable in front of an audience night after night. I use the same courage on every song on this record.” [ Paste ]

  • Nicolas Jaar has just released a deluxe edition of his 2016 LP Sirens. Yesterday, the producer shared “Coin In Nine Hands” and today the two other previously unheard songs have been shared: “Wildflowers” and “America! I’m for the Birds.” The deluxe edition of Sirens is out now on Other People. [ Pitchfork ]

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