I for one, have missed people dancing in videos. I wonder what it is about a well timed, well shot, well choreographed dance routine that gets me so excited? The corners of my mouth curved upwards within seconds of the first few beats and if we may lets put the gushiness that we sprawled all over the site last year – aside – this funk-alt-synth-pop group from London are busy earnin… my respect (…and a slew of genre tagging).
The energy of the song combined with the video is quite honestly delightful but wait until that last tracking shot.
So much hype has been created around Lykke Li‘s new album I Never Learn that this is probably old news for most of you, but it’s still worth mentioning just because it’s so good. The Swedish artist claims that she never learns, but I say she doesn’t need to. She’s nailing it as it is, and her move from pop to this deeper, more introspective kind of work is a very assertive manifestation of her capacity to grow and evolve.
In less than a week, Lykke Li released two new videos: “I Never Learn”, a trailer for the album which will see the light of day in the beginning of May, and “Love Me Like I’m Not Made Of Stone”, a beautiful yet incredibly tormented power ballad in which deep sadness and helplessness take the form of a heartfelt cry for help.
You should not miss this. Unless you are severely depressed.
Its this time of year where my heart sinks a little bit, knowing that I won’t be in Austin next week for SXSW. If I were there though, I’d try to see one of French Horn Rebellion‘s 5 shows in 24 hours! Here’s the latest from their camp, a collaboration with HAERTS for the song “Swing Into It”, off an EP of the same name (b-side features a track with St. Lucia).
Changing gears a bit here, with a track from Inventions (the collaboration between Mark T. Smith of Explosions in the Sky and Matthew Cooper of Eluvium). “Peaceable Child” is a track from their forthcoming self-titled album (out April 1st on Temporary Residence); a dreamy instrumental that is the perfect cure for the stress I’ve been carrying these days.
I was bummed out recently when I heard The Field Trip Music & Arts Festival would be happening this year (again) on a weekend that I’ll be out of town for. Last year, the festival had their inaugural event on June 8th at Fort York in Toronto. I spent a good part of that day riding my bike to Hamilton as part of the Ride To Conquer Cancer. I’ve committed to the ride again this year and it seems like both events don’t want to switch weekends, so I’m unfortunately going to miss year two of the event. Why does that suck? Check the lineup, its pretty great. Some of my favourite current (CHVRCHES, Lord Huron, The Darcys, Washed Out) and previous (Broken Social Scene, Interpol) favourite bands are performing.
Not to mention a reunion show for TO legends The Constantines.
Perhaps I can figure out a way to do both? Last year, a die hard Zeus fan on my ride team did just that. He biked to Hamilton in record time (120km or so), got a lift back to Toronto. Attended Field Trip and no doubt partied all night. The next morning, he got a lift to Hamilton, only to to get back on the bike and ride 100km to Toronto as part of the event. I guess I should start training for that.
Today, I’d like to point your attention to the Field Trip Discovery Series; “a new music and artist patronage program intent on identifying and supporting interesting and developing artists and presenting them to new audiences”. Pitchfork recently premiered their first feature, River Tiber‘s amazing “Atlantis”. Since the end of last year hearing “The Star Falls”, I’ve been loving what I’ve been hearing from Toronto’s Tommy Paxton-Beesley. Check it out.