I’m loving this new song “Forever” from Julianna Barwick, off her upcoming album Nepenthe (out August 20 via Dead Oceans). Take a listen below in her album trailer below.
Nepenthe is Julianna’s third full-length album, which was recorded in Reykjavík, Iceland, in the dark cold days of February. In ancient Greek literature, nepenthe was a magic drug of forgetfulness used to wipe out grief and sorrow. The title suggested itself to Julianna, who experienced a death in her own family in the middle of making the record, but it also refers to the music consoling her during the isolation she was going through – on her own, in a foreign country with a terrible internet connection – during the sessions. Nepenthe‘s heady potion is about moving forward, finding a way through difficult times – of retaining a feeling of hope.
The record was produced and engineered by Alex Somers (musician/producer of Sigur Rós, Jónsi, Jónsi & Alex) with crucial contributions from string ensemble Amiina, guitarist Róbert Sturla Reynisson from múm, and a choir of teenage girls.
Nepenthe is intimate without being introspective. Instead it’s a radiant array of light-dappled choral works, drawing a powerful sense of hope from the depths of despair.
Josef Salvat‘s latest video for the lush and sultry song “Hustler” nudges its way passed other band offerings today, as its new set of visuals drape themselves comfortably over an already rich and moody sound. Carry on Salvat-ing by streaming the brilliant remix of his previously released track ‘This Life’ here too.
Here is ‘Waste of Time’, by MØ, a new single that I would call anything but what the title suggests. The Danish artist just signed to RCA Victor/Chess Club Records and promised to release her debut album soon. Karen Marie Ørsted will be playing around Europe all Summer, so if you’re around don’t think twice – the lady is incredible on stage.
“Mosquito by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the title track from the new album.
The video features the vaguely scary CGI insect that already appeared in the album cover, feeding off someone’s hand in what looks like a Skype call with a kid. This would all sound very weird if it wasn’t the Yeah Yeah Yeahs…
As though you’ve placed the viewer of a kaleidoscope to your eye, pressed play and manually shifted the nifty gadget – Alpine‘s official music video for “Gasoline” explores a whirl of pastel hues created through dancers’ bodies. By forming strong beautiful lines that whip through the song, it’s a fluid fantasia of choreographed and creative shapes, simply glorious.
“Every Song” by ON AN ON, from the fantastic album Give In. The Minneapolis/Chicago trio are also excited to announce Summer tour dates, including a west coast run with Sweden’s Junip. Look for the band at upcoming festivals Iceland Airwaves and Bonnaroo.