“Palm Trees” by Lowell, from her debut EP I Killed Sara V.
At some point in 2013, Friendly Fires, Andrew Weatherall and Timothy J Fairplay (aka The Asphodells), convened in an east London pub to discuss collaborating on new music together. The plan was to produce music that came from a place outside of their respective usual musical styles – a loose, open-ended process embarked upon for the pure joy of experimentation and collaboration rather than a specific end goal.
The collaboration came on the back of two hugely successful Friendly Fires albums – 2008’s debut Friendly Fires and 2011’s follow up Pala – and an acclaimed debut album from The Asphodells in 2013’s Ruled By Passion Destroyed By Lust, the latest in a long line of classic releases from Andrew Weatherall’s own Rotters Golf Club label.
Recording took place between Weatherall’s Shoreditch studio, The Bunker, and Friendly Fires frontman Ed Macfarlane’s basement studio just a short stroll down the road in Farringdon, using a desk that once belonged to influential German producer Konrad ‘Conny’ Plank to mix the tracks.
The result is ‘Before Your Eyes’ and ‘Velo’ – two brand new tracks that take close to ten minutes each to reveal their full hypnotic glory. The tracks will be released as a AA-sided single on 12” and download and will be the inaugural release on Friendly Fires’ own Telophase label.
From Jacob Krupnick, the director behind Girl Walk “All Day” the feature-length dance music video that follows three dancers across the streets of New York City (spoiler alert: it’s phenomenal).
Krupnick has now delved deep into more silver linings with Pillar Point‘s new track “Dreamin”. The video and song are so on-pointe it makes all those digital image flickering DIY videos seem, well – simply unnecessary.
…as if you needed any more reason to click play.
I suppose there’s no better testament that signifies our age than spelling. “Foreva” by Goodbye Chanel (available April 21st via Dead Young Records) is a perfect testament to the sound of this indie-age too with a brooding set of fluttering vocals to kick it off, some high tempo guitar stringendo and general all round instant like-ability. It makes this more of a crowd pleaser than an earphone hugger, and even though the boys are from Leeds this track would do justice to a hot summer night.
Pre-order their EP here.