With September’s “Don’t smoke in bed,” Xiu Xiu gave us our first glimpse at its upcoming Graveface Records debut Nina, a collection of 11 Nina Simone covers done in the style of free jazz. Since then, the band has shared two more tracks from the project, “Just Say I Love Him” and “You’d Be So Nice.” The former, which actually has a discernible, catchy groove, can be streamed via the Soundcloud widget below; and the latter, the noisiest offering so far, is accompanied by a classy minimalist music video that can be watched above. Enjoy!
Nina is slated for release December 3.
Julianna Barwick’s latest album Nepenthe expanded on her solo-voice sound, adding more piano along with strings and horns and even a choir. One of the album’s most serene cuts, “The Harbinger”, just got the video treatment. The clip opens with some beautiful underwater shots of a body suspended in motion, then moves on to a story of a young woman seemingly chasing after a spirit (or something?) It’s all pretty mysterious and enigmatic, ending on an increasingly sinister smile.
Nepenthe is out now via Dead Oceans.
Brooklyn rapper Ka has taken it upon himself to direct and edit this fittingly bleak new music video for The Night’s Gambit highlight “You Know It’s About.” Above, let Ka be your tour guide through some of New York’s dank, desolate, and decaying urban landscape.
A reminder that The Night’s Gambit is a thoroughly gripping piece of old-school hip hop:
A video for the latest single from Swedish singer-songwriter Jenny Wilson. This cut comes from her latest record, Demand The Impossible. With the aged recording and faux futurism going on in the music and visuals here, there’s no doubt that Jenny Wilson’s got an active imagination. Strong electronic beats pulsate against robotic vocals and eerie lead melodies on this thing, and it takes a while setting the stage with some patient piano chords. Definitely some epic ambitions flowing through this thing.
Check another video and single from Demand The Impossible below:
Chicago hip hop eccentric Mick Jenkins has a new single and video out titled “Roots,” which showcases the MC’s spacey flow and clever bars. While he may be too subtle and downplayed to have a legit hit, this guy will surely blow up with those who like their hip hop verses to have a story, message, concept. Enjoy!
Argentine singer/songwrtier Juana Molina just released her wonderful new album, Wed 21. And with it comes a music video for its lead track, “Eras.” Artfully creepy, the clip depicts a creature known as the Bichapong that has a blue face with only eyes (including one for a mouth). While the Bichapong sews fabrics together and conducts weird experiments, a strange dinner party is going on in her manor’s dining room. Things get odder from there.
Wed 21 is out now on Crammed Discs.
The Flaming Lips are teaming up with touring mates Tame Impala for an EP that will see both acts covering two of each other’s songs. Tame Impala has elected to take on “Are You a Hypnotist??” and “Silver Trembling Hands,” while The Flaming Lips have chosen “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds” and “Elephant.” Above, check out The Flaming Lips’ surprisingly understated version of the Lonerism standout.
The EP will be for sale on vinyl at the two’s shared shows on October 31 and November 1, in San Francisco and Santa Barbara respectively. The Flaming Lips have also just released Peace Sword, a mini album inspired by the upcoming movie Ender’s Game, via Warner Bros. Spotify Stream
UK rock outfit Savages drops some visuals inspired by Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five, which were created by Gergely Wootsch and band guitarist Gemma Thompson. They fit the overwhelmingly dark tone of this closing track incredibly well. Enjoy the video above, and check a review for the album below:
L.A. musician Melissa Ann Sweat (aka Lady Lazarus) has released a new video for the song “Wonder, Inc.” from her latest album of reverb-heavy piano confessionals, All My Love in Half Light (an unfortunately overlooked 2013 LP). In the video, Sweat is seen singing behind hanging sheets wearing a lacy black hat, pantomiming the repetitive major chords, holding balloons, taking a bubble bath, etc., as elements of the natural world (leaves, grass) begin to encroach. The whole thing is very placid and open-ended, which is fitting given the gauzy, spacious song that supports it.
All My Love in Half Light, which was self-released, is out now.