Skinless Pt. 2 from Skinless EP – out now on Ninja Tune:
[Dedicated to C.B.]
Marrying the powerful lyrics – a ‘metaphor of the Dresden bombing and a beautiful relationship ruined’ with strong graphic animation, Robisrob’s promo for OMD takes its lead from classic James Bond title sequences. “The rotoscoped style seemed to fit the illustrated look of OMD’s visual output and the slow-motion movements and fighting narrative were a perfect fit for the aggravation I could hear in Andy’s voice” explains the director. “I replaced the knife and fistfights for a couple fighting and pieced it together to tell the story of a devastating break-up.” [Source]
Finally it’s here: our first proper taste of Boards of Canada’s Tomorrow’s Harvest. After much lead-up, you can now listen to the album’s “Reach for the Dead.” Much like you’d expect, the track takes a sombre route, hitting those BoC touchstones while adding a whole new layer of updated and wicked-eerie atmospherics to the mix. Expand your mind below. As previously reported, Tomorrow’s Harvest will be available on June 11 via Warp. [Source]
In its nearly three decades of existence, Skinny Puppy has established itself as a groundbreaking innovative voice in the world of electronic music. Fearless in both its musical experimentation and voicing a stance on the issues of our times, the new album, Weapon, is no exception.
This stunning new album stands as a commentary on that which it is named after, the Weapon, or more specifically, to the concurrent glorification of the gun culture and simultaneous horror at the devastation the gun can cause. Given this view, the pop undertones of the albums opening “wornin” and the compelling counterpoint of the vocals and lyrics seem to reflect our mass media homogenization of an instrument of death into an entertainment centerpiece. “illisiT” could then be focusing on the authoritarian control applied to us under the guise of protecting us from the criminal element. Though possibly it is from the view of the average citizen, arming themselves against the threat of each other. The more it is analyzed, the more it could be pondered on varying levels. Perhaps the classic Skinny Puppy sounds evident in the song “solvent” are a nod to not only the past, but to a bleak Orwellian future, cycle of the weapon leads only to power in the hands of those who have no fear of using it. Are we facing a 1984 dystopia filtered through a Kafkaesque lens? A world where the illusion of power given to the private citizen afforded ownership of a weapon distracts them from the Big Brother drones that watch overhead?
Parallels could certainly be drawn from our own society to a track like “tsudanama”, where the ever building menace of the mechanized rhythms crashes over the listener in waves as the vocals at times seem to take the tone of the voice of protest, standing against the inevitable tide of the dystopian path of progress. Then does “plasiCage” implore the listener to take up the fight against a gun worship culture and the spiraling towards oligarchy? Or are the mournful tones “terminal” a funeral dirge for our society?
Could the weapon be the gun, or the one who wields it? Is it in creating an arms race among the populace, or does it lie in the resulting authoritarian control given to those who are charged with protecting us from ourselves? Is it the power to profit from the cycle? Is it the singular act of speaking against the conditioning of our thoughts and actions? [Source]
The Weeknd has never had a problem telling women what it takes to sleep with him. On this new song, entitled “Kiss Land” presumably off his upcoming sophomore album, the subdued vocalists takes listeners through his usual maze of dark beats and darker love. [Source]
Having previously teamed with Isobel Campbell and Greg Dulli on separate projects, grunge survivor, Mark Lanegan is no stranger to the collaborative album. His latest effort, however, an album recorded with English bluesman, Duke Garwood, may have you heading for google as you hit play. Garwood’s name doesn’t come with much recognition on this side of the Atlantic. Fret not. Lanegan is said to be a huge fan of Garwood’s and “Pentecostal,” the first cut released from Black Pudding (May 14th on Ipecac) finds Lanegan back on the well-tread road of American roots music. Garwood is no slouch, either. For those who had mixed feelings about The Mark Lanegan Band’s Blues Funeral and its reliance on more modern, electronic elements, both the direction and the accompaniment of Black Pudding are welcome developments. [Source]
Jackson Scott has developed out of a weird audacity; bending spoons with apocalyptic melodies, sugared with solipsistic textures. How did the world conceive this young cosmonaut? A college dropout with a 4-track and a one-track mind. A listened and a conceiver. His voice, whether pitched up or androgynous, speaks of a still life. But painting is meaningless, songs irrelevant, aura outdated if you are a revivalist. Jackson is not. The upcoming debut Melbourne shows we’re all alone together, sharing the same tragedies, ecstasies and phenomenon. He conspired it out of isolation, deprivation and hunger…you can’t survived on candy. Jackson’s transmutative live act is to that of the occultist – achieving eternal perfection. A trio that is liquidating the senses, seeking the perfect elixir, channeling kraut, punk, surf and pop as one psych rock solvent. [Source]