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Indigo Sparke – “Hysteria”

Indigo Sparke has released her new album, “Hysteria”, via Sacred Bones.

TRACKLIST:

01 Blue
02 Hysteria
03 Pressure in My Chest
04 God Is a Woman’s Name
05 Why Do You Lie?
06 Pluto
07 Infinity Honey
08 Golden Ribbons
09 Real
10 Sad Is Love
11 Set Your Fire on Me
12 Hold On
13 Time Gets Eaten
14 Burn

The album was produced by Aaron Dessner (the National). This is something she shared about the album itself: “The whole theme of this album, in some ways, is reconciling. Reconciling hysteria, reconciling grief, and reconciling trauma and time and how the time like brings us around in these circles. It was maybe the first time in my life that I was truly, truly, truly alone. It didn’t have family, no friends, no relationship, no safety mechanism. And I had to fortify the sense of home, internally. And the only thing I could kind of keep returning to was my breath.”

From the album a few videos were released. One of them was for the the album opener “Blue”.

The other single they released was for the song “Pressure In My Chest” and was directed by Madeline Clayton.

The last video for the album was for the song “Hysteria”, the video was directed, edited and shot by Nina Gofur. Indigo shared this about the song: “This song is about being inside of love, right at the edge of hysteria,” Sparke says in a statement. “There is often an axis point in things. A place where things can tip into chaos or become unhinged. A marker point. As beautiful and turbulent as these moments are, sometimes it’s hard to return from them to a place that makes sense and feels safe. I think for so long and maybe still, sometimes, I find it hard to keep my balance in love. So many fireworks. So many sorries. So much hope. So much deep yearning. So much joy. So much poignant reflection in the tidal pools of intimacy. This song was the birthplace of the whole album. I had this song and the title before the rest found a home inside of this world too. I am still trying to unravel the bitter sweet nature of love and longing. What it means to truly let go. What it means to truly love.”

If you’re fortunate enough to be able to see her live then go and treat yourself and support her.

Patti Smith – “A Book Of Days”

Patti Smith will release a new book, “A Book Of Days”, out November 15th via Penguin Random House that was inspired by her Instagram account.

In a press statement that was released this was shared: “In 2018, without any plan or agenda for what might happen next, Patti Smith posted her first Instagram photo: her hand with the simple message “Hello Everybody!” Known for shooting with her beloved Land Camera 250, Smith started posting images from her phone including portraits of her kids, her radiator, her boots, and her Abyssinian cat, Cairo. Followers felt an immediate affinity with these miniature windows into Smith’s world, photographs of her daily coffee, the books she’s reading, the graves of beloved heroes William Blake, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Plath, Simone Weil, Albert Camus. Over time, a coherent story of a life devoted to art took shape, and more than a million followers responded to Smith’s unique aesthetic in images that chart her passions, devotions, obsessions, and whims. Original to this book are vintage photographs: anniversary pearls, a mother’s keychain, and a husband’s Mosrite guitar. Here, too, are photos from Smith’s archives of life on and off the road, train stations, obscure cafés, a notebook always nearby. In wide-ranging yet intimate daily notations, Smith shares dispatches from her travels around the world”.

Patti Smith will embark on a book tour: ‘A Book of Days’ Tour
11/14 – New York – Strand Books at Cooper Union
11/17 – Washington – Lisner Auditorium
11/18 – Miami Book Fair
11/20 – Chicago Humanities Festival
11/21 – Nashville – OZ Arts
11/22 – Philadelphia – Free Library
11/28 – San Francisco – Sydney Goldstein Theater
11/29 – Santa Cruz – Rio Theatre
11/30 – San Rafael – Dominican University of California
12/01 – Portland – Arlene Schnitzer Hall at Cooper Union
12/02 – Seattle Town Hall
12/05 – Los Angeles – Saban Theatre

Sharon Van Etten – “Never Gonna Change”

Sharon Van Etten has shared a new song, “Never Gonna Change”.

The song is one of two new tracks added to the deluxe version of Sharon Van Etten new re-release of her album “We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong”, out November 11th via Jagjaguwar.

Van Etten said this about the song: “It’s about managing depression and anxiety in the midst of isolation. Coping with recurring fears throughout adulthood, acknowledging that flaws, fears and triggers can’t be overcome, they are a constant part of one’s identity to learn to be at peace with.”

Andy Bell – “I Am A Strange Loop”

Andy Bell has shared the video for the track, “The Sky Without You” (David Holmes Radical Mycology Remix), off his new EP “I Am A Strange Loop” out now via Sonic Cathedral.

TRACKLIST:
1. The Sky Without You (David Holmes Radical Mycology Remix)
2. It Gets Easier (Maps Remix)
3. Something Like Love (Richard Norris Remix)
4. Way Of The World (bdrmm Remix)
5. World Of Echo (A Place To Bury Strangers Remix)
6. Sidewinder (Claude Cooper Remix)
7. Something Like Love (Richard Norris Remix – Instrumental)
8. Sidewinder (Claude Cooper Remix – Instrumental)

The video for the song was directed by Jean de Oliveira.

Andy Bell shared this about the EP: “It was so great to see what came back when I gave these tracks from ‘Flicker’ to various comrades, friends and heroes to play with.

David Holmes requested the opening track as he had formed a bit of a connection with it, and what he came up with turns the song from an introductory taster, into a hallucinogenic beast, taking pride of place here as the opening track but in a whole different way to how ‘Flicker’ opens.

James Chapman AKA Maps has taken ‘It Gets Easier’ to a bigger, brighter and shinier place, he’s given quite a downbeat track a euphoric and epic sheen. James is an absolute master of electronic production and he’s taken the same care and attention over this remix as he does with his own wonderful music.

I couldn’t put Richard Norris’s lovely widescreen take on ‘Something Like Love’ better than the man himself – in his own words he found the “hitherto undiscovered sweet spot between ‘Roscoe’ and ‘Outdoor Miner’” and he tapped into the melancholy euphoria at the core of the song.

Jordan Smith from bdrmm’s very first remix blows my mind every time I play it. It is as constantly inventive, infectious and frankly ace as the band he plays in. This is a remix for headphones, there are so many great moments to love, all held together by a bassline worthy of Jah Wobble (by way of Andrew Weatherall). If this is Jordan’s first remix imagine what he’ll be coming up with in years to come. Astonishing!

A Place to Bury Strangers take no prisoners on their mix of ‘World Of Echo’ which is pure psych-punk adrenaline. The song is almost unrecognisable. There are glimpses of the original, but more than anything it’s an incredible, if slightly unhinged, APTBS track which I enjoy very much indeed.

Claude Cooper takers ‘Sidewinder’ to a ’60s-themed house party and gives it a big tequila shot and some magic mushrooms, Which takes us back to where we started with David Holmes’ radical mycology!

Thanks to all of the above for their incredible work on giving these songs from ‘Flicker’ a new technicolour life”.

Luz Futuro – “Condena”

Luz Futuro has shared a new song, “Condena”.

The video for the song was directed by Simarro Lozano.

Daniel Benavides (Luz Futuro) shared this about the release: “With this song I would like to thank the people that have been with me when I needed them, my family and myself. It’s been a long process to have the courage to evolve emotionally and fight mentally to continue enjoying life. What a great joy it is to be able to expel what you think via music, to share it and witness how you can close a cycle. This song is very direct and it doesn’t create scenarios but unlike everything else, innuendos and metaphors in music can make it feel yours and feel like it’s been a passage in your own life. That is the intention. Cheers, believe in yourselves and have the courage the look in the mirror”.

Nation Of Language – “From The Hill”

Nation Of Language have shared a new 7″, “From The Hill”.

The video for the song was directed and edited by John Mackay.

Ian Devaney shared this: “‘From The Hill’ is a song reflecting on times when friendships fall apart over romantic entanglement, accompanied by the sensation that you’re somehow watching it happen from above with a more zoomed-out perspective. It can feel at times like certain parts of life are a story with which you’re just following along the characters enter, they play their role, and then they leave. Often it’ll feel sudden and catch you off guard, and other times you’re able to see that it’s the only way things could have played out despite what you may have wanted. For us, we’re in a moment right now where it feels good to get this out into the world. It’s one that didn’t really feel like it fit the vibe of A Way Forward, nor is it any real indication of where the next record is likely heading. When that situation arrives we like to use these 7” releases to step outside the larger framework that the albums provide and just release a track that we love, so this is us doing that once again.”

They just finished playing Austin City Limits and will now embark on an European and UK tour.

Tindersticks – “Stars At Noon”

Tindersticks have shared that they will be scoring Claire Denis new movie “Stars At Noon”, and with it they have shared a video for the title track. The “Stars At Noon” soundtrack will be released October 14th via City Slang.

Tracklist:

1) Introduction
2) Opening
3) Taxi Across Town
4) Hotel Bar
5) Dawn Walk Home
6) Los Periquitos
7) The Mercado
8) Motel Rain
9) The Costa Rican
10) Stars at Noon
11) Blood Hands
12) Burning Car
13) The Consultant
14) Blood Hands (version)
15) Apache
16) The Bridge
17) The Crossing
18) The Costa Rican (reprise)
19) Stars at Noon (instrumental)

Stuart Staples shared this via a press release: “I stood in CDG, terminal two, talking to Claire on the cell phone. She was preparing to leave for Panama to start filming ‘Stars at Noon’. “And of course I need the song for the dance scene for the shoot,” she said.

“What dance scene? Is it in the script?” I replied.

“It’s in the new version of the script.”

“Ah, do I have the new version?..”. The line faded and I was left considering this, something that I expected to hit me in the months ahead but was suddenly all over me.

Stars At Noon had been in Claire’s thoughts for a long time, maybe even 10 years. We have had many conversations, I had a strong feeling for it and half a song somewhere in my mind.

I remembered the percussionist David Pattman, he played the bongos on the Trouble Every Day score 20 years before. He was happy to hear from me and we quickly arranged a recording session with Dan McKinna on double bass and Ross Stanley on Hammond organ. We had a blast those days, taking the ideas apart, putting them back together in many different forms.

At the centre was the song “Stars at Noon” – I was pushing it to be slower and slower, until it only just grooved, just on the cusp. Finding that tempo was key for me and the final version was recorded live in one take. Julian Seigel arrived later and played the beautiful tenor sax line.

I sent a rough mix to Claire in Panama, they were having production problems and she said the song cheered them all up – I heard all the crew singing along in the background”.

Danny Elfman – “Cruel Compensation” (The Locust REMIX)

The Locust have shared the video for the remix they did for the song “Cruel Compensation” from Danny Elfman’s latest album “Bigger. Messier.”.

The video for the song was directed and edited by frequent collaborator Dark Details.

Booby Bray of the Locust shared this: “The remix was the last recording Gabe Serbian did before he left this world, making this video release surreal, intense, and cathartic. When we were asked if we wanted to do a remix for Danny’s album it was one of the easiest things for the band to say yes to. After narrowing it down we finally decided on Cruel Compensation as it had a lot of parts we could put our own stamp on while reinforcing the intentions of the song, in an attempt to make the weird parts weirder and the brutal parts even more intense. We stretched a couple of parts, edited a couple of parts, cranked the bass, JP and I added some vocals, Kareem added lots of synth, I added some guitar towards the end, and Gabe redid all of the drums.During the pandemic and the previous US administration, Danny Elfman wrote the album Big Mess, which did a great job of reflecting and regurgitating the dystopian despair that was taking place. It was largely based on his guitar playing and was born out of what he called Chamber Punk. (So maybe our remix is Sci-fi Chamber Punk!)”

Fever Ray – “What They Call Us”

Fever Ray has shared a new song, “What They Call Us”, via Rabid / Mute.

The video for the song was directed by Martin Falck.

As much as this song is by Fever Ray, it was written and co-produced by Olof Dreijer. So it’s as close as a new the Knife song as we’re going to get and that is just fine.

There are no further details regarding a new album nor a tour or any other details. So just enjoy this song for the moment being.

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