Each Friday the Music Feeds team share the tunes they’ve been frothing on this week to give you the ultimate weekend playlist. It’s Music Feeds Faves time.
Minor Victories – A Hundred Ropes
Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Editors’ Justin Lockey, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite and filmmaker James Lockey of Hand Held Cine Club just announced their debut album as the supergroup Minor Victories, and their debut track A Hundred Ropes is, of course, a major victory (sorry).
The band’s self-titled debut album is out on 3rd June, and will also feature contributions from Mark Kozelek and the Twilight Sad’s James Graham. Now go watch a band of samurai charge through a field in suuuuuper-slow motion in the A Hundred Ropes clip, below. / Tom Williams, Staff Writer
LAFAWNDAH – Ally
LAFAWNDAH is everything. This Parisian performance artist cum music maker is a master. The video for Ally is replete with rich symbology and ritual. She wanders through the desert, tightening a rope around her clenched fist. The sun melts into an oblong fire-disk, as her patterned garb flags in the wind.
All of this is accompanied by her signature sound – a careful amalgam of off-kilter house electronica and pan-cultural sonics. Make sure you chase this mythical adventurist as she runs amidst and across the normally divided worlds of art, culture and language. In my opinion, she is the illest. Keep an eye out my babies. / Luke Bodley, Presenter & Contributer
Lower Spectrum – Masquerade
My first reaction after hearing this was a literal outburst of “PHWOAR”. Not an entirely sophisticated response to what is an impeccably sophisticated piece of work, I know. But it does encapsulate just how many levels the Perth producer’s newest creation is operating on.
There’s that thumping bass, that staccato gospel sample, the distorted ‘50s style doo-wops, the brass and those wailing synths which build to such a frequency that you feel as if you’re being lifted up to some sort of higher plane. It’s at one cerebral and emotive, burrowing its way into your head and your heart with each listen. “PHWOAR” is the only way I can articulate that feeling. / Nastassia Baroni, News Editor
Bat For Lashes – I Do
Time for something a bit mushier now, from Bat For Lashes, AKA Natasha khan. The English singer has released a love song called I Do, which, on the surface, is at odds with her usual dark and melancholic oeuvre.
After you give it a good listen, though, it reveals itself to be a track of depth and, well, just beauty. Her signature fragile voice its there and her tones of ethereal sadness are too. Khan’s simple lyrics are wrapped up in strings and a sparkly harp and it’s all rather sweet.
In a weird change of direction for Kahn, the cover art is tacky – it’s no Haunted Man, that’s for sure – and it’s all a bit in your face, with a “Save The Date: 1 July 2016” message emblazoned across the front (could someone maybe-possibly be dropping an album on that day?). But don’t let it put you off; the song itself is gorgeous, especially if you’re in the mood to embrace all the feels. / Rosie Pentreath, Staff Writer
PVRIS – You And I
It’s not often that a band comes along who can pack dancefloors as tightly as they can pack arenas. But PVRIS is one such. The Lyn Gunn-fronted US heavy pop-rock trio have just unleashed their first new single since their 2014 debut album White Noise. Dubbed You And I, the throbbing track is about as dark as pop can get and comes packing a slick black & white Lynchian masterpiece of a music video.
Two days after its release, it’s already topped the iTunes rock charts in the US, UK and here in Australia, which is pretty incredible considering that the majority of Aussies don’t even know this band exists. That will change soon, though. / Emmy Mack, Staff Writer
KLP – Air
KLP continues to corner the market on deliriously fun electro-tinged pop with her new single Air, dropping this week ahead of her tour with Art Vs Science. There’s definitely a sprinkling of her 90’s girl group past in the bouncy af newy, unabashedly dripping in pop sensibilities that have been tumbled through a synth-wash on high.
This is some weekend starting shit right here, friends. Thanks to KLP, it’s gonna be a beauty. / Mitch Feltscheer, Creative Director
Azealia Banks – The Big Big Beat
Anne-Marie Thoroughwood pinches the wedgewood between her fingers.
“I am your civility coach. I have come to soften your more abrasive inclinations. We will be exchanging your mercurial growl for a kind and becoming sigh. We will bring an end to that overt and messy way that you navigate space. You will hover – rather than resistance, those that you pass shall feel harmony.”
Azealia’s eyes thin feline-fierce. Her head bends back.
“You’ve been round the world looking for love in the strangest places, Don’t you think it’s time you confess your love to me?”
A big big beat vibrates through the study’s oaken walls. Ms. Thoroughwood bounces from her chair, her proper-posture broken. Each beat-binding paroxysm tears through her trained daintiness. Her lips shake as foreign words teeter on their edges.
“I’m a ruin you cunt”, she yelps as her hands clasp at her mouth. / Luke Bodley, Presenter & Contributer
Low Lux – Girls (Royal Headache Cover)
Let me set the record straight first by saying that I might be the only music journalist in Australia who thinks Royal Headache are the most over-rated band in Australia.
However Low Lux’s recent cover of their song Girls has breathed life into the bands music for me, replacing the adolescent whining over rejection of the original with languid and brooding hatred. Low Lux’s Daisy Dowd conjures more vitriol in one breathy groan than any man could conjure via screaming. / Micheal Carr, Staff Writer