Together is finally getting a single release and to promote it, a stunningly beautiful video has been released (stunning except for the dead animals as clothing accessories bit which in all actuality just grosses us out). Together will be Patrick Wolf‘s fourth single taken from his Lupercalia album. We had recently featured an excellent remix by the always amazing Garcon Garcon, and have decided to include it here too. There’s a lushness to Together and its video, with its vivid saturated pallet, kaleidiscope effects and message of hope, which remind us of James Bidgood by way of Sound of Arrows. Of course we are left simply mesmerized by it.
We featured Mother, one of 6 new songs from The Golden Filter that are in conjuction with Syndromes, a short feature by Norwegian director, Kristoffer Borgli a couple months back. Some great new remixes have surfaced in support of this song. We are particularly taken by the Cosmonaut remix. Also included are the Au Palais remix and original. It is worth revisiting.
Mother, taken from Syndromes trailer
For those of us eagerly awaiting what direction the new Goldfrapp will sound like (their music changes dramatically with each album), we may have a preview of what’s to come with Melancholy Sky, a new song the band recently performed at the Mencap Noise Session, in London. Melancholy Sky is a beautiful ballad that is miles away from the in-your-face, poptastic, Head First album and sees a return to the subtleties of previous album, Seventh Tree (It may be no coincidence that they have changed their profile pic to their Facebook Band Page to this album cover). It will be interesting to see what else they have in store since parting with EMI.
Space March is the indie-synthpop project of Australian songwriter and producer, Craig Simmons. The single, Space Cowboy is mixed by legendary producer Mark Saunders. This trippy video was shot in Mungo National Park in Australia by Alex Harris. We are totally taken in by Space March‘s insanely clever melodies and barebones synth hooks that seem so authentic, you may actually think it actually came from the 80s. We have also included the James Bond theme-sounding, Eye For An Eye and American Girl, both ripe for single releases.
Swedish synthpop artist Julian Brandt has teamed up with another chanteuse, this time with BWO member, Anna Marina Schiptjenko for Moon and the Stars, a kitschy synthpop track that is scheduled to be the lead single off of Brandt’s sophomore release, News Travels Fast in Stockholm. Each of the ten tracks taken from this album will feature a guest vocalist. Julian Brandt is no stranger to duets, having worked with the likes of Paulinda Crescentini and Kitty on previous releases. We like to think of his dramatic and campy flaire as a Swedish counterpart to Marc Almond.
We are so excited that after months of anticipation, Starlings, one of our favorite new bands, has released a video for Dark Arts. We are not sure what the video is all about, but we think it has something to do with the pain and emptiness that comes from the ending of a relationship with lead singer Justin Robson as some kind of ghost, watching over it. Confusing, but nonetheless, good stuff. We have also included the amazing remix by The Sanfernando Sound.
Although Doppleganger, taken from the Freezepop album, Imaginary Friends, was released a year ago, a video has just been released to support it. This may have something to do with their recent win for best electronic artist at the Boston Music Awards. It’s a fun video from a great band. Better late than never.
Charli XCX describes herself and her music as Goth-pop, kinda a cross between Siouxsie Sioux and Marina & the Diamonds. At only 19, she caused quite a blog stir with first single, Stay Away, and now she is back with a new video for Nuclear Seasons. Charli XCX describes Nuclear Seasons being about “a sense of decay. Whether it be the decaying of love, the decaying of life or the decaying of a period of time…and feeling magic alive when you come through the other side.” The video doesn’t seem to have a narrative, but has wolves, crashing waves and a distinctly 80s low budget, almost warped vhs tape quality to it. We have also included the Night Plane Remix for your enjoyment. Be sure to check out her Facebook page and sign up to get a free download of Nuclear Seasons.
We are so excited that italodisco goddess Sally Shapiro has made the Swedish remix of Miracle, off of one of our favorite albums of 2009, Guilty Pleasures, available to download for free. The remix used to be available only through Beatport, an excellent site to get remixes. The track was written and produced by Johan Agebjörn, who we have talked a lot about lately because of his excellent Cassablanca Nights album, which features the vocals of Sally Shapiro on a few of the tracks. This remix is the perect mix to weather out a thunderous storm.