January 11, 2012
Toronto’s Austra have released a video for Spellwork, our favorite track off their critically acclaimed debut album, Feel It Break. The video finds vocalist Katie Stelmanis brewing about, intentionally hiding her visage behind hair and other objects/people. With all these witchery shenanigans we worry she won’t give good face, but delivers by the end, just in time to partake with her female coven for a very messy… and very erotic, watermelon eating food fest. I can see the Fox News headline now, “Lesbian goths arrested at Renaissance fair for loitering and engaging in satanic pagan rituals.”
And in keeping with the theme of all things witchery, here is our favorite pagan track by our beloved Book of Love.
May 9, 2011
Today I thought I’d like to feature two electronic acts whose recent material is generating a lot of buzz lately in the blogosphere, and although I support their efforts, I just haven’t been able to embrace them as much as I perhaps should. Just because I don’t seem to be getting it, however, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t either.
First up is Sweden’s Lykke Li and her new single Sadness is a Blessing. Lykke Li first burst onto the scene in 2008 with her critically acclaimed album, Youth Novels. The album contained a couple of fantastic standout tracks (Im Good, Im Gone and Little Bit, particularly their remixes). Her new album came out this year and her fan base seems to be expanding. First official single, I Follow Rivers has gained considerable airplay, even being featured in an advert for the television show, Grey’s Anatomy. Sadness is a Blessing has a definite 60s vibe to it and although enjoyable enough, it just doesn’t seem to have that same magic as the stuff on her first album.
Next up is Canadian band Austra who are on Paper Bag Records, the same label as bop2pop favorite, Sally Shapiro. She seems to be channeling the Fever Ray template, with eccentric visuals that complement icy, yet emotionally powerful vocals.