– featured image courtesy of kim hiorthøy –
the london producer and singer kelly lee owens released an outstanding self-titled album earlier this year, a pulsating collage of electronica replete with an homage to arthur russell and a collaboration with jenny hval. as if that album’s ten songs weren’t enough of a gift, owens today released an extended version, with three additional tracks in tow.
“spaces” is part of that addendum. armed with a descending motif that meanders towards its destination and owens’ exacting lead vocal, “spaces” is a chilly slow-jam, content with pausing at sparse plateaus before continuing its plunge to cavernous depths. listen below.
today is ella yelich-o’connor’s eighteenth birthday, a perfect occasion for the artist who performs as lorde to share the music video for “yellow flicker beat,” a pillar of the hunger games: mockingjay part i soundtrack. lorde tapped emily kai bock for the director’s chair, yielding an end result that has appropriately been drawing comparisons to the work of david lynch. her singular form of dancing is on full display as well, and it’s further emphasized by the rather maximalist approach to the hook for “yellow flicker beat.” maximal in comparison to lorde’s usual minimalism, at least. check out the video below.
slow magic has been unbelievably consistent this summer, releasing a new track from his upcoming full-length how to run away at the end of each month. august is no exception; today the mysterious producer has shared “waited 4 u,” his brightest and most upbeat single yet. those adjectives are relative, however, as “waited 4 u” still hinges ever so slightly on slow magic’s penchant for eerie, trembling melodies. how to run away is out via downtown records september 9th. stream “waited 4 u” below.
if you haven’t heard already, sarah p. stepped away from her vocal duties in keep shelly in athens over the weekend, citing a desire to pursue other projects. it’s a bummer of a piece of news to hear, and something sarah gave no indication of in her interview with dimestore saints last year, but there is a bittersweet silver lining. in honor of her departure, keep shelly in athens has offered up “old time glory,” a new/old track, to stream and download via soundcloud. you can check that out below.
keep shelly in athens will soldier on. the band announced that they will continue with a new lead singer and guest collaborations, and that a new album can be expected later this year. but for now, let’s take a moment and remember what a critical factor sarah p. was in establishing the band’s early success.
to say that pillar point’s debut album is highly anticipated by this site would be a gross understatement. scott reitherman has dazzled with all of his offerings so far, from the straight-ahead “eyeballs” to the slow-jam tendencies of “dreamin’.” a month out from the album’s release, reitherman has shared yet another track, this time through brooklyn vegan; “cherry” is funky, melancholy, and grandiose, and you can stream it below.