"Beating Heart" is the gleaming new single from Savoir Adore, and its magical new video spins around a palette of elegantly-muted, and gorgeous, browns and pale blues. Our Nature is the title of their most recent album, out now via Nettwerk.
Torres is the pseudonym of Nashville by way of Macon, Georgia musician Mackenzie Scott, whose music always provides a spark of inspiration. She’s recorded an amazing new one for Philadelphia-based non-profit Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through called “New Skin”, which will appear in a new guise on her forthcoming LP. On it she’s joined by Sharon Van Etten and members of War on Drugs and Ted Leo’s Pharmacists. If you are interested, you can remix the song yourself here.
Kim Talon, a.k.a. JAN, makes both visceral, independent music and incredibly creative, thought-provoking videos as well. Toby Goodshank has directed a new one for the raw but delicate and enchantingly tuneful "Knit Stems". Her self-titled debut is out now, and she’ll start recording her new album next month with John Agnello in Sonic Youth’s Hoboken studio. Finally, be sure to read our interview with Ms. Talon, which was a treat.
With its criss-crossing melodies, woozy production and impressively-filmed and gorgeously-styled video, "Strange Attraction", the new single from Toronto’s DIANA, inserts itself into your subconscious, assertively. It can happily stay. Their Perpetual Surrender LP is out now on Paper Bag Records. Via Stereogum.
Mysterious Berlin-based producer Lotic has re-imagined and transformed Ellie Goulding’s “Explosions”, painted it across a starry, midnight sky, and called it "It Will Never Be the Same". It makes wherever you are sound like a cathedral, and it brings the song’s beating heart to the surface and amplifies its spirit.
When Joe Boyd, Nick Drake’s producer, is effusive about your music, you’ve clearly done a great-many things right. Luluc are the duo ofZoë Randell and Steve Hassett, and their serene, kind and glowing music has gained Mr. Boyd’s approval. This is "Without a Face" from their Passerby record, which you’ll be able to buy from July 15th via Sub Pop.
Bob Dylan started "Dirty Lie" in the 1980s, and he gave it to The Secret Sisters to finish and include on their new record. The final product is bluesy, bourbon-soaked, cigarette-smoky and molten hot. Put Your Needle Down, with its beautiful Autumn de Wilde photography, is out now — ours came today…
We recently had the pleasure of seeing a London Grammar show in Detroit, where they sounded extremely good. “Sights” will be their new single, and its Giorgio Testi-directed video is a simple, elegant, unbroken line. If You Wait is out now.
"Sweet Malaise" will be the b-side to Ed Harcourt’s next single, which will be “In My Time of Dust”. It features the voice of Salford’s Ren Harvieu, whom we absolutely love. It’s a classic duet — romantic, gentle and very, very classy. The single arrives on May 19th.