This is it. This is the excitement we’ve been waiting for. Ok, it’s a jaded excitement but it’s LCD sonically and lyrically encapsulating their whole deal in one track. Ever the ageing outsider, Murphy ruminates on the current pop landscape’s monoculture that peddles limited edition sneakers before turning it back on himself “And what’s it you do again? Oh I’m a reminder / The hobbled veteran of the disk shop inquisition”. He’s still losing his edge and recognises he sounds like his mother. The generation gap is stark.
“You’ve lost your internet and we’ve lost our memories / We had a paper trail that led to our secrets / But embarrassing pictures have now all been deleted / By versions of selves that we thought were the best ones ‘Till versions of versions of others repeating / Come laughing at everything you thought was important / While still making mistakes that you thought you had learned from.”
In the end, Murphy suggests the culture prioritises the youthful superstars is a false narrative but offers a hopeful alternative narrative for living.
“You’re missing a party that you’ll never get over / You hate the idea that you’re wasting your youth / That you stood in the background oh until you got older / But that’s all lies.”
It’s not over and Murphy’s own “late era middle-aged ramblings” is proof.
Alex Cameron & Angel Olsen – Stranger’s Kiss
A classic-sounding collaboration that has a curtain-closer feel. Olsen is the real star once she appears giving the tune a lift beyond the norm. Nice video featuring Girls actress Jemima Kirke too.
James Holden & The Animal Spirits – Pass Through The Fire
It’s been a while since anything from Mr Holden has grabbed my ears. ‘ Pass Through The Fire’ is a discombobulating building track recorded with his new band The Animal Spirits. Holden will no longer be DJing so this is the new phase of his career and it’s a nu-jazz brass and wind modular synth folk /trance workout constructed live with the band Tom Page (RocketNumberNine), Etienne Jaumet, Marcus Hamblett, Liza Bec and Lascelle Gordon – have shared lead single ‘Pass Through The Fire’.
Confidence Man – Boyfriend (Repeat)
One of those novelty-lite talky songs that would have gone down well at the indie-disco, ‘Boyfriend Repeat’ is a fun and funky pop song from an Australian four-piece.
Julien Baker – Appointments
21 year-old Memphis songwriter Julien Baker’s debut was reissued on Matador earlier this year and now we had news of her newest Turn Out The Lights on October 27th. ‘Appointments’ is a torch-burning hopeful highlight. Baker plays Dublin in November.
Surprise! Daughter are doing the score for a video game. Not totally expected perhaps but their music is ambient-leaning and Florence And The Machine worked with Square Enix and Final Fantasy before so it’s has precedence. The band’s soundtrack for Life Is Strange: Before The Storm will be released as Music from Before the Storm will be released on September 1.
The Horrors – Something To Remember Me By
The Horrors are at their best when they bring rock textures with more hypnotic elements and this new song from their fifth album V (Sept 22) does just that. It’s a bit New Order, a bit Caribou.
Ardyn – Throwing Stones
After this Gloucestershire duo’s last song had a Fleetwood Mac vibe, their newest continues the trend of sounding like classic artist with Kate Bush being the most obvious touchstone. It was produced by Tourist (they feature on his new single) and the sense of foreboding common from watching Hitchcock’s The Birds.
Anna Of The North – Money
From the new album from the Norwegian-Kiwi duo of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith out September 8, ‘Money’ is a warning to a friend, or ex about a coin-sucking lover.
The angsty ambient style practiced by Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella aka Daughter will release Not To Disappear the follow up record to If You Leave in January 2016. It was recorded with with Nicolas Vernhes (Deerhunter, War On Drugs, Animal Collective) at his Rare Book Room studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
‘Doing The Right Thing’ is the first song from the album and keeps it close to the band’s signature sound with lyrics concerning dementia and its all-encompassing effect on the family.
The song is accompanied by a video, the first of three from filmmakers Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (who directed the Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth). Author Stuart Evers was commissioned to write three short stories – ‘Dress’, ‘Window’ and ‘5,040’ – based on select Not To Disappear tracks. Iain & Jane’s videos are interpretations of those tales. ‘Doing The Right Thing’ (based on the story ‘Dress’) is the first of the visual trilogy.
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Jon Hopkins continues his brisk pace of work this year after his Immunity album with a soundtrack for the Saoirse Ronan-featuring end of world film How I Live Now, from which we’ve already heard his Bat For Lashes collaboration.
Daughter’s music does have a dystopian foreboding bent already so on the remix of ‘Home’, Hopkins focuses on increasing the tension with subtle percussive elements. Subtle strokes. The soundtrack is mostly Hopkins’ original work and is out now.
Elena Tonra of Daughter in Derry. By Rich Gilligan
After specials from Dingle, Derry and London in the last six months, Other Voices, series 11 will start broadcasting in its entirety on RTE2 over the coming 8 weeks starting tonight at 11:20pm.
Tonight’s show will feature Luara Mvula, Palma Violets, Daughter, The Staves and George Ezra while you should look out for performances from John Grant, Villagers, Savages, Laura Marling, Little Green Cars, SOAK, Local Natives, This Is The Kit and much more. (more…)
The music of Daughter has always burned with a smouldering intensity, a brittle air of delicate musical tones which erupts into red-hot builds, charged by scornful lyrics. On their debut album, the entire running time is cast in the traumatic embers of a breakup or a breakdown and as such, the music ebbs and flows around turbulent songs.
Elena Tonra is consumed by a devastating loss, the kind that makes you view the world in dim ways. “And if you’re still breathing your the lucky ones / cause most of us are heaving through corrupted lungs, setting fire to our insides for fun, collecting names of the lovers that went wrong,” she says on ‘Youth’. While the dramatic lyrics can be a bit emo-dramatic at times, see the “I sometimes wish I’d stayed inside my mother, never to come out” line on ‘Smother’, the majority of the lyrics are elegant in their simplicity despite the heavy portent of ominous imagery. (more…)
There’ll be 4 stages, tickets are €99 plus fees for the weekend or €54.50 plus fees for a day ticket. Early bird tickets are €79.50 and €44.50 plus fees. Tickets on sale tomorrow at 9am via Ticketmaster.
Personally, I think this is a reasonable lineup considering the now-crowded mid Irish festival market we now have. Fingers crossed there’s more interesting smaller bookings on the way, along the lines of Mykki Blanco.
In terms of medium to large multi-day festivals that’s Longitude, Forbidden Fruit, Body and Soul, Oxegen and Electric Picnic happening this year. Considering those odds, POD and Forbidden Fruit did pretty well in their booking.
Last year’s lineup was pretty stellar so I can understand the initial disappointment from some but there was no Longitude last year meaning that this time around, MCD could offer act who were potentially Forbidden Fruit-bound more moolah to play in July at Longitude rather than June. With so few big headliners at the moment, Forbidden Fruit had to resort to the tried and tested method of rock bands who have done it before: Primal Scream and Kasabian to bring in guaranteed ticket sales despite the other audience of more indie/Primavera-oriented potential festival-goers who would prefer to have the festival to themselves. It’s going to be an interesting year for all of these festivals.
When Other Voices started, it was very much in the mould of a regular TV show. Go somewhere and make the thing, record it and broadcast it at a later date. In the last few years though, the music show has made the leap into online too with live streams via RTE and The Guardian, an active socialmedia presence and a Youtube channel which hosts performances shot just days prior.
The show started in the intimate environs of St. James Church but it too has made the leap further afield in recent years. A show in New York a couple of years ago galvanised the series to spread its wings, and this year, in its eleventh season, it travelled to the UK City of Culture, Derry, last weekend and it will go to London to complete the triangle in April.
Tonight, RTE will broadcast a 2 hour special featuring the highlights from the weekend’s sets from 11pm to 1am. I was there the entire weekend reporting for the Other Voices blog and here are some of my personal highlights, in a numbered but no particular order, from the last few days.
Next weekend, Other Voices moves from its Dingle home for the first time in its 10 year life to another location on this island: Derry/Londonderry, the 2013 city of culture. From Friday 8th to 10th of February, the likes of Two Door Cinema Club, Savages, Soak, Neil Hannon Daughter, Little Green Cars and Marina And The Diamonds will take to the Glassworks venue for the recording of the show. As well as that, there’s a whole lot of extra-curricular activities from 40 pub gigs (see poster below) on the Music Trail to Jim Carroll’s Banter talks.
I have tickets to giveaway to Sunday next weekend to see:
Daughter played their debut Irish gig on Saturday night. Almost a year ago, the Daughter show at Eurosonic impressed but a year later, the three-piece have molded together better. What was once atmospheric folk is now more of a mumbly take on the same sonic palette as the xx. Daughter’s hushed indie is rooted more in swelling songs and smart lyrics.
‘Still’ is more suggestive of the band’s new gel than ever before and what to expect from the debut album If You Leave. It’s sonically rich, gargantuan even paired with those plain yet evocative lyrics Tonra has penned “I wrap up my bones and leave them out of this home, out on the road”. The video is directed by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard. Daughter are back to play Other Voices in Derry on February 10th.
One of my favourite new artists of the last year, Daughter, Elena Tonra and her band will play Button Factory on Saturday 26th of January.
Over two EPs and her recent ‘Smother’ single as well as a great Daytrotter session and a Eurosonic performance, Elena has shown that she can write slow-burning connecting folk imbued by love and loss in an uplifting and magnetic way. I’m a fan. An album is coming on 4AD next year. Tickets €15 plus fees on sale from Ticketmaster and usual outlets next Monday. Here’s a video of her on Letterman I hadn’t seen.
Good to hear that things are progressing for Daughter following their deal with 4AD earlier in the year. Now officially a trio of Elena Tonra, Igor Haefeli and Remi Aguilella, the first release on their new label will be a 7″ of new song ‘Smother’ & previously demo ‘Run’. ‘Smother’ is below, a reminder of Tonra’s gift for bringing emotional weight to what appears to be at first, a deceptively simple song which erupts into a suffocating choral haze when Tonra threatens to leave the narrative.
Having never visited Eurosonic before, I assumed it was your usual music industry festival type-deal. Hundreds of bands and loads of industry looking for the next big thing. While the festival can fill that remit, the important part for me is the European focus. Over 250 bands from around Europe congregate in the city of Groningen, north of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and live music is the main attraction. Festival bookers and promoters are here to book acts for their festivals and the EU offer subsidies to those who book Eurosonic-featured acts.
Add in the work of the European Talent Exchange Program (ETEP) which encourages festivals to make a commitment to book the same act across a number of festivals in Europe (1359 shows and counting since 2003), the presence of 30 radio stations from across the continent broadcasting live from Groningen (including RTE 2FM’s Ian Wilson has been a long-serving member of the Eurosonic core group) and it makes the showcase event a must-do for bands, promoters and agents particularly.
This year, the spotlight country was Ireland and we were represented by 21 acts: Bitches with Wolves, Cashier no. 9, Emmet Tinley, Fionn Regan, Foy Vance, Funeral Suits, God Is an Astronaut, Hello Moon, James Vincent McMorrow, Jape, LaFaro, Lisa Hannigan, Mojo Fury, Rams Pocket Radio, Squarehead, The Cast of Cheers, The Minutes, Thread Pulls, Toby Karr, Wallis Bird and We Cut Corners. You can check out all the bands at Music From Ireland’s site who help organise the contingency with help from Culture Ireland. For a full report on how they got on at the festival, read my feature in this Friday’s Day and Night in the Irish Independent (/plug).
The Irish focus was the main reason I was there, as well as to participate in a media panel, but of course, I saw about 30 bands from Wednesday to Saturday, and here were my 10 favourite live shows of the week. (more…)
One of the most consistent live session sites on the internet, Daytrotter has gone to a monthly membership system ($2 a month for free downloads of sessions, a new one per day). Musicians drop into Rock Island, Illinois on their tours and record a four-track live session. Over the years, there’s been great ones from Edward Sharpe, Yeasayer, Grizzly Bear, Mayer Hawthorne and hundreds more.
The latest session to impress me is an artist I’m already smitten with, Elena Tonra aka Daughter. Her music burns bright in a dark place and the four songs recorded for Daytrotter – ‘Candles’, ‘In The Shallows’,’Tomorrow’ and ‘Landfill’ are calming yet teeming with ripped emotion. (more…)
Two years ago, I ran a series of guest posts from people involved in Irish music featuring their top 5 Irish acts at that moment. This time around, I thought I’d shift the focus to international and ask a similar question – “Who are your top 5 new artists of 2011?”. Kicking off today and running into next week, musicians, bloggers, record shop owners, journalists, bookers and radio presenters will be answering that question.
Alan Reilly is the man behind the new music Tumblr Bitzl R which takes a look at new worldwide artists. There’s always things on there I’ve never heard of before. Reilly is also a co-editor alongside myself at State.ie. Here are his five essential new artists of 2011: