The lavish, haunted video you are about to watch is from enigmatic new Montreal outfit Blood and Glass, who have sprouted like a dead rose onto that city’s endlessly fertile music scene. The song is called “Inferno,” and it’s a carefully orchestrated, sonically textured descent into the abyss—albeit a very warm one. “This song is about a girl who faces her demons,” says singer Lisa Iwanycki. “They wrestle her to the ground and burn through the floor, falling into the earth’s core. She has no choice but to dance with them.” As for the video, by French director Thomas Lesourd, it’s a baroque parable of fallen creatures that evokes some Lynch, some Kubrick, and early silent films. It’s melancholic, it’s mysterious, it’s beautiful.
We thought we’d seen the weirdest mashup of musical styles and cultural signifiers of the week with Avril Lavigne’s “Hello Kitty” yesterday, but this one from British act Kelsey Ellison is giving it a run for its money. Ellison’s style falls somewhere between Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Die Antwoord, and the video reflects that inherent bananas-hop car crash. It’s also going to worm its way into your brain for the rest of the day once you listen, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
“The song is about losing your mind during the times when you feel stressed out and a little crazy,” Ellison told us. “We added in some cartoonish references and visuals to the lyrics to reference an escape from the madness of reality, and to make the song more fun! ‘Shake your pom pom pom’ doesn’t really make much sense on its own, but when you put it with the rest of the song, it almost feels like the right thing to do.”
The video, she said, is inspired by Japanese and Korean pop and fashion. “I love the colors and the animated feel to those particular styles, and I thought it was really suiting to the song. It also matches my personal style, but we made it even crazier for the video.”
Coachella has become somewhat of a punching bag recently, with websites, this one included, taking aim at the predictable fashion and depressing corporatization of the annual music festival. But we’re sick of all the toxic negativity. Coachella is also a place where talented musicians come to share their art with tens of thousands of spirited young people who are just there to have a good time and listen to some music. So in that spirit, Myles Pettengill roamed the Empire Polo Grounds during week 2 with his loyal camera to capture some of that joy.
“We wanted to write the kind of song that would be created in a parallel universe where Grace Jones and Giorgio Moroder slept together,” The Penelopes explain of their new “Time to Shine.” The London-based Parisian duo of Axel Basquiat and Vincent T. make good on that high-concept on their new 80s-style disco hedonism single, out soon on Pour Le Monde Records.
Photo by Scarlet Page.
You know what I love about Avril Lavigne? I keep getting older and her weird shtick stays the same age. That age in question here is somewhere between Gwen Stefani’s mid-2ks Japanese appropriation period, and circa 2010 dubstep. But, as I’ve mentioned here before, and as I will continue to do until this beautiful disaster of a Canadian circus folds up the flaps on its bizarre, traveling tent, Avril can do no wrong. She shifts the contours of style and taste to alter reality. Things that were de facto bad are thus rendered good again having appeared in one of her songs or videos. Perception is maleable. We bend to her will. (h/t Vanyaland)
“I wrote this after watching someone’s relationship fall apart and end, only for the aftermath to spiral out of control and into an obsession,” Welsh vocalist and songwriter Violet Skies told of us the track “Her Touch”, premiering here today. The song, a collaboration with Bristol producer Peter Cooper, aka Stumbleine, marries his hazy, dreamy production style with her sultry, provocative r&b emotion. “It was a destructive and dark place for both of them, and musically, when Stumbleine played me his initial ideas, the mood of the track captured their relationship perfectly.”
“Her Touch” is a taste of what’s to come from their joint LP Dissolver, out today in the UK and next week in the US on Monotreme Records.
The early 2000s were basically the exact same thing as we have now, except instead of dancing to shitty EDM at giant clubs while wasted on molly the kids danced in shitty LES dives at parties named after obscure Brit Pop songs on bad coke. Unfortunately there’s no recorded evidence of any of this happening because phones didn’t have cameras yet. Everyone had a mod haircut and wore denim tuxedos I seem to recall. Electro-clash and garage were a thing. Either way, we still have the music, which I’ve compiled in a handy playlist for you here.
The answer to the above question would be no, but Mr. Parkinson was always one of my favorite teachers in high school. Mild-mannered but armed with a deadpan wit, he was one of those teachers that blurred the line between the guy who assigned you essays and the guy you could just shoot the shit with. It’s been 14 years since I graduated from Langstaff Secondary School in Richmond Hill, a suburb of Toronto, and I’m proud to call Mr. Parkinson a Facebook friend. Yesterday, Mr. Parkinson shared a YouTube video on his newsfeed with the comment, “Our proud, literate, and articulate Langstaff Grade 9s…” I thought to myself, This is nice, he’s sharing a a presentation by some of his students on the Gettysburg Address, or maybe the Battle of the Bulge. I wish Facebook was around during my era, so my teachers can share my presentations. Then I clicked the link and saw this:
It turns out that just like the teenagers in America, the teenagers in Canada are also rapping about clothes they can’t afford and women they don’t sleep with. The group goes by the name of ProdGangEnterprise (PGE for short) and they’re made up of five turnt up fuccbois trying to get money, rep their crew, and fuck bitches. It’s the Canadian dream. Shout out to producer Gooseboy, who should be hearing from Rick Ross’ people aaaaaany second now.
No one makes heartbreak sound quite so appealing these days than Katie Goodman of La Sera. But the erstwhile Vivian Girls member is looking to have a little more fun on her third record Hour of the Dawn and first single “Running Wild” which premiered on Noisey.
“I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag,” Goodman said in a press release. “I didn’t want it to be another record of me sad, alone in my room. I wanted to have fun playing music and writing songs with a band.” To back her nimble basslines and enchanting vocals, Goodman assembled a new band helmed by guitarist Todd Wisenbaker.
“Running Wild” fits the bill. It’s an uptempo, vibrant dash through a rush of emotions.
“We started playing faster, louder and more aggressively…I wanted to get that energy onto the album.”
Do you want to look like Sky Ferreira? Of course you do, she’s on the blogs and magazines you read and that’s how entertainment and fashion works. It’s probably a lot harder than it sounds to pull off, although waking up hungover and tossing everything that comes in your path a big stink face is a pretty good place to start. The clothes, on the other hand, well you have to be some sort of rock star to find those, right? Not anymore! Her new video “I Blame Myself” lets you click through to a page on that has all of the styles she wears available for purchase on SSENSE, like a Givenchy black lambskin star patch bomber jacket, a Balmain woven mini skirt, and a Saint Laurent black leather zipper skirt. Music videos have always been commercials, but now that’s literally true. The future is weird!
Watch the video exclusively here.