Anna von Hausswolff x Wolves in the Throne Room

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Anna von Hausswolff is a true artist. She’s one of those musicians who is always creating, always doing things, and whose output is almost impossible to keep track of. Over the last couple of years, her creations have included a side-project with film composer Matti Bye under the name Hydras Dream, singing live for the Swedish National Opera‘s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, contributing to a book of children’s stories alongside Nick Cave & Tom Waits, putting out other people’s music on her label Pomperipossa Records, curating stages at festivals… That’s before we get onto her own music… her most recent album The Miraculous was closely followed by a whole new set written for her tour with Swans, not to mention various one-off pipe-organ compositions for special events.

Now, a brief break, some Instagram pictures of her in the studio with Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O))), Boris etc) and now THIS…. A vocal appearance on the epic new track from Wolves in the Throne Room.

 

Not really sure what to expect next, but I’m damn well looking forward to it.

Petrol Girls get their Fangs out

Petrol Girls have been tearing up festival stages across the UK this summer and they have a few more left to decimate… Latest video for ‘Fang’, which is taken from 2016’s debut album ‘Talk of Violence’, documents some of the band’s time on the road:

LIVE DATES:

AUGUST 

Fri, 4               UK, Manchester, Rebellion Festival

8-11                 Slovenia, Tolmin, Punk Rock Holiday

11-13               UK, Hampshire, Boomtown Fair

SEPT 

Sat, 2               UK, London, DIY Space for London, Loud Women Fest

Sat, 9              Germany, Stains In The Sun Festival

 

Find out more here.

Nadia Tehran – Life is Cheap, Death is Free

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Over the last couple of months, I’ve been completely addicted to Nadia Tehran’s EP ‘Life is Cheap, Death Is Free’. It came out last year so I’m a bit late to the party, but she just put out a new video which means I’m still allowed to talk about it like it’s new, right? Either way, this Swedish-Iranian’s debut is an important statement – it’s gutsy in a way that feels so needed right now.

I’ve been thinking a lot about how important music has always been in terms of communicating ideas/bridging divides away from government politics – especially throughout the last 100 years. I went to see a photography exhibition about the misrepresentation of Arabic women a few months back and it made a really strong impression on me, because it’s true – under the name of negatively interpreted “cultural differences” we are so casually fed this Imperial image of the passive Muslim woman, veiled and a victim. There are so many huge, huge problems with this. I’ll spare you the lecture, but the point is that Nadia Tehran is here to set us straight on a few things. I’m all for pop stars with stuff to say, bags of attitude and of course some damn tunes, and there looks to be no shortage of any of that here.

Listen to the full ‘Life Is Cheap, Death Is Free’ EP here.

Take a ‘Pill’ with The OBGMs

Canada’s The OBGMs were born from hip hop and now use that energy and fire within unique punk rock sensibilities. They’re playing Afropunk next weekend and will release their self-titled debut album on 8th Sept.

Here’s the latest cut from that in the form of ‘Pill’.

Pre-order the record here.

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith announces new album ‘The Kid’

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I first heard US composer (and synth wizard) Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith in March last year when she supported Anna Von Hausswolff at a church in Bethnal Green. Her album ‘Ears’ went on to be come one of my favourites of last year. Well she’s just announced the follow up album called ‘The Kid’ and has released the song ‘An Intention’ from it, which you can listen to below. Can’t wait to hear more!

Crumbs – Weasels Can Wait

Unique Leeds indie rocksters Crumbs are on the verge of releasing their debut album via one of our fav DIY punk labels Everything Sucks. They’ve released a new tune and video from said album in the form of ‘Weasels Can Wait’. It’s a corker. That album is out on 28th July and is called ‘Mind Yr Manners’ btw. You can pre-order it here, in fact.

By their own admission, it “is a party song about being the one crying at the party.” So an amalgamation of fun-ness and sadness then. You won’t know whether to dance or cry.

The band are playing Indietracks this month too. 

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