Monday, April 28, 2014

Scarlet Pleasure: Windy + Venus

Singer Emil Goll, bassist Alexander Malone and drummer Joachim Dencker make up Danish trio Scarlet Pleasure. The excellent first single "Windy" will be included on their debut seven-song EP, to be released later this year.

In the intimate second video Goll gets to truly showcase his golden voice as he performs the sublime classic Motown-meets-George Michael song "Venus", greatly aided by Malone's James Jamerson-style bass lines and Dencker's solid beat as well as the keyboard playing/harmony vocals provided by the mystery man recruited for the occasion.

They'll be performing at Lille Vega in the Copenhagen borough of Vesterbro on June 26.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Oh Land: Cherry On Top

Brooklyn based for the past four years, 28-year-old Danish singer-songwriter-producer Nanna Øland aka Oh Land recruited fellow Dane, 1990s supermodel Helena Christensen, now 45 and a photographer, to play the role of a ballet teacher in the latest video to accompany a track from her 2103 album 'Wish Bone'. The beautiful "Cherry on Top" clip features 13-year-old ballet wunderkind Drew Minard of Iowa who toured in the theater production of Billy Elliot. It was shot at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York City by director Duncan Winecoff who also did Oh Land's "Renaissance Girls" video, published last summer.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Jhene Aiko: Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle)

26-year old Los Angeles native Jhene Aiko released her debut EP 'Sail Out' last November; her latest excellent video was published this week to accompany the outstanding bonus track "Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle)." 

Her highly anticipated debut full-length entitled 'Souled Out' will drop in late summer; hopefully tour dates will follow later this year.

NOTE: Her vocals are prominently and sublimely featured on Drake's stellar track "From Time" off his 2013 'Nothing Was The Same" album. She has  also contributed vocals on tracks by B2K, Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Big Sean, J. Cole, Vince Staples and more.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lana Del Rey: West Coast

The realease date for Lana Del Rey's third album 'Ultraviolence' (produced by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys) has yet to be announced, but the first single dropped yesterday. The excellent "West Coast" track does not disappoint; unfortunately we'll have to wait for the full video. Meanwhile, prepare to get dizzy as you watch a few seconds of black/white footage of Lana frolicking with a beau on a California beach on endless repeat.

There is a string of North American and European concert dates scheduled between tonight and late August, many of which are summer festival gigs, including NorthSide in Århus, Denmark on June 13.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Lykke Li: No Rest For The Wicked

Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li will release her third album 'I Never Learn' on May 5. The powerful video for the stunning lead single "No Rest for the Wicked" was directed by Swedish-Egyptian renaissance man Tarik Saleh who also shot two clips for "Wounded Rhymes", her 2011 album.

Li has eleven shows coming up this month and next month in Europe and the U.S., several dates have already sold out. More than a dozen European and North American summer festival gigs are also on her busy tour schedule, including performances at Roskilde July 3 and Lollapalooza August 1.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Pillar Point: Dreamin'

Scott Reitherman aka Pillar Point, founder of Seattle band Throw Me The Statue, dropped his self-titled debut full-length this winter. The hypnotic video accompanying the stellar track "Dreamin'' features the gifted Japan born/NYC based pro dancer Daisuke Omiya and was directed by Jacob Krupnick of Brooklyn creative studio Wild Combination.

Reitherman has an April 29 gig in Portland, Oregon. May 1-6 he will be performing with L.A. band Soft Swells in smaller Northern/Central and Southern California venues. May 16-18 he'll be playing at two festivals in Washington.  (Daisuke Omiya)  (director Jacob Krupnick)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Nirvana: Smells Like Teen Spirit

Kurt Cobain, age 2 at his aunt Mari's house.

It's been 20 years since Kurt Cobain died at the age of 27, but like all great artists he lives on through his creative output.

"Smells Like Teen Spirit" dropped on September 10, 1991 as the first single off of Nirvana's second album 'Nevermind."  The video by Samuel Bayer was shot on a sound stage in L.A. and captures the energy of the track thanks to the extras being allowed to let loose after spending hours waiting in their seats.

Some songs sound dated the second they are recorded. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" however is of the timeless kind, i.e. as powerful and brilliant as when it was created.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

BEA: Breadwinner

Very little info is available about the sound artist Bea Anubis aka BEA: she is 22 years old, Dutch, born to British parents. Her fellow Amsterdam creative, visual performance artist Piet Langevold (who shot the in-the-bathtub publicity photo) is said to be working on a video for BEA.

Meanwhile we can enjoy the sublime track entitled "Breadwinner" which can now be downloaded from the artist's Soundcloud page. (click on icon in the top right corner, below the Soundcloud logo.)