…Video for Pure X’s “Easy,” the first in a series from Pleasure that visually explore the record’s themes of pain/pleasure and agony/ecstasy. In collaboration with director Malcom Elijah the band works with images of numbness and the pleasure of control. These images, in the context of a traditional music video, reflect bleak lyrics in the context of a semi-traditional bright-sounding pop song. Director: Malcolm Elijah.
‘Midnight City’ is the first track from M83′s forthcoming album ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’. Download the track here.
“Truth” from Alexander’s Debut Self-Titled Album. Directed by Tao Ruspoli.
Pas Un Autre contributor Annabel Graham spent a fascinating afternoon in Asnières–sur-Seine with the curious band of misfits that make up Open Space & Stars and MAD Agency. Read the full interview after the jump and check out the full story and more photos in first issue of Autre Quarterly–out next week….. INTERVIEW>>>
Fool’s Gold are gearing up for the release of their sophomore album, Leave No Trace, out August 16 on IAMSOUND. You’ve heard album track, “Street Clothes,” and now they are sharing with you one of Leave No Trace’s brightest and most “LA” tunes, “Wild Window.” Like a tightly coiled spring, the song bounces along, showcasing singer Luke Top’s passionate vocals and guitarist Lewis Pesacov’s signature tone and playing style, equally influenced by African guitarists as well as the likes of Johnny Marr and Robert Smith.
Drummer from the Beach Fossils Cole Smith remixes Caged Animals’ single Girls on Medication
Vanity Is Forever, being released September 27th via Chapter Music, is Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor’s first album under his own name, and his most ambitious, dynamic and sophisticated work yet. O’Connor’s fractured romantic reflections and lustful tributes play out over vast synthscapes, colossal stadium drums and flanged orchestral sweeps, creating a world that is at once ethereal and strikingly vivid. With a combination of restraint and fearless abandon, O’Connor embraces the conflicts of modern love in a manner as ambiguous as it is blunt, and as shameless as it is generous. His songs indulge in ecstasy, love, pride, failure and all the glamorous contradictions they become. He is both an adult with a juvenile mind, and a geriatric in the body of a young man. Painstakingly refined over two years, Vanity Is Forever is O’Connor’s most fully realized album to date, an epic pop melodrama that shifts seamlessly between seductive high-production dance hits, suave funk joyrides and modern synthetic power balladry. Recently, O’Connor has mesmerized audiences with an extravagant live show of dueling synthesizers, lasers, light sculptures and hypnotic projections. His diverse solo output – under both his own name and previous solo moniker Sly Hats – has seen him handpicked to support the likes of Fleet Foxes, Jens Lekman, School Of Seven Bells, Andrew Bird and First Aid Kit. In addition, O’Connor will release a series of steamy clips to realize his soap opera dreams. View a taste of what’s in store with a trailer for Vanity Is Forever.
“In the year of the saxophone, Santa Barbara’s Gardens & Villa give us the flute. And along the way, Gardens & Villa effectively wipe clear the vaseline from the murky bedroom funk of recent days. Gardens & Villa bang out instant classics — each crystal clear and immaculate, but no less sweeping or languid. Their debut is a youthful exploration of just how opulent and pop starkness can go.” Gardens & Villa continue on their North American tour as they wrap up dates with Foster The People and head out with Generationals, followed by shows with Craft Spells. Gardens & Villa’s debut LP is out July 5 on Secretly Canadian.
Gardens and Villa “Star, Fire, Power”