Broken Bells—the collaborative project of Danger Mouse and the Shins’ James Mercer—have shared a new song, titled “Good Luck.” You can take a listen to the track below (via 30th Century/AWAL).
“Good Luck” is the first new song from Broken Bells in nearly a year, but they haven’t yet announced a new album. The band posted photos from the studio online in August 2018, and shared the new song “Shelter” as a one-off track in December. Their last full-length record, After the Disco, was released in 2014.
2020 is the sixth album from the much lauded, eccentric songwriter. Strangely, I feel I can introduce the nature of Dawson by relating a brief text conversation I had with my father a couple of weeks ago. He texted me (he never texts me) to say simply that had I heard of Richard Dawson, and was he a genius? I replied that I had, and he might be.
He then texted back this illuminating sentence, “I thought so, but I couldn’t tell.”
This is genuinely useful in getting to grips with Dawson. He’s not that easy to pin down, and it’s sometimes hard to think of his output as entertaining, but rather access to an inner monologue that we probably shouldn’t have. Sometimes I feel like he’s a sort of ultra-violent Les Dawson. He’s hugely witty, but dark as fuck. His lyricism is, frankly, wonderful. He deals explicitly in the rich vein of pathos that comes lurking always in the everyday.
Just listen to ‘Fresher’s Ball’ for instant access to his world. These narratives are woven from detail, he zooms in on the minutiae of things in a way that seems to extract the greatest emotional impact. Those of you who have already heard the fantastic ‘Jogging’ from this record will be familiar with the oh-so familiar gut punch of “one of the girls who works on the check-out tuts under her breath and it destroys me for a week.” Pretty much all of the writing is this good.
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London multi-disciplinary artist Fauness has shared drifting new song ‘Soon There Will Be No Summer’.
The rising force delivered her debut EP ‘Toxic Femininity’ around this time last year, and she’s set to follow this with follow up EP ‘Lashes In A Landfill’.
Due out shortly, the EP is trailed by a wonderfully sensual new song dedicated to the turning of the season.
The song was penned on a hot July evening in London, and it’s languid melancholy is reminiscent of those hazy nights in the capital.
Out now, ‘Soon There Will Be No Summer’ comes equipped with a video shot and directed by Aya Al-Shalchi.
The video acts as a love letter to London’s green spaces, with Fauness commenting:
“We wanted to capture the particular energy of the city’s parks and nature reserves, environments that are simultaneously toxic yet teeming with wildlife: rats, buddleia, pigeons, and waterfowl…”
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