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Video of the Moment #2755: Bjork

By on Tuesday, 12th December 2017 at 6:00 pm

I am not a Bjork fan. Never have been, never will be one. However, there is no denying her influence on popular music and the making of it. Her ability, or shall we say willingness to push boundaries has been pretty unrivalled over the years. This week, she shares the promo video for the title track of her newest album, ‘Utopia’, her ninth that dropped last month on One Little Indian. Directed by Nick Thornton Jones and Wareen Du Preez, it looks how you might imagine visuals for a song with a title like that might be conveyed. We’re introduced to a pretty, overly pink world looking idyllic, while flautists from the land play a bouncy melody along to Bjork’s own vocals. I think if you get Bjork, you’ll totally love this. Me? I am totally lost. Make up your own mind about it by watching it below. TGTF’s past coverage on the enigmatic Bjork is through this link.


Single Review: Laura Marling – Don’t Pass Me By

By on Tuesday, 12th December 2017 at 12:00 pm

It’s perhaps a bit unusual to write a single review for a song that we’ve already mentioned in a review of the full album. However, Laura Marling’s early 2017 LP ‘Semper Femina’ is well worth a second look. The album has been mentioned on several Best of 2017 lists (including this one from Noisey and this one from NME) and was recently nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best Folk Album. On the strength of those accolades, Marling has released a new deluxe version of ‘Semper Femina’ and a new single from the album, ‘Don’t Pass Me By’, which is accompanied by an elegant and artistic lyric video.

The song itself is graceful and refined, its arrangement evolving slowly and hypnotically over the course of four wistful verses and a plaintive refrain. Marling’s vocal delivery is both sultry and soothing as she sings of an evolving relationship and the residual emotion that lingers between two people in the process of growing apart. The protagonist of her narrative seems to be of two minds, confessing, “I can’t get you off my mind”, before asking in the next breath, “can you love me if I put up a fight?”

This kind of duality is characteristic of ‘Semper Femina’, as Marling fluidly and unapologetically juxtaposes opposing emotions, gender pronouns, and musical styles. ‘Don’t Pass Me By’ is among the most elusive of the songs on the album, its poetry both consciously evocative and willfully vague. But despite the layers of thematic conflict, Marling’s musical treatment is calm and composed, its dynamic hushed and its tempo serene throughout. The visual representation in the lyric video streaming below conveys a similar sense of peace and tranquility, as its graphics continuously modulate and transform in much the same fashion as Marling herself over the past several years.


‘Don’t Pass Me By’ appears on the new deluxe version of ‘Semper Femina’, which is available now via More Alarming Records/Kobalt. TGTF’s complete previous coverage of Laura Marling is collected here.


Video of the Moment #2754: Woodes

By on Monday, 11th December 2017 at 6:00 pm

This is definitely the year of the strong woman. The latest? Australian electronic pop artist Woodes, known to her mum as Elle Graham, released a new video late last week. ‘Dots’ is a lovely cinematic visual, with Graham playing a Wonder Woman, warrior princess type of traveller who traverses the brush, the desert, a snowy landscape, all over, day and night, in search of the truth. Who or what is she seeking? Will she be successful, victorious? Decide for yourself by watching the promo for single ‘Dots’ below. For much more here on TGTF on Woodes, go here.


Album Review: Belle and Sebastian – How to Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1) EP

By on Monday, 11th December 2017 at 12:00 pm

Belle and Sebastian How to Solve Our Human Problems Part 1 album coverTwo decades after forming, Glaswegian band Belle and Sebastian are still at it, and for their latest release, they’ve decided to turn things on its head. I should probably be referring not to release but to releases, plural. In their earliest years, Belle and Sebastian knocked out albums at a feverish pace: ‘Tigermilk’ and ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’ were recorded and released in less than a year. While Stuart Murdoch says, “My capacity to be delighted by pop music has not waned”, his outlook on the music business has changed. This has led to their decision to release not an album in a traditional format but three EPs under the umbrella ‘How to Solve Our Human Problems’, each of them to be bolstered by a lead single.

In part 1 of the trilogy, ‘We Were Beautiful’ is that single, an upbeat number that continues the Scottish’s group trajectory towards synth-driven tuneage evidenced in ‘The Party Line’ from 2015’s ‘Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance’. In his semi-sung, semi-spoken words, Murdoch paints a picture of optimism and resilience despite obstacles, much needed in these downtrodden times: “I see you the way you are, I see you the scar… we were beautiful before this all went down”. ‘The Girl Doesn’t Get It’ begins simply and trite enough, with Murdoch’s pronouncement that women have been deceived by “a myth that they’re selling / that there’s one perfect fella”. The song quickly changes to a political direction, into discussion of state of fear and terror we’ve been pulled into in this uncertain world and, I guess for lack of a better parallel descriptor, Britain’s version of Make America Great Again. All the while, a bouncy, poppy, peppy synth-led rhythm reminiscent of OMD confounds.

But maybe that’s the point, to keep you off balance, to create a feeling of unease? ‘Dew Sweet Lee’, a near cloying duet between Murdoch and Stevie Jackson, opens this EP, sounding nothing like the two songs I just described. In it, Murdoch recalls a woman he once loved. But was it a fabulous love affair, or was it all in his mind and he daydreamed up the whole thing? It’s up to the listener to decide. Moving into even slower territory, ‘Fickle Season’ shines gently like stars in a night sky. A repeated tap in the backdrop sounds like the clicking of a clock or a metronome, which seems appropriate here. “Come the season, find a reason / home is anywhere you find me”, sings Sarah Martin, a honeyed yearning in her voice.

The five-track EP ends with an instrumental, ‘Everything is Now’. Sounding like a wonky Broken Bells with flute and like an attempt by a pop band who don’t really know how to jam, you’re left scratching your head after its 5 and a half minute conclusion. EPs are shorter than albums, so they’re usually easier to string together by a common theme, something that doesn’t seem to be obvious here. Maybe the other two EPs that follow will have better guidance towards the titular ‘How to Solve Our Human Problems’? Let’s hope so.


The ‘How to Solve Our Human Problems (Part 1) EP, the first of three from Belle and Sebastian, is out now on Matador Records. The Scottish group will be touring their newest music in Europe in February, the UK and Ireland in March and will even pop over to Australia in May; all their touring information current as of now is on their Facebook here. For our past coverage on Belle and Sebastian here on TGTF, come through.


MP3 of the Day #903: The Dunwells

By on Monday, 11th December 2017 at 10:00 am

Back when I first started here at TGTF in 2009, we gave out quite a bit of free music. Then RCRD LBL went away, and fewer people wanted to give away their tracks for free (I get it). But I do love it when we can give away free tracks now. Here’s a freebie to brighten your Monday morning. Leeds rockers The Dunwells just released a new EP on the 1st of December, ‘Colour My Mind’. Continuing with the momentum off the EP being available, they want to give away their song ‘I Need Your Love’ to you. How, you ask, can you grab this for your very own? Join their mailing list through here, follow all the directions and you’ll be directed to your free download of the track. Easy peasy, eh? To read more of our past coverage of The Dunwells here on TGTF, use this link.


Video of the Moment #2753: IDER

By on Friday, 8th December 2017 at 6:00 pm

Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville, better known as IDER, have a new video out this week. The roommates have now unveiled their co-directed promo for ‘Body Love’, which includes an inside look of the flat they shared where, as they say, the magic happens. That is, the magic that is the ladies making demos in their bedrooms. The song itself is a revelation, as their voices harmonise wonderfully, as if you’re being let in on a little secret, and a quite poppy one at that. Watch the video for ‘Body Love’ below. The duo will be performing at London Rich Mix on the 27th of March 2018. For more coverage on IDER on TGTF, go here.

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