All bikers, and desert vistas, and hazy arcades, and Whitman and beatnik philosophical mumbo-jumbo. “America.”
Azealia continues to be extremely generous in creating visual accompaniments to her tracks. We’ll take it.
Sometimes while dragging oneself wearily across the desolate landscape that is the Internet, one stumbles across a little oasis. Feeling featherlight, indeed.
Here’s the audio for Rihanna’s new single, “Diamonds.” New lead single, that is. Yep. She’s releasing another album. It is, after all, that time of year. This song isn’t bad, but it’s sort of unremarkable. Have a listen if you care to. You’ll doubtlessly hear it plenty on the radio soon enough, anyway.
Source: SoundCloud / Rihanna
Lana Del Rey’s brand of shallow, grandiose gloss continues to be one of the most rewarding things to happen to pop this year. It’s all surface, but one paved in expertly deployed signifiers that tap into a cinematic phantom version of America.
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Everything here is coated in that slightly spectral haze that time layers upon our memories, in service of evoking a dying-neon nostalgia.
Well, this appeared the other day and was a pleasant surprise. It’s the first really notable thing Harris has released as a single since “We Found Love.” His beats here are slicker and a bit more evocative than they have been in a lot of his other tracks floating around radio right now. And here’s a case where a fresh juxtaposition works really well: Welch’s voice maintains its richness in this electronic soundscape and even sounds invigorated by it. So, for the sake of making radio less shitty, let’s all get behind this track, shall we?
(Also, props for the Wong Kar-wai Fallen Angels-esque visuals, especially in the opening of the video)
This is 2NE1. They hail from South Korea. This is their new video for their new single, “I Love You.” Mostly, though, this is awesome.
If anything could bring me back to blogging it’s No Doubt. This is their new single, “Settle Down,” from the forthcoming album “Push and Shove.” It is properly amazing. I’d not been feeling very care-free or summery (despite the heat wave and drought my part of the state has been experiencing), but this changed everything. The second that soaring pop chorus took off: suddenly it felt like summer. Suddenly it felt like my childhood. Seriously, a six minute track? How gracious of them. Perfect from the Indian-flavored instrumental intro, to the totally chill outro, this is as triumphant and joyous as comeback singles get. Well done Tony, Gwen, Adrian, and Tom.
Everything St. Vincent does is Important with that big ol’ capital “I,” because pretty much all of it turns out Amazing, with a big ol’ capital “A.” Her two new songs for Record Store Day are no different, though, with their incredibly rough edge and violent energy, they are Unexpected, with a big ol’ capital “U.” Here’s one of them, titled “Krokodil.”