STRANGER TUNES


Posted on February 3rd, by legrandfromage in magazine, music. No Comments

sbr175-pharmakon-300

Strange times call for strange tunes. Here’s three recent releases and three ways to deal with reality at its most jagged: screaming into a pillow, singing a quiet song or kicking yourself and everyone around you a conscience.

Pharmakon – Transmission

I’m a sucker for noise records that feel like someone is screaming into a pillow and the pillow is you. No one can make you absorb a muffled cry like Pharmakon and I for one am looking forward to hearing her new album and watching her bang self-made instruments made from metal sheets and tangled wires against a vintage synthesizer in front of a confused and delighted audience real soon.

From ‘Contact’ – Out March 31


Mount Eerie – Real Death

Intensely personal and brave, it’s hard to say anything about this piece of music written by Phil Elverum about losing his wife to cancer. Just listen. Even if you’re only able to listen once.

Quote:

“Written and recorded August 31st to Dec. 6th, 2016 in the same room where Geneviève died, using mostly her instruments, her guitar, her bass, her pick, her amp, her old family accordion, writing the words on her paper, looking out the same window.”

Lyrics
“Death is real.
Someone’s there and then they’re not
and it’s not for singing about.
It’s not for making into art.
When real death enters the house
all poetry is dumb.
When I walk in
to the room where you were
and look into
the emptiness instead
all fails.
My knees fail.
My brain fails.
Words fail.
Crusted with tears, catatonic and raw, I go downstairs and outside and you still get mail.
A week after you died a package with your name on it came and inside was a gift for our daughter you had ordered in secret and collapsed there on the front steps I wailed.
A backpack for when she goes to school a couple years from now. You were thinking ahead to a future you must have known deep down would not include you though you clawed at the cliff you were sliding down, being swallowed into a silence that is bottomless and real.
It’s dumb
and I don’t want to learn anything from this.
I love you.”
 
From “A Crow Looked at Me” – out March 24

Kate Tempest – Europe is Lost (NSFW)

“Massacre. Massacre. Massacre. New shoes.”

When I first heard the latest Kate Tempest album “Let them Eat Chaos” I thought it was too devoid of hope, missing the fighting stance of her debut. Still amazing. But maybe not as amazing as I hoped it would be. But now, a few months later and a few rungs down the ladder of present day purgatory, some of its tracks seem almost prophetic. Or, to be more precise: this album feels like a reminder that we probably all saw this coming. Kate Tempest is a poet and does what good poets have done for thousands of years: write something that is both of the times, and above time. The video for “Europe is Lost” is a no-punches-pulled edit of archival images with creative direction by Harris Elliott.

Related Posts with Thumbnails



Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Connect with Facebook



KNOTORYUS CATCHES UP WITH POLITICAL STREETWEAR BRAND HYPEPEACE TO DISCUSS THE NEW DESIGNS, PROTESTS & ANONYMITY  

On the dawn of the launch of their second release, this time in support of people affected by the Syrian crisis, we talk to...

FUTURA SET TO RELEASE WORLDWIDE UNIQLO COLLABORATION (FIRST PREVIEW)

It’s been announced that artist icon and KNOTORYUS all-time favourite FUTURA AKA Leonard ‘Lenny’ McGurr will be releasing a collection for global retailer Uniqlo‘s UT line in March and...

PALACE DROPS FULL SS17 LOOKBOOK 

After a proper tease, PALACE have kindly given us their complete lookbook (or as Lev likes to call it: DAS LOOKY BOOKY) for SS17. The...

KNOTORYUS BEST OF NEW YORK FASHION WEEK WOMENSWEAR (AW17)

It should come to few people’s surprise that New York Fashion Week was outspokenly political for AW17. Designers with all kinds of diverse backgrounds...

MY PERSONAL SUPREME SS2017 TEN PRODUCT SELECTION

When I saw the new Supreme SS17 collection-reveal yesterday, I of course knew immediately that you’ll definitely catch me outside in head-to-toe all-over-Obama-on-wax-print, but...

LET’S TALK ABOUT WOLFGANG TILLMANS AHEAD OF HIS EXPO AT TATE MODERN

German-born artist and photographer Wolfgang Tillmans creates images that are instantly arresting in their intimacy. Moments congealed in time, that you feel priviliged to...

RAF SIMONS DEBUTS FIRST COLLECTION FOR CALVIN KLEIN (ALL THE LOOKS + REVIEW & SOUNDTRACK)

Today at 10 AM local time, Raf Simons and Creative Director Pieter Mulier introduced us to the new Calvin Klein Collection at New York...

BROMANCE RECORDS ANNOUNCES END WITH SPECIAL MIX

Well this sucks.

Here’s the official statement released on the Bromance Facebook page 5 minutes ago:

“We’ve been here together for five years, delivered about fifty...

KNOTORYUS CHECKS IN WITH DESIGNERS MARIE-SOPHIE BEINKE, EMMANUEL A. RYNGAERT & SCHUELLER DE WAAL AHEAD OF THE ACT! CUT! PLAY! FASHION FILM SCREENING

When I was 15, I saw my first fashion film. It was a Prada feature named ‘Thunder Perfect Mind’, directed by Ridley & Jordan...

YOUR FEBRUARY WOMEN’S AW17 SHOWS CHECKLIST

Simone Rocha SS17 Are your eyelashes fastened? Did you manage to sneak in a gulp of air in between shows? Because there’s no getting off...

RAF SIMONS SUBTLE #RESIST AND HIS CALVIN KLEIN SS17 AMERICAN CLASSICS CAMPAIGN

I’ve pondered this a couple of times: how does signing a longterm contract and moving to a new country feel if you made this decision during a legendary time when the first black president...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY J DILLA (NEW TRIBUTE MIX)
R.I.P. Jay Dee. Donuts forever.
CHANCE THE RAPPER DROPS “SAME DRUGS” VIDEO (WATCH)

Off the perpetually excellent (and Grammy-nominated) mixtape ‘Coloring Book’, Chance The Rapper surprise-dropped an ace video for “Same Drugs”, directed by Jake Schreier.

Joined by the ‘Magnificent...

STRANGER TUNES
Three recent releases and three ways to deal with reality at its most jagged.
WILLY VANDERPERRE GIVES US WARHAUS ‘MACHINERY’ VIDEO + “/12” MODEL FAN ZINE LAUNCH

Belgian band Warhaus, fronted by Maarten Devoldere of Balthazar and Sylvie Kreusch of Soldier’s Heart, needed a video for their new single ‘Machinery’ off of...