Tuesday, 23 June 2015

OFFICIAL VIDEO: YEARS & YEARS - 'SHINE'

Image © Brace Yourself PR

Supernatural goings-on in Years & Years latest video, which sees frontman Olly Alexander wandering around an empty house while strange things occur around him, but look a little deeper behind the song itself, and as he explains:

"The metaphor of 'shine' and 'shining' comes from the way somebody can make you feel totally brand-new and special and re-made in the light of their love, but how that can feel incredibly unstable and overwhelming and make you want to destroy yourself."

This track just encapsulates how love is a myriad of complicated emotional juxtapositions, like that feeling of smiling inside, which is momentarily, actually about finding your own despair hilarious.

‘Shine’ is released on July 5th, and you can pre-order the new album 'Communion' out on July 10th HERE - look out for my interview with the band coming soon for INBEDWITH magazine.





 

GIRLS RULE THE WORLD: DAZED & CONFUSED SUMMER 2015 ISSUE

Image © Ryan McGinley / Styling Robbie Spencer

Girls Rule The World... obviously, and Dazed & Confused agree, drawing inspiration from that power busting statement for their Summer 2015 all-girl love-in issue which celebrates trailblazing females such as Lorde, Jessica Lange, Andreja Pejić, Dej Loaf, Hari Nef, Tink and feminist art collective The Coven.
Watch a teaser video for the issue below, or better still, just go and buy a copy, out on
newsstands now.



 

ALL SAINTS: DEF IN VENICE

Image © All Saints

The third installment of All Saint’s Biker Portrait series moves from the indoors to the outdoors, as new film 'Def in Venice' - shot on California's Venice beach - links the brand's iconic biker jacket to the everyday lives of West coast muses including models, musicians, actors, artists, surfers and skaters - all perfectly expressing the brand's ethos of 'freedom and individuality in unexpected and inspiring ways’.

Shot in signature black & white, the film short captures the spirit of modern youth and LA cool, soundtracked by Ariel Pink’s 2012 cover of Joe and Donnie Emerson’s 70’s hit 'Baby'. 

Watch below, and you can shop the new All Saints collection (seen in the film) HERE.


 

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

THAT'S A WRAP: I-D MAGAZINE'S 35TH BIRTHDAY LIMITED EDITION DESIGNER COVER WRAPS

Raf Simons for Dior

So i-D magazine have unveiled their 11 limited edition cover wraps as part of their 35th birthday celebrations, including Alexander Wang for Balenciaga, Christopher Kane, Jeremy Scott for Moschino, J.W. Anderson, Karl Lagerfeld, Palace, Phoebe Philo, Raf Simons for Dior, Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy, Supreme and Vivienne Westwood - all chosen as they "define and shape the industry and create the world's coolest and most iconic clothing".

Check some of them out above / below, and the wraps are available to buy at Dov
er Street Market, Colette, 10 Corso Como, SOTO Berlin, Palace and Supreme stores.

Vivienne Westwood
Alexander Wang for Balenciaga

 

MEET BOSCO: "GOLD GHOST"

Atlanta-born, Brooklyn-based multi-disciplinary musician BOSCO, has the kind of husky raw sensuality which draws you into her world, putting herself on the line with deep and affecting lyrical clarity.

Her latest offering "Gold Ghost", follows her signature experimental soul and R&B soundscape, an infectious mix where you can hear every breath as she tells stories of falling from grace, being at the bitter end and not belonging - you would think she's evoking and unravelling the heady spirit of heartbreak - but no, she's actually referencing her personal struggles to gain recognition and be taken seriously as a recording artist, particularly when hailing from a grassroots, post-punk, DIY area like Atlanta.

BOSCO's vocal dynamism and depth of creative vision, along with emotive musical leanings fuelled by skill and agility, make her a unique and honest artist I'm looking forward to hearing more of.
Check out "Gold Ghost" from her debut "BOY" EP below.




 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

OFFICIAL VIDEO: ELIZA CUMMINGS x BRYAN FERRY - 'JOHNNY & MARY'

Image © Purple PR Music

Take slinky crooner Bryan Ferry (the one your parents listen to), along with model-of-the-moment Eliza Cummings, then put them in LA's celebrity schmooze-ville hangout Chateau Marmont and also the Wolf's Lair Castle - an eight-bedroom replica of a Norman castle overlooking the Hollywood Reservoir built in 1927 for Milton Wolf (which singer and producer Moby used to own) - and what do you get?


The just released video for Ferry's 'Johnny and Mary'.

A cover of the Robert Palmer original, the track is taken from Ferry's latest album offering 'Avonmore' and was produced by Norwegian DJ Todd Terje.
"I have always liked Robert Palmer's beautiful song 'Johnny & Mary' with its haunting lyrics", says Ferry. "Initially we tried it fast like the original, but later Terje gave it a different slower feel, which was much better. I played some piano on this version which I hope compliments Terje's futuristic programming. It is a real pleasure to collaborate with such a talent."

Directed by Brantley Gutierrez, watch the moody short below, which is heavy on the cinematic aesthetic - think hazy city lights, shadowy cuts of Ferry looking pensive behind an antique typewriter, and Eliza hanging out of an open-top car looking lost in herself, in love....in something. I'll have what she's having please.





 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

NEW MUSIC: TOVE LO - MOMENTS

Image © Johannes Helje / Island Records

Any singer whose lyrics and musical soundscape explore raw chemistry, the darker heart at its core and therapy-like self-examination, is basically alright with me - which is why Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo is one habit I'm trying hard not to break. 


Her debut album "Queen of the Clouds" is full of the joys of break ups, rooted in fragile yet biting refrains cemented together with insatiable and triumphant choruses.
Lo holds nothing back, best heard in the addictive track “Moments” with the line, “I can get a little drunk, I get into all the don’ts. But on good days, I am charming as fuck."
Yes, we can all relate...

The album is out now and for those of you hoping to catch her live, Lo is playing the V Festival this August.



 

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