This week in The Singles Bar #41, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:
Zach Condon, the mastermind behind Beirut, shares new song and music video for Landslide. The video, starring Game of Thrones’ Ian Beattie, is directed by Eoin Glaister and shot in Kazakhstan. The song is off Beirut’s fifth studio album Gallipoli out February 1st via 4AD / Remote Control.
The 12-track Gallipoli started life in the winter of 2016, with Condon returning to his old Farfisa organ, the same one used to write the first two Beirut albums (2006’s Gulag Orkestar and the following year’s The Flying Club Cup), which he inherited from a travelling circus when he was a teenager. Following recording stints in New York and Berlin (where he now calls home), Condon settled in Sudestudio, a studio complex deep in rural Puglia, southern Italy. It was here that he rediscovered the old joys of music as a visceral experience which became the founding principle for Gallipoli.
With their much anticipated fifth full-length – and first for new label Rock Action Records – It Won’t Be Like This All The Time arriving next Friday (January 18th), Glasgow’s The Twilight Sad return today with the accompanying video for their current single: the driving, motorik VTr.
The clip – which was developed by a concept from the band’s Brendan Smith and directed by Michael Sherrington (from The Forest of Black) – perfectly captures the frenetic, cathartic energy of a Twilight Sad show, albeit one here portrayed through the distorted lens of memory. Shot on 16mm film with an onus on expressionistic lighting and practical visual effects, it vividly conjures the dark and atmospheric tone of the track itself.
Speaking of the video, Smith says, “We were keen to do something that felt like one of our gigs and to stay away from elaborate narratives or abstract concepts. Playing live is the exciting part for us and having a video that represents that was always the intention for ‘VTr.’ Working with Michael again was an easy decision, he really understands what we’re trying to do and has great ideas. We collaborated with him on the video for ‘I/m Not Here [missing face]’ and it’s important for us to have that consistency throughout.”
Pop singer-songwriter BETTY WHO is ringing in the new year with another glimpse into her forthcoming album with the release of her single I Remember. The track was produced by Peter Thomas & Kyle Moorman and is featured on her third studio record Betty, out February 15th 2019.
“‘I Remember’ is exactly the way I wanted to start my new year. It’s such a representation of the album and my obsession with making music that makes people feel good,” Betty says of the song. “The whole point of the song is about letting go of how hard life (and especially love) can be at times and remembering why you do it in the first place. Love is never going to be perfect. Sometimes it will be easy, most times it will be hard, but all the time it’s worth it because, when you’re with the right person, you are willing to work for it.”
Troye Sivan unveiled his new video, Lucky Strike. It was directed by Emma Westenberg, who helmed Janelle Monáe’s GRAMMY-nominated video Pynk. Using the YouTube Premiere Page chat feature, Troye was able to connect with fans as they viewed Lucky Strike for the first time. He simultaneously went live on Instagram Stories. In the lead-up to the video’s premiere, Troye shared teaser clips on Spotify Canvas and across his social media channels.
GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-Platinum artist Halsey has teamed up with Juice WRLD to release a new version of her chart-topping, 2x Platinum hit Without Me.
Without Me is Halsey’s first solo single to reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2016, she featured on The Chainsmokers’ RIAA Diamond-certified Closer, which topped the chart for 12 weeks and earned a GRAMMY nomination. Without Me has more than 700 million combined streams and previously topped Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart for six weeks. The official video has racked up over 65 million views.
The mighty Behemoth will soon be in Australia as part of the Download Festival!
In anticipation of the trek, the band have launched a new video for Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica (directed by Grupa 13), taken from their latest album, I Loved You At Your Darkest.
Orion (bass & vocals) comments: “Behemoth Legions! As this ‘ILYAYD’ adventure continues onwards, we want to share a new video with you! Since we began the writing process, ‘Ecclesia Diabolica Catholica’ was a stand-out contender to be featured as a single and music video. As the song evolved during rehearsal and recording, it gained this lively, furious vibe…which you hear now – thus, it includes live performance elements which we’ve not done in quite some time. We are happy to work with Grupa13 once again – and once again, they showed their super-professional approach at every step of the shooting and video production. Two separate locations, hours of preparation, but it was all worth it. In absentia dei, we evangelize! Enjoy!”
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter DERMOT KENNEDY today shares the brand new video for track For Island Fires and Family. The track is released as part of a collection of his current back catalogue and available now to stream in full.
The collection precedes Kennedy’s debut album which is set for release later this year. 2018 has been an incredible year for Kennedy and not only has he been announced as part of the renowned BBC ‘Sound Of 2019’ list, he was also voted #1 in NPR Slingshot’s ‘Best New Artist’ and tipped as a key artist to watch in 2019 by YouTube Music, MTV and Ticketmaster.
For Island Fires and Family has long been a live favourite of Kennedy’s but only now is it getting it’s official release via the incredible new video directed by Brendan Canty (Hozier – Take Me To Church). The video was shot on location on Inis Mór – one of the famous Aran Islands off the west coast of Ireland – and is the very same location Kennedy refers to in the track’s title. Speaking on the track’s sentimental value, Kennedy states;
“It’s been an important song to me for a long time and to make the video on Inis Mór was extremely special. It’s a really important place in my story and holds a lot of very precious memories.”
2018 may be a thing of the past but not this Bhad Bhabie. The 15 year old femcee is kicking off the year with a new video and a new sound on, Babyface Savage (featuring Tory Lanez) and it’s a banger! The Santiago Salviche directed visual finds Danielle like you’ve never seen her before, trading fiery bars effortlessly with Tory on a classic Corvette.
Bhad Bhabie closed out her debut year in the industry with a bang. She made several year-end lists including The New York Times & TIME, headlined worldwide tours (including Australia), made a number of festival appearances and announced her first ever reality Snapchat series. And if that weren’t enough, she did the unthinkable and came in as the 3rd highest selling female rapper of the year.
If you haven’t caught on yet, there’s still time and you can start by checking out the Babyface Savage video.
After a year of touring and two trips around Australia on the back of Debut EP Closure, The Lazy Susans (FKA Antonia & The Lazy Susans), release blistering new single R U OK? off the back of signing to Resist Records, home of Parkway Drive and Polaris, amongst many others.
“For a long time we have all been big fans of Resist Records. Their DIY ethic along with outstanding professionalism has shone brightly through the artist’s they’ve worked with, so we have a lot of respect for their role in the world of music. We are absolutely stoked to sign with Resist. It made the most sense to us, and it’s a dream working with them.” Lead singer Antonia Susan.
R U OK?, recorded, produced and mixed by Sam Johnson (Camp Cope, The Smith Street Band) is the first taste of things to come from the band’s forthcoming debut album. A track that tackles, and highlights, the importance of mental health and checking up on your friends; exploring themes of feeling alone, even when surrounded by people. R U OK? is a song of survival and the ways we cope with mental health. Asked of the inspiration behind R U OK? Antonia labels the song “An anthem for anyone feeling alone”.
Waiting For Dave the new single from The Bennies, as premiered on triple j earlier this week, sounds like Cheech and Chong teamed up with the Blues Brothers and started a Ska band. The new offering is out today on The Smith Street Band’s Pool House Records and Australia’s number one party starters, The Bennies, kick off their Australian Summer tour tonight in Brisbane.
From the second the intro starts, an infectiously fun, rolling bassline sucks you into the party vortex. The drums soon come rolling in at a perfect pace for cruising the summer streets. A tasty horn line and bouncing upstrokes on the guitar make it impossible not to bop your head. If that’s not already enough to have you roped in, The Bennies lead singer Anty’s fun and cheeky persona shines on this track as his playful vocals dance over the verses, before the the band erupts for a punchy group vocal chorus.
Australian producer, singer, song writer Jack Gray has released the next song, Drunk Talk from his anticipated forthcoming debut EP due for release in early 2019.
Of the new track, Jack says – “Drunk Talk is a track I worked on late one night with my mates in the studio. We record songs in a converted caravan close to the Gold Coast and we just couldn’t help ourselves as the sessions always go late. One of us ends up drinking way too much and starts talking shit. So, I wrote a song about it. It’s such a universal thing – waking up the next morning and wondering what complete nonsense came out of our mouths.”
Martin Frawley documents his attempts to turn over a new leaf throughout the lyrics of his solo debut album Undone at 31, out February 22 worldwide. To reinforce this new path forward and move away from the familiar, the Twerps co-founder employed fresh, imaginative approaches in the recording studio as well. “We spent three weeks in John Lee’s Phaedra Studios in Melbourne’s Coburg neighborhood,” Frawley explains. “First week tracking, second week experimenting, third week mixing.”
That experimentation included a subtractive process of layering three drum takes as the foundation for the Jacques Dutronc-vibing Chain Reaction before pulling out pieces like a Jenga tower to arrive at the final result. Hear it for yourself today, accompanied by a playful music video shot in Brooklyn last year that features Frawley singing the infectious crybaby chorus.
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