This week in The Singles Bar #42, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:
UK alt-rock fireball, YUNGBLUD, shares the video for his anthemic new single Loner today ahead of his upcoming Australian headline tour.
“I have been playing “Loner” on the road with my band for over a year and night after night there’s an electricity created when we perform the song. I needed to capture that on record. When you put your headphones on I want you to feel like you’re at one of my shows. We shot the video with my mates from school in my nan’s house and in the venue where I played my first show. It was mental.”
Odette shares her spectacular rendition of Gang Of Youths’ addictive track Magnolia, available to buy and stream now via EMI Music Australia.
Originally performed live as the chosen cover for her triple j Like A Version session, Odette takes her spin on the moving track where she leads on piano and her exceptional emotive vocal resonates throughout.
Speaking about Magnolia Odette explains, “Magnolia is one of those songs that simultaneously empowers me and brings me to tears. It’s a bold statement of emotional vulnerabilityand honesty. It is truly a timeless statement on turmoil and resistance.”
Following his global hit Be Alright and fresh from his sold out national tour, multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Dean Lewis releases his brand new single 7 Minutes, a further taste of what’s to come from his forthcoming debut album.
Building from a simple acoustic refrain into a surprisingly upbeat anthem, 7 Minutes was conceived in a London taxi after a disagreement with a girl. “The song is about meeting someone,” Dean says, “making memories and then feeling regret.”
Leading up to the release of Joe Jackson’s new studio album Fool on January 18, the Grammy winning artist has premiered his brand new song Friend Better.
A straight forward toast to friendship, Friend Better builds on the assumption that whereas love is fleeting, friendship endures.
The only female signing to Atlanta’s burgeoning Quality Control label, CITY GIRLS have finally unleashed their much anticipated video for soon-to-be club anthem TWERK.
Taken from last year’s packed with energy GIRL CODE album, the video sees Cardi B and the City Girls lay down their expertise to a group of budding dancers. These dancers all won a competition to appear in the video, sending their twerking talents to City Girls who then selected their 10 favourites to be part of the official video!
Ahead of their Australian tour this April, Jungle today release the video for Casio, one of the undoubted highlights of their acclaimed second album For Ever, out now via XL Recordings / Remote Control Records. A JFC Worldwide production, the video is directed by the band’s own ‘J’ alongside regular visual collaborator Charlie Di Placido and is another incredible video from a band renowned for their striking, original aesthetic.
Casio is taken from Jungle’s second album For Ever, which also features previous singles Beat 54 (All Good Now), Happy Man / House In LA and Heavy, California / Cherry’. Co-produced by Jungle’s ‘J’ and ‘T’ alongside highly regarded young producer Inflo, the album is a perfect distillation of Jungle’s sound – the kind of escapist, anthemic, mercurial funk that made us all fall in love with Jungle the first time round but this time more expansive, sophisticated and cinematic than ever before. Building on the huge commercial success of their eponymous debut album, which went on to sell over half a million records around the world, For Ever has already been streamed well over 80 million times in less than four months.
Tiny Ruins, originally conceived as the solo project of New Zealand singer-songwriter Hollie Fullbrook, are releasing their third album Olympic Girls on February 1st via Milk! Records. Today, Tiny Ruins shares a new song and video for Holograms. Catch them tour Australia nationally this May. Full tour details and ticket links below.
“The song is a conversation in a way, where one person posits the idea that technology will increasingly connect us. That we will not just be emotionally or mentally connected, but that our bodies will transcend physical and mortal bounds via technology. That we can bring someone back.
For the video, I wanted a sense of longing for this sparkly, colourful other realm, where everyone is connected, in unity. The director Martin Sagadin & I both started out talking about how the song called for a sense of sci-fi, which led us to planets, which led to the idea that we would build planets out of lanterns. This storyline arose where my character is trying to communicate or reach out to another field of existence, via technology. But we felt that the technology could be a bit old and not quite ‘of this time’ – we were inspired by Kate Bush’s Cloudbusting video, or the TV series Maniac, in the sense that technology is kind of old and defunct, and there’s a timelessness or lack of specificity as to time.
The idea of the video, I guess, is that I have a vision of this place I am trying to reach…I gather up particular objects that I feel will connect me to this place. But in the end, it’s futile – I try to reach the planet that appears through the wall, with all my technology revved up, and….it collapses in front of me.”
Late last year, pscyhe-pop band Methyl Ethel announced their forthcoming album Triage. They share the single and accompanying video for Trip The Mains premiered overnight via Brooklyn Vegan. Methyl Ethel principal Jake Webb says of the track, “behind every eye-twitch, a depleted mainframe barely pulses. ‘Trip The Mains’ is my moment of short circuiting.” The video features Webb suspended in time, defying the laws of gravity, and crashing into beds in this abstract fantasy directed by Matt Sav.
Methyl Ethel will release Triage on February 15 via Dot Dash / Remote Control and it marks the Perth band’s third album. It was written, produced and performed by lead singer Jake Webb, mixed by Marta Salogni and mastered by Heba Kadry. The album was recorded in Webb’s home studio in West Perth and is available for pre-order now.
“I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores’ passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band.” Eileen O’Riordan, Dolores O’Riordan’s mother.
30 years after forming in Limerick (initially as The Cranberry Saw Us) The Cranberries are set to release their 8th and final album In The End. With Stephen Street once again taking producer duties, the eleven-track record brings a remarkable career to a fitting and powerful closure. Announcing the album, the band has shared the first single All Over Now that blends rock, alternative and catchy almost pop-sounding melodies to deliver a classic Cranberries sound.
They say the third time’s the charm, and, after the breathtaking, ruthlessly efficient one-two punch of Blossom and Modern Ruin, here we are – at Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes’ album number three – at once a stadium sized declaration of intent and a deeply personal cri-de-coeur called End of Suffering.
With Cam Blackwood (George Ezra / Jack Savoretti) at the helm and legendary mixer Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails / Queens Of The Stone Age) sprinkling sonic stardust, the resultant album sees Carter, co-songwriter Dean Richardson and co not so much spreading their wings as running and leaping headfirst into heretofore uncharted waters. Opener Why A Butterfly Can’t Love A Spider finds Frank at full stretch, singing: “When I’m high I’m in heaven/When I’m low I’m in hell”, while first single Crowbar is tauter than a highwire and relentlessly sharpened to a razor’s edge, a sonic Molotov cocktail of a track delivered with the anarchic zeal of the gilets-jaunes rioters. “I saw an amazing bit of graffitti during the Paris riots which said: ‘We’ve cut off heads for less than this’” enthuses Frank. “I loved that attitude. People are sick of being force fed doom and gloom.” It also comes complete with a video directed by long-time collaborator Ross Cairns (who has also directed videos for Biffy Clyro and QOTSA) and acts as a blistering clarion call to arms.
Winterbourne have launched into the new year with the announcement of their first Australian live dates of 2019 and the release of their new single Take The Golden.
The Much Better Tour will begin in Fremantle on Thursday April 4th before heading to Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane then winding up in Sydney on Saturday April 13th at The Factory. Tickets are available from the band’s website.
Winterbourne wrote Take The Golden in Berlin with producer and songwriter Tobias Kuhn. “We had no real notion of the kind of song we wanted to create, and just set about coming up with ideas and putting the pieces together.”
This is a song that pretty well sums up the band’s state of mind at the time – their first time in Berlin, rain on the windows, a road trip from England to Germany and a visit to Dunkirk beach fresh in their minds. “Our approach to this song was different from any other we’ve done, and it pretty quickly became one of our favourite songs we’d ever written.”
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