Pretty much the most incredible audio-visual experience you’ll have this season is the new Purity Ring video. A back-and-forth scrub of ominous, gloomy cinematography, the clip for “Belispeak” is the French Canadian duo’s first since being signed to the legendary imprint 4AD.
In their outstanding attempt to make “lullabies for the club”, Corin Roddick and Megan James not only succeed but prove that the hybridization of, as opposed to the tried and true tradition of sectioning off, genres can be performed successfully. Moreover the subtle and genuine exposition of Purity Rings’ talent lends well to the drama of the visual fare, creating a seperate synchrony between sight and sound all together.
Claire Boucher (aka Grimes) has handed over her third album, Visions, to NPR to get the streaming treatment a week before it’s official release on 4AD. The album features an interesting blend of electronic beats and nearly-twee vocals that stand out from the more typical pairing of beats and soulful singers. Like a more goth-y version of Lykke Li.
Among the hundreds of indie labels that lost tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of dollars in merchandice in the weekend’s SONY/PIAS warehouse fire in London, legendary imprint WARP Records is now reporting that most of their 21 year backstock was destroyed. In a statement issued on their website, the label explained the current status of upcoming releases by CANT, Plaid and Battles. More concerning was the reality that some old releases—classic electronic music from Aphex Twin, Autechre, Broadcast and hundreds of other—my never be available in physical form again.
Other beloved labels similarly effected include 4AD, Ninja Tune and Domino. An emergency fund has been set up to help all of the indie labels recover from this devistating blow.
You can read the full statement from WARP after the jump.
The shrouded badman that is Zomby is releasing a new album through the storied 4AD label. Dedication will be released in mid-July, the follow-up to his iconic debut on WERKDISCS, Where Were U In ’92? Along with that, the first single “Natalia’s Song” (which appeared on Burial & Kode9′s farewell mix on the last BBC Radio 1 show from Mary Anne Hobbs), will be released next week on limited 10″. As if that wasn’t enough, Zomby gives away “Things Fall Apart”, a cut that features Animal Collective’s Panda Bear. Check out the track, available for download after the jump.
After repeat listens to Gang Gang Dance‘s 12-minute epic “Glass Jar,” I think it’s safe to say that this New York-based threesome have been indulging in the Spaceman 3 taking drugs to make music to take drugs to school of modern psychedelia. GGD drone on with their new album, Eye Contact, due out May 10 on 4AD.