Music

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (November 2015)

Oneohtrix Point Never – ‘Sticky Drama’ On 13 November Oneohtrix Point Never released Garden of Delete, his seventh studio album and the second to come out on Warp, having set the scene over preceding months courtesy of an interview with a humanoid alien named Ezra, backdated blog posts narrating a musical coming-of-age through the apocryphal ‘hypergrunge’ band Kaos Edge, and teasers posted –…

Grimes – Art Angels

From her early live performances, where an ethereal voice pulled apart graceful melodies over simple looping synths and incessant drums, to 2010’s Halfaxa and her 2012 breakthrough Visions, to ‘REALiTi’, the throwaway which emerged to become one of 2015’s best songs, Grimes has consistently shown one of the strongest instincts in all of music. She also appears to be one of the industry’s hardest workers….

Daily Visual 30.11.15: Animal Collective Unveil Painting With

Today Animal Collective announced Painting With, their new album which is set to arrive on 19 February. Painting With will be the group’s tenth studio release, and their fourteenth album in total including their three live records and the ODDSAC visual project. It will come as the follow-up to Centipede Hz, the group’s previous record, which was released in 2012. The tracklist reads: 1. FloriDada 2….

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (October 2015)

Kelela – ‘Rewind’ Kelela first came to attention in 2012 as the featured vocalist on Teengirl Fantasy’s ‘EFX’, a lilting shanty with scuttering percussion from the duo’s second album Tracer. The following year she released her debut mixtape Cut 4 Me, which showcased the breadth of her R&B stylings over clanging percussion courtesy of the LA-based label Fade To Mind and their London counterparts Night Slugs. Kingdom and Nguzunguzu were…

Joanna Newsom – Divers

Five years on from the epic and sprawling Have One On Me, it is little surprise to find Joanna Newsom, one of our greatest artists, back with an album of breathtaking beauty, fashioning, forging, and conjuring once again something entirely unique. Nor is it a surprise that after the sheer length of Have One On Me  – a triple album which…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (September 2015)

A belated ‘Songs of the Month’ for September means that a slew of new music stakes its claim out of place: October has already seen excellent new records by Janet Jackson, Kelela, Autre Ne Veut, and Taeyeon, but I’ll save these for a few weeks. September’s songs include selections from Towkio, Kyle and Chance The Rapper, Nicole Dollanganger, Peaches, Sun Araw,…

Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness

Four albums into her career, Have You In My Wilderness is Julia Holter’s most impassioned work to date, brightly tender and intimately confrontational. With her vocals vividly inhabiting the centre of her songs, she bounds briskly in the foreground and fearlessly comes in close, sometimes pulling sharply away from one side or with fingers that fail to clasp, but with a glance that fixes…

The Birds (1963): ‘Risseldy Rosseldy’

A couple of early incidents featuring agitated lone gulls – a swift strike as Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) prepares to dock her motorboat, and another which annihilates itself in the Brenner front door – progress into a fully-fledged attack on Cathy Brenner’s (Veronica Cartwright) birthday party, as the youngster celebrates turning twelve. Later that evening a swarm of sparrows invade the Brenner home through…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (August 2015)

With so much excellent music released over the short course of the past few weeks, Culturedarm’s songs of the month for August features largely new works and related compositions. July’s list and a couple of Cultureteca pieces discussed in turn Dr. Dre’s Compton and Robyn’s latest project as part of La Bagatelle Magique: both albums, appearing in full on 7 August, have continued to receive much listening time. In…