Music

Upon the Wine Dark Sea: An Interview with Jolie Holland

From the beginning of Catalpa – emerging in 2003, with an admixture of folk and blues at once ethereal and stomping, and opening out on repeated listens to expose moments of the most intimate human connection – Jolie Holland has released six albums of outstanding worth. Her distinctive voice has been admired by artists including Tom Waits, Lou Reed, and St. Vincent, and she…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (June 2015)

Zhala – ‘Aerobic Lambada’ Connecting with the label soon after the release of her debut single, ‘Slippin’ Around’, in early 2012 – opening for Robyn on several occasions across 2013 – in February 2014 Robyn confirmed Zhala as the first signing to Konichiwa Records. Robyn stated: ‘Zhala makes the most interesting music that takes you on a ride with each…

Daily Visual 27.06.15: Yeezy 350 & Kanye’s Glastonbury

Saturday was a full day for Kanye West. Following the unveiling of the adidas Originals x Kanye West collection at a New York fashion show on 12 February, and the release – and instant sellout – a few weeks later of the first shoe from the collection, the Yeezy 750 Boost, Saturday saw the release of the next-in-line Yeezy 350…

Behind the Song: Robyn – ‘Be Mine!’

Beginning her career in pop music at the age of just sixteen, with her debut album Robyn Is Here first appearing in 1995, Robyn saw early commercial success in the United States. Though she had already released a couple of well-received singles in her native Sweden, and one too in the UK, ‘Do You Know (What It Takes)’ became her debut single in the…

Daily Visual 21.06.15: Taylor Swift’s ‘To Apple, Love Taylor’

Today Taylor Swift became the biggest name to publicly criticise Apple over the company’s plans for its new music streaming service. In an open letter published via her Tumblr page, titled ‘To Apple, Love Taylor’, Swift explained why she intends to withhold her latest album – 1989, released last October – from Apple Music. Taylor Swift’s letter echoes concerns raised by…

Daily Visual 11.06.15: The Death of Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman died today, at the age of 85. The cause of his death was reportedly cardiac arrest. Coleman was born on 9 March 1930 in Fort Worth, Texas. His formative years were spent playing the alto and tenor saxophone touring across his home state with a series of rhythm and blues groups. His breakthrough came in 1958, when he recorded…

Culturedarm’s Songs of the Month (May 2015)

And so after a late April comes a late May. But so good. HANA – ‘Clay’ ‘Clay’ is the debut song by HANA, a delicate and spacious ballad produced by her and Blood Diamonds, and released on 12 May. Written by HANA, it features her lucid voice atop the shimmering warmth of the HANA/Blood Diamonds co-production. HANA has been touring with…

Daily Visual 05.06.15: Björk’s ‘Stonemilker’ in Panorama

Back in January Vulnicura, Björk’s eighth studio album proper, emerged suddenly after an internet leak dragged forward its release. It had been intended for March: to coincide with the publication at the beginning of the month of the Björk: Archives retrospective, featuring text by critics including Alex Ross, poetry by frequent Björk collaborator Sjón, and photographs from across Björk’s music videos, record…

Daily Visual 29.05.15: The Premiere of The Rite of Spring

On this day in 1913 The Rite of Spring, the ballet and orchestral work composed by Igor Stravinsky, premiered at the newly-opened Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. With choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, and stage and costume design by Nicholas Roerich, the ballet was part of the 1913 season for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. Jeux, the last work for orchestra written by…