Wednesday, 9 January 2013

New year, new music, new tour dates...

Herve- featuring Austra: Save Me

It’s been a long time since Austra had any new news but as they did here way back in 2011, Katie Stelmanis’ voice is darkly haunting January with this ‘featuring’ track; let’s revel in New Year intensity with her. 

Katie's signature cry weaves melancholically through Herve’s (DJ, did some stuff with Fatboy a while back) layered and moody instrumentation. ‘Save Me’ is a reminder for me of later Siouxsie and the Banshees, not a bad thing at all in its delightful spookiness.

Herve’s album 'The Art of Disappearing' is out in March and also features ‘Niki & The Dove’, a much lighter band to collaborate with so that should offer something interesting and hopefully surprising too. I loved Malin and Gustaf more when they tinkered on the dark side with earlier tracks like ‘Mother Protect’ so everything crossed that this alliance casts shade in the leaning of Niki & The Dove once again.

The first single from Herve’s album is below, and if it’s anything to go by,  the tracks to come will be worth checking out.

The Knife: new album and tour dates

In other news, The Knife are touring with a new album due out in April ‘Shaking the Habitual’, check out the typically intriguing trailer for that album here, Olof (dressed as a woman) and Karin sporting the most neon in jumpsuits in a playground of high heels and weirdness. More dates are to follow so please, please make them London too. With the help of friends and lovers...

Crystal Castles: tour dates and video for Plague

That plea also goes out to Crystal Castles who have announced a tour of North America with III (amazing album, buy it) but none yet for this side of the Atlantic, I really hope they don’t just land at Reading Festival as they have been known to before. 

If you’re not already feeling a bit penned in by January, this rather claustrophobic stir-crazy video for Plague will help you along. Enjoy the madness of possessed and jerky choreography that echoes that of vintage ‘Tales of the Unexpected’...and the inside of my head when I have to suffer a tube journey. Enjoy!

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New video for SAD EYES from Crystal Castles III

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More info on The Knife tour dates here and Crystal Castles here.

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