“We wanted to make visual moments that felt right with the song. The color palate and pieces of movement in the video were all intended to reflect how the song made us feel. We wanted abstract versus linear because in the end it seemed suited the song.” – NAVVI
Seattle duo NAVVI released one of the best debut albums of 2016 with the noir-pop gem Omni (stream below) in late May via up and coming label Hush Hush Records. From start to finish, the LP is stacked with songs ideal for dark dancefloors and dimly lit roads. One of the many album highlights, “Close,” permeates feelings of introspection and deep yearning for outside fulfillment, but not finding it. The visual follows this line of thought beautifully projecting images of a night in the city conveying feelings of haunting isolation in the midst of all the movement similar in many ways to the opening sequence to the movie Drive. The fantastic album can be purchased on clean white vinyl now via Bandcamp.
Earlier this year local duo Lily & Madeleine took a break from touring behind their newest record, Keep It Together, and graced LUNA music with a stripped down instore performance. The Jurkiewicz sisters packed the storefront with as many friends and fans as could fit inside and treated them to intimate versions of a handful of new songs, including “Small Talk” and “Nothing,” the two closing tracks off of their latest album.
The shuffling guitar and piano of “Small Talk” provide a glasslike canvas that let the vocals on the song shimmer through, showcasing the understated beauty of Lily & Madeleine’s marvelous harmonies. On “Nothing,” though, a melancholy piano line is the only accompaniment to the sisters’ stark and haunting voices. The band deals with themes like heartbreak, self-reliance, and others commonly found throughout modern music, but it’s the honesty and arrestingly beautiful voices that Lily & Madeleine craft their songs with that make them stand out. Be sure to catch them on the rest of their North American tour from now through October.
Filmed by Doug Fellegy / Sheridan Gibson / Nicole Conflenti
Edited by Doug Fellegy
Colored by Nicole Conflenti
Recorded and mixed by Jeff DuPont
Last weekend Kristin Kontrol played The Egyptian Room at Old National Center opening for Garbage. The former frontwoman for the Dum Dum Girls didn’t waste a second setting the stage and the crowd awash in light and high-energy synths.
Kristin Welchez spent her set performing songs from her new album out on SubPop, X-Communicate. Each song gave evidence of her fierce presence as an artist, one that’s able to shift the quick fire, lo-fi garage grit of Dum Dum Girls into flashes of dance pop and synth rock. You can see this magic on tour throughout early August with Garbage, and then hopefully more dates into the fall.
Here’s the playlist from today’s My Old Kentucky Blog Radio on SIRIUS XMU, Channel 35! Also, available anytime via OnDemand online and via the app.
Washed Out – Feel It All Around
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round And Round
Hinds – Bamboo
Little Joy – Next Time Around
VEGA – No Reasons
St. Lucia – Elevate
Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne
Crowded House – Don’t Dream It’s Over
Ahmad – Back In The Day
Classixx – A Stranger Love
Brett – Dans Un Autre Reve
Grimes – REALiTi
Phoenix – Too Young
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Endless Shore
INXS – Beautiful Girl
Ghost Loft – So High
Shura – Tongue Tied
General Public – Tenderness
Allah-Las – No Voodoo
The Jesus And Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
Toro Y Moi – Talamak
Kurt Vile – Best Love
Wunder Wunder – Midnight Hours
Mild High Club – Skiptracing
Rhye – Open
Kita Alexander – Like You Want
Smashing Pumpkins – 1979
Lera Lynn – Run The Night
It appears we will be getting a new Justice album later this year, which will be the first new LP from the French duo since 2011’s Audio, Video, Disco and their third overall. Today, they dropped new song “Safe and Sound” on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show. You can hear the funk and disco infused track below and grab it for free here. 2016 is the year that keeps on giving in music.
On May 16, 1966, the Beach Boys gave us Pet Sounds, forever changing the music world. Now half a century later, the album’s mastermind is out on the road, playing every song from Pet Sounds live at venues all around the world.
On this golden anniversary tour, Brian Wilson is playing alongside Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, who were both formerly in early versions of the Beach Boys. In addition to songs from Pet Sounds, audiences can also expect to hear top hits and fan favorites spanning Wilson’s 54-year career with the Beach Boys and as a solo artist.
Prior to his performance at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, our Seth Johnson arranged for a quick email interview with Wilson, which you can read below.
Seth Johnson: At the time that Pet Sounds came out, how were you thinking it would be perceived?
Brian Wilson: Well, I thought that some of the older people would appreciate it and some of the younger people wouldn’t think it was commercial enough.
SJ: Were you apprehensive at all though? If so, why?
BW: Not at all – I was looking forward to releasing it
SJ: Pet Sounds has now become a timeless album. What are some elements of the record that you personally would attribute to that?
BW: I think the melodies and lyrics and the harmonies is what makes it really appeal to people.
SJ: It’s been half a century since Pet Sounds was released. What parts about it do you still really like?
BW: I still like the ballads on it (“Don’t Talk,” “Caroline, No” and “God Only Knows”).
SJ: Are there any parts you don’t like now?
SJ: How is Brian Wilson now different then Brian Wilson then?
BW: I’ve slowed down a little bit, my energy. My songwriting is not as often now. I don’t write songs all that often. And now, I have a family that I love.
SJ: I actually interviewed your nephew Scott about a year ago, and he spoke to how special the Beach Boys’ live shows were around the time when Pet Sounds came out. Compared to those earlier days, how does it feel to perform Pet Sounds today?
BW: It feels very satisfying and takes me back to when we recorded the album. Now, I can really appreciate how much the fans like it.
SJ: Smiley Smile and Wild Honey were released the year after Pet Sounds. How did those albums continue down the same path as Pet Sounds, in your eyes?
BW: They weren’t like Pet Sounds at all. Wild Honey was our R&B album and Smiley Smile was our more adventurous, psychedelic music.
SJ: What plans do you have after this Pet Sounds tour?
BW: I plan to do an album, a rock and roll album.
SJ: Could you ever see yourself doing a Smiley Smile/Wild Honey tour?
BW: No. Maybe a Summer Days (and Summer Nights!!) tour sometime. I’d like to do that.
Katie Dey’s appeal lies in her desire to always be pushing the boundaries of what music can be, while somehow finding a sweet spot sonically that could be palatable to the more casual music listener. On August 12th, she will be releasing her latest collection of melodic soundscapes, Flood Network, through Joy Void Recordings. “Only to Trip and Fall Down Again” is the latest reveal from the LP and find her further exploring new terrain that you could connect to genre-bending Bjork or fka Twigs. Paired with the previous “Fear O’ The Light,” the old William Cowper quote, “variety is the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor,” from poem The Task holds true in describing her latest chapter. Pre-order the album on limited edition color vinyl here.