Video : Marika Hackman : “Drown”

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February 16th will see the release of Marika Hackman’s debut album, We Slept At Last, through Dirty Hit. Today, she has unveiled the dark video for lead single “Drown”. The video, found below, came with the following note from Hackman:

The song itself deals with the idea of suffocating on the power of human emotion and finding it painful yet strangely euphoric in a masochistic way. With my music not a lot of people pick up the underlying violence within the lyrics so I wanted to create a video that would indulge in the dark but beautiful intensity of these words. Working with the directors, Brian and Karl, we drew inspiration from the works of American video artist Bill Viola and the way he contrasts human subjects with the black voids he places them in, to create an erie beauty and serenity which simultaneously belies the violence of what is actually happening.

Oh to drown in your mind I would, I know I would. To suffocate in your smoke I’d choke on you if I could. Maybe I will.

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Song : Sylas : “Layer” (ft. Brian Eno & Jelani Blackman)

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London’s Sylas add a little grit to their smooth production in new song “Layer” featuring Brian Eno and spoken vocals from Jelani Blackman. The song is the last of a trio of songs including “Shore” and “Hollow” that make up their debut self-titled EP. It is out now via via Aesop Label. Stream below.

MOKB Premiere : Flo Morrissey : “Pages of Gold”

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For a country a fifth the size of the States, England has talent coming out of every corner musically. The latest export is 19-year-old songbird Flo Morrissey hailing from London. She recently signed with Glassnote and will be releasing her debut in the very near future. Not wanting to make you wait, we have the first song from it titled “Pages of Gold” full of shimmering late ‘60 California melodies and production from Noah Georgeson, who has worked with artists of similar qualities such as Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsome, and Little Joy, to name a few. It is an absolute stunner from a voice far more mature than her age would indicate and an artist you will absolutely hear more of in the coming months. Stream below.

Song : Daughter : “Winter” (Warpaint Remix)

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Through mutual admiration for one another’s work, Daughter and Warpaint have hooked up to remix each other’s favorite songs of the other to be released digitally. To start things off, Warpaint selected to rework “Winter” from Daughter’s fantastic 2013 debut If You Leave. Their version maintains the ethereal vocals, but underscores them with glitch club beats. Daughter’s remix of Warpaint will be unveiled next week on December 2nd. You Stream below.

Song : Hannah Diamond : “Every Night”

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Nothing has been more polarizing in music this year than the music coming out of the PC Music camp, which usually is a sign of good quality on the cutting edge. UK singer Hannah Diamond adds to their catalog with another saccharine-laced pop jam titled “Every Night”. You can purchase it now on iTunes. Stream below.


MOKB Video Premiere : Bell Gardens : “Take Us Away”

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Stars Of The Lid Brian McBride and former Furry Things’ Kenneth James Gibson project Bell Gardens recently released their sophomore LP, Slow Dawns for Lost Conclusions, via Rocket Girl to very strong reviews. They even scoring a 7.4 from the vaunted Pitchfork, if that mean anything to you. Their latest single from it comes with a wandering video directed by the band set in a desert. The song is gorgeous Americana disguised as a psychedelic Britpop track full of palatial orchestration and self-reflection. Watch below.

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Song : Paradis : “Sur Une Chanson En Francais”

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This coming January will see the release of a new EP from Parisian duo Paradis. Having already garnered over a half-million plays for their previously released EP track “Garde Le Pour Toi”, they are back once more with what we consider to be an even better song “Sur Une Chanson En Francais” highlighted by some stylized, seducing horns, soothing vocals, and casually-paced tempo held throughout. Stream below.