Listen to Bartees Strange’s new song ‘Weights’

Bartees Strange has shared a new single, ‘Weights’, lifted from a forthcoming deluxe edition of his 2020 debut album ‘Live Forever’.

“This is about the ones that got away,” Strange commented in a statement accompanying the buzzy, energetic new cut. “Going back and forth in my head about relationships that could have happened, missing that it didn’t, and finally realizing I gotta let the weight of it all go.”

Listen to ‘Weights’ below:

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The new expanded edition of ‘Live Forever’ is set to arrive on October 1. Other additional tracks include a new version of album track ‘Kelly Rowland’ titled ‘Free Kelly Rowland’ that will feature Armand Hammer, and a redux of ‘Flagey God’.

Strange released the original version of ‘Live Forever’ nearly a year ago, in October of 2020. NME later included the record on its list of the 20 best debut albums of the year, praising the way it “resists conforming to genre at every turn, blending shades of indie rock, hip-hop, punk, country and more — often within the same song”.

Since then, Strange has performed as part of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, covered Bon Iver‘s ‘Skinny Love’ and last month shared a remix of Phoebe Bridgers‘ song ‘Kyoto’.

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Air announce 20th anniversary edition of ’10 000Hz Legend’

Air have announced a 20th anniversary edition of their second album, ’10 000Hz Legend’.

The French duo – comprised of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel – released the original record back in 2001. Following on from their 1998 debut ‘Moon Safari’, it was lauded by NME for its “sheer level of invention”.

Now, Air have confirmed that they will celebrate the two-decade milestone by releasing a special version of the album on November 5. You can pre-order it now via the tweet below (it is currently only available on French Amazon).

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The forthcoming edition of ’10 000Hz Legend’ will boast live and demo rarities, a remastered take on the original album as well as the bonus track ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, which previously appeared on the Japanese version of the record.

A bonus CD features four unreleased demos, live tracks recorded during a KCRW radio session and a performance at the Mayan Theater in Los Angeles. The 20-year collection also includes a Blu-ray disc version.

Air’s Nicolas Godin spoke about ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ during an interview with NME in 2019, explaining how the duo were unsure whether to include it on ’10 000Hz Legend’.

“We didn’t know what to think about that track, but the night we were recording, Michael Stipe from R.E.M. was in our studio in Paris and said: ‘Wow! I love that track – you should finish it and release it’,” he recalled.

“And I did vocals and played this stupid fiddle and I thought the song was really bad, but he told us it was good – so we did the song because of him.”

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Air last studio effort, ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’, came out in 2012.

Asked by NME whether there would be another record, Godin said that he was concerned about ruining the band’s “magic” by releasing a “substandard album”.

“If we’re able to find that magic, we’ll go into the studio,” he continued. “But if not, we’ll move aside and let other people make those magic records.”

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Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard announce debut album ‘Backhand Deals’

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard have announced their debut album ‘Backhand Deals’ – listen to new track ‘You’ below.

The rising Welsh band will release the record on February 25, 2022 via Communion. You can pre-order/pre-save it here.

Today’s announcement (September 23) comes as Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard share their riotous latest single, ‘You’. It arrives with a playful, orange juice-filled official video, which was directed by Will Clark.

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“Individual responsibility has always been around, but I feel over the past three elections we’re so jacked up on it we don’t remember what community living was like,” frontman Tom Rees explained.

“We’re all just huffing this Darwinist glue of ‘I am a lion and lions look after themselves’, which is objectively incorrect. It seems weird that the burden of individual responsibility is touted by elitist slugs who have never had to work for anything in their lives and have had everything given to them as and when they asked for it.

“Imagine being told to pick yourselves up by your bootstraps by Jacob Rees-Mogg.”

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He continued: “The benefit of the burden allows privileged thugs to inspire in the rest of us a special kind of hatred for people less fortunate than us. Not even less fortunate than us, but less fortunate than anyone at any point in time which is why it’s such a perfect tool – it applies to everyone at every time across every spectrum of belief.

“When arguments break down to the level of personal responsibility, the higher concepts that warrant that arguments are set aside, which is the primary source of its discoursal power.”

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The forthcoming ‘Backhand Deals’ will also feature the previous ‘Crescent Man vs Demolition Dan’. You can see the full tracklist and artwork below.

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01. ‘New Age Millennial Magic’
02. ‘Good Day’
03. ‘Crescent Man vs Demolition Dan’
04. ‘Faking A Living’
05. ‘Yourself’
06. ‘Break Right In’
07. ‘On The Kill Again’
08. ‘You’
09. ‘Feel The Change!’
10. ‘Demolition Song’
11. ‘A Passionate Life’

Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard have also announced a show at The Scala for March 10, having sold out next month’s two-nighter at The Social. Tickets for the new date go on general sale tomorrow (September 24) at 9:30am BST – buy yours here.

The band are currently out on road supporting The Blinders on their UK headline tour, which wraps up in Manchester on September 30.

Last month saw Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard perform at Victoria Park’s All Points East festival.

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Watch Wolf Alice’s haunting live version of ‘Lipstick On The Glass’

Wolf Alice have shared a special live performance of ‘Lipstick On The Glass’ – you can watch it below.

The band performed the ‘Blue Weekend’ track at Union Chapel in Islington, London as part of the Jim Beam Welcome Sessions series.

A choir joins in with the song from the venue’s seating area towards the end of the video, with the band playing on stage. According to an official description, lead singer Ellie Rowsell sang in the choir at the church growing up.

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“We wanted to play ‘Lipstick on the Glass’ for its melodic grandeur that we hope pays homage to the space we are in,” Rowsell explained. “It’s a privilege to play here and something we will collectively remember forever.”

The singer went on to say that the performance is Wolf Alice’s “love letter to independent venues and the return of live music gigs”.

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Speaking to NME at the ceremony earlier this month, the group’s Theo Ellis said that it was “amazing” to be back out on the road post-COVID restrictions. (Wolf Alice headlined Latitude in July and played a main stage slot at Reading & Leeds last month).

“There’s such a huge and different community of people that have been affected by [the pandemic] in the music world,” Ellis told NME. “It’s not just us – it’s all of our crew, all the people who work at these festivals, all the people who work at venues.

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“Just slipping back into that rhythm of normality feels amazing.” See the full video interview above.

Ahead of their lengthy 2022 UK tour, Wolf Alice will play a run of intimate UK shows this month to encourage fans back into grassroots venues as part of the ‘Revive Live’ tour. You can see the full schedule below.

SEPTEMBER 2021 

25 – Stoke, Sugarmill
26 – Frome, Cheese And Grain
27 – Swansea, Sin City
29 – Southampton, Joiners

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Fleet Foxes share animated stop-motion music video for ‘Featherweight’

Fleet Foxes have shared the music video for ‘Featherweight’, marking exactly one year since the release of their surprise album ‘Shore’.

The animated stop-motion clip was directed by frontman Robin Pecknold’s brother Sean, and follows a bird struggling to take flight. The animation was provided by Eileen Kohlhepp.

Sean has worked on a number of Fleet Foxes music videos in the past, including ‘Can I Believe You’ and ‘White Winter Hymnal’.

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“When I made the first Fleet Foxes video using clay stop-motion, I fell in love with the tactile quality of the technique and never looked back,” Sean said in a statement.

“There is something really special about creating animations in the real world. The process is more physical and more immediate than clicking away at a mouse and getting red-eyed.”

Watch the clip for ‘Featherweight’ below:

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NME gave ‘Shore’ four stars upon its release, describing it as “a balmy and bright look at life in the face of death”. The band performed tracks off the album for an NPR Tiny Desk concert earlier this year.

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Earlier this year, Robin teamed up with Big Red Machine’s Aaron Dessner and Justin Vernon on their latest album ‘How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?’, contributing vocals to the track ‘Phoenix’ alongside Anaïs Mitchell.

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