After a five year hiatus, Caribou‘s 2020 album is imminently approaching. Due out February 28, fan’s can finally get a second taste of Suddenly with its second single “You and I.” On his latest, Dan Snaith lyrics expose his loss and longing, contrasting the bright instrumental. “It feels like there’s a hole inside that just won’t go away” Caribou sings, while the pop-leaning electronic production keeps the tone light.
In a statement, Caribou said the following regarding his latest track:
“‘You and I’ was one of the first tracks on the album that I started and one of the last tracks I finished – it existed in some form or other throughout the whole arc of making the record. It also captures a lot of what the record, and the title of the album, are about – the track changes suddenly and unpredictably and it is about a change in my life that happened out of the blue.”
Suddenly will be Caribou’s first album since 2014’s Our Love. In October, Snaith released the album’s first single, “Home.” A world-wide tour will accompany the album, beginning in North America before snaking through Europe.
Take a psychedelic trip with ATTLAS on his video for his latest single, “Sinner Complicated.” The track’s visuals feature a plethora of kaleidoscopic images, each fluidly morphing and shifting along with the audio. Thomas Moore’s visuals are a strong compliment to ATTLAS’ future house production, vacillating between active and atmospheric instrumentals. Moore, AKA Cyclo, wrote the following regarding his work:
“After listening to this track for the first time, I knew I wanted to create a journey through a surreal landscape—one that started out as something very familiar. But as the track progresses, the journey evolves into the unknown. I have always been inspired by the music ATTLAS makes and the experience it delivers, so I wanted the visuals to match that.”
“Sinner Complicated” precedes ATTLAS’ debut album via mau5trap, Lavender God, due out in 2020. ATTLAS was recently named one of Dancing Astronaut’s artists to watch in 2020, and his latest track should certainly have fans anxiously waiting for his 2020 release. ATTLAS described the production on “Sinner Complicated” in a press release:
“‘Sinner Complicated’ is a textured and atmospheric roller that progresses with narrative intention from the beginning. It’s a good first introduction to the album as well – the melodies through both the track and album are much more a result of live performance, and the arrangements let their energies ebb and flow with an almost restless spirit. Freedom and the grand mystery are the themes that drove me throughout the process.”
The Friends Arena in Stockholm, Sweden was filled to the brim on the evening of Dec. 5 as fans, friends, and fellow musicians celebrated the life of Avicii. Avicii’s death shocked the world last year, and sparked an important conversation about the significance of mental health and the dangers that come with a heavy touring schedule in the music industry.
The concert opened with an emotional performance from “Without You” collaborator Sandro Cavazzo. The lyrics from this song, “I’ve gotta learn how to love without you” have become a eulogy for the talented musician. The tribute progressed with a healthy balance of both celebration and commemoration, led by friends of Avicii such as Adam Lambert, Michelle Gonzalez, Kygo, Dimitri Vegas, Aloe Blacc, and more.
The pinnacle of the powerful night was a gorgeous 30-piece orchestral performance of “Lonely Together” that Avicii’s father said was one of his son’s biggest dreams. Backed by beautiful lights and roaring pyrotechnics, the performance truly encapsulated the loving spirit of Avicii that touched so many.
The event was put on by the Tim Bergling Foundation, created posthumously to advocate for mental health awareness internationally in honor of Avicii’s passing.
To learn more and to donate, visit their website here.
In October, Lido first released his soothing new track, “How To Do Nothing,” the lead single from his upcoming LP, PEDER, due out in 2020. Two months and a nation-wide tour later, the accompanying visuals for the tune have arrived. The “How To Do Nothing” video features Lido wistfully singing while riding by train through an assortment of natural, urban, and sci-fi-inspired environments.
“How To Do Nothing” is the first of three visuals to come along with Lido’s upcoming release. According to Hypebeast, PEDER will tell the story of a kid who grew up on a spaceship, and “How To Do Nothing” represents the protagonist’s naivety. The track is Lido’s first release since his busy 2018, which notably included his similarly interstellar release Spacesuit with vocalist J’Von.
Flying Lotus has never been one to take a conventional artistic direction. His 2017 film “Kuso” was a boldly grotesque film that reportedly had some viewers at Sundance Film Festival walk out of the theater. Flamagra, Flying Lotus’ 2019 album, is an electronic/jazz/funk collage full of twists and turns that has no auditory peers as commercially successful. His latest video is no exception from his unconventional stylings.
“Black Balloons Reprise” depicts FlyLo and featured artist Denzel Curry navigating grayscale bedlam full of satanic imagery, heavy distortion and of course plenty of black balloons. The video closes out with a tribute to the late Mac Miller as well.
“Black Balloons Reprise” is directed by Psycho Films’ Jack Begert, who has gained wide acclaim for his phenomenal work directing for the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock.
Martin Garrix, Dean Lewis, and Albin Nedler meet for a soundcheck for one of Lewis’ shows, and they discuss how they have struggled to find the right way to record the instrumental parts of “Used to Love.” Lewis mentions he has a guitarist who will be instrumental in bringing the guitar line of “Used to Love” to life because he has been unable to master it himself.
Once Lewis and Garrix bring Lewis’ guitarist and drummer into the studio, they get the instrumentals for “Used to Love” recorded. Lewis’ guitarist—after practicing all night and remembering a way to tune his guitar that he learned once five years ago—masters the chords needed for the single.
Additionally in the episode, viewers watch Garrix get his cast removed and put into a smaller cast that allows for him to fly and tour. The doctor ultimately clears him to get back on the road, with restrictions, but the declaration is a huge relief for Garrix.
The Weeknd continues his content rollout with the release of his cinematic and psychedelic new music video for “Heartless.” The video was directed by Anton Tammi, and stars The Weeknd and his producer, Metro Boomin, closing down Vegas, on a tear of gambling, drinking, smoking, and stunting around an empty casino while tripping out. During the bridge, the protagonist licks a toad and seems to have a bad trip, sprinting through the streets of Sin City. Shot with a fish lens and saturated in bright lights, the video captures the track’s hazy feel, rounding out the pop crooner’s vision for the song.
The track is The Weeknd’s first offering since March 2018’s My Dear Melancholy EP, followed by another single “Blinding Lights,” which was previously teased in a Mercedes-Benz commercial. See the visual accompaniment to “Heartless” below.
Blink-182‘s famed drummer Travis Barker has teamed up with Illenium on a pop-rock remix of “Good Things Fall Apart” featuring Jon Bellion that showcases a viable dance music crossover. With Barker’s live percussion arrangement, Bellion’s anthemic vocals, and Illenium’s melody play, the kinetic remix fits like an effortless puzzle.
In a press release, Barker said, “In my head I pictured all these other parts and sounds from the moment I heard the song. I recorded drums first with all the other parts in my head and then built around it. It was such a well written song already it made my job easy.” A video of Barker drumming was posted on YouTube along with the edit.
This is a timely crossover as Blink-182’s collaboration with The Chainsmokers is set for release Dec. 6. The tune, “P.S. I Hope You’re Happy,” is part of their final set of releases for World War Joy.
Illenium continues his ASCEND Tour, with upcoming performances at Pechanga Arena in San Diego, California on Dec. 6 and at Los Angeles’ famed STAPLES Center Dec. 7.
DEG Presents and Anjunabeats have partnered to proffer New York listeners an emotive route to ringing in the new year. In collaboration with Above & Beyond, the metropolitan nightlife impresario and the imprint will present an evening of impeccable electronic artistry complete with sets from the celebrated dance trio, Andrew Bayer, Genix, and Nox Vahn.
The 2019 New Year’s Eve affair is slated to unfold on December 31 at the New York Expo Center in the Bronx. Tickets to the one-of-a-kind event are currently available here, and include optional open bar VIP upgrades.
Gorillaz recently announced a new documentary film, “Gorillaz: Reject False Icons,” and the virtual band has now released a trailer for the film, giving fans a look into what they can expect from the one-night-only release.
Though short, the trailer showcases clips of Gorillaz’s live performances dispersed between animated moments featuring the band’s animated characters. One thing the trailer proves is that the documentary will not be lacking in energy. Whether it’s the upbeat music to accompany the 30-second trailer or the intense guitar riffs being performed on stage, the documentary looks to be nothing short of exciting.
“Gorillaz: Reject False Icons” is directed by Denholm Hewlett, and the film will appear in theaters worldwide for one night only on Monday, Dec. 16. The documentary will focus on the making of the band’s fifth studio album, Humanz, and sixth studio album, The Now Now, and their respective touring.