Oneohtrix Point Never releases entrancing new LP, ‘Age Of’

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With years of experience under his belt, Oneohtrix Point Never is a mainstay in the world of experimental composition. Following the 2017 soundtrack to the indie film Good Time and his recent Red Bull Music Academy performance, the prolific producer has returned with his new full length LP, Age Of.

The album, that spans 13 tracks, stands as Oneohtrix Point Never’s next exploration into the lush yet jarring soundscapes found in his catalog. The album begins in a subdued fashion, with vocal performances in songs like “Babylon” and “Black Snow” adding depth to the producer’s already massive skill-set. Sourcing outside help from James Blake, ANOHNI, and more, the LP reaches levels of precision that most producers could only dream of.

Anohni – “Miracle Now”

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Anohni shared a new song today called “Miracle Now.” It’s a part of her sound and video installation and retrospective opening at Kunsthal Nikolaj in Copenhagen. Anohni shared the video for “Miracle Now” on Facebook along with a brief statement. “The video stars Page in the original production of MIRACLE NOW. Page, a … More »

Oneohtrix Point Never reveals collaborations with James Blake, Prurient, Anohni on Age Of; shares first single “Black Snow”

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Oneohtrix Point Never is releasing his new album Age Of on June 1. We all know this. But today, we get to know even more, as Daniel Lopatin has revealed further details about the record, including contributions from TMT favorites James Blake (keyboards, mixing, additional production), Prurient (voice), ANOHNI (voice), and Eli Keszler (drums), with additional help from Kelsey Lu (keyboard) and Shuan Trujillo (words).

We’re also treated today to a Lopatin-directed video for the album’s first single, “Black Snow,” a finger-snapping pop track with words by Shaun Trujillo, vocal assistance from Anohni, and lead vocals by Lopatin himself, including a text excerpt from Harmony Korine’s (excellent) Julien Donkey-Boy. The song is inspired by Nick Land’s Cybernetic Culture Research Unit, “a 1990’s collective of artist-philosophers that produced works of performance art, poetry and fiction.” More from the press release:

The original text is detourned into a lyric that equates the incomprehensible hugeness of nuclear war to UHF fuzz, whilst addressing the idea that we are a species destined for confusion. The song’s breakdown is courtesy of a uniqle instrument invented by Hans Reichel in 1987 called the Daxophone, and the outro is dominated by a house music-inspired organ riff shot through waves of noise. An extremely catchy, mutated pop song whose ancestry might fall somewhere between the mood of The Seventh Continent and Bruce Cockburn’s “If I Had A Rocket Launcher.”

Age of is out via Warp on June 1, the same day as Kanye’s new one. Whoa. Pre-order Age Of here, and watch the video for “Black Snow” below.

Hear Anohni Cover The Cranberries’ “No Need To Argue”

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Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan died suddenly last week, and today, Anohni has shared a brief a cappella cover of the Cranberries 1994 cut “No Need To Argue” on Instagram. Listen below via Pitchfork. More »

10 Protest Songs That Defined 2017

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Whichever side you’re on in the “art is inherently political” debate, there are certain eras wherein political turmoil overwhelmed artistic output. From the ’60s through the present day, there has been music made to protest things like war, civil rights violations, the criminalization of drugs, police brutality, mass shootings, and pretty much every president who … More »

25 Great EPs From 2017

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Over the last couple years, we’ve seen the rise of the “mini-album,” an inexplicable term that is, I guess, supposed to signify some kind of intentionality and artistic vision that an EP simply cannot capture. It’s a designation that’s been rightfully met with ribbing derision, but it’s an interesting development that speaks to some larger … More »

Hercules & Love Affair Share a Synthpop Stunner [Stream]

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It’s been three years since Hercules & Love Affair released an album (their last was 2014’s The Feast of the Broken Heart) and between first single “Controller”, which features vocals from The Horrors’ Faris Badwan, and their latest single, “Omnion” (feat. Sharon Van Etten), album #4 is looking to be full of promise. The band, who became popular in the dance-pop scene with 2008’s disco-tinged “Blind” (which featured the incomparable Anohni), gets straight back to business on their two lead singles—if that’s what you want to call making perfectly danceable tracks.

While “Controller” was an ode to the ‘80s electro-hedonism of bands like Depeche Mode, INXS and New Order (the track has serious “Blue Monday”-meets-“Need You Tonight” vibes), “Omnion” slows things down a bit, and trades in raw sexuality for emotional honesty. Van Etten’s vocals have a sweetness and vulnerability that pairs perfectly with the swirling synths and earnest lyrics.

Listen to “Omnion” above and keep your eyes open for their forthcoming fourth album, also called Omnion, due out later this summer.

ANOHNI announces PARADISE EP, shares title track

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A degree of cringing tends to happen whenever an artist gets overtly political, but absent the personal anecdotes that give an authentic humanity to the policies quietly imposed in detached government offices, where would we be when it comes to our collective desire to effect change? ANOHNI spoke as a global citizen via last year’s debut album HOPELESSNESS (also one of our favorite releases from that year), and in so doing, she gave desperately-sung attention to issues ranging from the rising prevalence of drone warfare to environmental degradation caused by the perpetual advance of human industry. You get the impression from listening to the album that there isn’t a limit to the issues on which ANOHNI is both willing and wanting to comment, and seemingly right on cue, a companion EP to HOPELESSNESS, titled PARADISE, has just been announced for release on March 17 via Secretly Canadian/Rough Trade.

Both the album cover and a preliminary statement from ANOHNI (readable below) attest to strong beliefs concerning feminism and male hegemony. Other aspects of the EP center around capitalist ideologues and their proposed mental equivalence with religious fanatics, plus the significance of a healthy, if not totally uncorrupted, global ecosystem. *Exhales intensely*

Here’s where you can pre-order PARADISE. Listen to the title track after the aforementioned artist statement:

Her gentle touch
My Father’s Hands
Rest on my Throat

Our new leaders hope to crush our spirits and expedite ecocide in the name of virulent progress, consumerism and false security. Like Jihadis, many capitalists and Christians compulsively seek to facilitate a righteous “holy war”, or apocalypse.

For millennia, Men have enslaved women and attempted to appropriate female creative power, re-casting themselves as gods and creators. This assault continues today in the forms of ruthless wealth and mineral extraction, genetic engineering, mass surveillance and war mongering.

But as Donald Trump and his cabinet now demonstrate, the skills encouraged in men by their biologies and the tools that boys master in the playground have not equipped them to deal with the unprecedented global crisis we are now facing.

Mothers, your sons are trapped in a nightmare; they are not capable of responsibly negotiating the destructive agency that they now wield.

More profound even than a crime against humanity, fathers and sons now compulsively prepare to commit ecocide, in a final and irreversible assault upon creation itself.

Only an intervention by women around the world, with their innate knowledge of interdependency, deep listening, empathy and self-sacrifice, could possibly alter our species’ desperate course.

PARADISE tracklisting:

01. In My Dreams
02. Paradise
03. Jesus Will Kill You
04. You Are My Enemy
05. Ricochet
06. She Doesn’t Mourn Her Loss

ANOHNI – “Paradise”

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anohniinparadiseepartworkANOHNI has announced a companion EP to her 2016 album HOPELESSNESS, which we named one of the best albums of last year. It’s called PARADISE, and features more collaborations with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke. Today, she’s shared the title track. Listen to it, check out the EP details, and read a statement … More »

CocoRosie – “Smoke ‘Em Out” (Feat. ANOHNI)

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CocoRosie - Smoke Em OutThis morning, art-poppers CocoRosie have joined forces with ANOHNI, another boundary-blurring artist with roots in the mid-’00s freak-folk explosion, on a new protest anthem. In a statement, CocoRosie call their new track “Smoke ‘Em Out” “a new song to inspire the weary-disappointed hearts of so many crest-fallen citizens.” And while they’re working on a new … More »