I wrote the last one of these columns almost a month ago, so this is really the five best videos of the last three weeks. Don’t worry, though. Not that many videos came out during the holiday, and most of the ones that did come out weren’t that good. Some of them were, though, including … More »
Björk released her new album Utopia last month, and she’s already made lush, surreal videos for the album tracks “The Gate,” “Blissing Me,” and “Utopia.” Today, she’s got a new one for the hazy, twinkling album opener “Arisen My Senses.” It might be the lushest, most surreal of these videos yet. More »
Björk has been giving us a slow drip of information about her upcoming album these past few months. First we learned it was her “Tinder album” and that it dealt with learning to love again after the heartbreak depicted on Vulnicura. We later heard lead single “The Gate” and saw its … More »
Jesse Kanda, an incredible visual artist and frequent Arca collaborator, has released his debut EP as doon kanda, titled heart. And if there’s anything we could use plenty of today, it’s heart. The five-song EP is available now digitally and February 24 on vinyl via Hyperdub.
ok here is my humble attempt to try and put these songs in context .. to reflect and describe what they mean to me:
axolotl is like a chant for giving it your best try
womb is maybe like the moment you’re out and you hear the world unmuffled
wings is like a conversation .. maybe with yourself, maybe between two aspects of you, or with another spirit
feline is sensual like a courtship
heart is losing someone you love and your self
and on the sound of these melodies:
my work might sometimes be coated with a layer of sharp pain like a blade to the eye or ears. but at the heart of it is always love, compassion, empathy.
I think this coating is created to protect itself, like the walls of a womb, or armor. the same way that what’s within us can protect itself and can be hard to crack. it’s kinda in my nature to always try and turn this stuff inside out and expose it.
each of the songs on this ep have this quality. the melodies are treated to cut you like a serrated knife.
but hopefully they are beautiful enough that you’d want to listen anyway.
Go to Hyperdub’s Bandcamp site to pre-order, and listen to the EP here.