Off to NY for a few days. In the airport doing work and getting hype. Happy Friday y'all!
Cus I'm feeling blessed.
Caroline Polacheck is the stunning voice you probs recognize from Chairlift. She also has her own solo project called Ramona Lisa, in which she often paints a second set of eyes on her face and I want to steal that look. Last year she released her self-produced album Arcadia and today the Piano Versions is out via Terrible Records. As the title implies, it's an EP of piano versions of Ramona Lisa songs. Check out "Walking in The Cemetery" below.
This girl. This song. The vibe. My god. Intense and raw and sexy and smooth all at once.
On Arca, Kelela says:
I met Alejandro [Arca] on a boat in August of 2012. We sought one another out across a dance floor and within 5 minutes agreed to meet each other as soon as possible to collaborate. I had one song released to my name and had just heard one of his mixes, but we knew we’d found something in one another. We spent the next three days, 14 hours a day talking about our artistic visions and how it intersected with our personal lives, making songs that reflected that while dancing around the room to let it all out. About 5 or 6 demos were born out of these three days.
“A Message” is one of the demos that came from those sessions and it speaks to the despair that I was experiencing at the time. The initial version of the song spilled out of us in about 25 minutes. Since then, it’s been like a sculpture that I’ve come to and refined over time, adding a lyric here, refining a melody there, adding a bridge, etc. It’s a process that is now finally complete with its release and I’m so happy that I finally get to share it with all of you.
Here's a photo from when I met Kelela outside a club in Chicago after Pitchfork Fest 2014. I asked to take her picture and she said "only if you're in it" cus she's a bad ass. She looks so chill. Meanwhile, my QT wink face didn't turn out as good as I thought it would. I like that we have matching nails though.
The video was directed by Nadia Tan who has the following to say about its origins...
I have always been fascinated with photographing strangers, especially the unremarkable people - the older generation tending to their gardens and sitting on their porches, the labourers who become a part of the landscape - the people who form the backbone of our world, yet often go unseen.
To me, Bry Webb sings about these people in his songs, there is a longing for a simpler time and a simpler world; he sings about people who work with their hands and who wake and sleep with the rising and setting of the sun.
A few years ago, I discovered some of the postwar housing communities in Ontario and became enamoured with the simple beauty of these boxy white clapboard bungalows. I thought this would be the perfect setting for the video for Fletcher. Our cinematographer Greg Biskup and I traveled to some of the these communities and captured a series of portraits of strangers going about their everyday lives.
Super stunning stuff if you ask me.
Indeed, Sam Rockwell knows how to rock well.
That strange space that is both calm and crazy. Sink into it.
Because director Kevan Funk did a hell of a job. Trippy man.
Love that british shoegaze girls with guitars.
Outside it may be snowing and colder than Mars but it's still Saturday baby. Get up and dance.
Her album Being is out now on Paper Bag Records.
These babes. These babes right here.
I guess I need to start watching Bob's Burgers.
RIP Harris Wittels
Because I'm going to tonight's sold out show with my little sister - who is my honey bear.
Currently falling in love with this Toronto (via Saskatoon) experimental synth artist. She apparently has a forth-coming sci-fi concept record titled Sector 03 - but you should check out her bandcamp in the meantime. Castle If is playing March 24th in Toronto at Cinecycle w/ ANAMAI & Twist. Mark if off in you calendars now.
On snowy days like these I get caught up dreaming of adventures overseas.
I used to be really into Matt & Kim when I was in high school. They were fun & hyper and I was bubbling with energy & optimistic about life in general. Now I'm slightly older and apparently "too cool" for just the fun stuff. Maybe it's these winter blues that got me down. Whatever though, they're cute as heck and they won't quit. And the makes me happy. Keep fighting the fun fight kids.