Music Ed Zoë Radas has assembled this hamper of 5 tunes to help you digest your way to the weekend – featuring FKA twigs, Middle Kids, Holy Holy, Bec Sandridge and Thelma Plum.
Holy Holy, Teach Me About Dying
Holy moly – Tim Carroll and Oscar Dawson have laid another sweet treat on yer doorstep. Featuring backup vocals from the dream team of Ali Barter and Ainslie Wills, the lush Teach Me About Dying is “a parable on living.”
Tim elegantly describes the song as “an exploration of the way in which our mortality affects our lives… Death imbues life with urgency and clarity and a sense that time is precious. And so, although it is by definition morbid, remembering that we will all die is actually a really important tenet by which to live.”
The fellas are on the road for Groovin The Moo; see dates below, and get tickets here.
Friday 26 April – Groovin The Moo | Wayville, SA
Saturday 27 April – Groovin The Moo | Maitland, NSW
Sunday 28 April – Groovin The Moo | Canberra, ACT
Saturday 4 May – Groovin The Moo | Bendigo, VIC
Sunday 5 May – Groovin The Moo | Townsville, QLD
Saturday 11 May – Groovin The Moo | Bunbury, WA
Thelma Plum, Better In Blak
Thelma has just released a sensitive and commanding new single about how it feels to be told you’re playing a particular card: “I wrote Better in Blak about my experiences with people trying to take the colour from the conversation,” she explains. “My colour is an important part of who I am, and over the last couple of years I’ve had people try and tell me ‘it’s not about colour’ when obviously to me it is.”
She’s playing Groovin The Moo too, on all the same dates as HH (above), but she’ll also be at Splendour in the Grass on Friday July 19.
FKA twigs, Cellophane
Over a million views in 24 hours is pretty neat, but that’s what happens when FKA twigs releases her first new music in three years along with a video by frequent Bjork collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang which is basically an astonishing, sensual sci-fi film. Twigs says: “When I wrote cellophane over a year ago a visual narrative came to me immediately, I knew I had to learn how to pole-dance to bring it to life, and so that’s what I did. thank you @andrewthomashuang, for elevating my vision beyond words. you are a visionary. @kellyvon thank you for being with me every step of the way on my precious pole yellow brick road. working with you both on this is a dream come true.”
The English multi-talent is set to perform at Vivid Sydney and Dark Mofo, which’ll be bigger than Ben Hur.
09 June – Vivid Sydney, Carriageworks, Sydney (tickets here)
14 June – Dark Mofo, Mac2, Hobart (tickets here)
Middle Kids, Beliefs and Prayers
Following on from the gorgeous Real Thing comes Beliefs and Prayers, another of the gems from Middle Kids’ upcoming six-track mini-album New Songs For Old Problems (available for pre-order right now!). Hannah Joy, Harry Day and Tim Fitz are really hitting their stride with this beautifully melancholy belter. Joy says of the track: “It’s rambunctious and intense and if it were a cheese it would be roquefort.”
Bec Sandridge, Eyes Wide
Our very own mini-St-Vincent, Bec Sandridge, has gifted us the Siouxsie X Robyn diamond Eyes Wide, produced by Holy Holy’s Oscar Dawson and Gab Strum (Japanese Wallpaper). Sandridge says: “I began to question my relationship patterns during the recording process. I started asking myself is my behaviour instinctual, a long ingrained habit or based on self preservation and protection? The song looks at me discovering my own emotional boundaries and limitations.”
Bec’s got a couple shows coming up which you should absolutely make it to:
Friday May 24 – Marlborough Hotel, Sydney (free show!)
Friday June 7 – Northcote Social Club, Melbourne (tickets here)