Dizraeli’s new track (with his band, the Small Gods), takes a breather from his usual frenetic political diatribes, slowing down his trademark spit-fire delivery in favour of a more meditative approach. Opening with a flush of baroque strings, “Million Miles” explores a moody soundscape of nocturnal paranoia and fever-dreamed eroticism. Over a rhythm built equally of hip-hop sampling and jazz riffing, Dizraeli levels rhymes of sex and death amidst a haunted wash of ghostly vocals floating in the musical ether above the groove. It’s a new direction for the artist who opted for slams and jams on his previous outing, Engurland (City Shanties), injecting his arty, rough-hewn brand of hip-hop with a coarser blend of live instrumentation. It’s like an emotional apocalypse of sound and poetry.
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New Yoork outfit Hooray for Earth traffics in laptop pop. When it comes to videos, however, these dudes throw down like Peter Jackson. Their latest LP True Loves drops June 7th via Dovecote. In the meantime you can get your HFE fix via this epic, Young Replicant helmed video for the album’s title track. Any clip with horses in it just demands your attention.
Sweden’s Lykke Li offers up a mini-film for her latest video “Sadness Is a Blessing” starring herself and fellow Swede Stellan Skarsgård, who just happens to be one of the best actors on the planet. I’m just saying. The tune is something of a homage to the sounds of ‘60s girl groups with that Phil Spectoresque wall of sound. It’s yet another fabulous song from an album chock full of them.
All four tracks, “Can’t Keep Johnny Down”, “Cloisonne”, “Never Knew Love”, and “Old Pine Box” already have a place on the album, so this isn’t going to be like Indestructible Object from 2004 when the EP was three-fifths exclusive material. But TMGB have a “complete my album” program set up for the downloads so that, come July, customers won’t have to pay for these four songs twice.
It’s just a few seconds shy of ten minutes, but these guys have never been much on length.
Rolling Stone is reporting that Smashing Pumpkins are planning an elaborate remaster campaign that will, of course, find them releasing additional rarities and “bonus material”. In addition to wondering whether or not the Pumpkins should be described in the plural—as if they are, or ever were, a collective of any kind—we might also wonder why presumably rarities-collecting collections like Pisces Iscariot need to be reissued with more rarities. Also, are these rarities really rare anymore? Regardless, I suppose the best kind of new Smashing Pumpkins material is old Smashing Pumpkins material. We’ll reserve judgement on that new album.