It has been a while since we featured the Canadian outfit Memoryhouse on the blog, and so I was happy to read the other day that the dream-pop duo will be releasing their debut album on February 28th, 2012. Entitled ‘The Slideshow Effect’, the LP is definitely one of my most anticipated albums of next year.
To prepare for it’s release the guys have unveiled the album’s lead single ‘The Kids Were Wrong’ and it’s a really fun song which will no doubt whet your appetite for the upcoming album. It’s probably a little more poppy in comparison to the Memoryhouse we’ve heard on previous EP’s but I really like it’s energy and it’s got a great melody. It’s certainly a good way to start your week! You can download the track for free here.
Manchester-based illustrator Rob Bailey has recently launched a new site and it’s filled with so many images of his beautifully crisp illustrations. His wonderfully clean and simple style is really refreshing to see, and I particularly like his series entitled Warriors, which is filled with Samurais, Vikings and Roman Legions.
Rob’s style is particularly great because of how he can create such powerful images with such a restricted use of shape and of color. His new portfolio has some really great pieces in it that I demand you head over there right now and go check it out!
Last week I wrote about Lene Wille’s beautifully minimalist installation Metaphorical Horizons and since then I’ve had a number of Lego enthusiasts contacting me about work which they’ve made using the small plastic brick. One piece which really caught my attention was these incredibly detailed houses by Lego artist Mike Doyle. Mike’s sculptures are an incredible testament to both Lego, and his skill and patience. His largest and most recent construction Victorian on Mud Heap (above), uses nearly 130,000 pieces and took about 600 hours to complete.
With true dedication to the project Mike built these without using any foreign materials – there’s no wood, no glue, no paint in these – it’s just pure Lego. It’s a pretty amazing feat of design. Mike’s got a number of ‘making of’ shots on his blog which are worth checking out; I know my first reaction when seeing these were ‘no way, they can’t be real’ so it was wonderful to see some progress shots of them being made. Go check them out!
I’ve heard really mixed reactions to DJ Shadow‘s latest album The Less You Know, The Better, and so I’ve been putting checking it out on the long-finger for a while now. That said, I was interested in hearing his collaboration with Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon and so last night I watched the video for Scale It Back.
While the track itself is an enjoyable and infectious listen, it’s the music video by Ewan Jones Morris and Casey Raymond that really caught my attention. Inspired by a memory sequence created by Ben Pridmore, the video really does an excellent job of bringing such a wonderful concept to life. Both inventive and playful, it’s well worth checking out!
I love these drawings of pin-ups by the Baltimore-based illustrator Julianna Brion. The simple line and bright colors really work well together and they’re only a taste of some of the amazing things she has been creating over the last few years. Originally from Brooklyn, Julianna moved to Baltimore to study illustration and design at The Maryland Institute College of Art and she has lived there ever since.
I’ve been a fan of Julianna’s work for quite some time, and in a happy coincidence I noticed half-way through writing this that the guys over at the excellent Poolga have just released two of these excellent drawings as iPhone wallpapers. I like to think that it’s a case of good minds thinking alike! You should make sure to head over there and pick one up for your phone – I know I certainly will! Also make sure to check out the rest of Julianna’s work online here.
I have a less then subtle love for LEGO and recently it has been manifesting into a number of blog posts here on the site. What impresses most about the little plastic brick is the level of innovation that seems to come from it. As a material one would imagine that it must be quite limiting to work with, and yet people all around the world seem to be able to turn these little bricks into all manner of weird and wonderful creations.
Take Lene Wille‘s beautifully minimalist installation Metaphorical Horizons for example. Built back in 2005 as a graduate project, the installation is stark and sculptural and yet its use of material makes for something which is both fun and playful. Her aim was to create an installation which could work as both an object and as a space, and through her use of LEGO I think she creates something which is beautiful and restrained while also being inviting and playful.
Metaphorical Horizons was built at the World Trade Center in Amsterdam over a period of 6 weeks, the finished piece being built from 270,000 white LEGO bricks. More details and images from the project can be found online here.
It’s been more then a year since we last featured a video from Pogo on The Fox Is Black so today I thought I’d share his most recent track ‘Kadinchey’. For those wondering, the word ‘Kadinchey’ is Bhutanese for ‘Thank You’ and as you may have guessed from the images above, the video is a remix of the sights and sounds recorded around Bhutan.
The track is part of a much larger project that Pogo is working on called World Remix. Funded last March through Kickstarter; Pogo has already created a track based in Johansburg and plans to record many more over time. His goal is to travel the world “capturing sights, sounds, voices and chords, and use them to compose and shoot a track and video for each major culture of the world”. It’s an incredible project and one which is in safe hand with a talent like Pogo’s. For those who didn’t fund the project you can still get a glimpse behind the scene in Pogo’s Kickstarter project updates.
This is the type of thing where I like to turn the speakers up loud, set the video to fullscreen, and then let the whole thing wash over me for several minutes. Directed by the Irish animator and illustrator Fergal Brennan; The Night Mail is the debut single from New Jackson, a new house and electronic act from Dublin.
Animated using a DSLR, several Polaroid cameras, and a ton of photocopies; The Night Mail is a video of two halves. The first part being a much darker and more restrained slice of electronica while the second part keeps the beat going but takes it to a much brighter place. Brennan’s video play tribute to this dichotomy and does so with a mesmerizing stop-motion… and as he says, “a ton of photocopies.”
The Night Mail EP was released last month on Pogo Recordings and is available on vinyl here.