Funny Heartbeat is the newest track from LA-based indie-pop duo Kisses. The band describe the song as being a look at what’s to come on their second LP, describing it as a combination of “freestyle grooves and sophisticated funk”.
The new track is certainly that and it makes for a great listen, proving that the band haven’t lost any of the magic which made their debut so great. With production from Tim Larcombe and Saint Etienne’s Pete Wiggs, the track is a wonderful slice of sun-kissed dream pop and a great way to kick off your working week!
Like many, I’ve a fascination with Japanese culture and so I really love these watercolor illustrations by the Tokyo-based painter and illustrator Kouhei Ashino. Originally Ashino worked as a 3D-animator, but in 2008 he decided he wanted to become an illustrator and since then he’s self-published a handful of artist books and zines as well as picking up a number of awards, commissions and exhibitions.
I’m not particularly sure what the full context is for the work above but the images seem to be part of a Japanese television program called Trip to Japan. Unfortunately I can’t tell you much more then that but it’s great to see such detailed illustrations of Japanese life.
It’s also worth noting that watercolors are not the only thing Ashino makes, he also creates some rather wonderful drawings, paintings and collages which are fantastically nieve and far removed from the detailed images above. Check out more of his work on his flickr page here.
I was recently told about this great little project called A Famous Night and I thought I’d share it with you guys today. Based in Edinburgh and organized by Chris McAuley; the projects asks artist, illustrators and designers to create a gig poster commemorating a fictitious concert of their choosing. It’s a really fun idea and the project already has a number of great people involved. Above you can see posters by Jack Hudson, Christopher David Ryan and Tommy Perman. I particularly like the sound of Christopher David Ryan’s gig of Spirtualized, Broadcast and Boards of Canada.
With eight posters already produced you can check them all out on the A Famous Night website, there you’ll also find that posters are available to buy as prints. Each print is limited to an edition of 25 so that means you have to get in their quick if you want to pick one up! All details can be found here.
A few years ago I stumbled across the work of Illinois-based photographer Cari Ann Wayman and ever since I’ve been enthralled by the abandoned buildings, desolate places and sprawling wilderness that she discovers and photographs. What grabs me most about Cari Ann’s work is that she’s as much an explorer as she is a photographer – finding the strangest places and capturing them with her camera. Her images show the things that people leave behind and there’s a beauty and a fragility to her work that makes these places feel even more ephemeral.
Often she’ll also pose in these places, creating beautiful self-portraits where she stands-out like a girl lost in a place that she doesn’t belong. Amid these bleak spaces it feels as though she creates a special relationship with her surroundings and her photographs become intimate portraits that speak of abandonment, loss and escape. See more of Cari Ann’s work here.
Hollow Mountain is a fantastic new track from Efterklang and it’s the first one that they’ve released from their upcoming album Piramida. The story behind Piramida is a particularly interesting one and it has me very excited to hear the complete album when it is released at the end of September. The band started recording last August when they headed on a trip to the town of Piramida – a small Russian town in Spitsbergen in the arctic. What’s interesting about Piramida is that on January 10th, 1998 it was abandoned overnight and today it stands as nothing more than a ghost-town.
The band spent 9 days there, recording sound samples and amassing over 1000 recordings which they’ve pieced together for their new album. The town is also home to the world’s northernmost grand piano; a Red October, which the band have used on the album. If that wasn’t enough they’ve also enrolled the efforts of a 60-piece Danish Girls Choir. All-in-all Piramida is promising to be one of the most interesting albums of the year.
The video above was created and directed by Oodls (Jakob Steen and Christoffer Frandsen) and it mixes photos that the band took while on their trip alongside elements of the album’s artwork created by the fabulous Hvass&Hannibal. It’s a really nice introduction to the album and the video is rich in beautiful textures and saturated colours. You can also check out the trailer for the album below the drop and see the band recording amid the ruins and relics of the town.