Last Saturday Pulp’s sixth studio album This Is Hardcore turned 15. Released on March 30th 1998, the album was the ambitious follow-up to their 1995 breakthrough, Different Class. The album was eagerly anticipated and on its release it received both critical acclaim and a number one spot in the UK charts.
For me, This Is Hardcore might not necessarily be the bands crowning moment, but there’s so many great things about it that I can’t help but celebrate it today. So, I invite you to raise a glass and join me in wishing This Is Hardcore a happy fifteenth-birthday.
We’re big fans of British singer-songwriter Keaton Henson. Not only are his lyrics thoughtful and poetic, his delivery is so subtle and beautiful, his emotion seems to stir yours with every listen. Already an artist with an armful of thoughtful and interesting music videos that function more as short films, his latest, “Lying to You”, is a collaboration with photographer Autumn de Wilde. An ode to the teenage girl, it stars de Wilde’s enigmatic daughter, Arrow, as she traverses suburban streets dotted with cat topiaries and errant Winnebagos in such a way as to make you remember the pangs of adolescent loneliness. We were so taken with it, we recently spoke to de Wilde to find out more about her inspiration and process for the video.
Late last year the Canadian singer-songwriter Patrick Watson ran a competition asking fans to create a music-video for his track “Blackwind”. The entries were really impressive and it’s incredible to see the quality of fan-made videos being made. Last month he finally announced the winner as Chloe Poirier-Sauve but also gave special mention to six other entries; one of which is this video created by the South-Korean director Dee Shin.
About an hour ago Sigur Rós dropped an email announcing the release of a new album called Kveikur which is being released on June 17/18. In addition they also released a new video to accompany it titled “Brennisteinn”, which takes Sigur Rós into a much harder musical territory. Like I’ve never heard Sigur Rós sound this bad ass before, it’s kind of amazing. Plus the video, directed by Andrew Huang, is also pretty gnarly. I think it’s about a ritual sacrifice and the end of the world, but you can make your own assumptions.
This is a delightful little animated promo for The Leisure Society’s new single “Fight For Everyone” which is animated by the British animation studio Persistent Peril. The video shows the creation of a new planet by a giant blue hand but unfortunately things don’t go quite according to plan as chaos unfolds when evolution steps in. It’s a lot of fun, featuring great colors and a lot of playful whimsy.
The track is taken from the bands third album Alone Aboard The Ark which comes out on April 01st on Full Time Hobby.