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CREEP

These two ladies above form a project called CREEP.

Lauren Flax, the one the right, is apparently a house DJ veteran – she toured with Fisherspooner and Madonna, and you may also know her from her remixes, for example ‘You’ve Changed‘ by Sia (it’s hard not to this one, isn’t it?) or ‘So Fine‘ by Telepathe. The other lady is Lauren Dillard and, erm, and she’s the other half of the project.

Some time ago, CREEP have released a new song featuring Nina Sky (who you may remember thanks to their 2004 hit ‘Move Ya Body‘). The track is rather eerie (let alone the emo/goth music video), hopefully it won’t get you down once you’re stuck on repeat. I have to say CREEP got me quite intrigued and I am looking forward to their album, and I am curious who the guest vocalists may be…

Help yourself to a creepy Planningtorock remix of the song via Abeano blog where you will find a download.

Also, it won’t hurt to have a look at their previous single ‘Days’ featuring the girl from The xx:

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Crystalline

 

This evening has just become more exciting! We can listen to Björk‘s new single ‘Crystalline’ right now via disco naïveté. I don’t really know if one can ever get used to Björk’s genius, it amazes me every time. The song has a cool airy vibe to it and is subtle and smashing at the same time. I’ve just realised how much I missed her and now I really can’t wait for Biophilia…

The Edge of Glory

I have to say I begin to enjoy my hate-love relationship with Lady Gaga. Whenever I think she’s up to something interesting (like ‘Scheiße’ at Mugler’s fashion show – see at the end of this post!), she releases some poor quality Madonna rip-off (‘Born This Way’), and then it gets even worse with the follow-up (‘Judas’).

So when I eventually think she’s burnt out and has nothing exciting up in her sleeve, she drops a bomb in a form of ‘The Edge of Glory’. Somewhere on the line between a powerful a powerful ballad and a dance song she gives her best performance to date – finally I don’t have an impression that she’s trying too hard. Once she drops meaningless controversies and reaches out to her influences while not copying them, she can be a brilliant pop artist. I absolutely love ‘The Edge of Glory,’ can’t resist dancing around and singing along. I hope it will become a summer anthem.

So for now the ratio of bad and good songs is 2:2. Unless we judge the album by its cover, well, it’s one big unknown! I have just realised I never posted ‘Anatomy of Change’ – a TERRIFIC audiovisual feast, a video from Mugler’s fashion show and a remix of Gaga’s ‘Scheiße’ so here it is:

Strange Talk

Such a nice discovery! Strange Talk sounds a little bit like their fellow Australian band Cut Copy, but this is more of a hint really. Very lively, very summery. Personally, I find it perfect for the first day of my summer holiday (yaaaay!).

By the way, isn’t it a great cover? I love it. Again, very summery.

Have a look at Strange Talk new video and listen to the full self-titled EP below.

Oh, Gaga…

Yes, this is the album cover for Born This Way. And please mind that it is not a three weeks overdue April Fools’ Day joke. What the hell? I know that Lady Gaga is all about random, weird and kitch, but this is just ish.

To make things worse, her new song ‘Judas’ is absolutely awful. She needed a really good song to make up for previous Madonna rip-off. And what she does?

First, she self-references herself: “Juduas-juda-a-aas, Judas Ga-ga” VS “Rah-rah-ra-ra-rah,” as well as “ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh” parts, and some other bits… Sorry honey, but your career span is far too short to make us think “what a nice wink to her old song!” instead of “wow, that sounds exactly like ‘Bad Romance’… creative spark is gone!”

On top of that, the song sounds like some worst kind of ’90s Eurotrash. If she wanted to follow Rihanna’s ‘Only Girl’ path, then she must have chosen ‘unlistenable’ over ‘smashing’ on the crossroads.  I could write and write, but there’s no point in further rambling on about how bad this song is. Just give it a listen and you’ll get the idea.

Music video should arrive soon, but I can feel that it’s going to be as good as the song… I think I’m just fed up with Gaga. I hated her at first, I gave her some credit because of ‘Bad Romance’ and Fame Monster (which was a really good album) as I believed she actually may have some idea of what she’s doing. But now I realise she’s clearly clueless and she just grabs whatever is in a bad taste, moulds it together and puts GAGA stamp on it in attempt to give this mess some ‘value’. On Wikipedia I’ve found this quote from Catholic League (!!!) who already criticised the concept of her music video (in which she plays Saint Mary Magdalene and Norman Reedus plays Judas Iscariot) saying that Gaga becomes “increasingly irrelevant” with controversial videos as “the only way to jet up her performance” and I couldn’t agree more (wow, I am quite surprisd myself). I bet she will release the video on Good Friday or Easter Sunday which will only prove the point that she aims for controversy just for the sake of causing a stir. But let’s see through this.

Mind Bokeh

I had never heard of Bibio until a few days ago. I came across ‘Saint Christopher’ song and I liked it right from its first seconds just to fall for it as it was unravelling. Such a spacious soundscape! So I gave the Mind Bokeh a shot. It turned out to be a background music, but far from a cosy silence filler! It gets through to your consciousness just enough to let your appreciate its beauty while having this dreamy blurred state of mind (album’s title reflects the content just perfectly).

Have a look at the album sampler and ‘Saint Christopher’ below. You can purchase Mind Bokeh here. I feel I need to get more familiar with Bibio’s previous album as well…

Blue Songs on Soundcloud

You can listen to the whole Blue Songs album by Hercules and Love Affair on Soundcloud now, I am just about to do it myself. Enjoy! By the way – nice cover art, isn’t it?

***EDIT***

Disappointing… There are some great tracks – ‘Painted Eyes’ and ‘My House’ being my favourites – but on the whole, the album lack soul and excitment. Aerea Negrot is a terrific new vocalist, but the rest of them, well, plain boring. Antony and Nomi made the name for Hercules and Love Affair, without them is not the same quality I’m afraid. Boo.