MUSIC BUZZ: Björk // Little Dragon // Teenage Rockstars // More
Björk announces her new album Vulnicura and an accompanying tour with stops at Carnegie Hall and City Center in NYC. Then there is a retrospective of her work at MoMA. All this points to a rather high concept, artistic piece of new music like her previous album Biophilia. The inclusion of super-hip producer Arca, who worked with FKA twigs on EP2, also looks like an obvious choice to bring her music up to the current taste. Then, maybe by lowering my expectations, I will be pleasantly surprised. Because I still love her.
Andreas Hale wrote a nice piece about Little Dragon, who released one of the best albums of the last year. Singer Yukimi Nagano about her lyrics:
“I like to not make sense in my lyrics,” Nagano tells Cuepoint. “I’m very scatterbrained and not really the person who knows how to tell amazing stories that make sense and connect to people. I really admire people who can write like that. So, everything I write becomes imagery and random thoughts.”
One of my 2015 resolutions was to pay more attention to lyrics, but in this case it would be futile.
The Guardian talks about the music industry’s current fascination with teenage rockstars.
But the long-term prognosis for child stars is seldom good. Barring a miracle, Unlocking the Truth will have passed through the music industry’s digestive tract by the time they’re old enough to… well, do any of those things that rock stars like to do.
Better, the advice goes, become a star by the means of YouTube and then have the record companies go after you, if you have to.
To the occasion of the new movie Whiplash Mike Brown writes about “the cult of the drummer”:
[Brian] Eno tells a story about working in the studio with the U2 drummer Larry Mullen, when Mullen was playing drums over a recording of the band and a click-track – a computer-generated beat meant to keep all the over-dubbed parts in synch. Mullen protested that the clicktrack was slightly off, and that he couldn’t play to it. After some discussion, and to humour Mullen, Eno adjusted the click to his satisfaction.
It was only later that Eno checked the original track again and realised Mullen was right: the click was off by six milliseconds.
Chicago’s Disappears are releasing a new album next week and had an interview with Noisey for tha occasion.