London’s premier softcore-psych quartet CHILDCARE have released their debut album ‘Wabi-Sabi’ a month ago.
CHILDCARE were formed in 2016 by Ed Cares, formerly one of west London’s most in-demand male nannies. Overheard humming a song he had written years before, Ed was persuaded by Katie, then aged six, to form a band which was completed by enlisting some local musicians.
CHILDCAREare a band on the up, making skewed, idiosyncratic, art-punk pop that is gaining them eager fans across the continent.
We apologise if we scared the hell out of some of you with that baseball cap in our Primavera Pack, the one that said ““Ex-indie”, before releasing the line up so that you could delight in all the names … and relax. Did you think we had forgotten about you, you nineties lovers? Never, whilst Stephen Malkmus has a guitar and still feels like playing it: and it is patently obvious on Sparkle Hard (2018), that the most famous fringes in Pavement have a long career ahead. With seven albums under his belt (one solo and the rest of them with The Jicks), the Portland artist leaves behind him spatio-temporal labels to bring together classical melodies and deafening contemporary lyrics (references to the #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter movements included), without forgetting to deliver three or four tracks with his delightful morning sparkle trade mark, as reassuring as it is characteristic. And as he himself sings on Middle America, “I will not disappear”. We have Malkmus, habemus indie, for some time to come. Tonight in concert.
Described as “an astral afro-futurist masterpiece of deep soul, cosmic dust and startling originality”, Flying Lotus is back with the 27-track LP ‘Flamagra’ which will arrive tomorrow. The album features a squadron of superstars which includes George Clinton, Little Dragon, Anderson .Paak, David Lynch, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi, Solange and more.
Ahead of the release, Flying Lotus has directed a new music video alongside David Firth for the album cut ‘Fire Is Coming’ which features the famous American filmmaker and musician, David Lynch.
American producer and singer-songwriter William Fitzsimmons presents ‘Mission Bell’ (2018), a chronicle of the tumultous last year of his life, particularly of the separation from his second wife. The resulting 11-song album tells the story of a 10-year marriage that was destroyed and then finally rebuilt from zero. William Fitzsimmons is known for quiet melodies, introspective lyrics and engrossing emotional narratives. Tonight in concert at Tradicionàrius.
Korean pop (aka K-pop) gets a lot of attention, but Korean indie is something you don’t hear about as often.
At the top of the pack in this genre is a band called Hyukoh. A true tale of industry determination, Hyukoh got their start in 2014 when lead singer Oh Hyuk gathered up some friends to form a band, starting on the underground club circuit in Seoul’s hipster hub, Hongdae. Their career really got going, however, after their appearance on a South Korean reality show called Infinite Challenge. The fan response got them some festival gigs and enough interest for them to record a studio album, and they’ve only climbed higher ever since. Stateside, their song “Citizen Kane” featured in an Apple commercial.
Though “K-pop” is increasingly used as a catchall term for all South Korean music, Hyukoh are, without a doubt, a rock and roll act. Though guitar-based bands seem to be fading in much of the Western world, as R&B and pop take the day once again, Hyukoh’s star is on the rise. Owing to their global popularity, this show’s almost sold out. Tonight in concert at sala Apolo.
Multinational noise rockers FEWS have announced the forthcoming release of their second album Into The Red, and with it a small sample of their wares in the form of the sputtering quiet/loud/quiet attack of ‘Paradiso.’
The new LP, out on 1 March from Play It Again Sam Records, was recorded in Malmö, Sweden with the help of producer Joakim Lindberg, and singer/guitarist Frederick Rundqvist promises, as all artists do, that “making these songs is by far the most personal thing I’ve ever experienced. We wanted to make an album that actually meant something and take it to the next level, no restrictions and no limits.”
Sounds like ad copy for a trainer company but at least Frederick and company have the tunes to help wash away the hyperbole. Even without its creepy, glitchy video accompaniment, ‘Paradiso’ has a sharp snap and buzzed swagger from which all fine rock music is made. The slashing, splintering guitar noise only supports their cause.
It is like being in a Carpenter (the other one) soundtrack, like sensing the uprising of an army of zombie synthesisers in the woods – the soundtrack for the Rise Of The Synths documentary is his… as well as the one for the announcement of our line up this year–. It is like invoking the undead from the 80s with three words. Carpenter Brut’s litany doesn’t chant “klaatu, barada, nikto” but rather “terror, action and science fiction”, concepts crucial to the new sacred Trilogy of French electronic music. We do not see Franck Hueso’s face but his intention is clear: to take the burden of intimacy to communion, to twist the sound of horror till it becomes a collective celebration. Tonight at Razzmatazz.