Honeyblood’s third album sees Stina Tweeddale finding her most ambitious form and steely focus yet. Three albums in she has stepped forward to finally claim the mantle of the project she birthed seven years ago as a her sole vision. Stina takes the reigns in collaboration with none-other than super-producer John Congleton (Angel Olsen, St Vincent) for the most definitive Honeyblood LP to date, consolidating the Glasgow-born band as one of the most important UK names.
On lead single, ‘The Third Degree’ (out today) Stina’s arguably perfected the fine art of the punk-rock ode-to-the-shit-head-ex. But ‘In Plain Sight’ is as sonically gung-ho as peak era Garbage, or the modern day likes of St Vincent; big, bold, songwriting no longer content to be tied to one limited genre. Woven with mysterious themes of illusion and deception, Tweeddale describes the album as “one big trick”. Being hoodwinked never felt so exciting.
Sleater-Kinney came crashing out of the ’90s Pacific Northwest riot grrrl scene, setting a new bar for punk’s political insight and emotional impact. Hailed as “America’s best rock band” by Greil Marcus in Time Magazine, and as “America’s best punk band ever. EVER” by Rob Sheffield in Rolling Stone, the band put out seven searing albums in 10 years before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006.
Sleater-Kinney brought their 10-year hiatus to a close with the release of their 2015 album No Cities to Love, and the band hasn’t slowed down since that release. After teasing that a new album would be coming in 2019 and that St. Vincent would be handling production, the trio returned with “Hurry on Home,” the first single from their upcoming album The Center Won’t Hold. Now, the band is back with the album’s release date, as well as as another new single called “The Future Is Here.”
Annie Clark, known for her artistic name of St. Vincent, has turned into one of the most interesting artists of the current international scene. And there are plenty of reasons. With the release of her last album Masseduction (Loma Vista, 2017), the american singer-songwriter has laid card on the table with her most personal, emotional and critical album. An album that has hits like the first single and one of the ballades of the year, “New York”, as well as the vibrant and surprising “Los Ageless”.
Since kicking off her Melodrama tour last month, Lorde has treated audiences across the US to surprise live covers. In Toronto, she tackled hometown hero Drake (“Shot For Me”); while in Chicago, it was a no brainer to put her own spin on Kanye West (“Love Lockdown”); and she gifted Milwaukee’s crowd with some Frank Ocean (“Solo”).
During her set at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, the New Zealand pop singer honored the city and its locals with a cover of St. Vincent’s “New York”. Super producer Jack Antonoff — with whom Lorde worked extensively on Melodrama — made a cameo appearance and accompanied her on acoustic guitar.