Isn’t it funny how suddenly you can miss someone? You can be totally fine for years, and then one random day, one random walk, you stumble on a meaningful spot, inadvertently summon a memory, and, bang, you’re struggling.
Fellow mysterious auteurs and former allies as Hype Williams and on amazing tapes, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland are both firmly going down the solo path judging by recent developments. First, Copeland announced a forthcoming solo album, including one song with Actress, and put out two ethereal, foggy, lonesome and slight tracks (which may or may not be from said record) via her new YouTube channel:
And now Blunt has possibly signed to Rough Trade according to Dummy, and will possibly make a record that’s possibly called Black Metal. He too has a new tune on the go; a more progressive, in-your-face packed with the usual odd sounds and changes of tempo:
All of which suggests the promised new Hype Williams album now seems unlikely, sadly.
Monday Music’s the one post where Some Of It Was True! drops its London-only rule. In celebration of the exciting girl I just met, this is a female-vocalist special…
Hockeysmith – But Blood
Annie and Georgie Hockeysmith are sisters who reputedly live in a Falmouth caravan. For my money this is their most engrossing song yet, a potboiler which eventually wigs out in gloriously demented fashion; the guitar release at 3:30 is especially satisfying in a “oh fuck yeahhhh” kinda way. Dummy has more about the pair’s admirably wide-ranging sound, and you can catch them at The Waiting Room this very Thursday.
Bernard + Edith – Poppy
Noir pop is pop, but a pop that’s best played waaaay past Pharrell fans’ bedtime. It occupies a dim basement world of distorted voices and careering strobes; of smoky invocations and dead relatives. B + E are a Manchester duo making such Twin Peaksian soundscapes, ones lent soul by Greta Edith’s potent vocals. This debut single’s out on Salford label/collective SWAYS Records on 31 March.
Neneh Cherry – Blank Project
Neneh Cherry’s name has cropped up over the past two decades, producing here and singing there, but I’d essentially signed her off as “that Swedish singer from Seven Seconds“. And then suddenly comes Blank Project: a Four-Tet produced, Robyn-featuring comeback record rife with sparse r’n'b, rawness, emotion and bewitching melody. The title track’s writhing industrial sound is especially powerful.
Watercolours – Kyoto Train
Chelsea Jade Metcalf is a New Zealand-hailing artist and this from her debut EP Portals, recorded between Auckland and NYC. Taken from it, Kyoto Train has a dreamy, isolationist sound; it’s a musical cocoon to hide inside. As the song slowly meander along, I find myself ever-more-eagerly anticipating Metcalf’s vocals, both the soft-focus verses and the sharper, aching chorus sound. (via Happy)
Making a glorious, happy return, it’s the Some Of It Was True! show on Shoreditch Radio. One hour long es ever, this edition includes all manner of stuff – peculiar pop from an LA drag queen, glum-as-fuck shoegaze, mysterious producers and incredible vocalists, right up to the super-trendy Rosie Lowe. Listen via the player below, or download as an MP3 (right click).