Beth Orton

Beth Orton is back with a new album. It’s called Kidsticks, and will be out May 27 via Anti-. The album was co-produced by Orton and Andrew Hung of Fuck Buttons, with mixing being handled by David Wrench. Below is, “Moon,” the lead-single off the album.

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Every year, around this time, I start getting into Coachella mode. What I mean by this is that, it’s around this week that I start to narrow down—significantly—the amount of artists that I want to (or must) see come April on the Polo Fields. One of those artists on the Must See list is M83.

I’ve been a fan of Anthony Gonzalez, and his dramatic electronic shoegazer-esque soundscapes ever since I heard Run Into Flowers off his sophomore album, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts back in 2003. Since then, I’ve caught him and his band live a handful of times, and I’ve yet to be disappointed. The same can be said for his albums. So it was a welcomed surprise to open up my email, and see the announcement that his new album is finished and ready for release this year.

It’s called Junk, and that’s the…uhh..oddly interesting(?) album cover below, along with the video for lead-single “Do It, Try It.” It’s set for release on April 8 via Mute, and features guest appearances by Beck, and Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfør. And if like me, you’re wondering what the album title is all about, don’t worry. Anthony has us covered:

“Anything we create today is going to end up being space junk at one point anyway, and I find it really fascinating and scary at the same time – beautiful too in a way. I have this image of pieces of humanity floating in space, lost forever. It also means that nowadays everything goes so fast and everybody is kind of throwing away art in a certain manner. People will listen to an album for instance and just pick a track they like to put on a playlist. They’re not going to take the time to listen to an album anymore because they have to jump on the next thing.”

 

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At one point or another in the existence of this site, I’ve mentioned a solo-project or two from my talented friend Ray. This time around, he’s accompanied by three of his talented friends—Tianna, Elvis, and Monique. They’re called Bokonon, and they’re releasing their debut album, Prism Cinema, in March of this year. “By My Side” is the first single off the album, and it’s a three minute and change psych-tinged trip.  Check it out below.

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