Jens Lekman premiered his new video for “Erica America” earlier this morning on SPIN. Marc Hogan writes, “His head freshly shaved, his attire unusually dark and drab, the Swedish singer and songwriter brings the exquisite heartbreak of ‘Erica America’ to life beside a dingy, turquoise-hued freight elevator in the song’s starkly arresting new video.” You can watch the Marcus Soderlund directed video above. The first single off of Jens’s I Know What Love Isn’t, you can purchase “Erica America” today from Amazon and iTunes.
ForNoOne.tv shares a new video of Exitmusic performing “The City” in an empty, Chicago concert hall during a soundcheck. Don’t let the setting push you away from watching; Exitmusic proves they can deliver a stellar performance in any setting, crowd or no crowd. The video premiered earlier today on SPIN. Watch HERE.
In other awesome news, NPR just included Exitmusic in Our Favorite Music of the Year (So Far). Listen to the All Songs Considered discussion HERE.
Exitmusic heads back out on tour tomorrow, playing at Toronto’s Wrong Bar with Young Magic, Moon King, Purity Ring & Hundred In The Hands. See all upcoming shows HERE.
Directed by Sean Pecknold, Here We Go Magic‘s new video for “How Do I Know” stars Janet Pants as a happy-go-lucky dancing robot who is being returned to the factory by her owner. Pecknold explains, “It takes place in the not-so-distant future where you will be able to custom order human like robots for your pleasure, and although some people will probably still be partial to the human flesh, I think some conflicts of emotion will arise. Humans, love, sex, technology, dancing, the future!”Watch above!
In a recent interview with PopMatters, Luke Temple went into great detail about his experience recording the new album and working alongside Nigel Godrich. Read Perfection in the Flaws: An Interview with Here We Go MagicHERE.
Lastly, HWGM just kicked off their summer tour at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory. Don’t miss them live in concert. See the full list of dates HERE!
Nite Jewel’s “Clive” has been given the Dntel remix treatment. Sped up and chopped to pieces, the new track begs to be moved to. Spin says, “Where once he launched shy confessions into a then-futuristic realm, now Tamborello successfully casts Nite Jewel’s prayerful repose in a strange new light, glimmering of the dance floor but introspective enough for solitary headphone listens.”LISTEN TO THE REMIX AT SPIN.
Nite Jewel takes over NYC’s Bowery Ballroom on April 24th. See her live with Sophia Knapp. Purchase your tickets HERE.
Earlier this morning, Spin debuted Nite Jewel’s second single, “In The Dark,” from her forthcoming album, One Second to Love. The song begins with a statement of puzzling contradiction from a female singer, a statement which represents a battle cry for those who have fallen victim to love’s disorienting effects. Over simple guitar strings, drifting synthesizers, and an echoing drum loop, Ramona Gonzalez describes human attachment as a paradoxical force that is as alienating as it is intoxicating. Taking cues from Sade and Prefab Sprout, “In The Dark” shows just how much impact can be culled from a set of simple yet effective elements.
Ramona also recently recorded Stevie Wonder’s “Visions” in tribute of Yours Truly founder’s late sister. Echoing the work of Alice Coltrane’s “Turiya Sings,” “Visions (Nite Jewels Seance)” is bare-bones; Ramona reworks the song with effortless grace for a somber, beautiful rendition. Listen below.
You can see Nite Jewel live this spring. Ramona kicks off the tour at Austin’s SXSW and then teams up with Chairlift for the majority of dates-full list below.