Karolina Rose – ‘Greytopia’.
The idea of living in a perfect world somehow just seems too far-fetched. But I guess it’s important to be optimistic about our future, otherwise what hope do we have!?
Karolina Rose takes this notion of working towards a better future in her idyllic world called Greytopia. Speaking about Greytopia, her first new electro-pop track since the release of her EP Invicta earlier this year, Karolina explained: “This song refers to taking in all the nuances of life on the spectrum of white to grey to black and accepting it, meanwhile enjoying life in your most productive, idealistic manner. It’s in another world where things aren’t jaded and morals and ethics are high. We have all the amenities of Earth but use them in a positive, productive way. Just do your best with what you have and create your own perfection within something that isn’t. You can lounge; you can work; feel happy; feel sad. It’s all okay. It’s a fairytale land. We’re in another world – another planet.”
Kim Gordon – ‘Sketch Artist’.
While it probably sounds like one of the most off kilter album’s of the year, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon’s No Home Record is still nonetheless strangely appealing. For the record, the folks at NME called Gordon’s new album “an accessible guitar record that surprises…” Honestly, I don’t know what shit they were on while listening to it, but in my opinion while songs like AirBnB, Hungry Baby and Eathquake have great jangly guitars and rumbling bass moments, No Home Record is more than just an “accessible guitar record”. With an incredible array of distorted synths, pulsating beats and loops and some very strangest experimental pop, it is one of the year’s most wildly inventive album that even pop chameleon Charli XCX would adore. While I really like AirBnB, it’s the album’s opening track Sketch Artist that shows off the album’s most surreal moments. By the way, I really love Gordon’s bass work throughout the album and as always her breathy voices even if they are contorted for effect.
Big Thief – ‘Not’.
The American indie rock-folk band Big Thief has been actively invading our consciousness since 2016. It’s incredible to think that just days ago they released their fourth studio album called Two Hands. It comes hot off the heels of their third album U.F.O.F which was released earlier this year to critical acclaim. Two Hands, sees this indie rock folk quartet combine some of the finest simmering folk rock music and intimate songwriting I’ve heard in a while. It’s arguably the best thing they have recorded thus far. One of the album’s indisputable standouts is Not – a lively grungy distorted guitar driven track that bursts to life midway through the song with an epic guitar solo by frontwoman Adrianne Lenker. Moreover, it’s a hauntingly beautiful protest song that finds Lenker listing all the things that aren’t the problem. It’s like she just can’t pinpoint the overwhelming frustration that she feels or the things that are worrying her. On the other hand it almost feels like its not just one thing but everything!?