Zola Jesus has always possessed some of the mightiest lungs in music: her belting, strident voice boomed throughout the moody melodrama of debut 'Stridulum II' and the glitchier follow-up 'Conatus'. New album 'Taiga', though, marries those impressive pipes to some of her biggest, most accessible songs yet. Speaking about the LP herself, the singer – aka Nika Roza Danilova – says: "The music on the record is massive, with big brass and beats, crystal clear vocals... It's the most accessible music I've ever made, but also the most earnest and passionate.
A new AC/DC album was announced last week - but without founding guitarist Malcolm Young. Reports soon surfaced that the 61-year-old is suffering from dementia under constant care in a Sydney nursing home.
There's a lot to Thom Yorke outside of Radiohead. His 2006 solo debut 'The Eraser' was icy electronic proof that he's as formidable a songwriting talent alone as he is in the company of Mssrs. Greenwood and co. Despite his reputation for being unapproachable, he's also made music with a varied bunch of musicians outside of Radiohead, from Björk to Burial, Modeselektor to PJ Harvey. As we get to grips with the Oxford man's new solo album 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes', what's his best solo tracks until now? Here's our top 10.
Radiohead's Thom Yorke has taken the internet by surprise this afternoon: he's surprise-released his new album 'Tomorrow's Modern Boxes' on BitTorrent. You can read all about the LP here, but below is the full statement from Yorke and producer Nigel Godrich explaining why they've decided to stick it to labels and streaming services with their release strategy.
Tomorrow (September 27) sees the second ever Cassette Store Day: a bit like Record Store Day, but with stacks of tape-only releases and reissues to get your hands on. Read founder Jen Long's blog from last year's event if you're still confused. Anyways, to celebrate, feast your eyes on these topical creations from artist Erika Iris Simmons, who creates portraits of pop icons out of cassette and VHS tape, as well as, in the case of the Ian Curtis example below, sheets from magazines and old books. They've been kicking around online for a while now, but still impress. Bonus fact: Simmons had a hand in producing the video for Bruno Mars' 'Just The Way You Are' - but don't hold that against her. Visit iri5 for more.