Milosh – New Album Jetlag

Milosh Furthers the Ominously Erotic Soft-Soul Revolution on ‘Jetlag’

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Making music about one’s own relationship is usually the fundamental starting point for most artists, a relevant testament to writing what you know. But then, making music about a happy, loving and successful relationship is a harder package to sell than some heart-puncturing break up saga stained with the tears of your former lover. At some point, it’s only natural to devour a dose of melancholy, so hearing about real intimacy that’s bursting with joy is only palatable if you are experiencing that same sort of happiness. If you’re bitter, you really just want to be lying face down in a cushion with your head in a mouthful of chocolate.

But Toronto-born, L.A-based Michael Milosh’s fourth album Jetlag is a driving rhythm as he writes with unabashed freedom. It feels personal, deeper and more regarding, allowing you in slowly to connect from the conversation he is starting. It’s as if you’re reading from one of his personal daily diary entries. Poems written about his life, and you’re placed there to listen and feel. That moment when you can hear your neighbours through the dry wall of your apartment block, as they roll around giggling, bodies entangled and fully intertwined. This is Jetlag.

The sound across the album is luscious and detailed with creative soundscapes similar to his work with Rhye that feel heartfelt in their construction. Woman, the band’s debut album, was a compelling slew of conjuring song-spells that gained the duo well deserved notoriety. With a similar cloying sentiment, Milosh and his wife and actress Alexa Nikolas now invite you in. Throughout the ten tracks you’ll hear recorded moments of laughter, tapping, scratching and skin-brushing. His subject matter has become but the ambient wallpaper from which he builds each composition.

From the first track you’re placed firmly in the audience as an observer. His breathy vocals imply neither sadness nor seduction alone, but rather an abstract storytelling. With the plea, “do you want what I want, do you need what I need,” he sonically stitches the soundscapes of her laughter and recorded drumming on her stomach into a scaffolding of surging synth and electro-beats.

So we’re invited into their world. A momentary respite just like jet lag – where you’re entangled in a dreamy-existential haze. The album explores themes of love, time, patience and compassion. He isn’t trying to bash us with his beating heart but rather passionately tell his story of discovery and continuous self-evaluation. Similarly, it elucidates human necessity for self evaluation from extreme connections felt when met with past disconnections. One must have a reason for reflection, an eye to admire current situations and Milosh’s intent is clear – to pay homage to this characteristic romantically, by expressing his love for his wife and the excitement he has for his current life.

His music tends to be a neutral anaesthetic to a gaping wound of confessed feelings. The moment you start expecting more from it you’re faced with the choice of either treating it as merely a pleasant background or listening to it with inexorable attention. The album affords you with both outcomes.

Can we all just slow down? Milosh then asks. Is it the heightened pace of the modern age that doesn’t allow for us to stop in the midst of frenzy and look directly at the root of our happiness? Perhaps. Turning the proverbial mirror on his relationship in the somber tracks ‘Slow Down’ and ‘This Time’ he elevates his sentiment and will for unhurried experiences through electronic saxophone-accentuated modes. In the black and white video for ‘Slow Down’ – which if found without this particular visual representation may have fallen rather flat – we get placed again. This time, right up front in the car watching as his wife plays the song and reacts intensely as it gradually unfolds. It’s superbly moving. The combination of these two components fittingly display his commitment to her and his music.

His emotive countertenor in songs like; ‘Skipping’ and ‘Hold Me’ expose the story of Milosh and can be refined into this: the seductive sway from each smooth syllable tacked into regular pauses of click-stuttering ‘mmm’s’ and ‘ooo’s’. He does his best work where he moulds electronic elements with stuttering down-tempo beats and gorgeous textured timbres. The walls come down here and there’s still a vulnerability behind his main lyric – ”so come on, hold me in this space, before I lose this feeling.”

It’s pitched somewhere between Röyksopp’s ‘Across The Graveyard’, Four Tet’s ‘Moma’ and a band that has inspired Milosh, Autechre, with basslines and beats that are harder and riddled in soulful arrangements only noticeable and appreciated until you’ve given the album another go.

Casting aside all that background hullabaloo, it’s best to focus on his complex lyricism by taking it all in with a wide-angled predisposition. With only one, very important thought on my mind: is it any good? My immediate reaction? Yes. It’ll definitely appeal to anyone who appreciates the sonic palette of a singer/songwriter truly coming into his own, with a personal story to tell. “We have no past just a beautiful future” so, let’s take our time shall we?

Jetlag is subtle, original, and captivating. If you’re in the mood for a different sort of love song, one that isn’t the most obvious but still filled with probing lyrics and a melodically intricate feel, this record is more than worth a listen.

Watch: Milosh – “This Time”
A romance road trip

On the heels of his impressive fourth LP, Jetlag, Milosh (one half of Rhye) has shared a visual for This Time. Like the video for Slow Down, the clip heavily features Milosh’s wife, actress Alexa Nikolas.

Boasting a home video vibe, the camera follows Milosh and Nikolas as they travel through various cities, dancing in hotel rooms, jumping in the streets and lip-synching This Time to each other. Awww.

Published on Nov 26, 2013
This is a video that Alexa and myself put together that is essentially a collection of footage over this past year while we traveled the Rhye record around the world. We went to 40 separate places in a span of about 6 months and we got to see some beautiful places as a result. We tried to set aside time in between performances to see things, just take them in and enjoy ourselves. We chose to use this footage for this video as it fits the whole message, the point of the song perfectly. Enjoy the opportunities now while you have them, they are not always going to be there. Traveling is one of the most important, mind broadening things one can do, being able to do that together has been beyond a blessing.

Special thanks To Adam LaBrie, Vanessa Catullo and Jake Jamieson for helping film this video. And a big thanks to Yvonne Kone.

Cut Copy, ‘Lights & Music’: NPR Music Front Row

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Cut Copy are an Australian electronic band formed in 2001 by DJ Dan Whitford (vocals, keyboards and guitar). Initially a home-recording project, the band now includes Tim Hoey (guitars), Ben Browning (bass guitar) and Mitchell Scott (drums). So far they have released four studio albums, an EP and a number of singles and remixes, all on Modular Recordings. They achieved breakthrough success with their second album, In Ghost Colours, while their most recent album Free Your Mind was released 5 November 2013.

 

Cut Copy, Live In Concert


 

November 26, 2013. The beloved Australian electro-pop band performed to a packed house at Le Poisson Rouge to celebrate NPR Music’s new electronic dance music show Metropolis. Watch the entire 10-song set, which included jams from Cut Copy’s new album, Free Your Mind, as well as old favorites like “Lights and Music.”

 

To launch the partnership between NPR music and KCRW’s Metropolis, Cut Copy drew a packed house to downtown New York for a dynamic set of new material from Free Your Mind, along with a few older gems to the delight of an adoring crowd at Le Poisson Rouge. The Aussie dance rockers showed their experience in the live arena, keeping spirits high and working the crowd until late. — JASON BENTLEYCREDITS

 

Producers: Jason Bentley, Mito Habe-Evans, Otis Hart, Collin Walzak; Event Coordinator: Saidah Blount, Rachel Reynolds; Videographers: Christopher Farber, Becky Harlan, A.J. Wilhelm; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Special Thanks: (Le) Poisson Rouge; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann

Lorde warns against calling her a ‘teen hottie’

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Lorde has warned people against calling her a “teen hottie”

The New Zealand star told the New York Times that she takes particular offence at that term, but insisted she’s not anti-sex.

In an interview with the New York Times, the New Zealand singer said: “The phrase ‘teen hottie’ literally makes me want to throw up. I’m a pop princess at heart. Pop is about distilling what you want to say and making it easy. And the way I write isn’t about making things easy. It’s a weird juxtaposition.

She added: “People like to paint me in a certain way, but I’m a hugely sex-positive person and I have nothing against anyone getting naked. For me personally, I just don’t think it really would complement my music in any way or help me tell a story any better. It’s not like I have a problem with dancing around in undies — I think you can use that stuff in a hugely powerful way. It just hasn’t felt necessary for me.”

She also stated she had made things difficult for herself by being determined in her career so far. She said: “I would like to think that my public persona comes naturally to me and isn’t that dissimilar to my real way of doing things. I’ve turned down easily tens of millions of dollars doing what I do and saying no to things that I think are corny.”

Last month she unveiled a surprise single ‘No Better’. In November, it was revealed that the 17-year-old had signed a publishing deal with Songs Music Publishing worth $2.5million (£1.56 million). It was reported that the record company is keen for the singer to collaborate with their other signings, including Diplo and The Weeknd, and write songs for other artists.

Songs Music Publishing president Ron Perry told Billboard: “She’s going to be a really big songwriter outside of Lorde. She’s going to have a lot of big songs out there as Ella (Yellich O’Connor), she’s a once-in-a-generation type artist.”

Lorde’s single ‘Royals’ made her youngest female US chart-topper in 25 years and also the first person from New Zealand to score a US Number One. ‘Royals’ has been nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance at the 56th annual Grammy Awards. ‘Pure Heroine’ as also been tipped in the Best Pop Vocal Album category.

Watch Mac DeMarco Video for first single “A Little Bit of Pussy” – NUDE CONTENT!

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Mac DeMarco – Photo by Amy Price

 

Mac DeMarco announced he finished a new album, and leaks video for first single “A Little Bit of Pussy”. Unable to hold back his joy, DeMarco took a cue from so many modern artists and laughed in the face of his label, revealing the video for the record’s title track.

DeMarco debut 12-inch album, last year’s ‘Rock And Roll Night Club’ sported a picture of this 22-year-old Montrealer carefully applying a thick smooch of lipstick, and the contents – a collection of weird, woozy lo-fi songs sung in a playful glam-meets-’50s rock’n’roll vein – were recorded primitively, then slowed down a little, giving DeMarco the voice of an inebriated Elvis impersonator. It was sweet and amusing, its enjoyment increased slightly by the sense that DeMarco might have been sitting somewhere cackling that anyone in the world might take such a ridiculous art prank seriously.A year later, DeMarco returns with ‘2‘. This time we get a better glimpse of him. Suburban, slacker, bratty but charming bratty… Ferris Bueller with a guitar, basically. On the opening ‘Cooking Up Something Good’, we get a little glimpse of his home life: Mom slaving over a hot stove, brother out skateboarding, DeMarco in his bedroom way past midnight, chewing on nicotine gum. “Oh, life moves this slowly“, he choruses, lazily. “Just try and let it go…“.
While it may in fact be true that DeMarco has finished his  2 followup, some writers in the music industry doubt he called it A Little Bit of PussyHowever, as writer Ben Kaye stated, “it is clear that DeMarco is a man known for his irreverence” . On second thought, this NSFW video could be completely legit. Maybe. Probably not, but it’s completely worth the laugh either way.

BRAND NEW MAC DEMARCO SONG