‘Inside World’ is the latest single from WhoMadeWho from their forthcoming new album Brighter which is due out next month, February 27th. The single will arrive in a multitude of different flavours, but we are particularly taken with the Digitalism remix which you can check out below. Spacey, ravey and bursting with energy, it’s quite possibly going to be the feel good hit of the (early) summer.
Trentemøller is in the studio and working on a new album. The Dane, who’s last album Into the Great Wide Yonder saw him move into the realms of indie-rock revealed the news via his Facebook page. However he has not locked himself away with machines and instruments entirely. A number of new DJ dates across Europe have been announced in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy . Check them out here.
PVT the Australian three piece who make wildly percussive, motorik pop (Oz-rock anyone?) are in the studio preparing their fourth album. We have zero in the way of concrete details, but the band have kindly pointed us in the direction of some bonus tracks from their last album Church With No Magic on their soundcloud page which you can listen to below. And whilst we are the subject, why not reaquaint yourselves with our Slices feature on the band from last year.
The Admiralspalast in Berlin was the setting last night for the much anticipated performance by Bryan Ferry, presented by Electronic Beats. A show by one of the world’s most stylish and iconic pop stars was on the cards and with some familiar faces from the previous evening’s retrospective photo exhibition in attendance, there were ripples of controlled excitement running through the crowd of over 2000. Somewhat unusually for Berlin, and perhaps as a sartorial nod to the star of the evening, there was a high proportion of men in suits and a glamourous air about proceedings. Arriving on stage just fashionably late at ten minutes later than scheduled, Ferry was accompanied by a full band including backing singers and sequinned dancers.
Starting with ‘The Main Thing’ Ferry then dropped the pace and eased the crowd into the evening with the likes of ‘Put a Spell on You’ segueing perfectly into ‘Slave to Love’. What followed was a set that navigated through forgotten classics such as ‘If There is Something’ and crowd favourites like ‘Don’t Stop the Dance’. With an ever changing backdrop of noire graphics and old-time gangsters that morphed into Russian motifs and abstract animation the sold out crowd was rapt throughout. Ferry even surprised some of the audience by sliding behind the keyboard and effortlessly playing the keys on ‘Hurricane’ before getting back behind the microphone for ‘Tara’. Images of the universe then became Native American Indians for a stunning and unexpected cover of ‘All Along The Watchtower’.
Visibly nervous at the beginning of the evening, Ferry became more comfortable as the show went on and the funk flexed louder and harder on the likes of ‘Love Is the Drug’ Ferry and his ten person band gelled as one. After what seemed like no time at all (in fact over ninety minutes) the show was almost over.
With the shortest of pauses Ferry treated the appreciative and vocal audience to an encore that included ‘Jealous Guy’ and ‘Let’s Stick Together’. As the sequin covered dancers and backing singers left the stage and the lights went up there was a truly rapturous response. And that was it. With guest such as The Pet Shop Boys watching from the wings Sascha Ring, aka Apparat as well as Yello’s Dieter Meier headed to the Flamingo club for the after-party. For some of the team however it was time to go home and reflect on a wonderfully sophisticated evening of art rock, funk, ballads and some of the most recognisable and enduring pop songs from last 30 years.
Photos: ©Grey Hutton, ©Roland Owsnitzki
Sorry for the terrible title, but we’ve been waiting three years to post that. Rumours are beginning to circle like hungry sharks snapping at a drifting lifeboat about a new Kate Bush album that may be released this year. Bush has not released an album since 2005’s Aerial and that was some ten years in the making. This as yet untitled effort will be her 9th long player.
The first lady of pop / alt / performance art should not need introducing but if you need refreshing check out this brilliant documentary.
News of the album has been reported by the blog wotyougot, which has uncanny track record at predicting these things.
Via the Quietus