Our weekly playlist has been refreshed and updated ( at the bottom of this post) , and here are a couple of highlights featured
STELLA DONNELLY – “Lungs”
Australian musician Stella Donnelly returns with a new album, Flood, out on the 26th of August on Secretly Canadian.
“Lungs” from said album is a shape-shifting indie-pop sparkler that comes replete with a video Donnelly co-directed with Duncan Wright. She comments, “It’s very loosely based on the Banded Stilts of my album cover, the character I play in red is a wobbly adult, doing their best with their new set of legs and responsibilities, trying to make it look easy but very much on unsteady ground. I wanted this video to celebrate the child, firm in their footholds, intimidatingly honest, not to be messed with, they are the strength and power of this video no matter how much I try to assert myself as the boss.”
Ezra Furman announces her new record, All Of Us Flames, out on 26th August via Bella Union, and unveils the lead single, “Forever In Sunset”. It’s an anthemic powerful anthem which sees Furman, returning to her scuzzy soaring Bruce Springsteen vibe once more.
Of the track, inspired by a conversation with a friend about the queer community being resilient in the face of crisis and looking out for one another Furman says “Forever in Sunset’ is specifically a woman who’s been through some shit speaking to a new lover who is becoming attached to them, trying to warn the lover about how she is trouble, about how she has been through crises and they will come again. And that’s just how she lives, never settled, never safe, but also never defeated/finished – “forever in sunset.”
Sometimes it feels like crisis is hitting more and more of the general population. They think the world is ending. But people who have been through a personal apocalypse or two have something to teach them. The world doesn’t end, shit just happens and if we don’t die we have to take care of each other.”
Nina Nastasia returns with news of her first new album in 12 years – Riderless Horse. She gives a remarkable interview with Laura Snapes in the Guardian HERE about what’s been happening in the intervening years. “This is Love” is a beautiful, dark raw reflection on some of the trauma she’s been through as she explains “Somehow I got comfortable living with trauma, living in a fight and sitting in sadness. Happiness came in moments, but I must have gravitated towards misery because I built a life around it. My definition of love became skewed. ‘This Is Love‘ is a love I don’t want to repeat. I’m not regretful. It was love, but love doesn’t have to look like that if you ultimately don’t want it to.”
You’ll also find new music from WARPAINT , from their latest long-awaited album Radiate Like This. You can read my album review HERE , for Under The Radar and Teen Jesus and The Jean Teasers release their debut EP “Pretty Good For A Girl Band” REVIEW HERE
Tunes of the Week – Refreshed weekly (Friday). Picked by human ears at the VPME.COM music blog www.thevpme.com. All tracks roll over to VPME Long List – The Best of 2022