The Swedes are at it again, except instead of universal pop they’re tackling bratty punk rock. Dolores Haze might look like yet another all-girl punk band with dark eyeliner and press photos full of them scowling at the camera, but Dolores Haze is clearly aware of that. Their track “Crazy About Me” is a meta form of self-parody where they mock the attention, the glory, and the praise. Even on their Facebook page they describe themselves as “infamous” and “highly overrated.” Not only do they beat music journalists to the punch, their cocky sense of self-deprecation makes them even more alluring. It’s pretty ingenious when you think about it.
And if the band’s wink-wink-nudge-nudge cheekiness isn’t enough, their debut album The Hazie Is Forever is available for download on Friday the 13th. Maybe just a coincidence? Doubt it.
|Recommended by Tiffany White||Friday, November 13th, 2015||No Comments »|
Director David Lynch has two albums under his belt, which might come as a surprise for those who don’t follow his career. Music has always been an important component of his films, and so it was natural when he started translating the languid, smokey sound of his films into studio albums. His 2013 sophomore album The Big Dream features this captivating lead single featuring musician Lykke Li. The song calls back to the lofty sound of Twin Peaks, whose soundtrack he produced with singer Julee Cruise, while also harnessing a bluesy soul that’s made even more compelling with Lykke Li’s whisper-soft voice. As for the video? Typical Lynch: a winding road to nowhere. Hop in.
|Recommended by Tiffany White||Friday, November 6th, 2015||No Comments »|
It’s Horror Week on (The) Absolute! We’re reposting some of our spookiest, creepiest recommendations every day leading up to Halloween. Enjoy!
When I was younger and more of a coward, perhaps due to my naiveté or my credulity, I would sometimes mute the television when watching a horror film, right before the imminent jump-scare. Even at a young age, I was able to determine that music was a large, contributing factor in creating the tense atmosphere that brought terror. Nowadays, I would consider doing that a shame and a disservice to the awesome musicians who compose such spine-chilling themes, and thus, I now enjoy horror films on full volume.
There is, however, one film where I can’t do that–Hellraiser. Continue Reading →
|Recommended by Stefano Llinas||Monday, October 26th, 2015||No Comments »|
When it comes to #TBT pieces, we usually try to go as far back as the ’90s or earlier. Cobra Killer‘s sophomore album 76/77 isn’t that old, but it was released over a decade ago. And while I remember their track “L.A. Shaker” making a minor splash on college radio, I highly doubt anyone remembers it now. In fact, I forgot all about them until this song randomly popped up in my iPod one day. And how fortunate I was too, because this song is too awesome to forget.
The German duo had a vampy, retro style that played with electro hooks and vintage samples. They had the kind of coy, playful sexuality that made their music as dark and alluring as a sleazy bar. And if their “retro kitsch” style wasn’t obvious enough, they even sampled the famous guitar riff from Southern Culture On The Skids’ cult classic “Camel Walk.”
But don’t let the sample fool you. Cobra Killer totally makes the song their own with an explosive chorus that shakes off any lingering suspension of irony and becomes a full bodied force of ghoulish, dark fun. It’s a shame the duo aren’t making much music anymore. However, according to their Facebook, they’re getting ready for a comeback.
Now might be the best time to get introduced (or reacquainted) with a unique band.
|Recommended by Tiffany White||Thursday, October 22nd, 2015||No Comments »|
Empress Of, real name Lorely Rodriguez, is no stranger to (The) Absolute. We’ve been quietly following her career since she dropped her debut EP in 2013 and have been keeping a close watch on her ever since.
In 2015, she finally releases her debut album, Me, a sprawling album with as much off-kilter jams as they are legit bops. “Standard,” one of the singles from the album, is a track that definitely leans more toward the latter. Because the song challenges the perceptions of body image, director Zaiba Jabbar decided to do some role reversal by casting a body builder to play opposite Lorely. In the video, he dangles her upside down while she eerily sings directly to the camera. It’s simple but powerful, and gets the point of across.
Out of all the singles she released this year, this is by far the strongest and shows her growth from “Brooklyn laptop artist” to a legit musical force a la Grimes or FKA Twigs. Aww, they grow up so fast.
|Recommended by Tiffany White||Tuesday, October 13th, 2015||No Comments »|
Sure videos of people dancing in a white room are not the most original thing in the world — hell, there’s even a whole Tumblr for it — but there’s something endearing about the dancing in Society‘s video for their single “Protocol.” The song is a dramatic opus that demands that you take it seriously. So it’s interesting their video does the complete opposite and focuses entirely on a scrappy young lad doing unpretentious dance moves in an empty room.
“We actually cast a bunch of really great teenagers to be in the video,” director Laura Coulson told Stereogum. “Luke’s take was so fun and really excited us. He embodied the spirit of the song so well we ended up using his take for the whole video, as none of us could take our eyes off him.”
“Protocol” it the first proper single off the London duo’s upcoming debut album. So if you’re a fan of dancing, that ’90s big band/trip-hop sound, and of course, white rooms, you should keep them on your radar.
|Recommended by The Absolute Staff||Friday, September 25th, 2015||No Comments »|
Lana Del Rey’s latest music video is a bit of a trip, which isn’t to say that I’m not completely obsessed with it. In a world where five second cuts rule the realm of music video editing and we just can’t seem to get enough of big asses in small shorts, “High By The Beach” requires a double, in fact, triple, take to really sink your teeth into. And would we expect anything less of Lana? Of course not.
|Recommended by Chelsey Grasso||Friday, September 18th, 2015||1 Comment »|