Archive for the ‘SONGS’ Category
All the new music I like these days is the same: electronic, dreamy, gothy, girlie, CANADIAN. Purity Ring, comprising producer Corin Roddick and singer Megan James, are all of these things. This hot young duo have more than a little sprinkling of the magical and make dainty beats and super-stylised echo-pop for anyone who can’t get enough of GRIMES (they’re actually both on the same record label, 4AD).
On stage at the Scala this week, surrounded by cocoon-like, chameleon-coloured lanterns synchronised with the music, they played a short set (they only seem to have the 11 songs that are on debut album Shrines) with Megan shyly drifting around the space with the demeanour of a lady who might have many lovely songs, but is a bit scared of singing them – andmai looking at the audience. Dressed all Maid-Marian-meets-Kate-Bush, she does the classic shy-girl thing of hiding under her hair (which is BIG and wavy and easy to hide under). With their obscure lyrics, made-up word song titles (‘Belispeak’, ‘Amenamy’, ‘Obedear’), non-singalong tunes and on-stage nerves Purity Ring might not be obvious stars, but who needs ‘stars’ when you can have some slightly weird Canadians making pretty bleepy music instead. [Below: the video for ‘Fineshrine’]
We hosted the London launch party for New Yorker Emma Koenig’s FUCK! I’m in My Twenties on Thursday night at Drink, Shop & Do and want to thank the lovely and lots of fun 20-somethings Tina Mories and Maddy Hall from Chronicle Books for inviting us to get involved.
We also need to thank Jessica Riches, George Langfordand Emmy the Great who spoke very insightfully and wittily about their 20s, (inspired by FIIMT) at the salon section of the evening upstairs in the Dome Room. Also T4’s Georgie Okell and best friend Verity Douglas plus George L who djed downstairs while guests supped on 1/4 Life Crisis cocktails, a divine concoction dreamed up by DSD’s best drinks magicians.* We were lucky enough to have the artist and now graphic novelist Karrie Fransman on-site to illustrate events and also supervise the FUCK/20s pinboard (see below) on which partygoers shared their innermost 20-something secrets (drunken accidents, flashing, diets involving guacamole, Marlboro lights & sweets etc) on multi-coloured cards with felt-tips in what I’m sure were moments of great emotional catharsis! Thank you to everyone who shared their very special stories with us.
We made a special issue of Pamflet to give out on the night and photocopying the scrappy little thing (at just 7 A4 sheets, it’s only 70% the size of regular pamf) made us think that we might like to make one more – MIGHT. Photocopying and folding and stapling all the copies of issue 12 made us remember why we stopped doing it – zines are seriously labour-intensive, but also how Pamflet started and how with the zine we can do/say/be something that we can’t replicate on the blog…
So look out for further updates on the print-front very soon and in the meantime enjoy Emma Koenig’s message all the way from the USA to LDN partygoers here.
*The 1/4 Life Crisis: vodka, cherry gomme, ginger gomme, lemon juice & apple juice served in a martini glass. I can confirm that this is both DIVINE and LETHAL.