Video: NOIA – Carl Sagan Vs. Zeus

NOIA has released a beautifully eerie and darkly imaginative video for her hypnotic single Carl Sagan Vs. Zeus which appears on her debut EP, Habits.

The video follows the interactions between NOIA’s character and an ambiguous stranger who surfaces during her performance in an empty dim sum restaurant, and then later participates in a series of private moments at a hotel. The stranger’s mysterious identity heightens the tension: is it NOIA’s inner voyeur, her conscience, a lover, or even death itself?

For the video, NOIA worked with director Erin Vassilopoulos, who she met while working on the sound design for Erin’s narrative film, ‘Superior’. “Her aesthetic and narrative imaginarium were so powerful that we decided we didn’t need to stay so close to the lyric meaning of the song and make the video more free, make it like a little ‘thriller’ film,” shared Gisela Fulla-Silvestre (NOIA).

Vassilopoulos wanted to create a cinematic narrative that was open to interpretation, elaborating, “Daido Moriyama, the colors red and purple, a stormy night sky, David Lynch, and our dim sum location were some of our visual inspirations. Polly Nor’s drawings of women and devils were also an influence when we were brainstorming about the voyeur character in the video.”

The Habits EP is out now on Cascine.

Video: Anna Burch – 2 Cool 2 Care

Heavenly Recordings are pleased to announce the signing of Detroit songwriter, Anna Burch, who’s also shared her new single, 2 Cool 2 Care. Soft and breezy on a backdrop of reverb-tinged guitars and sweet vocal harmonies, the song may nod to the sounds of 60s girl groups and reference pop classic “Crimson and Clover”, but the lyrics bite: “You scare me with your indifference/I like you best when you’re a mess,” she sings.

The accompanying 2 Cool 2 Care music video, directed by Burch, shows her following a one-sided, unrequited love. She tells Stereogum, “I have a tendency to overanalyze my relationships. When I started writing songs, they became a productive outlet for these near obsessive thoughts. I let the bridge of this song be a space for that kind of dissection and it wound up taking up almost exactly half of its entire length.”

After learning the ins and outs of playing live and recording with various acts over the last several years, Burch found herself accumulating a growing amount of solo material. These songs, full of sincerity and undeniable depth, caught the ears of Collin Dupuis (Angel Olsen, The Black Keys) who mixed the tracks and helped develop the final product into what would become her debut full-length album, set to be released in early 2018.

Axel Boman – Just Imagine (Part I & II)

Swedish producer and Studio Barnhus label co-founder Axel Boman returns with new track Just Imagine (Part I & II), taken from Life And Death‘s new compilation series Displaced Soundtracks Vol. 1.

According to the label, the LP “gathers music from a long-aborted film,” with the archetypal soulful dance music and post-rock aesthetic the label’s become akin to over the years.

Displaced Soundtracks will feature a number of artists, including KiNK, Simian Mobile Disco, Appleblim, Redshape, Axel Boman, Danny Daze and Stimming. Label owner Manfredi Romano aka DJ Tennis encouraged the producers “to display their hidden talents as composers.”

The Displaced Soundtracks Vol. 1 compilation is out now on Life And Death.