Turn Out the Lights was recorded at the Ardent Studios in Julien Baker’s hometown of Memphis, TN. Baker wrote and produced the album, which was mixed by Craig Silvey (The National, Arcade Fire, Florence & the Machine). It is the follow-up to beautiful debut Sprained Ankle, which was released by 6131 Records in 2015.
A press release explains: “Turn Out the Lights expands upon the sound and vision of Sprained Ankle while retaining the haunting, confessional songwriting style for which she has become known. Throughout the album, she reflects on experiences of her own and those closest to her, exploring the internal conflicts that wrestle inside us all: how we deal and cope with our struggles, and how it all impacts both ourselves and our relationships of all kinds. The result is a deeply empathetic album that embraces the grays and complex truths of humanity and mental health.”
Miss World is the project of London based artist Natalie Chahal (also half of fellow PNKSLM signees Shit Girlfriend alongside Laura-Mary Carter). After self-releasing the debut single Buy Me Dinner earlier this year, Punk Slime Recordings are proud to announce that Miss World has officially joined the PNKSLM family and that her debut EP Waist Management is set to arrive on October 13.
Four tracks of extremely catchy garage pop that will instantly make you fall in love, combining lo-fi charms with Natalie’s ear for a melody it’s an introduction that will leave you wanting more.
Emerging 22 year old Londoner Nilüfer Yanya has revealed the video for her new single Baby Luv, her first release since the acclaimed Plant Feed EP in July. The video for Baby Luv was shot in Penzance, Cornwall over the course of three days with Nilüfer braving the freezing cold English Channel to perfectly capture a romantic snapshot of British summer holidays, lending the track’s yearning message an even more crushingly sweet effect.
Baby Luv will be released on Blue Flowers Music in the U.K. and ATO Records in the U.S.A. Nilüfer has also just announced her first ever North American shows at New York’s Mercury Lounge (14 November) and Los Angeles’ Masonic Lodge at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery (16 November).
Speaking to The FADER about the video for Baby Luv, Nilüfer said, “‘Baby Luv’ was written around this time last year. The title came from an image of a pram. We were going for a Martin Parr-esque style so we shot the video in Penzance, Cornwall, it was probably the most immersed I’ve been in a shooting a video because we were on location for 3 or 4 days. I look very cold in a lot of it because I was. At one point we nearly lost all our equipment to the sea.”
Brooklyn, NY’s Sleigh Bells – comprised of vocalist Alexis Krauss and producer/guitarist Derek Miller – will release a mini-album entitled Kid Kruschev on November 10 via Lucky Number across Europe and the band’s own label, Torn Clean, in the US. Today, the duo shared the upcoming collection’s first song – a dark, meditative track entitled And Saints.
Following the band’s last critically acclaimed album, Jessica Rabbit, Miller and Krauss found themselves more inspired than ever before. Krauss’s move out of Brooklyn to upstate New York gave the band a new place from which to work; the political climate gave them new topics to tackle, embracing both the personal and world-scale anxiety of the moment. Says Miller about the new songs:
“Doesn’t feel like the sky is falling, feels more like it fell. Maybe a long time ago and it’s just more obvious now. Lots of friction and darkness as well as opposition to all that, which has been inspiring to see. Alexis moved north of Brooklyn recently, somewhere with trees and cliffs, providing us with a new space to write and record without pissing off neighbors, so that’s what we’ve been doing. We didn’t want to wait another year or two to release something. We like the idea of putting out shorter records at a more consistent rate, so we’re gonna give it a shot for a while, see how it feels. Thanks for listening. Take care.”