It's Friday, and as the music biz puts away the tinsel, dusts the cobwebs and begins in earnest, we've put an eye back on the release radar and have selected our favourite morsels of new music this week has had to offer. This week our playlist boasts the shimmering new ballad from Lana Del Rey, the sleazy-disco of Fat White Family, plus the awaited online release of a Radiohead rarity.
Lana Del Rey – 'hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it'
Fans of the iconic Lana Del Rey will of course know that 2019 will see the arrival of Norman Fucking Rockwell, the sixth full-length record from the prolific young artist. But whereas previous teasers ‘Mariners Apartment Complex’ and ‘Venice Bitch’ channeled uplifting and electronica-styles of folk-pop respectively, the verbose ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it’ is a sleek number that strips everything back to the singer’s chilling, diary-like lyrics and a softly padded pianos.
True to form of course, Del Rey paints tropes of Golden Era Hollywood with vivid ease, summoning the likes of high-life photographer Slim Aarons. JB
Fat White Family – 'Feet'
Sashaying from a Peckham squat to squalid dance-floors of backstreet bars, the unabashedly sleazy Fat White Family return with ‘Feet’ - the first single from upcoming album Serf’s Up, being their Domino Records debut.
Ditching the grimy musings of old, no longer is their aesthetic beholden to scuzzy guitars and lager-propelled warblings with themselves admitting that they “inhabit another cosmos entirely.” in their recent press release. Whether this is owed to their self-imposed exile to Sheffield in an attempt to kick the unsavoury habits that blighted the band, it certainly suggests so. “Feet. Don’t fail me now.” pleads frontman Lias Saoudi, as though the rug of addiction will be swept from beneath his feet at any moment.
Bearing more resemblance to 70’s Italo-disco gems than their previous repertoire with lush, sweeping string arrangements and upbeat rhythmic drums, at least the dancing with help to stave off the demons. TC
Laura Misch – 'Hibernate'
If you told me that Four Tet had a hand in producing this latest track from Laura Misch, I would have absolutely no reason to doubt you. It bears similarities in both sound and mood to the sort of thing that might have appeared on the superb New Energy from 2017 (without being at all derivative).
In fact, it was actually composed, produced and mixed by Misch herself – testament to the huge talent of the artist who is probably best known as both a singer and saxophonist.
The melancholic tone of her voice fits perfectly with the subtly forlorn atmosphere – the repeated lyrics “it’s cold out here” made all the more pertinent by the fact that proceeds from the single will go to homelessness charity Crisis. All the more reason to buy it. JK