This one’s been at the top of my eagerly awaited list for some time. After the somewhat lukewarm response to their 100th Windows album, Massive Attack return February 8th with their 5th studio album, Heligoland. If you’re in a sheltered environment then I strongly recommend you give this NSFW version a listen. If not, listen to the non-porn based version. Still amazing, and much easier to gauge the song with omitted porn and commentary.
I know I wank on quite a bit about HEALTH. That’s all I can do. Other than buy you a ticket and accompany you to their next gig, sit you in front of the speakers and pray you wont sue me for ear damage. Because live they’re a different kettle of fish altogether. There’s very little way to capture the immense stuttering ferocity of a band like HEALTH without actually seeing them. The nearest you’re gonna get is to watch the following video by Vincent Moon. It goes some way in encapsulating the rampaging and oft tender terror that make HEALTH a band that shake you to the core.
Funny how things occasionally connect. Only yesterday was I linking Joanna Newsom to the MGMT video for Kids, when today, lo and behold, it would appear that MGMT are auctioning off the very same monster masks that were used in said video to freak the living bejesus out of a hapless tot.
It’s all well and good mind. All proceeds are for the Children Art Foundation, a New York non-profit that brings art to underprivileged kids. Aww. Aren’t they good? You can find the auction here. I want the one pictured please.
I’m tired and I want to go to bed but earlier this evening, MIA posted the following video on her Twitter. I’m gonna go out on a near solid limb here and speculate that it’s material from a forthcoming album. What’s certain is that it’s incredible, albeit shitty quality. My guess is that she got bored, recorded the video while the song played from lappy speakers and posted. That said, MIA has a delightfully fresh and capacious binary sound scape going on. The kind of music that sounds like it belongs in the future. Enjoy ‘There’s Space For Ol Dat I See’ or ‘Space Odyssey’.
While there was no official report confirming any new releases from Newsom this year, during an after-party in Tokyo she did let slip to fashion rag Vogue that a new album was indeed on the way. The duck can’t help but ponder whether this is not a free song to be released on the 23rd of February? Fingers crossed.
It’s not a free song, but only a whole album! Set for release February 23. Newsom’s Australian label Spunk confirmed this morning. I doth say, woop.
I’ve been a terrible writer of late. Crim truly sent me spiralling into a slough of despond. I’m sorry. There came a moment when I questioned the wretched reserve of adjectives that plague so much writing. Including mine. Reviewers that pander to exterior opinion and, even worse, record labels. I lost myself. I started this when music was too exciting to ignore, then I was subjected to too much and everything else as well. No more. 2010 marks the true beginning of The Duck. Please bare with me.