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FKA TWIGS RELEASESCELLOPHANE, LIVE AT THE WALLACE COLLECTION
In April, FKA twigs returned with her first new music in over three years in the form of new single “Cellophane.” The song, her most vulnerable and connective to date, was accompanied by her most ambitious and powerful video yet, in collaboration with director Andrew Thomas Huang. Together they provided an enticing glimpse of what to expect of FKA twigs’ second album; the follow up to her Mercury Prize and Brit Award nominated LP1.

“twigs’ delicate voice is just impossibly moving here. In between short gasps, she sings uncomplicated words that seem drenched with complicated feelings…. But by the end of the song, her falsetto soars, calling upon a philosophy that twigs has often invoked in her songwriting: Vulnerability is your greatest strength” – Pitchfork (Best New Track)

This week, FKA twigs revealed a stunning live version of “Cellophane.” “Cellophane, Live At The Wallace Collection” features twigs’ first ever live piano performance. Directed by twigs herself, the intimacy of the performance strikes a deep contrast with the conceptual scale of Huang’s original video. Filmed in London’s renowned The Wallace Collection, a place that has long inspired both twigs and one of her favourite designers, Vivienne Westwood. In celebration of both the iconic space, and the designer she admires, twigs is seen wearing pieces from her own collection of vintage Westwood.

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VELVET NEGRONI ANNOUNCES ALBUM NEON BROWN + SHARES VIDEO FOR SINGLECONFETTI
Minneapolis-based experimental R&B vocalist and songwriter Velvet Negroni announced his debut album NEON BROWN, to be released August 30th on 4AD. The news was accompanied by the first single from the album, “CONFETTI”.

Velvet Negroni is the alter-ego of creative polymath Jeremy Nutzman. Raised in an outer suburb of the Twin Cities, Jeremy – a black kid adopted into a white evangelical Christian family – split his formative years between classical piano lessons and late night jam sessions. A duality that permeates every corner of his music, with forthcoming album NEON BROWN thriving in the borderlands between indie rock and R&B. Since touring with close friend Bon Iver, Nutzman notched writing credits for Kanye West and Kid Cudi ahead of his debut single releases on 4AD imprint b4 in 2018. Now, alongside prolific co-producer Psymun (Young Thug, Juice WLRD, The Weeknd), Nutzman’s new releases transcend the borders between his often polarized influences, bringing R&B slow jams and nods to hometown hero Prince with guitar licks and full band energy.

The FADER premiered the Isaac Gale & Jeremy Nutzman-directed video for “CONFETTI”, saying “Lush in its atmosphere but brutally cold in its delivery, ‘CONFETTI’ is a warped invitation into the gorgeous contradictions of Velvet Negroni”.

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COMING JUNE 7 : SONIC YOUTHBATTERY PARK, NYC: JULY 4, 2008
On June 7, Matador will be reissuing Sonic Youth’s Battery Park, NYC: July 4, 2008. Initially sold as a bonus item alongside the 2009 release of the band’s final album, The Eternal, the live recording will now be available on streaming services and as a stand-alone physical package for the first time ever. Culled from their show at Battery Park’s River To River Festival (and broadcast live on WFMU), the setlist spans the band’s 30-year career.

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