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PIXXSMALL MERCIES OUT NOW
Small Mercies, the latest record by the singularly idiosyncratic artist Pixx, is out now via 4AD. Hannah Rodgers’s second studio record is a series of poetic examinations of love across the experiential spectrum, set to a soundtrack that mixes electronic pop and grungy guitar rock with aplomb.

Small Mercies follows the 24 year-old’s debut album, The Age Of Anxiety (2017) – an unsettling synth-pop record fueled by Pixx’s own debilitating experience of angst – and 2015’s forlorn and folk-edged Fall In EP. Co-produced by Simon Byrt (who worked on both her EP and debut album) and Dan Carey, it sees Pixx assuming different personas to examine the damage done by religion, gender-based power hierarchies and stereotypes, the tipping point of Earth’s destruction and love.

“Pixx digs deeper and builds taller on Small Mercies” – The Line Of Best Fit – Album of the Week 9/10
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PICAPICATOGETHER & APART OUT NOW
PicaPica’s debut album, Together & Apart, is out today via Rough Trade Records. PicaPica features the vocal interplay of Josienne Clarke and Samantha Whates, dual frontwomen who create powerful harmonies atop layers of texture created by Adam Beattie and Sonny Johns, a tiding of magpies picking shiny moments of tone and timbre from 60s West Coast, sunshine pop and indie folk.

Together & Apart is about health and heartache, spring and shade, love and loss and life, and PicaPica are able to balance life’s joys and sorrows beautifully, effortlessly and in continuous harmony, viewing life’s colored photographs as imagined through their silvery negatives.
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JAI PAUL RETURNS WITH DOUBLE B-SIDE “DO YOU LOVE HER NOW” / “HE”
On Saturday June 1st, oracular London, UK artist Jai Paul returned with brand new music in the form of double B-side single “Do You Love Her Now” / “He”. The single is Paul’s first official release since April 2012 when he released his “jasmine (demo)” single; a track that, along with his debut single “BTSTU (demo)”, went on to reach near-legendary status and influenced a generation of musicians and producers. Both songs are written, recorded, produced and mixed by Jai Paul.

Pitchfork gave both tracks the Best New Track nod, saying “both his new songs—amalgamations of R&B slow jams, soft rock bliss, and rousing spirituals—should elicit a warmth that can melt any brand of cynicism”.
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GIRL BAND ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM THE TALKIES AND SHARE NEW SONGSHOULDERBLADES
Girl Band are happy to announce their new album The Talkies via Rough Trade Records on September 27th.

The album was produced by the band’s own Daniel Fox and is the follow up to debut album Holding Hands with Jamie that came out four years ago almost to the day. The band have also announced a short European / US tour.

The Talkies was recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately home on the outskirts of Dublin “a few pay grades above what we’re used to”. The alien construction of Ballintubbert and its corridors help to navigate Girl Bands cataclysmic sound within a world of its own.

Check out the menacing Bob Gallagher-directed video for single “Shoulderblades” below.
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GO BEHIND THE SCENES WITH FKA TWIGS IN NEW SHORT FILM PRACTICE
On Tuesday, FKA twigs shared Practice, a short film that celebrates the physical training and creative process that culminated in her latest video, “Cellophane”. “Cellophane” is FKA twigs’ first new solo music in over three years. The emotional, connective song comes to life through a powerful Andrew Thomas Huang-directed video, featuring an intricate pole performance that strikes a dramatic contrast to the vulnerability of the lyrics.

Directed by AnAka and shared via WeTransfer’s editorial platform WePresent, “Practice” details the intense physical and mental training Twigs endured to maker her creative vision a reality.

“There was a lot of hard work that went into making the video happen — on a creative level, on a business level, on a physical level. It’s all very well me going and doing a three minute routine, that’s easy. But the difficult thing is knowing that you have the stamina and the strength to do be able to do that three minute routine for eight hours, and that’s something different.” – FKA twigs
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