On Radio 1 this week, Yeah Yeah Yeahs unveiled “Sacrilege”, the first song from their April-released fourth album, Mosquito – their first LP in some four years. Whereas on their last effort, 2009's well-received It's Blitz!, the New York trio tuned their guitars, drums, synths and vocals to a more dance-oriented sound, on “Sacrilege” at least, they've moved their focus again. Here, on a song produced by Nick Launay and regular collaborator Dave Sitek, a big rock sound prevails with the high-pitched vocals of Karen O (pictured) augmented by a large chanting gospel choir. Hear the track streaming at yeahyeahyeahs.com.
Rapper sees the light with sonic sound
UK rapper Ghostpoet picked up a Mercury Prize nomination in 2011 for his debut album, Peanut Butter Blues & Melancholy Jam. Now he follows that up with a new LP, Some Say I So I Say Light, released in May. A taste of the record is available in the shape of the sonically aggressive track “MSI MUSMID”. The impressive opening gambit is available on ghostpoet.co.uk.
Lou just loves the Flowers' Super song
The experimental orchestral pop collective The Flowers of Hell have a new record, Odes, out in May. While their last LP was a single 45 minute experimental work, for this album the group is interpreting songs from the likes of Bob Dylan, Stereolab, Neutral Milk Hotel, Joy Division and Siouxsie & The Banshees. Among the tracks is conflation of Laurie Anderson's surprise 1981 hit “O Superman” and the Lou Reed-penned Velvet Underground song “Heroin”. The pair are married so “O Super Heroin”, with Reed's lyrics rendered in Anderson's computerised vocal style, is fitting. The famously cranky Reed was even moved to voice his approval of the piece. Find the track at youtu.be/qIq22u-BS6A.