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!! OMG, POTPOURRI~PUNK: Default Genders’ ‘Stop Pretending’ EP !!

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With Cover art by Claire -Grimes- Boucher “[who] wants [him] to make sure to tell [us] that her original drawing is much better than it appears to be on the cover because [he] drew over a photo of it and made it look squiggly”, James Brooks presents his Stop Pretending EP [listen below] under his most recent iteration as Default Genders [as of a week ago formerly known as Dead Girlfriends].
On opening track Words With Friends, the first sound we are met with has Enya written all over it IN INVISIBLE INK and 15 seconds in it’s all Ibiza sunset vibe, offset by some heavy words [with friends] and further offset by the featherlight drum’n’bass-y chorus.
Omertà -the name of the second track- refers to a “code of silence and non-cooperation with authorities”…a very punk idea at heart yet quite poetically expressed through the instrumental’s lack of lyrics. The contemplative piano and drawn-out woodwindy tones create a space of silence amongst an otherwise wordy EP.

The title track Stop Pretending has a pop-punk anthem quality to it, although rides the line between an interesting stringy manga child adventure time and a Blink 182 album closer.
His fourth and final track On Fraternity uses Four Tet-esque Gamalan-y plucks and reverse cymbal revs to underscore Brooks’ sing-talky voice’s further exploration of the concept of ‘omertà’:

“who cares if it’s right as long as it’s punk?
so if someone gets hurt and then the cops come then
no
one
talks.”

DG’s ‘Stop Pretending’ EP is an important exploration of how aggressive punk ideals fit with an anti-misogynistic temperament, as Default Genders tussles with the male-centric etymology of the word [from the Spanish “hombredad” or “manliness”]. The soft sensitive sounds he uses in tracks 1, 2 and 4 combined with the concentrated personable lyrics come across as a sort of POTPOURRI PUNK, which constructs his very own arena of musical dialogue around the conflicting duality of ideals.
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!! OMG, CARAMEL CHAMELEON: ‘These Gods Will Fall’ feat. Boy George !!


Featuring Boy George as a little boy [George] as Boy George who’s dressed as a girl/boy George; by no means a new track but today sees the official release of the CHAIRMAN OF THE CULTURE CLUB’S track “These Gods Will Fall” from his ongoing dance project A Boy Called George.
Following last year’s “Happy“, this Federico Scavo & Marc Vedo produced track comes to you through this latest video with Baby Boy George fashioning a nude dolly lip, and SPARKLY FEDORA THE EXPLORER look. Accompanied by the Caramel Chameleon Crump Crew, beige and purple never paired so good !
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!! OMG, ØTHERWØRLDLY: Sølve Sundsbø shoots Tilda Swinton for W Magazine Korea !!

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Despite an initial lack of attention from the fashion world London-based Norwegian photographer and previous Nick Knight understudy Sølve Sundsbø has now worked with all major fashion houses [Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Cartier, Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Gucci, Hermès, Armani and Alexander McQueen to name a few]. Designer Tom Ford applauds his work, having collaborated with him many times over the last couple of decades:

“Sølve is a great talent in the fashion industry…his photographs speak for themselves. They are powerful, beautiful [and] always fresh.”

Working for W Magazine Korea, Sundsbø shoots Tilda Swinton in an editorial entitled ‘The Aura’ in which Swinton poises in an aural albumen of icy blue, clad in Gareth Pugh, Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann.
Click below to see the remainder of the editorial, plus a brief insight into the historically held interpretation of the blue aura.

[[ OMG, there’s more: JUMP IN to read the rest ]]

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!! OMG, at the bottom of the lake: Solomon Grey’s ‘Gascarene Sound’ !!


Multi-continental duo Solomon Grey release their video for single “Gascarene Sound” through Black Butter Records.
With a video that was shot by a lake-murder crime scene investigative team complete with teal hues and dreamy streamy sedimentary sun-strokes, their Iver-esque vocals and ebbing/flowing under-beat make us glad that they dredged the lake for this discovery.
Post-mortem diagnosis: beautiful song, simple pretty video: case closed !
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!! OMG, sticky tears: FKA Twigs X Arca’s ‘Water Me’ !!


Last May Twigs [now Formerly Known As Twigs] dropped her trippy blubbery video for “How’s That?“, and now -having teamed up with Yeezus contributor Arca– releases the lolling-metronome-head-centric video for “Water Me“.
Anime alterations that breed Neneh Cherry with Real Life Barbie, [FKA] Twigs’ bobbing face gun-blinks like Kate Bush in “Army Dreamers“, and cries crystalline teardrops like Little Oopsie Daisy Crying Crawling Dolly.
FKA Twigs’ EP2 drops September 9.
[via PMA]

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