FacebookFrequently when an artist announces a new album a number of years on from when its predecessor came out, the question of, “where’ve you been?” is a natural ones. In the case of Sky Larkin principal Katie Harkin, the answer is simply “everywhere”. Since her band wrapped up touring commitments behind 2010’s Kaleide, she signed on as a touring member of Wild Beasts for their Smother tour (which stopped here in October 2011).
But Harkin has gotten back to her own business, and with a new lineup in place – original bassist Doug Adams amicably departed the band and was replaced and a second guitarist added – they’ve announced a September 16 release of their third album, entitled Motto. A new track from it is available to stream via The Guardian and offers a lighter counterpoint to the more pummelling first taste – now revealed as the album’s title track – which surfaced back in May and more than affirms their recipe of sleekly ragged guitars and sneakily sophisticated melodicism is still a most effective one. I look forward to their return.
Stream: Sky Larkin – “Loom”
Stream: Sky Larkin – “Motto”
Annie has released a new video from her just-out A&R EP; Idolator talks to Richard X – the EP’s producer and “R” namesake – about the record.
Video: Annie – “Back Together”
Clash and NME talk to White Lies about their new album Big TV, out August 21. They play The Opera House on October 1.
Rolling Stone talks to Martin Gore of Depeche Mode about the impending North American tour that brings them to the Molson Amphitheatre on September 1.
Manic Street Preachers have unveiled a new video from their next album Rewind The Film, out September 16.
Video: Manic Street Preachers – “Show Me The Wonder”
The Line Of Best Fit reports that English folkie Johnny Flynn has given his new record Country Mile a September 30 release date. The first song from it is available to preview via lyric video.
Lyric Video: Johnny Flynn – “The Lady Is Risen”
Charli XCX walks aux.tv through her video for “What I Like”. She plays The Hoxton on September 16.
Australia’s The Naked & Famous have announced the September 17 release of their second In Rolling Waves, offering some context for their already-announced date at the Sound Academy on October 14. The first video from the new record is also out.
Video: The Naked & Famous – “Hearts Like Ours”
Under The Radar reports that former Mercury Prize nominees The Invisible have been named as support for Jessie Ware on her North American tour, starting November 6 at The Sound Academy. The pairing makes perfect sense since Invisible frontman Dave Okumu co-wrote and produced much of Ware’s Devotion; their last album was 2012’s Rispah.
MP3: The Invisible – “London Girl”
Page 31 talks to Caroline Hjelt and Windy City Media to Aino Jawo of Icona Pop. Their album This Is… comes out September 24.
The Horrors tell NME that any expectations of a new record in 2013 are unfounded and their next release will come in early 2014.
The Quietus has both an interview with and the first new music from Rose Elinor Dougall in far too long; with luck a second album isn’t too far behind.
Stream: Rose Elinor Dougall – “Strange Warnings”
The High Wire have released a video for their latest single, which quite effectively leverages footage from the film Ashes, starring Ray Winstone. The Guardian has more information about the film.
Video: The High Wire -“LNOE”
The Guardian talks to Daniel Blumburg, formerly of Yuck, about his new project as Hebronix and the debut album Unreal.
Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream unloads to NME about the state of festivals in 2013.
Baeble Music has a video session with Foals and NME gets Yannis Philippakis’ thoughts on US whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Cut Copy have made a new single, released last month in limited edition at the Pitchfork Music Festival, available to stream for all to hear.
Stream: Cut Copy – “Let Me Show You”
NPR has video from a KCRW session with Savages.
The Quietus catches up with David Lewis Gedge of The Wedding Present.
The Skinny finds out what Emma Pollock has been up to since the 2010 release of The Law Of Large Numbers, namely setting up a studio engineering course for aspiring producers.
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