The Time Out mixtape
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Fri Aug 30 2013
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Pixies – 'Bagboy'
Okay, so it's not quite the two-decade wait that we had for the latest My Bloody Valentine album – but nine years is a long time to wait for Pixies to give us something new. After founding member Kim Deal left the band exactly two weeks ago, it looked like we'd have to wait even longer. But look a little closer at recent interviews with the band, and it starts to seem that Deal – who is currently leading the reformed Breeders – was the main thing standing between Pixies and a new album. Whether that's going to happen or not is still up in the air, but today we got the first Pixies track since their reunion single, 'Bam Thwok' – written and sung by Deal – came out in 2004. Reactions to 'Bagboy' have been mixed, possibly because the electronic introduction means it doesn't even start sounding like Pixies until just under two minutes in, and possibly because it's weird hearing someone else (Jeremy Duns from Massachusetts band Bunnies) singing backing vocals in the style of Deal. We like it, though – and even if you don't, you've got to say it's good to have them back nonetheless, as creepy and noisy as ever they were.
British Sea Power – 'Loving Animals'
Much cuter – though, in typical British Sea Power style, still pretty creepy – is the new video by Brighton's finest psychedelic rock band. We adore the various small fuzzy things growling, miaowing, bleating and jumping around in the 'Loving Animals' video, although if you're afraid of birds it'd probably be best to give this one a miss. The song's great too – a choice cut from their latest album 'Machineries of Joy', it has enough trippy pop energy to have you jumping around like one of those baby goat. We like it a lot, and we're really, really hoping it's not a twisted ode to bestiality.
Hayden Thorpe and Jon Hopkins – 'Goodbye Horses'
First recorded by Q Lazzarus in 1988, 'Goodbye Horses' is an utterly gorgeous track with nasty assocations thanks to the tuck-and-dance scene in 'The Silence of the Lambs'. It doesn't seem like the kind of song that can be covered all that well, despite half-decent stabs by Kele from Bloc Party and Canadian darkwavers Psyche. But here's a minimal piano-and-vocal take that almost touches the original, courtesy of London's very own electronic genius of the moment, Jon Hopkins, and honey-voiced Hayden Thorpe of Wild Beasts. It'll be issued on limited 12-inch vinyl next month by Mon Amie Records, as the B-side of a 25th anniversary reissue of the Q Lazzarus track – so you'll have one version for ecstatic dancing, and another for floating gently off into space.
Dirty Beaches – I Dream in Neon
This is the latest video from Alex Zhung Hungtai, the man behind hauntology project Dirty Beaches, in collaboration with director Michael Lawrence. 'I Dream in Neon' is one of the standout tracks on Dirty Beaches' latest album 'Drifters/Love Is the Devil' – in our album review, we called it a distant cousin of Iggy Pop's Berlin anthem 'Nightclubbing' – and the video is perfect: shot in Hamburg and Berlin, it's a sort of Iggy-meets-David Lynch ride through the city at night, where the seedy ripped back sides are blurred by garish signs and countless cigarettes. Set it to full screen and get lost.
Sisu – 'Two Thousand Hands'
Supporting Dirty Beaches on his US tour this autumn is Sisu, the synthy shoegaze band led by Sandra Vu when she's not bashing the drums for New York's Dum Dum Girls. And conveniently, Sisu also have a trippy new video this week. 'Two Thousand Hands', off the 'Light Eyes' EP, gets a blurry, kaleidoscopic and mirrored visual treatment, with live band footage interspersed with some pretty disturbing stock footage. 'In the mirror caught me twice,' sings Vu as she reflects across the screen before the whole thing builds to a strobe-lit climax. Twice as nice.
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