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Alice Phoebe Lou travels to the “Galaxies” on new song: Stream

In less than a month, indie songwriter Alice Phoebe Lou will reveal her new album, Paper Castles. January gave us one of the LP’s promising early singles, “Skin Crawl”, which we at Consequence of Sound quickly added to our New Sounds playlist. Today, Lou has unboxed another track with “Galaxies”.

While Lou teased jazzy indie rock arrangements on “Skin Crawl”, the newest offering plays with more experimental, avant-garde textures — and rather fittingly, considering its intergalactic themes. Born in South Africa, but now based in Berlin, Lou contemplates her place in the universe, per a press statement:

“Space had become such a theme in my life & music, not in a scientific way but more in a metaphorical sense; drawing parallels between a planet in the expansive universe & the way that one’s tiny & seemingly insignificant existence interacts with the world. This song is about being nothing & everything. Abut being overwhelmed by the weight of existence while simultaneously being in awe & wonder of it all.”

“Galaxies” already had me reminded of Björk, but with the track’s music video, I’m almost convinced Lou and the experimental Icelandic artist are somehow kindred spirits. Directed by Chloë Lewer and Andrea Ariel, with additional animated design by Hagen Schönfeld, the surreal clip follows Lou as she floats amongst the planets. A story of a fallen star who ends up living a regular life on Earth, it was filmed in Berlin, partially at an ex-military Soviet training ground.

Check it out below.

Paper Castles arrives March 8th. Lou has announced an extensive supporting tour that will take her to North America and Europe.

Alice Phoebe Lou 2019 Tour Dates:
03/03 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
03/04 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz PDB
03/05 – Boston, MA @ Cafe 939
03/07 – Vienna, VA @ Jammin Java
03/08 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade
03/10 – Durham, NC @ Motorco Music Hall
03/11 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl at Center Stage
03/13-17 – Austin, TX @ SXSW 2019
03/20 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
03/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Moroccan Lounge
03/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
03/24 – Portland, OR @ Old Church Concert Hall
03/25 – Seattle, WA @ Barboz
04/05 – Istanbul, TU @ Salon IKSV
04/06 – Istanbul, TU @ Salon IKSV
04/10 – Leipzig, DE @ UT Connewitz
04/11 – Dresden, DE @ Polimagie Festival
04/13 – Hanover, DE @ Faust
04/15 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
04/16 – Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
04/17 – London, UK @ Earth
04/18 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
04/20 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli
04/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Zonnehuis
04/23 – Aachen, DE @ Kulturbunker
04/24 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
04/26 – Vienna, AT @ Flex
04/28 – Prague, CZ @ Futurum
04/29 – Erlangen, DE @ E-Werk
05/01 – Friberg, DE @ Jazzhaus
05/02 – Munich, DE @ Ampere
05/03 – Zurich, CH @ Bogen F
05/04 – Stuttgart, DE @ Im Wizemann
05/06 – Cologne, DE @ Kulturkirche
05/07 – Mainz, DE @ Kuz
05/08 – Kiel, DE @ Pumpe
05/09 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
05/11 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle
05/30-06/01 – Barcelona, ES @ Primavera Sound
06/27-30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter


Peter Cottontale shares heartwarming music video for “Forever Always”: Watch

Last summer, The Social Experiment band member Peter Cottontale unveiled his debut solo song, “Forever Always”. Along with loads of lovey-dovey feelings, the heartwarming track is packed with guest collaborators like longtime friend and colleague Chance the Rapper, as well as Daniel Caesar, Rex Orange County, Madison Ryann Ward, and Yebba.

In honor of Valentine’s Day on Thursday, Cottontale shared a wholesome new music video for “Forever Always”. Created by Chicago’s A Weird Life Films Production, the clip shows a vast array of different types of love, from romantic couples to families, friends, and folks with their dogs. Its hazy, old-school filter and simple pastel blocks of pink and pink also add to the visual’s sentimental, cutesy tone.

Check it out below.

Cottontale, who serves as Chance’s bandleader, is expected to release his first solo album, Catch, this spring. He also assisted in the production of Jamila Woods’ new full-length, LEGACY! LEGACY!, due out in May.

While we wait for Cottontale’s debut LP, pick up The Social Experiment’s releases on vinyl by swinging over to ReverbLP.


Arctic copper mine agreed despite indigenous Sami opposition

Norway has given the go-ahead for a copper mine near Europe’s northernmost point – despite years of opposition from indigenous Sami herders and fishermen.

The decision has been viewed as a litmus test for the Arctic, where climate change and technology are enabling mineral and energy extraction, as well as shipping and tourism.

But this has been accompanied by fears that traditional ways of life are under threat.

Norway’s industry minister Torbjoern Roe Isaksen, of the country’s centre-right coalition government, said: “It will contribute positively to the local community, with new jobs and skills.

“The mining project will strengthen the industrial base in the north.”

Although the Nussir ASA project is expected to bring jobs and investment to the local Kvalsund municipality, the digging could damage summer reindeer pastures.

There are also concerns that a plan to dump mining byproducts in the fjord would destroy spawning grounds for the coastal cod.

Reindeer herder Nils Mathis Sara said: “I am shocked by the government’s decision.

“I had hoped that the Norwegian government would have heard our arguments.

“They do not take us seriously. We will definitely protest against this decision.”

He said some reindeer herders are considering taking legal action to stop the mine.

 Reindeer graze near a building in Hammerfest, Norway, June 14, 2018.

The area contains an estimated 79 million tons of copper ore

The area contains an estimated 79 million tons of copper ore – Norway’s largest reserve – and Nussir plans to invest more than £90m in the mine, which it says will cause only minimal disruption.

The project was approved locally in 2012, but it has been stalled as it waits for an operating licence to be granted.

Kvalsund is a village of painted wooden houses on the Repparfjord with 1,027 inhabitants.

Herders in other nations around the Arctic, such as Russia, Canada and Alaska, have echoed the concerns of the Norwegian Sami.

They say they are under threat from climate change, mining, oil spills and poaching, as well as thoughtless behaviour from locals and tourists.

Average temperatures in the Arctic, where some four million people live, have risen more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6°F) since pre-industrial times, twice as fast as the world average, according to research for the intergovernmental Arctic Council.