Swedish pop stars, festival cancellations, surprise albums – here is what happened in music this week.
Tove Lo releases Fairy Dust short film
Swedish pop sensation Tove Lo released her second album Lady Wood last week. The reviews have been positive, with her second release scoring four out of five from NME. Earlier this week, Tove Lo also released a short film. The film features several tracks from Lady Wood including Cool Girl, True Disaster and Vibes. Tove described the film as “the never-ending escape and all the rushes and pain that comes with it.” Judging from the album and the themes it covers, Fairy Dust is relaying her own experiences and views.
Tove’s short film attracted controversy, with YouTube temporarily taking the video down on the grounds of sexual content. Tove took to Twitter to voice her opinion on the matter.
— Tove Lo (@ToveLo) October 31, 2016
The film is worth a watch, if you’ve got a spare half-hour.
The heavy stuff
Newly-established Australian metal festival, Legion Festival, has been cancelled for 2017. The festival, which was made possible by crowd-funding aimed to replace the ill-fated 2016 Soundwave festival. It quickly gained traction when a band from the Soundwave line up, Devil You Know, expressed interest. However, due to “business considerations” the festival has been delayed. Sorry fellow metalheads, looks like we’ll have to wait even longer for a replacement festival to scratch that metal itch.
In other metal news, Californian metal five-piece Avenged Sevenfold are headed to court. Earlier this year, news broke that Warner Brothers Records were suing the LA metal outfit for breach of contract. Avenged Sevenfold were meant to release five albums for Warner, however, they allegedly only gave them four before switching labels. We’re expecting weeks of legal jargon, but watch this space to see what happens next.
In more positive news for the band, Avenged Sevenfold surprised us all by “pulling a Beyoncé” and releasing a new album without any hype, alerting fans and media just hours before dropping it. The Stage is the bands seventh album, a concept album tackling the idea of artificial intelligence.
The band also released this video for the album’s first single The Stage a few weeks ago. It’s is an interesting portrayal of humanity’s history with conflict and violence.
Legends of thrash metal, Metallica, have also released a new track from their upcoming album this week.
Foo Fighter’s drummer drops solo track
Taylor Hawkins, drummer for the Foo Fighters, has announced he’s releasing an EP. Hawkins debuted the first song on Sound Cloud, titled Range Rover Bitch. Since the Fooies are taking a break, the man needs to do something!
We won’t have to wait much longer to hear more from Hawkins – his EP, Kota, is set to be released on 11 November.
Oz music month is here
Triple j’s Oz music month began this week, celebrating Aussie music all throughout November.
In Aussie music news, Meg Mac’s debut album is done! Though not much info regarding the album is known, Meg posted to Facebook giving a vague release date, saying we can expect it sometime in the new year.
And here is Nick Murphy’s (formerly known as Chet Faker) new track, Stop Me, (Stop You).
American alternate-rock magazine Alternative Press gave a shout out to some new blood when they published a piece 10 up-and-coming bands you need to know from Australia. I personally don’t know any of the bands mentioned, but I now have some new tunes for the weekend.
New release Friday
It is Friday, but its been a quiet week for album releases.
Worth mentioning though is singer/songwriter Alicia Keys, known for hits like Fallin’ and Girl On Fire, is back with her sixth album Here. Swedish Melodic death metal veterans, Dark Tranquillity, also unleashed Atoma, their 11th album. Rapper Common has also released his 11th album, Black America Again today. — Compiled from online sources by Ben Rochlin
Screengrab taken from Tove Lo’s YouTube channel.