Ease into the weekend with another slew of music news. Gorillaz announced they’re finally headed back into the studio to record, Wilco dropped a surprise album for free, Chvrches release a full-length in two months, a Star Wars music box will sing you to sleep, Iggy Pop stars in a dark twisted silent film, and Alice Glass shared her first solo song now that she’s no longer with Crystal Castles. Ready to start listening?
At the beginning of 2015, Jamie Hewlett posted new artwork that featured Gorillaz. With that Instagram post, people knew something was up, especially when Hewlett answered questions saying “Yes Gorillaz Returns”. Now we know it’s real.
Damon Albarn took to Australian television program ABC 7:30 to announce that Gorillaz songs are coming. “”I’m starting recording in September for a new Gorillaz record,” he said. “I’ve just been really, really busy so I haven’t had a chance.” Whatever excuse he wants to drop, we’ll take it. “Clint Eastwood” and “Feel Good Inc.” can only be played so many times. Just kidding, those never get old. New hits wouldn’t hurt, though. [Pitchfork]
Surprise album drops aren’t just for rappers. Rock and folk gods Wilco released a brand new full-length on July 16th with 11 new songs that tread through pretty noisy territory, despite the adorable persian cat on the album’s cover. The best part? It’s called Star Wars. No, there’s no songs about Boba Fett or sand dunes, but it is available to download for free for a limited time. Pick it up here and start listenin’. [Rolling Stone]
Forget the sophmore slump. Synthpop trio Chvrches are ready to come back with a new album after sailing to the top of charts with The Bones of What You Believe. Their new record, Every Open Eye, drops September 25th via Universal. It’s time for more stuttering vocals and fluttering hearts. [Spin]
Dreaming about Star Wars? Now the Star Wars theme can sing you to sleep! Maximilian Büsser and Friends designed a music box shaped like an Imperial TIE Fighter which plays John Williams’ timeless anthem for geeks everywhere. Spoiler: it’s beautiful. So pretty much it’s perfect to calm down babies AND your anxious brain that’s counting down the days until the new flick. [Nerdist]
Is it possible to lose your hearing at a silent film? Belgian-Swedish director Bjorn Tagemose thinks so. Gutterdämmerung, dubbed “the loudest silent movie on Earth”, is a dark fairytale that sees Iggy Pop as a punk rock angel, Henry Rollins as a puritan priest, Grace Jones as a testosterone-controlling evil gal, and Satan’s guitar causing controversy. In addition to that bizarre acting lineup, it also has a live rock band doing the score. Uh, yeah. Our ears are already ringing. [BEAT]
Alice Glass has been pretty quiet ever since she left Crystal Castles. Now the electronic vocalist is ready to share her first work as a solo artist. The song, “Stillbirth”, was released independently of a label and sees some creepy artwork of herself staring into a dirty mirror. It’s less abrasive than past work, opting for some angelic vocals that stomp through some punchy chords. Purchase a copy if you like it, especially since all proceeds go to help survivors of domestic abuse. [NME]
Now go have a great weekend! Make sure to come back here on Monday for another Music Dispatch!