I've been on the fence about many albums this year, but this is one of the few where I'm torn. For every great moment on the new Arcade Fire record, there's one that falls incredibly short of whatever stylistic mark the band was shooting for. Rather than deliver another cohesive set of songs, Reflektor embarks upon a stylistic hodgepodge full of hits and misses.
Gorillaz have released a new CG animated video to go along with their Converse-curated collaboration, "DoYaThing." The video is pretty much an average morning for the animated band's front man 2D. Every inch of this video has hidden visual gems that reference the band's bizarre reality. It also features a masked man popping up in random areas meant to resemble Andre 3000. The scene where he is introduced he is having his sweat collected for some fantastically weird unknown reason. You’ll definitely want to watch it more than once just to see all the bizarre artwork and references hidden within the visuals. Jamie Hewlett and Gorillaz have produced yet another great video.
Check out a review of the 13-minute version of "DoYaThing" here.
As a part of the collaborative music series Converse throws together each year, we've got a new track featuring the minds of Andre 3000, James Murphy, and Gorillaz.
Not every spot in this series has been a bright one, but the usual blend of genres these 3 artist, 1 song deals bring together works really well this time around.
Gorillaz sound like they've got the instrumental side of things covered. The synths shoot for the same simple and "plastic" aesthetic that made Gorillaz last album so entertaining. It actually doesn't sound too far from the rigid, modern, and eccentric synth pop James Murphy has produced in LCD Soundsystem over the years. It's possible that, musically, he played a bigger role than I think, because it's a shame his voice seems to be lost in the chorus vocal mix a bit.
Who really steals the show is Andre 3000. He came hard with this flow. He was so great, it actually made me want to start screaming along with the angry New Zealander at the end of the track. "CAN WE GET AN OUTKAST ALBUM NOW!?!?"