Also, HOAX, STIIR & Cam Monroe Vow to Comfort Your Heart & Mind
A roundup of essential new tunes aim to squelch unease.
Ready to Pop wrangles unbridled feelings of angst, both inside and out. Musicians of all walks of life have a way of unearthing the hardest things to say, but it's a safe-space that has become the vehicle of taboo topics, from crippling mental health to the spiraling out brought on by heartbreak. Below, check out our latest obsessions, rated on a (slay) scale of "Super Chill" to "Shook" to "Wig Snatched."
Petrie - "Self-Destruct"
London duo Petrie swims in broad strokes in delicately-crafted pools of electronica, adorning chewing bubblegum that stabs before imploding onto itself. Even the trippy drops carry such a swagger that's truly staggering. By the time the grittier production falls away, leaving a stunning falsetto to flitter and flutter in the sunlight, you're so immersed and hooked for life.
Slay Scale: Wig Snatched
STIIR - "Free Yourself"
Knowing full and well a relationship is about to burst into flames, the indie-rock four-piece basks in the sun-packed and parched rumbling of guitars. The quake sends a chill all over their bodies, and even in their voices, there is something warm and comforting. The flame is fading, but they pay no mind. They slip into the aftereffects with a commanding calm. "Free yourself from me," they coo.
Slay Scale: Super Chill
HOAX - "Moon Moon Baby"
As human beings, we're in a constant state of change. It comes in phases, of course, and for alternative pop group HOAX, whose spiritual trip to India opened the floodgates of their minds, that means being ever-present in their everyday lives. "Moon Moon Baby" is smooth psychedelic-rock of the finest order; melting drums cling to the guitar's chords as an infant reaches for the bottle, hot off the stove.
Slay Scale: Shook
Cam Monroe - "Letting Go"
Learning to let go can be one of the biggest lessons we ever learn. "I feel like I'm chasing down the wind," he confesses, over lush guitar, which clammers into a delightful explosion, alongside anthemic drums. His life is on the line, so to speak. He might be scared to death, but he's finally ready and willing to dive headfirst into the unknown.
Slay Scale: Wig Snatched
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The Cocteau Twins' 1990 masterpiece is still the blueprint for dream pop.
For a band whose lyrics were famously difficult to make out most of the time, the Cocteau Twins left an indelible impact on the world of pop music.
The Scottish trio emerged in the 1980s as some of the most notable pioneers of dream pop, a subgenre of alternative rock defined by airy, sublime sonic textures. But it was their sixth album, Heaven or Las Vegas—which turns 30 today—that truly withstood the test of time, affirming the Cocteau Twins' status as perhaps the most important dream pop act of all time.
Now that Banksy's "Flower Thrower" trademark has been revoked, anyone can profit off his work.
This week anonymous street artist Banksy officially lost the European trademark to his "Flower Thrower" mural.
The guerrilla graffiti artist had engaged in a prolonged legal battle with the small greeting card company Full Colour Black—which was selling products featuring the image of a Palestinian man throwing a bouquet of flowers. But now a panel at the European Union Intellectual Property Office has announced their decision to revoke the artist's trademark on the grounds that he could not definitively prove himself to be the mural's creator.