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April 17, 2014

Daughter x Tate Britain

An After-Hours Performance at the London Art Institution’s Ruin Lust Exhibition

“It’s a pretty terrifying picture to look at, the stark monochrome and the heavy intimidating concrete frame,” says Daughter’s ethereal front woman Elena Tonra of “Azeville,” the haunting image by British artists Jane and Louise Wilson. The staunch Nazi battery forms the backdrop to today’s intimate live performance at the Tate Britain in London. Tonra and Swiss-born guitarist Igor Haefeli (not featured is the band’s French drummer Remi Aguilella) play a late-night recital within Ruin Lust, the Tate’s current exhibition that maps four centuries of art’s infatuation with the abandoned and the decaying. Featuring here alongside the zine-maker and artist Laura Oldfield Ford’s sketches of urban-realist degradation, the severe image of a French bunker inspired the raw rendition of “Smother,” taken from their debut album on 4AD, If You Leave. “We felt that the song shares this idea of decay,” says Tonra. “Whether it is an abandoned man-made structure or a human body, everything will eventually be accepted back into the earth, however cold and brutal it once was.”

Ruin Lust runs through May 18 at Tate Britain, London. Tickets are available here.

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Delorean: Unhold

A New York Sculpture Park Hosts a Union of the Barcelona Band and Chairlift's Caroline Polachek

Brooklyn indie star Caroline Polachek traverses a bluestone maze like a warped Red Riding Hood in the video for “Unhold” by Barcelona-based Glasser and The xx collaborators, Delorean. The film's location is the Opus 40 sculpture park, created by American artist Harvey Fite, who transformed a former quarry in New York State into a bewitching public space over nearly four decades from the late 1930s. It was chosen by Grammy-nominated director Eric Epstein for its beguiling geometric details: “We were looking for an outdoor location to contrast with the studio, with dimensions to make use of the effect we were using,” he says. “The moving footage is resolved to a flat plane, so that everything in relief from that surface skews and stretches.” Epstein has previously worked with Polachek’s shoegaze pop outfit Chairlift, and his latest video accompanies the new single from today's featured Spanish quartet’s album Apar, recorded in the band’s own studio in the Catalan neighborhood of Poblenou with Friendly Fires producer Chris Zane. “The track has this sway to it that I thought could be complimented by the visuals,” says the director. “And to me the lyrics evoke misunderstanding and clashing perspectives, which seemed somewhat fitting for the approach we took.”

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Connan Mockasin: I’m the Man, That Will Find You

A Louche Tale of Nocturnal Obsession From the Deviant Solo Artist

“It’s a very straightforward love story,” says Connan Mockasin of the song that inspired today’s lascivious video directed by Daniel Brereton and starring New York-based model Naomi Shimada. “It is about being all alone, wondering if there is someone out there to find you.” “I’m the Man, That Will Find You” is taken from Mockasin’s lauded, recently released album Caramel, which was recorded in a hotel room in Tokyo earlier this year and conjures a mysterious cocoon-like feeling that flits between comfort and unease. “I wanted to make a record called Caramel, and wanted it to sound like what I thought a record called Caramel would sound like—flirty and slick,” says the New Zealand-born, Manchester-based troubadour. “In the same way, we wanted this video to be calm and flirty.” The video was shot at a private residence in Rochdale, UK, by Brereton, who has previously worked with Django Django, Metronomy and Daniel Avery, and collaborated on the promo for Mockasin’s “Forever Dolphin Love,” the title track from the artist’s psychedelic debut. “The pool scene was so steamy,” says Mockasin of his on-set highlight. “The cameraman almost slipped and fell in!”

Caramel is out now via Phantasy / Because Music / Mexican Summer.

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