Island Odyssey

A Video Preview of Serafina Steer's Jarvis Cocker-Produced Album

Verdant forests and pebbly beaches form the backdrop to Serafina Steer’s performance in this dreamlike video, the second in our two-part feature devoted to the musician’s upcoming third album, The Moths Are Real, produced by Jarvis Cocker. Directed by Maltese multi-instrumentalist Capitol K and shot at the Festival No. 6 in North Wales, the sunny lo-fi footage of ancient trees and cloud-peppered skies is set to Steer’s meandering, uniquely spelled track “Island Odessy”. Britpop figurehead and first-time producer Cocker discovered Steer's atmospheric sounds while presenting his BBC Radio 6 music show. Singing, “They killed your pigs and drank your wine,” she evokes Homer’s epic hero Odysseus and his men's maritime adventures, where a woodland encounter with the witch-goddess Circe turns the crew into swine. “It’s an incredible place, in the middle of nowhere,” the musician notes of the inspiring Welsh environment. Headlined by Spiritualized and New Order, September’s eccentric Festival No. 6 took over the legendary village of Portmeirion, whose mid-20th century design by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis is modeled after pastoral Italian bricolage architecture, and became notorious as the location for the 1960s series, The Prisoner. “It was like trying to break into a prison in the countryside,” says Steer of navigating the event's chaotic scene. “With a harp!”

The Moths Are Real will be released by Stolen Recordings on January 14, 2013. "Night Before Mutiny" will launch this Monday, November 12, at ATP Presents at the Sebright Arms, London.

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    Bjarke Ingels: High Riser

    The Danish Architect Provokes BIG Questions During the Venice Biennale Architectura 2012

    Young starchitect Bjarke Ingels talks manifestation, midwifery and shamanism while riding down the Venice canals in this short by Kelly Loudenberg. Known for his impressive architectural endeavors like a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy power plant in Copenhagen that will be outfitted with an outdoor ski slope for use during Nordic winters, and the 8 House apartment complex just outside the Danish capital that allows residents to bike all the way up to their top floor apartments, Ingels is a vocal advocate for “hedonistic sustainability” and was recently profiled in The New Yorker. “Find a job you love and you won’t have to work another day in your life again,” advises the young creative. “If you let your desire guide you, if you take decisions with your heart and with a smile on your face, they are probably wiser decisions in the long run.” In Venice as a contributor to the Danish pavilion exploring future visions of Greenland, Ingels together with his firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) proposed Air + Port, a mixed-use air and sea hub on the island of Angisunnguaq. Now based in New York, Ingels is currently working on his first American project, a residential building in Hell’s Kitchen called W57 that will occupy an entire block and add a distinct, sloped pyramid-shaped silhouette to the Manhattan skyline. Here the dynamic Dane considers alternate career paths, architectural envy, and kittens.

    Your firm is called BIG—list a few things that always are better big? 
    Ideas, checks, balloons, brown eyes.

    And a few that should always be small? 
    Carbon footprint, energy bills––well, any bill––kittens. Sometimes the most interesting is when you can combine both. Just ask Biggie Smalls. 

    Biking up a building to reach your apartment; skiing down a trash processing plant...what sporting activity is next to be included in one of your designs? 
    We started construction on a 588-meter-tall tower in Tianjin, China, that would be pretty amazing for base-jumping in a squirrel suit. 

    If you hadn’t become an architect, what would you have been? 

    Biggest source of architectural envy (i.e. monument you wish you’d built)?
    The Sydney Opera House by Danish architect Jørn Utzon.

    We hear you've got a thing for fast cars. If you designed your own car, what would it feature? 
    A Tesla with four seats and a convertible roof would be a pretty sweet deal—and automated driving when the traffic is too dense and static for human enjoyment.

    Favorite music to work to? 
    The Knife, Giana Factory, The William Blakes.

    Best place for a late-night bite after leaving the office? 
    [Arty TriBeCa barroom] Smith and Mills, NYC.

    You’re adding a building to the New York skyline at the age of 38. What's one thing you want to do before you're 40? 
    Well, we just broke ground, and with a little luck I’ll actually finish it! 

    Three things the city of tomorrow should prioritize? 
    Biodiversity, cultural diversity and architectural diversity.

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    The Rising Pop-Step Duo Premiere Their Choreographed Video for “Your Drums, Your Love”

    Dancers pop and lock around the mirrored and monochromatic artworks of young illustrator Arran Gregory in AlunaGeorge’s video for new single “Your Drums, Your Love.” Twinning electronic-driven R&B with pop sensibilities, Aluna Francis and George Reid first emerged with the hit video for their sultry “You Know You Like It.” Shot at Gregory’s current illustration exhibition at Dalston’s Print House Gallery by director Henry Scholfield, and with Francis wearing a cuboid necklace from east London jewelry designers Shimell and Madden, the video for “Your Drums, Your Love” was an opportunity to collaborate with friends. “There were so many personal elements that had been brought into it,” explains Francis. “We had been trying to work with Arran [Gregory] for a while and we just love sick dancing.” Combining Francis’s statuesque beauty and steamy vocals with Reid’s Dubstep-inspired pop production, the soulful duo, recently trumpeted by The New York Times and The Guardian, are currently putting the finishing touches to their as yet untitled debut album. Here, AlunaGeorge shared their top fashion week party tracks.

    Montell Jordan – “This is How We Do It”
    It’s an apt statement for any fashion show.

    Outkast – “Hey Ya!”
    It’s the “shake it like a Polaroid picture” bit. You can imagine everyone in the front row waving their fans watching the models go by. 

    Madonna – “Vogue” 
    It means a lot to a lot of different people, from the voguing community to young girls. I think it’s nice to bring a lot of different people together. 

    Daft Punk – “Digital Love”
    It’s been the soundtrack to most decent parties for the past decade. It doesn’t feel old either, and I still bloody love it!

    Make up by Smashbox.
    Styling by Foluke Anglin.

    Head to our Facebook page to go behind the scenes of today's film and post your questions for AlunaGeorge. The band will be posting answers to selected questions tomorrow, Tuesday 9/18.!/photo.php?v=10151152017123618

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