In this edition of ON REPEAT, we keep up with the world of Phoebe Bridgers, chat to Becky Hill about her vision and introduce a completely new section, ARTIST OF THE WEEK. Fleur Colson found out about Adrian Ström and how he discovers the world through his music.
1) Phoebe Bridgers announces new record label Saddest Factory Records
Bridgers announced her new record label in partnership with her current label Dead Oceans. Musician Claud has been signed as the very first act. The label is set to showcase artists across the music spectrum, "the vision of the label is simple: good songs, regardless of genre," she said in a statement.
2) David Byrne and Spike Lee's American Utopia is available on BFI Player and HBO
David Byrne's show American Utopia, filmed by Spike Lee, is available to screen on the London Film Festival's virtual platform and HBO. Byrne performs his album by the same name with 11 musicians and narrates a few anecdotes while playing the numbers theatrically.
3) London’s Lexington receives only 40% of funding they applied for The Cultural Recovery Fund announced on the 12th of October let down many local music venues including The Lexington. In a Facebook post, the venue revealed they only received 40% of the total funding they applied for. They wrote, “from our perspective the recovery of the venue and the long-term survival of our staff and freelancers are still in serious peril."
ARTIST OF THE WEEK - Adrian Ström
Adrian Ström’s laid-back and uplifting style is exactly what we all need right now, to escape from our everyday life of Zoom calls and isolation. A passionate world traveller, his melodies are inspired by his innumerable trips and capture the atmosphere of each place he goes to in a beautiful and truly authentic way. His music videos are filmed while he backpacks around the globe, in incredible locations including Laos, Sweden or even Iceland. Adventurous even when it comes to the actual making of his songs, he isn’t afraid to experiment with a variety of different musical techniques, like putting famous movie lines or historical speeches over his melodies, for example. If you listen to “Pensée sur l’amour”, you should be able to recognise Noah and Allie from the Notebook fighting, and in “Blue and Yellow” Martin Luther Kings Jr’s voice saying his “I have a dream speech”. Even though each song seems to be inspired by different experiences, there still seems to be a certain coherence in all of them- it is music that makes you feel like you are travelling along with him, living, moving, wandering, discovering. So go give him a listen!
Personal favourites: Pensée sur l'amour, Change the world, Freedom in the middle of nowhere instrumental, Somewhere inside
For this IN DEPTH feature, Emma Short spoke to Becky Hill about her vision for the future. Afterglow with Wilkinson, Piece of Me with MK, Nothing Really Matters with Tiësto, Lose Control with Meduza and several tracks with Sigala… Becky has featured on the seminal dance tracks of the decade. But the release of her new single Space marks a new direction. By breaking free of collaborations, Becky is finally showcasing her unique style to the world.
How have your many collaborations shaped you as an artist?