News Round-Up: Fontaines D.C., Kae Tempest

Fontaines D.C. by Filmawi

Fontaines D.C. by Filmawi

Our recap of the stories we featured during the past seven days includes new album announcements from Fontaines D.C. and Kae Tempest.

Fontaines D.C. will release their third studio album on April 22nd.

Conor Deegan explains that the title of the LP, Skinty Fia, translates to ‘the damnation of the deer’, noting that the Irish giant deer is an extinct species.

“But ‘skinty fia’ is also used as an expletive, in the way you’d say ‘for fuck’s sake’ if you bang your arm on a table,” he continues. “We just thought there was something really beautiful about that, because it’s really representative of Irish culture in some sense.”

Andy Bell’s next solo album is called Flicker and will be released on February 11th.

“When I think about Flicker, I see it as closure,” Bell says. “Most literally, on a half-finished project from over six years ago, but also on a much bigger timescale.”

“Some of these songs date back to the ’90s and the cognitive dissonance of writing brand new lyrics over songs that are 20-plus years old makes it feel like it is, almost literally, me exchanging ideas with my younger self.”

Muse have premiered the official video for their new single Won’t Stand Down.

Teased by Matt Bellamy towards the end of last year, it’s a taste of the band’s follow-up to the 2018 LP Simulation Theory, while the promo was directed by Jared Hogan in Kyiv, Ukraine.

“Protecting yourself from coercion and sociopathic manipulation and to face adversity with strength, confidence and aggression,” Bellamy adds.

Kae Tempest

The fourth Kae Tempest record The Line Is A Curve has been produced by long-term collaborator Dan Carey, and is being previewed with a new single entitled More Pressure which features Kevin Abstract of BROCKHAMPTON.

“The Line Is A Curve is about letting go,” Tempest explains. “Of shame, anxiety, isolation and falling instead into surrender. Embracing the cyclical nature of time, growth, love.”

“This letting go can hopefully be felt across the record. In the musicality, the instrumentation, the lyricism, the delivery, the cover art. In the way it ends where it begins and begins where it ends.I knew I wanted my face on the sleeve.”

Billie Eilish, Kanye West (Ye) and Harry Styles have been revealed as the headliners for Coachella Festival 2022.

The familiar roll-call of big names who’ve been booked for the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California also includes Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, Phoebe Bridgers, Brockhampton, Jamie xx, Swedish House Mafia and Run The Jewels.

And there’ll also be performance from the likes of Spiritualized, slowthai, Hot Chip, black midi, Holly Humberstone, Yard Act, Dave and Fatboy Slim, while Idles will be there fresh off the release of their essential 2021 album Crawler.

Ronnie Spector, an icon of sixties culture and one of the leading lights of the era’s girl group movement, has died.

A statement from the family revealed that she had cancer, and passed away surrounded by her family.

“Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humour and a smile on her face,” it reads. “She was filled with love and gratitude.”

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