[video of the week] Modern Studies – Run For Cover

Taken from Modern Studies new album “The Weight Of The Sun”, out May 8th via Fire Records. New album from kosmiche folk-rock quartet Modern Studies. A glorious compendium of haunted disco hallelujahs, mercurial krautrock chorales, cosmic pop adagios and euphoric, resilient, anthems. ‘The Weight of the Sun’ sees principal songwriters Emily Scott and Rob St…

MODERN STUDIES – Welcome Strangers  (Fire, 2018) A dimostrazione di come lo splendido debutto “Swell To Great” (2016) non fosse un episodio di collaborazione estemporanea tra artisti operanti anche in altri progetti musicali, i Modern Studies hanno trascorso gli ultimi due anni affinando nuove canzoni, alcune delle quali hanno anticipato quello che ha adesso preso…

[video of the week] Modern Studies – Disco

“Disco was filmed by Mario Cruzado, using the iconic Bernat Klein studio building in Selkirk designed by Peter Womersley. Later, animation was added by Cameron Duguid, playing with elements found in the studio’s late Modernist architecture and its decaying carapace. The building is in decline, with rust and lime-soaked puddles, algae and mould, warped windows…

[streaming] Modern Studies – Mud And Flame

“Mud And Flame” is the first preview track from “Welcome Strangers”, the second record by feral pop outliers Modern Studies. Elegiac and haunted, life-giving and triumphant, this beguiling return digs deep into landscapes both real and imagined, internal and external, in a work that might perhaps best be described as “kosmiche choral” or, if we’re…

rearview mirror: 2016

Buone o cattive che possano reputarsi, alle abitudini è ben difficile rinunciare; per questo, nelle ultime settimane (in qualche caso persino prima della fine dello scorso novembre!) chi segue con attenzione la musica indipendente avrà avuto modo di leggere decine e decine di classifiche volte a ricostruire, raccogliendone il meglio, l’annata appena trascorsa. Per lo…

MODERN STUDIES – Swell To Great (Song, By Toad, 2016)* C’è certamente qualcosa nell’aria di Glasgow che ne rende l’ambiente musicale tanto ricco e variegato da offrire senza sosta non solo nuove proposte ma ricombinazioni di stili e di esperienze già più o meno consolidate. Modern Studies risponde al tempo stesso a entrambe le categorie,…

[streaming] Modern Studies – Ten White Horses

A recent past, a decade ago. A Belfast-born Victorian harmonium is entrusted to the care of Glasgow chamber-folk singer Emily Scott. It looks like it should sound: imposing and statuesque, ornately carved with wax-dripping candle holders, organ stops with enticing names and elaborate levers, yet the years have taken their toll. The ‘mouse-proof’ treadles are…