As the debate rages bitterly between London and Athens over ownership of the Parthenon’s ancient Elgin Marbles, it seems the Greeks have now fired a cultural salvo of another order entirely. Indeed, while the Brit music scene drowns in a tsunami of banal guitar bands, Athens’ own Night on Earth pick right up where the likes of Portishead and the sorely absent Massive Attack have left off.
Night and day
Their gripping new album Second Hand is the surprise of the fall ’09 music season, shot through with haunting piano riffs, tormented horns and sexy but bone-chilling atmospherics–veering even into the downright gothic with the tempestuously elegant “Gliding.” Singer Sophia plays the beautiful and tortured noir goddess perfectly, recalling everyone from Billie Holiday to Nico to Beth Gibbons, while balancing sensuality, enigma and lamentation as well as any before her. Their name is an homage to filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, a powerful influence on the cinematic quality of their music–but Second Hand’s constant evocations of the equivocal David Lynch aesthetic are impossible not to notice. A black pearl, if ever.
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With a whole lot of Ls releasing new music and videos this week, the likes of Lorde and Lana Del Rey have been taking over social media and England’s Leona Lewis is getting all Christmassy.
Her new 27-minute short film for Tropico is here. Once described as something concocted in David Lynch’s dreams, the femme fatale Lana Del Rey has just released her eagerly anticipated Tropico film… as well as her second album Ultraviolence for 2014.