Kyle McGovern

writer

Biography

  • sumie, show talked windows, video

    Watch Sumie's Haunting 'Show Talked Windows' Video

    Sandra Sumie Nagano isn't just the sister to Yukimi Nagano, frontwoman to Swedish electronic outfit Little Dragon; she also records gentle, minimalist folk under the moniker of Sumie. Her self-titled debut is set to arrive in the U.S. on December 3 via Bella Union, and she's teasing the forthcoming LP with an official music video for "Show Talked Windows," a haunting, acoustic tune that first surfaced on BrooklynVegan. A Conjunction film directed by Jens Klevje and Fabian Svensson, the just-released visual translates the track's foggy atmosphere, casting Sumie in a desolate, gray wasteland where she sits on what looks like a giant stringed instrument, waiting for the song and the smog to swallow her whole. Watch the clip above.

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    James Blake Wins the 2013 Mercury Prize

    James Blake won the U.K.'s distinguished Barclaycard Mercury Prize on October 30, collecting the honor on the strength of his sophomore album, Overgrown. The dubstepper beat out a shortlist of stiff competition that included David Bowie (for The Next Day), Arctic Monkeys (for AM), Disclosure (for Settle), Savages (for Silence Yourself), and Laura Mvula (for Sing to the Moon). Accepting the award, Blake said (via the NME), "Well, I lost a bet... On the other hand, I should thank a couple of people." Earlier in the ceremony, host Lauren Laverne mistakenly introduced James Blake as James Blunt just before the 25-year-old took the stage to perform (via the NME). Afterwards, Laverne acknowledged the gaffe in a series of tweets, writing, "Never felt better than I do tonight about artists who have fractionally dissimilar fore and surnames.

  • robin thicke, marvin gaye, EMI, blurred lines

    Marvin Gaye's Family Sues EMI for Taking Robin Thicke's Side in 'Blurred Lines' Dispute

    The battle over "Blurred Lines" keeps getting uglier.

  • leverage models, sharon van etten, sweep, music video

    Leverage Models and Sharon Van Etten Ride to Coney Island in 'Sweep' Video

    Back in August, SPIN premiered "Sweep," an elastic bit of oddball electroni-pop crafted by Leverage Models, a.k.a. producer Shannon Fields. The single features Sharon Van Etten and appears on Leverage Models' recently released (via Hometapes) self-titled debut album. Now, Fields and Van Etten have reunited for the song's official music video, a dream-like short directed by Robert Hatch-Miller and Puloma Basu. Shot entirely on an iPhone appended with an SLR lens adapter, the new clip follows a surreal subway trip from Times Square to Coney Island. The short captures a certain kind of fatigue that comes from commuting via New York City's train tunnels — the sort of lightheaded fogginess where all the details are clear but the world at large feels out of focus. Take a ride on the rails by hitting play above.

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    Stream Tara Jane O'Neil's Hushed 'Wordless in Woods'

    Tara Jane O'Neil will return early next year with Where Shine New Lights, her first solo album in five years. Due January 27 via Kranky Records, the upcoming full-length follows 2009's A Ways Away, and promises 12 new songs from the Rodan alumna. The first such track to surface is "Wordless in Woods," a gently pulsing, minimalist tune that buzzes with an ambient warmth.In an official announcement, Kranky urges, "Listen to this new album with open ears, forgetting any previous incarnation, or perception of what you believe this mercurial artist to be or to have been." Start by streaming the cloudy yet intimate "Wordless in Woods" below, and scroll further for the full track list to O'Neil's Where Shine New Lights.Where Shine New Lights track list:1. "Welcome"2. "Wordless in Woods"3. "This Morning Glory"4. "Over. Round, in a Room. Found."5. "Glow Now"6. "The Lull the Going"7.

  • outravez, yonatan gat

    Hear Monotonix Guitarist's Elusive Rebirth as Outravez on 'Escorpiao'

    Yonatan Gat first distinguished himself as the guitar-shredding madman for now-defunct trio Monotonix, but the New York-based virtuoso has resurfaced with a new project, Outravez. Teaming with drummer Igor Domingues (also of Angolan/Portuguese outfit Throes + the Shine), Gat plans to release a full-length debut and mount a tour in 2014, but first comes "Escorpião," the opening track from Outravez's upcoming debut. The new tune is a globe-trotting affair, merging fado guitar and darbuka drumming with field recordings collected in New York, Israel, Portugal, and Spain — listen for construction noise, a Spanish street musician, and train station ambience buried beneath the frayed and fuzzed guitar. Stream "Escorpião" below and stick through till the end to hear the tune transform into a Hanukkah chant sung in Portuguese.

  • chromeo, white women, jimmy fallon, death from above 1979

    Watch Death From Above 1979 Play Chromeo's Wingmen on 'Fallon'

    Chromeo's new "Sexy Socialite" single features percussion from former LCD Soundsystem drummer Pat Mahoney, but the electro-funk duo were joined by another special guest on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night (October 29): Death From Above 1979. The dance-punk pair contributed drums and guitar to the "Sexy Socialite" performance, while an all-female choir supplied generous backup vocals. Chromeo held the front of the stage, naturally; a guitar-wielding Dave 1 peeling off cheesy pick-up lines into the microphone and P-Thugg manning synths, keys, and talk box. Look above to see the goofballs groove while teasing White Women, Chromeo's upcoming fourth album.

  • best coast, i don't know, video, fade away

    Best Coast Host a Skater-Punk Party in 'I Don't Know How' Video

    Best Coast's freshly dropped Fade Away mini-album signals a return to the beachside heartbreak that populated 2010's star-making Crazy for You. Fitting then that the duo's new music video finds SPIN cover girl Bethany Cosentino and bandmate Bobb Bruno lounging in the SoCal sun. Premiered on Noisey, the official clip for "I Don't Know How" pits The Only Place pair in the middle of an empty swimming pool-turned-skater haunt. Cosentino serenades the camera, unfurling the track's swooning melody while a bunch of bros pop ollies around her. The song's tempo eventually picks up pop-punk speed, which of course is the cue for a party to break out.

  • arcade fire, reflektor, jimmy kimmel live, capitol records

    See Arcade Fire Preach Outside the Capitol Records Building for 'Kimmel'

    Arcade Fire commandeered the iconic Capitol Records building in Los Angeles on October 29, the same day the indie-rock titans unveiled their long-awaited fourth album, Reflektor. The Canadian collective played on an elevated stage located at the foot of the tower as part of a live-stream event for the Music Experiment. Fans who missed out on the webcast will be able to watch the set on-demand "soon," according to organizers, but for now, replay Reflektor tunes "Flashbulb Eyes" and "Afterlife," which aired on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night.As seen above, "Flashbulb Eyes" opens with a fake-out: Arcade Fire's eerie bobblehead counterparts performing the Luddite-repping track, beset by camera flashes and faux-paparazzi. The Kimmel crew quickly pan over to the real AF, who stride through the dub-indebted song while looming over a crowd of hundreds.

  • Wye Oak at Rare Book Room Studio in Brooklyn, New York, September 2013

    Wye Oak Embrace Reinvention, Abandon Guitar on Upcoming Fourth Album

    "We've been really excited," Wye Oak's Andy Stack says, "that this record can finally be a time when people put to rest the moniker 'indie folk.'" The 28-year-old multi-instrumentalist is sitting alongside his bandmate, 27-year-old singer-guitarist Jenn Wasner, inside Rare Book Room, a dimly lit studio decorated with musky furniture, located in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. Here, the duo are in the midst of recording their as-yet-unofficially-titled fourth album, due for release in 2014 via Merge Records.The upcoming full-length follows 2011's alluring (and profile-raising) Civilian, and marks a drastic shift for Wye Oak's creative process. "There's not a lick of guitar on this whole record," says Wasner, who has now assumed bass-playing duties. "It basically inverts what we were responsible for. Andy was playing droney bass lines on keyboard.

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