It's that time of the week! Here are five of the very best artworks for this week's Creative New Music Friday including credits for all the creators involved.
1. Palace – Shoals
- Artwork Bill Wilby
London-based Palace’s third album is profound and pensive, boldly exploring some of life’s greatest questions over its 12 mesmerising tracks. Through diving into themes of the subconscious, dreams and existentialism, Shoals is broadly a record about living with and processing fear. The album’s title is inspired by the seemingly unpredictable behaviour of shoals of fish, shifting rapidly in much the same way as our fears and anxieties of the world around us.
2. Chrystabell – Midnight Star
- Photographer Mathieu Bitton
- Design Todd Gallopo
Within the very first moments of her new album, Chrystabell fully transports the listener into a dimension of her own making, a sci-fi fantasia as resplendent and glittering as her mind itself. Midnight Star takes its title from its lead character, a beneficent being seeking to save humanity from life on a troubled Earth.
“The record is essentially the soundtrack to a glamo-futurist TV show that’s never existed. Each song is an episode, a different lifetime for Midnight Star until she comes into the full realization of her potentiality. It’s her hero’s journey, and my hope is that it might help others to open up to the divine, the erotic, the absurd, and everything else encapsulated in the work." - Chrystabell
3. Silverbacks – Archive Material
- Artwork Cameron Taylor
In years from now, anyone seeking to make sense of what life was like during a global pandemic should extend their research beyond the newspaper clippings and dive into the art produced during the period. Archive Material - the aptly-titled second album by Dublin-based art-rock quintet Silverbacks - will make for a particularly illuminating listen on the subject. Capturing the absurd mixture of monotony and creeping disquiet experienced by many of us this past 18 months, it’s simultaneously sobering and wickedly droll.
4. Kady Rain – Kady Rain
A vibrant and vivacious superstar in the making, Kady Rain is on a mission to put Austin on the map as a pop metropolis. With a knack for crafting lyrics and melodies that are irresistibly charming and sharp in equal measure, Kady Rain's music is the kind of pop that you don't mind having stuck in your head indefinitely.
5. Hellfox – The Call
- Artwork Ren
- Design Greta Antico
After two years of songwriting and studio recordings Hellfox, an all-girl band from Italy, is releasing their debut album The Call.
“Hellfox is an alternative metal (alt-metal) leaning towards melodic Death Metal. In spite of four rather different musical backgrounds, we’re on the same page on the inspiration we draw from Amorphis, In Flames and Dark Tranquillity in the process of songwriting.” - Greta and Priscilla, vocalists