ICYMI: This week in music – July 23

Vera Blue’s debut, Sky Ferreira gives an update on her second album and news on the Queen biopic. Here’s what you may have missed this week.

Vera Blue releases debut

Vera Blue, the project of Forbes-born singer/songwriter Celia Pavey, released a debut album Perennial on Friday. It was a big day; she also performed a set at Splendour in the Grass.

Celia entered the spotlight on season 2 of The Voice Australia in 2013 bringing her folk-inspired music tastes to the reality talent show. Celia released folk music under her own name, until changing her stage name to Vera Blue in 2015, switching to a more electronic/RnB style. She released a debut album This Music in 2013 as Celia Pavey, and followed up with an EP, Bodies, the following year.

Perennial is out now and if you love it, head on over to Red Eye Records on Thursday July 27. Vera Blue will perform a free all-ages acoustic set and sign albums.

Sky Ferreira gives album update

Sky Ferreira has been pretty secretive about the follow-up to her 2013 debut Night Time, My Time. She announced back in 2014 that she was working on a new album, and tweeted in 2015 that Masochism would be its title. Since then there’s been no fresh info, though she’s been keeping herself busy acting and modelling. She recently appeared in Baby Driver (also writing a track for its soundtrack) and an episode of Twin Peaks.  Sky took to Instagram this week to break the suspense, filling us in on the new album:

I have been very quiet about what’s going on with my music for a few reasons. Mostly it’s because I’ve been working on it. I have been working on several other projects. I’m very excited about it all. I was genuinely stuck at the mercy of other people before (for almost years at this point).No matter how hard I tried,it was beyond me.I couldn’t say anything because of the possibility that it would make things worse. Being silent or “politically correct” wasn’t much help either. It felt way worse tbh. It has been genuine tasking on my soul & so frustrating. I stuck to my guns & that makes the process a lot longer than you would expect it to. There are so many factors to it all that would be silly to get into. I didn’t wait this long to put out something that meets the bare minimum for some.GOD BLESS a majority of those people are now out of my way & those problems are being fixed. For the first time in a very long time I have a support system to help me (music wise). It’s only up from here. I’m starting to be in a good place creatively/overall & I’m very excited to put out new stuff & I can’t promise that you’ll like it ~~everyone is different~~BUT I can promise that anything I put out myself is & will be whole hearted & 100000000 dedication. I am planning on making something and putting out something soon. 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 xoxoxoxoxxx ****Also I gotta point out something: I don’t know why this happens every time I make a record after a decade (yoinks) of doing this because…I MAKE POP MUSIC?!?? It’s not THAT complicated?

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Night Time, My Time released in late 2013 and received high praise from multiple critics including: NME, Pitchfork and The Guardian.

Queen biopic lead actor announced 

Some big news for fans of the legendary rock band Queen over the weekend: Rami Malek will take the role of the band’s late vocalist, Freddie Mercury, in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody according to a post on the band’s website. Brian Singer (The Usual Suspects and multiple X-Men films) will direct. Filming begins later this year for a 2018 release.

Queen will tour Australia early next year, with Adam Lambert providing vocals.

Demi Lovato isn’t sorry

The American popstar Demi Lovato dropped the music video for Sorry Not Sorry on Thursday. With a mix of home video and high production the video documents a pool party at Lovato’s house. She released the single last week and had been hyping up the video to accompany it though her social media. This is her first solo release of the year. There’s no indication whether it will feature on her next album.

Demi rose to fame through various roles on The Disney Channel, most notably starring in Sonny With A Chance, which ran from 2009 through 2011. She has released five studio albums and was a judge on The Voice US in 2012 and 2013.

The world is Arch Enemy’s

Last month Swedish melodic death veterans Arch Enemy shared the cover art and release date for Will To Power, their 10th studio album.

Until now, no music or lyric video had been released to accompany the reveal.  The World Is Yours was released late last week

Will To Power marks the first Arch Enemy album with former Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis and second with vocalist Alissa White-Gluz. Alissa replaced Angela Gossow in 2014. Arch Enemy guitarist and co-founder Michael Amott has been credited as having a major hand in the creation of the melodic death metal and grindcore genres with Arch Enemy and Carcass.

Kelela announces debut album title

The alt-RnB singer/songwriter Kelela announced the title of her debut album on Twitter. In a handwritten letter, Kelela thanks her fans for their support over the past few years and shared the album’s title, Take Me Apart. There is still no release date for the album.

Kelela, who is signed to Warp Records (Aphex Twin, Brain Eno and Danny Brown), released her first EP, Hallucinogen, in 2015.

Aphex Twin unveils new online store 

The electronic pioneer Aphex Twin has relaunched his website with a micro-streaming service and online store. The site contains a huge archive of his music, including rare and unreleased material dating back over 20 years. All tracks are available to stream and purchase in WAV, FLAC or physical format. A countdown clock on Aphex Twin’s site had been ticking down since June 5, inviting speculation. Now we know. – Compiled from online sources by Ben Rochlin

Top photo from Vera Blue’s Facebook.

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