The welcome return of Sweden’s Lykke Li, a stunning new FKA twigs video, and Sabina Ddumba’s heartbreaking debut single all take place in this week’s edition of Radar Recommends.
FKA x inc
Following last year’s captivating clips for Water Me and Papi Pacify, London’s FKA twigs is back with a stunning new video, written, performed and produced in collaboration with Los Angeles r’n’b duo inc. Directed by Nick Walter and FKA twigs herself, the black and white clip shows a sweeping vision of the trio interacting and smoking weed in the desert. Beautiful yet unsettling, the video is just as absorbing as it is worrying. Watch it below.
Glass Animals – Gooey
This week, British quartet Glass Animals unveiled the video for their new single Gooey, shot by Australian director-duo The Apiary. Following last year’s scorching Psylla single, Gooey is the first taster of Glass Animals’ forthcoming debut album, due out later this spring.
– We wanted something that ran well alongside the threads of youth, naivety and the sort of playfulness in the lyrics, Glass Animals’ frontman Dave Bayley said of the video. The Apiary’s films already had those elements, so we asked them to interpret Gooey as a film.
Watch the result below.
iamamiwhoami – Hunting for Pearls
After a year of silence, Swedish duo iamamiwhoami is back in business. In January they revealed the first single of their upcoming third studio album, set to be released later this year, and this week they treated us to yet another single. Titled Hunting for Pearls, the track features singer Jonna Lee’s singular vocals set against dramatic soundscapes and lashing drums, completed with a stunning video created by directors collective WAVE. Set in a harsh coastal landscape, the video shows Jonna Lee swimming and dancing while trying to escape a trio of masked pursuers. Watch it below.
Sabina Ddumba – Scarred for Life
You may have heard her soulful vocals on Katy Perry’s Walking on Air or Adam Kanyama’s The Golden Child. This week, Swedish singer Sabina Ddumba unveiled her long-awaited Scarred for Life debut single. Premiered this week on Swedish award Kingsizegalan, the song is a moving piece of bittersweet break-up soul. Listen below.
Lykke Li – I Never Learn
Sweden’s darkest star is back. This week, Lykke Li announced the release of third studio album I Never Learn with a lush new trailer. Following her 2008 debut Youth Novels, and 2011’s Wounded Rhymes, Lykke Li considers her new album to be the third and last chapter of a trilogy.
– It’s always about me and the guilt and the shame and the hurt and the pride and the confusion of being a woman, the singer said in an interview with NME.
I Never Learn will be out on May 5. Watch the trailer below.