Issue 82 / March 2013
Fashion Issue - Woodkid - Christopher Owens

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Woodkid The Most Ambitious Man In The World

What’s in a name? The key to Woodkid is in this self-moniker, just like the wrought-baroque keys inked on his forearms tell a story too. Woodkid’s first album, ‘The Golden Age’, is about growing up. For Woodkid, the tender fabric of childhood is symbolized by the texture of a young tree. For him, adulthood then calcifies that supple wood into stone: like a marble statue of Daphne, becoming a tree in the Greek myth; like the fate of the child fleeing in the Grammy-nominated video of his track ‘Run Boy Run’.

Christopher Owens Talks Love, Loss and Going Solo

Christopher owens is a romantic. Although perhaps better described as a failed romantic - as new album ‘Lysandre’ so solemnly shows us - he’s a romantic nonetheless. ‘Lysandre’ tells the story of the former Girls’ frontman’s early touring days and of a relationship with a girl - which the album is named after. They came, they saw, they broke up; a story as old as time itself. So what’s so extraordinary about this record when there are so many out there based on the same topic?

Grimes Vs Saint Laurent The Eternal Artist

In 2012 claire boucher, AKA Grimes, exploded onto the international music scene with her debut album ‘Visions’; within six months she had become the toast of the music and fashion worlds, having shot stories and covers for the biggest fashion publications. It was on one of these shoots that she met freshly appointed head of the newly renamed Saint Laurent Paris, Hedi Slimane. Just months later she is set to launch an exclusive collection for him and YSL. Clash’s Creative Director caught up with her in Paris, on the eve of quite a spectacular day spent with the planet’s fashion darlings at Paris Fashion Week, and chatted about her shredding bouquets of Lagerfeld-gifted white roses to wear for the Chanel Couture show, the aesthetics of her new album, and the very special collaboration between her and the music-obsessed fashion designer Slimane.

Say Lou Lou Mirror Image

If the rapid popularity of Brooke Candy and Iggy Azalea has taught us anything about the music industry, it’s that someone is keeping the ‘halo effect’ alive and well. And, whilst Say Lou Lou (previously Saint Lou Lou) may look like an experiment to determine how many erections it takes to get a record deal, it’s refreshing to realise their music has all the complex symptoms of a musical mindset that they like to call “dream pop”, though we’d call it dreamy pop. In the words of Say Lou Lou’s Kilbey sisters themselves: “organic ethereal music landscapes with flowing instruments and vocals”.

Joey Bada$$ The Beast Within

It’s a cold, grey, November afternoon in Old Street and Clash is waiting for New York’s latest, biggest and perhaps youngest, offering to the gods of underground hip-hop, Joey Bada$$. The seventeen-year-old Flatbush native made some serious noise in 2012, along with his Pro Era cronies, and is quickly becoming a poster boy for New York’s “Beast Coast” movement. New York has always been, and perhaps always will be, at the forefront of underground hip-hop, and the recent influx of interesting and solidly talented MCs has carved out one of the most genuinely exciting scenes that hip-hop and The Big Apple has seen in almost two decades

Designing David Bowie Reinventing a Legend

In september 2012 Jonathan Barnbrook, the iconic, controversial and renowned British designer was, for the third time, secretly enlisted to design the first David Bowie album cover in a decade, ‘The Next Day’. In this exclusive interview, Barnbrook sits down with Clash to discuss concepts, code names and the art of redesigning music’s ultimate chameleon.

Album Spotlight

Radiohead - Pablo Honey

"Their debut album points towards everything that they would go on to be."

  • In The Works Ghostpoet
  • Rock And Rules Robert Cray
  • Royal Academy Reviews Faces
  • Swan Song Barbara Hulanicki
Album Reviews
  • Atoms For Peace
  • Foals
  • Darkstar
  • Frightened Rabbit
  • Johnny Marr
  • Philip Glass
  • Conny Plank
  • Eels
  • Dobie
  • Biffy Clyro
  • The Cribs
  • Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds


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