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New Release Section: Suede, “She Still Leads Me On”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | The London Suede return with the announcement of Autofiction, their ninth studio album, due for release on September 16, 2022 via BMG and available to pre-order HERE.

Later today, The London Suede will debut the brand new single “She Still Leads Me On” live on stage at a headline performance in Belgium at Brussels’ Cirque Royal. Fans can livestream the performance HERE from 4 PM EDT. Following a premiere on Steve Lamacq’s BBC 6Music show this afternoon, the new single is available to listen to now, HERE.

As The London Suede began work on the songs that would become Autofiction, they decided to go back to basics. In a move that recalled their most formative days, Brett Anderson, Mat Osman, Simon Gilbert, Richard Oakes, and Neil Codling schlepped to a rehearsal studio in deserted Kings Cross to collect a key, hump their own gear, set up and start playing.

Speaking about Autofiction, Brett Anderson said: “Autofiction is our punk record. No whistles and bells. Just the five of us in a room with all the glitches and fuck-ups revealed; the band themselves exposed in all their primal mess.” Autofiction was recorded live at Konk studios in North London with long-time The London Suede collaborator, Ed Buller. Ed first worked with the band producing their debut single “The Drowners,” which sees its 30th anniversary this month.

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New Release Section: Martha and the Muffins, “Save It For Later”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | “We pitched a cover of it to the Sex Education producers who were looking for a new version to use in their third season trailer.”

“We recorded it in three days, and normally we would spend a lot more time refining things like the vocals. However, the lack of time actually contributed to capturing the spirit of the song while adding our own colours. The music supervisor loved it, but the whole idea was discarded by the producers. “Just hold my hand while I come…to a decision on it.” Clever…would’ve worked really well in a Sex Education trailer!

This left us with a pretty catchy version of the song without a home. We suggested to our manager that maybe all of the artists on his Popguru/ Confidence Emperors roster could do a cover, to put “Save It For Later” to good use! And so the Coverama album out May 20th came about.

We added a few embellishments that made our cover almost like an early Martha and the Muffins song. Something about that interesting open tuning Dave Wakeling used on the original inspired my chiming 12 string electric guitar hook. They seem to belong to the same world.

For the video collage, we collected little objects from around the house and random images from the Internet, working intuitively.”
Mark Gane, Martha and the Muffins

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New Release Section:
Les Claypool and Eugene Hütz, “Zelensky: The Man With the Iron Balls”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | On the night of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Les Claypool of Primus and Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello began collaborating on a joint release to rally support for the Ukrainian people. Irreverently titled “Zelensky: The Man With the Iron Balls,” the track also features Stewart Copeland, Sean Lennon, Billy Strings, and Sergey Ryabtsev. Proceeds from the sale of the single will be donated to Nova Ukraine, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing humanitarian aid to the people of Ukraine.

“As soon as Russian aggression broke out, Les and I connected to address the catastrophe ASAP,” recalls Hütz, a Ukrainian native. “We jumped on creating affirmative music that calls for unity and pays respect to the real doers in Ukrainian defense—such as President Zelensky, who demonstrated previously unheard-of stamina and heroism.” “The night of the invasion, I was dining with close friends of mine from Poland who were hosting their family visiting the US from their town, which is 50 kilometers from the Ukraine border,” Claypool adds.

“Needless to say, they were stressed and concerned about what was happening in their homeland. After a few vodka shots of solidarity, I started texting with my buddy Eugene from Gogol Bordello to get his perspective and insight. In that vodka-laced dialogue, we started mutually praising Zelensky for his surprisingly epic display of courage. ‘Zelensky has balls of steel!’ we agreed. It was then that we decided that some freaky, ‘East meets West’ art needed to be thrown that way.”

“After a couple weeks of file trading with Sean Lennon, Stewart Copeland, Eugene Hütz, and Sergey Ryabtsev, a visit to my studio by my buddy Billy Strings, as well as some enthusiastic rhythmic claps from local supporters of Ukraine, we now have a recording to help rally support for a bullied country and a David vs. Goliath-type man who stood up for their liberty, freedom and homeland.”

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New Release Section: Steve Forbert, “Buffalo Nickel”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Steve Forbert has shared a new song, “Buffalo Nickel,” which appears on his new album, Moving Through America, out May 13 on Blue Rose.

Forbert explains the inspiration behind the track: “As the white man’s culture moved ever westward, two elements that were very negatively affected by it all were the Native American culture AND the millions of range roaming buffalo that were slaughtered for sport by the likes of ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody… the Buffalo nickel is pretty ironic when you think about it. On one side a profile of an American Indian, on the other side, a buffalo! This five-cent coin was in everyday use for twenty-five years!”

Forbert was an early proponent of what evolved into the Americana sound, helping to pioneer the genre’s mix of folk, roots-rock, and richly delivered storytelling. He’s been a torchbearer of that sound since he burst into the national consciousness with his iconic 1979 hit “Romeo’s Tune.” In the four decades since, he’s navigated the twists and turns of an acclaimed career that’s taken him from gold records to Grammy nominations, from New York City’s CBGB to Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, from his 1978 debut album to 2022’s vital and versatile Moving Through America.

As always with Forbert, it’s the songs that take center stage. Filled with character portraits and quirky insights, Moving Through America unfolds like a mosaic of modern-day American life, delivered by someone who’s been crisscrossing the country for nearly half a century. With an author’s nuance and a humorist’s wit, Forbert offers glimpses into the everyday lives of his characters: a dog running from the sky’s thunderclaps; a Houston man preparing to take his girlfriend out for fried oysters; a road-tripping motorist steadily making his way across the Midwest. Forbert inhabits each character, turning their storylines into first-person narratives that blur the lines between subject and scribe.

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New Release Section: Zola Jesus, “Desire”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Zola Jesus releases a new song, “Desire,” the second single from Arkhon, her first album in five years, out May 20th on Sacred Bones. The single comes with a new video directed by A. F. Cortes.

A minimal yet sweeping track, “Desire” features only Danilova and her piano. The melodies ebb and flow like tides, filling the space only to recede as echoes in the air. It boldy demands compassion and care at the end of a relationship, a final request before it truly comes to a close. Like the song, the video is raw and bare, largely focused on the artist and her piano.

Danilova’s quote on the new track: “‘Desire’ was written in one sitting at my piano at home. The song was an exorcism for my pain and lack of closure around heartbreak. Sometimes songs are written simply for the cathartic effect of playing them. This is one of those songs. Performing it feels like the most tangible way to experience that closure for myself. Some days I would sit at home playing this song over and over on my piano, just to provide myself that sense of control over what I was feeling. I recorded the song at the studio in one take, and also got video while I was there to document the memory of the performance. The footage of that day is the core of the video for ‘Desire.’”

Director Cortes shared their own experience with the song and video: “I’ve seen Zola Jesus perform live many times in the past. Still, nothing prepared me to see the vulnerability of this piece unfolding as it was performed in front of my camera. It was visceral, personal, and profoundly moving. From that first shoot day, I knew I wanted to complement the live performance with a parallel story: A tale of grief, loss, and the capacity of a cathartic metamorphosis to overcome personal trauma. All set in a minimal space, a transitional moment of learning how to let go of the baggage of a previous existence. In making this piece I wanted to capture a unique moment in time that reflects the vulnerability of the music.”

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New Release Section: UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell & Astro, “Sufferer”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | UB40 Featuring Ali Campbell & Astro will release their new album Unprecedented, June 17 via UMe. The album will be released as a black 2LP, a limited-edition white-color 2LP, 1CD, limited-edition cassette as well as digitally. All formats include their new single “Sufferer,” which Ali has dedicated to his beloved friend and bandmate of over four decades, Astro, who tragically passed away last November.

“‘Sufferer’ is a song that Astro and I have always loved, from the brilliant Kingstonians,” comments Ali. “Astro was so proud of our version of this song, as am I. It’s the first track off our new studio album Unprecedented which will be out in the summer. This song is more poignant and special than I ever realized after Astro heartbreakingly passed away after recording this album. We want to keep his memory alive through his music and this song and album.”

UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro & Mickey’s most recent album, 2018’s A Real Labour Of Love, debuted at No.2 on the UK album chart, only dropping one place a week later to No.3, and the album spent a month in the Top 10. UB40 topped the UK singles chart on three occasions and sold 70 million records as they took their smooth yet rootsy musical blend to all corners of the globe.

Between 1983 and 1998 the group produced three Labour Of Love albums, bringing hits such as Eric Donaldson’s “Cherry Oh Baby,” Lord Creator’s “Kingston Town,” and Johnny Osbourne’s “Come Back Darling” to a new, global audience. They also topped the charts on both sides of the Atlantic with their reggae covers of “Red Red Wine” and “(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You” and had a further UK No.1 with their cover of “I Got You Babe” with Chrissie Hynde.

In addition to touring across Europe in 2022, the legendary British reggae-pop group has announced three tour dates in North America beginning May 12 in Las Vegas, NV.

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New Release Section:
Kat Von D, “Enough”
and “Lost At Sea” (Bat Cave Mixes) featuring Dave Grohl

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Today, Kat Von D shares unreleased alternative versions of singles “Enough” and “Lost At Sea,” featuring Dave Grohl on drums. Stream “Enough” and “Lost At Sea” (Bat Cave Mixes) here.

Recorded in London with producer Adam Noble and mixed by iconic Grammy award-winning producer and mixing engineer Alan Moulder, the Bat Cave mixes are the original versions of the singles included in Kat’s debut album Love Made Me Do It, before she re-recorded them with her live band and finished what would become the final version of the record with Dan Haigh of British synthwave pioneers Gunship on mixing duties. Bringing his high-powered rock ‘n’ roll spirit to the songs, Dave Grohl injects the tracks with an urgent, alternative edge compared to the album’s more darkwave, synth-laced versions.

“I’m so excited to release the versions of these songs that were recorded so long ago with Adam Noble in London,” Kat says, “I think fans will get to hear a version of these tracks that explains the evolution of these songs into what they are now.” On having the opportunity to collaborate with Grohl, Kat says, “One of the things I admire about Dave Grohl as a drummer is how versatile he is, it was so cool to watch him play drums on songs that no one would ever expect to hear him play on.”

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New Release Section: Giuda, “Roll On” (Live At Punk Rock Raduno)

VIA PRESS RELEASE | In the summer of 2021, two years into the pandemic, the crew of the Italian festival Punk Rock Raduno managed to bring an open-air 3-day event to their community. The headliners were Giuda, the popular glam-fueled rock’n’roll machine from Rome.

This very special performance, for most of the audience the first chance to attend a live show in almost two years, was recorded in high quality and is now being released as Giuda – Live at Punk Raduno, out on 13th May via Wild Honey Records/ Striped Records

All the hits are there, as is the energy of Giuda’s legendary live shows (you know what we’re talking about if you’ve ever seen them live). Get a taste of this great live recording, with first track “Roll On.”

The Live At Punk Rock Raduno LP series, now at its 7th release, always collaborates with independent punk labels for their releases. This time they worked with Wild Honey Records and Striped Records. Each label, alongside the festival’s own store, will release 300 limited-edition, different coloured vinyl.

Giuda is a five-piece band from Rome, Italy, that plays an air-punching mix of anthemic ‘70s rock hooks delivered with the brutal force of early UK punk, all interpreted in a contemporary and original way with relevance for today’s discerning listener.

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New Release Section: Elizabeth Fraser
and Damon Reece, “Golden Air”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Vocalist Elizabeth Fraser and percussionist Damon Reece have detailed their newest project, “Sun’s Signature,” a stunning 5-song EP out physically on June 18th via Partisan Records for Record Store Day, with a digital release following a few weeks later in July (date TBD). To coincide with the announcement, the life and musical partners have shared genre-defying highlight “Golden Air,” which is accompanied by a visualizer and marks Fraser’s first piece of new music in 13 years.

Fraser and Reece’s early careers in some of the world’s most heralded musical groups are well documented. Elizabeth, the unforgettable voice of Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil’s “Song to the Siren,” is also internationally recognized for her vocal contributions to Massive Attack’s trail-blazing Mezzanine LP—most notably their biggest hit, “Teardrop.” Damon, the long-time drummer with political art-rock giants Massive Attack, also spent the ‘90s as a member of Spiritualized and Echo and the Bunnymen. He has also recorded and performed with Baxter Dury, Goldfrapp, The Flies, and Butch Vig’s 5 Billion in Diamonds plus many more.

The songs on “Sun’s Signature” have been ruminating in the background of Fraser and Reece’s lives in some form for 20+ years, ever since Cocteau Twins broke up in 1997. Highly evolved, yet simultaneously primal—the music is an utterly original, compelling, and lush collection of songs that has developed through an Alice in Wonderland journey through life and music.

The idea for “Sun’s Signature” was born out of an invitation from ANOHNI in 2012 for Fraser and Reece to be the centerpiece of her celebrated curation of the Meltdown Festival at the Royal Festival Hall. It was there where they debuted embryonic forms of these songs, and ultimately that performance galvanized confidence in the project. Since that performance, Fraser has toured on the recent Mezzanine XXI world tour with Massive Attack, and has further lent her voice to an eclectic range of projects including Jonsi’s (Sigur Ros) “Cannibal,” Sam Lee’s “The Moon Shines Bright,” and Oneohtrix Point Never’s “Tales From The Trash Stratum.” Writing and recording together, Elizabeth and Damon have also provided the soundtrack for Graham Duff’s TV miniseries The Nightmare World of H.G. Wells.

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New release Section: Anna Calvi, “Ain’t No Grave”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Anna Calvi is pleased to announce her new EP “Tommy,” set for release on May 6th. Tommy features four brilliant new songs from Calvi, including a cover of “Red Right Hand”—the Peaky Blinders theme song by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All The Tired Horses,” and two original songs written specifically for the show, “Ain’t No Grave” and “Burning Down.”

“Ain’t No Grave” first appeared during Peaky Blinders season 5 but acts as the musical lynchpin of season 6, appearing throughout the six episodes, its swaggering presence underscoring the drama on screen. Today, Calvi is pleased to share the song in full for the first time. Anna Calvi previously wrote and performed the score for season 5 of Peaky Blinders and was brought on again for the last ever season to bring her atmospheric and visceral guitar playing to soundtrack the lives of those working for The Shelby Company Limited. A fitting epitaph to the show, “Ain’t No Grave” channels the tormented Tommy Shelby—played by Cillian Murphy—as Calvi sings: “I see a band of angels, They’re coming after me… Meet me Jesus, meet me.”

Shortly after Calvi began work on the season 6 score, she became pregnant with her first child. However, with the ongoing pandemic, she had to devise a new way to record with other musicians under strict restrictions in London. Calvi also decided to bring in frequent collaborator Nick Launay—producer of her third studio album Hunter as well as albums by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grinderman, and IDLES—to work alongside her.

Anna continued working on the score until the night before the birth of her son Elio in November 2021, before swiftly returning to work and racing to finish the whole score as the season’s first record-breaking episode aired all whilst in the early throes of motherhood and adjusting to her new life. The completion of the score marks a tremendous achievement for Anna and showcases a composer and artist still unlocking and unveiling their full capabilities.

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New Release Section: Pussy Riot, “Laugh It Off” ft. Vérité and Latashá

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Today, Russian protest art collective Pussy Riot’s release “Laugh It Off” featuring New York based artist Vérité and multi-dimensional rapper Latashá, the second track from the upcoming project to be released via Neon Gold Records (Charli XCX, MARINA, Christine and the Queens etc) later this year. Another powerful pop knockout, like “Punish” co-written by the Swedish Grammy-nominated artist Tove Lo, who assumes the role of executive producer for the forthcoming project as well.

The song will be made available to NFT collectors as a 150 piece limited edition series via the platform. “Laugh It Off” comes complete with a visual by Berlin-based 3D artist Ksti Hu. Nadya Tolokonnikova elaborates on “Laugh It Off,” released specifically on International Day of Gender Equality, “Women-identified and LGBTQ+ people don’t need to be empowered, we need tools and funds to empower ourselves.”

Vérité says: “Laugh It Off “is such an appropriate title to this song because as women existing in male dominated spaces, we’re constantly expected to be accommodating and deflect strange, presumptuous behavior gracefully and without ruffling any feathers. Collaborating with PussyRiot & Latashá, these unapologetically strong women who don’t give a fuck about playing nice and whose mission is supporting and amplifying female, non-binary and LGBTQ+ voices in music and beyond feels right and I’m stoked for the world to hear it.”

Latashá says:“Big love for Vérité and Nadya, two of my faves. Really excited to have laced this track with a verse to add to the incredible power that it ignites.” About the upcoming project, Tove Lo adds: “Getting to enter Nadya’s world and be a part of this project is my pussy power passion project! She’s an iconic artist with an incredible life story who goes into everything with a bigger purpose. I hope we all get to live in the Pussyverse!”

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New Release Section:
The Dream Syndicate, “Where I’ll Stand”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Fire Records announces Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True Confessions, a brand-new album from The Dream Syndicate set for release on 10th June ; with new track ‘Where I’ll Stand’ out today.

Throwing out any preconceptions on the cryptically titled album, The Dream Syndicate have moved well past their early Velvet Underground influences and taken on British glam, German prog, and more. Throughout this new release there’s a krautrock, Eno-like ambience with a Neu-inspired rhythmic groove and Californian sun baked sheen woven into the their classic psychedelic, melodic, hue.

Lead single “Where I’ll Stand” opens with vintage Krautrock electronic synths blending into a classic Dream Syndicate vibe—not unlike “Tell Me When It’s Over” that kicked off The Days of Wine and Roses—with touches of Bowie’s opening song on Scary Monsters “It’s No Game.” “It feels like an attempt—via the lyrics and the circular chord progression–to impose some kind of order and logic on a world that was severely lacking in both respects at the time.” —Steve Wynn

Ultraviolet Battle Hymns and True Confessions features singer/ songwriter/ guitarist Steve Wynn, drummer Dennis Duck, bassist Mark Walton, lead guitarist Jason Victor plus their newest member Chris Cacavas on keyboards (you remember him from the 1980s Los Angeles band Green On Red), plus guest appearances from Stephen McCarthy (of The Long Ryders) and Marcus Tenney’s expressive sax and trumpet work.

When The Dream Syndicate emerged in the early ’80s, frontman Steve Wynn declared that “we’re playing music we want to hear because nobody else is doing it.” He added, “I’ll compromise on what I eat or where I sleep, but I won’t compromise on what music I play.” Both were true. The band was, and still remains, uncompromising.

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New Release Section: Bryde, “Still (shadow)”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Following the release of the single “Silver Suns (divine)” in January, Bryde (aka British guitarist and vocalist Sarah Howells) shares a second single and the title track of her forthcoming third album Still, set for release on 15th July 2022 via Easy Life Records.

Still is an album about the different kinds of love as hinted at in the bracketed song titles. As Sarah explains, “So many love songs glorify the idea of throwing yourself at someone, the drama, and the pain of love. I wanted to own up to doing that but acknowledge that there are many other healthier ways to think about love and then start a conversation about it.”

New single “Still (shadow)” is one that showcases Bryde’s ability to weave vulnerability with a deep empathy and understanding of the human condition into her beautifully crafted songs. She describes the single as: “A triumphant piece about shrinking the gap between conscious and subconscious, making friends with your shadow self. The subject of the song; the ‘you’, is both those shadow parts and all the people I love.”

In short, ‘Still (shadow)’ is a song about accepting the light and the darkness in oneself and in others. It’s a beautiful though unconventional love song of sorts, about the freedom that can be found in both self-love and loving others as they come.

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New Release Section: Calexico, “Harness The Wind”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Oscillating between haunting desert noirs and buoyant jolts of cumbia, Calexico recently announced their 10th studio album El Mirador and today they are sharing the album track “Harness The Wind,” which features backing vocals from Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam.

“When we recorded “Harness the Wind” it felt like we tapped into a spark of bright light and positivity,” said singer and Calexico co-founder Joey Burns. “Everything fell together quickly and naturally. With the shiny electric guitar weaving in and out of John and Sergio’s propelling drums and bass, the song always had a vibe that stood out from the other songs. We sent the tracks to Sam Beam to add his vocals on the chorus which made the tune float even more. It’s a song about hope and compassion to fellow travelers who are trying to find their way.”

Burns and drummer John Convertino have been performing together for over 30 years, sharing a deep love of jazz and usually building songs on a foundation of bass and drums. But all these years later, Calexico is still breaking new ground. El Mirador showcases a sunnier side of the band, cutting through two years of pandemic fog with a blast of danceable optimism. Writing and recording alongside Sergio Mendoza (keys, accordion, percussion), the album expands on long running influences of cumbia, mariachi, and the plethora of diaspora sounds flourishing throughout the Southwest.

“I’ve been playing with Calexico for about 15 years, and I admire Joey and John’s constant search for new sounds,” reflects Mendoza, who’s newly built home studio became a refuge for the band and reduced pandemic risks while fostering a more organic creative process. “After so many albums,” he adds, “I’m really proud we were able to achieve something so fresh together.”

El Mirador stands both as a lookout point and beacon in the dark; an opportunity to search inwards, ponder our connections to the Earth and its people, and hopefully illuminate a path forward. After decades on the road Calexico’s music remains boundless and romantic, still gazing upon the horizon in search of their next adventure.

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New Release Section: Gwenno, “An Stevel Nowydh”

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Today, Gwenno announces her new, introspective album Tresor, due out on July 1st on Heavenly Recordings / [PIAS] and available for pre-order. To celebrate the occasion Gwenno shares the first single, “An Stevel Nowydeh,” an irresistible psyche-pop gem which comes accompanied by an intriguing and visually striking video she directed.

Commenting on the track and video Gwenno says, “An Stevel Nowydh (The New Room) is a song about finding yourself somewhere entirely new and realising that you’re completely lost, and acknowledging that the only thing to do in an existential crisis is to don your favourite hat and dance! The short is part of a longer film that I’ve created with Anglesey-born filmmaker Clare Marie Bailey due to be revealed this summer. It was shot on Super 8 in Bryn Celli Ddu, Mynydd Parys, and Porth Ia (St Ives) during Summer 2021, it was edited by Joan Pope and stars the incomparable Eddie Ladd as ‘Greddf’ (Instinct).”

Additionally, Gwenno has announced a number of UK live shows beginning with an appearance at the 6Music festival in Cardiff. The dates can be found further down this announcement.

Tresor (Treasure) is Gwenno Saunders’ third full-length solo album and the second almost entirely in Cornish (Kernewek). Written in St. Ives, Cornwall, just prior to the Covid lockdowns of 2020 and completed at home in Cardiff during the pandemic along with her co-producer and musical collaborator, Rhys Edwards, Tresor reveals an introspective focus on home and self, a prescient work echoing the isolation and retreat that has been a central, globally shared experience over the past two years.

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