It seems like just earlier this week that I was listening to a new Deerhoof single and feeling my heart race with excitement. Continue reading Deerhoof continues to amaze with “Your Dystopic Creation Doesn’t Fear You”
After allowing their sound to grow into what many critics considered the best rock album of 2014 with Lost In The Dream, Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs continues to be a magnificent example of the band’s evolution. Continue reading The War on Drugs discover the “Strangest Thing” on third new single
Coming through the mind of multi-instrumentalist Skinny Pelembe is a sound dominant of soul and ethereal melody. Combining electronic tracks with live recordings and carefully hunted samples, the London based artist offers a multi-faceted experience on his upcoming EP Seven Year Curse. What we’re given is a delicate series of rhythms intertwined into this near cosmic blanket, playing with the borders of psychedelia and Afro-soul. Backed by Gilles Peterson’s Arts program for the development of unsigned artists, Skinny Pelembe will be releasing his debut EP next month, a collection of 5 tracks that exist on this surreal crossroad of genres.
On the released single “Should You Go”, SP puts together an incredibly upbeat yet mystical backing, sprinkled down with vocal samples and a textured harmony that comes through with an almost ghostly presence. The strongest element here is the guitar, crafting this beautiful lead rhythm that carries a ton of weight for how light and carefree it sounds. There are these moments where it shines beautifully admist a rush of sonic wave, pulsing along the notes and giving them life. The synths that are used in “Should You Go” are incorporated well and allow the guitar to shine which is where I feel the core of this track resides. This is an EP I’m not only excited about but anxious to see what is released in the future.
Seven Year Curse is due out 09/11 and is available for pre-order here.
Music connects on a such a deeper level when it seems more as a personal letter that we have somehow obtained. A little musical voyeurism. Though in Phoebe Bridger’s latest track off her forthcoming LP Stranger In The Alps, the alt-country, genre bending songwriter delivers A blissfully beautiful song with “Motion Sickness”, cradled with some of the most blunt and transparent lyrics that’s offered in modern music. Coming off of success from previously released singles and live performances, it’s of no surprise to see this level of confidence and sincerity coming from Bridgers, even drawing the attention of musician Conor Oberst (of solo and Bright Eyes fame) for collaboration on the new album.
There’s enough twangy guitar and rising notes riding in backseat of “Motion Sickness” to show off the clear folk influence, combined with elements of indie rock and shoegaze that mix together on Bridgers palette. While often somber, there are dashes of offbeat humor thrown in with lines like, “Why do you always sing in an English accent?” The chorus is intristically catchy as it never does get weighted down by the emotion that it seeks to evoke but instead rising through it all, shattering the melodrama with a pulsing guitar that wavers like a cut of sheet metal. Her style is fresh and self aware, with its Dinosaur Jr. inspired rhythms tied together with a Weepies-esque tone to make for a debut that is sure to be remembered.
Stranger In The Alps is due out on 09/22 from Dead Ocean and is available for pre-order here.
Channeling a force of unmatched destruction, Vancouver’s Seer project us onto an ice encrusted wasteland with “They Used Dark Forces” off their latest record, Vol. III & IV: Cult of the Void. Continue reading Track by Track 3: Seer – “They Used Dark Forces”
Much has already been said about East London’s post-punk / performance art outfit Snapped Ankles, but with as is the case with any good folk legend, it demands that it be shared. Continue reading Snapped Ankles continue to spread their myth on upcoming LP
There’s strange misconception I’ve heard which is that true industrial albums petered out with bands such as Ministry and Throbbing Gristle, however fans that are still clinging to those faded jewel cases can rest easy with Youth Code’s Commitment to Complications. Continue reading Youth Code brings the harshest example of beauty with “Commitment to Complications”
If you were to take a look around at the double-fisted, white toothed strangers that lift up their coattails at the sight of wounded prey, circling them, you might begin to feel outnumbered. Continue reading Joshua James finds the secret with “Real Love”
There have been plenty of good band names throughout history, some may even say there have been great band names, but I haven’t come across one that characterizes the sound so well as Australia’s Time For Dreams. Continue reading Time For Dreams lull us in with “Lighthouse”
Somewhere within the makeup of music there exists a line between song and composition, where one follows a predetermined outline whereas the other is a manifestation of emotion or play on the conscious. Continue reading Jakub Zytecki offers incredibly sonic new EP