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2017. április 7., péntek

MUSiC iN YOUR EARS #17/11 - 2x10 EXCiTiNG TRACKS


2x10 EXCITING TRACKS
Father John Misty, WALL, PINS, The Shins, Beth Ditto, IDER, Beach Fossils, Emperor X, Dan Auerbach, Pearl Jam, Gorillaz feat. Pusha T and Mavis Staples, Mount Kimbie feat. James Blake, Slowdive, Joan Shelley, Ecstatic Vision, Daddy Issues, House of Feelings feat. GABI, Duke Ellington



Father John Misty - Total Entertainment Forever 2:53
Last night, Father John Misty performed a new song called “Total Entertainment Forever” on “Saturday Night Live.” The song features the lyric, “Bedding Taylor Swift every night inside the Oculus Rift/After mister and the missus finish dinner and the dishes.” Now, he’s explained the line in a new interview with Exclaim!, revealing that it’s a critique of the way we consume entertainment today. “Human civilizations have been entertaining themselves in disgusting ways all through human history,” he said. “We have to consider that maybe there are ways in which we entertain ourselves now that are equally as disturbing.”

WALL - High Ratings 1:25
WALL’s new track “High Ratings” seems to be an anthem (or maybe anti-anthem) for today’s social media-crazed world — more specifically our obsessive desire to be judged and approved by others constantly. The vocals prod, “Everyone looking round, looking to get high.” But the vice of choice doesn’t seem to be your basic barbiturate or mainstream toxin. The track proceeds, “Everyone’s searching for the perfect number, affirmation found on the nods of others.” The cultural commentary and staggered rhythmic jumps feel like a punch in the gut, but in an exciting and cathartic type of way. Is it enough? “No, it’s never enough.” The single from the New York post-punk group is a jamboree of demoniac guitar lines and seductively hostile vocals. “High Ratings” comes off of WALL’s anticipated debut album Untitled.


PINS - All Hail 2:52
Manchester quartet PINS excel at darkly-dinged dream rock, and “All Hail” is no exception. Following the previous Iggy Pop-featuring single from their forthcoming The Bad Thing EP, “All Hail” dazzles with ominous harmonies juxtaposed boldly beside a stoner rock guitar riff. The song opens with a slight whiff of low-end rumble before exploding into shape as a succinct nugget of slightly-psychedelic garage pop, somewhere between Allah-Las and the Dead Weather.

The Shins - A Taste of Honey 3:17
“A Taste of Honey” is a pop standard that originated as an instrumental track before artists like The Beatles and Barbra Streisand gave it vocals in the ’60s. It’s that versions that James Mercer and co. tackle for Resistance Radio, threading in a depressed jazz feel with slow strings and dripping pianos.





Beth Ditto - Fire 3:02
Beth Ditto is best known as the vocalist for Gossip (formerly The Gossip), a powerhouse trio from the dance-punk era of indie rock. She released a self-titled solo EP back in 2011 but is only now officially gearing up to unleash her debut full-length onto the world. According to the New Zealand iTunes store, her album will be titled Fake Sugar, features 12 tracks, and is out 6/16. Today Ditto shared the project’s lead single “Fire,” an audacious, groovy slow-burner built on a muted bassline and sold via firecracker guitars and an impeccable-as-ever vocal performance.

IDER - Nevermind  3:02
The song literally marches to the beat of its own drums. The percussion slams hard like a militant crawl over the slow, lurching synth in the background, giving the song an almost ominous feel to it. Meanwhile the voices of both members of the group (Megan Markwick, Lily Somerville) intertwine smoothly throughout the track, whether it’s the harmonizing ad-lib running along the song, or their magnetic, chant-like verses.
“Nevermind, nevermind / The world will swing right back in a matter of time.” The lyrics read like a slow, steady mantra; a seemingly positive outlook on life over a semi-solemn track. I can dig it, and for a track as rigid-like as it is, and with the pacing of an Amtrak night train, “Nevermind” packs a heavy punch, and boasts a boldness that’s fun to listen to. Play Ider’s track during your next Wiccan gathering with your coven, under the full moon hopefully, and when you’re praying for a new promotion -- or significant other. Whatever floats your boat.

Beach Fossils - Saint Ivy 3:44
...The Brooklyn guitar-pop crew are finally following up 2013’s Clash The Truth with a new LP called Somersault, and we’ve already heard its lovely lead single “This Year.” Now they’ve shared another song, “Saint Ivy,” and it’s another good one, folding strings, piano, and even a hot flute solo into its wistful warmth. The video follows a number of New Yorkers around the city, underlining the subtly political edge of Dustin Payseur’s sighed “Wanna believe in America/ But it’s somewhere I can’t find” with some #NotMyPresident graffiti...

Emperor X - Schopenhauer in Berlin 3:29
Chad Matheny will release his latest in a long line of Emperor X albums at the beginning of May. So far, we’ve heard “Wasted On The Senate Floor” and “€30,000,” and today he’s shared another one with us called “Schopenhauer In Berlin.” It’s pithy and breathless, placing the German philosopher in a variety of modern contexts, drawing a connection between his suppressed will and today’s world: “It’s a sign of the times that we’re in that we’re thinking along the same line he did,” Matheny sings in the opening verse.

Dan Auerbach (Feat. Mark Knopfler) - Shine on Me 3:17
For the past couple of years, the Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach has been keeping himself busy producing music for other artists and recording with his new band the Arcs. But this summer, Auerbach will release his new solo album Waiting On A Song, his first since 2009’s Keep It Hid. Auerbach reportedly worked on the album with legends like Duane Eddy and Bobby Wood, and first single “Shine On Me” is a jaunty tune that features guitar work from former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler...

Pearl Jam - Again Today (Brandi Carlile Cover) 2:44
Tomorrow, Pearl Jam will enter the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. But today, they’re honoring someone considerably less famous. Pearl Jam are among the many talents who pay tribute to singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile on the forthcoming compilation Cover Stories. On that album, people like Adele, Jim James, Margo Price, and Kris Kristofferson cover songs from Carlile’s 2007 album The Story. We’ve posted Dolly Parton’s version of “The Story.” And now, as Pitchfork points out, Pearl Jam have shared their take on “Again Today,” which turns Carlile’s slow-building and thoughtful original into a chugging rocker and which features Carlile on backing vocals...

At the Drive-In - Hostage Stamps 3:53
At the Drive In are gearing up to release in•ter a•li•a, their first new album in 17 years. Now, they’ve shared a new music video for a new track called “Hostage Stamps.” It’s an animated visual directed by Rob Shaw and Damon Locks. Watch it below, and scroll down for Cedric Bixler-Zavala’s description of the track. The band have previously shared the songs “Governed by Contagions” and “Incurably Innocent.” At the Drive In will be touring behind the record this summer; check out the band’s full itinerary here. In•ter a•li•a is out May 5 via Rise Records.

Kendric Lamar - HUMBLE. 2:57
Kendrick Lamar’s new single “HUMBLE.” zigzags constantly. It shifts from retellings of his humble beginnings to world-conquering boasts in a few beats. The song is a hard-nosed G check of his lessers, that pivots into imperfect critiques of beauty standards. But what it makes clear is his supremacy: when trapped in the long shadow he casts, his contemporaries have nothing to brag about. Reiterating sentiments from “The Heart Part 4”: “If I quit this season, I still be the greatest,” he snarls early on. “It’s levels to it, you and I know, bitch be humble.” The menacing prickle of soured piano keys provided by super-producer Mike WiLL Made-It set the tone for this sonning.

Gorillaz feat. Pusha T and Mavis Staples - Let Me Out 2:55
...“Let Me Out” almost loses its footing, however, when Damon Albarn’s modulated voice peeks through, sounding disaffected and offhand. It undercuts the song’s dramatic tension, threatening to reduce Pusha’s dark persona to a cartoonish caricature amid Gorillaz’s head-bopping, radio-friendly beat, EDM snares, and phoned-in hook. Thankfully, this anxiety is put to rest by Pusha’s forceful second verse (“Tell me I won’t die at the hands of the police/Promise me I won’t outlive my nephew and my niece”) and Staples’ voice, which again raises goosebumps. They prove that “Let Me Out” succeeds when Albarn sets the stage and then remains (mostly) out of sight.


Mount Kimbie feat. James Blake - We Go Home Together 2:35
...On first listen, “We Go Home Together” feels like a demo. There’s barely a fistful of sounds here: just a tambourine thumping in the background, an electric organ wheezing sadly, and some ambient warble filling out the margins. However, this frayed minimalism is a great complement to Blake’s sandpaper-rough vocals—a far cry from the glossy, tightly produced voice he flashed on The Colour in Anything. They even let his voice crack, refusing to cover up this breathy mistake with post-production work. For better or worse, it all sounds like it was done in one take, bearing a sloppiness that previously didn’t seem possible for either Mount Kimbie or Blake—yet that makes the song all the more affecting. This is almost the opposite of the carefully produced, spotless songs from Cold Spring Fault Less Youth. “We Go Home Together” is not a fun song, to say the least, but it signals that Mount Kimbie are dipping their toes in a new world. It’s also not an electronic song, but something closer to their take on gospel. Even if “We Go Home Together” sounds like them publicly figuring out where they go next, it’s thrilling to see them try something so different.
Slowdive - Sugar for the Pill 4:30
...While their comeback single, “Star Roving,” riffed on the band’s roots, “Sugar for the Pill” is something entirely different—a disarming heartbreak ballad led by singer Neil Halstead in a surprisingly gentle mood. Sparer than their early, fuzzy compositions, and warmer than the equally minimalistic tracks on Pygmalion, “Sugar for the Pill” is simple and delicate, but never frail. The song’s greatest surprise is a smooth, catchy ‘80s soft-rock chorus—a considerable risk for a band that rarely indulged in straightforward pop. But icy needles of guitar and Rachel Goswell’s ghostly backing vocal balance out any hint of effusiveness. An undulating melody and underlying thrum of steady, persistent bass and drums imbues its sad story of a dissolving relationship with a sense of acceptance. It’s gorgeous, but grounded. In their newest incarnation, Slowdive have traded the abject longing of youth—an emotion that suffused so many shoegaze classics—for the wisdom of maturity. Every great band should age so well.

Joan Shelley - Wild Indifference 3:02
Back in 2015, the Kentucky folk musician Joan Shelley released a shatteringly lovely album called Over And Even. This spring, she’ll follow it up with a new-self-titled album that she recorded with producer Jeff Tweedy at the Loft, Wilco’s Chicago studio. And while you might think that recording with a big rock star as producer might shatter the quiet intimacy of Shelley’s music, Shelley herself is here to assure you that this is not the case...

Ecstatic Vision - You Got It Or You Don't 7:42
Philly psych rippers Ecstatic Vision are about to unleash the follow-up to 2015’s Sonic Praise. It’s called Raw Rock Fury, and lead single “You Got It (Or You Don’t)” lives up to the album title’s promise. It’s a hallucinogenic guitar behemoth that hits like a raging party, powered by surging bass and joyous blasts of saxophone. In a press release, the band provided a remarkably accurate self-assessment: “Prepare for a searing mash-up of the driving rhythms of Sly & The Family Stone mixed with the sounds of Hawkwind playing Funhouse-era Troglodyte Rock.”

Daddy Issues - I'm Not 4:13
Nashville trio Daddy Issues make catchy fuzz-rock that brings important experiences to the forefront. After forming three years ago, the band was quickly subsumed into the Infinity Cat family, releasing a split with White Reaper and recording their forthcoming debut album, Deep Dream, with label head and JEFF The Brotherhood brother Jake Orrall. “I’m Not,” the second single from their new LP, is directed at those who have dealt with sexual abuse and assault, and Jenna Moynihan addresses the feelings of inferiority and shame that can manifest when you’re forced by society to keep things bottled up: “You’re so great and I’m not,” she sings on the hook.7

House of Feelings feat. GABI - Hurt Me 3:52
House Of Feelings is an NYC-based collective that began as a dance party and radio show and, as of late, has been branching out into original songs, starting with a couple of entries in GODMODE’s Faculty Series and, last fall, with a great single called “Avatar” that featured vocals from Meredith Graves. This summer, House Of Feelings will release its debut EP, and they’re introducing it with “Hurt Me,” a song with vocals from GABI. The track was produced by Yvette’s Dale Eisinger and is centered around a smooth sax sample from Matty Fasano, who spearheads the collective. “Hurt Me” is a kaleidoscopic mishmash of dance sounds that settles into an old-school groove that feels both comfortingly familiar and vibrantly new.


Duke Ellington - The Star Crossed Lovers (aka Pretty Girl) 4:15
“When I was in the bar, the pianist would often strike up that ballad, knowing it was a favorite of mine. It wasn’t one of Ellington’s best-known tunes, and I had no particular memories associated with it; just happened to hear it once and it struck some chord within me.”
— South of the Border, West of the Sun, Haruki Murakami






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