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2017. május 17., szerda


Heaven, Beach Fossils, Shabazz Palaces, Courtney Barnett, Lana Del Rey, Mogwai, Quindar, The National, Turtlenecked, Beth Ditto

Heaven - Lonesome Town 3:17
Last week, Italians Do It Better introduced a new act by the name of Heaven... Lonesome Town (which was produced by Johnny Jewel), with a video for its title track. It’s a somber but characteristically hypnotizing song from the label, and the video is attributed to Chromatics and plays out in hazy, lethargic split screen.

Beach Fossils - Down The Line 2:38
Somersault is shaping up to be a fantastic comeback for Beach Fossils... new track “Down The Line” continues to demonstrate that evolution. In form and function, the hypnotic bass-drums groove that propels the song forward could have been an early Beach Fossils composition, but in this case it’s presented in clean, crisp fidelity with a confidently gentle touch. Also, I love Dustin Payseur’s lyric, “I’m thinking of you fondly/ When I’m on the train/ I really hate your poetry/ You hate mine the same.”

Shabazz Palaces - 30 Clip Extension 5:07
A couple of weeks ago, Shabazz Palaces announced that they were returning with their first new album in three years, Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star... But it turns out that’s not all the Seattle art-rap greats have up their sleeves: They’ve just revealed that they’ll be releasing a second album on the same day — this one’s called Quazarz Vs. The Jealous Machines, and it continues the same musical alien narrative as the first. They’ve shared a lyric video for a song from it called “30 Clip Extension.”

Courtney Barnett - How To Boil An Egg 3:52
The great Melbourne rocker Courtney Barnett is sharing a new song as part of the Split Singles Club series, a collaboration between Barnett’s own Milk! Records and fellow Australian indie Bedroom Suck. Although technically, “How To Boil An Egg” is an old song. “I used to perform this song at all the open mics when I was 21,” Barnett explains. “It never got recorded, so for personal-posterity I updated it and made this version recently when I was bunkered up in the bush doin’ some demos for my next album. In tradition of the Milk! Records compilation releases, like ‘Pickles From The Jar’ or ‘Three Packs A Day,’ I wanted to include a song of mine for Split Singles Club that was a tad left of album-centre. It’s a songwriting experiment that doesn’t really belong anywhere else.” Barnett played every instrument on the song herself.

Lana Del Rey - Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind 4:18
Lana Del Rey’s new album Lust For Life is coming at some unspecified date, but it seems likely to be soon... “Coachella – Woodstock In My Mind,” a grand and rapturous pop ballad about looking around at a big, corporate music festival and imagining that you’re at some generational crossroads. On Twitter, she’s shared a handwritten note saying that she wrote the song while coming back from Coachella last month, thinking about dancing while the world is crumbling around her.

Mogwai - Coolverine 6:16
Lately, Scottish post-rock kings Mogwai have been keeping busy using their tingly music to score film projects like Atomic and Before The Flood. (I also highly recommend their awesome soundtrack to the equally awesome and very unsettling French show Les Revenants). But now, they’ve finally announced Every Country’s Sun, the proper follow-up to their 2014 album Rave Tapes, and shared its superbly titled lead single “Coolverine.”

Quindar - Twin Pole Sunshade For Rusty Schweikart 5:40
According to Oscar Wilde, “life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” but Quindar will have you know that sometimes life is art: super awesome, historical, space noise art. That’s the intent of Wilco pianaist and keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen’s side project with art historian James Merle Thomas. The duo have come together to combine historical research with music and performance and utilize archival audio and video in order to create synchronized songs and projections... Quindar will release their debut LP Hip Mobility mid-July and have just come out with their first single, “Twin Pole Sunshade For Rusty Schweikart.” The song is spaced-out and synthy, the result of carefully curated archival collection with help from the National Air And Space Museum, USC School Of Cinematic Arts, and the National freakin’ Archives, y’all. This album isn’t quite history set to music, but rather history as music. The duo even got their name from Quindar tones, as in those transmission beeps heard during early Apollo space missions (think walkie-talkies, but in space).
“Twin Pole Sunshade For Rusty Schweikart” is a groovin’, sometimes vaguely ominious, nearly six-minute jam that somehow soothes me and makes me fear oblivion. The track name-checks former American astronaut Rusty Schweikart, who is a thematic reference throughout the new album.

The National - The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness 3:56
Way back in November 2015, we published a lengthy cover story on the National’s progress toward the follow-up to 2013’s Trouble Will Find Me. Eighteen months later, the band is finally ready to start sharing music from that album, which we learned just hours ago is called Sleep Well Beast and is coming in September...The first single is “The System Only Dreams In Total Darkness,” one of the new tracks the band teased this week. Although the other teaser was more in line with reports of electronic experimentation, this song strikes me as a middle-aged answer to the loose, youthful aggression that characterized Alligator, from its piercing blasts of lead guitar to the rhythm section’s casual swagger.

Turtlenecked - Pangloss 3:15
Portland-based musician Harrison Smith will put out his latest release as Turtlenecked, Vulture, next month... “Pangloss” takes on a nervy and mocking tone, using the Candide character who’s known for his unfailing optimism as a jumping off point. “I can’t stop laughing when I should be crying,” Smith sings, punctuated by a chorus of la la’s providing backup.

Beth Ditto - Oo La La 3:46
Beth Ditto, formerly the leader of the great blues-punk band Gossip, is about to step out on her own, releasing her solo debut Fake Sugar this summer... now Ditto has dropped another single called “Oo La La.” Like “Fire,” “Oo La La” plays like a updated, processed, laser-focused version of an old-school blues-rock growler. It has a synthetic sheen all over it, but the way Ditto delivers the word “bonecrusher” is about as nasty as it gets.

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