Some dark, fiery R&B from this new, collaborative track from Shlohmo & Jeremih. The vocals on this track are emotive, pained, and featured a splash of reverb a la the Weeknd. While I do see some obvious stylistic similarities, this song really separates itself form that with the beat. The distorted bass, trap-style hi-hats, and eerie “clinks” hanging in the background.
I love the way the vocals are so closely mashed together when they’re multi-tracked, layered on top of one another. The whole track just feels so moody, intimate, and enveloping. It’s like a forbidden sexy embrace of some sort.
Enjoy this and hang tight for a forthcoming EP of collaborative tracks from Shlohmo & Jeremih. Here’s to hoping they’re all as great as this one!
Wolfe and Dude find themselves in the midst of an atmospheric, tortured duet that calls out to the likes of Nick Cave or Michael Gira. If you like your folk with a gothic edge, then hop on this quickly.
The song streaming above is a part of a forthcoming 7″ titled Sing More Songs Together…, which is dropping on March 25th via Not Just Religious Music. There’s only gonna be a thousand copies of this thing, too
This isn’t the first time Wolfe and Dude appeared on the same 7″ together, and it’s great to see the collaborative element of this second go-around runs even deeper. Enjoy!
Over the course of running my YouTube channel, I don’t think I’ve reviewed any one band more times than I have Woods. Though I’ve thought their discography has had its ups and downs, it’s been interesting to watch this band’s approach to folk rock go from spectral to sunny. “Moving To The Left” is the latest installment of that transition, and it’s one of their catchiest and most feel-good results yet. The vocal melody on the chorus here is absolutely killer, and the sharp guitar leads twanging away in the background are a nice touch as well. Plus, Wood’s production hits a perfect pocket, finding a harmonious balance between rickety and punchy. I’m digging this one a lot!
The band’s next album, With Light And With Love, is dropping April 15th. Also, check out this song from the forthcoming record as well.
Charlift’s Caroline Polachek is releasing her solo debut, Arcadia, this April, except she’s doing it under the alias Ramona Lisa. She has released the title track, and be warned: This is a weird song, with almost nothing to do with her main band’s bouncy electropop. Ice cold synth drones cyclically wash over the speakers for over two minutes before Polachek even begins to sing, and when she does, it brings with it nothing really resembling a hook. This is not “I Belong In Your Arms” Polachek. Hell, this isn’t even “Ceiling Wax” Polachek. This is something else. Polachek recorded the entire album without instruments, instead using MIDI sounds, and did not use external microphones for the voice. That all makes perfect sense after this song, which is intriguing, even while it leaves me a little colder than I was hoping.
Arcadia comes out April 15 via Terrible Records.
Nat Baldwin, bassist of Dirty Projectors, has been very quietly maintaining a solid solo output for a few years now. His songs usually center around his slightly warbled voice (often leaping up into a falsetto) and his twisty, deft bass playing. His new record is coming out soon, and the title track, “In the Hollows”, has been unmasked. It features some staccato string surges behind Baldwin’s trademark, David Longstreth-esque (coincidence?) voice, before more band members wriggle out of the woodwork. His work has always had a bit more grit and soul than a lot of DP’s, and this song is a nice tasting platter to warm us up for his record.
In the Hollows is out April 29 via Western Vinyl.
A Winged Victory for the Sullen (aka the partnership of pianist/composer Dustin O’Halloran and Stars of the Lid’s Adam Wiltzie) released their debut self-titled record back in 2011, and it was full of beautiful, lush drones and striking piano. In other words, it was a good holdover for all of us SotL fans eagerly awaiting the band’s next record. But it seems we will have to wait a bit longer, as A Winged Victory for the Sullen are ready to release a follow-up. Entitled Atomos, it originated as a score for a dance performance by Wayne McGregor, and is now being released on its own. The first track from is the simply titled “Atomos VII”, and it features just what we’ve come to expect from this duo: it’s gorgeous, it’s weightless, it feels like it could stretch on for days. The string are a bit more aggressive than on their debut, but otherwise, this is a nice reminder of why this group wasn’t just a random offshoot.
Atomos is out later this year, but the teaser EP that “Atomos VII” is from is out April 28 via Kranky.
New York’s Flatbush Zombies drop a new single titled “Lit,” which comes from the trio’s next EP titled It’s All A Matter of Perspective. I’m loving the slow, smoky, and bass-heavy instrumental on this track, and, of course, the flows are tight, too. Enjoy!
Also, catch a review for Flatbush Zombies’ latest mixtape here.