The band’s new 7″ can be streamed via the widget above. There’s almost a spastic variety to these three tracks, too. The opener has a vintage pop to it, “Mandibles” reminds me of the Feelie’s fast and punk-y aesthetic, and the closer reminds me of something I might hear from a Parquet Courts record. Enjoy!
Ariel Pink comes through with a new, collaborative a-side with Jorge Elbrecht with the song “Hang On To Life.” The 7″ is due for release on Mexican Summer, and the track basically embodies everything that’s been so great about Ariel’s material over the past several years.
“Hang On To Life,” in a sense, is about heartbreak. It features soft rock instrumentation, a killer chorus, and plenty of retro kitsch. While Pink probably isn’t going to give up these aged sounds anytime soon, it doesn’t matter to me as long as the songwriting is this top-notch!
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Baltimore band Dope Body drops a new music video for a track off their latest EP, which you can check a review for below. The video here features footage of the band being mimicked very loosely by a group of girls and one feisty, young kid as the frontman. Enjoy!
Austrian singer-songwriter Soap&Skin drops a new 7″ of emotionally potent tracks that should hold fans over until something more lengthy comes along.
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Right here, you can find a pre-order page for the forthcoming Soap&Skin 7″, which looks like it’s going to feature three new tracks from the Austrian singer-songwriter.
Though it was a short release, Soap&Skin’s Narrow still towers as one of my favorite albums of 2012, which is mostly due to the darkness and emotional intensity of the songs. From the sound of what the embedded widget above offers, it looks like the tracks on this forthcoming release aren’t exactly looking to ease things up either.
The first clip features some horrifying screams and heavy shots of strings and drums. The second features a sweeping string ensemble, and the third seems to be steady piano ballad that feels simultaneously depressing and beautiful.
I seriously challenge any sane person to nap to this EP, I’m pretty sure you would just start blinking wildly.
The reason I say this is because Naps produces music that would be very dreamy and comforting ambient music, if it wasn’t for the skips and off-beats lining each and every track. While it doesn’t make good sleep music it certainly makes for a compelling listen, the off nature of it all just kept me sitting on the edge of my chair creating a sort of discomfort. I really love it when music can have such a physical effect on a person, and that’s just what Naps achieves here.
Hailing from London, Elena Tonra makes music as a part of a project that goes by the name of Daughter. “Smother” is their new 7″ single, and along with B-side “Run,” it was released digitally on September 3 and physically on October 1 via 4AD and Glassnote. Aside from this single, the group only has two EPs to their name, but is presently at work on their full-length debut. In the mean time, stream the A-side above courtesy of the band’s YouTube channel.
“Smother” opens with a set of evocative, delicately strummed guitar chords that wouldn’t sound out of place in a modern post-rock song. When Tonra’s passionate vocals enter shortly after, however, the driving force of the song becomes clear. Backed by swelling instrumentation and angelic vocal harmonies, Tonra’s vocal delivery achieves a simultaneously haunting and heartbreaking effect, rounding out what is ultimately an emotionally potent piece of music.