Our friends/tormenters at White Suns (Kevin Barry, Rick Visser, and Dana Matthiessen) are coming out with a new LP of earsplitting tunes later in March. The album is titled Totem and judging from this new single, “Priest in the Laboratory,” it looks as though the trio’s lost none of their primal force since their 2012 sophomore effort Sinews.
The song sees White Suns again saying “fuck it” to a concept of structure, careening forward in a heap of caustic vocals, screeching guitar, piercing electronics, and frantic drumming. But the group does go through a number of interesting phases. At one point, everything pulls back to highlight Matthiessen’s deft percussion work, and later, Barry’s guitar and Visser’s electronics work together in bursts to form a coda. White Suns’ music continues to be something of an all-out shred-fest, but that’s not necessarily a problem, as their interplay continues to be a compelling combination of all-over-the-place and very, very tight.
Totems drops March 25 via The Flenser. Hopefully it’s as powerful as its predecessor, review below:
Most tribute albums don’t go over that well, and I can’t make a promise that you’ll think Xiu Xiu’s Nina is an exception. However, from where I’m standing, this collection of recordings is incredibly twisted, bizarre, beautiful, and moving.
Scope the new single from experimental songstress Carla Bozulich (of Evangelista and Geraldine Fibbers fame). “Deeper than the Well” is taken from her upcoming fourth solo LP Boy and indicates that despite being in the fourth decade of her career, Bozulich isn’t close to losing any steam, delivering one of her most left-field compositions yet, as well as a clever and intensely sexual set of lyrics. Happy listening!
Boy is due out March 4 via Constellation.
With September’s “Don’t smoke in bed,” Xiu Xiu gave us our first glimpse at its upcoming Graveface Records debut Nina, a collection of 11 Nina Simone covers done in the style of free jazz. Since then, the band has shared two more tracks from the project, “Just Say I Love Him” and “You’d Be So Nice.” The former, which actually has a discernible, catchy groove, can be streamed via the Soundcloud widget below; and the latter, the noisiest offering so far, is accompanied by a classy minimalist music video that can be watched above. Enjoy!
Nina is slated for release December 3.
Hyperdub oddity Laurel Halo has a new record coming out, following last year’s very special Quarantine. This new track, the penultimate on the LP, feels quite removed from her prior electro-pop experiments. It has a steady repetitive beat, a pretty familiar-feeling bassline, and really nothing too strange. Even Halo’s vocals–which was such an integral part of Quarantine‘s blueprint–are completely effaced. What we are left with though is a nicely produced techno piece, divided fairly neatly into three parts. Maybe it’s a bit underwhelming for those who loved her previous work, but I am still quite intrigued by what Halo is doing.
Stream it above via SoundCloud, and look for Laurel Halo’s new album Chance of Rain on October 28 via Hyperbud.
Check out a new track from experimental electronic musician Brian Leeds, a.k.a. Huerco S. “Prinzif” is taken from his upcoming LP Colonial Patterns and is an intriguing piece of EDM, with its multi-phased composition coming across as quite grand, even exquisite, despite its fading and crackling analog esthetic.
Colonial Patterns will be released on September 24 via Software Recording Co. It’s now available to stream in full here: https://soundcloud.com/dazedandconfused/sets/huerco-s-colonial-patterns
Last month, ambient musician Julianna Barwick dropped her sophomore LP Nepenthe, among the most delicate and ethereal releases of the year. Be sure to check out this breathtaking rendition of album highlight “‘The Harbinger,” which she performed live on a lakeshore in Iceland for La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows.
Nepenthe is out now via Dead Ocean Records.
Members of clipping. and Foot Village come together for this experimental music project they’ve named True Neutral Crew, and #MONSANTO is their debut release, and you can stream it via the widget above. For those who are into clipping., I think you’ll find this project to be much more heady and socially conscious. To the Foot Village fans: While True Neutral Crew is nowhere near as raucous, True Neutral Crew is still intensely unusual. Enjoy!
Also, check out this Foot Village track that clipping. remixed.
“Zebra,” the new track from Oneohtrix Point Never, is a formless and sprawling seven-minute-long piece whose only through-line is its incredibly choppy foundational loops. However, the choppy, jarring foundation is aptly accented by ethereal, occasionally jazzy touches throughout. The result is the type of sonic juxtaposition OPN has struck many times in his work before, but the contrast has never been quite as extreme as it is here. Check it out above!
“Zebra” will appear on OPN’s upcoming Warp Records debut, R Plus Seven, due out October 1. Here’s hoping it will satisfy as much as 2011′s Replica did:
Dean Blunt, best known as one half of London duo Hype Williams, has dropped a new single titled “King James.” The track continues the decidedly reserved and introspective lyrical themes of the LP he put out earlier this year, The Redeemer; but the warm orchestral arrangements on that album are forwent in favor of a minimalist composition of a distant vocal sample enveloped by a cold comb filter effect.
“King James” appears as the third track on Blunt’s new album Stone Island, abruptly self-released for free stream and download earlier this week on the Russian site Афиша.