With “Take Me,” Sufjan Stevens intimates that even his unused demos are wholly worthwhile. Stevens shared the “repetitive lo-fi pop” song to his Tumblr Ghetto Soundcloud page upon happening across it on a hard drive under his desk. He went on to describe it with a couple of sly quadruple negatives: “It don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Love don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Quadruple negative, yo. Stay Positive.” Give it a listen above; the “stay positive” part should come naturally!
Beatsmith Hot Sugar drops a demo for the track “And the walls came tumbling down.”
The dreary and emotive piano playing sampled on the track was originally featured in this video, but it seems to have now made it into a full-fledged beat, which is getting a release on the forthcoming GOD’s Hand EP. Enjoy!
Some catchy, energetic, and melodic hardcore punk coming from this new demo from Western Massachusetts’ Blessed State. It’s rough around the edges, but surely worth a listen. Some great guitar leads manage to shine through the grit of this recording, and some spots like the lone guitar introduction of the last track do come off as legitimately down in the dumps for music of this level of aggression. Enjoy!
Currently, the TND camp is in the midst of a bit of Death Grips fever, and there’s no cure in sight. Addiction, addiction, addiction.
So, late last month, what seems to be a few Death Grips demos surfaced on YouTube, but they haven’t really received the blog buzz they deserve. To my knowledge, YouTube user MichealMcNanner was the first person to have shared these tracks on the internet, and how he came about these songs is bluntly explained in the comments for “Fryd Up”:
Judging from the sound quality and production on these two tracks, they sound early. Maybe even produced prior to the EP tracks that preceded last year’s Exmilitary. Still raw and intense, though. Grab these two tracks below:
Download: Death Grips- “Live From Death Valley”
And check out my Loved Listed review of Death Grips’ the Money Store here.
Edit: I’ve been told these tracks were also released, rather covertly, as a part of the Death Bomb digital singles collection.
Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes has released this song demo where he pines for the love of a woman named Olivia. The song being a demo is pretty stripped down, and features Pecknold’s strong vocals over some lightly strummed acoustic guitar. The vocals in combo with the lyrics display a great contradiction of beauty and sadness. In some ways the song resembles a courtly love poem of a man being smitten with someone he has little contact with. It is an uncharacteristically sad tune for Pecknold and he has said it is likely going to change. This track offers the range of his songwriting and some of the different directions that Fleet Foxes or Pecknold himself could take, which is something I wouldn’t mind seeing.