You know, to hell with the people who say Julian Casablancas should accept his limits as a frontman. Technically speaking, sure his vocal range isn’t the widest and his voice is most appealing when it’s belting out a catchy, bad-ass hook; but I feel when he chooses to break away from those things, it only enhances his DGAF appeal. The above 11-minute-long art-rock odyssey “Human Sadness,” taken from Tyranny (his forthcoming full-length debut with The Voidz), finds Casablancas as far out of his depth as a singer-songwriter as he’s ever been. But rather than sounding like a crushing defeat at the hands of his limitations, it’s more of a bold stand against them. He doesn’t exactly nail the vocal highs and lows The Voidz’s multi-phased composition calls for, but he gives this Sisyphean task his all, which I’d argue is just as (if not more) admirable. In my book Casablancas sounds no less bad-ass doing odd and surprising than he does doing punchy and immediate.
Looking forward to giving Tyranny a good listen when it drops September 23 via Cult Records.
Previously mentioned and up-and-coming noise rock band Girl Band have released a new song and video right heretitled “De Bom Bom,” and I’m quite smitten with it. The song ain’t exactly musical, well, not in the traditional sense. However, it’s very distorted, textured, and intense. The performance is especially riveting between the yelping vocals and tightly wound drums. The band moves from one intense rush of sound and emotion to another until they bring the song to a close just before the 4-minute mark.
If you’ve got a soft spot for bands like Drive Like Jehu and Obits, this is a must-listen!
Among next week’s most exciting new music releases is the debut LP from Flaming Lips side-project, Electric Würms. The amusingly titled Musik, die Schwer zu Twerk finds the Steven Drozd-led outfit delivering a set of vibrant and surprisingly condensed prog/kosmische tunes that balance whimsy and weightiness. The project’s virtues were put fully on display earlier this summer with lead single and album closer “Heart of the Sunrise” (a boldly truncated Yes cover). If that track left you intrigued or perhaps unconvinced, take one more glimpse via “The Bat” above. Enjoy!
Musik, die Schwer zu Twerk is due out August 19 on Warner Bros. But that’s not all! The Flaming Lips are doing yet another one of their full-length cover albums, this time for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and that is expected for October 28. Set to feature a wide array of guests including Miley Cyrus, Maynard James Keynan, Julianna Barwick, and Chuck Inglish; that sounds like it’s gonna be freaking nuts! You can stream their take on “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” here:
Get ready for a challenging listen on this one! This i.o album titled Edit Architect is a dense, tangled web of multi-tracked guitars, relentless drums, and whatever other glitches this Victoria-based bedroom recording project manages to throw into the works.
It’s like a fusion of free jazz, math rock, and the avant-garde. Give a listen and enjoy!
Right around the start of this year, I wrote a little something about Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes, the latest album from Montreal experimental rock outfit USA out of Vietnam. So, the project has been out there for a while now, but I’m bringing it up again because it is receiving a formal release just this week via New Damage Records. I still find the band’s combination of drone, doom, prog rock, and psych pop elements to be utterly enchanting, so take this as a gentle reminder to check this thing out. Above, the droning psychedelic doom-pop magic of closer “Tonight, the Dead Walk.” Enjoy!
Grand, serene, and progressive, I’m loving this track from the forthcoming Bent Knee record, Shiny Eyed Babies. Not only are some of the instrumental passages in the 6-minute monster, “Being Human,” pretty creative, but some of the band’s instrumental builds are unbelievably powerful as well! Enjoy!
Montreal’s Ought displays a pretty wide set of influences on this debut record of theirs, including experimental folk rock to tracks that blend sounds of Midwest emo with the dismal emotions of bands like Slint.