WATCH: Tobacco – “Streaker”
Thanks to Eric Wareheim of “Tim and Eric” fame, the new Tobacco music video is one of the most twisted things I’ve seen in a long time. Disturbing masks, nudity, overwhelming edits, and freakish effects are among the many things that make this video a weird watch. All I can say is people are kinda weird.
Look out for Tobacco’s next album, Ultima II Massage, on May 13th.
Oh, did I mention this video is SUPER FREAKIN’ NSFW!!???! Unless you work at the massage parlor featured in this video, I guess…
Never heard of the Darcys before, but they definitely know how to pull together an epic, 21-minute instrumental! Hymn For A Missing Girl is the Halifax band’s latest offering right here, and it was a 500 LP offering this past Record Store Day. There might still be some copies of this thing floating around, right? Good luck to anyone who goes out seeking this dark, moody gem, and congrats to anyone who had the perceptiveness to look into what this band had to offer on this project!
The rest of us will just have to stream it, which isn’t exactly anything to complain about. Beautifully layered strings, vocals, and guitars come together into some immense moments on this thing. If drone, post-rock, experimental rock, and immense neoclassical compositions get you going, then you’re gonna want to clear out the next 20 minutes. Enjoy!
“Oxygen” is the second single to drop from Swan’s latest epic To Be Kind (after last month’s stellar, staggeringly funky “A Little God in My Hands”), and it is among the fiercest and most thrilling moments of its two-hour-plus runtime. It is certainly the most thoroughly noisy piece on the project, built on an unwavering no-wave bass groove and skittering drum line – guitars, lap steel, and finally brass falls piling on, amounting to something paradoxically crushing and danceable.
But the icing on the (dense, dense) cake is frontman Michael Gira’s vocals, which are at their most manic here, ranging from caveman-esque grunts on the bridge to a nasally call progressing into the second verse – “HEY THEEEEERRE.” It’s all just so cathartic; as a listener, you get release just from hearing these guys belt this thing out. It’s a sort of vicarious thrill that Swans has pretty consistently provided over the course of its now three-decade-long career.
And there’s also something to be said of the excitement this song manages to inspire despite the fact it has been kicking around for years in a number of iterations, in Gira’s solo acoustic sets, and then the live version that appeared on the limited edition live album Not Here/Not Now late last year. The band’s promotional/funding approach for these last few releases has been quite genius, as it has allowed the band to give glimpses of new content as they develop it – tiding us over, but allowing for plenty of surprises on the finished product. For instance, the glorious addition of brass here!
To Be Kind drops May 12 via Young God and Mute. A gentle reminder we loved their last one.
This debut full-length from Sisyphus is far from perfect, but it’s still an incredibly bold and fun display of pop absurdity and genre-blending.
Black Moth Super Rainbow frontman Tobacco will drop his third solo album Ultima II Massage next month, and from what we’ve heard so far, it’s gonna be a filthy, scuzzy affair. Now, if you thought lead single “Eruption” wasn’t filthy or scuzzy enough, this new one “Streaker” might just scratch that dirty itch of yours. This new song proffers perhaps Tobacco’s heaviest instrumental yet – overdriven electronics buzzing, whirring, and crashing in every which way, and even the vocodered voice is decidedly distorted and nasty compared to the lightness and gentleness typically brought by Tobacco’s vocals. He doesn’t care if he’s harshing our buzz this time around. In fact, I think he wants to, and that’s oddly refreshing. Stream the track above and enjoy!
Ultima II Massage is out May 13 via Ghostly. Check out Anthony’s thoughts on Tobacco’s last LP here.
While this new Avey Tare record has some sweet melodies on it, nearly every piece of instrumentation on this thing is burnt to a crisp with effects. A lot like the latest Animal Collective record, this album is a little overdone, and could have benefited from taking the more orthodox approach the “Little Fang” single did.
Millie & Andrea is the on-off collaborative project of electronic music producers Miles Whitaker and Andy Stott. They’re finally doing this side-project of theirs big with a new full-length album, which you can stream via the widget above.
It’s a set of eight tracks that are glitchy, textured, and rhythmic explorations of sound. Look out for some jungle-style breakbeats, spacey synth sequences, and hypnotic grooves. Enjoy!
“Facts Are Fiction”
In the first music video in support of Mess, Liars reduce, deconstruct, and distort reality via a repetitious, cycled sequence of the trio, placed in the midst of an anarchic situation, slowly retreating backwards up a set of steps. With the end of each cycle comes some form of camera trickery, whether it be a different viewing angle, different computer-generated surroundings and props, or the blurring together of previously-seen elements in a sort of glitchy artifact soup. It’s a genius concept that perfectly matches the amped-up aesthetic of the album. It doesn’t do much good trying to explain it, though; so go on and press the play button right up there – and be prepared for the ensuing perceptual overload.
“What A Mess”
Mess is out now, and in case you haven’t heard, or forgot, it’s awesome:
Stream this nearly indescribable album from Czech music duo DVA titled NIPOMO. It seems to mix elements of jazz, noise, and indie pop with and a general sense of absurdity that makes this collection of tracks a fun listen. And as over-the-top as they may be, I find the vocals really cute at points. It’s like DVA has been able to embrace the quaintness of Belle & Sebasian or kawaii j-pop without losing sight of adventure. Enjoy!