Son Lux comes through with a handful of songs on a new EP titled Alternate Worlds. While I’ve never been a huge fan of this guy’s past efforts, there’s just something really “big time” and ambitious about the presentation of these songs that’s catching me. I can definitely see myself loving a Son Lux album in the future if he keeps up this combination of refined subtleties and larger-than-life background vocals.
What’s even more interesting is that the 2nd track here features a vocal contribution from Lorde herself, and it’s one of the more stellar tracks on this EP, too!
Noise rock outfit White Suns drops a new song and video with “Carrion.” The track delivers the band’s usual blend of dark, tortured poetry and abrasive rock instrumentation. There are loads of loose, twangy guitars and sputtering shots of feedback set against sporadic drums and heavy bass notes.
There’s an incredible explosion of intensity around the halfway point of the song that leads the track to drift off into some spacious, tense rhythms and ear-piercing guitars. White Suns really is reclaiming the noise element of “noise rock,” and they’re doing it in a way that’s eye-wideningly weird, too.
The band’s next album, Totem, is dropping soon via the Flenser.
Check a review for the band’s previous album, Sinews, below:
Mariam The Believer’s Blood Donation was definitely one of 2013′s greatest albums. It was also one of the year’s most mystifying, perhaps the greatest question it left us with being, “How do I dance to this?” Well, fret over this no more, for the answer is revealed in this new video for highlight “Above the World.” You probably could have guessed it entails going out to the woods (on a foggy day, naturally), convulsing wildly, and climbing trees, but whatever; it’s killer all the same. Watch above and enjoy!
Check out the review for Blood Donation here:
The upcoming self-titled album from St. Vincent can’t come soon enough. “Birth in Reverse” and “Digital Witness” have hinted that this will be Annie’s most off-the-wall and adventurous project yet, and although decidedly a bit more understated than those two; new single “Prince Johnny” is a welcome come-down after them. It’s a smooth, seductive track with a laid-back groove, and of course it proffers a slick-as-sin guitar part from Annie. Yeah, it’s kind of simple, but it’s just so freaking well-written! At this point, I’m convinced she can do no wrong. Enjoy!
STV is slated for release February 25 via Republic.
A collection of alluring tones from the new Ricky Eat Acid record, Three Love Songs. While the LP might seem like a bit of false advertising due to it’s track list offering many more than three songs, the idea of these textured, quaint, instrumental pieces being about love doesn’t seem far-fetched. They’re certainly lovely to my ears, anyway. Stream the album via the embed above, and enjoy!
After two electrifying tapes, Scotland’s Young Fathers come through with a huge sound on this latest album of theirs, Dead. I’m not as crazy about the songs, though.
Actress’ latest album is like a musical sketchbook filled with intimate, personal experiments with techno, house, and more.
Thee Silver Mount Zion’s latest record is the Montreal band’s heaviest and noisiest yet, It’s not just a mess of abrasive sounds, though. There’s plenty of fantastic string arrangements and moving lyrics to be had on these tracks, too.
Some strange, rhythmic, idiosyncratic music from Gum Takes Tooth. The video embedded above for the track “The Perfect Surface” was dropped late last year. From what I can see, the song doesn’t turn up on any of the UK-based duo’s previously released material. May this be teasing toward a new album, perhaps? I hope so!