While Sunn o))) and Scott Walker make the effort to accommodate one another on this new collaborative album, the chemistry isn’t as explosive as I had hoped.
With just a few brief albums and a handful of singles under her belt thus far, Holly Herndon is quickly becoming one of the most interesting electronic music producers to watch in 2015.
If I’m correct, she’s slated to drop a new full-length toward the start of next year via RVNG Intl., and her most recent single here shows her incorporating lyrics into her usual mix of glitchy rhythms and strange vocal manipulations.
Not only is the chord progression on this thing pretty epic, but the massive bass and dense cacophony of rhythms is pretty overwhelming much of the time–of course, the visuals in the video attached to this song mirror this.
Ever since the sudden breakup of Canadian noise rock band Women, and the untimely passing of member Chris Reimer, there’s been a lo-fi-shaped hole in my heart few bands have been able to fill. Many have tried, but no group has successfully balanced catchy and subversive in the way Women has.
Enter Viet Cong: This new band not only features a similar aesthetic, but ex-Women members Matt Flegel as well and Michael Wallace. Scott Munro of Chad VanGaalen‘s band also works his way into the mix–if you didn’t know, Chad produced both of Women’s two full-lengths. And let’s not leave out bandmate Daniel Christiansen and.
Viet Cong started to test out the waters last year with a cassette that ended up on Mexican Summer, and now the band is gearing up to release a self-titled debut via Jagjaguwar in January 2015. Considering the quality of this lead single, I’m psyched.
The howling, haunting melodies on this track are fantastic! The galloping beat is a nice touch, and the vocals remind me of an early Wolf Parade record. It’s lo-fi, catchy, noisy, and there’s a touch of goth rock somewhere in there as well. January can’t come soon enough!
West Coast industrial hip hop trio clipping. just dropped a new single that features verses from Signor Benedick the Moor, Nocando, and Open Mike Eagle. Hellfyre Club continues to make noise!!!
You can grab this track for free via the group’s Bandcamp. I’m gonna embed the b-side to this single below, too.
Not only is the instrumental on here insane, loaded with broken piano and Ol’ Dirty Bastard samples, but I’m loving Daveed Diggs going toe-to-toe with some of the best voices in the West Coast’s underground right now.
With some synths that sound like they’re on their dying breaths and some absolutely batshit rhythms, this new track from Tiger Village has me looking forward to this project’s forthcoming tape via Hausu Mountain. The release date: October 21st. The title of this thing: V.
If you didn’t already know, Tiger Village is spearheaded by producer, multi-instrumentalist, and lone wolf Tim Thornton, and I’ve got to know what else this dude’s capable off after hearing this track. I love his use of distortion and a generally lo-fi aesthetic, but he manages to pack it with so much detail in this single track. And I’m not just talking about sonic detail, but compositional, too.
“Cascades” literally does what its title states as one strange musical passage psychedelically folds into another. The song’s quirky, glitch-heavy beginnings are a surprising contrast from some of the epic and tense synth sequences that occur in the middle of this track. The ending is quite cacophonous, but still quite different when eating up the minor details beyond the flurry of synths and percussion. A dizzying track, for sure!
Between “Body & Blood,” “Story 2,” and “Work Work,” West Coast experimental hip hop trio clipping. has been dropping some pretty intense and odd music videos. “Inside Out” is one of the strangest of them thus far, featuring a headless figure walking through a series of nocturnal, urban settings. As the lyrics of Daveed Diggs quickly roll against the track’s glitchy beat, many of the objects referenced in Diggs’ lyrics rise up through the hole where this figure’s head should be. Hilarious concept, fun to watch.
Check out my extremely positive review of clipping.’s new album right here.
Previously mentioned Coin Locker Kid has one of the most unorthodox approaches to hip hop that I’ve heard in the past few years. I didn’t love the last full-length I heard from him, but I still left puzzled by his odd rhymes, stories, and instrumentals.
There’s a clear hip hop influence running throughout his music, but electronic and experimental music guide a lot of the compositions on this new project as well. The title of this thing: Traumnovelle. It’s available now via Already Dead Tapes, and you can purchase this album via cassette here.