Swedish punks Makthaverskan go a wee bit jangle pop on this sophomore album of theirs, and the results are pretty catchy.
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Sweden’s Makthaverskan embraces the tenants of jangle and noise pop on this new collection of tracks, II. While the band’s punk roots still remain on many tracks here–especially “Distance”–they show up in subtler ways: light distortion, fast tempos, and frontwoman Maja Milner’s sharp, abrasive voice.
The songs are as catchy as they are energetic. Don’t expect nothing but sugar on this thing, though. Milner’s lyrics put some pretty dirty laundry on display. Just try not to wince at the bitterness that comes through on a track like “No Mercy.” Enjoy!
I’m not sure if you’ll see a stranger music video than this in the month of March. Unknown Mortal Orchestra has dropped some visuals for the track “Swim and Sleep (Like A Shark),” which is a cut off the band’s latest record, II.
The video takes no time in establishing itself with puppet masturbation, therapy sessions, personal anguish, and more puppet masturbation. While there’s an element of sadness to the main character’s emotional problems, his, uh, “sickness” leads to happiness in a pretty hilarious ending.
Also, check out my review for the band’s latest record:
On II, Unknown Mortal Orchestra rockets past a somewhat lackluster debut with a longer album that features more variety, melody, and personality.
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Psych rock and pop outfit Unknown Mortal Orchestra shows its soulful side on the track “So Good At Being In Trouble,” which has recently gotten some visuals via the music video above. The video is pretty hilarious to me, but I don’t feel like I should be laughing. In short, it’s about a young dude looking for a missing girl, but it turns out she’s joined some kind of weird, polygamist hippie commune. He tries to “rescue her” from her new lifestyle choice, and that’s when things get dicey.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s latest album, II, is out now on Jagjaguwar.
Ambient music, noise, and plunderphonics meet in a beautifully odd haze of texture on this new GRGDRZA release, II. Stream it via the widget above, and listen to your conceptual grasp of sound melt away.
Brooklyn-based Nude Beach are bringing back some old school rock ‘n’ roll with their new 10-track LP, II, which is available on Bandcamp. The vintage power pop sounds on this album are delivered with a bit of a punk spirit–much in the same way a band like the Undertones did back in the day. However, Nude Beach is what’s worth focusing on, not their influences. This is mostly due to their energy in a lot of these songs, fronted by vocalist Chuck Betz who has a really great, raw delivery.