On her debut, Rings, I was pretty impressed with the seductive songwriting and primal rhythms that made their way into the songs of Caren Mesirow, a.k.a. Glasser. While her music was obviously influenced, it was still really enjoyable. Interiors changes things in that regard, however. This time around, Cameron seems to be drowning in her love of one particular artist: Björk.
Stream: Swearin’ – Surfing Strange
NPR is streaming the sophomore LP from Brooklyn garage rock outfit Swearin’. Surfing Strange marks both the refinement and the amplification of the incredibly raw and muddy, but often earwormy esthetic the quartet was working with on its self-titled debut. Perhaps the greatest change from album to album is that frontcouple Allison Crutchfield and Kyle Gilbride now share vocal duties with bassist Keith Spencer, whose gentle inflection on “Melanoma” distinguishes it as one of the LP’s highlights. Check out the whole thing above and enjoy!
Surfing Strange‘s official release is on November 4 via Salinas Records.
Singer-songwriter Julia Holter releases some visuals for one of the odder tracks on her latest album, Loud City Song, which is out now on Domino Records. It’s a tense, emotive piece of dream pop that’s now accompanied by some eerie cinematography. Enjoy! Also, catch a review for Loud City Song below:
Shortstraw plays a rough but incredibly upbeat brand of indie rock that could only come from a place like Johannesburg. Their new record even features a song for morning people!
As far as “Couch Potato” goes, it’s a winner of an opening track, and has a pretty hilarious, infectious hook. Enjoy!
Drone, ambient music, folk, and more come together on this new shyly voiced Ô Paon EP, which was recorded in the magical land of Anacortes, Washington. There must be a lot of rough, noisy textures around those parts, because that’s what this EP is full of. Gentle drones with subtly thunderous characteristics! Somehow, Geneviève Elverum’s vocals find their place amongst this slow-moving chaos, and they sound pretty moving! Give a listen, enjoy!
Given Reflektor‘s Orpheus and Eurydice-evoking cover art and track titles, it is fitting that Arcade Fire has appropriated footage from Marcel Camus’ classic 1959 feature Black Orpheus for the lyric video of new single, “Afterlife.” The band’s take on dance music is no less compelling here than it was on the title track – they really know how to build on a groove, and thankfully, their lyrics have remained potent, evident right from the opening line, “Afterlife. Oh my god, what an awful word.” Watch it above and enjoy!
Reflektor is due out October 28.
New York’s Porches. delivers songs that blend folk and indie rock with a hefty dose of melancholy. If pained vocals and dreary chords aren’t your thing, you might wanna steer clear. However, if they are, bon appétit!
Juana Molina used to be a hit comedic actress in her native Argentina, but ever since 1996, she has been making decidedly less funny work as a singer-songwriter. She crafts a unique blend of acoustic and electronic sounds, and often creates labyrinthine layers of her vocals. Her new album, Wed 21, comes out in October, and it’s her first since 2008’s glorious Un Día. This first song to drop from it is built upon a thumping, tricky meter, and simple, repetitious guitar riffs. The English chorus of “Come, come quickly” is oddly catchy, and the whole thing remains positively warm. Excited to see what the album brings.
Stream the track above via soundcloud. Wed 21 comes out on October 29 on Crammed Discs.
of Montreal has just shared the third single from its upcoming album lousy with sylvianbriar. With its crisp guitar tones, galloping pace, and another hard-hitting vocal performance from frontman Kevin Barnes, “belle glade missionaries” doesn’t at all pull back from the badass 60′s rebel rock esthetic of previous singles “fugitive air” and “she ain’t speakin’ now.” Enjoy!
lousy with sylvianbriar is due out October 8 via Polyvinyl.
Deerhunter has made a music video for the breezy Monomania cut “Back to the Middle.” The grainy, mostly black and white video features a drag-clad Durassie Kiangangu lip-syncing the song and dancing, only cutting briefly to color as we see Kiangangu getting ready in his dressing room.
Monomania is out now via 4AD. You can watch the review of it here: