Doomed Boys (previously Super Minotaur) is a Chicagoan collective of writers, illustrators, and musicians whose art tends to go in an alluringly scuzzy direction. This can be seen in the few drawings they’ve posted to their Facebook, as well as in these two most recent songs they’ve produced. Above, check out the fuzzed-out garage rocker “Werewolf,” and below, give a listen to the latest lo-fi piece from Doomed Boys affiliate Tim McGinn (under his moniker Tom Lincolnway). Enjoy!
After putting out one of the best singles of this year, Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht team up for another track under the name Jorge Elbrose. The song streaming above is actually set to land on a forthcoming Mexican Summer 10″ compilation and book that celebrates five years of the label’s existence. Check it out here.
Some Brazilian baroque pop from Baleia on the song “Breu,” which features some pretty beautiful melodies, rushes of strings, and piano segues. I like how lavish the instrumentation is, and how the really distorted, lo-fi guitar contrasts that with some overt roughness. It’s a nice touch. The instrumentation always seems to be changing up in some significant way, which keeps things engaging from beginning to end. Enjoy, and stream the rest of the album here.
Recording for Allentown grindcore quartet Orphan Donor’s new EP Empty apparently took place over the course of three years – starting in January 2011, in a barn, and ending in November 2013, in a basement. Clocking in at a seemingly meager 15 minutes, Empty might just be the most rawly affecting extreme music listen you’ll have all year. Check it!
If you dig this, be sure to check out the band’s live (and incredibly murky) self-titled EP here. You can also look forward to the band’s first full-length, which is in the works.
Brooklyn label Dirty Tapes certainly lives up to its name with its latest split release between Japanese electronic music producer Bun (Fumitake Tamura) and Cleveland experimental beatmaker Delofi. The instrumentals across the Colors and Winter tapes are serene, chilled, and are lent an additional avant-garde edge by their being caked in all sorts of sweet analog grime. The tapes can be streamed and ordered (on cassette, naturally) above via Dirty Tapes’ bandcamp page. Happy listening!
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.
With “Take Me,” Sufjan Stevens intimates that even his unused demos are wholly worthwhile. Stevens shared the “repetitive lo-fi pop” song to his Tumblr Ghetto Soundcloud page upon happening across it on a hard drive under his desk. He went on to describe it with a couple of sly quadruple negatives: “It don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Love don’t go nowhere so don’t expect nothing. Quadruple negative, yo. Stay Positive.” Give it a listen above; the “stay positive” part should come naturally!
Omaha punk rock outfit Yuppies have a new self-titled album out now. Above, you can sample three of the LP’s tracks, “A Ride,” “What’s That?” and “Hitchin a Ride,” all of which suggest an album that is sublimely raw, rollicking, and reckless. Enjoy!
Yuppies is available now via Dull Tools Records. You can order it here.
One of the darkest beatmusic projects you’ll ever run across has a new album titled Bicameral Brain on the way via Parallel Thought on October 29th–a day after my birthday, actually. “BB2-1″ doesn’t exactly come through with a significant amount of progression, change across its five-minute length, but it does bring some incredibly heavy drones into the picture. The sounds on this thing are so dark and ominous. Try it!
Check a review for 3:33′s In the Middle of Infinity Below:
Check out a reworked version of “Lone Bell” by experimental folk musician Phil Elverum, a.k.a Mount Eerie. This copiously auto-tuned redux will be featured on Elverum’s upcoming project, Pre-Human Ideas, a collection of 12 songs taken from his two 2012 efforts, Clear Moon and Ocean Roar; all of which will feature new lyrics and will be slathered in auto-tuned. He explains the concept as “almost like new songs layered over the old ones, expanding and clarifying the ideas.”
Pre-Human Ideas is due out November 12 via his P.W. Elverum & Sun label. A gentle reminder that Clear Moon was pretty swell: