Charlift’s Caroline Polachek is releasing her solo debut, Arcadia, this April, except she’s doing it under the alias Ramona Lisa. She has released the title track, and be warned: This is a weird song, with almost nothing to do with her main band’s bouncy electropop. Ice cold synth drones cyclically wash over the speakers for over two minutes before Polachek even begins to sing, and when she does, it brings with it nothing really resembling a hook. This is not “I Belong In Your Arms” Polachek. Hell, this isn’t even “Ceiling Wax” Polachek. This is something else. Polachek recorded the entire album without instruments, instead using MIDI sounds, and did not use external microphones for the voice. That all makes perfect sense after this song, which is intriguing, even while it leaves me a little colder than I was hoping.
Arcadia comes out April 15 via Terrible Records.
With loads of strange MIDI sound effects, synths, and a live drum kit, the recently formed Psykers are on their way to producing a twisted, enthralling, and electronic monster of some sort. The handful of video rehearsals they’ve pulled together so far on YouTube are pretty impressive. They’ve even put in the effort to grab a few dancers to perform along with their noisy, textured, and groove-laden jams.
The beginning to these videos is the song “Battleship,” and it’s a for an awesomely foreign flavor to it. However, the third and untitled rehearsal video, I think, will grab the attention of either Death Grips or dubstep fans–maybe both. Lightning bolt? Enjoy!