The second single from Chelsea Wolfe’s new LP, Pain Is Beauty, certainly lives up to its album’s troubling and direct title. “We Hit a Wall” is a doom-folk trudge whose arrangements gradually grow more intense along with Wolfe’s anguished, yet powerful vocals. The whole piece is exquisitely unnerving.
Pain Is Beauty will be released on September 3rd via Sargent House.
The lead single from NYC-based electronic music outfit, Infinity Shred, is now available to stream on Soundcloud. “Void Ripper” is taken from the act’s upcoming full-length, Sanctuary, and is propelled by a spacey stream of futuristic, arpeggiated electronics that have a bit of a chiptune zest to them.
Sanctuary is due for release on September 10th via Ok Go’s Paracadute label.
Morgan Delt is definitely giving off some serious Sgt. Pepper’s vibes with this track from his EP Psychic Death Hole.
“Barbarian Kings” has that feeling like everything is being played backwards, or time has been forced to stop due to the pure psychedelic nature of this song. It certainly something The Beatles did with their strung out guitars creating that particular reversed noise, Delt takes it further here and embraces that type of sound with all of himself. Down to his vocals that hit a faded note making it feel as if his head is floating through the room entrancing you with its mysterious words, which is a bizarre analogy, but trust me on this one.
“Make My Grey Brain Green” takes it in a far more frantic direction, whirlpooling a fantastic array of heavy reverb and lo-fi sounds into some satisfying and diverse jams. It takes it to the point where I am borderline hallucinating, but in a way that is utterly unique from “Barbarian Kings” in every way, especially structure and tempo. Morgan Delt is setting out a unique psychedelic style that prides itself on its ability to dig into your head and make you hear things you’ve never quite heard before, it’s an incredibly exciting thing to hear.
With a new EP–uh, mini-LP–on the way via Graveface, the California band Whirr has dropped a new track titled “Drain.” While I wouldn’t say it brings much novelty to the world of shoegaze, the track is pretty heavy, blissful, and melodic. There’s a touch of sadness hanging in the band’s large-scale atmosphere as well. Enjoy!
Finally the voice that accompanied many of the great SBTRKT songs on this self-titled LP has released some solo work to go along with an upcoming EP, Dual, set to release July 29th.
Sampha is really able to stand out as he can maintain a smooth delivery in his R & B style of singing that still breathes with emotion–rather than falling into a flat, emotionless, generic sound. He does this by switching often to his fantastic falsetto that makes his voice and therefore him feel more vulnerable. The song really tackles that in its subject matter as well, with Sampha singing on how he can’t do one night stands and is always seeking for something more.
His production is pretty frantic and filled with a lot of mish mashed percussion and pretty offbeat, hypnotizing synths humming throughout. Those familiar with Sampha’s work with SBTRKT should feel right at home with this solo release.