Denmark’s Iceage have proven themselves to be savvy in numerous fringe genres across their two full-length records: post-punk, goth rock, noise rock. However, this new–and surprisingly melodic–track of their delves unexpectedly into alt-country, it seems. Everything from the guitar chords to the bassline feels distinctly Western, but Iceage performs it in their trademark sloppiness. Like usual, a good song shines through despite the slurring vocals and loosely played instrumentation. Enjoy!
Thanks for the good people at Gimme Tinnitus for this noisy, sluggish jam from Bueno. The track “Little Joe” sounds like a sedate James Chance guesting on a Modern Lovers demo that’s never seen the light of day until now. It ain’t half bad.
You can check out the b-side to this single over at Bueno’s Bandcamp. Enjoy!
Ibibio Sound Machine’s debut is the beginning of a journey that fuses the sounds of afrobeat and highlife with electronics.
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, the Baltimore duo comprised of vocalist/percussionist Ed Schrader and bassist Devlin Rice, has released a follow-up to its 2012 full-length Jazz Mind. Party Jail proffers a slight expansion of the sound of its predecessor, being comprised of 13 dynamic and breezy post-punk tunes that have been seasoned with just a soupçon of a glam pop zest. You can check it out in full above; happy listening!
Are you one of the admirable few who’s managed to abstain from listening to Swans‘ massive new album To Be Kind? Hang in there – there’s only a handful of days left to go! But maybe you’ve already worn out their other 12 records waiting and need a little something to keep you from cracking? Well, CHVRCHDVST Records is here for you, with this sprawling, 32-song-long tribute album to Swans by various underground acts ranging from drone to folk to post-punk in style. It’s like the length of two whole Swans records (or four early Swans records)! This really oughtta keep you occupied til Tuesday…But seriously, you should just give in and listen to the album already. No one’s gonna judge.
Also, Swans has begun uploading its back catalog to their YouTube channel. Check that shit out if you’ve been meaning to get into their music.
UK post-punk outfit Savages drop a cinematic live video of their recently released single, “Fuckers.” The footage is stunning, and the performance is, well, anything but concise. I wouldn’t call it sloppy, but the band definitely seems “in the zone” on this one. The almost 10-minute rendition of this track shows the band getting lost in the moment between a lyrical mantra, tight drum beat, and a wall of wailing guitars. It’s hard for me not to get caught up in it as well. The atmosphere is so incredibly sinister, and the visuals only lend power to that sensation. Enjoy! Also, check out the band’s latest record, Silence Yourself, if you haven’t already.
This Sleaford Mods record is pretty one-dimensional with its endless rants and repetitive beats, but I have to admit that this Nottingham duo’s style is awesome.
Montreal’s Ought displays a pretty wide set of influences on this debut record of theirs, including experimental folk rock to tracks that blend sounds of Midwest emo with the dismal emotions of bands like Slint.
So many sounds coming together on this upcoming full-length from Yvette. This is truly a twisted display of noise rock, industrial, and no wave. I’d say there are some gothic undertones worked into the mix as well–especially on tracks like “Everything In Reverse.”
The band’s approach to sound manipulation is absolutely grating, frightening, but there’s a clear appreciation for melody at some points here, too. Yvette knows when to seduce, and knows when to overwhelm, I think. Not completely sure yet, because I need to dive into this album further. It’s been an overwhelming ride so far, and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.