Mogwai’s latest album sees the famed (mostly) instrumental rock band incorporating a lot more synths and electronics with some mixed results.
Thee Silver Mount Zion’s latest record is the Montreal band’s heaviest and noisiest yet, It’s not just a mess of abrasive sounds, though. There’s plenty of fantastic string arrangements and moving lyrics to be had on these tracks, too.
This new track from Connecticut experimental rock duo Have a Nice Life is epic, but in the sort of abject way you might expect from the outfit after their monumental, crushing 2008 LP Deathconsciousness. As the title of the song might suggest, frontmen Dan Barrett and Tim Macuga are reunited and neither of them is skipping a beat. The first half of the song is a gloomy dirge of whirring guitar and industrial electronics that backdrops the duo’s purposefully distant, echoing vocals and that gives way to a protracted coda of yet more industrial textures.
For the evocative vocals and for managing to come across as a sort of self-contained story, “Dan and Tim, Reunited by Fate” has me brimming with excitement for the twosome’s upcoming sophomore LP The Unnatural World, due out February 4 via The Flenser. For the time being, it is available to stream in full here via Pitchfork Advance.
Famed post-rock outfit Mogwai has been undergoing some pretty big changes on their last few albums, and it’s lead to some hits and some misses. However, I’ve never known a band like Mogwai to fold under the pressure of critical reception, and the band’s next album could make for a pretty controversial move for them considering how surprising this first track to drop from it is. “Remurdered” takes the same slow-burning approach one would expect from a Mogwai song, but the band’s sound here is heavily reliant on synths! It’s a pretty big change from the usual layers of guitars that tend to lead the way, but I’m not really finding this track any less interesting from a compositional standpoint, honestly.
This track comes from Mogwai’s forthcoming album on Sub Pop Records titled Rave Tapes. The album is looking at a January 21st release! Enjoy!
For the fourth episode of their “Empty Space” series, La Blogothèque and Converse invited Icelandic post-rock outfit Sigur Rós to perform a song in a cave “somewhere under Paris.” The trio was accompanied by a string, brass, and percussion ensemble and performed the soaring Kveikur cut “Hrafntinna.” The cave’s acoustics make the piece sound even more enormous and breathtaking. Enjoy!
Kveikur is out now via XL Recordings. Watch our quick review of it here:
Japanese post-math-rock group toe release the title track off of their upcoming EP on Topshelf Records. Topshelf is a fitting home for these guys, as their jangling clean guitars are reminiscent of the label’s “twinkly” sound. However, where Topshelf’s usual fare is indebted to the thump of punk rock, toe use drums as a rolling underbelly to the guitars, an undulating ocean for the beams of sun to interact with. toe is touring the US for the first time ever this fall, check for them in your nearest city. Enjoy!