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.
Next year, Seattle rock trio Helms Alee will put out their third studio album Sleepwalking Sailors. Above, check out the LP’s simultaneously sludgy and sticky lead single “Tumescence.” Seriously, the band’s balance of trudging, Verellen-yelled verses and James and Margullis’ lovely choruses is staggering, but also catchy-as-hell. Happy listening!
Sleepwalking Sailors is due out February 11 via Sargent House.
“The Story of Lot,” the last single from Norwegian noise rock collective Årabrot, is a left-field turn from an already left-field band. The 15-minute piece is comprised of Kjetil Nernes recounting the Bible’s tale of the drunken, incestuous title character over a propulsive, lurching bassline that amasses harsh electronic noise and feedback as it progresses. With this track, the band has effectively veered into industrial territory, and it’s glorious to hear the genre performed with some teeth again.
“The Story of Lot” will take up much of Årabrot’s new EP, Murder As Art, out today via Red Eye.
Check out MGMT’s new video for the song “Alien Days;” it’s a delightful, farm-set romp! Our main characters, a young rural couple, appear to be in a constant state of elation – frolicking, swimming, spinning in gyroscopes, experiencing childbirth…Erm, actually, that last one proves to be not so much fun. But there’s also a couple of dancing aliens, so overall, the video’s a joy. Check it out above!
You can also watch the review of MGMT’s latest self-titled LP here:
Queens of the Stone Age drop one of the more unsettling music videos of this year, featuring loads of stuffed animals, a toothed piano, and a vampire woman that’s gonna be haunting your nightmares for the next several weeks. Props to directors Kii Arens and Jason Trucco.
Catch a review for the band’s new album …Like Clockwork below:
While they have a name that has gone through multiple iterations before arriving at this current one, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra have been fairly consistent. Grand, orchestral (sorry!) songs with elements of folk and post-rock thrown into the pot, Silver Mt. Zion make big songs, and this new one is no exception, although it is definitely more along the same rock-oriented lines of their great previous album, Kollaps Tradixionales. To be fair, it is only an excerpt of a 14-minute song, but “Austerity Blues” (from their new, very Silver Mt. Zion-esque-named album Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything) is a pummeling, driving force that wends through a few different phases across its run time, getting more interesting as it goes.
Fuck Off Get Free We Pour Light On Everything is out January 21, via Constellation.
Singer-songwriter Angel Olsen goes electric and heavy on this new track from her forthcoming record, which is set to drop via Jagjaguwar on February 18th! The title of this thing: Burn Your Fire For No Witness. While I’m not huge on this mid-paced, slightly lo-fi garage rock sound, Angel’s intensely passionate vocals still burn through the chaotic production. With a voice like this, I’m game for surprises this album has to offer. Enjoy!
Check a review for Angel’s previous release right here:
While the Debauchees songs and sound are admirably weird, there’s a certain stiffness in their playing that leaves me cold on a few tracks on this full-length debut.