After 15 years of studio album silence, D’Angelo returns with a fantastic comeback record.
Foo Fighter’s match this album’s ambitious concept with some generally uninteresting songs.
Four Pattern Distorted Harmony is the fourth album released this year by Vitoria-based experimental music project i.o. I endorsed their album Edit Architect earlier this year.
Just like i.o’s previous exploits in 2014, this album is an intense, glitchy collection of tracks indulging in progressive rock, free jazz, noise rock, and match rock. It’s got a number of subtle, serene moments as well that work wonderfully as well. Enjoy!
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A producer needs a very convincing aesthetic on a mixtape in order to get cooperation from all of his collaborators. The way that every rapper on this tape steps into the atmospheric world and plays their character speaks volumes to the world’s authenticity. From Danny Brown–who turns in by far the best verse on the tape–to Casey Veggies, each artist is willing to slow their roll a bit to make sure they can put their name on this breathtakingly dark mixtape from LA-based pop rock band The Neighbourhood.
The strength behind the production lies in its ability to take sounds associated with carefree pop culture and expose the dark underworld lurking just underneath them. Horns, which have recently dominated most #1 songs, are a constant mood setter here. They creating a sense of unease as they lurch just beneath the stripped down beats on the surface. Unfortunately, the DJ introductions on here get a bit grating. Here’s to hoping there’s a DJ free version available soon, but nevertheless, the tape is worth an attentive listen.
Give Ontario jazz-rock trio the opportunity to revise one of the most sensual songs of the year, and what do they do? They make it even more sensual.
Yes, BADBADNOTGOOD basically pulls apart and reassembles Future Islands’ “Seasons Change (Waiting On You),” and they turn it into a sweet piece of vintage soul in the process. What’s even more amazing is that they successfully maintain everything about the track that made it so great in the first place.
Few remixes churn out results this amazing.
A strange, unsettling single from the forthcoming Vision Fortune album, which is titled Country Music, and will be seeing a release via All Tomorrow’s Parties.
The otherworldly tones and deadpan vocals on “Dry Mouth” remind me quite a bit of Liars’ output in the 2000s, but even more challenging and pop-defying. Immediately after establishing the song’s central refrain, the band embarks upon an ominous instrumental interlude that leaves my mouth watering.
Dark and dramatic, the new Marilyn Manson track isn’t bad at all, surprisingly. Considering how much of a let-down his last album was, I–like many–thought Manson’s best moments were well behind him on albums like Antichrist Superstar. However, with this new single of his, there’s a glimmer of hope that he might pull through on his upcoming full-length titled The Pale Emperor.
What makes “Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge” so appealing is its dreary melody and organic rock instrumentation. The guitars sound and feel much more natural and dynamic than they did on much of Manson’s 00s output, and it really enhances his relentlessly depressing moans.
Some of the song’s top comments on YouTube liken the music to that of Bowie and Nick Cave, and I have to wholeheartedly agree. It’s nice to see Manson wearing his influences on his sleeve a bit more at this point in his career. If I recall correctly, Born Villain even had a few post-punk-y moments on it, which I dug a lot.
All I’m saying is we’ve got a pretty good song here, and a reason to have faith in rock’s last major figure of controversy again.