Here’s a piece of wordy, nerdy, and perturbed-y piece of art punk that’s been growing on me lately: Big Ups‘ Eighteen Hours of Static. “Goes Black” is one of the couple songs the band is letting people stream from their new album, which is out now via Dead Labour Records.
The tracks on this thing really check a lot of boxes for me. It’s well-read, aggressive, emotive, and plenty of skilled guitar play with a punk edge. Enjoy!
Some dark, fiery R&B from this new, collaborative track from Shlohmo & Jeremih. The vocals on this track are emotive, pained, and featured a splash of reverb a la the Weeknd. While I do see some obvious stylistic similarities, this song really separates itself form that with the beat. The distorted bass, trap-style hi-hats, and eerie “clinks” hanging in the background.
I love the way the vocals are so closely mashed together when they’re multi-tracked, layered on top of one another. The whole track just feels so moody, intimate, and enveloping. It’s like a forbidden sexy embrace of some sort.
Enjoy this and hang tight for a forthcoming EP of collaborative tracks from Shlohmo & Jeremih. Here’s to hoping they’re all as great as this one!
Wolfe and Dude find themselves in the midst of an atmospheric, tortured duet that calls out to the likes of Nick Cave or Michael Gira. If you like your folk with a gothic edge, then hop on this quickly.
The song streaming above is a part of a forthcoming 7″ titled Sing More Songs Together…, which is dropping on March 25th via Not Just Religious Music. There’s only gonna be a thousand copies of this thing, too
This isn’t the first time Wolfe and Dude appeared on the same 7″ together, and it’s great to see the collaborative element of this second go-around runs even deeper. Enjoy!
Over the course of running my YouTube channel, I don’t think I’ve reviewed any one band more times than I have Woods. Though I’ve thought their discography has had its ups and downs, it’s been interesting to watch this band’s approach to folk rock go from spectral to sunny. “Moving To The Left” is the latest installment of that transition, and it’s one of their catchiest and most feel-good results yet. The vocal melody on the chorus here is absolutely killer, and the sharp guitar leads twanging away in the background are a nice touch as well. Plus, Wood’s production hits a perfect pocket, finding a harmonious balance between rickety and punchy. I’m digging this one a lot!
The band’s next album, With Light And With Love, is dropping April 15th. Also, check out this song from the forthcoming record as well.
Noise rock outfit White Suns drops a new song and video with “Carrion.” The track delivers the band’s usual blend of dark, tortured poetry and abrasive rock instrumentation. There are loads of loose, twangy guitars and sputtering shots of feedback set against sporadic drums and heavy bass notes.
There’s an incredible explosion of intensity around the halfway point of the song that leads the track to drift off into some spacious, tense rhythms and ear-piercing guitars. White Suns really is reclaiming the noise element of “noise rock,” and they’re doing it in a way that’s eye-wideningly weird, too.
The band’s next album, Totem, is dropping soon via the Flenser.
Check a review for the band’s previous album, Sinews, below:
We recently mentioned the New York band The Men back when they dropped the song “Pearly Gates.” It was the first song the increasingly versatile group released from their forthcoming album, Tomorrow’s Hits. “Another Night” marks the release of another track from this forthcoming LP, and it shows the band being completely unafraid to capture that old time rock ‘n’ roll vibe. There are some feel-good horns wailing in the background, and that guitar riff has more miles on it than a ’56 Buick. Enjoy!
Some strange, rhythmic, idiosyncratic music from Gum Takes Tooth. The video embedded above for the track “The Perfect Surface” was dropped late last year. From what I can see, the song doesn’t turn up on any of the UK-based duo’s previously released material. May this be teasing toward a new album, perhaps? I hope so!
A bit of bubblegum-flavored garage pop from Tweens on the track “Be Mean,” which addresses a somewhat common relationship issue. Ever been with someone who was just too nice? Well, whatever your answer, the song is still pretty catchy. Stream the song above, and keep an ear out for Tweens’ self-titled album on April 8th.
Electronic music experimentalist Holly Herndon has a new 12″ that’s dropping this week via RVNG Intl. titled “Chorus.” As to be expected, this track is loaded with some adventurous vocal manipulations bustling percussion. It’s hard to put this track into words, it’s hard to make sense of it, it’s hard to pin down exactly what’s going on here. All I can truly say is I feel as if I’m being surrounded with a swarm of sounds I can’t grab onto long enough to truly get a feel for. That might not sound appealing on the surface, but I assure that this so-called swarm comes together in the most beautiful way possible.
Also, props to Akihiko Taniguchi on the direction of this video attached to “Chorus,” and check a review for Herndon’s latest full-length LP below: