Really enjoying this sweet, melodic, and jangly tracks from the new Smith Westerns album, Soft Will. It’s the pop rock trio’s third full-length record, and will be dropping on the 25th via Mom + Pop Records. Enjoy!
Jarren Benton is one of the most eccentric faces in the south right now, spewing rhymes that are equal parts gritty, gross, cartoony, and offensive. The dude obviously takes a lot of influence from Eminem, but is modern enough to fend off any negative comparisons. For sure, this dude’s over-the-top persona is gonna make Benton’s new full-length, My Grandma’s Basement, one of hip hop biggest highlights this summer.
The project is out now on iTunes, but is also streamable via the widget above. Enjoy!
Mariam The Believer is the musical pseudonym of singer-songwriter Mariam Wallentin. You might already know her for her vocal work in the incredibly percussive Wildbirds and Peacedrums. On a personal note, I’ve always enjoyed Mariam’s soulful and emotive voice, but felt the music Wildbirds and Peacedrums put out only went so far with its emphasis on bare essentials.
However, the music coming from this new solo project of her’s is surprisingly dark, atmospheric, and layered. I’m really enjoying what the track “Invisible Giving” delivers. It’s a 7-minute mini-epic that moves through multiple phases. Of course, Mariam’s voice is the star of this slightly lo-fi show, and it’s very worthy of the pedestal. The vocals and winding guitar chord progressions here make for an intense listen that are making me want to repeat this song again and again just to soak in anything I might have missed.
The track “Invisible Giving” will be one of many featured on Mariam The Believer’s debut solo LP, Blood Donation. The album is looking at an October 7th release on Moshi Moshi.
CAS is a UK rapper related to the grime scene, and the MC supposedly has a full-length release in the works titled Commerical, but it has yet to receive a release date. In the mean time, check out the videos for “Walkin’” and “All Hallows’” above and below.
CAS adopts a decidedly dark aesthetic, spitting subversive lyrics and appearing as a masked figure in videos filled with disorienting images. These ingredients add up to a gimmick in many rappers, but CAS’s words seem to reflect genuine struggles. “Walkin’” in particular depicts a broken down, aimless youth who turns to alcohol to cope with listlessness, and the production fits the MC’s grim tone like a loose-fitting, rain-soaked hoodie.
With frequent Danny Brown collaborator Skywlkr providing the beat on “All Hallows’,” the song achieves a sinister boom bap status. “Walkin’” offers the true instrumental highlight, however, with a minimalistic pairing of breezy synthesizer chords and warm, easygoing bass; it takes a risk by forgoing percussion entirely, but the bass line carries enough momentum to lay a strong rhythmic foundation. While it is admirable for being so unconventional, what truly sets it apart is the way it represents the lyrical themes so well. It doesn’t force any emotion upon the listener, and rather accurately represents the acceptance CAS portrays in his lyrics: he understands that his life isn’t what he wants it to be, and now he’s just trying to figure out where to go next.
A fun, wild, garage-y track from Hooded Fang, which is actually the title track–uh, sorta–from the band’s latest full-length album, Gravez. The LP is currently released on Full Time Hobby in Canada, and I’m hoping for a U.S. release soon, eh? Enjoy!
Some patient, subtle electronics from Russia’s Anton Zap on the track “Water,” which is a cut from his forthcoming album on Apollo Records. The album is dropping on the 18th of this month, and is titled Water. Enjoy!
A piece of pop bliss that’s equally awkward and moody coming through on this previously unreleased Matthew Dear cut, which is set to be released on the expanded edition of his last full-length album, Beams. Enjoy the song above, and catch a review for the album below: