You know, to hell with the people who say Julian Casablancas should accept his limits as a frontman. Technically speaking, sure his vocal range isn’t the widest and his voice is most appealing when it’s belting out a catchy, bad-ass hook; but I feel when he chooses to break away from those things, it only enhances his DGAF appeal. The above 11-minute-long art-rock odyssey “Human Sadness,” taken from Tyranny (his forthcoming full-length debut with The Voidz), finds Casablancas as far out of his depth as a singer-songwriter as he’s ever been. But rather than sounding like a crushing defeat at the hands of his limitations, it’s more of a bold stand against them. He doesn’t exactly nail the vocal highs and lows The Voidz’s multi-phased composition calls for, but he gives this Sisyphean task his all, which I’d argue is just as (if not more) admirable. In my book Casablancas sounds no less bad-ass doing odd and surprising than he does doing punchy and immediate.
Looking forward to giving Tyranny a good listen when it drops September 23 via Cult Records.
Beloved indie rock vets Deerhoof have recently announced the release of a new album that will be dropping via Polyvinyl records this year. The title: La Isla Bonita. The release date: November 4th. PSYCHED! PUMPED!
“Exit Only” is the first track the band has seen fit to release from the upcoming album, but I’ve actually heard the rest of this release already. I ain’t saying that to try to get you pissed off at me or nothin’, but I can confirm that there are at least a few tracks on this record that follow suit in the heavy, riff-laden vibe of “Exit Only,” which is easily one of the most hard-hitting songs in the band’s growing discography.
As far as the vibe or style of this song, well, it’s Deerhoof. The band’s got one of the most idiosyncratic approaches to music today. Greg’s tight fills, Satomi’s absurdist lyrics, and the group’s typically strange melodies and grooves all ring through on this new cut. The most noticeable difference is how heavy the song feels for Deerhoof, which I don’t mind at all. BRING IT ON!
Pure insanity coming from these two major tracks from anonymous producer SOPHIE, and both of these songs are out now via Numbers.
Between all the vaporwave and trap out floating around the Internet right now, there’s no shortage of zany electronic music at the moment. SOPHIE seems to embrace a lot of the tenants of TNGHT, Rustie, and post-modernists such as Daniel Lopatin; however, these sensibilities are unabashedly fused with commercial pop, a flavor that reads strongest in the often squeakily pitched melodies and lead vocals. There’s just something about the melodic shift at 0:39 that sounds like Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” Someone on Twitter went as far as to say the groove on “Hard” resembles that of a Death Grips track, and I have to nod in agreement on that comparison.
Despite the obvious present-day influences, something about SOPHIE’s productions thus far feel as if they’re coming from at least ten years into the future. Their energy is incredibly hyper, their accessibility is high, but there’s something sort of avant-garde about these tracks as well. Maybe it’s sort of short-sighted to assume that songs like “Hard” could become the norm in a decade, but I certainly get the sense that I’m catching up with something ahead of the curve when I put these beats on.
Some twisted, eerie, raw, nasty, and misbehaved post-punk coming from Iceland’s Börn. Definitely a record for those who dig their rock on the dark side of things; because this record reeks of goth rock.
The guitar chords run pretty dreary, but the vocals are sharp, wailing, and strange. Nice contrast on there, and some great punk-y grooves are running throughout these tracks, too. Enjoy!
Few musical comebacks have been as hotly anticipated as Death From Above 1979′s. A few years after the Ontario duo’s electrifying debut album dropped, they splintered and began working on other projects instead. I vividly remember being disappointed upon first hearing this news, because You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine left such a strong impression on me–and most of the independent rock world, too.
To hear that Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler were getting the band back together a few months ago was exciting, and it’s tracks like “Government Trash” that make it feel like the hiatus never happened. The track’s riffs are the sonic equivalent to an adrenaline shot, and the vocals could be more on point, too!
Look for The Physical World on September 9th via Last Gang Records.
Previously loved UK art pop outfit Alt-J drops yet another song from their forthcoming LP, This Is All Yours. The release date: September 22nd via Infectious.
Unlike the previously released songs off this new album, “Every Other Freckle” seems to be more in line with Alt-J’s previous output. There’s a heavy bassline matched with some equally lumbering drum beats, and atop that are the odd, soulful vocals of guitarist-vocalist Joe Newman.
The hook is great, and as the song progresses, the band manages to build the intensity up with more percussive and melodic layers. Alt-J writes catchy, upfront tracks, but their refined approach to arranging their instrumentation is what continues to keep them interesting.
Among next week’s most exciting new music releases is the debut LP from Flaming Lips side-project, Electric Würms. The amusingly titled Musik, die Schwer zu Twerk finds the Steven Drozd-led outfit delivering a set of vibrant and surprisingly condensed prog/kosmische tunes that balance whimsy and weightiness. The project’s virtues were put fully on display earlier this summer with lead single and album closer “Heart of the Sunrise” (a boldly truncated Yes cover). If that track left you intrigued or perhaps unconvinced, take one more glimpse via “The Bat” above. Enjoy!
Musik, die Schwer zu Twerk is due out August 19 on Warner Bros. But that’s not all! The Flaming Lips are doing yet another one of their full-length cover albums, this time for The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and that is expected for October 28. Set to feature a wide array of guests including Miley Cyrus, Maynard James Keynan, Julianna Barwick, and Chuck Inglish; that sounds like it’s gonna be freaking nuts! You can stream their take on “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” here: