I was chatting with the producer Ansible the other day about the funny intersection of electronic music from two opposite sides. Our conclusion was that on one side you have the techno/disco/house folks who trace their musical lineage back to Kraftwerk or post-disco. Then you have the rock kids who have gone electronic. That’s people like Tycho who would trace their lineage back through post-rock, emo, and indie. Point being, there seems to being a meeting of the two at the moment. As evidence, I’d point to the catalogue of Ghostly International and this track. DC’s M.O.T.M. (Gavin Holland and Chris Burns) seem to draw their influences both from sides of the electronic universe. “Aracari” is part balearic deep-house and part psychedelic indie. So here’s to creative cross pollination! The EP is out on April 28 and you can pre-order the 12″ vinyl EP HERE. Enjoy and get weird.
PS: Who else is excited to watch Pitchfork go to war with itself as the indie kids turn to 808s and the bedroom DJs pick up guitars?
The Faint, a dark rock band from Omaha, finally broke their brief hiatus with the release of a bracing new album. Doom Abuse is the group’s sixth album and one of April’s most surprisingly diverse releases. The intense lead single and opener “Help In The Head” couldn’t be more different from the acerbic melodies of “Damage Control”—The Faint know how to apply their electrifying punk to a wide range of song structures and genres.
After 2008’s Fasciination tour and divergent interests, the outfit took time to recreate and revitalize. The result is Doom Abuse, which is an eclectic success. And undoubtedly, their North American shows this Spring will give new and old fans a chance to hear their vast discography once more. The Faint will be playing 9:30 Club on May 20th, right in the middle of their massive, nationwide tour. If you’re excited, let us know why in the comment box below and and we’ll giveaway two tickets to our favorite and most creative comments (GIFs get bonus points)! Also, make sure to turn your volume all the way up and blast “Help In The Head”, streaming below. We can’t all be winners, the rest of you can’t get your tickets HERE. See you there!
Up and coming synth-crooning duo Sylvan Esso is out with an amazing live video from across the pond. Filmed in London at a SoFar organized house show. Fun stuff. “Play it Right” is off the band’s self-titled LP out May 13th on Partisan Records, which you can pre-order HERE. Also, the band will be in DC at the 9:30 Club on June 13.
Sean Nicholas Savage’s new album is due out on May 13th. As best as I can count, this will be his 8th album in about five years. It certainly sounds like a slightly more subdued or mature Sean. If you’re interested in become a Sean Nicholas Savage completist, the entire Canadian crooners oeuvre is rather affordable. Just hop over to his bandcamp and Arbutus records, I can’t think of anything better to listen to in the midst of April showers.
Alex Lee of the rising DC ambient pop duo VEDAS describes the musical project with eloquence. “We write what we feel”, he’s says. There’s no doubting his and collaborator Andrew Monbourne’s obsession with tangible emotion and expressionism through sonic structure. Their very first track “Ruin” was an enjoyably aimless drift through resonant piano and twinkling synthesizer effects, where Lee’s acrobatic tenor threaded us through an intense pall of uncertainty. Like Victoria Legrand from Beach House or Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, Lee’s vocal control transcend their medium, and “Ruin” slowly unravels itself as something outwardly gorgeous but inwardly thorny and dark.
VEDAS’ newest cut from their debut EP Exhume plunges even further into sonic expressionism. “Mis Rajh” is like hypnagogia, halfway between clarity and confusion; however, Lee’s croon and Monbourne’s slow-loping drums guide the listener to a place that embraces any mood or tension. Very similar in effect to some of The Antlers’ longer, more halcyon jams, VEDAS’ galactic and moody pop obeys it’s first EP’s title: “Mis Rajh” and “Ruin” are quietly turbulent catalysts for emotions that only good music can embody and summon to the conscious surface.
Check out both tracks below and get excited for the Exhume EP, out today!
Minneapolis trio Some Pulp is out with their self-titled debut. A self-recorded adventure in DIY lo-fi pop/rock released via Forged Artifacts Records. The album will be available for free download on May 6 and additionally, you can pre-order some very hip, limited edition yellow tapes HERE. Enjoy…