Posts Tagged ‘experimental rock’

May 5, 2018

It’s been three long years since Canadian group BRAIDS released their last album Deep in the Iris, one of 2015′s remarkably avant-garde and artfully brilliant masterpieces. Though they did release their Companion EP the following year, it’s been a long time since we’ve heard from the art rock trio, so it’s a fortuitous treat that BRAIDS has returned with not one, but two spectacular new tunes, both lush and mesmeric, extraordinary and beautiful. Burdock & Dandelion is a wavy whirring excursion with shades of Dirty Projectors coursing through its whimsical melody and hypnotic vocals. But there’s also a sweet tenderness and a quietude that reminds me of Wet, and an electro-driven experimentalism that evokes Hundred Waters/Nicole Miglis. The song is accompanied by second track Collarbones, a key lavish jazzy piece. Stream Collarbones below. These are songs that literally seem to inhale and exhale, and we do so in sync with them, riding their ebbs and tides, their swells and recessions, utterly caught up in each one’s current. Both stunning songs are available, here.

May 1, 2018

I just came across new Mass Gothic a short while ago, and I immediately listened to it not once, not twice, but three times (making this the fourth as I’m writing this). That’s how brilliant the band’s new single is. Dark Window, which arrives via a murky lyric video, is nothing short of inky splendorous. Its verdant lushness exudes shades of Arcade Fire, tinted with the opaque bewitchment of Bat For Lashes and perhaps even some of Beach House’s more atmospheric whirring, vigorously unsettled pieces. The husband-wife duo from NY leave me incredibly excited and hopeful for news of a sophomore album with their first song in quite some time. It’s been a couple of years since their eponymous debut album dropped on Sub Pop. Dark Window can be found on Apple Music, here.

April 24, 2018

We’ve been enjoying this absolutely gorgeous song since it surfaced last Friday. Brooklyn singer songwriter Mitski and the Bay’s experimental rock/noise pop expert Xiu Xiu have teamed up on a splendorous synthwavy beauty named Between The Breaths, their contribution to How To Talk To Girls At Parties’ soundtrack. I already couldn’t wait to see the movie, which stars Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, and many other acclaimed actors. It pairs 70s punk with quirky Neil Gaiman sci-fi, which evokes a resounding yes from me. Between The Breaths’ scope feels more than cosmic, and it’s deeply entrenched in sweet nostalgia, too. I can’t get enough of Mitski’s aptly breathy voice on the glistering gem. This is definitely a favorite of the moment. 

February 19, 2018

In a few short days, Lo Moon’s self titled debut arrives, and we can’t wait to check it out, particularly after the quartet from Los Angeles has given us such deeply introspective beauties like Thorns, Loveless, and This Is It. We can even add new track My Money to the growing list of immense Lo Moon songs. It’s a glazed billowing, chiffon drifting infusion of atmospheric pop and experimental rock, and exactly the kind of profoundly affecting, emotively charged spectacular that has made us such big Lo Moon fans. The band’s debut album, which was produced by Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie), can be pre-ordered here before it’s out this Friday, February 23rd. 

January 25, 2018

My list of 2018 album pre-orders keeps growing longer and longer, but there’s one debut from a new American project that I simply can’t wait to check out, and it comes from Loma, a trio whose gifted ranks include Texas’ Cross Project and Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg. You might recall the exquisite spell they cast on us previously with songs like Black Willow and Relay Runner. They now amplify the power of their hold on us with new song Joy, a willowy alt-folk hymnal both glacial and sylvan in its windswept and meditative beauty. Loma’s self titled album arrives February 16th on Sub Pop. Pre-order, here.

January 18, 2018

I can’t seem to get enough of this new of Montreal today. It’s oodles of fun and insanely catchy, plus it’s impossible to resist the urge to get up and dance. The Athens, Georgia veterans just announced a new album today named White Is Relic/Irrealis Mood, due out March 9th on Polyvinyl. Paranoiac Intervals/Body Dysmorphia is their first single. It’s a squishy, wonky whirlwind of a dance funk and psych funk spectacular, perfect for dancing up a storm to. I even love the new artwork of Montreal has unveiled for their new album. Pre-order White is Relic/Irrealis Mood, here.

January 13, 2018

It’s been a few days since news of Jack White’s new solo album surfaced, and the video for lead single Connected By Love has already accumulated over 700K views. In case you were hiding under a rock and missed out on all the commotion, stop everything you’re doing and take in the grand magnificence of the bluesy rock song. Connected By Love also comes accompanied by a B-side named Respect Commander, embellished with punchy kicking drums and snarling guitars. Stream the track below. Boarding House Reach hits the shelves on March 23rd via White’s label Third Man Records.

January 13, 2018

Today’s a very fine day for a fan of Lo Moon like me. The Los Angeles based trio has finally announced a debut album, plus they’ve unleashed a phenomenal song off the album, too. Their self-titled full length will be out February 23rd on Columbia, and it’s produced by Chris Walla of Death Cab For Cutie as well as Francois Tetaz (Gotye). New taster Real Love is a seductive synth-driven spectacular that melds soft experimental rock with new wave-y electropop. The trio also recently performed for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, which can be viewed, here. Pre-order that long awaited debut album, here.

January 11, 2018

Though Car Seat Headrest has been around for less than a decade, the Virginia based indie rock quartet has achieved a level of legendary success. I can’t even begin to count the number of music heads I know who are absolutely head over heels for this band, and it’s obvious why once you sit down and listen through some of their many releases over the years. The one time I’ve seen the band live blew me away, after which I looked ahead to new music from Car Seat Headrest with glee. That eagerness has been rewarded this week with a new music video for Nervous Young Inhumans, a re-work of an old CSH song of the same name. In fact, the four piece has gone ahead and re-imagined all of the songs off their 2011 album Twin Fantasy for a new release on Matador. Nervous Young Inhumans is a crunchy propulsive, rich surging explosion of top notch rock, leaving me very excited for their Twin Fantasy: Mirror To Mirror album, arriving February 16th. Pre-order, here. Car Seat Headrest will be touring the world expansively beginning later this month and stretching all the way through spring. 

January 4, 2018
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Celestial falsettos and a sparse yet inebriating, spacious and meditative soundscape greets our ears as we visit back with Low Island. The Oxford quartet has presented us with a transcendental experience in the form of their latest single, I Know You. We float away in a daydream to this pellucid beauty, a fine blend of indie rock and dynamic indietronica that brings together the atmospherics of Bon Iver, the dulcet vocal appeal of The Temper Trap’s Dougy Mandagi, and the ornateness of Pinback’s progressive rock. I Know You can also be streamed off of Spotify, here. Stream more of Low Island’s music on Soundcloud, here.