Posts Tagged ‘experimental rock’

December 13, 2017

Texas project Cross Record and Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg surprised us a few weeks ago by partnering up and announcing a new band named Loma. Accompanying the news was first release Black Widow, an icy haunting, willowy gusting beauty that came with an eerie visual accompaniment. The trio will be releasing their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop, which I’ve heartily pre-ordered today after hearing their second single, Relay Runner, an avant-garde krautrock infused experimental piece that draws us into a deep hypnosis. It’s an edgy and restless meditation, strange and delightful in every way. You too can pre-order Loma’s debut album, here.

October 10, 2017

We’re three days away from the release of St. Vincent’s sure to be brilliant new album MASSEDUCTION, and I can’t be more excited. Annie Clark has already given us two incredible tunes off the full length, and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been listening to Los Ageless and New York on repeat. Today, St. Vincent shares with us a new track named Pills, giving us yet another dose of her genius art rock with the whimsically biting, witty gushing tune. We get an ample amount of her rough angular guitars on the treat too, despite its baroque pop veneer and brisk saunter. Along with Pills came news of an expansive tour that will take St. Vincent to the cavernous Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco in early January. While I mourn the fact that we won’t get to see St. Vincent in smaller venues anymore, I do believe her talent will shine spectacularly on that massive stage. She’s larger than life and one of the most amazing artists of this generation, after all, and her creative vision encompasses far more than just the auditory. Pre-order MASSEDUCTION if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, here. Learn more about her forthcoming tour on her website, here.

September 19, 2017

We’ve been riding on cloud nine lately thanks to new music from Nashville singer songwriter Mackenzie Scott’s acclaimed project TORRES. Songs like Skim and Three Futures pushed the boundaries of art rock and alternative with their angular guitars and their edgy demeanor. We can’t wait for her new album Three Futures to drop on September 29th. Today, TORRES shared a new cut off the album, giving us a dark and vehement, raw clamoring experience that fills us with a sense of urgency and dread. Helen In The Woods is a thrilling listen and a yelpy gripping dip into vociferous experimentalism. Its music video is just as jarring and visceral, leaving our pulses racing in wild excitement for that new album. Pre-order Three Futures from 4AD, here.

September 14, 2017

English singer songwriter, rapper, musician, and producer King Krule (what doesn’t he do?) is widely considered a musical genius, so it was to great fanfare that he returned to when he made his long awaited return to the scene recently. Archy’s new single Dum Surfer is our latest taste from his next album The OOZ, arriving October 13th via True Panther Sounds/XL. King Krule ventures into no-wave like territory with this new dark prowling, taut snaking tune. Dum Surfer’s avant-garde rock and jazzy punk experimentalism carries a ghoulish quality that makes it perfect for Halloween, which really isn’t that far away. Even its music video has its copious helping of creepy characters and zombie like mannerism. I made it a point to purchase my tickets for King Krule’s forthcoming show at the Fillmore in San Francisco the other day despite being on my way to camping. Thank goodness I still had reception at the time, because as expected, the show sold out in an instant. Dum Surfer is available, here. Pre-order The OOZ, here.

July 29, 2017
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It’s time for some well deserved local music appreciation as we turn our ears home towards that lovely town across the bay named Oakland, wherein resides a close-knit community of gifted musicians and artists. Out of their ranks rises Club Night, a five member band who made their debut earlier this month with a song named Rally. The collective has since released an enrapturing second song to follow up on that single, and this lo-fi jam is quite the free wheeling charmer. Well is an eccentric combination of bedraggled noise rock, punk rock, and guitar pop. The more I listen to Club Night, the more I find myself infatuated with their blithe and disheveled rock. Debut single Rally, which you can stream below, is also a noisy crunching, rugged hooking gem, with more of an angular post-punk and stringent math rock edge. Both songs are lifted from Club Night’s forthcoming debut EP, Hell Ya, out August 25th and available from Bandcamp, here.

July 19, 2017

Angular art rock holds a very special place in my heart, and that’s exactly what Philadelphia band Palm gives us in profuse abundance on Shadow Expert, the excellent title track form their latest EP, out now on Carpark Records. Shadow Expert is quirky and eccentric. Its warm and gauzy, yet sharply serrulated, kind of like how its animated music video is, too… colorful and strange, but jittery and restless. Baroque styled vocals and notched guitar permeate the heady delight. You can purchase the single or the EP it’s from via iTunes, here. Palm is currently on tour in the U.S., but they’ll head out across the pond to the UK and EU come September, too. 

July 19, 2017

As reported last week, industrial rock legends Nine Inch Nails will be releasing a new EP entitled Add Violence this Friday, the second in a series of three related EPs. We received our first taste of Add Violence last week in the form of gloriously thrashing, noisy seething Less Than. Today’s THIS ISN’T THE PLACE is just as gripping and phenomenal, but in a very different manner. It’s an eerily haunting brooder whose atmosphere is so intense that it recalls some of Trent Reznor’s film soundtrack work. THIS ISN’T THE PLACE is a slow build of an opaque droning crescendo that recalls recent Radiohead as well as Massive Attack and Portishead. The whole ambiance of THIS ISN’T A PLACE and the control panel visualizer that comes along with the song also remind me of that masterpiece of a Twin Peaks episode on which NIN performed just a month prior. Twin Peaks: The Return episode 8 is David Lynch’s magnum opus, and NIN couldn’t have been a more perfect fit for its atmosphere. NIN’s Add Violence EP can be pre-ordered digitally, here, or on vinyl, here. A CD version will be out on September 1st.

July 13, 2017

Alt-J proved themselves brilliant raconteurs and song crafters yet again when they released their third album Relaxer earlier this year. The three piece from Leeds brought me to such magical places and I experienced such heartwrenching tales through each of the album’s versatile songs. One of the most upbeat tracks off of Relaxer is Deadcrush, for which Alt-J has released an interesting and fittingly eccentric music video today. The clip was directed by visual artist Young Replicant and choreographed by Darcy Wallace, and it’s quite the eye candy to go with the heady churning song. Deadcrush is probably the closest in sound Alt-J gets to their debut album An Awesome Wave on diverse Relaxer. You can download and stream Relaxer, here.

July 13, 2017

I know I already emphasized this previously, but I’m absolutely thrilled that Mackenzie Scott, the Nashville singer songwriter known as TORRES, has returned. I’m still very much stuck on Skim, her first single since her superb 2015 album Sprinter, and as I had hoped, the song was an auspicious sign of more to come. Today, TORRES announced her next full length, Three Futures, which will be arriving on 4AD on September 29. Mackenzie Scott explains that the album will be “entirely about using the body that each of us has been given as a mechanism of joy.” She’s also unveiled the title cut by way of another riveting music video. Three Futures is an introspective ambler of an art rock piece whose guitars and baroque vocals again evoke St. Vincent, pervaded by a minimalist drum machine beat. There’s an intensity to TORRES’ delivery on the song despite its soft, languorous pace. Three Futures feels poignantly lonely yet familiarly comforting, in a very beautiful way. It makes me think of springtime. I’m absolutely gutted that TORRES has canceled her upcoming tour and won’t be headlining Popscene in San Francisco on July 21st. I was really looking forward to that. I can only hope she’ll reschedule a new tour very soon. Pre-order her sure to be brilliant new album from 4AD, here.

June 30, 2017

Erika M. Anderson, or EMA, first blew us away years ago with the raw emotion and cathartic power found within her music, and we’ve been fans of her since. Past Life Martyred Saints was one of our favorite albums of 2011. 2014′s The Future’s Void was an incredible journey, too. Come August 25th, EMA will be releasing her next album, Exile in the Outer Ring, and she’s been slowly revealing some choice indie rock cuts off the album. The latest such tune is a striking number named Down and Out. As on so many other EMA songs I love, there’s a wired intensity and tense tautness to the song despite what seems like a low, muffled quietude, or should I say, disquietude. That atmosphere and Erika’s breathy drawling vocals leave me in what feels like a state of suspension befitting of the song’s lyrics “what are you hoping for?”. Exile In The Outer Ring can be pre-ordered, here.