Really enjoying this Matthew Jones digital release through Tyler & Eloises’ Absent Fever label. Sounds like western/country influences meets electronic samples that together yield images of a dreamy desert landscape. It’s no doubt some of the most interesting, well-executed material I’ve heard so far this year.
Archive for August, 2011
Really enjoyed this video that the Mountain Man ladies did for Pitchfork.tv at Newport Folk Fest. I saw them preform for the first time that day, and those triple harmonies yield some epic swoon. They have a 10″ available at Underwater Peoples which I suggest getting from the label because they have this package deal where you get any 7″ for just $4 when you order it with the Mountain Man 10″, so ideal. If you wander over to the Pitchfork.com website, you’ll notice a redesign too. Seems like it has a streamlined, newspaper aesthetic.
August 29th is just around the corner, which means the new Balam Acab album is nearly here. While in a literal sense I associate with the three songs below with flowers budding (especially his newest internet release, Motion) I can also see a parallel with the initial feeling of love for another.
An old friend from high school got in touch with me about a project he put together creating soundscapes. Robin Hewson combines layers of textured sounds to create a basis for drone. His tracks move forward as if they were a cold wind meandering between the trees of a forest, and occasional vocals hidden between the layers send messages as whispers to those who journey through. Same Light dropping soon on Mine All Mine Records.
The Weeknd released his new album titled “Thursday”. After listening through I feel like I don’t have to say much about it because “Thursday” feels like an expansion of “House of Balloons”. Nothing is really that different when you compare the two EPs except for the fact that this new record is a little less pop so you aren’t in for too much of surprise. Since, in my opinion, his first EP was so tight this isn’t really a bad thing.
Overall, it’s important to look at this record and The Weeknd as a solid example of indie-influenced music penetrating into the mainstream media (i.e. MTV) with the use of the internet. I honestly believe that the free distribution of music through the internet will lead to the mainstream media accepting music that is a bit different than normal pop songs, which in part is due to accessibility. Download the record at The Weeknd’s website here, below is my favorite track off of it. I also featured The Zone because I love Drake and he drops some words on that track.
Oupa (Daniel Blumberg of the UK band Yuck) creates music that plays with the concept of space, and creates a wide-open, vast presence of mystery and emotion. Oupa’s album just dropped on Fat Possum the other day, grip it there. Also below is a tape he’s releasing in September, not really sure if Fat Possum is also releasing that or if it is going to be done exclusively through his UK label Boiled Egg. Other than these two album streams, I also found these two rad videos online for Windows and Physical thanks to the good folks at Forcefield PR.