It's that time of the week again folks. Now I know what you're saying, hey it's Monday. Since most people were watching the Superbowl, I decided to postpone the post until today. I'm slowly getting the hang of embedding things. If you look back on week one, things will be embeded properly there now. Let's dive right into the new music for your ears!
First up is a single by a surprise collaboration between Woods and Dungen. The song is called "Turn Around" and is the first single off of their upcoming album Myths 003. It is a great mesh of their two sounds, producing a song that could have been in a Sergio Leone movie in the 60's. The song is a little over four minutes long and I can imagine the great breakdown that starts at about the 2:20 mark would be an absolutely extended mind-blowing experience live. Get this blaring on your speakers right now and get the album in mid-March!
Next up is Jonathan Wilson featuring Laraaji on "Loving You". Jonathan has toured the world with Roger Waters, produced Father John Misty and Karen Elson, and seems like one of the coolest humans in the world. This track will put you in a trance behind Laraaji's beautiful chants through the song as well as Jonathan's great vocals. Lose eight minutes or so from your night and get lost in the weirdness displayed below.
Everett Bird, hailing from Montreal, dusted off some spacey indie rock for our ears with "Bucket of Dead Meat". The song moves along with a few different vocal takes and really pushes the whole song forward. The song is about "the feeling of anxiety a person gets when it seems like everyone is being more productive than you. On the other end, the song is about suppressing that feeling with things that make you happy". It's a pretty song and the rest of the album comes out later this month. Count me in!
Holy Wave have a new album coming out March 30 and have released their first single from the album "Adult Fear". The video is really fun, but stay for great keyboard lines that evoke the 60's. The whole song feels like an outtake from a trippy Damon Albarn album. I'm really looking forward to the whole album this Spring. I'm going to assume a tour announcement is imminent and I've heard they are wonderful live.
A Place to Bury Strangers came out with a hell of a song and video this week. It's called "Never Coming Back" and the whole thing is impressive. It's a wild song and I'm happy to say that two of my photo friends worked on the video. Seeing people I know kick ass and do some big things is always great to see. Enjoy the whole thing!
Time to move to albums. I have a feeling albums and singles are going to wind up as two different posts in the near future, but for now we'll keep it as one.
First up is Nils Frahm with All Melody. I'm not one for ambient tunes usually, but holy cow this album blew me away. Then I started reading up on it and that took me to another level of my jaw being agape in awe. He was given some studio space and brought in an inordinate amount of instruments and turned them all loose to make his dream studio. Nils changed the sounds of all the instruments to fit what he wanted. In his own words he "wanted to hear beautiful drums, drums I’ve never seen or heard before, accompanied by human voices, girls, and boys. They would sing a song from this very world and it would sound like it was from a different space. I heard a synthesiser which sounds like a harmonium playing the All Melody, melting together with a line of a harmonium sounding like a synthesiser." This is a far out album that deserves your ears.
Next up is the second and last record this week, it was a long arduous week, is Palm's Rock Island. It's weird, catchy, and is stretching rock and roll out a bit in a time when indie rock can sounds very much the same too often. Guitars are rhythmic, bass and drums are in front, and melodies are sung high above both of them. The whole album is just out there and I love it. It is still on NPR first listen at the moment, Palm Rock Island, but it should be streaming by the end of this week on all platforms. Enjoy!