Yesterday The Knife, the acclaimed Swedish electronic duo, released a stream of their new album Shaking The Habitual, and boy is it a doozie. It’s been over seven years since they released their last album Silent Shout, so I don’t think anyone was really sure what would be released. I can say the album is definitely weird, and much more like Deep Cuts, not as polished as Silent Shout. Still, I’m excited to listen to this more, see how it grows on me. What do you think?
And how about that album art? Try staring at it for 5 minutes straight, my guess is that you’ll probably go blind.
I’m excited to be premiering a new track from my old friends Tera Melos called “Bite”. It’s taken from their upcoming record X’ed Out which comes out on April 16. If you’re unfamiliar with the band they’ve been described as making “math rock”, that they’re “jazz inspired”, that their sound is something like “Beach Boys meets The Flaming Lips.” I can say with certainty that these descriptions and influences are true as I grew up with two guys from the band, Nick and Nathan, so I have a bit of a unique perspective.
From what I’ve heard of the X’ed Out this is their most ambitious effort yet. “Bite” actually reminds me of a pop inspired version of a Deftones song, but with a lot more complexity. I’m also getting a Primus vibe when it comes to the drums, in particular. That’s an odd combination but it’s exactly what makes Tera Melos such a unique band. I think it’s also interesting how the track is mixed, with the vocals being at an equal weight to the rest of the instruments. Lead singer Nick Reinhart’s voice and choruses float and along with the other instruments, combining to create a cohesive whole.
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Anenon is the musical moniker of L.A. based musician Brian Allen Simon, and he’s just released a new EP titled Sunsets and Clocks.
Anenon recorded ‘Sunsets and Clocks’ in the weeks directly preceding a whirlwind tour of Japan, where expectations and preconceptions (both false and true), collided over and over again in anticipation of the trip to come. In this collection of songs, Brian Allen Simon shares that intimate space, where he was both highly conscious of the relentless march of time and simultaneously removing himself from it, delving into an inner space where the lack of time smeared memories, fantasies, and fears into one another.
The title track above is something I’ve been listening to on repeat for the past week or so. It’s got this saxophone part that loops over and over that’s absolutely beautiful. Add in some hand claps and steady backbeat and you’ve got yourself quite an infectious track. He also has a limited edition book of photos that’s meant to accompany the album, providing a visual element to the musical tracks.
Odd pairings are always interesting. Earlier today Alec Bladwin released a new episode of his podcast Here’s The Thing featuring Radiohead and Atoms For Peace frontman Thom Yorke. To me, it sounds like an incredibly odd pairing, the movie star and the rock star, trading stories and getting deep. But the end result is actually quite interesting to listen to. Baldwin is a fantastic host who can masterfully guide the conversation to get such wonderful answers out of Yorke, while Yorke actually turns out to be a delightful, chatty guest. Highly recommended if you’re a fan of either of these guys.
Found through The Scout – Thom Yorke photo by Phil Fisk
Maybe it’s the Boiler Room effect. Or the whirlwind success that seems to accompany the D-I-Y-in-mommas-bedroom-when-you’re-under-25 beatmaking crew. But the world of pop production and “indie” production consistently overlaps. One minute you’re slaving in the basement and the next moment you’re sending beats to the A$AP Mob and Yeezy wants to sample you. Ok that doesn’t happen to everybody – it just appears that way.
So the pairing of RL Grime and Salva makes all the sense in the world. Two of LA’s more sought after producers, they earlier struck gold on their collaboration on the GOOD Music hit ‘Mercy’. As RL Grimes ascends through some Mad Decency and Salva takes sets from Low End Theory and Power 106, any further collaborations are just icing on the cake. Somehow combining a bit of trap, UK Garage and Liddell’s songwriting chops, the remix of “What a Shame” is a mover and a shaker. The original comes from the Liddell’s self titled record from this year. A banger in its own right. Liddell, for all his neo-soul crooniness, remains a purveyor of the underground beat scene. With these dudes at the helm, I just have to say: they know just when to drop the beat. Headphones users and people with subwoofers be warned.