Archive for June, 2012

Echodrone

June 30th, 2012 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Here’s some shoegazey stuff from San Fran band Echodrone to…listen to…I suppose…

Have You Heard The New…Dirty Projectors Album?

June 29th, 2012 | Features | 0 Comments

Alas Swing Lo Magellan has arrived. As I tweeted yesterday it lacks the sharp focus and epic momentum of that breakthrough album, but is by no means a failure; it is, rather, another excellent entry in the Dirty Projectors‘ already stellar discography.

Really, there’s nothing to fault the album on – I can’t think of one bad track, the production and songwriting is as ambitious and inventive as ever, and the whole things flows quite well. Where it loses out to its predecessor, however, is in pacing and grandeur. Swing Lo Magellan‘s songs are for the most part more laid back, though by no means “simple”: Longstreth’s complex harmonies and schizophrenic guitar work make any such description impossible. But these are songs that allow you to come to them, rather than blowing you away like “Cannibal Resource” did on Bitte Orca. There are some songs closer in spirit to the stunners on Bitte Orca - such as the first single “The Gun Has No Trigger”, which actually sounds much more dramatic in the context of the album – but it would simply be impossible with the album’s length (twelve songs vs. Bitte Orca‘s sharp nine) to use them to create the same kind of momentum Bitte Orca had.

That being said, Swing Lo Magellan is incredibly rewarding. The arrangements are dense and reveal more upon repeated listens, and the songs, as mentioned before, are complex and may require a bit of time to really get used to. There’s a lot going on on this album – Beefheart-esque experimentations with discordance, gentle acoustic baladry – and lyrically I haven’t even begun to explore what’s going on. All I know right now is it’s weird to hear Longstreth sing about romantic stuff – I think we’re all more comfortable hearing him sing pretty songs about Portuguese explorers, as he does in the title track. Why doesn’t he get the incredible female vocalists (or vocalist, since Deradoorian’s taking time off? Do they still have more than one chick singing?) in his band to handle that kind of stuff? Sometimes he does, but it seemed he wanted to hog the mic a bit more this time around – it doesn’t hurt the album.

Nor is the album particularly “challenging”, or at least I wouldn’t call it such. This is an album waiting to be discovered, just as the Americas were perhaps. So swing lo you young Magellans…swing lo…or something…

BTW: Dirty Projectors are gonna be playing Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall on July 6th and the show is being put on by my hommies at Embrace, so check that yo.

Hellaluya

June 28th, 2012 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Awesome Toronto hyper-psych band Hellaluya‘s got some more music coming out after a long break presumably spent honing the craft. It comes in the form of a split 12″ w/ Cartoons on the ever-more-legit Daps and Buzz label. (via CHARTattack)

Wymond Miles

June 28th, 2012 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

When you’re in a bad place and you lose some loved ones, if you’re a musician you make an album. Usually these super sad albums are actually amazing – look at albums like Arcade Fire‘s Funeral (inspired by deaths in the family), or Patti Smith‘s Gone Again (inspired by the death of her husband Fred Smith, her brother Todd, friends Allen Ginsberg, Robert Mapplethorp and former bandmate Richard Sohl). Fresh And Only‘s guitarist Wymond Miles recently lost a best friend and some family members and so he went and made an album called Under The Pale Moon. Haven’t heard the entire thing yet, but this song off it is really good and Pitchfork gave it a deece review.

Grand Resort

June 27th, 2012 | Mp3 Posts | 0 Comments

Andres Pichardo grew up in the Dominican Republic but now he’s in Brooklyn making twee-gaze pop that’s totally gorgeous as Grand Resort.

Grand Resort – Night Is Dark