The now-Montreal based, once-Toronto-based samplegazer Doldrums (aka Airick Woodhead) has a new album on the horizon called Lesser Evil, and the shit I’m hearing from it sounds pretty cum-your-pants-tastic. I’m like not even brown-nosing, this shit really is fucking killer; there’s a reason Pitchfork is pissing itself to write about him.
The song we’ve all got to analyze today is “Anomaly”, a word that most people (myself included) probably learned after watching The Matrix Reloaded and pulling out a dictionary to find out what the fuck the Architect said to Neo in the scene where they have their conversation. Anyways, the song actually (to my great delight) finds Woodhead moving more towards the ‘gaze’ than the ‘sample’ – everything here swoons and moans – it’s pretty beautiful and sexy stuff. And Woodhead weaves a great vocal melody on top of the shifting, swirling whole. Interesting – are we to expect an album more in this vane than the more manic, sometimes Bollywood-inspired sounds of his past work?
Whatever the case, it seems each new develop with the post-Spiral Beach crew brings more impressive surprises. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it hitting critics top-ten lists. Long time since The Drake Hotel shows, eh guys?
Toronto is like the fucking bag with no bottom of great bands. This week I got hit by these guys Miss Elizabeth who dabble in a strange brew of shoegaze/electro/pop shit. And so they’ve earned this post on this page.
Manchester art-prog-pop band that just released a fucking awesome album (streaming on Hype Machine as of this writing). So yeah. Dutch Uncles. Sweet shit.
I just heard this and nearly shit my pants or somethign. Funny, was just thinking the other day, “Hey, the Besnards are due for a new album sometime soon, eh?” and bam! Got hit by this mofo: “People Of The Sticks”, off an album called “Until In Excess, Imperceptible UFO” that drops April 2nd.
First thing I noticed is that this bitch sounds like a motherfucker; the Besnards’ lead man (and co-fronter) Jace Lasek is a producer of no little repute, but it sounds like he’s been taking Phil Spectre steroids or something here – everything sounds huge and gorgeous. And the sounds! The sounds of the song are so gorgeous, what with the synths and the vocals and guitars and apocalypse drums…
As a song, I think it’s pretty good, I feel like it’s got hooks, but I kind of can’t get over the actual sounds of this guy, they’re just a whole new level of awesome – and anyways, the Besnards’ songs always were kind of dense and took a while to get used to, so it’s all good.
As for the album to come: I’m feeling good about it. They sound energized and inspired, and if they can stretch what I’m hearing here to full length, it’s gonna be a killer.
Demon Queen appears to be a softer edged project from Black Mother Super Rainb0w/Tobacco mastermind Thomas Fec and someone known as ZACKEY FORCE FUNK. Dig its smooth curves.
Well, well, if it isn’t David Bowie, back from a long hiatus with a new song and a new album on the horizon, produced by old chum Tony Visconti no less. Alright then, let’s get into it…
“Where Are We Now?” is the first song off The Next Day, which drops March 12th. The song isn’t a smash success, but let’s say it’s decent, and perhaps a sign of good things to come from the full album. Essentially, the song feels like an exercise in songwriting rather than something really genuinely inspired. The chords are kind of basic, not too interesting – the lyrics don’t really say anything much, but rather wrap some vague phrases and streets names around an easy anchor phrase – there’s nothing about the song that really stuns or impresses much. But that being said, as an exercise, it’s not a particularly bad one: the chords are decent, Bowie’s singing is affecting, and the lyrics aren’t downright bad. So let’s call it ‘interesting’, and leave it at that.
As for the album, I can’t imagine that in the course of so many years Bowie hasn’t amassed at least a decent amount of interesting songs out of the fourteen album tracks (plus three bonus). Maybe the record company felt this was a good starter for the moronic masses, who knows. In any case, I’m looking forward to hearing it. Also, Bowie seems to keep up with shit – digging Arcade Fire and TV On The Radio and all – he’s not like Elton John or Bruce Springsteen or other bygone artists who seem these days to just peddle their new shit because they’ve got nothing better to do.
Some more incoming shiatz from Toronto peeps – this time it’s electronically-enhanced-popnicks First Rate People. They holed up in a cabin for a while and made a bunch of music. I’m sure it’s gonna make you cream your…realistically, sweatpants or something…here’s the first taster.