On August 28th, the Victoria-based Frog Eyes put out their sixth studio album, Pickpocket’s Locketon Toronto label Paper Bag.
I’ve been a fan of Frog Eyes (and frontman Carey Mercer‘s work in general) for years now. Back in the early-to-mid 2000s, there was a sense of excitement around Frog Eyes, in part because Spencer Krug was a member of the band before he went on to greater success as a member of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown. They were also just a pretty interesting band, and Mercer was (and is) a fascinating frontman. Although some of that excitement around the band has died down, Pickpocket’s Locket may be the best Frog Eyes album yet. Earlier albums found Mercer and crew cramming songs so full of ideas and manic energy that it often felt like as soon as some cool melody was introduced, it was gone, and Mercer was off on another operatic tangent. Written on an acoustic guitar left by his late father, Pickpocket’s Locket finds Mercer calmer, allowing those melodies he often skirts past to linger and fill out the songs. And the result is a beautiful album from a talented and inspired songwriter at perhaps the peak of his powers.
On November 13th, Frog Eyes is playing a PopGun presented show at Baby’s All Right here in Brooklyn. I’ve never seen the band live, so hopefully I’ll be able to check them then.
I’m not sure why, but for a while now I’ve been getting really into weird synth stuff. Old bands and artists like Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze. New ones like Sinoia Caves. I watched the documentary I Dream Of Wires last week and totally loved it. And I don’t know if it’s just because I’m paying attention now, but all of a sudden it seems like I’m not the only one into weird synths. Tonight I’m going to Eastern Tapes’ monthly modular series metope at the bar Muchmores here in Brooklyn. And on September 17th, I’ll probably check out Brooklyn modular synth duo On A Clear Day‘s release show for their new album Photo 51, which you can stream below. Regarding the band, I don’t know much about them, but mystery goes well with weird synth music, so I guess I’ll just keep it that way for now.
Houston-based dark weirdo experimentalists Indian Jewelry release their eighth album Doing Easy November 27th. I’ve heard about the band plenty of times before but this is the first time I’ve actually heard their music.
I think it’s also worth noting that this was the only band out of all the ones Noisey chose to write about that sings in Hebrew. The takeaway: the best Israeli music is stuff that’s proud to be Israeli, not trying to sell itself off to Europe and North America in English.