I’ve said before that Marika Hackman seems to have a fluid kind of relationship with space and time, and in her recent live performance of “Deep Green” at London’s Toe Rag Studios she seems to be broadcasting from time gone by.
Well good golly. Sylvan Esso is one of the loveliest things I’ve come across lately. Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man) has a voice that’s cozy, playful and just radiating with joyful comfort. As a matter of fact, if you took that feeling and turned it into a sweater you would have her outfit in this video of her and the band’s second half, Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun), performing live for WAMU’s Bandwidth at the Wilderness Bureau.
Tom Brosseau is doing something quite unusual. And it’s not because he’s doing something new, it’s because he’s doing something old. He’s taken up an old tradition, one that once served as our first historical record, story-telling. And for countless centuries that tradition grew and expanded, became evermore complex and eloquent. There is a particular branch of that tree that we’re quite familiar with, the guitar wielding troubadour wandering the vast open space of America, serving as the carrier of news and social ideas. It seems that we kind of lost touch with the singing storytellers as our methods of communication inched nearer to being entirely instant and our music became structured less linearly, but after tens of thousands of years it’s in our blood. You might forget but when you hear Tom Brosseau speak and sing, you remember it.
Last time I ran into Dorian Wood he told me he was shooting a new music video the next day. “I told them I want to be Beyoncé,” he said as grin spread across his face in a way he clearly couldn’t control even if he had wanted to. He told The Huffington Post,
“I think it’s wonderful when people share their fantasies with the world, and I hope more people can feel comfortable doing so without the fear of being judged or ridiculed. To me, fantasies are the strongest extensions of the self.”
When you see Dorian perform, in this video and otherwise, it is affecting without fail. It’s because he lays himself bare, he will not apologize for his fantasies, his anger, his body. He is masculine strength and feminine vulnerability, because neither of these are gender exclusive, they’re human and they’re powerful.
Alright you guys, get ready. This is easily the sexiest song yet seen on Mouser. If front man of LA new-comers Air Life looks familiar that’s not by coincidence. Back in October we did a session video with Body Parts and you caught a few looks at him there, you may have seen him with behind the drums with Hunter Hunted as well. He’s doing alright for himself.
But in Air Life you’re going to see him in a way you haven’t before, not behind the drums but front and center on lead vocals and guitar. As a matter of fact, here’s a perfect opportunity to see exactly that. They’ve just released a video for their debut single “Tell Me Anything” which you’ll find conveniently below. Need options? I’ve got another. In May they’ll be playing a free residency every Monday at The Satellite.
We’ve got a sweet spot in our hearts for Pregnant. Daniel Trudeau, the man with the a.k.a., is simply prolific in his very rhythmic and always unusual songwriting. On top of a steady output in the more traditional sense he also does what he calls a “Your Song” project where he’ll write a song for you for a measly $5. He’s already more than 50 songs deep in less than a year with that project alone.
He’s gearing up to release a seven song 10″ via Porch Party Records later this month and has put out a video for “Only Me”, taken from that album, which is titled Inconvenience. There’s a moment I love in particular. Watch for it at 2:17
In “No Death” Mirel Wagner softly embraces the deathlings with her whispery voice and stripped-down guitar melodies. It feels like she’s singing you a lullaby until you start to listen to the lyrics that so skillfully play with the macabré. I start to believe she’s one of Edgar Allan Poe’s daughters, or what do you say?
The re-emergence of Lewis is a sort of miracle in itself—a chance find in an Edmonton used record store becomes a minor obsession that grows until it receives an official re-release from the crate-digging wizards at Light in the Attic — but then, stories only get you so far.
What really matters with Lewis is the music. Songs so wispy they make Air Supply sound aggressive. ’80s ballads that move beyond soft into another realm entirely. Sounds so sincere, so heartfelt and utterly devoid of irony that they can melt you, and make you believe that an anglo-Canadian singer with feathered bangs is the spiritual predecessor of everyone from Perfume Genius to How to Dress Well.
Today Liphemra released her new mixtape, Part 3. It includes the recently released “Bandaid” and “Overbored”, which I want to call the second single, though it’s hard to choose singles amongst such a strong group of songs. But still, “Overbored” strikes a chord with me. read more…
Like a stop motion film funded by the Canadian Arts Council about a clockwork robot assembling itself (What is that not what you hear? I got a very specific image in my mind when I listened to this), “Riddle Song”, the debut single from Parisian duo VTCN RADIO comes in fits and starts of mechanical sentience. Keep an eye on their Soundcloud page, there is more from these guys coming up for air.