Now is a day in age where sprawling songs are rare as anything. And no matter the age it is never a simple task to roll on for ten minutes and find a natural feeling way for it to evolve. And Adult Jazz do just that with a layer added upon that by doing all this with a relatively simple arrangement…You know, don’t waste your time reading this. muster up all your attentiveness and settle in for a few minutes to take in “Spook”.
“Drown” is the first look we’ve got of Marika Hackman‘s upcoming debut full length LP, We Slept At Last. Long time readers of the blog will no doubt know that while this is her official debut, she’s been rather prolific in the past couple years with three EPS and a mini-album.
And even though her output has been quite intense, Marika never fails to evolve and further strengthen her voice from release to release. Her music is like a forest floor dappled with light and shadow, there’s an airiness to it but it’s not without a very definite darkness and the two fluidly mingle into a kind of alliance that is a bit unnerving and reassuring all at once.
We Slept At Last, will be released February 16th via Dirty Hit.
Every so often I come across an old favorite I had completely forgotten about and I think, “How could I forget about something like this?!” I suppose that’s just the imperfection of the human mind, but that imperfection can lead to things as wonderful as that is terrible. This song, as a matter of fact was supposedly born from misheard words in a loud room. When Sue “Su Tissue” McLane of Suburban Lawns asked a friend what he did for a living he said “I’m a janitor” and what she heard was “Oh my genitals!”
A couple weeks back we released our session with Dorian Wood as he set out on his European tour. He’s only about half way through so if you happen to be along his path I’d highly encourage you to get your tickets now.
I’m really happy to share the audio from the session as free downloadable MP3s. Enjoy!
When I heard the first songs from Viet Cong, I thought to myself “Oh, this is what everyone’s been trying to do.” A haunting mass of lo-fi haze and paranoid noise punctuated by seriously catchy pop elements, “Continental Shelf” is not without a hint of Talking Heads vocal delivery. On their earlier cassette release it wasn’t quite clear that they had fully settled on a sound. Maybe “Continental Shelf” is that sound, maybe they won’t settle on a single sound, either way I’m more than pleased. I suppose we’ll just have to wait for their debut LP out next January to find out for sure.
The album version of Tara King th.‘s “L’Enquete” mixes dischordant harpsichord with spaghetti western guitar melodies and a bass line that drips with Franco-pop cool. The atmosphere it builds relies so heavily on the arrangement that it’s almost shocking how lovely this acoustic version is–the first time it hits the falsetto, it’s pure chills. Without the more propulsive elements in the original arrangement, the song doesn’t really build to anything–in fact, the false-stop two-thirds through would be a complete moodkiller if the mood were just a little less rich. But even if the song isn’t exactly a journey, it’s still a lovely piece to sink into.
Also worth mentioning: Tara King th. has a new LP coming out with Danish folk-rockers Hazalan Bazar, and it is magnificent, moving from baroque pop to Lee & Nancy psych country to vibraphone-heavy French lounge with an effortlessness that’s almost offensive. Without mincing any words, it is very good from top to bottom, and after only a couple of plays is quickly establishing itself among my favourite albums of the year.
When I came across Hungry Cloud Darkening it was described as “part bummer Beach Boys, part Twin Peaks soundtrack” and, dammit, if you need any more convincing than that you are reading the wrong blog. They’ve got a new track called “I Am Seen” from their new album, Glossy Recall, that strikes me as what Broadcast would sound like if it was less menacing. Even when Hungry Cloud Darkening gets dark and brooding there is an underlying light that is really comforting.
There are few performers I’ve ever seen that brings the kind of power to a stage that Dorian Wood does. And there was no exception made when brought a string quartet into the studio for the third installment of our monthly session series. I couldn’t be happier to share this one with you.
There is an indelible playfulness in Jonnie Common‘s “Shark”, but that’s not to say it skims the surface of emotional intelligence in its writing. It’s really that quality that makes “Shark” stand out in my mind, you get all the effortless reward of a good pop song but if you focus in on it looking for more depth it’s there and plain to see.
The track is available for streaming and free download on Soundcloud. The album it is taken from, Trapped In Amber, will be available on CD and the vinyl on Halloween via Song, By Toad Records.