The subject of what inanimate objects do when we leave them alone is one that has been well covered, but the truth comes out and it’s filthy. Maybe it’s something we were too modest to accept but Dan Deacon is forcing reality on us in the new video for “Feel The Lightning”. Let the truth wash over you.
If any musician out there is inhabiting the spirit of the golden days of pop music, it’s Rachel Fannan. And a shining example of that is her new video for “Bad Habits”, recorded and filmed live at Bedrock Studios here in Los Angeles.
And if you need more you’ll find it just below, a few months back we did a session and interview with her band Only You.
The soft swing of Jake Bellows‘s voice in the days of his former band, Neva Dinova, lead me to discover musical avenues I might not have otherwise explored. And that’s something I value, I’m glad to have been opened up. With the release of his solo album via Saddle Creek we’ve heard that voice and songwriting distilled.
We did a live video of Jake playing one of my favorite songs of all time, “Yellow Datsun”, at a house show last year. Have a look at that as well.
Every once in awhile I press play on a song and I’m instantly hooked on it. Panda Bear‘s “Boys Latin” is exactly that kind of song.
On a surreally visceral landscape organisms, not obviously plant of animal, ungulate and sway in a breeze that seems to move with an unusual weight. What feels enchanted soon becomes overwhelmed by anxiety as a strange organism affects stranger still physical changes. But in a place where, assumably, nothing is as it seems – neither is this.
Marika Hackman is unquestionably someone who indulges her dark side in her art, the weight that flows beneath and gives a point of reference to the lighter bits of life. In her new video for “Drown” she embraces the suffocating weight that informs our pleasure more directly than she has in the past. Nothing but abyssal darkness surrounding her and hands reaching down to her, seeming to try to bring her back to the surface but violently so.
“Drown” is the first glimpse and Marika’s first full length album, We Slept At Last, due out February 16th. You can pre-order it here.
ERIC CHENAUX // SKULLSPLITTER
For a devoted experimentalist, Eric Chenaux is unusually committed to beauty. Even when he lets his guitar stray into droning discord, his vocals pierce through the mix, delicate and melodic.
“Skullsplitter” is the title track from Chenaux’s fifth Constellation Records release, due in mid-February; like 2012’s Guitar and Voice, the album consists almost entirely of those two instruments, though you’d never guess it from the richly varied textures Chenaux coaxes from each. And despite the aggressive title, “Skullsplitter” is about as mellow as Chenaux gets, a lovely poem draped over a warm bed of washed-out guitar.
Delivered from a house—weathered and aged—being held upright by chance more than sturdy timbers and a solid foundation, Siskiyou‘s “Deserter” rolls out on a bass line. Anchored by that bass, the song tries on many ideas for size as it moves forward before shedding it all and exposing a pulpy center; gentle shining guitar and delicate vocals, slowly fading as they pass.
Siskiyou’s third album, Nervous, will be released January 20th via Montreal’s Constellation.
For nearly a decade I’ve counted Morgan Greenwood‘s music as some of the best I’ve ever heard. You may be familiar with his work with Baths or Azeda Booth, but very little of his solo music has made it out to the wider world. I am incredibly excited to share some brand new songs of Morgan’s with you, filmed on location in a cave tucked away in an oak grove.