New Music Mondays 3/2/15
A freshly curated batch of eclectic sounds to start your week.
Turn To Crime “Prince Of Slackers”
When I first heard this I immediately thought of one of my favorite freaks, Gary Wilson, who I can tell is a big influence on these basement dwelling Detroit avant-garde rockers. Uncut described these guys perfectly, “Akin to the more “out-there” eras of a Bowie and Lou Reed, or perhaps a less “out-there” Gary Wilson”. The standout track to me on this new album is, “This Is What You Wanted”, but all the songs have a certain charm to them that makes repeat listening easy and enjoyable.
Never Young “Ur A Front”
I LOVE Fugazi, so I don’t take to making “sounds-like-Fugazi” references lightly. Well, with that being said, this song by Never Young called “Ur A Front” sounds a little bit like Fugazi, add some Unwound, Librarians, and even a smidgen of The Melvins. The chant/shout vocals laid over heavy guitar blasts and solid bass-lines pour out of your speakers like molten lava. There is beauty amongst the thrash here in the breakdowns of this song, and that goes through the entire new album. I love when waiting guitars meet wall-of-sound bridges. The band’s latest, self titled EP is out now on Father/Daughter Records and is well worth buying ASAP. This is one of those instantly likable bands that will have you hoping they’re coming to a rock club near you so you can feel this rawness live.
John Grant “Glacier”
Ok, so this guy has already been on The Late Show With Dave Letterman and his videos are starting to be viewed in the hundreds of thousands, but he’s new to me, so if you’re already a fan, congratulations to you, smart-ass. I absolutely love the band, Midlake, who produce and play on many of Grant’s recordings, so that makes it so much easier to love this dude. He’s a powerful singer; his lyrics are clear and radiate with serious heart and meaning. He reminds me of a less-satirical Father John Misty mixed with Rufus Wainwright—incredible. He’ll be touring with the Pixies this summer, so do yourself a favor and go see him, and them for an epic concert experience.
Cool Ghouls “And It Grows”
No, your ears have not taken a time machine back to the late-60s and arrived on Haight And Ashbury Street in San Francisco, your ears are in the now, listening to a band that sounds like it jumped through a worm-hole from there to here, to now, and it’s quite glorious. To be honest, the band’s name, Cool Ghouls, threw me off, but after listening to the music, I get it, and I like it. Think Jefferson Airplane meets Thee Oh Sees—god damn this band rips and how they’re not festival darlings by now is crazy to me, even though I’m sure they’re already huge in Europe.
Barbarossa (a.k.a. James Mathé ) is a hard band to describe. The website describes the ideals behind the music as, “ … to build elegiac electronic anthems that are filled with a simple, poignant immediacy.” I agree with that sentiment. Mathé’s voice is a thing of beauty, especially when he layers it over the perfectly produced, elegantly lush, blip-bleep, backround soundscapes. Again, not easy to place, but sounds slightly like male fronted Policia.