Sea Oleena has always been on the subtly sedate side of musical sounds. But the second single, “Paths”, that she’s sharing from off her upcoming release “Shallow”, is one of her most delicate confections yet. It’s all pillowy ambiance, drifting vocals blend with the soft repetition of guitar and the gentle inclusion of strings. It’s gracefully atmospheric, light and whispery like the release of a soft stream of steam. You can follow her at twitter and tumblr or listen to some older tracks at bandcamp. “Shallow” will be released on September 30 via Lefse Records. You can pre-order the 7-song record here. The track, “If I’m” was the first song she released off “Shallow”. – David D. Robbins Jr.
King Tuff’s new record is called “Black Moon Spell”. Sub-Pop posted the YouTube link below, with the caveat that it’s not the official video. Well, I’m not sure if that’s the label and artist having a goof, but let it be said, this is the description provided at the label’s website for the upcoming record (which also sports a special “Loser’s Edition” on vinyl): “No one involved was prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them to do it. Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called The Devil.” The lyrics of the latest single, the hooky “Headbanger”, are a hoot — and gave me a flashback to The Mountain Goats singing the comically-named “The Best Ever Death Metal Band in Denton”, from 2002’s “All Hail West Texas”. The 14-song LP “Black Moon Spell” is out Sept. 23. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Say what you will about EMA’s musical style (which I happened to love), but you have to respect her honesty. She goes straight punk on this Sex Pistols/Hole-sounding single called “False Flag”, which takes a number of people to task: Those that benefit off the misery of 9-11, the phoniness of political exploitation, and even her own generation for being gutless: “It’s a 24/7 exhibitionist hell / And I hate people who look good and dress well … / Now everything’s fucked and the future was stolen / And my generation just rolled over / Nothing to say but a lump in our throats.” It’s a wonderful and meaningful anarchy. Her latest record is called “The Future’s Void“. Follow EMA at twitter and facebook. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Listen to Jay Prince’s track “All You” from off the “Stussy x Soulection Compilation”, a record inspired by the clothing brand of the same name. There are 19 other tracks on the collection, but try this standout first, and then click on this link to listen to the songs at bandcamp. You can follow Jay Prince at facebook, twitter and bandcamp. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Sweden’s The Radio Dept. is streaming a new track called ‘Death to Fascism”, which opens with two distorted phrases set to electronic dance. The phrases are seemingly incomprehensible, but still sound like words, and pleasing to the ear. But the single album art does spell out the phonetics as “Smrt fashizmu sloboda narod”, which in Slovenian translates loosely to “Death fashizmu / Sloboda nation.” In other words, the band are repeating death to fascism and the concept of a free settlement. That might sound a bit heavy, but the song is pretty and takes an even lighter musical turn with the introduction of a upbeat synth and guitar. You can download the track at soundcloud courtesy of the band’s label, Labrador Records. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Here’s a sweet pairing of Aldo and singer Mizan on a chilled-out gem called “All These Lines”. It’s a cool blend of Aldo’s musicianship and Mizan’s raw R&B vocal style. There’s just something refreshing about this cut. Maybe it has to do with its simplicity. Nothing gets in the way of the song’s purity — just a keyboard, a buttery, soulful voice and Aldo’s good sense of when to build up the track’s groove and when to dial it back and let Ms. Mizan do her thing. You can follow Mizan at facebook. Looks as if something happened to that track and it was sadly taken down at soundcloud. But in lieu of that song, here’s a link to another sweet Mizan track called “No Fool (Freestyle)” at soundcloud, released a year ago. – David D. Robbins Jr.