Timber Timbre posted a video for the song, “Grand Canyon”, from off 2014’s “Hot Dreams” LP, out now via Arts & Crafts. The video was directed by director Scott Cudmore. Note: The images above are screen captures from the video. – David D. Robbins Jr.
This track is so good. Brings me back. Shades of Bauhaus and Echo & the Bunnymen. Viet Cong’s “Continental Shelf” is the first single off the band’s Jan. 20th, 2015 self-titled release via Jagjaguwar. The record will feature seven tracks: Newspaper Spoons, Pointless Experience, March Of Progress, Bunker Buster, Continental Shelf, Silhouettes, and Death. You can hear two tracks from Viet Cong’s 2013 cassette release at bandcamp. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Call “Sue (Or In a Season of Crime)” the David Bowie meets Ornette Coleman phase. Bowie’s dipped into jazzy territories over the years, including the “This Is Not America” (1984) soundtrack for the film “The Falcon and the Snowman”, recorded with the Pat Metheny Group and the 1993 album “Black Tie/White Noise”. This time around, “Sue”, a nearly seven-and-a-half minute breakdown of jazz conventions, is a wild orchestral ride, free-flowing and hyperkenetic. It was created with American record producer and collaborator Tony Visconti. The song is set to highlight Bowie’s monstrous three-disc career-spanning compilation “Nothing Has Changed: The Very Best of Bowie”, due out Nov. 17 on Parlophone in the UK, with the U.S. version to be released the next day via Columbia. The songs will cover everything from his 1964 debut, “Liza Jane”, through to the this new recording. The song was co-written with composer-pianist Maria Schneider. The song opens with a pulsing bass beat, dynamic jazz that feels like improvisation, and “Sue, I got the job / We’ll buy the house / You’ll need to rest … ” It’s really a dark, beautiful and Gothic track about sickness, death, dreams, love and betrayal. It’s an epic song that pushes the emotive and atmospheric over attempts at melody. There are hints of that dystopian feeling in the verses and music that is reminiscent of 1995’s “Outside”, one of Bowie’s finest works. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Artist George Maple released a video today for the gorgeous Flume-produced “Talk Talk”, a song off her upcoming EP release “Vacant Space” on Future Classic. I read a few comments on YouTube suggesting they didn’t understand the video. Well, I don’t understand it exactly either, but I really prefer it that way. Who wants everything spelled out? Not me. But I will say this, it’s easy to imagine a priest’s frustration at the thoughts of this enchantress of the woods. In all seriousness, it’s a pretty video, telling the outline of a story through stark black and white imagery. You can pre-order Maple’s EP at this i-tunes link. Follow her on facebook. Note: Images are three screen captures from the video. Video was directed by Yeoseop Yoon. — David D. Robbins Jr.
Auckland’s Chelsea Jade will be releasing “Beacons” EP this month and her single, “Visions”, is the teaser — which you can download for free at her soundcloud page. I remember first hearing Jade a few years ago when she sung under the moniker of Watercolours. A song like “Under” was a gorgeous mix of warped electronics, subdued double-tracked vocals and a kind of muted sensuality. I’d also seen some videos of her singing live and her vocals are even stronger in that format, soulful and full-throated. There’s really no either-or here, but rather she’s just a singer who can go a variety of directions. Her more hushed recorded style is more soft and lush. Her more R&B-based, hypnotic “Kyoto Train” is beautiful — and it’s a signature for her style, pretty overlapping vocal harmonies bleeding into clicking percussion and warm synth. (Which I thought made her original moniker appropriate.) Her upcoming EP release was produced by Justyn Pilbrow in New York and Ben Lawson in Auckland. ‘Beacons’ will feature six new tracks, including “Visions”, which sounds like her best track yet: “Then licking sediment like it’s the salt / On the back of my hands / Erosion supposing / You don’t know the lay of your own land.” Follow Chelsea Jade at facebook and twitter. You can watch a new video for her song, “Night Swimmer” at YouTube. – David D. Robbins Jr.
Seems it’s all come to a boil. The ever-surly, audience-bashing Mark Kozelek, of Sun Kil Moon, is streaming his War on Drugs diss track over at Pitchfork — who clearly can’t get enough of this odd one-sided squabble. Okay, let’s backtrack, for anyone who cares. It was reported that Kozelek, while performing at the Ottawa Folk Fest, had some sound issues. At one point the main stage band, War On Drugs, could be heard playing during the band’s problematic start. Kozelek asked what band was playing and the audience told him. He then replied that he hated their style of music and announced his next song is called, ‘The War on Drugs Can Suck My Fucking Dick.'” A writer for IndyWeek posted two graphs about the incident and embedded the photo you see above, gaining some web momentum. Kozelek was irritated.