Friday, February 09, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat

MGMT – “Me And Micheal” (Today marks the release of the psychedelic synth-pop duo’s fourth album, Little Dark Age, via Columbia Records.  The new album was co-produced by the band - Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser - along with Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift, Blood Orange) and long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse).  As always, they continue to experiment with their sound but these new songs are a fantastic return to form as they pepper in ear-grabbing, velvety dream-pop melodies and subtle funk on “Hand It Over” and European-inspired dance-pop and 80's synths on the standout single heard here.)    

Good Tiger – “Blueshift” (The London post-hardcore band returns today with their highly-anticipated sophomore album, We Will All Be Gone, via Blacklight Media/Metal Blade Records.  By weaving intricate guitars and soaring dream-pop melodies into their experimental and versatile sound, the five piece band shows why they have commanded stages along with Between The Buried And Me and Protest Hero and this new album should place them above the radar where they deserve to be.)

Harm’s Way – “Human Carrying Capacity” (The Chicago hardcore masters make their Metal Blade Records debut with their fourth album, Posthuman, out today.  Adjectives such as “pummeling” and “punishing” are used frequently to describe the metallic and aggressive style of hardcore that Harm’s Way creates but this album – from the opening riff on and with its locked-in 90’s industrial inspired grooves and use of grinding noise - proves to be the very definition of those words.  And the world-weary lyrics match the intensity.  Listen to the opening track, below, and hear for yourself.)      


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