Friday, April 06, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Underoath – “Rapture” (The recently reunited metalcore band returns today after a lengthy hiatus with Erase Me, their long-awaited sixth album and first since 2010.  Released on Fearless Records, the new album – produced by Matt Squire and mixed by Ken Andrews - is sure to be polarizing with the inclusion of explicit language alongside personal and honest lyrical themes such as drug abuse, the band’s demise and rebirth as well as their disillusionment with the Christian religion they used to profess.  Musically, they lean in on the electronics a little more than they have previously but are just as heavy, moody and anthemic as ever.  Be sure to catch the Tampa-based band on tour this spring and summer.)    

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “American Guilt” (The strange, shape-shifting band led by Ruban Nielson is set to release their highly-anticipated fourth album, Sex & Food, today on Jagjaguwar Records.  The new album contains their most eclectic, psychedelic and delightfully weird set of songs yet.  From the blown-out post-punk of “American Guilt” and cosmic funk of “Not In Love We’re Just High” to the deliriously danceable disco rhythms of “Everyone Acts Crazy Nowadays”, Nielson and crew continue to defy genres and expectations.)  

MIEN– “Earth Moon” (MIEN is an exciting new project featuring Alex Maas of The Black Angels, Tom Furse of The Horrors, Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone and John-Mark Lapham of The Earlies.  Their self-titled debut album is out today on Rocket Recordings and isn’t what you might expect from these psych-rock champions.  Though just as psychedelic, they rely on samples, loops and synths as well as electronic rhythms instead of droning, fuzzed-out guitars for a unique sound that modernizes their 60’s psych-pop influences.)  

Khruangbin – “Maria También” (The experimental Texas trio - consisting of bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer and drummer Donald Johnson - released their second album, Con Todo El Mundo in January on Dead Oceans.  Their well-travelled and cross-cultural bass-driven sound is influenced by surf-rock and Tarantino soundtracks but this time around they have added elements of 60’s and 70’s Iranian funk and soul music for a languid and almost pastoral vibe complete with thin, twisty guitar lines and percussion-heavy rhythms.)   


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