Friday, August 31, 2018

3 Songs: On Repeat (Extended Edition)

Big Red Machine – “Lyla” (Big Red Machine is the collaborative new project from Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of The National along with numerous guests from their PEOPLE collective.  The experimentally-eclectic self-titled debut album is out today on Jagjaguwar and blends glitchy electronics, broad-stroking guitar atmospherics, bombastic hip-hop inspired beats and vocal cadences (“Lyla”), room-filling Gospel and much, much more into a headphones-worthy world to get lost in.)

Iron & Wine – “What Hurts Worse” (Sam Beam returns with a new EP of songs written during the sessions for his excellent Grammy-nominated 2017 album, Beast Epic yet completed and recorded after its release.  Out today on Sub Pop, the 6-song Weed Garden EP continues his recent trend back towards the beloved stripped-down folk of which Beam began his musical journey and also offers a studio version of live fan favorite, “Waves of Galveston”.)  

Mogwai – “We’re Not Done (End Title)” (The highly-prolific Scottish post-rock legends return with another impressive soundtrack release in their arsenal, this time for the thrilling sci-fi film, KIN.  Out today on Temporary Residence, their cosmic synth-driven cinematics are on full display and like last year’s studio album, Every Country’s Sun; vocals are included on the soaring closing track and end title heard here.)

Beanpole – “Cousins” (Out today on Sean Lennon’s Chimera Music imprint, is a long-lost album of odd music created in the 80’s and 90’s by Derek Greenberg and Adam Gates of ‘90s alt-rock band The Spent Poets along with Les Claypool and Larry LaLonde of Primus.  The album titled, All My Kin is one of the strangest things to come from under the Primus family umbrella, with quirky carnival-like instrumentation and lyrics that hue humorous with a child-like wonder.)   

Mass Gothic - “J.Z.O.K.” (Mass Gothic began as the solo project of Noel Heroux of Hooray For Earth but for his second album, he has transformed and evolved with the addition of his wife, Jessica Zambri.  Together the duo creates synth-pop with a darkly romantic post-punk edge on the new album titled, I’ve Tortured You Long Enough, out today on Sub Pop.)     


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