Friday, February 19, 2016

3 Songs: On Repeat

Marlon Williams – “Hello Miss Lonesome” (The New Zealand based singer-songwriter with the golden croon is set to release his eponymous debut album today via Dead Oceans.  The blues-soaked country-leaning brand of noir-ish folk-rock displayed on the album makes for the perfect backdrop for his barroom-Beatles melodies and smoothly soaring and emotive voice.  A must hear album this year.)

Ra Ra Riot – “Absolutely (Dim Sum Remix)” (The Brooklyn indie-poppers return this week with their fourth album, Need Your Light, via Barsuk Records.  The experimental new album produced by Ryan Hadlock and former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij is beaming with joyous synth-pop melodies and delirious dance floor-ready rhythms.  The upbeat standout single heard here is boasted by a slick remix from Paris electro duo Dim Sum.)

Obscura – “The Monist” (The German progressive death metal vets recently released their highly-anticipated new album, Akroasis, via Relapse Records.  No extreme metal subgenre is left unearthed for a sound augmented by elements of jazzy fretless bass lines, savvy yet monstrous riffs.  The standout track here combines heavy Morbid Angel-like sludge with cosmic Cynic-like passages into the perfect blend; showcasing their talent with yet another forward-thinking yet visceral album.)  


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