On "Mirror," Weekend turns their trademark guitar-pile assault internal. It's steamy post-punk with a circular bass attack leading the way over galloping drums and a despondent vocal from Shaun Durkan. If you're sick of yourself, looking in the mirror is never a good thing. This is like being trapped in a well of mirrors. Their new one, Jinx, comes July 23 via Slumberland.
April 4 2013
TEEN will trip you the hell out, and it feels like a kind massage to the brain all over their upcoming EP Carolina. Here, they're covering kindred spirits Rain Parade and getting some extra shred assistance from The Men's prodigeous Ben Greenberg. It's all twinkling arpeggios and interstellar tones – perfect for getting glazed eyes.
April 3 2013
"Monomania" seems like the moment where Deerhunter, clearly one of the best bands of the era at this point, enters their '90s Sonic Youth phase where things become crunchier, scuzzier and every move is a grand comment on rock spectacle. They unveiled this one on the Jimmy Fallon program last night, and it was one of the more subversive and exciting late night performances in recent memory – all 4:30am gore and rotting rock 'n' roll. Highest recommendation.
When not in wide-eyed rave mania, Zomby is one of those electronic producers that feels a little deeper, and "W I T H L O V E" is our first taste of that ghostly melancholia in awhile. The first teaser from his upcoming 4AD album, this one is all restraint. It feels on the verge of explosion any second, yet lingers in the background, content with sonic clouds, hiccups and blurred identity.
April 2 2013
On "Hare Tarot Lies," No Joy remains suspended in the clouds, yet you can sense an imminent crash to reality. More present than past efforts, this one is an echo chamber with widescreen guitars and whispery vocals that could still prick and draw some blood. Hear more April 23 via Mexican Summer.
On "All The Girls," Texas rapper DT Blanco keeps it local, flighty and rumbling, adding a feminine touch to twinkling Houston-primed, Lil B-sampling production from MFK. No press release, no manager, no industry cosigns – just something I'm riding to right now. Imagine that!
April 1 2013
Besides possessing a band name referencing the kindest sideshow freak of all-time, Schlitzie seems like another great addition to Burger Records' nasally garage rock universe. On "I'm Sick," it's like their practice space got hot-boxed with helium as the group whirls through sugary, ultra-trebly pop-punk with both recklessness and resolute precision.
Sometimes listening to Balam Acab is like being trapped in a dingy dungeon of your own personal ghosts. That's surely the case on the new two new ones – "La La La" and "Luminesce" – both tangled clouds of ghostly voices, clicks, sadness and woody waves of rolling sound.
March 29 2013
With schizophrenic bass that could make the dust on a warehouse floor levitate, Kingdom unveils a new sound for a new album, Vertical XL, coming May 28. Drippy, clappy and thoroughly relaxing with lap-pool synths, Kelela does the diva thing over a textured sonic massage on "Bank Head."
Gun Outfit, from the name on down to sound, captures that '90s ethos where using the five minutes before a recording session to shoot heroin is better than tuning-up your instrument properly. "Lau Blues" consists of sludgy, raw psychedelic leather with a muddy heaviness. Hard Coming Down, their third album for PPM, is out April 2.