Battles
“Ice Cream” [featuring Matias Aguayo]

Battles’ new album, Gloss Drop, is due June 7 via Warp. Check out the album’s cover art above, which was created by Battles’ Dave Konopka.

• Battles: http://www.bttls.com
• Warp: http://warp.net

The Joan of Arc Lightbox Orchestra Conducted by Fred Lonberg-Holm

Live @ The Hideout in Chicago, February 6, 2011

[The free stream and download is no longer available, but you can get yourself a copy of the performance through Joyful Noise soon.]

For one week, TMT is offering the full performance of Joan of Arc’s February 6 performance at the Hideout in Chicago. The show, featuring the always awesome avant-cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm conducting 13 Joan of Arc members/buddies, was a 45-minute improvisational set that revolved around a system of colored light bulbs called the Lightbox. Read about the performance in the news section.

The show will be made available as a digital release on March 29 via Joyful Noise, but feel free to download and/or stream the entire event right here, right now. The show goes nicely with Joan of Arc’s new instrumental album Oh Brother, which is almost sold out, so do what you gotta do.

• Joan of Arc: http://www.joanfrc.com
• Joyful Noise Recordings: http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com

Sundrips

“When”

Here is just a glimpse of Just a Glipmse, the new album by – wait, I’m gonna start over.

YO BRO! Check out the new video for the first new song from the new Sundrips album on the new Debacle Records imprint!

(Ed.): Debacle is currently celebrating their 6th year anniversary.

• Sundrips: http://soundcloud.com/sundrips
• Debacle: http://debaclerecords.com/

Kaboom Karavan

“Barra Barra” / “Nuit Nadar”

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Kaboom Karavan, a Belgian collective led by Bram Bosteels, are releasing Barra Barra April 26 on Miasmah. It’s fidgety in a good way.

• Kaboom Karavan:
• Miasmah: http://www.miasmah.com

Red Electric Rainbow

“Pleasure Machine”

We’re clearly still infatuated with the sound of synthesizers. Plus, it’s refreshing to hear album-long explorations that don’t involve drums or guitars chugging away in the background. Even though these synthetic tones have been bubbling around for 40 years, fully realized records prominently featuring synthesizers are still novel. There’s still the “ohhh” and “ahhh” of Wendy Carlos’ Switched on Bach records, where listeners were hooked with thoughts like “I didn’t know electronics could do that!”

Of course, this is all changing. Red Electric Rainbow’s Dark Days reveals a mastery of his Nord Lead 2 put to dramatic and dynamic use. “Pleasure Machine” is like a cosmic lullaby, employing more high end, crystalline sounds than we’re used to with great effect. But notice the harmonic range on the song… in fact, most of Dark Days is built around shifting chords (albeit with lots of arpeggios streaming overhead), but it’s all consonant, pretty, and fairly standard. Judge for yourself if he’s getting a free pass based on the novelty of ‘bubbly synth’ sounds.

• Red Electric Rainbow: http://redelectricrainbow.tumblr.com/
• Aguirre Records: http://www.aguirrecords.com/Shop/index.php?route=product/product&product…

Lotus Eaters

“Untitled 1” [Side A]

OH MY GOD: Wurmwulv, Lotus Eaters’ 2007 album, is being released on vinyl March 22 via Taiga (TMT News).

• Taiga: http://www.taigarecords.com

  

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