Idle [album stream]
From the hot, fresh, and juicy California cassette label Constellation Tatsu comes a new record from psyched-out rockers Cankun, called Idle. As reverberating, echoing guitars mingle with gentle, steady drum machines, a perfect summertime stoner album is conceived. A glittering guitar haze resonates throughout the record, helping you find Zion, express your love to dance, swim fast with dolphins, and perform several other aquatic activities. Joyful howls and hollers bounce off the jumpy power chords driving the trip, and backseat beats keep the journey structured enough to keep us on the road. Grab your noodles and innertubes, pack a bowl, cruise to the beach/lake, and bump Idle the entire time — it’s a great combination, I swear.
Order the cassette from Constellation Tatsu and get a free download, or bump it all on the Bandcamp for a limited time.
“Maroon Bells” may be recognized as the title track from Kevin Greenspon’s recent cassette contribution to Bridgetown Records’ impressive and ever-growing catalog. But it appears we must also recognize “Maroon Bells” for the lovely video presentation it also is, the first of a 10-track DVD called Folding Focus that Greenspon will have for his late-summer tour. The split-screen, pastel visuals were created by labelmate Paul Skomsvold (a.k.a. Former Selves), and they give new meaning to a term like “watercolor,” truly painting the frame with soft strokes of vivid shades while keeping the overall image in a decidedly aqua state. Greenspon’s guitar, meanwhile, is at its most fluttery and falsetto with this number, the melody softly gliding to the forefront before unabashedly chiming out its saccharine message, swimming through a gentle pond of tone before the entire thing crumbles as the beauty is rudely devoured in crinkling static — a tragic end to what was so angelic and pure.
Grab Greenspon’s latest tape over at Bridgetown, and check the site for upcoming dates in a city near you throughout August, September, and October.
VΞRACOM [album stream]
VΞRACOM (NYSE: VΞR), run by CEO Ryan Croch, is a Dallax-based corporation, in the business of producing chopped-up 80s/90s pop songs, reincorporated commodities for an alternate plane of surreality. VΞRACOM doesn’t choose just any old song; these songs are particularly grating, making this corporate experience a lush nightmare too sensual to pass on.
Check out VΞRACOM’s self-titled debut on AMDISCS below, and expect the THUG HUG mixtape soon.
Four years is too long to go by without some new Testament tunes, but on July 31, the band is slated to make its triumphant return with Dark Roots of Earth. Judging from the sound of “Native Blood,” we’re in for a treat: almost 30 years later, the California band continues to dole out pulverizing thrash with just enough melody to keep you humming (or growling, or yowling, or whatever) for days. After several years of waiting, that blistering solo at 2:47 is the lacerating, loving homecoming fans have been yearning for. Nuclear Blast has uploaded 90 second clips of most of the album’s tracks, so get pumped!
“Trippin’ Off Some Shit”
In the unbearable heat of Regina, Saskatchewan thrives the most sun-warped beats your distorted ears have ever popped off. Maybe. But fellow North American’err ᏉᎥᏒᏆuᎪᏞ fᏞᎪᏁᏁᎬᏞ (Chris Bridge) is just sweating to continue bringing your brain that hazy highway road mirage via cassette tapes. Actually, fucking — he done did DEUCE tapes this year, and DEUCE digital releases. Errp, ALL FOUR digital, two are cassettes. And check it, straight indie cred goes to the fella for pimping it entirely by himself (label-wise). But he’s on the hunt, and peeps better be on the look out for tapes being sent @CultureDealer, @WigFlip, @Words+Dreams, @WTRCLR, @Leaving.
“Trippin’ Off Some Shit” is from his latest installment We Flyin’, so pretty much all his track names are release-title related. Bringing it back for that NEW CRITICISM-style approach of existing art within itself. ᏉᎥᏒᏆuᎪᏞ fᏞᎪᏁᏁᎬᏞ is just soaring in We Flyin’ on the reel reel. Or get file nasty/wet with it, and scrill up $1 for a digital DL. Click play on dem speakers and fade out, kiddddddddddddd.
• ᏉᎥᏒᏆuᎪᏞ fᏞᎪᏁᏁᎬᏞ: http://virtualflannel.bandcamp.com
III [album stream]
Listening to Sun Splitter is an experience akin to blasting your mind open with napalm and then bellyflopping into the fiery abyss below. This Chicago outfit has been together since 2008, and it’s a damn shame they haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve: their sound is an irresistible mix of industrial, sludge, and black metal, with some psychedelic elements here and there. With III, their latest LP, Sun Splitter continues to push the boundaries of these often static genres with some truly cinematic dynamics. The pummeling downpour of “Eye of Jupiter” dissolves into the creepy ambience of “Parasitic Machine,” before doubling back for another assault on your eardrums. There are plenty of catchy hooks buried in this record as well, making III a great starting point for anyone who wants to explore heavier metal. If you’re a fan of Liturgy or Pallbearer, you’ll dig this.