A lot has been made of chopped and screwed vocals recently. I think part of the appeal – especially in a dance context – is that slowed or distorted voices often suggest androgyny. There is a certain otherness to these morphed phrases that fits perfectly with the glamorous but vapid backing tracks we hear so much of now. Not everything being said in this track by Kontravoid is apparent at face value – first you have to decode a cold exterior. At the heart is the vocal track; a deadpan, deeply ambiguous rant that nonetheless provides a necessary humanizing anchor. (via Don’t Die Wondering)
• Kontravoid: http://soundcloud.com/kontravoid
Parts & Labor
Check out “Rest” from Parts & Labor’s forthcoming album, Constant Future. It’s due March 8 on Jagjaguwar, the label of champions.
Hazy, kosmiche and kraut-inspired pop workouts persist. Hypnagogic was the word for it last year, but who knows. If CH-Rom is any indication, our modern set of influential musical forefathers has shifted drastically from a more centered rock ‘n’ blues base to a drifting, nuanced sound with less focus on harmonic movement.
Gatto Fritto’s self-titled debut is due April 26 on International Feel. But wait, who’s Gatto Fritto? I’m a little tired from shoveling, so let me paste part of the press release: “Gatto Fritto, what to say? Well, his Great Grandfather was one of the founders of New Australia. He’s spent the past 10 years clanking his chains around the London transport system like a protagonist from a Knut Hamsun novel. They say he emerged from the suburban witchcraft and hard drug fallout of the late 90’s, the bastard offspring of John Dee, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and the Parachute Regiment, with the sound of Terry Riley, the Belleville Three and Glenn Branca ringing in his ears.”
Seth Haley, a.k.a Com Truise’s excellent Cyanide Sisters EP actually came out last summer, but it’s been reissued by Ghostly International and now features four new songs, including “Innerfacer.” It’s one of those songs that, if listened to while driving, makes you feel like a total badass.