A Readymade Ceremony [trailer] / “L’oeil”
There’ll never be a point in Felicia Atkinson’s career where her art just tapers into a generalization of her music (EXAMPLE). So rejoice, because Shelter Press just began selling the newest Felicia Atkinson release A Readymade Ceremony on LP (100-clear/400-black, both 160 grm) and CD
(for you international collectors; cheap shipping). Read (?) the trailer video above and then immediately scope out the first track “L’oeil” streaming below:
“L’oeil” is a ritual confessional surrounded by flames in sweeping and breath-taking advancement. Objective in the unabashed beauty of fault and temptation. Like a sculpture of shame, Felicia Atkinson incants a barely repetitive poem/spell that’s as terrifying as it is blissful. Something also super notable is she and Bart (Shelter Press head) live in the French Alps, and I believe she teaches vocal classes at a local school; interesting to note because “L’oeil” doesn’t involve singing as much as it is attentive in intonation and proper annunciation, also considering she is not a native English speaker. Good to know Felicia Atkinson takes scrupulous time with her work that you can hear. Sonic goddessness at in nail-biting serenity!
I: Population: Ashtray
K, now that I’m done razzing old Sagey pants, lets get down to brass tacks. DON’T SIT ON BRASS TACKS! Okay, but for real this time, I: Population: Ashtray — the first installment of the quarterly project by Patient Sounds boss Matthew Sage — is the opposite of quick punchlines and irony and organ harvesting. Its dust. It collects and builds. It settles. Its honest and pure, decaying into the air and filling the room with contemplative reverberations.
Listen to the whole album below, and be on the lookout for part II, coming sometime next year, if my understanding or quarterly is correct.
• Free Dust: https://freedust.bandcamp.com
“In My Vein”
When the first material of the San Francisco based noise rock trio Parae emerged on the web, they tried to create a sound that they dubbed “camp-core,” playing with post-punk structures and winking their eye to the listener. Fast forward to 2015, and Parae are not only almost finished with their new album, which they claim will be a bit heavier than their previous efforts and influenced more by shoegaze, metal and even goth. The goth influences can be clearly seen in the video for “In My Vein”, where the members emerge from the red-tinted shadows, clad in leather, wearing studded collars and generally being all rock and fetishy-like. Musically wise, it’s a healthy chunk of good ol’ Rock, with the maniacal, psychedelic guitar being the standout point, barely keeping on track but never getting too derailed. While waiting for their new album, you can also check out their other track, “Thurst”, on the band’s SoundCloud page.
• Parae: http://www.parae.org
After ten years, a handful of lineup changes, and numerous side projects taking center stage, Milwaukee’s Catacombz have called it quits. Their final EP, II, was quietly unleashed prior to their final show back in December. In a piece in a Milwaukee Record, the band state that a number of factors contributed to the demise of the band, including a member’s impending move to California, but the reality is they hadn’t played as Catacombz for some time. It’s fitting that they got back together long enough to record a couple of choice tracks and say goodbye to the fans and community that was their home for so many years. Streaming below is “Wolf Apartment,” a rough-edged burner that brings me back to some of their incredible, energetic live shows I got to see when I lived in Wisconsin.
Although Catacombz may be gone, guitarist Issac Sherman has a new project on the horizon (tentatively called Storm Chaser); Joseph Peterson struts it out on stage as Rio Turbo and as a member of Platinum Boys; and keyboardist Sam LaStrapes has an as yet untitled solo project in the works. It’s too bad to see another great Milwaukee band call it quits, but at least there was one last chance for new tunes from this inimitable group.