After releasing two fantastic albums (2005’s Yhä hämärää and 2008’s Laulu laakson kukista) and a DVD (Unien Savonlinna), Paavoharju — a Finnish group of ascetic Christians — return with an EP featuring rare/unreleased tracks and three new songs, including the title track streaming above. It’s titled Ikkunat Näkevät (why not?), and it’s out on Fonal.
Cheer-Accident have been around for a whiiiiile. Their discography seems even broader considering the continued quality of their output. Who gets proggier with age? “Sleep” comes from their 17th album, No Ifs Ands or Dogs, and it’s quite the 90s-style weirdo pop-rock number, reminiscent of Mike Patton’s Mr. Bungle project – or maybe that should be the other way around?
Zola Jesus has a new album coming on October 4. It’s called Conatus, and it’s due on Sacred Bones. I’d also like to take the time to note that she’s 4’11” and weighs 90 lbs.
“So Alone” is a serious slab of psychedelic Japanese sludge (I won’t make a lazy Boris comparison that reveals my ignorance and lack of context for this music… shiiiit). Their new record The Night Is Yours is still available through Sloow Tapes, though it’s one of those arrangements where you’ve got to email the label dude for a copy. Might as well take it a step further and give you their home phone number (310-837-8894).
• Sloow Tapes: http://sloowtapes.blogspot.com/
Lexington, Kentucky band Arcane Rifles are firmly planted in the high energy, chaotic rock realm. They’ve just released a new 7”, but the track “Loner Soul” from a live radio set is perhaps best representative of the bands manic psychedelic vibe. The buried vocals and struggling guitar solo are definite highlights.
• Arcane Rifles: http://arcanerifles.bandcamp.com/
Welcome to TMT mathematics lesson #1. Mary Timony + 2/3 Sleater-Kinney (Janet Weiss [Carrie Brownstein]) + Rebecca Cole of The Minders = Wild Flag. Wild Flag = Mary Timony + 2/3 Sleater-Kinney (Janet Weiss [Carrie Brownstein]) + Rebecca Cole of The Minders.
Wild Flag ≠ Sleater Kinney. Wild Flag ≠ Helium. “Romance” = Awesome.