Generally, Pig Destroyer’s music is the aural equivalent of mud wrestling — it’s murky, so murky that it’s impossible to discern what’s a riff and what’s an attack on your eardrums. And yet, despite being covered in filth, it’s got a certain kind of sex appeal to it. “Eve,” one-nineteenth of the aural onslaught that is their new LP Bookburner, is a duet with Katherine Katz of Agoraphobic Nosebleed fame, and it’s got enough sexual tension to make a Twilight movie look weak. Never has the original sin sounded so loud.
Derek Rogers / Sparkling Wide Pressure
Tension in a Field of Nothing [excerpt]
As if we needed more from two of the most prolific of experimental musicians… Hang on, that came out all wrong. What I meant to say is this: despite the fact that each of these artists have released more music than any of us possibly have time to hear in our lifetimes… Oof. How do I frame this so you’ll be excited about another release from Derek Rogers and Sparkling Wide Pressure, a pair of musicos who together have authored hundreds of releases over the past couple of years? Maybe I’m putting too much pressure on myself (no pun intended… unless you’re laughing). After all, apparently enough people have already gotten excited about it since the tape has sold out, released just shy of two months ago. One edge this split has: this is old material. Shelved for two years for who knows what reason, the fine folks at No Kings have decided this music worthy of your aural attention. Not only does the excerpt stream below hint that these are two challenging and beautiful sides of music, but this is also a very cool look into these artists’ pasts, helpful in getting some kind of a grip on where each of their now highly developed and individual styles came from.
Take Rogers’ portion especially, which includes a very heavy Dead C psycho-psychedelia vibe I wouldn’t have expected knowing what he’s been up to this year. SWP’s side, meanwhile, stretches out a much denser and meandering drone than some of the more structured and composed works of the guitarist’s current output (check his Preservation CD or his wonderful tape on Fadeaway, both released earlier this year).
As I previously mentioned, this one’s all gone from the source, but check distros and with the artists individually for available copies.
“Need 2 Let U Go” / “And I’ll Show You Heaven If U Let Me”
In true Dean Blunt fashion, “And I’ll Show You Heaven If U Let Me” has already been taken down and replaced with a weird little number called “Need 2 Let U Go,” which features fragmented piano, floundering trumpet, and out-of-tune vocals. Listen here while you can:
Fresh off the reissue announcement of The Narcissist II, an excellent mixtape (TMT Review) released earlier this year by Dean Blunt (Hype Williams, Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland), comes a new track that’s a bit less ominous, less freaky than other Blunt-related songs. But “And I’ll Show You Heaven If U Let Me” is still decidedly fucked: the sweet, twinkling melody floating high above passively battles with a scuzzy guitar riff that barely knows what to do with itself with each iteration. The drums, meanwhile, sound like someone doing a soundcheck, as a quiet keyboard hums in the background, barely heard but certainly felt. Like the best of Blunt’s music, it’s hazy, aggressively sloppy, and ends before you know it.
The remixed/remastered version of The Narcissist II is out November 26 on Hippos In Tanks/World Music. There’s no release date set for its follow up, The Narcissist III, so you might as well re-spin Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland’s Black Is Beautiful (TMT Review) before you finalize that geeky year-end list of yours.
Halloween H20 [mixtape]
Just in time for Halloween, Lil B The Based God has released a positively sp00ky mixtape with lots of sp00ky tracks for you to listen to while you’re on your way to the sp00ky costume party that will probably be cancelled because there’s a hurricane eating half the country right now. But there’s lots of talk of Based candy. And Based bitches. There’s even a track on here called “Merry Xmas,” so you can get excited for Christmas while you get sp00ky. At some point, he also yells out “Happy New Year’s!,” so there you have it: the best three holidays all on one mixtape. Download it here and stream below:
• Lil B - http://www.basedworld.com
“River Runs Like Jewels”
“Sanguine,” as in Sanguine Futures, the title of High aura’d’s sublime new album on Bathetic Records, means “optimistic.” I think that’s nice. Especially as I’m watching the sangria-soaked video for “River Runs Like Jewels” off the album, the title just works perfectly. Omar Mashaal’s visuals offer a glimpse of the future here in the old lady and her crimson bejeweled dress, and it shouldn’t be the prettiest picture; wrinkled skin, gnarled knuckles, hands shaking in arthritic pain. But those guitars gently moan, soothing like aloe on an emotional burn, and the camera’s soft focus blurs the imagery into something serene, warm, and comforting. Bah, I’m trying too hard, and this video is too gorgeous, so I’ll quit while I’m behind and let this one give your brain the rubdown it so desperately needs on a Monday.
“Numb,” the lead off track of Andy Stott’s new album Luxury Problems, takes all of those ghostly vocal samples from artists like Burial or Kid Smpl, removes nearly everything that resembles drums, and highlights why those artists are praised for soundtracking rainy, midnight cityscapes. However, “Numb” seems to also remind us of all the creepy stuff that happens in those broken city streets after everyone has fallen asleep. It’s like being followed by a whispering presence that you can’t see while your heart begins to race. Perhaps it’s appropriate that Luxury Problems is being released so close to Halloween.
You’ve probably already heard “Numb” by now, but re-listen to it below, and look for Luxury Problems this week from Modern Love.
• Andy Stott: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andy-Stott/262174253793725
• Modern Love: http://www.modern-love.co.uk