Sia
“Elastic Heart”

Catching Fire, the latest installment of the Battle Royale rip-off highly successful science fiction franchise, is set to hit theaters in only a few short weeks, and as expected, anticipation has reached feverish highs. Seriously, I’m pretty sure every last Subway restaurant in the New York metropolitan area has a life-size cardboard cutout of Jennifer Lawrence leering at me while I wait for my Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki®.

Anyway, “Elastic Heart” is the crown jewel of the film’s forthcoming soundtrack • which also includes cuts from Antony and the Johnsons, The National, and somewhat incredulously, Patti Smith. Brandishing her massive vocals with a battle-cry, Sia delivers a worthy theme for tough-as-nails heroine Katniss, all “thick skin and an elastic heart.” The Weeknd stops in from Kiss Land (TMT Review) to deliver a voice, his puppy-dog whimpers melting on the spot, kind of like my Sweet Onion Chicken Teriyaki® when it hits my tongue. Revisiting the icy palette that worked so well on Usher’s “Climax,” Diplo takes the productional helm, offering up some steely, staccato production to weave all the feels together. “Elastic Heart” is as moody as Hunger Games fanfiction, and yet it proves an irresistible listen. Like the stare of cardboard Jennifer Lawrence, it creeps into your head, never flinching once.

• Sia: http://siamusic.net
Catching Fire: http://www.thehungergamesexplorer.com/us

Seth Graham

“Heirloom Sunday”

“Heirloom Sunday” hath cometh. Witness the eyes of infinite beyond. Flicker yourself into the next dimension of being. Have faith in the journey. Follow in the footsteps of pAthakanauts Seth Graham and Charles Barabé. They’ll bring you to the land where nothing stands. Live in the existence of worldly ouroboros. Continue to absorb throughout an eternal atmosphere.

Or, just scope out (my pal) Seth Graham’s “Heirloom Sunday” video (directed by Charles Barabé). It’s one of ten tracks off Seth’s tape Vision Burst on Los Discos Enfantasmes. It’s true prophecy. As is ALL Seth’s works, it’s straight up nothing you’ve ever heard EVER, so you should constantly be listening. The man is of funny/serious purity. He is the kiss on your cheek in the most lavish Creaky Clumsy fashion. He is all the noises that make you smile. So grip on Vision Burst (AND Creaky Clumsy) to see/hear/EXPERIENCE it all.

• Seth Graham: http://sethgraham.bandcamp.com
• Los Discos Enfantasmes: http://www.losdiscosenfantasmes.com

Fatima Al Qadiri

“Knight Fare (post-war Dub)”

War is a racket
War is over.
War is peace.
War is hell.

Get our of your search box and join the fight, coward.

“A theory of sonic warfare is particularly fascinated by [the] turbulent boundary layer between dance and violence.”

MOVE. THOSE.LIMBS.

I’m late for the Grime Wars, but so is Fatima Al Qadiri. We’ll cruise the littered battlefield in our luminescent hovercraft, spraying tinny bullets, revving the Mario Kart engine, never upended by the synth-pad hillocks.

It’s a nice irony that nobody really knows who said “History Is Written by the Victors,” not even Jeeves. So we’ll plunge any old flag into the bleeding ground, and not write a thing.

• Fatima Al Qadiri: http://fatimaalqadiri.com

Ahnnu

Battered Sphinx

Wanna feel LAX while also getting your spacy on this Friday? As always, NNA Tapes is here to the rescue, reeling a SoundCloud stream for one of their three new tapes, Battered Sphinx by Ahnnu. And, “as always” seems to be a phrase catching up with the prophet Ahnnu these days.

However, today is Ahnnu day! See what I did there? ‘Cause Ahnnu does that consistently with sound. Thus, Battered Sphinx is no different from his other works in terms of subtly charming listeners. Sounds seep into your ears, warmly harness your brains, and gently deflate all swollen nodes.

Be good to your mind immediately. Enjoy a fresh mental cleanse. Listen to the digital of Ahnnu’s new Battered Sphinx cassette on NNA Tapes below:

• Ahnnu: http://www.dogtropic.net
• NNA Tapes: http://nnatapes.com

Rhys Chatham

Harmonie du soir [Excerpts]

Do0oO0dz and doOo0odettezz!! Rhys Chatham is such an underrated shredder, right? I know we all often place him next to Glenn Branca because Branca shreds equally hard and writes similarly minded minimalist guitar music, but it’s important we remember Chatham as a unique shredd-tastic shredder, and what a better way to do that than with a new album of pure unadulterated shred? And trust me, the three pieces on Chatham’s new record,Harmonie du soir shred.

The opening title piece is one of the most beautifully recorded examples of Chatham’s shred yet, with the guitars’ harmonics shimmering and resonating with more prominence than ever before. The second piece explores another side of Chatham’s shred with a beautiful slow burning work for brass ensemble and percussion, showing how effective Chatham’s large group writing techniques can be when applied to any number of instruments. Finally, the record closes with an awesomely rearranged Chatham shred classic. Look, you guys,Harmonie du soir shreds in a way that is distinctively Chatham, and it firmly reestablishes his position as a modern master of compositional and instrumental shred.

Harmonie du soir is out now on Northern Spy. You can stream excerpts of the record via Experimedia below.

• Rhys Chatham http://www.rhyschatham.net
• Northern Spy http://www.northernspyrecords.com
• Experimedia http://www.experimedia.net

Various Artists: Project Mooncircle

Uprising

“A wild stallion fights its way up from the dirt and tries to receive recognition by separating itself from the herd. Breaking through the anonymity of the group to the freedom of running through endless land- and soundscapes into horizons of new sonic worlds.”

These sentences, used by Berlin label Project Mooncircle to introduce the Uprising Compilation, had me spending two hours looking for an interview in which Werner Herzog declares that he doesn’t believe the rogue penguin from Encounters at the End of the World to be insane. Herzog further offers that if he had to spend every day sitting monotonously with the same collective, he too would eventually say, “To hell with it,” and head off into the mountains on his own.

Alas, I cannot find this interview, so I leave it to you to fill in the thematic and conceptual blanks. [Writer’s note: here it is. Fast-forward to 24:05.]

Speaking of themes and concepts and all that good-good, Project Mooncircle, a driving force in international beat culture for the better part of a decade, has been killing it on the compilation front for just as long, specifically by bringing together artists from different parts of the world to make stories of soundscapes. One standout project of theirs, The Moon Comes Closer served as sonic representation of a dream journey to… you guessed it, the moon. While embracing the premise of “instrumental compilation as concept album” might demand a slight stretch of the imagination, simply enjoying the tunes therein is much easier.

Stream the Uprising Compilation below, and if it suits you, order the 3xLP vinyl version complete with silk-screen artwork here.

• Project Mooncircle: http://projectmooncircle.com

  

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