“Welcome to the Chill Zone”
Umberto’s Prophecy Of The Black Widow was one of my absolute favorite records of 2010. Although his output since hasn’t quite scaled Black Widow’s burnt out horror-themed heights, I can still feel magic beating at the heart of a piece like “Welcome to the Chill Zone”, a more ambient, moody cassette on the Solid Melts label. Check out Side A of the tape, a continuous ten minute build that culminates in chilling, sparkling dissonance. Kinda makes me want to knife a young girl to death.
Strand of Oaks/Nihiti
“Sterling” (Nihiti remix)
Check out this bizarre, labyrinthine offering from Nihiti, a remix of Strand of Oak’s “Sterling”. The track seems to build and build layers without clear payoffs or textural shifts, creating an oddly ambient effect out of more traditional songwriting elements. Compare and contrast with the original here:
According to Nihiti, their next EP will build on elements of their remix, scrapping electronics for an entirely acoustic session.
Norway’s KILLL, which features members of Jaga Jazzist and JR Ewing, are releasing their self-titled debut album on September 15 via Fysisk Format. The album consists of various live tracks from 2005-2009 and will be released as a CD+DVD package. This metal/noise hybrid is definitely raising the bar with the extra L in its name.
“Love Theme” & “Big Clouds”
Seattle’s Emmul (a.k.a. Kyle Iman) has released tapes on Digitalis, Stunned, Monorail, and others, but he’s just released his first LP on Digitalis. It’s called The Drawing of the Line, and it’s out now at your favorite Best Buy. Stream two tracks, “Love Theme” and “Big Clouds,” above.
High Places have a new album, best friends! It’s called Original Colors, and it’s due October 11 on Thrill Jockey. I broke into TJ headquarters and stole the above stream just for you, so you better listen to it or I’ll stab you in the face.
“An Argument With Myself”
Sound the bells! Jens Lekman, the fruit-bearer from Sweden, is sharing a new song with us. It’s called “An Argument With Myself,” and it’s the title track off his forthcoming five-track EP, due September 20 via Secretly Canadian. Hey, didn’t I tell you to sound those fucking bells?
[Photo: Erica Kahr]