“Season Of Risk” / “Be Light”
Ripping their way through the Mythical Beast and off the grid in Coyote, NM, Corinne Sweeney and Jeremiah Cowlin keep the pseudo-exotic sounds of Not Not Fun in heat with their newest 7-inch “Season Of Risk,” trouping under then name Ether Island. Providing an earnest and genuine atmosphere, “Season Of Risk” and its flip-side “Be Light” fluctuate between the ransacked and the fleshed out: “Season Of Risk” being that hesitant moment when you question our modern American individualism involving storytelling, technology talk, food, fashion, easy-to-do, etc., and “Be Light” being more free-spirited in smash-grabbing any kind of individual thought and restricting it with 21st-century philosophy. Oh, wait, 21st-century American philosophy revolves around vampires and the apocalypse? Perfect! Slap Ether Island on ya player and bugg-out!
“Season Of Risk”:
Keep a look out for “Season Of Risk” and way-way more goodies on Not Not Fun.
Azealia Banks had to cancel a bevy of summer festival dates to meet recording obligations, but she’s making up for it with a proliferative spring: she has plans to drop her 1991 EP within the month, followed closely by her summer mixtape, Fantastic. Meanwhile, her debut LP, Broke With Expensive Taste, is slated for a September release. In the meantime, the New York rapper has released a track from Fantastic, the Hudson Mohawke-/Nick Hook-produced “Jumanji,” which, although devoid of a Robin Williams guest verse, is chock-full of the tropical sounds you’d expect from the title. It’s been a while since we’ve heard steel drums in a song about “reefer and cabanas” and “bougie bitches,” but this is definitely not Parrothead territory. Think of it as dancehall percolated through Harlem bombast — “212” at the beach.
Back in 2010, Sweat Lodge Guru released a cassette full of rich, dripping, tropical ambience produced by Mpala Garoo, a guy whose real name is Ivan Karib and lives in Moscow. The release was so soaked with humid condensation that some of us may have missed it. Lucky for us, Aguirre Records (which is hotter than any tropical analogy I could think of right now) has re-released the record as a scorching full-length LP. And with the fresh release is a spanking new music video that features the most interesting circles and triangles you’ve seen in a long time. The funny thing is that the video accompanies the least “tropical”-sounding track on the album, and you’re like, “Wait, what?” But, hey, Aguirre says, “The tropics invade Russia and clatter to the floor.” And Sweat Lodge Guru said, “We can all exist in the same balmy and tropical headstate no matter what our physical locale may be.” So there.
Listen to the whole sticky thing below.
• Aguirre: http://www.aguirrecords.com
Modeselektor & Thom Yorke
Why does everyone cut the shit out of Thom Yorke’s voice? As an audience, are we all just sick of hearing him cry about shit? At least, that raven-cartoon-hoodied chick loves making fun of Yorke’s dancing movements in this “This” video. And Yorke always trying to get up on the hot new peeps @Burial @Flying Lotus @Modeselektor. Well, “new” compared to his prior works. Yo, but isn’t this video way 90s? Like, the visuals, the acting, storytelling, the fucking top at the end, out-of-place slow-motion dancing, etc. Hey, at least he’s not losing his retro edge while “progressing” the sound of music. Above all, Modeselektor lays it down #untrue. Just that beat is so nasty #untruetoo. Though, they mix up Yorke’s vocals real fresh, so they on my level of cropping his voice box. #thatsthatnewshit
“Hard to Begin”
Is “organic” a process, evolving through scientific breakthroughs and technological advances? Or does it just mean that someone pulled something straight out of the ground and served it up to the rest of us? Way back in 2010, Portland’s Ocean Age released their simply yet appropriately named EP, Forest, which sounded as pulled-from-nature as pop music made with a laptop and a bunch of electronics could sound. “Hard to Begin” still feels like some tree-hugging dance party, except the trees have evolved into those laser-light-show-type trees from the forests on the planet in Avatar.
Listen to a preview of the song below, and look for the full version on their debut album, Vision Quest, to be self-released at some point in the future when the band gets back from prancing whimsically through fields, arms raised as leaves fall around them slowly. Hippies.
• Ocean Age: http://www.oceanage.bandcamp.com
Oneohtrix Point Never
“I Only Have Eyes for You”
Tomorrow (Friday, May 11), visual artist Doug Aitken will present a “Happening” event for his public project, “SONG 1,” at Washington, D.C. ‘s Hirshhorn Museum. The event features music by Geologist (Animal Collective), Oneohtrix Point Never, Nicolas Jaar, No Age, High Places, Tim McAfee-Lewis, and Leo Gallo, and they’re all including a cover of my dad’s favorite song “I Only Have Eyes for You” (for real) into their sets!
Oneohtrix Point Never’s version is now available to stream. Here’s what C Monster had to say about it:
Rewind to where calm meets hesitance. Cast yourself into the most familiar zone possible without knowing the location. Let nature tunnel your mind and virtuality pleasure your nerves. Shimmers of digital ingratiation infiltrate and singe the surface between your reality, vision, control, and human being. Reason with it, fight it for a bit, but let it slide off your chair and sink into your beliefs, facing your face, reading, “I Only Have Eyes for You.”
I love him! Check it out for yourself here: