Jaws of Evil
Every now and then, certain bands come along that push just about all of my musical buttons and Great Valley are definitely one of those bands. I feel like I get at least one of the tunes from their recent surreal opus Lizards of Camelot stuck in my head on a weekly basis, but not in a typical fashion. Great Valley excel at marrying pure pop sensibilities to utterly weird conceptual/musical ideas, and as a result, their tunes are at once instantly memorable yet always blurred and off in the best way possible. Consequently, their hooks often seep in subconsciously, so it’s not always obvious that the guitar riff that’s been incessantly looping in your brain came from a fractured song about lizard knights.
Jaws of Evil is Great Valley’s “lost ‘second album’” and it serves as another prime example of the band’s ability to subtly disguise their pop classicism as sonic experimentation. These tunes are concerned with the dichotomy between song and noise in a manner similar to the Olivia Tremor Control’s work but Great Valley plays this music with a sort of giddy punk abandon. This is deeply infectious work but it hides itself under layers of gloriously murky sonic debris. For instance, opening track “Junglejoy” begins with piercing drones before giving way to power pop riffing that would seem fairly normal if it weren’t for the warbly textural vocals, synth, and pitch shifted guitar that fill out the arrangement. Tracks like “Night Vision” and “U Can’t Kill Me” follow in a similar manner and illustrate the brilliance of Great Valley’s sonic prowess. By writing instrumental arrangements that don’t behave like typical pop arrangements, Great Valley naturally embed experimentation onto their songs at a foundational level and the tracks on Jaws of Evil serve to further examine the dichotomy between noise and song in their work.
Jaws of Evil is out May 6 via Spooky Town Tapes. You can streams selections from the record below:
Clawing Into Black Sun [album teaser]
Remember Jnco jeans? Could there ever be an appropriate and/or spot on music choice that represents both Jnco’s aesthetic appeal and nostalgic shame-joy? WOLVHAMMER has not only taken that to the next level, but also just gave y’all an [album teaser] of their new Profound Lore release Clawing Into Black Sun out July 8. From the sparseness of this teaser, I’m hoping for more of that post-metal-wait-that-is-DEF-modern-metal-yeahhh-esque music that’s typical for Profound Lore’s standards of today’s world. Maybe I’ll call it nu-grump nostalgia.
Commendably, though, they sticking to their riffaging, and I can hop on board with anyone fulfilling personal joy, so keep on ROCKIN’, Profound Lore. And YOU, listener, if you’re so inclined to grip your teen angst by the barely post pubescent balls, and scope WOLVHAMMER’s Clawing Into Black Sun July 8!
“LONELY/BALL HIS AZZ UP 2014(FOOTWORK MIX)”
Enter DJ Nate’s BRAND NEW circle of lethal melancholia:
in zone A: “ Lonely, lonely/ With no where to go”
in zone B: “Ball his ass up/ Ball his ass up”
some killer-ass Inter-Zone Athletics pop off
straight lit up off them vintage Da Trak Genious toms
Could this mean a full album of new footwork-style material from DJ Nate? In the BAKAMAN’s words:
“DA TRACK GENIOUS 2” IS COMING SOON…#PLANET MU RECS.
“Steven Seagal - On Deadly Ground (demo)”
I know this makes me the star AND movie “Steven Seagal - On Deadly Ground” because I’m not sure if Bryant Canelo wants me posting this up or not. Or linking his Twitter account to this post and divulging in unearthing more mystique. But I cannot help myself. “Steven Seagal - On Deadly Ground” is beyond repeatable. It’s the first taste. Even though the beat villain released 928 under his name for the first time just a few days ago, “Steven Seagal - On Deadly Ground” takes the cake. Here’s why…
I’m sitting around at work doing nothing ‘cause fuck-it-all, Bryant sends me another link to his SoundCloud page, I’m listening, and around the 38 second mark, the song changes pace: lush guitar and drummin’ keys perfectly leveled in sound equally complementing the vocals that pour in. “No way” comes in and sounds a bit familiar, but the lyrics keep hitting, and then he coughs, and I KNOW it’s Bryant. Yeah. That him singing in that breathy and trailing off voice I had been used to hearing in conversation and not (verbally) through song. And it’s complete anti-beat instrumental mix in the back just softly trumpets out into a sync’d NON-sync’d measure of discord that flutters off into the wave.
“Steven Seagal - On Deadly Ground” co-staring Bryant Canelo streaming below:
• Bryant Canelo: https://soundcloud.com/bryantcanelo
“Open Up Yr Mind”
ENTER THE RIGHT FUCKING NOW :
THIS IS THE NU AMERICA :
YOUR BODY AND MIND BECOME 1 IN THA CLUB :
CLUB ON SMASH :
LET’S GET IT :
FUCK A GENRE :
BOOT UP ON THE MOLLY :
INFINITE POSSIBILITIES ON DECK :
FLEXIN WITH THE SPIRIT :
SCHWARZ GOT THE SAUCE :
TALKIN MOTIVATION :
BALTIMORE IN THE ZONE :
INTERNET IN THIS ZONE :
SLINGING STR8 POSITIVITY OFF A REAL 100✓ ZEN-GEEKED DOMEPIECE :
CALIBRATE YOUR SHIT :
OPEN UP YR BODY :
“OPEN UP YR MIND”
Max McFerren (MCFERRDOG)
“Real Problem” / “I Wanna See”
Max McFerren has been making a name for himself in the New York City electronic music scene for years now. His ever-growing reputation can only be justified by not only the amount of shows and the variety of places he’s played, but also in the continuing experimentation and range as evidenced in his newly released music.
First up is the Boiler Room debut track “Real Problem” via Aery Metals:
Next, “I Wanna See” was made under his alias MCFERRDOG, put to a random video of NYC fuckery, and was released this week on that tape Club Amniotics via 1080p Collection.
Sing by 1080p for your copy of Club Amniotics today!