“Takin’ My Time”

LAKE excel at composing songs that sound familiar but feel entirely modern and new. Their latest record, The World is Real, shows that the band knows how to take classic/soft rock tropes and restructure them into something beautifully strange. Part of this is undeniably due to the synergistic songwriting of Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore, but “Takin’ My Time” proves that the other members of LAKE are equally adept at syncing into a unified musical vision.

“Takin’ My Time” is the first LAKE track to be written and sung by Mark Morrison, but in the context of The World is Real, it fits the album’s modernized, stripped-down Steely Dan aesthetic so well it’s hardly noticeable. LAKE have always immersed themselves in particular styles/songs, and “Takin’ My Time’s” John Farinelli-directed video articulates this well, as the film’s protagonist — former LAKE member Lindsay Schief — gets literally sucked into the videotape that’s given to her. But while the video’s movie-within-a-movie narrative is a visual representation of LAKE’s ability to emulate the artists who influence them, they always manage to update their sources. And when the protagonist becomes stranded in VHS land at the video’s conclusion, I can’t help but see the parallels between her new imprint on the VHS world and LAKE’s imprint on indie pop.

The World is Real is out now via K Records. You can watch the video for “Takin’ My Time” below:

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It’s interesting to experience sounds from Alex Gray’s D/P/I project. Like, it’s such a blend of background casual, humor in the moment, and “life-and-times of…” that submission to “SWIN.G” is practically an involuntary reaction. As if it’s all merely cast within his own world of “social networking.” Everything that happens in D/P/I is a part of the fellah’s life. The listener witnesses everything he witnesses. And this video for “SWIN.G” blends his reality to the cracks within: chance images flutter off the screen, waves of heat swelter the slow motion creeps, and deep gaze times angle out a variety of furniture.

In the future world, as Earth continues to grow, one day we’ll have a D/P/I application on our out-and-about persons. It’ll even capture memories of dreams being covered in money – almost smothered in it – reaching always further up, grabbing at air, but then more paper. Set the world ablaze with every bit of your daily aesthetic. Pave a direction to Jupiter and stick around the wild. Discover something that has always been real, yet never tangible enough to reach out. Though, if you want to grip, pop, and play a release like 08.DD.15 by D/P/I look no further. It’s been at Leaving Records since last Tuesday, and only in addition of 200. As well, 08.DD.15 went global today via Boomkat! ALSO, Jeanette (TMT Review) is poppin’ off cassette style via Bootleg Tapes super soon.

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Clifford Solek

“Rodeo King”

brrd has been one of my favorite artists for a hot minute. His release Towers/Annointing on FaltyDL’s new label Blueberry Recordings was a tantalizing heater. The album showcases a uniquely intelligent audio sensibility; a calculated dose of soul that is sure to tenderize. Stew, the IRL boy behind brrd, recently moved to Århus, Denmark, assumably the happiest country in the world. Shortly following his move, brrd popped out a delightfully zany experimental release brrdVEVO, perhaps alluding to the often overwhelming American consumerism he departed (ooooooooh..).

His latest effort, under the alias Clifford Solek, is 13-and-a-half minutes of quivering ambient beauty. Titled “Rodeo King,” the track is a further embodiment of Bird’s (the actual last name of Stew, who is brrd) sonic brilliance. Turn it on, close your eyes, open your nose, clench your right hand, and you might get a sense of that Danish bliss.

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Chief Keef

“All I Care About”

Chief Keef told us the shit he don’t like a couple years back, but after a period of presumed introspection, Sosa’s now telling us what he cares most about on new track “All I Care About.” And, what do you know, it’s money, a refraction of The New Fatali$m, the Chi-town-born rapper extending his gwop-loving ways through vicious Auto-Tune and a snarl delivery above a Young Chop beat, all in contrast to his soft experimental mumbling on last year’s Almighty So. Check it out here:

“All I Care About” is off Chief Keef’s forthcoming Back From The Dead 2 release (Bang 3 is coming early March, supposedly). He’s been in the studio lately with Mr. Yeezus himself, so expect some collabo tracks on their respective albums, both due this year.

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Buy now! The “New Nostalgia” machine from GOLDEN LIVING ROOM can be yours TODAY. Peer into yourself as you remember the good times sitting in your living quarters, playing video games, watching sports, laxing, etc., as your virtual self stares back at these memories, creating what we like to call “New Nostalgia.” Remember the time your virtual self watched your real self fight Guile as Ryu on infinite time, four outta five to win, VERY HARD difficulty, and increased handicap? Or when you chose to have a second camera installed so you can see yourself spilling a Big Gulp while your favorite team won the trophy? It’s heaven. Speaking of heaven, you can ALSO draw upon our satellite cams so you can watch your physical self buy lunch and eat it as you’re logged into the digital world, creating “New Nostalgia.”

Scope new video (made by Mark Fingerhut) above for GOLDEN LIVING ROOM’s “New Nostalgia.” Fortune 500 and This Ain’t Heaven Recording Concern will be going a joint release of GOLDEN LIVING ROOM’s newest New Nostalgia Feb. 11 for the digital and end of Feb. for the physical. But when it ALL comes down to it, where are you REALLY right now?

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Strange Mountain

Shadow of the Metropolis

All of the woozy and warbled sounds of those old Strange Mountain releases have been lost under the gorgeous, hi(gher)-fi oppression of the Shadow of the Metropolis. Chicago’s finest Lillerne Tapes describes it as “the sound of your city streets at night,” but this isn’t like staring down at your feet as they drag through puddles, sending out waves of reflected neon lights from the signs of corner convenience stores and seedy bars. There’s a touch of hope here, I think. The skyscraper synth washes used are like the sensation of barely seeing the stars through all of the smog and light pollution. The steam rising from the (wo)manhole covers and cracks in the sidewalk dissipate by the second story of dimly-lit windows – smells like that part of the countryside where the downtown skyline finally dips below the horizon. You glance toward the past through the rear view mirror, blink, and slowly accelerate as you press on toward the eastern constellations disappearing into the heat of the sunrise.

Stream Strange Mountain’s Shadow of the Metropolis below, and grip the LAST TAPE of this loomer at Lillerne Tapes:

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