“The Fever (Aye Aye)”
It is happening again.
Look for The Money Store April 24 on Epic.
We may have reached a point in music, particularly pop-oriented music, where something we could hear as influenced from the past or an intentional reference to something that has been done before may actually be coincidental or even subconscious. It is surely possible that Atlanta-based Featureless Ghost are deliberately mimicking nostalgic style, but they do it so effortlessly that it almost seems like they are from some remote island and didn’t experience the same 1980s we did and just made this music out of nowhere with zero influence. Just sayin’.
Night People have released Featureless Ghost’s new full-length called Mindbody. The video above is a trippy trippy vid for laid-back track “Sim.”
“Skate to Death”
Yeah, fuck yeah! Who else had a winter that lasted two seconds? Well, I’m thinking these fellahs kept summer alive all year thrashing and skating and crushing bugs. Eating bugs. Where’d all the thrash go? Where’d all the dumb-fuck head, snot-for-brains music bury itself? Justin Pearce, come back! Thankfully, the Earthsurfers are keeping the heat alive, specifically on cassette tape, by sludging carnage via drum/vox/guitar smear. But is the culture gone? Will this project work? How much left you got in that can? How much in the 12-pack? Scope the Earthsurfers’ release on Deep Tapes — YES, DEEP TAPES — sometime soon. Maybe a Pukers collaboration on the horizon? Or maybe my mouth shits bull. Fuck off!!! @punkSNOTdead
Awesome Tapes From Africa, the hit blog-turned-label, is preparing its second release, a double LP/CD reissue of an album called Volume 7, originally released on cassette in 2008, by Ghana artist and kologo virtuoso Bola. This bewildering mini-dv short film transforms into a music video (with some ace dancing) four minutes in. Let’s all agree to spread this around as much as possible, and hopefully this will become a new dance craze. Pre-orders are up now, discs drop April 3.
• Awesome Tapes From Africa: http://www.awesometapes.com
“Effacer le noir”
French minimalist Alexandre Navarro has released his third full-length record, Elements, on his own SEM label. Although Navarro would surely be considered an electronic musician, it’s his gentle guitar playing and sample manipulating that makes his music so emotional and memorable. On this new album, Navarro’s guitar plays a different role, as it echoes tender melodies in the background and serves as a delectable sound to sample and engineer into rich beat-oriented music. Many of the pieces feature more electronic rhythm and percussion than Navarro’s more recent previous releases, but many of the tracks manage to keep in step with his move towards a compositional and even post-rock approach to minimal electronica.
You can hear the whole record on the SEM site , and we are streaming the exceptional track “Effacer le noir” below.