“Blue and Blue”
Here’s the skinny, ‘cause brothers is getting all welterweight: the direction of the latest Dylan Ettinger video “Blue and Blue” is real dry, chill, and minimally inhabited, almost as if the music is what drives the three to animate the front cover image of Lifetime of Romance. Quick clicks snapping cut after cut of key tapping, nob spiraling, eyes: <_<. Joodness, Dylan used to be a looper. Now look at the fellahh: he’s turning around the job market in a time of tough economics ($4.21 per gallon cash for gas in NY) one broad at a time. And I use the term broad broadly, please. But the video isn’t confusing. It can be made fun of, but it’s straightforward, as is the entirety of Lifetime of Romance. There’s not one moment that isn’t raw. If you weren’t taken aback by Ettinger’s new approach, then you were stunned by the directness of his lyrics. This video inhabits that directness to the core and defines the muffled focus and nasty “Blue and Blue” rhythm. TASTE IT!!
Actress Pets [album stream]
That little squeal tells you what’s to come. It’s like a distant voice screaming, warning you of the approaching stampede. And then you start to feel the rumble. It gets louder. And louder. “Ah man, I just wanted to go for a swim. I didn’t want this to turn into some underwater dance party.” Small ripples of water begin to splash against each other as they all move toward you. It’s getting closer.
Seriously, the bass alone on this self-titled from London producer Actress Pets is enough to make your neighbors move out. I’m talking plates shaking off the shelves low. If they are old, they might not even be able to hear this frequency. They might just think it’s an earthquake (or stampede). And that’s before the mountains of rippling guitars and squealing voices start rolling in.
Check it out below. You can buy it in October on CD (?) from AMDISCS or for however-much-you-want over at Bandcamp. Then blast it so those old farts move out and I can move in next door. I really want to live in your area of town.
• AMDISCS: http://www.amdiscs.com
“RAINSTICK FIZZ PLUS”
Radiohead releases a song and we’re all like this. But when James Ferraro releases a new song, we’re all like THIS!!!! It is in this spirit that we report on James Ferraro’s latest track, “RAINSTICK FIZZ PLUS.” Last time we heard from Ferraro it was for a track called “SAVE THE PLANET ♲ 100% pure H Y D R A T I O N : O2 REMIXED.” I guessed that it was a song by BODYGUARD, but I’m probably wrong about that. And yeah, I’m also probably wrong to attribute this track to “James Ferraro” rather than to ☣ NEW AGE PLAYBOY ☣ or whatever he might be calling himself these days. The point is: it’s a new song, it’s Ferraro-related, and it’s got that eco-bounce and unsheathing sword sample that “SAVE THE PLANET” had too, plus a little Spice Girls thrown in for good measure. So, get your Prius batteries charged to the extreme, kiddos: this one’s a keeper.
• James Ferraro: https://twitter.com/#!/JFerraro_zip
Triad God, the pseudonym of Vinh Ngan, is back with a new track, “Remand.” Well, it’s sorta new. The thumping original appeared on 2011’s Aym G 4 Life EP, but this new version is reworked to sound about as slick as you’d expect from Hippos In Tanks, who are reissuing Triad God’s excellent NXB mixtape (originally released on Triple You Tapes) on November 13 and also releasing his new album, slated for 2013. The Fader calls “Remand” a “single,” but it’s not entirely clear for which release — perhaps it’s tacked onto NXB as an extra track or will appear on the new album? Who knows. Just listen and make sure you check out NXB, which is lyrically pretty vulgar, according to my mom. Or in her words: “Wow, he so bad!”
Trash Advocate [album stream]
Sci-fi R&B. And when I say sci-fi R&B, I ain’t talking about aliens and shit. I mean, maybe, but Tigerbitch’s new Trash Advocate is way more 1990s-style sci-fi. Like, less time travel or fantasy-fi. Less about aliens and more about dimensions. Raw dimensional wobbles waving away like a distant peace sign blurred on a Trapper Keeper. Ahh, that must be it. Trapper Keeper R&B. And there’s some style change, yo. Like, it ain’t all about smooth R&B vibes. It never is (see: any R&B/rap track from whenever). It’s smooth moves in the tropical-fi sense.
Tell you “What,” Trash Advocate is all over the place “& Roll,” but in a very tight setting. It doesn’t go overboard. There’re plenty of jams to smile about. You may see a robotic parrot. I don’t know. Oops, I do know, but the more I write about it, the more time you’ll spend reading, so stop and start listening. It’s also good traveling music. C Monster, STOP!
To follow up his last big release on Brunch Groupe, here is Tigerbitch’s Trash Advocate in full force. Dig it, sign it, press it, and give Tigerbitch your undying attention for a short part of your day. YAY!!
• Tigerbitch: http://tigerbitch.bandcamp.com
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
“Requiem for the Static King Part One”
Instrumental ambient duo A Winged Victory for the Sullen has finally released a music video! Directed by Christopher Hewitt, the clip for “Requiem for the Static King Part One” forms the perfect visual counterpart to the debut self-titled album track. As member Adam Wiltze explains:
We started investigating video ideas with many different directors as early as April 2011, to no avail, except for blowing currency on apocryphal hopes. Mr. Hewitt delivered us a storyboard idea around the first week of October last year, and it was well worth the wait. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by people like him, and the team at Knucklehead Films. In the end we have inspired each other, and I can only hope we will work together again before I check out of this place….
Pretty serious stuff. The video is as intimate as the band’s music, offering a glimpse of beauty where it’s never seen. Watch as a lek of monarchs (SAT word of the day: a lek is a group of butterflies) overtakes a prison, bringing temporary calm to a space often associated with brutality and anguish.