“Try to Sleep” [feat. John Stamos]
Low have a new video for “Try To Sleep,” and it features John Stamos. (FYI: People tell me I look exactly like John Stamos. I also tell people I look exactly like John Stamos.) Here’s what Stamos had to say about the video:
I’m actually good friends with their producer Matt Beckley, and he had played me some of the record while they we’re making it, which I loved. Ironically it turns out I was a big fan of one of their older songs “Cue the Strings”… I’m a sucker for a well written song with great harmonies, and when it came time for them to cast the video, they asked if I’d like to be involved, I liked the concept I was happy to be a part of it. The new record is on all the time at my place. One of my favorite indie bands.
Low’s new album, C’mon, is due April 12 on Sub Pop. Check out Low on tour (dates at Sub Pop).
“Like You Mean It”
Flying Lotus’ influence is interesting; I’ve read him claim that many producers think they’re legit just by shifting the kick and snare off beat a little. Such a “trick” (like the auto-tune trend, but way more subtle) is testament to electronic music’s shift towards some hazy organic quality, though a bizarre melding of sound and style might be a more appropriate description. This track from Matthewdavid, on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint, is a fair example of how certain trends crystallize over time until they simply become different colors on an artists musical palette. Which is to say that nothing feels forced here.
“Soft Epic, or: Savages of the Pacific West”
Ben Vida has just released a limited-edition tape on Root Strata called Soft Epic. What an apt album title. Buy it, listen to it, don’t forget to pay your taxes.
• Root Strata: http://rootstrata.com
Colin L. Orchestra
Shedding the noise and turning to a more classic rock- and country folk-driven sound, USAISAMONSTER’s Colin Langenus has formed the Colin L. Orchestra (a counterpoint, in some ways, to his afrobeat group CSC Funk Band — yes, he does it all). The group will release Infinite Ease/Good God May 10 on Northern-Spy. You can find “Best Thing” on the album, but it’s also featured in the Steve Blair-directed film I Do & I Don’t.
Efrim Manuel Menuck
“Our Lady of Parc Extension and Her Munificent Sorrows” / “Chickadees’ Roar Pt. 2”:
On May 24, Efrim Manuel Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Hotel2Tango studio) will release Plays “High Gospel”, described by Constellation as “a unique combination of short and long analog delays, biting compression and blown-out clouds of pink noise distortion.” In other words, sounds exactly like something we’d eat up here at TMT. Check out two tracks from the album above.
• Constellation: http://cstrecords.com
On Sunday, Chicago’s Shapers were featured on Daytrotter. Tomorrow, they’re embarking on a tour with Tobacco and Beans. Today? Well, today, Shapers are allowing us to premiere their twisted new video for “Jar,” a track off last year’s debut album, Little, Big. (Fun fact: that album’s release party was shared with Driftless Pony Club, a group that features one of TMT’s co-founders!) Oh, and while I have you, look out for Shapers’ new single “Virginia Reel” on Whistler Records.