“An Altar or a Grave”
“Who needs a music video by The Body when my mental images of the bodies of The Body just doing their thing on stage are terrifying enough alone, amiright? Like, just picture Chip King shrieking, his throat stretched wide — it’s a straight up maw, and his beard billows over his guitar in the low stage lights. Can’tcha just see it in your brain? All of his half stack amps surround him. And there’s Lee Buford behind that mammoth drum kit, and the bass drum rattles at a sludge tempo, and he’s hammering on that snare as hard as he can, beard also billowing. Just stand still and watch the air ripple around those cabinets. Who needs abstraction when reality is so grim???”
Naw. The Body knows that a little obfuscation can work wonders; that their colossal doom-sludge beatdowns, layered thick with string accompaniments, choral vocal arrangements, and looped noise elements, drip with terror enough to inspire all manner of grisly visual experiences. Remember the clip for “The Ebb And Flow Of Tides In A Sea Of Ash?” Yeah.
Here we have the video, directed by Richard Rankin, for “An Altar or a Grave,” a cut from the duo’s forthcoming full length Christs, Redeemers. Press play and sink into the murky water off the pier. Your feet get caught in the pond flora. Other feet, already bound, get caught in the pond flora. Other bodies sink into the murky water off the pier. It’s too black down there to see anything, really. Or… You see hooded figures, perhaps King and Buford themselves, come down to join you. You see these figures later, too, back on dry land, rippling across the ceiling in the glare of a neighbor’s flood light. You see them standing behind the half-open closet door. You see them reaching out in the blackness behind your eyelids.
Christs, Redeemers arrives on October 15. You can preorder the deluxe 2xLP or the CD from Thrill Jockey.
Last we heard from E+E, he was reinterpreting John Mayer’s mawkish “When You’re Dreaming with a Broken Heart” with singer Ciara Carter to stunning effect. This time around, E+E, a.k.a. Elijah Paul Crampton, takes on Drake’s “Take Care,” highlighting Rihanna’s vocal contribution through a soulful rendition from Carter (and, luckily, with Drake’s part nowhere to be found). Piano remains the primary harmonic fomenter, but it’s much more impressionistic and meandering here, transforming a tepid, cheesy club track about a couple’s post-breakup dedication into a dramatic yet delicate song washed over with crushing thuds and warm ambient noise. E+E’s notorious juxtapositions are still here, but it’s appropriately subtle this time around. Check out “Sword” here:
• E+E: https://soundcloud.com/eande
I have just spent the last several hours listening to this tape, approximately 86 times in a row, and I’ve decided that Holly Waxwing represents where we need to be heading with instrumental hip-hop. Wherever that is or was, whatever IT means in what I just typed: I’m not sure I can be very much more specific. All I know is that “Silktails for Isabel” is exactly where I want to be, and whoever the hell this Isabel person (being?) is must be the happiest, most in-love entity on the face of this or any other planet. Eyes closed seems to be the best way to go for Goldleaf Acrobatics. Sway alongside the succulence, let the warm breezes bring you to your knees, the tempo shifts, the flighty vocal samples, the jazzy inflections and light twinkle carrying you away to some beach resort on an alien world, a honeymoon among the stars.
With the album’s relaxed disposition, soft complexion, and playful bounce, it’s no wonder you can find more Holly Waxwing with like-minded others, including Bonglestar Galactabong on BOY FROOT-curated and -mixed Terrordome compilations, although this album from Garrett Crosby’s musical guise, what appears to be the first official Holly Waxwing release, is out on his own freshly minted cassette press, Noumenal Loom. Stream his newest album Goldleaf Acrobatics below or grip that new cassette ASAP:
Various Artists: Relapse Records
“Relapse Sampler 2013”
With the release of their hefty 26-track sampler, the kind folks at grand poo-bah metal label Relapse Records have established themselves, yet again, as the good-guy Gregs of heavy music. Featuring the likes of Baroness, Toxic Holocaust [Editor’s note: WHAAAAAT? YES!!!!], Windhand, Black Tusk… among many others, the ~FREE~ sampler presents listeners with a healthy variety of subgenera. From the snarling stoner rock of Red Fang to the hulking atmospheric soundscapes of Inter Arma, there’s something for everyone — unless you’re an a cappella fan, in which case I’d have to suggest you hit up YouTube instead. C’mon guys, you’ve got more than two hours of riffs from two dozen bands. So dim the lights, break out the pumpkin ale, and enjoy getting in touch with your aggro side.
• Relapse Records: http://www.relapse.com
“OVERDRESSED IN UNDERWEAR”
….Giving Up, duh!!
Pretend everything is going well and it will. If manifest destiny just always happened the way you wanted it to, we’d never have a meaning to put behind the phrase. Let’s get with it and follow Giving Up as they’re rarely “OVERDRESSED IN UNDERWEAR.” Smoke out nostrils always. Fleeting drawings of this and colors. Mirages are for the dreamers. Begin the adventure. And animations, edits, and directions by Mikie Poland forever. Pre-orders out the ears. Doin’ splits with Saralee (Boston two-piece music machine). Sophomore Lounge surpasses tons of student AND musician hierarchy. Cute bits licking your ears in flashes of popped-out tents made of luau button-up shirts surrounded in a cloud of pink. Giving Up ARE playing real instruments in this video for “OVERDRESSED IN UNDERWEAR.” You’re just imagining them wearing clothes. But why? That curly hair (!!!!) and Adam’s apple. Basically, if you want to scope ‘em IRL, and see if they really DO only wear undies, you’ll have to catch em on tour. Tour dates below (not to grip on News swaggery):
10.09.13 - Louisville, KY - Le Commune
10.10.13 - Whitesburg, KY - Summit City
10.12.13 - Athens, GA - Crab Shaq (house)
10.14.13 - Valdosta, GA - Red Door Records
10.15.13 - Atlanta, GA - The 529
10.16.13 - Savannah, GA - The Hang Fire
10.17.13 - Greensboro, NC - New York Pizza
10.18.13 - Chapel Hill, NC - The Cave
10.19.13 - Richmond, VA - Storage Section B
10.20.13 - Baltimore, MD - Club K
10.21.13 - Philly, PA - Kung Fu Necktie (upstairs)
10.22.13 - New York, NY - The Hose
10.23.13 - Hadley, MA - Haydenville Barn
10.24.13 - Burlington, VT - Billings Hall
10.25.13 - Biddeford, ME - The Oak + The Axe
10.26.13 - Boston, MA - JP Drive-In (house)
10.27.13 - Rochester, NY - The Phunk House
10.28.13 - Oberlin, OH - TBA
10.29.13 - Louisville, KY - Nachbar
“Wanna hang with us on our day off? Wanna know the address to the venue? Fuck it. Call Mikie (630) 212-6220.”
• Giving Up: http://sophomoreloungerecords.com/saraleegivingup.htm
• Sophomore Lounge: http://sophomoreloungerecords.com
Here’s a recording of Jan Anderzen (who also chomps in Kemialliset Ystävät) unveiling some technicolor magic at the ever-welcoming KYMPPIKLUBIKIRJASTO in Helsinki. In just three minutes, this performance reveals Jan’s entrenched penchants for creepy cartoon music and dysfunctional marching bands, and as user ItCue astutely points out, it sounds positively “magnetic” at 2:35.
• Tomontonttu: http://www.kemiallisetystavat.com/tomutonttu