Rejections

“Will (One Machine)”

Jungled in a mechanical world, running for your life seems more dangerous of a choice than hiding in the shadows, but the choice of running was the most immediate thought, getting chased by camera drones through alley-ways, feet burning from the arches on up, and sweat blinding any chance of visual direction. Puddles splashing upon the Rejections, robotic trash barely kicking, abandoned by building sides and flashing sparks when water hits their exposed wires, taking refuge next to one under an aluminum canopy from an almost-lost task-force of drones. It looks like it’s trying to restore itself as the drones encircle the area and chatter in clicks of measurement that sounds almost musical. Their whirling blades keeping them afloat while polluting the already noisy sound waves. Only to get caught when the refugee robot repairs itself, walks out from under the canopy, and beings talking to you about how happy it is to have fixed itself. “Will (One Machine)” beholds your future below:

• Reject and Fade: https://rejectandfade.bandcamp.com

iLoveMakonnen

Drink More Water 5

It’s time. The serotonin sprinkler, maneuvering master, and trench coat mobber known sometimes as Super Chef Makonnen, sometimes as the Man of the Party, and currently as The Red Dragon has pulled up on the scene with his latest mixtape, Drink More Water 5. The tape is a stopgap of sorts before his debut studio release, which is due later this year. Sure, that one’ll feature Drake, Rihanna, DJ Mustard, Diplo, and Skrillex, but will it make your skin glow like this one?

✔ Hydrate
✔ Hydrate
✔ Hydrate:

Always on deck and never out of work, that Makonnen fellow. Check out his upcoming dates with Sonny Digital and Key! here.

• iLoveMakonnen: http://www.ilovemakonnen.com

Life Size Maps

“All Been Spent”

There will be no shortage of genres/sub-genres and songwriters, the latter many of whom will belong to ‘Generation Y’ or whatever/after, that will make the ascension and eventual dominance of mass media in the late 20th and early 21st centuries a major thematic concern or at least inspiration around which their music revolves, attempting to come to terms with, or at least begin to grapple with the development or ongoing process of how the Internet, especially, has affected the social, political, economic, and also personal and emotional particulars of their lives growing up in such a time.

The long-active Bushwick-based synthpop foursome led by frontman Mike McKeever, Life Size Maps, is one such outlet for this increasingly popular – and relevant – phenomenon, but they just might be one of the more interesting ones, in terms of their unique musical, lyrical, and visual approach to the subject matter. After having put out a string of shorter-length releases, including a number of singles, the band has finally completed a long-in-the-works debut album, due to be released on April 7th, through Old Flame Records. The whole thing just became available for streaming through Spotify, though if you need something to feast your eyes on, check out the recently released video for “All Been Spent,” directed by none other than Lil Internet, who also helped out for some of the art direction this time around, or look up their tour dates, available on their official website.

Oh, the bonus is getting to listen to Life Size Maps via Spotify:

• Life Size Maps: http://www.lifesizemaps.com
• Old Flame Records: http://www.oldflamerecords.com

Zachary Devereux Fairbrother

“The Strawman”

One-half of Canadian-Philly duoLantern, Zachary Devereux Fairbrother goes from his typical face-punching rippers to a soft-acoustic ballad with “The Strawman.” I mean, the dude HAS gone a BIT soft before, but this was during a self-admitted time when he was away from the other half of Lantern, Emily Robb. Thus, when I got Zachary’s e-mail promoting “The Strawman” outta nowhere the other day, I was like “Uhhhh-ohhhh.” BUT I’M TOTALLY WRONG! Look how cute the cover art is for “The Strawman” single. And the lyrics pretty much describe the process of me writing about the song. It’s all about interpretation. And potentially, his lyrics of “YOU” can be read into as himself, or Emily, or just [musician/artist/person/YOU].

There’s an sneaky inspiration in Zachary’s “The Strawman” that’s not secretive, but only found upon close listening. No, I’m not talking about inspiration to go out and learn “Classical Gas” on guitar, but if you do, RESPECT. However, “The Strawman” suggests you should challenge what people say in reaction to how you present yourself within this world. Will you choose the way of social molding, or go for the Fleetwood Mac? I’d rather take the Lantern route and have beer cans thrown at me as an honor than be playing some sold-out arena concert to people who own iPods with five of my songs. As well, the whole Tyrannosaurs Rex vibe Zachary is fronting with “The Strawman” currently is illy af too, so let’s hope both this solo project and Lantern continue strong. Check out his solo work below, for judgement’s sake:

• Zachary Devereux Fairbrother: https://soundcloud.com/zacharyfairbrother

Disparition

“Faith”

Initially inspired by a long-lasting adherence to early 4AD linchpins such as This Mortal Coil, and also pre-noughties industrial and electronica, songwriter Jon Bernstein has been writing and recording music under the name of Disparition since 2007. More recently, however, and since putting out the formidable full-length Granicha in 2014, Bernstein’s been sporadically putting out new songs that represent a relative departure from his mostly electronic-oriented compositions of past releases, and that hint at an already accomplished artist and musician possibly at a crossroads in the development of his craft, so to speak. His new single, “Faith,” is a multi-instrumental affair, and continues with his relatively newfound utilization of vocals as a prominent element in the mix. Take a listen to the new track below, and explore for yourself a long-active songwriter who never stopped mining the figurative catacombs of goth, industrial, and 90s techno that everyone seems to only just be discovering again.

• Disparition: http://www.disparition.info

  

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