Jonathan Pfeffer

“Care if U Cum” & “Geologist”

It’s been a while since Capillary Action’s Jonathan Pfeffer has graced the world with some of the signature math pop that his old band Capillary Action excelled at. However, Pfeffer has kept busy by exploring the world of contemporary classical composition and his work in this realm seems to have imbued these two new pop songs with a heightened sense of clarity and focus even though Pfeffer’s formal structures remain as delightfully schizophrenic as ever.

“Care If U Cum” finds Pfeffer working in a full band setting, but with a much more restrained instrumental palate than some of Capillary Action’s material. However, Pfeffer gets the most out of his quartet of players by employing all sorts of subtle overdubs in conjunction with extended technique and minimal electronics. As a result, “Care If U Cum” seems to flow seamlessly despite it’s constantly shifting form.

“Geologist” on the other hand is a stripped down voice and guitar duet that beautifully illustrates the anxiety of beginning a relationship with a large age discrepancy between partners. However, despite the stripped down arrangement, the track still manages to defy conventional form/harmony and comes across like a deconstructed Jonathan Richman song as a result. When experienced in tandem, these two tracks show that Pfeffer’s really honing the art of making formally hyperactive experimental pop music that sounds streamlined through its idiomatic use of musical materials.

• Jonathan Pfeffer http://www.jonathanpfeffer.com

Octo Octa

“Cause I Love You”

An intern at Vice made a small mistake and children in third-world countries probably haven’t gotten to 2048. It’s Octo Octa, right? When I was first introduced to his music, I made a similar phonetic error. It doesn’t matter.

Grammar Nazi’s (also deep-house heads) will instantly grant Vice redemption because they premiered the latest from Octo Octa, a powerful deep house driver entitled “Cause I Love You.” Vocal samples exclaim the track’s title on repeat, persisting with fat and progressive percussion till we’re begging for major seventh chords. When they hit, it’s a familiar catharsis, but the end is not in clear sight. The track keeps spinning ‘til it becomes a whirlwind around you; you spot your lover in the vortex and pull her/his/zhir/its hand through the crowd of faceless dancers. “Cause I Love You,” you shout, lids shut, falling backwards into the whirl(d).

“Cause I Love You” is the lead track off Octo Octa’s third 12-inch release on the beautiful feels of 100% Silk.

• Octo Octa: https://soundcloud.com/octoocta
• 100% Silk: http://www.listentosilk.com

Chocolate Grinder Mix 103

Downshifted

The deeper you go, the darker it gets. The pressure squeezes you tighter and tighter. The blackness swallows you whole, and your remaining senses kick into overdrive. The deeper you go, the colder it gets. Your body becomes still, sinking further. Tiny organisms nibble at your frozen toes, monstrous shadows flicker in the direction you’re headed: down.

This mix features recently released tracks that only contain vocals that’ve been pitch-shifted down into the depths of a synthesized sea. Down-shifted vocals add a bold flavor to any song, pulling the human out of the voice and leaving a hollow sack of air pumping out tones that somehow can feel more earnest, more soulful than the singer’s true voice. Dive in and begin to sink deeper and deeper. You’ll find glowing, colorful creatures alongside gigantic gray beasts gliding through the darkness. You’ll feel the currents gently pull you side to side as you continue to move downward, until you reach the soft, sandy seafloor, where you’ll just have to push yourself back up and swim to the surface in order to dive right back in again.

Stream below, and subscribe to our podcast here.

[00:00] New Dreams Ltd. - “Dedication”
[02:25] Controbuz - “FEELIN SLOW OFF DAT LEAN WOO”
[03:55] astral city - “bitch im lugubrious”
[04:45] VHSテープリワインダー - “earth.fm”
[06:13] SAINT PEPSI - “D R A M I D A”
[07:08] ESPRIT 空想 - “4”
[07:58] Ahnnu - “Monica Swept”
[10:06] 骨架的 - “Feel”
[11:36] 회사AUTO - “DQ.mæluq [Carær]
[13:25] Rimar - “All We Have”
[14:38] Spring Water 泉 - “Monshou デジタル DIGI≒ⓣⓔⓒⓗ”
[16:58] MIMICS - “Bad Gateway”
[18:29] Gunge - “Ur-Ma-Lady-BB / Never Enough”

The Trying

Self Titled

Sucking eggs surrounding the meaning of “art” is a solid yoke to swallow. There’s art that’s made for the masses. There’s art that’s intended to debunk. There’s art that tries too. Here, The Trying (a.k.a. Chris Kaetzel) blends a plethora of genres that gain access to minds thinking within the mixture of art. There’s that post-Bad Brains roughness, post-Goldie beats, and post-Finger Eleven swooning.

Gaining access to things beyond what is presented to the general public – the grocery store radio or television commercials or your fucking Pandora – The Trying shoots for music that is both digestible and sporadic. At once, Self Titled sounds random, but completely fluid in intent. And it’s pulsating too. As his girlfriend (my soon-to-be sister-in-law) also mentions that there’s an adventurous aspect in the music, as well. More-so in a videogame soundtrack way. A way TMT readers are used to, but on exactly that. Though it’s commendable, The Trying continues to strive for progression of sound by straying from the a-typical, while using some a-typical sounds. And without attachment to a scene or daily/weekly music community in person, thriving off personal exposure and interest in Self Titled is something of The Trying’s art cocktails together in a furious way. Stream below and find out for yourself:

• The Trying: http://thetrying.bandcamp.com

Islaja

“Shit Hit The Fan”

Fuck it. It’s Friday. I’m losing steam this week. All good, though. Gripped that young Islaja video. It ain’t “Partition,” but I can dig the mellow-ish moods. Fell asleep around 2AM last night. Kicked the dog until she got outta the bed. To be honest, never did the “Shit Hit The Fan,” yet I’m really feeling the groove here on this Islaja jam right now in reflection. And minus the fangs and strawberries, this new video looks like the cover art for Thee Oh Sees’ album last year. Mayyyyyyyyybe. Holy FUCK, Mr. P added a ton of content to this post I’m just furiously deleting. Kmmy got a fresh-ass mix for us later today too!

Islaja’s “Shit Hit The Fan” is on her new album S U U, which is being released physically on Monika Enterprise. Scope the video up top and grip the new album now! DO IT. Ok?

• Islaja: http://islaja.com
• Monika Enterprise: http://www.monika-enterprise.de

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