“Distance & Desire”
On their latest release, Melbourne duo Legendary Hearts craft spacey, ambient muzak that sounds like demented background music for when you’re stuck in a waiting room reminiscent of that one scene in Beetlejuice. “Distance & Desire,” a syrupy, languid jam off of Aerial View, is given an appropriately laid back, comically tripped out video (courtesy of Benjamin Portas). It lies somewhere between your weirdo uncle’s screensaver and some late night public access television vibe; nevertheless, the music and the visuals go hand in hand. If you dig the warped nocturnal vibe of “Distance & Desire” (along with their prior single, “Acceleration”), Aerial View is now available to ALL via Not Not Fun.
Like an unripe blackberry – pink, recently green every second becoming sweeter, darker, juicier – JOMAC’s new record FORSELFANDFORYOU sits glowing, raw, and tart atop the thorny thicket of Bandcamp cassette labels. Released by UK-based Acorn Tapes, JOMAC (from Washington DC) produces savory, home-baked hip-hop beats that feature samples of warm jazz, soul, and funk. Get a tape now! Also make sure to check JOMAC’s Soundcloud; the dude posts fresh tracks almost on the daily.
It’s been more than four years since Jackson, Mississippi MC Skipp Coon released the incendiary Sophomore Slump: Vol. 1: Independent’s Day EP. If, like myself, you were wondering what took him so long to follow up on such a powerful statement of a record, the cover to his new album Miles Garvey gives you all the answers you need. It also says that in 2014, writing and releasing music this wholly uncompromising and demanding is, for many, not a matter of choice so much as it is an act of necessity.
• Skipp Coon: http://tibbit.bandcamp.com
Sorrow comes out at night – the bad thoughts that would otherwise be diverted or distracted during the day by simply doing something linger and intensify in the long, dark hours of the night. Sometimes they can cause insomnia. The music video for “Ifs” (the first song the album Split) by the London based synthesist Vasilis Moschas (alias Polygrains) is a story of cruising through the night for the sake of cruising. Directed by Dimitris Vrakas and set to a noir downtempo of Moschas that recalls Depeche Mode dim-love hymns, it plays like a drug-free version of Enter the Void, filtering the city lights through blurs and distortions while the female protagonist stares into a dark distance from the car window. And when she turns her head to the camera at the end of the video with her eyes full of tears: we understand why everything is so blurry. “Ifs” proves – both on the musical and visual level – that the simplest means are often the most effective. The catchy melody and the teary-eyed gaze will get you every time. Relate to the poor woman:
• Polygrains: http://polygrains.com
Hot, steaming chunks of earth rolling on down the mountain – pyroclastic flow style, DAMN we have “summermix #2” erupting from the heart of EPC (E+E).
The last mix (“summermix #1”) sounded like an inverted, down-pointing tower of babel; yes, it spit out wisdom in all directions (N, E, S, W) but remained guarded and mysterious, digging down into underground zones with enough room for privacy, introspection, and a few barely audible secrets that could teach you a new word, or two. This SISTER mix (#2) cracks off FAST. Press play to conjure a small amazonian army, non-sugar-coated, immediately commanding you to be quiet, BE COOL, be smooth, and to only worry about your goddamn self. Seconds in, warriors are launching shade and flame from several low swanging chariots unto the fields of Shenandoah and beyond, like an arrow straight into your chest. I imagine the preliminary violence as a call for an open heart – the hyperactive onslaught gives way to a tender, cathartic finale. Much has been said about the spirituality of E+E’s music; but, here, there’s something invisible creeping in, some sort of transformative sacrament, a fantastic rite of ownership and solemnity.
• E+E: https://soundcloud.com/eande