Strange Mountain

Glass Clouds II

Looking into the eyes of Strange Mountain, one hears the tinge and ting of musical instruments, but not distinguishably. Time seems to fluctuate with the sax/synth, and minds begin to remember that one person. That single person in your life you’ve always kept in your glass cloud. But what of the multiple? One can obviously pinpoint a piano, but what of the symphony? Easy: Glass Clouds II.

Glass Clouds II emits an orchestra of distortion for the ears, blending the lines of multiple instruments, one instrument, a computer, a classroom of five-year olds and effects, too many stereos left on different volumes of [quite] in the basement. This is where your imagination with those multiple SINGLE persons. Like a color photo so old it’s fading to black and white, and then all you can see is that person, in your minds eye, between the strings and the vibrating sounds.

EXO Tapes will never stop shitting gold. Proof is in Glass Clouds II by Strange Mountain, below:

• Strange Mountain: http://www.discogs.com/artist/3328089-Strange-Mountain
• EXO Tapes: http://exotapes.com

Arca

Sheep (Hood By Air FW15)

Diverting from his nightly routine of taking “Which [x] Are You?” BuzzFeed quizzes until he gets tired, Alejandro Ghersi, the Venezuelan producer better known as Arca, was instead in Florence, Italy yesterday for Hood By Air’s FW15 show. At the fashion event, Arca performed 11 new tracks live, featuring samples from the likes of Lana Del Ray, Robert Wyatt, and his new collaboration buddy, Björk. The score for the event has been titled Sheep and has been made available in its entirety for our listening pleasure. You can even download it! <3 <3

Sheep (Hood By Air FW15) tracklist:

01. Mothered
02. Pity
03. Drowning
04. En
05. Faggot
06. Submissive
07. Umbilical
08. Hymn
09. Don’t / Else
10. At Last I Am Free (interlude)
11. Immortal

Arca’s latest full-length Xen was released last year, making it to #20 on our Favorite 50 Music Releases of 2014 feature.

• Arca: http://www.arca1000000.com
• Hood by Air: http://www.hoodbyair.com

No Monster Club

“I’ve Retired”

Dublin’s pop-centric No Monster Club is back to their ways after a year of inclusion with People Are Weird on Mirror Universe Tapes. Out January 27, Bobby Aheme and friends have occupied themselves with no bullshit pop tunes for a half dozen years, dealing out songs about summer, boyhood, fun, and la la land – the latter has a sweet video featuring a magic singing dog. They’re also a part of Dublin’s Popical Island, a collective of pop bands who support pop music. It’s simple, really.

“I’ve Retired” is the first single off the 11 tracks on People Are Weird. The song (acoustic version) is a tongue-in-cheek ode about a haughty musician friend. The song is legitimately funny: “I have retired, please take my last breathe and put it on a flyer,” Bobby sings, “Oh maybe it’s hard to act normal when you’re special,” following up with, “Oh how I long to hear you tell the world I have retired.” Bobby gets it, man. We get too serious around here and need to poke fun at people because people are ugly and hilarious all the time.

People Are Weird is out January 27, the same day as Seattle’s Unlikely Friends’ Solid Gold Cowboys and both are up for pre order now.

• No Monster Club: http://www.nomonsterclub.com
• No Monster Club: http://nomonsterclub.bandcamp.com
• Mirror Universe Tapes: http://www.mirroruniversetapes.com

LOGO Magazine

Tribute 02: Manicure Records - Bjork (#Manicured mix)

After releasing a bizarre Limp Bizkit tribute mix by PC Music affiliate Maxo at the tail end of 2014, LOGO Magazine’s curated mix series continues today with installment #2. This one’s on Björk, who gets the deluxe #MANICURE treatment by none other than Manicure Records, another PC Music-orbiting entity that made our Favorite Labels of 2014 feature and whose 1st birthday just so happens to be today (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!). Remixes come from a variety of artists — JASMINE, KLSLWSK, Silkersoft, Mechatok, etc. — but standouts include Guy Akimoto’s overdrive take on “Aurora,” Supraman’s DJ Roc-/RP Boo-style flip of “Jòga,” and especially the “Chipped Nails redo” of “Jòga’s” outro by C.D. Rahm.

Now, paint your nails, bitch:

Oh, and in case you didn’t hear, Björk just announced a new album titled Vulnicura. Kewl!

• LOGO Magazine: http://logomagazine.com
• Manicure Records: https://soundcloud.com/manicure-records
• Björk: http://bjork.com

  

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