Interpol’s still putting out records, and if you agree with our quintessential optimist Simon Chandler that evocations of melancholy have a self-nullifying effect with each consecutive release, then you’ll be happy to know that Institute are here to send you off into mild emotional purgatory! Lyrics can’t convey sadness if listeners aren’t totally sure what those lyrics are, after all, and for that reason, we’re doubly happy that lead singer Moses Brown has chosen to confuse his expressions of relationship ire through deliberate garbling and half-pronunciations. Wait, was that “relationship?” Equally possible, he may have been issuing a “rallying” call for “shins,” for some reason…

Formed in March 2013, the Austin-based band is releasing their debut EP Salt on Sacred Bones October 14. The initial bassline of the title track (listenable below) had me anticipating a secret cover of Joy Division’s “Disorder,” but thankfully, it ends up being so much more — and more punk — than that.

Saltines are the key! Your vocals are boring and comprehensible without them!

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Yung Lean

“Ghosttown” ft. Travi$ Scott

The latest Yung Lean press release (such a phrase need not exist in this or any other world) contains the following passage.

Yung Lean is wiser; self-confident and at the same time more complex. His lyrics are relevant to his new life experience, memorable and relatable in real time. You meet a person, who shares his experiences, his troubles and joys. The rhymes are still snappy, but now with poignant heart and soul.

But it’s a conspiracy. Yung Lean was built in a factory (read: some blogger’s living room). He’s the worst rapper of all time. The greatest accomplishment he can hope for is inclusion in Big Ghost’s Annual 10 Softest Niggas in the Game List, which would be fitting because the kid’s lyrics sound like they could’ve been ghostwritten by Pretty Toney’s pretty son Infinite Coles a.k.a. Moon God.

Fuck this shit.

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Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something so depressing about seeing the sun come up on a weekday, when you’ve been up all night and you did basically fuck all with your day (night). I’ve been on that vamp-life recently though, that pseudo agoraphobic bullshit. I’m thinking maybe it’s time to leave the crib, because I’ve been seeing things. This strange visage appeared in the blunt smoke last night, fucked if i know who that is. I’m not losing the grip though, LOL. I’m just in my feelings lately. It happens to the best of us tbh, look how Nietzsche ended up.

It’s all good however, this new DYNOOO has ushered in a new era for the kid. On the real, “I’M IN MY FEELINGS N I HATE IT” is on something vicious. It’s HEAVY. It’s kind of like the ghostly shadow of E+E’s Fire Gut. Laolu cuts deep too. Check it. You done came up DYNOOO. You done came up for the better.

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Lia Mice

“I Love You (Mark McGuire Remix)”

Lia Mice has embraced the vie en émeraude. On her upcoming album, I Love You, she embraces more “danceable tempos.” Well bless her heart, I just think that’s fabulous. She was inspired by a séjour in Europe no less… imagine that! Europe certainly has a habit of luring artists into the dark, funky abyss of danceable tempos. You know the ones. They make you get up and jerk your shoulders and hips like the convulsing host of an Italo-nightcreatues unborn spawn.

To be totally P.C., Mice was living in France, where the clubs are all hip and sophistiqué… how else would she have developed a sound so rooted in retro charm, yet also filled with hyper-futuristic counterpoint and washes of PC-era ambiance. Perhaps with the help of one Mark McGuire, whose guitar absolutely shreds over serpentine arpeggios?

“I Love You (Mark McGuire Remix)” almost has the feel of a duet, with two distinct voices facing each other from either end of their influences – Lia Mice with her new-found footwork, (of which I can’t wait to hear more of when her albums drops November 4) and Mark McGuire’s long career in baseball. Wait…. what I meant to say was, “Mark McGuire’s long career as sonic gardener of Eden in Emeralds and as a solo artist.”

Lia Mice’s new album I Love You is out on CD/LP via MOORWORKS, Rice is Nice, and Old Flame Records this November 3.

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