Music genres come and go all the time. Some of them leave an audible mark on all the music to come. Others just become short-lived fads with little to offer. Some musicians jump the bandwagons and quickly leave for another one, others just keep doing their thing, unphased by the changing currents. The Californian ambientalist known as simply Sun An is the latter.
On Sun An’s newest album, Ice Cream Memory Card, he keeps doing the most classic ambient meditations one can imagine – lengthy, floating, and about as varied as Bonneville Salt Flats. It’s a prime-time wall of deep relaxation, the kind of music one plays when they wish to stop to exist for a moment and just dissolve into aether. To assist in doing this, Sun An has collaborated with Californian multi-media artist Jennifer Juniper Stratford to create a wonderfully smeared lo-fi video, where abstract shapes and patterns float through one another and slowly shift, as if pushed forward by a lazy generative process reminiscent of the good ol’screensavers.
If you wasted hours as a kid staring at the abstract shapes of screensavers, you’ll love “Rest Easy” by Sun An and Jennifer Juniper Stratford
• Sun An: http://www.sun-an.com
TRAXMAN & PAISLEY PARKS
FAR EAST EP
Who drives a tank together down the streets of Yokohama? It’s TRAXMAN & PAISLEY PARKS, of course! And as the great-minds of juke and footwork collide like the arcade game, Rampage, you can tell which set of masterminds are working during each sample, beat, and rythm here on FAR EAST EP.
Shit in the FAR EAST EP is getting cut-the-fuck-UP, ‘cause TRAXMAN & PAISLEY PARKS are bringing the badness throughout some nasty madness. Like being balled up in millions of rubber bands, the collaboration sand singular tracks bounce around for infinity, blending the grittiest bass licks and twitchiest quick hits. So fire it up and feel the intoxication of FAR EAST EP by TRAXMAN & PAISLEY PARKS below:
Arkansas’ Pagiins are tracking dirt into your house and calling you on your shit, again, with “Doo Doo” from their forthcoming LP Opium Den Pool Party. Hell, why not, Arkansas is American rock and roll incarnate and we were tired of hearing about your black bargain bin boots, Eric.
The five-piece dropped two EPs since forming in 2012 – Good Things Take Time and Bad Things Don’t – and stuck them together on a totally still available 12”. The two EPs drive as hard as any west coast noise rock outfit, keep that Black Lips/Fat Possum-era Bass Drum of Death southern jangle, and can be downloaded free of charge on Bandcamp.
Their upcoming, not two EPs in one LP debut, Opium Den Pool Party, aside from being a generally good idea, looks like a defunct Fort Smith, Arkansas garage-rock super group that Damon Tillonson, one of Pagiins’ two drummers, took part in. None of their sounds found their way onto the web unfortunately, but the name stands strong and I think we’re all better because of it.
Mix botany and aquatics below and party with the boys and The Coathangers in the low midwest this week.
• Pagiins: https://www.facebook.com/Pagiins
Following along into Cadu Tenório’s third video for his Vozes series, “Lamento” get’s sexually lethargic opposed to the first two. The music is pensive and patient as sounds are warped away and poured atop of with liquid crawls of spontaneity throughout the first half. The second half of the track/video for “Lamento” starts to become a bit more ecco’d out in terms sampling and sonars, as licks of vibrating shimmers of crystal drones pop in the rise and fall of volume. Yet, the challenge is simple if you choose to take it. There’s nothing but the future ahead of you. Exceed beyond and find your personal meaning in Cadu Tenório’s “Lamento” listed above.
Finally, a track about dating for our Tinder/OKCupid/Grindr world! Chicago based producer yungpharaoh’s calm, cool, and collected “Dating” deconstructs the overly formalized concept of post-millenial dating while still honoring the objective beauty of dating websites (those specific colors, those bubble letter taglines). And even though “Dating” does have a chill energy to it, there is an underlying anxiety that grows throughout the journey, suggesting a bubbling up of an emotion. It feels like sitting at a dinner table across from a stranger as you get too drunk, constantly switching your gaze from their eyes to your phone screen and hoping that the night doesn’t end with the stranger revealing that they are actually in fact a serial killer. I’m curious and excited about how a track like this, with its grime and R&B influences, fits into yungpharaoh’s otherwise hard, breakneck sets. It seems like a track that could energize a dancefloor in an unexpected, spooky way.
• yungpharaoh: https://soundcloud.com/yung_pharaoh