Super glad my boiii Chico Dub got all these Brazilian musicians/artists on my e-mail, shooting me e-mails about their new works and weirds. Abdala is no different, either. The tracks on his Sétima EP (which is subsequently more than 60 minutes long), pretty much are summed up in the Bandcamp profile picture. Just the mere thought of someone making this music, sitting on a laptop alone in the dark, is exactly the atmosphere in which this music remains AND a zone I’d like to be in immediately while listening.
Like, if I ever want that zone, I know I could always just pop on Abdala’s Sétima EP via Bandcamp, and shit’ll be chill. What’s also chill is the fact that Bandcamp and SoundCloud and DatPiff make it easy to never have a hard drive again, thus just logging into [internet] and snagging me some more of Abdala’s tunes, which are FIVE releases deep since January this year! Scope Sétima EP below and feel the lax’d out noises of Abdala:
• Abdala: https://abdalagalatic.bandcamp.com
“Robin (A Tribute to Robin Williams)”
Before: So at this point I haven’t yet listened to Joseph Arthur’s “Robin (A Tribute to Robin Williams).” So far I’m just thinking about the very idea of taking an admittedly B-list celebrity’s death and whipping up a response track in less than 48 hours. As of now I feel like this could go either way: A joke-eulogy for any human being would be sort of inappropriate in principle, but I also don’t see how his career could really evoke too much in the way of genuinely profound emotion from someone who didn’t personally know the guy. Kitschy and opportunistic, or poignant and heartfelt? Let’s see:
After: Wow, definitely the latter. I’m pleasantly surprised, or rather relieved (and impressed) that Joseph Arthur managed to take these totally goofy movie clips that he pairs with his track and make them seem somehow like a tearful goodbye. Kudos to Arthur for walking that very fine line. I’m always wary of outpourings of grief over celebrities, but he convinces me that maybe there is something really special about a gift for making people laugh, and that that something deserves whatever small tribute one can offer. As a track, however, it’s a two (every once in a while, three) chord acoustic number without much effort put into the “music” side of the equation. R.I.P., Genie!
• Joseph Arthur: http://www.josepharthur.com
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• 漢方Zhēn: https://zhen.bandcamp.com
Bitchin Bajas are un-fucking-stoppable: 2013 saw the release of the excellent Krausened EP and the incredible Bitchitronics album; in 2014 we got a superb recording of their Hideout Residency. Oh, and just this past Sunday, I saw them lead a troupe of musicians in a great performance of Terry Riley’s In C. What a talented (and busy) trio!
And now Cooper Crain, Daniel Quinlivan, and Rob Frye have given us a lil’ something to hold us over until their self-titled double LP (or double cassette tape, if you’re so inclined) comes out on Drag City on August 26, in the form of “Bueu,” 12-minute epic that pulsates slowly into a quietly psychedelic jam. Yessssss.
“Across The Hills”
In collaboration with visual artist Sean P. Miller, Lily Taylor has released the first single “Across The Hills” off her upcoming album Ride, due later this month on Pour le Corps on LP and CS (pre-order here). Ride comes at listeners after Taylor earned a degree in contemporary music and drifted from the West and East coasts, ending up currently in Dallas, refining her musical technique and uniqueness. And as the album has been building itself throughout the years, listeners are privy to her adventures via sound across the great landscape that is America.
“Across The Hills” I feel is a good representation of riding through a state that’s completely surrounded my mountainous horizons, and as one drives throughout, they just wonder what it’d look like atop one of those heights. However, y’all are driving and got a destination, so there ain’t no stopping or detouring now. Yet, “Across The Hills” has such a longing sound that even at night, still covering some ground on the trail, looking toward a black sky, you’re curious if the pitchness is due to the lack of sunlight or because there are giant lobs of land obstructing your view, again making one wish they had a view not many have been honored to gaze.
Here, “Across The Hills” gives listeners the opportunity to dream along with Lily Taylor as she also offers y’all to take the long-awaited Ride with her (via Pour le Corps), either in your living room on LP or in the [everywhere] on CS! Scope the wild visual zones of Sean P. Miller below:
Also below is the audio stream of “Across The Hills” and here’s the LP pre-order: