Pure X

“Heaven”

A few weeks ago, the greatest band ever, Pure X, shared the beautifully ethereal, slow groover “Starlight”, giving us a hazy peak at a potential forthcoming release. The gods of Austin, Texas have blessed us with another preview to what is now a confirmed LP, Angel. The new single “Heaven” feels honest and deliberate; an endeavor into the ontology of heaven as a feeling that you can “have anytime you want”. Though still comfortably lazed, the track has a more kinetic mentality than previous releases. I can’t avoid imagining a cinematic, evening car ride to this track, à la Pulp Fiction. With all my fingers and toes, I can’t count how many times I’ve looped through Pure X’s previous releases, shutting out any present moment and dreaming into twisted mirrors. Given the two gems already shining in its anticipation, I have little doubt that Angel will grant the same transcendent capacity. The LP will be available April 1st, in North America, via Fat Possum.

• Pure X: https://soundcloud.com/pure-x
• Fat Possum Records: http://fatpossum.com

AceMo

Atnos

AceMo’s music has a nice combination of bliss and steeze. Much of his production meshes the zen with the fly, elevating and transcending his tunes to a uniquely spiritual level while maintaining head-bobbing accessibility. Having just recently dropped a zanily zooted tape, Boarders for Bootleg Tapes, AceM0 is poised. His latest track “Atnos” furthers his introspective and meditative aptitude. Beginning with a slow and crunchy melodic mantra of sorts, the track progresses into a heavily swung array of clicks and clacks – a touchstone for many similar instrumental beat makers, yet AceMo maneuvers “Atnos” far beyond the norm. By the end of the track, AceMo has you transitioning into downward dog; the room is smokey and you forgot your socks.

• AceMo: https://soundcloud.com/acemo

Linda Perhacs

“Prisms of Glass”

It’s only March 10, and so far, 2014 has been a pretty huge year for female folk musicians. Aside from having to list all of ‘em off like a cattle count, Ima just state: 2014 will be the year my brother gets back into music. Specifically, the fellah is into sweet harmonious music, which pretty much excludes most modern-male folk because them dudes all wanna slice a bit of masculinity in their sincerity, so fuck that shit (as my brother would say). Can we all please just calm down and have a listen to some Linda Perhacs?

Oh, wait. How about we just watch Linda Perhacs in her latest video “Prisms of Glass” featuring Julia Holter and Ramona Gonzalez. ‘Wait-wait-wait: hold-up, C Monster. You talkin’ ‘bout 1970’s Parallelograms single album, Linda Perhacs?” Yes. And lyrics and melodies and instrumentals are all beyond top-notch. So scope Asthmatic Kitty now for Linda Perhacs’ new album The Soul Of All Natural Things out now. In the mean-time, enjoy “Prisms of Glass.”

• Linda Perhacs: http://www.lindaperhacs.com
• Asthmatic Kitty Records: http://asthmatickitty.com

Brett Naucke

“Luau”

Chicago based synth-maestro and founder of Catholic Tapes Brett Naucke is teaming up with Spectrum Spools for the first time to release a full-length LP. The label explains that the album entitled Seed was created by the artist “using ritual variations on a singular patch for modular synthesizer.” Naucke is able to overcome the restraints of the fixed underlying texture, and constructs a record that is vibrant, pointed and anything but monotonous.

Seed as a whole is set to be released on April 14, but lucky for us the label has recently let out a track from the record to get us licking our lips at the tantalizing impending release. “Luau” is a juicy dripping single where jittery rhythms skitter across a warm gliding drone, and curious ghostly voices beg the listener to cut deeper and deeper into the unfamiliar yet intriguing textures and flavors off the barbecue of Brett Naucke. Taste a slice below and tuck your napkin in your shirt collar for April 14.

• Brett Naucke: http://brettnaucke.net/home.html
• Spectrum Spools: http://editionsmego.com/releases/spectrum-spools

Christina Vantzou

“Going Backwards to Recover What was Left Behind”

Christina Vantzou. Attractive in an intense, polite fashion, an astounding composer, apparently a good director as well, and, just like me, loves a shot of Phantom Miro (that’s a video camera, not a mixed drink). *Ahem* call me.

Her new album is called Nº2, and you should be listening to this album if:
you have just recovered from a devastating break-up.
you have just recovered from a devastating loss.
you intend on breaking up with somebody soon.
you intend on killing somebody soon.
you are walking in slow motion on the beach.
you are lost in a forest.
you are at home alone and it is raining outside.
you are lying on the couch scratching your dogs back.
you are nervous.
you are in love.
you are lost.
you are.

The video for “Going Backwards to Recover What was Left Behind” enhances the listening experience by visually accompanying the more subtle gestures of the song, engaging both senses simultaneously, and when deemed most appropriate by the composer. There is light when you are supposed to be watching, allowing some of the most delicate instrumental flourishes to shine through, and there is dark when you are supposed to be listening, as the force of the music needs no accompaniment.The song itself is like an overture, but instead of building to a grandiose finish, it fades introspectively. Going backwards to recover what was left behind, but then realizing maybe it should just be left there.

• Christina Vantzou: http://christinavantzou.com
• Kranky Records: http://kranky.net

  

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