“Coast to Coast”
Deep Tapes is an unclottable wound oozing album after remix after VHS compilation of woozy jams and half-songs, semi-recognizable shards shakily glued back together to make whole, flaky layers of fucked-up bits, dead-battery distortion, shitty keyboards, maybe guitar, trash, and who knows what — all part of a new(?) zeitgeist(?) of sample-heavy music, still-experimental, equal parts “floaty pop” and “sizzling brainwash” — and the new split cassette from Portland groups Chrome Wings and Ladyshapes is no exception. Recently had the pleasure of meeting John Jurow of Chrome Wings, and I can tell you he was pretty tall and had a great hair swoosh-thing in his eyes. Dreamy. The video by Broken Machine Films features some good old orphaned medical filmstrip footage. You can actually pre-order this tape.
MV & EE
And you’re in a soy field — no, wait, you’re on a canoe on the Little Miami River. -Err, let’s take you to that tee-pee in the backyard of your parent’s hippy friend’s house. Somewhere in Indian or Nevada. Along the way from point 1 to z, you’re in an old painter van. Or, no. You’re on horseback riding along the soy field side for miles. No, acres. Upon these acres, you stumble into a hole; not the horse. You come out a bonfire in that tee-pee, it smells like peyote, and your parent’s friends are staring at you. Leaving the tee-pee cannonballs you into the Little Miami. Emerging from the water you hear, “Reno tonight; drinks $3!” Only to awake in that old painter van. But in the back seat you found the new MV & EE Space Homestead LP on Woodsist. Which is bonus, cause it wont be released until May 15.
Oh, right. So, who’s on top of their game in 2012 so far in music? From what I’ve gathered, it’s been James Ferraro, Lil B, Giant Claw, Dean Blunt, Hobo Cubes, and ol’ Alex Gray (a.k.a. Deep Magic/Tapes, Heat W/Rave, RASH) all vomiting goodies each month. PURPLEIMAGE being a little more of Gray’s Magic than Wave sound, but you got that beat, the drone-pop melody, and a whole smear of colorful imaginings into your ears and out your psyche. You’ll feel an uplifting motion that all your spinal fluid is seeping into your brain, and you can’t stop it; you don’t want to. The mind-burning effects are more like a sneezing sensation. Your nostrils flair uninhaled smoke that you try and suck back in through your mouth/lips; lick your teeph. But are all these releases due the hilarity of the apocalypse, or is it a “$$$ make me come” sort of thing? You can axe Alex April 3 during the Heat Rave Dance Nite at Naya if you in Californiiiiii. Oh, and this RASH release is free or you can get it on cassette!! NOW>NOW>NOW
“Edge” (Fybe Remix)
Despite the ubiquity of genre splicing and the ease of sampling in today’s vast, virtually unchartable musical landscape, I will always have a weakness for a well-sung standard. Which is not what “Edge” is, exactly. The original track, by Royce Wood Junior & Stac, from their Second Lens EP on Shades of Gray, is a little more generic than the remix by Fybe:one we’ve posted here. Fybe:one’s version magnificently burgles the vocals and reduces the rave-floor vibe, inserting instead restrained chord comps and a ethereal take on the lyrics.
It’s actually surprising to learn that the original track isn’t just a singer in front of a rhythm section, because Fybe:one’s remix has achieved what some very good remixes can: to invent, through suggestion, a third track, which seems to exist in the listener’s mind in addition to the original and the remix. In other words, Fybe:one’s version is so good, you’ll be hearing ghosts. [Via Soulection]
• Fybe:one: http://soundcloud.com/fybeone
“Ghosts and Lovers” (Marissa Nadler cover)
Holy shit, I love Marissa Nadler. Hmm, I forgot “covers” are adaptations. Well, let’s check it. Am I feeling the same haunt as the original? I suppose. Oh, shit, now I’m getting ex-lover flashbacks. Wait, that’s right, this off her poppy’er album, so, okay — I get it; I’m not into it. This is fun too, if you like tidal electronics. The pop of “Ghosts and Lovers” emerges only in subtle waves in this cover track. And then it gets all “Wiiiiii-Fiiiiiii” repetitive at the end, because I’m not exactly sure about the vocals. Maybe this track would work best if you re-up’d with Oxycontin. Or just leaving the dentist’s office. But, you know * shakes hand sideways* this track is like that. I’d be tied in at first, if played on the radio, but turn it soon after its persistent snooze-effect sets in.
• Nihiti: http://soundcloud.com/nihiti