Genetically modified perfection: Orange Caramel’s new single is the K-pop ideal. Named “까탈레나(Catallena),” this rare treat comes in a fluffy, filter swept emulsion of ABBA-grade orchestration, ghazal folk samples flown in from a Pakistani wedding (!), runny ‘80s snare, Bollywood dyes, imitation Chic guitar, and a compression-lacquered coating of bass synth à la “Blue Monday.” The vocal frosting is perfectly piped atop it all, lyrics flirting with bi-curious urges and an exorcized other (the Caramel girls even sing a bit of Punjabi for the hook). Tastes odd on first bite, but perfect by the second – the addictive riddle that is the music video being what brings you back.
With Orange Caramel being a “sub-unit” (read: subsidiary) of its larger, parent pop group After School, “까탈레나(Catallena)” even comes with a taste of K-pop’s strangely corporate approach to not only the marketing of art but even the art itself. When the end product’s this absurdly good, just pay up and dig in.
• Orange Caramel: http://www.orangecaramel.co.kr
King Tears Mortuary
Oh, boy. My pal Marshall is awesome. This is a fellah that I’ve gotten to know throughout the years and has always seemed to stick around. We transferred from one college to the same other college having only known each other through a mutual acquaintance. Lived merely 30 minutes from me when I moved to a different part of Ohio. Got me into Tiny Mix Tapes around 2007. Spent plenty of summers together. Is way into GBV. Worked with me for a couple years and became: A CO-WORKER *dread*. He moved to Australia for a minute or two and now lives in the city, just about (again) 30 minutes away from me, or a midnight train away. Last time we hung was two weeks ago and we played some video game and got drunk. Time before I left 285 Kent to have beers within in some corner of the city. Next time I see him it BETTER be before we go to Acid Mother’s Temple.
Anyhow, the fellah put me onto this hear King Tears Mortuary from Australia. And what’s fun is, well – long story short – we did the whole Pocahaunted VS. Best Coast shit when the singles started to hit (pre-Crazy For You), and hangin’ always sounded like grungy recordings of the simplest licks, so “Apollo” fits right in. I’m glad he found this comfort in Australia while we were apart *makes spoons* because I kinda kept shooting for new-new-new (SEE: Choco Mix 102 later today), but he kept it AND keeps it REAL. None of this OPN, Laurel Halo, patten, vapor-nami buuuuulll shit. Give my pal a few High Lifes, a pie from Cassano’s, grippin’ some Mike Sell’s, and start spinning King Tears Mortuary’s “Apollo” 7-inch on Vacant Valley (pre-order): the man is in heaven. Beyond, maybe if you got a stack of #VERYRARE GBV 12-inches too. Scope the tune below and hang out with us sometime!
PS: Marshall’s sister and brother-in-law own a dog that looks strikingly similar to this post’s picture.
“너여야 (It’s You)”
Seoul’s brightest bedroom pop star is back, lit this time by the lucent torch song, “너여야 (It’s You).” Mediating between the electro expertise of longtime collaborator Cliff Lin and Korean producer Demicat’s subtlest glitch hop undertones, Neon Bunny’s melody floats lambent above the shifting textures beneath. The verse rhythm scatters and weaves between the denser waveforms of the chorus, like a flock of starlings playing in patterns before settling into formation by song’s end. These many maneuvers might distract were they not so natural; instead they propel Neon Bunny’s most moving song yet.
• NeonBunny 야광토끼: http://neonbunny.bandcamp.com
CHITOKYO MIXTAPE is totally bombed out. Like, going to work, completely whacked out your mind, your mind is completely gone, having a mind of your own is NO MORE. Turn signals pop off in all sorts of directions. People riding your ass and thinking it’s YOUR fault the front of their car almost it the back of yours. Rubbing your eyes transports dimensions and RED is all the tint rage. EQwhy smashes in another 500 samples and you’re only three minutes deep. Knuckles are as white as dreary wall paper. There’s no money for anything needless. Saying there’s no culture in a location is absurd, but whatever.
But where’s my money? It’s to “be made” in a tower built within a valley, so while walking toward the entrance wind will snap at your body so furiously you’re instantly sober upon entering. Then, you’re interacting with coworkers tryna recall all the “new” or “popular” music being played/circulated at the moment. And it all comes out like CHITOKYO MIXTAPE. So, good for you, ‘cause EQ Why is out on that yuung physical and you can grip yourself a cassette through Orange Milk Records, where I have also written a few album descriptions if you care to read. Heard OM they really put in a buck or two for CHITOKYO MIXTAPE, and it was 100,000,000% worth it. Find out for yourself below:
“STROBE LIGHT S” (LORD SMS EDIT)
With a stellar past few months for D/P/I (inteview; JEANETTE, 08.DD.15, SHE WAS NO TAME THING), LORD SMS (World of Shit, GLASS BRIXX VOL. 1), and Bootleg Tapes (SEE: [discography]), it’s comes at no surprise there’d be a merging of their minds. But more like a melting. From what I’ve heard, LORD SMS used real streams of “STROBE LIGHT S” sent by D/P/I to recreate and edit it for a physical CS of JEANETTE being released by Bootleg Tapes. As well, considering LORD SMS’ recent endeavors as SIMULATOR – with deep fam LAMPGOD – the question of “Is LORD SMS an actual person, or wavelength of beings mashed within a basement mainframe hacked direct to the deepest cores of the Internet?” It’s all true.
Both D/P/I and LORD SMS been traveling, though. Either by WIFI or tunneling on they knees or by wheel, these entities of music remain fucking productive. Communication by text. Communication by sound structure. Communication through my ears to words to your eyes and mind, now comes JEANETTE by way of cassette on Bootleg Tapes with the added extra “STROBE LIGHT S” (LORD SMS EDIT), stamping a bit of magic dance that breaks down mantel, and centers itself right around the heart. There two give two-shits about festering a community for individual benefit and are more-so continuing a conversation. Mega ego will never completely dominate the collective mind. Nor will it crash out on my boi Brad Stabler. So dig on “STROBE LIGHT S” (LORD SMS EDIT) below and wait for D/P/I’s new(ish) release on Bootleg Tapes soon: