“Don’t Want Me Still”
Remember the 5th of November! Not only is it the celebration of (the capture of) Catholic Anarchist fanatic Guy Fawkes and Bank Transfer Day, but it’s also the release date of Pagan folk acolyte King Dude’s first full-length Love on DAIS! That’s three things worth happening. Seriously, put an X on your calendar. You can buy a record, then put on a cool mask, and then walk into a bank. Do it!
This short song is caked, perhaps unnecessarily, in reverb, but T.J. Cowgill’s incredible voice still holds its shape. It’s appropriate, given his affinity for occult imagery, that he was gifted with a truly supernatural singing voice. If his EPs on Bathetic and Clan Destine Records are any indication, you’re in for some heavy acoustic strumming and nonstop eerie ambiance. Like Capt. Don Van Vliet said, “your guitar is a divining rod.” Love is up for pre-order right now and will definitely be the soundtrack to all my effigy-burning parties.
From Nickolas Mohanna’s Reflectors, a new 40-minute album of tone poems, comes “Neon Agents,” a lush, complex piece using a combination of field recordings and guitar/synth treatments. Australian minimalist label Preservation has one of the most consistent catalogs extant, recently releasing albums from Black Eagle Child, Quiet Evenings, Fabio Orsi, and Deep Magic, many of which are packaged in the same themed artwork “using a specially created abstract alphabet of shapes, determined by artist, title and catalog number for something both fixed and random.” It’s also worth scoping out the visual equivalent to this music — minimalist line drawings and zines — at the artist’s website.
• Nickolas Mohanna: http://www.nickolasmohanna.com
• Preservation: http://preservation.com.au/releases/nickolas-mohanna
“The Space Zone (Special Edition)”
We’ve posted about the Ghetto Teknitianz DJ clique lately, so we thought we’d throw up a track from a young (under 20) footwork/flightcore/gutta house muzik DJ named Young Smoke, who runs with the Flight Muzik crew. Flight Muzik began in 2010 by none other than DJ Diamond, who released TMT favorite Flight Muzik (TMT Review) earlier this year on Planet Mu. But while DJ Diamond’s economic footwork is rooted in a G-funk/soul past, Young Smoke’s music is on a whole other planet. He’s, like, the Sun Ra of footwork/juke or some shit. Check out his epic 15+-minute (!) track “The Space Zone (Special Edition),” clearly the soundtrack to some truly interstellar dance circles. WELCOME TO THE SPACE ZONE!!
Young Smoke also released an album back in April called Gutta House Muzik V.1. Can’t find it anywhere, but you can listen to some of it here. It’s as equally mind-blowing as “The Space Zone.”
• Flight Muzik: http://flightmuzik.blogspot.com
Benoît Honoré Pioulard
As if Benoît Pioulard weren’t already hard enough to pronounce, Thomas Meluch has slipped another fancy French name into his musical moniker: Benoît Honoré Pioulard. But he’s still “just” some 27-year-old guy who lives in Portland. Meluch is set to release a new mini-album on November 1 on Desire Path Recordings (TMT News). Maybe the formality of Benoît’s new middle name, Honoré, implies a step toward seriousness. His new record, entitled Benoît Honoré Pioulard Plays Thelma, is a significant change from his clearly pop-oriented material, particularly his last few full-length albums on Kranky. The new sound is rooted in field recordings and ethereal, organic atmospheres as opposed to a guitar-centered, song-form style.
In the track “Calder” (streaming below), Meluch’s refined ability to conceive catchy, emotional melodies lives close beneath the surface of his new ambient endeavor, as a slow-motion loop dances along buzzing tones and pulsing bells.
“Morning and Sunrise”
I’m thankful for Jakob Olausson. While much of today’s new music strives to break Earth’s gravitational tether, contentedly drifting through space, Olausson reminds us that there’s plenty of reverb and fog right here on Earth. Sure a title like “Morning and Sunrise” invokes our star, but unlike other notable dawns in music history, I imagine Olausson’s sunrise as one viewed from ground level, a light coming up over a barren hill; Olausson’s cheek pressed against the earth, rather than against the porthole window of a Challenger or Souvlaki.
Throughout the song, the meandering guitar never really picks up any pattern or structure, but the wavering vocals keep us on track with moaned repetition. It’s like traveling with no idea what road you’re on, but strong reason to believe you’re pointed North. Not quite a proper song, this track is from the realm of audiophiles or somnambulists. All this said, his voice and git-box have got a nice sound, and when it comes to music, good sounds are really the best place to start.
Morning and Sunrise LP comes out December 6 on De Stijl Records.