New Balance

Formes De Viure

Always keeping an eye on the prize, death comes as a peaceful blend of morose and euphoric agitation. Like making out during the Exorcist, which is something that happens. OR reading a WHACKO’s manifesto under a street lamp in the library parking lot. But this is all about Formes De Viure. The way we sharpen our knives. Dancing ‘til four or five AM. Becoming more than 1080p in a misty haze. Minimal definition of “Guitar” and “Voice.” Walking through a virtual installation of your home, but without walls, and the colors are as you remember them, only slightly too pastel and bright.

New Balance is definitely bringing that post-hypnagogic vibe in a production/mixing sort of way. Like C L E A N E R S (TMT Review) by way of editing, “fluidity,” and togetherness, but Formes De Viure seems to be all one-man made. No sampling works outside the personal realm. All detail of the individual. And layered like a mother fucker. As well, touching a bit on the Tangles and Banana Head side of linger jamming. Potentially even Taterbug creep-crooning. Though, the physical tragedy of Formes De Viure is that “Guitar” is side A and “Voice” is side B. Curiously, though, when I get home I’m going to layer BOTH tracks atop of each other – digitally and at the same frequency – and listen to a glorious mesh of fiddling and faddling.

Listen to New Balance’s Formes De Viure below or [pre-order] grip the tape here from your limited friends at EXO Tapes Inc.

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“Takin’ My Time”

LAKE excel at composing songs that sound familiar but feel entirely modern and new. Their latest record, The World is Real, shows that the band knows how to take classic/soft rock tropes and restructure them into something beautifully strange. Part of this is undeniably due to the synergistic songwriting of Ashley Eriksson and Eli Moore, but “Takin’ My Time” proves that the other members of LAKE are equally adept at syncing into a unified musical vision.

“Takin’ My Time” is the first LAKE track to be written and sung by Mark Morrison, but in the context of The World is Real, it fits the album’s modernized, stripped-down Steely Dan aesthetic so well it’s hardly noticeable. LAKE have always immersed themselves in particular styles/songs, and “Takin’ My Time’s” John Farinelli-directed video articulates this well, as the film’s protagonist — former LAKE member Lindsay Schief — gets literally sucked into the videotape that’s given to her. But while the video’s movie-within-a-movie narrative is a visual representation of LAKE’s ability to emulate the artists who influence them, they always manage to update their sources. And when the protagonist becomes stranded in VHS land at the video’s conclusion, I can’t help but see the parallels between her new imprint on the VHS world and LAKE’s imprint on indie pop.

The World is Real is out now via K Records. You can watch the video for “Takin’ My Time” below:

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It’s interesting to experience sounds from Alex Gray’s D/P/I project. Like, it’s such a blend of background casual, humor in the moment, and “life-and-times of…” that submission to “SWIN.G” is practically an involuntary reaction. As if it’s all merely cast within his own world of “social networking.” Everything that happens in D/P/I is a part of the fellah’s life. The listener witnesses everything he witnesses. And this video for “SWIN.G” blends his reality to the cracks within: chance images flutter off the screen, waves of heat swelter the slow motion creeps, and deep gaze times angle out a variety of furniture.

In the future world, as Earth continues to grow, one day we’ll have a D/P/I application on our out-and-about persons. It’ll even capture memories of dreams being covered in money – almost smothered in it – reaching always further up, grabbing at air, but then more paper. Set the world ablaze with every bit of your daily aesthetic. Pave a direction to Jupiter and stick around the wild. Discover something that has always been real, yet never tangible enough to reach out. Though, if you want to grip, pop, and play a release like 08.DD.15 by D/P/I look no further. It’s been at Leaving Records since last Tuesday, and only in addition of 200. As well, 08.DD.15 went global today via Boomkat! ALSO, Jeanette (TMT Review) is poppin’ off cassette style via Bootleg Tapes super soon.

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Clifford Solek

“Rodeo King”

brrd has been one of my favorite artists for a hot minute. His release Towers/Annointing on FaltyDL’s new label Blueberry Recordings was a tantalizing heater. The album showcases a uniquely intelligent audio sensibility; a calculated dose of soul that is sure to tenderize. Stew, the IRL boy behind brrd, recently moved to Århus, Denmark, assumably the happiest country in the world. Shortly following his move, brrd popped out a delightfully zany experimental release brrdVEVO, perhaps alluding to the often overwhelming American consumerism he departed (ooooooooh..).

His latest effort, under the alias Clifford Solek, is 13-and-a-half minutes of quivering ambient beauty. Titled “Rodeo King,” the track is a further embodiment of Bird’s (the actual last name of Stew, who is brrd) sonic brilliance. Turn it on, close your eyes, open your nose, clench your right hand, and you might get a sense of that Danish bliss.

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Chief Keef

“All I Care About”

Chief Keef told us the shit he don’t like a couple years back, but after a period of presumed introspection, Sosa’s now telling us what he cares most about on new track “All I Care About.” And, what do you know, it’s money, a refraction of The New Fatali$m, the Chi-town-born rapper extending his gwop-loving ways through vicious Auto-Tune and a snarl delivery above a Young Chop beat, all in contrast to his soft experimental mumbling on last year’s Almighty So. Check it out here:

“All I Care About” is off Chief Keef’s forthcoming Back From The Dead 2 release (Bang 3 is coming early March, supposedly). He’s been in the studio lately with Mr. Yeezus himself, so expect some collabo tracks on their respective albums, both due this year.

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