Last December, the catalan synthpop duo Hidrogenesse announced Roma, the long-awaited sequel to 2012’s Un dígito binario dudoso: Recital para Alan Turing. Inspired by the eponymous city, Roma is an ode to ruins, archeological sites, and old things in general. Ditching the conceptual mettle of their previous album — a biographical séance for Turing — this time around Genís Segarra and Carlos Ballesteros string together a bouquet of loosely related songs they had been working on since 2009 and pile them up on their LP just like layers of history, daily life, garbage, pop culture, kitsch, and even the uncanny, built upon each other in Rome.
But Hidrogenesse would not be Hidrogenesse if they didn’t give a mischievously sardonic spin to their ideas. Transtemporal chaos is alright and might even work as an album-driving idea itself, but the Catalans wanted to go the extra mile and decided to give each song a particular feel: a spy thriller, a horror story, an adventure film, etc. So, after teasing the album with the Kraftwerkian take on the Golem story of “El hombre de barro,” now the duo has shared a video for “A los viejos,” a paean for all things old and durable. With its bubbly synths, the track harkens back to Hidrogenesse’s Bestiola days, without stopping playing with 20th-century signifiers (feminism, the nouvelle vage, rock & roll, computers, etc.) like they did in their last couple of albums. You can watch the video for “A los viejos” below, which the band has described as “halfway between a superhero movie and a Power Point presentation.”
I’d be lying if I said you won’t be missing something if you can’t understand Hidrogenesse’s lyrics, and a video featuring a haggard looking couple of freaks hanging out in Barcelona’s least flashy winter locales may not be much of an argument, but Hidrogenesse has the credentials to claim the title of the most thrillingly inventive Spanish pop band of the past decade. They are definitely worth a shot. Roma is out on January 27 via Austrohúngaro.
01. Dos tontos muy tontos
02. A los viejos
03. Siglo XIX
04. ¿De qué se trata? (feat. Jérémie Orsel of Dorian Pimpernel)
06. El hombre de barro
07. Elizabeth Taylor
08. Escolta la tempesta
09. That International Rumor (feat. Joel Gibb of The Hidden Cameras)
10. Aquí y ahora
• Hidrogenesse: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidrogenesse/117697753386
• Austrohúngaro: http://www.austrohungaro.com
Moog unveils relaunched modular synths in video featuring M. Geddes Gengras, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, and more
Like so many other pieces of musical hardware that predate the digital age, large-format modular synthesizers began to fade from use as cheaper and less cumbersome alternatives took over. But as the esteemed synth-heads in the video below will tell you, the near limitless sonic possibilities offered by these analog behemoths will always make them relevant, especially in today’s electro-focused landscape.
To that end, Moog recently announced that three of their most iconic modular synth models will be coming back into production for a limited run this year. These monophonic workhorses have been circuited and soldered entirely by hand to match each machine’s original schematics, no small feat given that Moog hasn’t manufactured any synths this big since the 1970s. The company first made its modular mission known last year when it chopped the brain salad of prog rockers everywhere by releasing a recreated version of the Keith Emerson Moog Modular. Although rebuilding this colossal synth took three years to pull off, it also provided company engineers with the bedrock of knowledge to rebuild the three smaller models coming out this year.
Getting your hands on one of these new/old Moogs won’t be cheap, though. The System 55 is the most expensive with a price tag of $35,000 while the System 35 runs a little less for $22,000. The smallest synth, the Model 15, can be yours for just $10,000. (Still, none of these prices compare to the sticker shock of the Emerson Moog, available for a Tarkus-busting $150K.) Of course, looking and hearing is free, and there sure is plenty of that to do in this documentary Moog made about its synth rebirth. Running just shy of 20 minutes, the video mixes Adam Curtis-style found visuals along with commentary from such legends of synthesis as Malcolm Cecil, Suzanne Ciani, and Dick Hyman. But best of all, the company also turned to some of today’s most intriguing synth minds to construct on-the-spot patches with the new Moogs. While the entire video is worth watching, of particular note are performances by the virtuosic Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith and our boy M. Geddes Gengras, who to say the least seemed quite hyped to be surrounded by all those modular synthesizers:
• Moog Music: http://www.moogmusic.com
As a rite of passage, once you get signed to Sub Pop, you can finally snip off that excess foreskin. As we all know, foreskin limits how psychedelic the music you make is allowed to be. Fortunately, Los Angeles-based psychedelic pop artist Morgan Delt has signed to Sub Pop Records, which means that wiener meat has gots to go.
Looking back, Delt farted out the 2013 cassette Psychic Deathole and a self-titled Trouble in Mind LP last year, and if Delt smelled it, then he most definitely dealt it. Those were great albums and all, but the power of the foreskin was limiting destined greatness. Delt even went on tour with “America’s psych band,” The Flaming Lips, and we know those guys still have all their foreskin.
The goose can now be loose, and I’m talking no turtleneck. Free to explore all things “trippy,” Delt is working on his new album for Sub Pop and touring the West Coast. Check back for more foreskin coverage from your #1 foreskin news coverage website, Tiny Mix Tapes.
Morgan Delt dates:
01.31.15 - Santa Ana, CA - Indigo Fest
02.04.15 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
02.06.15 - Vancouver, BC - The Electric Owl
02.07.15 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
02.08.15 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom Sabertooth Micro Fest
Whether as a part of Isis, Mamiffer or Old Man Gloom, Aaron Turner brings an unmistakably hulking presence to any recording that includes his name. But despite his past achievements in the ear-encumbering arts, last year saw the guitarist and label impresario looking to throw even more weight onto his already substantial sound. This quest for heft led him to the doorstep of Baptists’ drummer Nick Yacyshyn, who joined ranks with Turner in 2014 to form the mighty Sumac. The dark fruits of the duo’s labor will not be fully revealed until the February 27 release of The Deal on Profound Lore, but feel free to get a steady, teeth-clenching headbang on to “Thorn in the Lion’s Paw” below.
Besides the twin powers of Turner and Yacyshyn, The Deal also features the bass work of none other than Brian Cook of Russian Circles and Botch fame. Plus, Turner insists that Sumac is a “real, full-time band,” so abandon any fears that the group will become just another tantalizing one-off in the annals of black metal. The band will soon announce an extensive tour and other “live actions,” although all three musicians involved will of course continue to make other great things. As for the record itself, those ashen souls already familiar with the participants’ previous work will encounter a kind of doom they’ve unlikely heard before, while weirdos of other stripes are sure to appreciate The Deal’s tweezy, This Heat-esque buzz and fuzz.
The Deal tracklist:
01. Spectral Gold
02. Thorn in the Lion’s Paw
03. Hollow King
04. Blight’s End Angel
05. The Deal
06. The Radiance of Being
John T. Gast (Dean Blunt/Inga Copeland collaborator) had a miserable winter, and Planet Mu are releasing the Excerpts
It’s a shame that artists like John T. Gast are, at best, gonna draw a collective shrug from the media who cover them; y’know, the let’s-call-him-“shadowy”-and-“mysterious”-and-move-on approach. Fortunately, we here at TMT do have a vested interest in the guy — after all, he was the uncredited co-producer of our #2 album of 2012 — and it seems that the powers that be over at Planet Mu are also amongst his admirers. The label is putting out his debut LP, Excerpts, on February 23, which follows a small-but-substantial clutch of material in the form of limited-release CD-Rs, a collaborative 12-inch with Inga Copeland, as well as a memorable mix for Blowing Up The Workshop last year. Stoked! But he wouldn’t be a Hype Williams affiliate if there wasn’t some sort of riddle surrounding what would otherwise be a straightforward album announcement, and it comes in the press release:
The majority recorded early 2014 in SW England.
A particularly fierce winter.
Woman reasserting power.
Man fighting in the dark.
The Cold War continues.
Talk about some serious SAD! It’d probably be totally useless trying to dissect it, but I reckon there’s got to be some sorta fleeting reference to Dean and Inga in there. I mean, Copeland positioned herself as a leader giving “advice 2 young girls” on Because I’m Worth It, and Blunt tussled with the preconceived notions of black last year, so it’s possible. As for the rest, I have nothing, so instead I’ll let the music do the talking:
07. White Noise/Dys
08. Claim Your Limbs
10. White Noise (Reprise)
Has your stereo spectrum for too long remained unperturbed? On this shineless day of all shineless days do you find yourself craving pokes and jabs at the outer edges of that spectrum? Well, friend, have I got a thing for you. Or rather, has Chris Cooper’s Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase project by way of Jason Lescalleet’s Glistening Examples imprint got a thing for you in the form of Bidden, a brand-new release that Lescalleet first teased in an interview with us toward the end of last year. It follows 2011’s Seashard on Senufo Editions, Cooper’s most recent release under the Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase heading, and it collects six of his compositions from between 1996 and 2009, as well as one new 18-minute composition from 2014. Cooper, of course, has also worked with the likes of Caroliner, Fat Worm of Error, and Deerhoof over the years. As Bhob Rainey, head guy in The BSC with whom Cooper sometimes collaborates, says, “no one does layers like Chris Cooper. No one handles so many skittering, teeming particles with such (alien) bar room elegance,” which is precisely why I’m recommending this latest Angst Hase Pfeffer Nase release as a salve for your weird habit of referring to your “stereo spectrum” as “unperturbed.”
The release of Bidden also brings with it a so-new-it-just-might-burst video for the album’s track “Cpl. Rhomboid, Tantalizing.” The video, which presents an array of scattered and scattering images that perfectly complement Cooper’s warped and diverging style, was created by Matthew Revert, who also did the layout for Bidden, and who also has a very cool album of his own out right now on Kye. The video, which we have the pleasure of premiering, is embedded below.
And perhaps you are thinking to yourself that this release is not enough to satisfy your deep and abiding desire for your head space to get crackled. Well then, it is advised that you delve as well into Lescalleet’s own latest release This is What I Do - Volume 5, the fifth in his ongoing monthly series — it’s available to order, but only for a month, on the Glistening Examples Bandcamp.
01. The Arduous Transmigration of an Incongruous Plastic Child
02. The Talons of the lunozmyerts
04. Teal Ted Stares at the Last Deer State
05. Reveille and Commiseration
06. Cpl. Rhomboid, Tantalizing
This is What I Do - Volume Five tracklist:
02. New Age Fake Cupcakes
03. Asheboro 1977
04. Another Interlude
05. Embryo to Embers
06. Stock Footage
07. Four Leaf Clover
Last night, Barcelona’s most prestigious festival, Primavera Sound, announced its complete 2015 lineup. To the already confirmed The Strokes and Ride’s highly awaited reunion show they added a glut of names that defy belief. Ranging from the up-and-coming (Kelela) to the legendary (The Replacements!), Primavera pretty much has all bases covered: there’s the indie-flavored quasi-mainstream artists you’d expect to headline this type of event (The Black Keys, Alt-J, Damien Rice, Belle and Sebastian), big names from the not-so-distant past (Interpol, Panda Bear, Spiritualized, Fucked Up), very current “hot items” (Run the Jewels, Caribou, Sleater-Kinney, Sun Kil Moon), nostalgia acts/assorted reunions (The Church, OMD, Cinerama, Babes in Toyland), idiosyncratic pop auteurs (James Blake, Antony and the Johnsons), old and reliable weirdos (Einstürzende Neubauten, Swans, Sunn O))), Ariel Pink), emo founding fathers (American Football, Mineral — looking at you /mu/), and even a couple of representatives from so-called world music (Tony Allen, Les Ambassadeurs). You can check the whole lineup below.
Perhaps Southern Europe’s finest musical gathering, Primavera Sound has been known for welcoming an insultingly eclectic gamut of styles, offering simultaneous nonconflicting experiences to very different publics. The same festival that lets you catch Electric Wizard, Earth, and Pallbearer also has Perfume Genius, Roman Flügel, Tune-Yards, Patti Smith, and Tyler, the Creator in store. Mind we’re not talking about mammoths à la Coachella or Glastonbury; Primavera still is an urban, fairly mid-sized event. How they do it is anyone’s guess, but these guys could probably cook up a deal that finally brought peace to the West Bank. They might be behind the recent US-Cuba talks, I tell you.
As if slapping you with a lineup this caliber wasn’t enough, Primavera is turning fifteen this year; a symbolic passing-into-womanhood age akin to the Anglo-Saxon ‘sweet sixteen.’ Last night they revealed the festival’s lineup at a party where Cinerama played an exclusive show, but a mariachi band — a staple of ‘quinceañeras’ — showed up too. So be prepared for more Primavera-related surprises, or at the very least to review your definition of “embarrassment of riches,” in weeks to come.
Primavera Sound takes place in Barcelona from May 25 to 31.
• Primavera Sound: http://primaverasound.com
This past December, X-mas came and went without a peep from Burial (unless you suspect that GFOTY is Burial). Hyperdub heads wept, stars atop trees sagged, and on Boxing Day, all across the UK, everyone just stuck their heads out of their windows and spat on people on the sidewalk. It was terrible!
But just like Jesus died on Christmas and rose again on January 22, Burial has surprised us all by releasing a brand-new one-sided 12-inch on Keysound Recordings! Listen to a preview clip below, go here to grab the white label record + mp3 + free BWD>> mix by label owners Dusk and Blackdown (familiarizing you with Keysound’s back catalog), or go here to just get “Temple Sleeper” as an mp3. Then come back and let us know how the whole track sounds!
• Keysound: https://www.facebook.com/Keysoundrecordings
Like the sounds of a river or a baby eating too much pureed squash, we have heard the rumblings and burblings of a new Jam City full-length for a solid minute. The river, now, has lunged, and the baby has spit, and we’ve got a release date for Jam City’s Dream a Garden on Night Slugs — it’s out March 23, and it’s available for pre-order right now. Do you want to laugh about this bit of news? Well, Jam City does too, but he just can’t, mostly because of the “bleakness in the present” under the “regime of high capitalism.” That shit isn’t funny, no sir. Not when you’re talking about record albums, not when you’re trying to have a relaxing afternoon shopping at Ikea, and not during Thanksgiving dinner with your in-laws. Trust me, as someone who has brought capitalism up in all of those situations in my time, I know from experience.
Anyhow, based on the track we’ve already heard from the album — “Unhappy” — Dream a Garden was probably going to be something of a departure from 2012’s Classical Curves. Instead of a “total break,” though, Dream a Garden is described as more of an inversion of Classical Curves, something that will take many of the same aesthetic and thematic concerns and pushing them off into different directions. Sort of like how sometimes your grandma makes pineapple cake, but then other times she makes pineapple upside-down cake. Well, in the spirit of cakes and giving them to people like a grandma might, Jam City has presented us with a video for “Unhappy” which you can watch either embedded below or over on the new Jam City microsite. I recommend checking it out over there, because it will be only then that you can dig the video out from under a pile of internet trash, which is both a pretty cool web trick and a reminder that we are all “struggling to live and love beneath the chrome-plated, vacuous, and superficial machinery that we must fight to see beyond.” Party!
Dream a Garden tracklist:
01. The Garden Thieves
02. A Walk Down Chapel
04. Good Lads, Bad Lads
08. Black Friday
Yo, yo, yo; how’s it hangin’ everybody? You feeling good? Sleeping alright? Good, good. Okay, enough chit-chat. So yo, dig this shit: even though we totally told the whole world all about New York composer and vocalist Gabrielle “GABI” Herbst like LAST FUCKING YEAR, everyone was seemingly too busy talking about celebrities or terrorism or iPhone 6 or something… because it’s taken the rest of the world a hella long time to finally get the net.
But now that everyone’s safely on the same page and TMT has gotten the credit it deserves for defining the tastes of the entire international independent music community, Software Recording Co. finally feels comfortable enough (after checking with us first) to announce the release of her debut album, Sympathy, on April 7 and show off her latest video for the track “Fleece.”
After we suggested it, Herbst hired Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never mastermind and likely guest artist on Kanye’s forthcoming album) and Paul Corley (other guy who produced R Plus Seven) to produce it, and she also hired “long-time collaborators” Matthew O’Koren (percussion), Rick Quantz (viola), Josh Henderson (violin), and Aaron Roche (electric guitar/trombone) to provide all the non-vocal parts that no album reviewers will be talking very much about.
Hey! Speaking of albums! You can pre-order that album I was talking about right over here if that’s the kind of thing you’re into doing. And you can also watch that video for “Fleece” I just mentioned down below. What a weird series of happy HTML-related coincidences!
01. Koo Koo
02. Da Void
03. Love Song