Sick things have happened recently, let’s see what’s in the cauldron:
02 / 19: Ada Lea – Woman, Here
Ada Lea scheduled the release of the upcoming homonymous EP on March 27th, featuring four songs of which two that have been kept out from the debut record What We Say In Private. The title track is already available as a single and shows the adventures of a little girl hanging around with her friends, skating and playing power trio in a garage. The overall sensation is of a childhood that’s too tight to express your own personality, and all this is played on simple and effective arrangements, with some spice here and there that makes a so simple tune very strong in songwriting.
02 / 20: The Contortionist – 1979
The modern progressive band that brought us a masterpiece like Language (2014) released the Our Bones EP last year, anticipated by the single Early grave, and now posted this cover of 1979 by The Smashing Pumpkins, which is the last track from the EP itself if I remember well. Despite the song doesn’t sparkle in interpretation, being just similar to the original, it captures the essence of nostalgia in the video, which alternates a live recording and some street adventures of the band while touring.
02 / 21: R.A.P. Ferreira – Leaving Hell
The over-thinker poet Milo Ferreira unleashed the second single from the upcoming Purple Moonlight Pages LP, produced by the Jefferson Park Boys. The seventies vibe is so evident due to the combo of strings and horns in the arrangement, so strong that the trumpet skyrockets like a shuttle even in the video, beautifully animated by Ben Clarkson. The rapper/poet leaves the earth’s hell to reach god, a prism inside a spiral galaxy that reveals to be…a toilet. Unforgettable the lyrics “What’s the purpose of life? …to be the eyes, the ears, and the consciousness of the creator of the universe. You fool!“. The best track of the week.
02 / 20: Ruby Yacht – Bulging Envelope
But I’m not finished with Mr. Ferreira. A few hours before the premiere of Leaving Hell the man also put this video where he and the crew rap in turns over a super-groovy jazz-like beat. I bet they made it just for fun and they had a lot of it even recording it on a sparkling night in the streets, it’s the proof that art comes from everything.
02 / 20: Lankford – Talk About It
The folk singer from the States expresses his urgent need to just talk in this lonely track titled Talk About It. It’s possible to communicate in a thousand ways today but linking people for real it’s another thing, and it comes from just talking, exchanging ideas on a personal level. The tune is very simple, some guitar arpeggios on droning notes, notes, and echo on the vocals, and it’s effective.
02 / 20: Moses Sumney – GrÆ part 1
Instead of releasing the full length in summer, the good Moses decided to split the upcoming record into two parts and the first one came out in various videos on the tube, each one dedicated to a specific track. I won’t describe every song but I can say without any doubts that this stuff brings towards the research of a more intimate sound and some raw experimentation, for example, the long coda of Gagarin, that like the astronaut travels in space with some dope analog synths. The spectral figure of Moses appears and disappears in every video, an entity that resembles a ghost and as a ghost whispers sour-sweet melodies in your ears. The soul has got a new dimension.
02 / 21: The Great Dictators – Play Dead Together
Anticipating the next LP One Eye Opener, coming out on April 17th, the indie rock band from Copenhagen deals with the sensation of feeling lost and finding relief in the company of someone you consider to be safe with. The trio plays drums, bass, and guitar just like being tired of the confusion, slow and maybe a little out of tune but it’s not a mistake, it’s a tool to reinforce the idea. Listen to this on a lazy Sunday morning and you will find music to be safe with.
02 / 20: SweetSleep – When Having Sex
I usually don’t get hooked by the lo-fi/chill subgenre but this tune casts a curse upon the listener. The Moby-like strings, the beautiful suspension of the piano, the straight beat, and some harmony tricks might do the job well in the instrumental version, but the straight-into-your-face haunting vocals in Japanese elevates the whole thing to a new level. Listening to this over and over.
02 / 22: Little Ambient Machine – Distorted Reality LP
Give a modular synth to this man and you will make him happy. It’s the third record by Little Ambient Machine, a simple name for an artist who’s totally honest about what he loves even in the name. Just a suggestion for the listener, go for a walk through the periphery of a big city before the dawn and you will enjoy this hour and a half of synthetic improvisation at its best.
02 / 24: Heem Stogied – 24 Hours
This rapper must have a fixation for numbers in the song titles and melodic vowels to build the underlined melodies of his beats. The previous 46 Bars had tasty hummings and a super groovy beat, at this round is more similar to classic hip hop. Not to say that it’s a bad tune. The time to put you things up is only 24 hours, don’t waste your time or you’ll regret it.
02 / 25: Igorrr – Parpaing
After the surprise of Very Noise, I had the time to explore some of the Igorrr’s world. I’m still doubtful if the stuff that he makes is a joke or not but for sure is fun to listen to. The new song might seem a little plain respect to the previous works but I bet is just a tiny piece of the upcoming record. It seems the most awful version of extreme metal at first and then the chiptune comes in, breaking all the rules and owning the metal matter like being a toy for kids. Ladies and gentlemen, extreme Minecraft metal now officially exists.
02 / 25: Ben Levin – The Wave That Got Away
Nice to see the good Ben never stopping the lifelong journey of music. He released this emotional EP with a minimal drawing as artwork, he’s singing to an ocean wave representing all the things that he experienced in the past that got away but left a trace on the sand. Mainly piano and choir, a second piano and a keyboard help in building the tone rather than adding layers of complexity. The subject is intimate and heartfelt and so is the music, simple and touching. Twenty minutes of bliss. Here the full live performance in the studio.
A lot of sick stuff this week, isn’t it? Difficult to keep it up. Next weekly news on Wednesday and the best music of the month on Monday!