John Maus - No Title (Molly) (Smugglers Way FlexiZine)
“No Title (Molly)” by John Maus // Smuggler’s Way (Record Store Day Release) (2012)
Here’s another taste of one of the releases that you’ll be on the lookout for come Record Store Day (4/21/12). This time from the Smuggler’s Way comp (being released by Domino and Ribbon) that features the previously released new Real Estate jam, as well as new stuff from Dirty Projectors, Cass McCombs and many more. Those other releases pending, it’s going to be tough to top this new killer from John Maus. “No Title (Molly)” is a pulsing, driving, new wave cut that is as infectious as anything I’ve heard in ages. Absolutely a must listen!
“In My Car” by Real Estate // Domino Presents: Smugglers Way (Record Store Day) (2012)
What a pleasant surprise from Domino Records. They’ve gone and released a new studio cut from Real Estate that will be featured later on their Record Store Day release, Smuggler’s Way, which is going to be a magazine that comes with flexidiscs containing new music from the label’s bands (including John Maus, Cass McCombs, and Dirty Projectors). For now, you get the dreamy autumnal sounds of Real Estate to wet your whistle. Absolutely press play.
Domino Records will release Bill Wells’ new composition “Lemondale” in December. It’s the fruit of a single day of collaborative music that took place in Tokyo with Jim O’Rourke and members of the Japanese underground music scene (Kazumi Nikaido, Takuji Aoyagi, Satoko Fuji, and more….). Together they built neo-classical movements featuring vocal assistance from some of Japan’s leading contemporary voices. The result is a gorgeous set of ethereal, neo-classical compositions built around lovely piano arrangements. This is one of those tracks.
Real Estate are presently three for three on excellent tracks available on their forthcoming album. Domino was kind enough to upload this new track for your listening pleasure. It’s a somber track with shimmering dream pop guitars and it’s pretty much amazing. I can’t wait to hear the full length.
“The Same Thing” by Cass McCombs // Humor Risk (2011)
Cass McCombs has announced that he’s releasing another new album after already releasing the damn good, Wit’s End, earlier this year. This is the first track from that new release and it’s a melodic blast of driving goodness, that has a mean Kurt Vile vibe. It’s a hell of a track and definitely worth a few listens. You can even grab it for free over at Domino Recordings’ Soundcloud page.
“Reach a Bit Further” / “Bed of Nails” / “Deeper” by Wild Beasts
From Telerama’s Garage Sessions
Wild Beasts turn in a few gorgeous acoustic performances of tracks from “Smother” for French TV Magazine, Telerama, which places them performing with just a guitar and some microphones inside of a working garage. Really good stuff.
So, it turns out that Smother is not all quiet, reflective tracks as the first two released songs suggested, but it is a very dark, sexy album. The sound on “Deeper” builds off a simple, repetitive drum beat, adding layers of synth notes and ghostly background vocals to Hayden Thorpe’s rich voice. It’s a dreamy, sexy track and just one of ten rock solid tracks off of Smother. Definitely worth checking out.
“Smother” by Wild Beasts // from the “Albatross” 7”
“Smother” finds Wild Beasts one upping themselves in the melodramatic dream pop vibe that was set with the release of the first single, “Albatross”, from the forthcoming album. “Smother” is the title track of the new record and if it’s any indication of what’s in store, it’s a safe bet that the post-punk and experimental beats of previous work have been jettisoned in favor of a more synth-based, almost Antony Hegarty like style that’s heavier focus is placed on vocal performances. That’s not a bad thing when you’ve got voices like these guys. I prefer “Albatross” to this song, but then again, I almost prefer “Albatross to anything they’ve ever done, because I fucking love that track. “Smother” is a solid, sad-eyed beauty worth a few listens, and will certainly help tide you over till the May 10th release of the new album.
A great new video from Wild Beasts. Nice to see some labels putting money into interesting music videos these days. Plus, the song is absolutely gorgeous (and oddly reminds a lot of the rush of British bands in the early 00’s that popped out with Elbow, Doves, and bands of that nature).
One of my favorite night time songs. It’s a bittersweet sort of thing now. The friends that i once felt so connected and thought of when hearing this song are no longer part of my life. I still listen to Adem’s beautiful, haunting track from time to time and it’s not the warm reminder that it once was, but it still feels a bit like home. Even if i don’t live there anymore.
Five years ago Hood released the experimental album “Outside Closer”. I bought it at the time and remember liking one or two songs and not much else. Recently I stumbled across it again and remembered it was released on Domino records who have a pretty good track record in my opinion, so i gave it a listen again while on a long drive. I was a total idiot then. This album is fucking excellent. It’s chopped up electronics and vocal distortions could come off gimmicky, but because of the solid songcraft, they actually just add to the allure of it all. It’s always nice to find some hidden gems in your collection.