Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Sault

Last night i came across the music of the mysterious band(?), artist(?), project(?), producer(?) Sault and was absolutely floored.  A fusion of soul, funk, krautrock, world beat, alt-rock, and more more more, the songs on debut album "5" sound like they're simultaneously from the past and the future.  I want to inject this directly into my brain.  No word on a physical release yet, though they are tied to something called Forever Living Originals, but you can stream the whole thing here, and in the meantime listen to the phenomenal "Let Me Go" below.


Justine

Unearthing some long lost and forgotten jams for our ears, the good folks at Left Ear Records just released two tracks of funky, jazzy, soulful R&B from Australian artist Justine.  She recorded one album in 1979 and it was never released, but now we get a taste.  Check out "Wordless Songs" below and get the 12" single here.


Goon

LA band Goon have been making '90s indebted alt-rock with a psych rock tint for a little while now, releasing a string of singles and EPs over the last couple of years, and now we've got a full-length release in the new "Heaven Is Humming" LP.  Listen to crunchy "Check Engine Light" below and get the record here from Partisan.


GHUM

"Post punk ghost grunge" you say?  Of course i'm going to check that out.  Here's some gothy post punk music from London's GHUM.  Check out "Saturn" below and get the "Coldest Fire" EP here from Everything Sucks Music.


Antoni Maiovvi

Synth wave artist Antoni Maiovvi is back with a new album of horror score riffs for the imaginary soundtrack "Where Dreams Go to Die."  Listen to the tense and sinister "An Encounter with a Friend with Sharp Teeth" below and get the the album here from Spun Out of Control.


Pilotpriest - No Choice

Toronto's Pilotpriest makes film soundtrack tinged synth and electronic music that sways and pulses and is equally as cinematic as the visual images that inspire it.  New single "No Choice" wades in some new agey "Pure Moods" waters and channels some serious Vangelis vibes to create a piano driven piece of melancholy.  It's dramatic and heart wrenching and it instantly moved me.  Listen to it below and get it here from the artist.


Daily Jam - Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)

I've always had a soft spot for The Mamas & The Papas, their '60s sunshine folk putting a peace and love kind of sheen atop something a little darker beneath the surface.  Maybe it's because the four of them were a complete fucking mess.  Anyway, here's "Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming to the Canyon)," a song that will now be in my (and maybe your) head all day now, our Daily Jam.


Monday, July 22, 2019

Russian Baths

After a couple of excellent EPs and singles, Brooklyn band Russian Baths, who were one of my favorite performers from this year's SXSW, have a full-length album heading our way in November.  Check out the crunchy, noisy title track from the upcoming "Tracks" LP below and be on the lookout for it this Fall on Good Eye Records.


Daily Jam - Communiqué

As a record collector, one of the"Holy Grails" i've been searching for for a long while now is the 1988 "Communiqué" EP from the crunchy, industrial new wave band Lucky Pierre.  The record's claim to fame is the appearance of a pre-Nine Inch Nails Trent Reznor providing keyboards and backing vocals for the Kevin McMahon lead project.  The two would later work together again when Reznor produced and released the debut album from McMahon's Prick project.  The title track from this '88 EP ended up rerecorded for that album, but let's check out the original today.  "Communiqué," our Daily Jam.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Penelope Isles

We're deep into the summer, and the debut release from Brighton's Penelope Isles feels like the perfect soundtrack to ride us out the rest of the way.  Alt-rock with blasts of surf, hazy, and cool melodies play like a warm sunset at the beach.  Check out "Chlorine" below and get the "Until the Tide Creeps In" album here from Bella Union.