Hello! The last few weeks have been great for music. Here are a few of samplings with this weeks adds below!
Moss Lime – Zoo du Québec (Insterstellar – Digital Add)
Montreal based “smooth surf” pop.
Kacy & Clayton – Strange Country (Big White Clouds)
Refreshing folk from Glentworth, Saskatchewan artists Kacy Anderson/Clayton Linthicum.
Joanna Newsom – Divers (Drag City – Digital Add)
Long awaited and much anticipated, Newsom’s Divers does not disappoint. The album is beautifully weird.
Fuzz – II (In the Red)
Ty Segall, Charles Moothart, and Chad Ubovich’s follow up to their debut self-titled release.
NEW ADDS THIS WEEK:
Joanna Newsom – Divers (Drag City – Digital Add)
Fuzz – II (In the Red – Digital Add)
The Musquadettes – Side B (Costume Records/PaperCup Records)
Hierophants – Parallax Error (Goner)
Kacy & Clayton – Strange Country (Big White Cloud Records)
Elvy – Valley of the Kilowatt Hour (Little Wagon Records)
Majical Cloudz – Are You Alone? (Arts & Crafts)
The Del Fi’s – Crowd Pleaser (Self Release)
Moonchild – Sonic Sculptures EP (Self Release)
Sweet Alibi – Walking in the Dark (MFM)
Laura Sauvage – Americana Submarine (Simone Records)
DRI HIEV – Contravirtual EP (Shake! Records)
Chairs – Drawn Into Mazes (Kinnta)
Raury – All We Need (Columbia)
Juice Box – TETRA PAK (Self Release)
Blue Sky Miner’s – S/T (Self Release)
North Atlantic Explorers – All the Ships at Sea (Anniedale Records)
Krista Hartman – Constellations (Self Release)
Rob Taylor Project – A Special Occasion (Self Release)
Les Revenants – Epouvantails (Costume Records)
Chron Goblin – Backwater (Ripple Music)
Various Artists -Level Up (CJSW 90.9)
Hook and Eye – Start Slow (Medicine Records)
The Hearts – Equal Love (Self Release)
TV Freaks – Bad Luck Charms (Deranged Records)
The Shiverettes – Just Three Songs (Self Release)
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Hey there, some goodies in at the station these past few weeks:
Ought – Sun Coming Down (Constellation Records)
Post-punk rockers from Montreal.
Julia Holter - Have You In My Wilderness (Domino) (Digital Add)
Holter’s follow up from her 2013′s widely celebrated Loud City Song offers up her beautiful textured pop in Have You In My Wilderness.
U.S. Girls - Half Free (4AD)
Family Band – Family Band ’15 (Egg Paper Factory)
Talia Boguski, Josh Boguski, Raff McMahan, Alex Lavoie bring sweet experimental pop from Montreal.
ADDS this week:
Doug Hoyer – Dream Life (Self Release)
Ought – Sun Coming Down (Constellation)
Family Band – Family Band ‘15 (Egg Paper Factory Records)
Dune Rats – S/T (Ratbag Records/dine alone records)
Jerusalem in My Heart – If He Dies, If If If If If (Constellation)
LITA – S/T (hello/distribution select)
Telstar Drugs – Sonatine (Egg Paper Factory Records)
UUBBUURRUU – Swamp Ritual (Kapuano records/dep)
Bring Me the Horizon – That’s the Spirit (Columbia)
The Dears – Times Infinity Volume One (Pheromone)
Animal Nation – It’s Good to Be Us (Urbnet)
The 20/20 Project – “Tapes and Crates” (Urbnet)
Rosie & the Riveters – Good Clean Fun (Self Release)
James Kasper – Small Town Gods & Devils (Self Release)
Buckman Coe – Malama Ka ‘Aina (Tonic Records)
Thee Ahs – Names (Kingfisherbluez)
Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness (Domino)
New Order – Music Complete (Mute)
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By Glen Ess
Tame Impala’s third album is quite the departure from the psych rock vibes of their previous two releases, Innerspeaker and Lonerism. Instead of the guitar driven, feverishly paced style that was the classic, Tame Impala sound, Kevin Parker dials down the strings in place of synths and catchy bass lines. From the very first note the album is reminiscent of an old school, almost fuzzy psychedelic dance album. Lead track, “Let It Happen”, uses a crackling guitar as an afterthought while gifting most of the spotlight to a groovy, swaying synth line. From there, things slow down, with only the occasional upshift, with most of the songs exhibiting a weighty, droney bass-line and walls of synthesizers, the album is almost caught in two minds, between a chilled out, trippy vibe and a funk infused dance album. With “Nangs” and “I’m a Man” on the more mellow, slower side, balanced out by the groovy “Less I Know The Better” and the distant echo-y “Reality In Motion”.
With Parker’s Lennon-esque falsetto singing voice merely adding to the relaxed, trippy vibes that wind their way through the record. Currents is laid back, far more so than 2012’s Lonerism and it isn’t afraid to slow it down and take it’s time, mirroring Parker’s lyrics, that chronicle a circular journey of introspection and self doubt that ultimately doesn’t seem to end in epiphany. There is no doubt that the tone of the album was shaped by Parker’s break up with Melody Prochet of Melody’s Echo Chamber. Parker very rarely addresses the actual relationship itself, most openly referring to it on “Eventually” and “Past Lives”. For the most part, however, his lyrics are centered very much on his own sense of self, his own definition of what makes him tick; a hazy concept that he frequently double guesses and demonstrates much doubt over, while feverishly looking forward to an almost mythical “Instance” where everything clicks into place and he can leave behind all the weighty emotional anchors that are dragging on his mind.
Barring those few moments where Parker let’s loose and fully explores the foot tapping, head bobbing, hip swaying swagger of a Soul/Funk fusion fed through a Prince-styled prism; Currents is a remarkably quiet album for Tame Impala, with the music sitting back, stretching out and letting it all trickle out instead of forcing it out in a rush. Always taking his time, and taking each song to it’s very limits, Parker’s production is as smooth as they come, absolutely no part of Currents seems hurried. And yet, I can’t help but think that those moments where the rhythm pulsates faster and faster and the song builds into a delirious climax, those are the moments that really stand out. The shining moments on Currents are all the more upbeat, groovy, dance-able tracks, in particular, “Let It Happen”, “The Moment” and most impressively, “The Less I Know The Better”, which is up there for Song Of The Year, in my mind at least.
Glen also hosts Rhythm & Rhyme on CIVL 101.7FM on Friday’s from 4-6