As if the majesty of Clear Moon wasn’t enough to satisfy us Mount Eerie fans, Phil Eleverum has yet another new album due to drop in September. This excerpt suggests that it will bind the tranquility of Clear Moon with the ambient black metal leanings of Wind’s Poem, which all sounds quite promising doesn’t it?
This a pretty interesting little interview with Julian Lynch over at Music for USB Ports. It also reminded me that I haven’t jammed Mare in a while, so I’m going to do that now. Hopefully hear some new stuff from him soon. In the meantime, this song is still great.
Now this is far more of what we’ve come to expect from TriAngle Records, right down to the grammatically irritating song title. It’s hard to get too annoyed though when it’s such a great tune. This is taken from the upcoming debut album Held, which is pretty heavily anticipated following his great WithU EP last year. The production makes this really, each beat seems to ring out into a dank smoggy atmosphere which is constantly feeding back into a cyclical loop. Music for late night walks, if ever such a thing existed. The album is out 28th Agust.
AlunaGeorge’s association with TriAngle Records might at first seem misleading, as they’re really not what you would expect from the label known for unearthing talents like Balam Acab, oOoOO and How to Dress Well. All of those artists were trendsetters in what most people have now wisely decided to stop calling “witchhouse”, a haunting spectre of R’n’B distorted almost beyond recognition. Whilst this debut EP from British duo George Reid and Aluna Francis is at times equally spellbinding it is far more nostalgic than it is phantasmic, with an instantly familiar tone.
Those other acts seem to reach beyond the past, into another realm of music almost, albeit an impressively warm yet disturbing one. Whereas there’s no doubting that You Know How You Like It has one foot very firmly set in the world of slick late ’90s/early ’00s pop R’n’B, managing to re-invigorate the sound and make it feel fresh without resorting to any of those creepy filters.
What happens when you cross the ephemeral vocal loop stylings of Julianna Barwick with Helado Negro’s electronic approaches to Latin pop? Something quite like this apparently, pristine summer drone pop which strikes a perfect balance between melody and mood. The labelmates have teamed up under the name Ombre to release a full album Believe You Me via Asthmatic Kitty on August 27th.
The video for their 2009 single (re-worked here) ‘So Many Lemons’ could act as a manifesto for Volcano! What it might be lacking in production value is more than made up for with a bizarre premise and assault of surreal imagery which is likely to leave you thinking “I don’t know what the fuck is going on here, but I think I like it”. Well, that was my reaction at least; and it’s one which carries on throughout much of their third album Piñata.
Three in, they are still a little rough around the edges and, possibly as a result of that, they’ve never quite got the critical kudos which they deserve. With any luck now may be their time though because their mish-mashing of influences is very much in keeping with the current ADD state of music culture, and probably far more relevant than the critically creamed Indie With Pop Ambition records which have dominated praise in recent years. That’s why records like this ought to be discussed more: Volcano! are a band that are never likely to trouble the mainstream, but that’s perfect because that’s not what they exist for. As pointed out in the TLOBF review of their previous record Paperwork they are basically a post-punk band; there’s no doubting they know how to play, just not by the rules. The range of awkward time signatures and stylistic shifts on show here are testament to that experimental nature.