Villa Kang – “Jiro” [mp3]
from When The Future was Ultra Modern,
out now: free download available from Villa Kang’s website
Toronto producer/songwriter’s initial EP is an ambitious, free-wheeling, experimental celebration of futuristic electro-pop. Highly recommended.
The Flaming Lips – “Sun Blows Up Today”
from The Terror
The new album finds the Flaming Lips still reeling in bleakness in anxiety (and trend that began with 2009’s Emryonic – I’m discounting Heady Fwends somewhat, as it was mostly a collection of one-off collaborations). While the lead single is upbeat, the rest of the album is mired in layers of droning synth, echoing minor chord guitars, mechanical percussion, and random noises and buzzing (largely courtesy of Steve Drozd). The tone of the album reflects Wayne Coyne’s recent split from his partner of 25 years and Steve Drozd’s temporary drug relapse. Hard core fans will find some great moments in this album, but I doubt it will win over any converts. It’ll be interesting to see how they work in these haunted songs to their silly, bombastic stage show!
Fol Chen – “I.O.U.” [mp3]
from False Alarms
out now on Asthmatic Kitty Records
Press release refers to this album as “the soundtrack to a future that never was”. L.A.-based Fol Chen is a collective of electronic artists that utilize field recordings, found sounds, and innovative electronic instrumentation to render rich, propulsive, and distinctive futuristic electronic and so-called “Opera House” pop.
Death Rattle – “The Blows” [mp3]
Mesmerizing London electronic duo make dark, driving, dystopian music. Second EP is supposed to be out soon.
Radiation City – “Zombies” [mp3]
from Animals in the Median
out May 21st on Tender Loving Empire
Classy, understated, delicate, and dreamy indie pop from Portland, Oregon quintet. Vocals are cherubic, and the music shimmers in light of love.
The Farewell Circuit – “We Were Wolves”
from We Were Wolves EP
out 28 May
This band has grown so much in the last three years. It’s gone beyond musicianship. It’s an atmosphere, a delivery in sound that can only be improved with constant practice, studio time and production. On “We Were Wolves” notes delicately drop from the sky. They resonate and then rope you into the song before disappearing into the ether.