It’s your friends that turn you onto music most of the time. We do it for you the other moments when they’re asleep! Got another 4 Trak Cassette for you and it’s packed with tunes that I literally have stuck on repeat. Producer Deru turned me on to the David Byrne-esque Matthew Dear (Ghostly International) the other week and I cannot stop playing “Slowdance” from his new release titled Black City. “It’s like every bee sting tries to make my ears ring.”
Matthew Dear: Slowdance
Downloaded the album, Music for Our Future, ages ago and discovered that I’m absolutely in love with Lusine (Ghostly International). The album was a free promo for the SyFy original series Caprica and put together by Create Digital Music, XLR8R, and Pitchfork. This could be one of my absolute favorite experiences with songs: The ones you’ve head about 150 times, but it’s on listen 151 that it all clicks and you then have your new anthem. “Gravity,” originally from the album A Certain Distance, did that to me!
If you listened to music in the late 80’s and very early 90’s there was an interesting sub genre titled Shoe Gaze that came out of the ecstasy fueled indie rock scene in Britain. Most notable were bands like My Bloody Valentine, Lush, and Curve, along with the bands that inspired them like the Cocteau Twins and Spacemen 3. Driving dance beats flown side by side with shimmering guitars that ebbed and flowed with distortion delay and haunting female vocals that drifted through canyons. School of Seven Bells (Ghostly International – yes, I seem to be on a kick here) nails that sound on their second album Disconnect from Desire. “Dust Devil” has all the elements I love: Electro beat, great melody, and dirty whammy guitar.
School of Seven Bells: Dust Devil
Since we’re talking about driving beats and pulsing guitars let’s wrap up this weeks 4 Trak Cassette with “Fur Lined” by Trent Reznor’s latest project How To Destroy Angels. Like a groovy drill in your head.
How To Destroy Angels: Fur Lined
Bonus Videos: My Bloody Valentine – Soon (Yes – embedding disabled due to corporate fucking greed. Click anyway to get to the video so that you can watch a useless mind numbing ad before the music. Did I say fuck yet.)
Bonus Videos: Matthew Dear – Black City Teaser