April 14, 2012
EE Mixup: Recent Listening 2012
(Picture courtesy of Jon Rafman’s fantastic9 Eyesblog – http://9-eyes.com/)
The first Essentially Eclectic mixup of the year is a look back over the first four months of a year already promising to be a vintage one music-wise. Anyway, less chat, more tracks…
Gayngs mastermind Ryan Olson returns with new project POLIÇA, and an album just as strong and delightfully strange as Relayted. Grab a copy of POLIÇA’s Give you the Ghost or miss out. Grab a copy of the latest Stool Pigeon for my more detailed review…
‘Serpents’ is taken from Sharon Van Etten’s strong third LP, Tramp – a record that clearly demonstrates the Brooklynite’s songcraft and way with a melancholic melody from start to finish.
Shigeto’s Lineage is as impressive a production as is likely to be released this year – an EP full of rounded keys and stuttering blips immaculately produced by the Ghostly International man.
Raucous Leeds rockers PABH are finally starting to get their dues, in no small part down to this year’s speaker-blowing Tough Love album. Read a full review of that HERE.
Hip-hop has been building on its strong 2011 showing in the first few months of this year, so here’s a trio selection of some of the finest.
Lushlife’s backpack-tinged rap returns with new album Plateau Vision this month, with the Botany-produced ‘Big Sur’ leaked early as a taster.
The Queens king of chef rap, Action Bronson, follows up last year’s lauded Well-Done with another collection of tasty soul-and-punchline productions, this time alonside Party Supplies.
Schoolboy Q’s Black Hippy collective have just inked a big money deal with Dr Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, and this cut from Q’s Habits & Contradictions sees him link up with the new ‘crown prince’ of rap, A$AP Rocky.
Following his departure from Fleet Foxes in January, drummer J. Tillman wasted little time in starting work on a new album as Father John Misty. The looming menace of ‘Hollywood Forever Sings’ will no doubt appear on that, whenever it’s out…
As with Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp, Interstellar by sometime Crystal Stilts/Dum Dum Girls/Vivian Girls member Frankie Rose is a faultlessly conceived collection. Tracks like ‘Know Me’ show Rose’s subtle blend of reverbed dream pop and strong melodic sensibilities.
Chameleonic producer Lone drops his most accomplished work to date this month in the form of the footwork-heavy Galaxy Garden. ‘The Animal Pattern’ is a good example of what to expect, but really Galaxy Garden works as a complete, play-through album. Read my more detailed review in the latest Stool Pigeon…
Portico Quartet develop their contemporary jazz stylings on third, self-titled album by exploring more electronic textures, to impressive effect. ‘Steepless’ is the group’s first outing with a vocalist, and a highly successful one at that. The track made for an impressive debut at a recent London show…
Atlas Sound guitarist Lockett Pundt takes his sometime alias Lotus Plaza out for a walk on Spooky Action at a Distance, an LP of esoteric pastoral indie very much in the vein of his parent band. It’s a grower, definitely worth a listen or three.