April 14, 2012

EE Mixup: Recent Listening 2012

Posted in Eclectic Mixup tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:26 pm by essentiallyeclectic

(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…

POLIÇA – I See My Mother

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…

Sharon Van Etten – Serpents

‘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 – Ann Arbor, Pt. 3 & 4

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.

Pulled Apart by Horses – V.E.N.O.M.

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.

Lushlife – Big Sur

Action Bronson – Tan Leather

Schoolboy Q – Hands On The Wheel (feat. A$AP Rocky)

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.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Sings

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…

Frankie Rose – Know Me

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.

Lone – The Animal Pattern

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 – Steepless (feat. Cornelia)

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

Lotus Plaza – Dusty Rhodes

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.

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