Common Interests Were Not Enough To Keep Us Together

My friend Nick Sylvester was, in my opinion, one of the best music critics in the world a few years ago, but he’s largely quit writing about music and instead focused on making and releasing it. Sylvester plays drums in the heaving postpunk trio Mr. Dream (we posted their new song “Making Muscles (Powered By Faroe Petroleum)” earlier this week), and he also runs Godmode Records, the small New York label that releases music from Mr. Dream and a few similarly noisy groups like YVETTE and Sleepies. But on the new cassette compilation Common Interests Were Not Enough To Keep Us Together, the label’s musical focus has expanded to include slinky DFA-style house music, queasy mutant R&B, and fragile singer-songwriter music, among other things. The aforementioned noisy bands are in there, but there’s a lot of other music, too. Sylvester recorded, mixed, and produced most of the comp, and if it had some Clipse-style crack-rap, it would represent something closer to the full breadth of his favorite music. It’s notable that these songs, which cross genre-lines so freely, are almost all really good, and they point toward an impressive future for the label. Stream the whole compilation below.

Common Interests Where Not Enough To Keep Us Together is available now from Godmode.

Comments (1)
  1. Those Shamir tracks are absolutely the best.

    Was this the “big changes are afoot” you mentioned in the Mr. Dream post? Because you had me thinking both worse and best case scenarios: That the label was closing shop, that the label was changing its name and direction, that the label was merging with another label, that Mr. Dream was a conspiracy of a mole band embedded within NYC’s indie press ranks as a means to uncover how the hype machine market works. The blog post on Godmode regarding this comp vaguely made it seem like the label was disbanding.

    And it just ended up being a new tape I just ordered.

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