Hey, Aphex Twin isn’t the only one releasing a new album after 13 years! Industrial-metal legends Godflesh are finally crafting a follow-up to 2001′s Hymns after roughly a decade of being broken up while Justin K. Broadrick moved forward to focus on other projects, including Jesu. This new album, A World Lit Only By Fire, is shaping up to be an exciting return, however. We’ve already heard “New Dark Ages” and now we’ve got “Imperator.” The song opens with pummeling bass and drums, and it could have easily just stayed there and been great. But around the halfway point, it gradually builds an eerie atmosphere without sacrificing any of the original aggression. It’s a monster of a song and you should listen below.
Sharon Van Etten gave us the sweepingly beautiful album Are We There this past spring, and the Juan Maclean put out the Album Of The Week-honored In A Dream yesterday, so they’re both strong artists in top form, but who could have predicted they’d mesh together so well? This new remix of Van Etten’s “Our Love” sparingly takes her vocals and lays them out over a lush and hypnotic rhythm that only a DFA vet like the Juan MacLean could pull off. Listen to it below.
Kero Kero Bonito are a UK trio that demanded attention earlier this year with “Sick Beat,” a mashup of hip-hop, dance music, and sugary pop all wrapped around a cheery vocalist who slides between English and Japanese without a care in the world. Now all those elements have been stretched to their extremes courtesy of producer Danny L Harle, a member of the PC Music collective best known for his contribution to the label’s colossal pass-the-mic style DISown mix, which is one of the best hours of music you’ll find this year. In the meantime, listen to Harle make Kero Kero Bonito even weirder and better than they already were.
Aghhh I knew that too! Thanks for correcting my brain fart!
Yeah the Blood Orange set completely caught me off guard! I usually go into a festival with an idea of what I’m most excited for or a prediction of what might be my favorite (like Kanye at Outside Lands recently). But here I wasn’t even sure I was going to see Blood Orange, but ended up being completely blown away.
I didn’t end up seeing the Blood Brothers! I wanted to see Darkside because I never had. I guess I chose the breakup show over the reunion show since the Blood Brothers will have a lot of other stuff happening. So I did Darkside and then ended up staying for John Talabot, who I didn’t include here, but was fantastic and doing a lot of new material. I definitely went into the festival planning on covering the more electronic side of it, but I totally understand that a lot of people were really excited about that reunion.
Yeah it’s such a good combo. Kind of reminds me when Sigur Ros played the sold out Madison Square Garden show and chose Tim Hecker for their opener.
Thanks for the kind words man. Covering this strange scene throughout the year has been so much fun.
We thought the video had value because there was a really entertaining animation made with it. If it were just a song as you said, it wouldn’t be as newsworthy.
Secondly, DuckTales and Mega Man 2 are namedropped frequently because they are that great, but they’re also so iconic which is why they seemed to fit better. Personally I like Mega Man 3 more than 2 as a score (and a game, but that’s neither here nor there), and Kirby’s Adventure is just below Metroid for my favorite NES music.
I actually do know some things about video games! You implied as much a couple weeks ago when I was talking about Grim Fandango in a post and I was very happy someone appreciated that!
two albums in TWO YEARS. Sorry about that typo, my excitement got the better of me.
And yeah while I was writing the post in the office I was saying what you said almost verbatim! I had just the slightest misgiving, but now that it’s clear this was written by Walker (and just as importantly it’s co-produced by Peter Walsh who has been so essential to making Climate Of Hunter, Tilt, The Drift, and Bish Bosch what they are in terms of sound design) I’m so much more excited about this.
Also I couldn’t agree more about the live performances. I’ve got very high hopes that this will be the album he’ll be able to actually play. I can’t even imagine what it would be like. I’m not sure if you’ve seen Sunn O))) play live but it’s one of the most overwhelming things I’ve ever experienced.
You’re right, I had KISS’ solo series on my mind, but just fixed it. Thanks for pointing that out.
And hey, don’t beat yourself up about misspelling “they,” everybody makes mistaks!
I needed to maintain a somewhat professional tone in the post but….OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST NEWS.
I appreciate that. I thought it was best if I was the one to post it though. They’re a band I really loved writing about, and it’s nice to do something on them one last time (though I’m hoping these guys will be making music in other ways).
I like Salad Days! There’s just other stuff I liked this year more.
That said – as a fellow fan of pinball I’ve really respected Mac DeMarco since I saw him mention his love for Simpsons Pinball Party, which is like a Top 5 (maybe Top 3) table for me.