Canadian indie rock veteran Michael Feuerstack has only been putting out music under his own name for a few years now, though he’s left a long trail of releases dating back to 1994 under the now-retired name of Snailhouse. He’s releasing a new record, The Forgettable Truth, next year and “Clackity Clack” is the first offering from it. The track is a heaving and gorgeous piece of music, anguishing and contemplative. “Only indecision can make a man regret what he hasn’t done” is just one of many poignant and beautiful lines that Feuerstack drops like rose petals. “This song chronicles how hard it can be to feel ok in our time — an ode to stay true in a world of media saturation and cult of personality,” Feuerstack explains. “Swathed in delays — the track was recorded largely live on the first take, with layers of vocals and strings added later.” Listen below.
HOLY is the new project of north Sweden-based musician Hannes Ferm, but if I heard his debut single “Golden Fog” without knowing anything about him, I would have bet on him coming from someplace a little warmer. The Scandinavian countries are best known for two types of music: sparkling but icy pop, and discordant stuff that can either come in a post-punk or metal flavor. HOLY’s none of those things — instead, Ferm opts for a more romanticized version of garage rock, sweet and a little bit noisy but not oppressively so. On the chorus, he sings “flying through that open door” and the syllables are all stretched out, almost as if he’s screaming while in mid-air. And even though Ferm’s voice is drenched in reverb, his sentiments come across clearly. The track is taken from his debut EP, Silver Of Your Heart. Listen below.
AC/DC, the Australian kings of bone-crunchingly simple classic rock, have had a tumultuous year, with Malcolm Young being treated for dementia and Phil Rudd facing charges that he hired a hitman. But the band is about to kick things into gear with Rock Or Bust, their first new album in six years. We’ve posted the early singles “Play Ball” and “Rock Or Bust,” and both find the band tapping effortlessly back into that great and inimitable signature sound. And right now, you can stream the full 11-track album at iTunes Radio.
Rock Or Bust is out 12/2 on Columbia.
Back in July, the Atlanta-based band Warehouse self-released their debut album Tesseract, an equally methodical and messy group of songs that stood out as one of the more distinct and exciting soundtracks to my summer. Yesterday, Beach Fossils’ Dustin Payseur and former Captured Tracks manager Katie Garcia launched their new label Bayonet Records and announced that Tesseract will be one of its first releases in March of next year. Bayonet promised new material from Beach Fossils, and announced forthcoming releases from Warehouse’s fellow ATL punks Red Sea, as well as Frankie Cosmos. On “Omission,” Elaine Edenfield’s voice is gothic and snarling, soothed only by what can be described as Warehouse’s expertly tailored movements. In just over four minutes the track expands and makes room for new iterations of its introductory riff, all the while maintaining its initial feral energy. Listen.
Detroit rapper Dej Loaf’s “Try Me,” a prettily sleepy half-sung cloud-rap song about being ready to kill someone, has been a slow-burning hit for months. Last night, it actualized its potential. Dej Loaf was the musical guest on The Tonight Show, and the Roots backed her up on “Try Me.” She wore what appeared to be a bathrobe, and she looked proud as fuck posing next to Fallon when it was all over. It’s a serious blast to watch her in the early stages of what could be world-takeover mode, and you can watch the performance below.
With just three singles this year — the misty-lens ballads “Touch” and “Just Once” and the umtempo dance-pop track “Indecision” — Shura established a compelling, unmistakable artistic imprint. The London native, born to a British father and a Russian mother, had been honing her craft in her city’s pubs and the recesses of YouTube. By way of solo acoustic works and collaborations with London DJ/producer Hiatus, she experimented her way toward a hybrid strain of early ’90s pop, blending R&B, synthpop, and new wave with ghostly overtones of Madonna, Janet Jackson, and “Time After Time” Cyndi Lauper.
Trust RZA to find a way to promote A Better Tomorrow, the forthcoming Wu-Tang Clan reunion album, while talking about something completely unrelated. In this case, that unrelated thing is the cause of veganism. In a new promotional spot for PETA, RZA talks about his reasons for going vegan and advises anyone watching to do the same. He also works in the new album’s name a bunch of times. It would be churlish to doubt RZA’s sincerity in the video; he’s just a promotional wizard, and this is the way his mind works. Watch RZA’s PETA video below.
We first heard Trust Fund on their split with Joanna Gruesome, at which point the Bristol indie-pop scrappers seemed primed for big things. Here’s one of those things: Trust Fund have signed to Turnstile Music (Perfume Genius, Christopher Owens) and will release No One’s Coming For Us in February. Ellis Jones and company’s full-length debut will feature “Cut Me Out,” an immensely catchy guitar-powered singsong that manages to be melancholy and chipper at the same time. There’s a distinct Pixies/Nirvana/Weezer flavor to this tune; when the chorus kicks in, so does the massive distortion. Listen below.