PUP - Mabu
PUP - Mabu
Tallows - Sea Bitch
I have a skylight above my bed now. It’s pretty much my favourite thing. And as I was listening to the new track from painfully underrated and regretfully obscure Tallows, staring out of the window, a bleach white plane crossed the pristine blue canvas from left to right at around the 1:30 mark.
That has no correlation to the track, I just quite enjoyed the moment and wanted to cement it in pixels and keystrokes.
The track itself is more of the same from the guys that brought us one of the best albums and worst album covers from last year, with unmistakably odd vocals and 1am experimental indie charm.
So I’ve booked the flights and from November until April I will be exploring, the temples beaches and plentiful bars of Southeast Asia. Finally.
This is something I’ve been wanting to do since I was 18, but have never had the funds. And it’s now or never as I piggyback on a trip with 2 of my new good friends that I’ve made since moving to my new home in December.
I’ve neglected this space, and now I’m going to try and use it again, as a soundboard and planner for my trip, and hopefully whilst I’m out there i’ll update it. I don’t expect anybody to read this, it’s more for my own benefit (and probably my mum’s) or any mates I have that follow this blog or want an update on my journey.
I’m also going to go back to posting music again, even if Tumblr keeps changing the way they layout the site and ruining any aesthetic you try and build..
The 2 guys I’m travelling with have their own blog > Travel Heavy < having been to the region before. So check that out for a killer poached egg recipe and some tales of their adventures when they were last out there.
Jamaican Queens - Wellfleet Outro
I loved the first few iterations of ‘Detroit trap pop’ that came out of Jamaican Queens surrealist minds. As soon as I heard Kids Get Away I tracked the band down for an interview. But when the album rolled out last year I ended up giving it one cursory listen, making up my mind and moving on.
But this cropped up in among my youtube subscriptions today, and it’s convinced me to give them another go from a new angle of thinking. So i’m off to take a load of drugs and listen to Wormfood again. Laters.
I’ve done it again… I start off by telling myself I’m only writing for myself, that I can write however and whatever I want. And then all too soon I’m writing as if I’m trying to inform some imaginary audience. Usually when I start writing for a new blog/website/whatever…
I don’t even care about the writing that much, I just like the cathartic feeling of writing out my own 12am thoughts on how a piece of music leaves it’s imprint.
I’m stuck with a constant natural attraction to homogeneity that, despite my general apathy, irritates my consciousness. And it’s only songs like this that help me brake the spell.
Mac DeMarco - Passing Out Pieces
Return of the Mac! More hazy lazy rock ‘n’ roll from the dishevelled rogue we all love. The album is another month (and a bit away) so there’s this slim morsel on offer to satisfy the hunger and it’s a good ‘un.
It’s 'an introspective sauntering stroll through Mac's thoughts on living life in the public eye' -which is probably related to those interviews where it was revealed he jerked the gherk at work and was generally a bit of a creep in his youth.
But who cares, he puts on a good show and his music is sublime. A true master of his craft. I’m fanboying all over the shop right now…
Eli - Cabana
And now for something a little different… I don’t usually go in for these sort of hook-less aural walls, but there’s something cleansing about Cabana’s latest single ‘Eli’.
During the elapsation of it’s four and twenty six minutes I managed to hang up my washing, organise my desk and make my bed.
What i’m saying is that Cabana is good for your soul and should be taken once daily to ensure a pleasant state of mind.
SKATERS - Miss Teen Massachusetts
Sherbert - Stupid Hat EP
There’s no denying that when it comes to sunshine-led garage rock there are certain names that instantly take up residence in your thinking, any band that joins the pool-party this late is going to have to get used to walking around with the likes of Best Coast, Bleached and Wavves sticking to them like chewing gum. Fortunate then, that Sherbert more than hold their own alongside the garage pop kings and queens in the kingdom of eternal summer. Acting as a vehicle for Michelle Sullivan’s creativity, each track is a brief window into hazy days filled with boys, booze and narcotics in Nashville. Set to a forever 21 vibe of fuzzed-out garage guitar and narrated by Sullivan’s charming Tennessee drawl, it’s hard not to wish you were the arsehole she was singing about.
(Originally posted on Crack In The Road)
Xul Zolar - Bedouin man
Outside of electronic music, it can be a real struggle for new European artists to have their music heard within the UK, especially those that choose to sing in English. Excluding the obvious Icelandic exception, if you want to break out of your homeland it’s time to start brushing up on your English skills.
So after picking myself up from the floor having heard the patient sonic evolution of ‘Hex’ for the first time, I was surprised to find that Xul Zolar weren’t the young Oxford band I so readily assumed. Forgoing their native Germanic tongue for a softly spoken neutral English tone means that their labour can be loved across borders.
With very little material online, in fact, in over a year they’ve only made three tracks available digital, ‘Bedouin Man’ being the latest of these. It takes a more immediately infectious route than the slow invasion of your senses that made up their last single, but no less enveloping.
Ich liebe Xul Zolar.
(Originally published on CrackintheRoad)