The Body & Full Of Hell "Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (Thrill Jockey)"
If you’re making a list of bands that are at the forefront of modern heavy music, you’re not gonna get far in that list before you’ve written down both The Body and Full Of Hell. The two groups have been pushing the boundaries of dark, experimental music for years now. So it makes perfect sense that the two bands have teamed up to record an album. Ascending a Mountain of Heavy Light (Thrill Jockey) was written and recorded in just one week. Abrasive, throbbing, and heavier than Sleep covered in lead, this is the real deal. Agitated, stuttering electronic hints mixed with the most distorted guitars of all time, and vocals that would scare even the toughest of metal fans, this is a combo made in heaven… make that hell. If you wear a serious number of black clothes and have been known to throw the devil sign with your hands on occasion, this is the LP for you. Check out the throbbing gristle of “Earth is a Cage.”
Howard Hello "Election Year (Temporary Residence)"
Marty Anderson (of Dilute and Okay) and Kenseth Thibideau (of Tarentel and Sleeping People) have re-joined forces as Howard Hello to take on the state of America right now. So yeah, this can be very scary stuff indeed. Thankfully these tunes are as soothing and catchy as they are odd. Imagine the Radiohead robot singing lead on “Fitter, Happier” was a member of French band Air and was as mad as hell, and you are getting close to the strangely beautiful sounds of Howard Hello. Sure, the lyrics can be hyper-specific in terms of hot-button issues of the day–after all, the album IS called Election Year (Temporary Residence) after all, but none of that matters with tunes this lovely. Start your love affair with this beguiling record with the first single, the pastoral sounds of revolution via “MCD” (which stands for “mass civil disobedience”).
Dawn People "The Star Is Your Future (DFA)"
Underground experimental NY musicians Nick Forte and Peter Negroponte have teamed up to for the crate-digging vibes of Dawn People. From what I can tell from the press releases, this stellar album was put together in a Miles Davis Shhh/In A Silent Way sort of… well, way. Combining their love of library funk, jazzy french disco, and krautrock among other genres, the dudes set to recording live sessions in 2016, and then eventually building what you are about to hear. It sounds like DJ Cam remixing Books, and is every bit as amazing as that sounds. Dance-y, quirky, catchy, and an absolute blast to listen to, The Star Is Your Future (DFA) is destined to be the star of your future (sorry about that terrible line, but it was too easy to avoid. I’m only human). It’s a world where not only the indie-rock sounds of the ‘90s have resurfaced, but so too has the Air, Tortoise, and Stereolab-sounds of ‘90s revivalist instrumental pop electronica. Rejoice as you check out the lead-off track “Be Cool Tonight.”
Escape-ism "Introduction To Escape-ism (Merge)"
Ian Svenonius, he of The Make-Up, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, Weird War (amoung other bands) as well as the the author of titles such as The Psychic Soviet, Censorship Now!! and Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ’n’ Roll Group has graced us with a new project. Introduction to Escape-ism (Merge) is the debut of Ian as Escape-ism, a heady mixture of sounds that venture to territories covered by such luminaries as Folk Implosion, Gorrilaz, Jon Spencer, and Royal Trux, among others. At times Suicide-esque in it’s tonality, this is garage-fuelled electronica, with basses buzzing and Ian telling you all how it is. So pay attention! Start with the Cold War paranoia of “Iron Curtain.”