OOIOO "nijimusi (Bandcamp)"
From Thrill Jockey:
Sounds created for no reason. Sounds that come and go, and disappear into the air like a scent, as soon as they materialize. Atonal phrases that hold the meaning of words that existed before the advent of language. The wonders of a vortex pulsing with life. Just as a new discovery is actually a new way of looking to see what has always been there, OOIOO, seemingly from the core of their being, created a world of sound made up of parts well known that is strikingly precise and intensely original. After a six year hiatus, OOIOO has created a new album that goes back to the roots of being a four-piece band. The music shows the full spectrum of the unique sound they have crafted throughout the years, which can only be described as “OOIOO”.
The Cavemen "Night After Night (Slovenly)"
From Slovenly Records:
Slovenly Recordings is super gassed to present the way gone fourth footlong from globe-trotting New Zealanders THE CAVEMEN! These four refined neanderdudes have belted out yet another crunching set called “Night After Night” that documents their collective daily doses of drinkin, fightin’, and summa dat good good luvvin’. Check the lead-off single “Don’t Know Why” for a rare glimpse of their sensitive sides. It’s so damn cute it’ll make you stick your finger down your throat. But don’t get used to it… they’re back to riffin ‘n’ rollin’’ but hard with that GO! sound you dig so much on “Can’t Resist” and beltin’ out their familiar violent chug on “Knife Fight.” It’s another disasterbatin’ session for the books, gang, so dig in and chow down!
Midnight Snaxxx "Music Inside (Slovenly)"
From Oakland, Ca. comes Midnight Snaxxx. Their new LP, Music Inside (Slovenly), is a great big slap of fun across your garage rock-loving face. Full of catchy melodies, angular-punk-y guitar interplay, and snarling vocals. But you can’t pin down the Snaxxx that easily. Hints of early LA Punk, UK dance-punk, and DIY jams throughout. This is a rock and roll record baby. So get ready to rock and roll along with the danceable “She Don’t Want That.”
Yann Tiersen "Portrait (Mute)"
It would be all too easy to fall down a rabbit hole of explanation when it comes to this new Yann Tiersen album Portrait (Mute)-which would explain why I’m about to do it (hey look! All my favorite rabbits are down here too! I see Bugs Bunny, Thumper, JoJo, Harvey, Peter, Roger… Oh no! I fell down a rabbit hole within a rabbit hole!) Portrait is a career-spanning retrospective of Yann’s immensely beautiful and important work. This is not a compilation of previously recorded work, as it’s all been rerecorded and rerecorded using analog recording equipment. The result is “a vital album that fizzes with the excitement and energy found at a live concert, but packed into a studio album.” Thanks Mute! Dip your toe in anywhere here and you are bound to fall in love, but if we must (and we must) start with the reworking of “Rue de Cascades.”