New Music October 2010


30. Okt. 2010, 9:27

I'm planning to use this Journal Entry to log all the new interesting bands/music I come across in the media/radio etc to research at a later time. If anybody has an pointers or advice on tracks/albums/bands please do let me know or make a comment.

Clash November 2010

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Random Recommended Albums

Maps & Atlases new album entitled “Perch Patchwork”
(Rated at 8/10) CLASH RECOMMENDS
Described as “Maps & Atlases released a few EPs before Perch Patchwork, their debut full-length, and the band has done a fair amount of growing up in the meantime. Those early releases were classic math-rock, typified by busy guitar lines borrowed from 90s bands like Don Caballero. Maps & Atlases are far from the only band from Chicago to use that sound as a starting point, but they're one of the few to try and move it forward and successfully translate it into pop songs. Perch Patchwork almost leaves the flashy musicianship entirely behind; when it is there, it puts it to good use-- here they turn their quirks into something diverse and accessible..”
Full Review here
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. Band of Horses, Don Caballero, Grizzly Bear

Maddslinky new album entitled “Make A Change”
(Rated at 8/10) CLASH RECOMMENDS
Described as “Bass glorious bass from Zed Bias, spanning the science of cone control within a speaker stack that projects as much fresh suppleness as it does intimidation. Working up to ‘Neighbourhood’-style tantrums amidst the crucial dynamic of female-responsive swing, house, broken beat, 2-step, dubstep (the hook-up with Skream a great moment of master meets pupil) and the threads in between are engineered with Bias’ guessing games running a pre/peak/post party timetable. ‘Make a Change’ is cosmopolitan, reverential, up-to-the-minute and not a little dapper, showing the sort of style and mettle that 2010 ‘best of’ lists love.”
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. Part 2, El-B, Kode 9

Avey Tare new album entitled “Down There"
(Rated at 8/10) CLASH RECOMMENDS
Described as “‘Murky, gloopy and distinctly moist, Dave Portner has stepped out of his world of the Animal Collective to engage in some reptile isolation. His debut solo album is obsessed with the swamp and its crocodile. Aquatic, mysterious and sloshing with deep rhythms, it’s an experimental aside that sees him retain the signature vocals of his day job with lots of glowing reverby falsetto but dive deeper into bass and layered electronic musings. Half the tracks see the beats surface into formed drums but for the rest the stratification and distortion takes the sound field to new places. Dangerously engaging.!"
Full Review here
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. Panda Bear, Atlas Sound, High Places.

Clinic new album entitled “Bubblegum"
(Rated at 7/10)
Described as “First things first, Bubblegum is a super title for Clinic’s sixth album. Second things second, the Miles Davis-esque artwork is equally fitting, for Bubblegum is one of Clinic’s most capricious recordings. Offering themselves up fully to the possibilities of pop music in its most open forms has enlivened a playfulness that was previously latent and, thank goodness, they’ve all but ditched the Philips Philicorda whine that grates on some of their earlier records. They are not as fierce or rasping as they once were in sound alone, but that makes for a rather relaxed sort of melodic chaos, equally informed by lounge-pop of the 60s and the garage rock they have referenced in the past. This is, for want a better of a better expression, a right old laugh of a record.”
Full Review here
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. Electrelane, Liars, Broadcast.

Frankie Rose and The Outs album entitled “Frankie Rose And The Outs”
(Rated at 9/10) CLASH RECOMMENDS
Described as“Frankie Rose is a Brooklyn bartender best known for her drum/vocal/guitar work with fuzzed-out retro acts like Crystal Stilts, Vivian Girls, and Dum Dum Girls. As she bounced from one project to the next (in some cases before she was even considered a proper member), the distinctive threads that joined these bands-- garage-rock ethos, dour jangle pop, 60s girl-group harmonies, questionable sonic fidelity-- suggested Rose had a clearly defined musical M.O. But with her fourth project in almost as many years, Rose is taking on a different approach: She seems intent on creating a harmonically driven, high-fidelity throwback pop album-- a novel concept among the dozens of her lo-fi peers looking to similar sounds for inspiration.”
Full Review here
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. Super Wild Horses, Viva Voce, All Saints Day

Gold Panda new album entitled “Lucky Shiner”
(Rated at 9/10) CLASH RECOMMENDS
Described as “Named after his Grandmother, ‘Lucky Shiner’ is Gold Panda’s debut album and one of the warmest and most vibrant electronic debuts of the year. Panda caresses a truly eclectic blend of influences and disparate sounds, including eastern instrumentation and large swathes of noise, to create a unique spirit of adventure and individuality - truly embossing a sense of personality and warmth onto cold static patterns. Mixed by Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford, ‘Lucky Shiner’ is one of the most innovative and mind-melding albums of the year and one that just keeps on giving.”
Full Review here
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. The Field, Four Tet, Mount Kimbie

Violens new album entitled “Amoral”
(Rated at 9/10) CLASH RECOMMENDS
Described as “Going by all indications previous to this debut album, New York's Violens specialise in dark, melancholic but danceable 80-referencing indie which recalls New Order, Depeche Mode and Sisters of Mercy. So it's a bit of a surprise that the first two tracks on Amoral sound so positively light-hearted. 'The Dawn of Your Happiness' begins which a funky slap bassline which could have come from a Seinfeld episode. With its ringing, plangent guitar chords, jaunty rhythm and wry but downcast vocals from singer Jorge Elbrecht, it bears the unmistakeable influence of the more florid end of 80s indie pop, such as Orange Juice, Haircut 100 and The Smiths. Second track 'Full Collision' is, if anything, even more indebted to these bands, although it ends on a spiky note with an extended burst of atonal noise. That aside, both songs are real pop gems....”
Full Review here
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. Roxy Music, Sonic Youth, Black Tambourine

Teebs new album entitled “Ardour”
(Rated at 7/10)
Described as “It isn’t surprising to learn that electronica artist Teebs, hailing from Los Angeles’ Chino Hills, is also a devoted painter. On ‘Ardours’, the 23-year-old pores over each of his 18 tracks with a loving meticulousness, starting many on a sparse canvas and then filling them with fragile melodic loops, smattering glitchy beats and minimal low-freq. Picking apart the LP reveals little more than these delicate foundations, yet, as in ‘Moments’’ fluttering piano trills, the way they coalesce together in his palette to form short segments of flickering beauty gives the work an unconstrained, opulent presence that’s greater than the sum of its parts.”
Full Review here
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. yuk., Juj, Jeremiah Jae

Mice Parade new album entitled “What It Means To Be Left Handed”
(Rated at 6/10)
Described as “Here in the post-post-rock diaspora, the original post-rockers keep getting mellower. Sure, Jim O'Rourke just announced a new free jazz/noise rock project, but Archer Prewitt is well into his Cat Stevens phase, and even John McEntire is picking up a credit on the new Bright Eyes. Meanwhile, it's been nearly a decade since former Swirlies member Adam Pierce launched his anagrammatical Mice Parade project, and its seventh album, and first self-titled, happens to be its most traditionally song-oriented.”
Full Review here
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. The Acorn, Mum, The Pomegranates

Glasser new album entitled “Ring True”
(Rated at 8/10) CLASH RECOMMENDS
Described as “There really are some weird women out there right now. If it’s not Natasha Khan (aka Bat For Lashes) writing an entire album about her blonde alter-ego inspired by David Lynch’s fascination with transvestites, it’s Fever Ray’s Karin Dreijer Andersson dressing her band like a gang of melted Mrs Doubtfires, and herself like a chess board. Enter Glasser, otherwise known as Cameron Mesirow. Stylistically not as outrageous as her contemporaries, in the past the LA native has wrestled with sleep paralyses on a nightly basis and, as a child, night terrors where she’d be haunted by foul hallucinations during her waking hours. Which can’t have been much fun, but sure makes for a warped imagination...”
Full Review here
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. Little Dragon, Four Tet, Bjork

Fenin new album entitled “Mixes & Maxis”
(Rated at 8/10) CLASH RECOMMENDS
Described as “If you’d force me to do a list of my all-time-Shitkatapult Top 5 NONE OF THEM by Lars FENIN would be one of the first titles I count in. This outstanding track of his double album GROUNDED in 2005 assembles the best of two music worlds: reggae and techno. The songwriting by FENIN combined with the voice of GORBI still gives me goosebumps - and to the people I played it, too, at home or on the floor. ROBAG WRUHME and the WIGHNOMY BROTHERS charted it for a long time as number one on their dj charts and we all knew that this track had to be included into FENIN´s upcoming MIXES & MAXIS album. Here now, we have the 12” featuring NONE OF THEM in a floor killer remix by ROBAG WRUHME and a dub remix version on the flip side. This is a big one! A1 // None Of Them (Robags Wokksikon Remikks) B1 // None Of Them (Robags Berfa Lubb Dubbse).”
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. Mikkel Metal, Deadbeat, Quantec

Darkstar new album entitled “North”
(Rated at 7/10)
Described as “Containing hardly any dub, and very little step for that matter, ‘North’ presents continuing evidence as to the chimerical nature of dubstep, and the Hyperdub label in particular. Like a virus-ridden PC vainly trying to upload lovelorn messages over dial-up to its neglectful owner, this side-stepping of the usual Hyperdub format is most welcome. We want more..”
Full Review here
Dig it? Dig Deeper….. James Blake, Cooly G, Untold


  • Nialloleary

    As a footnote-this (monthly) journal is almost a month late, so sorry about that. The positive side to that is most of these are already on Spotify-links for which are added. I couldn't find artwork or a review for the Fenin album-I'll add that when I do.

    30. Okt. 2010, 9:32
  • Babs_05

    I've heard some of these but not all. Avey Tare taking over the charts is a dead cert. I liked the song that was released recently. I went mad over Maps & Atlases when I first heard them. Spectacular what they did there. Thanks as ever, Niall.

    30. Okt. 2010, 9:49
  • Nialloleary

    Thank you Babs-Avey Tare has some great tracks imho Laughing Hieroglyphic is excellent I've just listened to Maps & Atlases on Spotify and ditto it's well worth a spin.

    30. Okt. 2010, 10:05
  • risK49

    Just Fenin & Maddslinky this month I don't have. Recommend? Teebs is class! Mice Parade, sadly disappointing, Avey, Gold Panda, Clinic, Glasser & Violens will all be part of my listening habits in the coming months. Must get back to doin' my journals, you're way more consistent than I am!! Cheers dude. If ya had to pick a top 3 this year, where would you be leaning? I think mine are Swans, Xiu Xiu, Crystal Castles.

    30. Okt. 2010, 11:02
  • Nialloleary

    Hey Kris-Maddslinky is interesting but I'm guessing it isn't for you. Haven't heard Fenin yet-are you into that Basic Channel sound? It's getting harder to finish the journals-but they do tend to shape what I listen to. A top three for 2010-would have Scuba, Mount Kimbie & Actress or Deerhunter. Interested you haven't mentioned Madlib??

    30. Okt. 2010, 11:25
  • zm0

    Hey there, thanks for the fresh musical input here .. I have looked into Avey Tare, Gold Panda & Violens . If I might add something, I would suggest : lv & okmalumkoolkat - Boomslang ep ( just a great track) fantastic mr fox, evelyn EP (should be good) and possibly modeselektor / various - Modeselektion Vol. 01

    30. Okt. 2010, 13:00
  • Nialloleary

    I've been eyeing that Modeselektor / Various - Modeselektion Vol. 01-It looks really interesting. Dude could you send me Boomkat/Discogs links to the other releases please?

    30. Okt. 2010, 18:27
  • rwa66

    Thanks for your update again Niall. I will check some of them them out!

    31. Okt. 2010, 11:22
  • zm0

    hi, ( )

    31. Okt. 2010, 19:09
  • Nialloleary

    Thanks dude-will check them out!

    31. Okt. 2010, 20:42
  • boozec

    Amorals has gotten a lot of medicore/bad reviews but the music is very enjoyable. It seems they fault it for not being terribly original.

    18. Nov. 2010, 21:53
  • Nialloleary

    Yes I agree-but to be fair there are plenty of unoriginal bands out there.

    20. Nov. 2010, 9:12
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