Caught in the Net - Four into one – Deerhunter
Friday 01 May 2009
Twice before I have written about the prodigious output of members of Deerhunter in their various side projects, but now all four members of the band are back as one. Following the 'Microcastle/Weird Era Contd', double-album of sorts – one of the best releases of 2008 – the band will put out the 'Rainwater Cassette Exchange EP' on 8 June. The Gorilla Vs Bear blog has a track from it at http://tinyurl.com/dkkpxv, which sees the band continue their rich vein of good form, with clanging guitars and percussive clicks coming to the fore.
Not that a return to full band duties will deter frontman Bradford Cox from indulging in others ideas. On Deerhunter's blog – http://deerhuntertheband.blogspot.com – he recently posted, 'Time Warp' – another of his two track "virtual 7in" releases from his Atlas Sound solo project. Also on the blog, Cox wrote a brief review of The Breeders' latest EP. "It rules" was his succinct appraisal of the four track "Fate of the Fatal" record. The EP was released in mid April and the lead track is a free mp3 at http://fatetofatal.com.
Art to remember
Lancashire musician and artist Richard Skelton started his Sustain Release Private Press label in 2005 as a tribute to his late wife: he has since produced a slew of music – under various guises – released alongside her wonderfully crafted artwork. Under the moniker A Broken Consort, his latest album, 'Box of Birch' contains more beautiful artwork. Aside from the packaging though, the music, a haunting and sublime melange of instruments, is worthy of attention. One track can be found at http://tinyurl.com/d9dj3z , while an oblique video (with equally oblique sounds) for another can be seen on The Wire's site at http://tinyurl.com/ch2ejb
Beauty between Bjork and Bush
One to watch is Glasser – aka the LA-based singer Cameron Mesirow (right) – who is crafting a fine sound: mixing electronics and live instruments, it is interesting and experimental without being inaccessible. Mesirow's voice is also a thing of beauty – somewhere between Bjork and Kate Bush. The "Apply" EP is on the way – a track from it can be downloaded at http://tinyurl. com/c5g7x3, while more songs and a remix can be heard at http://www.myspace.com/glasssser
A mixed bag of blog house
The defining feature of "blog house" is the manner in which the music – mixing French house with the outer reaches of electro – has been disseminated and heard: via blogs. "It Came from the Blog" collects 17 tracks of this music together at http://lowlifeinc.blogspot.com. There are good tunes on it, but it's a mixed bag: to these uneducated ears, much of it sounds rather like those "Futurism" electro-clash compilations that were big for a minute or two in 2002.
Memories of RnB
While Vampire Weekend work on a second album, Rostam Batmanglij, the band's keyboardist and producer distracts himself with a side-project; teaming up with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles under the name Discovery. Two tracks have emerged from the duo – download them at http://tinyurl.com/d67svu. Both feature synth driven electro-pop but the drum machine loop on one, "Orange Shirt", calls to mind modern RnB with vocals by a beta-male indie singer rather than a crotch-thrusting "slow jams" crooner. Which brings us aptly to R Kelly, whose new song "Superman High" can be found at http://tinyurl.com/czh8aa. As ever for Mr Kelly, things sound a touch crazy but undeniably catchy.
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Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Katie Hopkins gives rare glimpse of sensitive side with heartfelt open letter to her children penned in case she dies from epilepsy
- 2 Rihanna's Met Gala dress took one Chinese woman 2 years to make, was reduced to omelette meme in 2 seconds
- 3 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
- 4 Frankie Boyle on Scottish independence: 'In the Interests of Unity, F**k Off'
- 5 Florida couple forced to register as sex offenders for having sex on public beach
Penny Dreadful, series 2 episode 1, review: It is still gloriously silly
Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to replace Jeremy Clarkson and co
Eurovision 2015: What date and time is the song contest and who are the favourites to win?
How the Other Half Eat, Channel 4 - TV review: Swapping food trolleys shows how food and class are closely connected
Noel Gallagher 'cannot wait' to hear Oasis-inspired One Direction album but rants about 'pointless' Tidal and Spotify
In defence of liberal democracy
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The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils