A few weeks ago Burial returned with a new EP. Now he pops up again with fellow electronic pioneer Four Tet.
On Monday, the latter posted a link on Twitter (@FourTet) to a song on SoundCloud, bearing the title Burial + Four Tet – "Nova"; snd.sc/yHlB17. There were scant details beyond that except for the words "TEXT13", which has naturally led people to believe the track will be the 13th release on Four Tet's Text Records label. The track itself is a gorgeous, rolling piece, almost six minutes long, fusing Burial's dubstep-inclined soundscapes and beat-making with Four Tet's pulsing electronic innovations.
Rolling with a riot of noise
US experimental group Black Dice have been blasting around the fringes of electronic noise and art-rock for more than a decade. The trio's sixth album, Mr Impossible, arrives on 9 April through Ribbon Music. In recent days, two songs from the record emerged, both piling heavy basslines on waves of pounding sounds and treated vocals. The track "Pigs" is the first single and can be downloaded free at ribbonmusic.com/mrimpossible – it also comes with a video directed by the band at youtu.be/ebLYgVPDORM. A second track, "Pinball Wizard", is streaming at snd.sc/zpDYQa. Full of riotous noise, they're both fun in their own strange way.
Liars come out with the truth
Around 2002, Liars belonged – alongside Black Dice – to a nascent scene of arty bands based in Brooklyn. Their paths have diverged since then and Aussie-born trio Liars have been based in LA for a few years. Music sites TheQuietus.com and TheStoolPigeon.co.uk point out that it seems Liars will return in June with their sixth album. On the band's Tumblr, amateurgore.tumblr.com, they have been posting short video clips; now those clips have been collected into a single video on their website, liarsliarsliars.com. It amounts to what looks like a making-of promo for their new album, culminating in the words "June 2012" and soundtracked by music suggesting this ever-evolving band have taken a more electronic turn. Roll on June.
Coordinates set for South by Southwest
The SxSW festival in Austin, Texas is one of the premier stops on the music festival calendar; a four-day long showcase of some 2,000 acts established and new – off the back of good showings at the festival, several will likely come to greater prominence this year. With the music wing of the SxSW (there are also film and interactive elements) kicking off next week, NPR.org/SxSW will feature comprehensive coverage of proceedings. In advance they've compiled the "Austin 100", a list of 100 notable acts playing this year, with a song from each artist (ind.pn/xfQ0W4).