Caught in the Net: The Bear necessities will come to you
Saturday 14 July 2012
Since their last album, Veckatimest, there's been much anticipation for
Grizzly Bear's first release in three years.
The band (featuring Ed Droste) have just announced its title, Shields, and a world tour that reaches the UK in October. Until the album is released 17 September on Warp Records, you can hear its opening song, "Sleeping Ute", streamed at http://bit.ly/GB-SleepingUte. It's pure Dan Rossen, with psychedelic cyclical riffs, bursts of furious guitars and a typically irregular time signature.
A song to haunt your dreams
Just after being posted, the new song by LA act Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti was selected as best new song by website Pitchfork, and I can see why. "Only in My Dreams" is all jangly Byrds-style 12-string guitar riff and harmonising, with a strong pop melody, and they're offering it as a free download on their label 4AD's website (tinyurl.com/bq99pvz). Marking a departure from their lo-fi sound, it gives a hint at what to expect from the upcoming album Mature Themes, out 20 August.
Out of the darkness and into the light
I've been bowled over by Bonnie Prince Billy's new EP, Now Here's My Plan, which reinvents a handful of his classics, including "I Don't Belong to Anyone". But it's his version of my favourite of his songs, "I See a Darkness", which I find most addictive. Aided by the producer, Steve Albini, Will Oldham transforms a devastating, slow number into an upbeat song with a driving rhythm. Hear it before its release on 24 July and watch the video featuring Oldham doing a jaunty dance that signals the song's mood (tinyurl.com/7dvo5ff).
Levi shapes up for a new challenge
Precociously talented Mica Levi is always taking on a challenge: in 2011, using homemade instruments, her band Micachu and the Shapes released Chopped & Screwed, a collaboration with the London Sinfonietta Orchestra, and she's also an artist-in-residence at London's Southbank Centre – all by the age of 24. Now she's set herself a new feat: to create a video for every song on their new album. The trailer is up at tinyurl.com/cwozw29, shedding light on her creative mind.
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