The five thing again? Already? Five more? Again? Do we need a new editorial yet? Again and again and again (and again). Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five more musical things to explore, another five? Already? Alright already? You never did answer the question, shame about Cuffed Up last time around, where’s did we put the plot? Dive? Five? Five more pieces of earfood? Shall we do it again? Back to back to back being back to the five musical things thing and the fractured music portal yet again (and again and again) and yeah, we did say all this last week and the weeks before and blah blah blah while the whole world window and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding and all that proof reading. It doesn’t really matter if it was a television fizzing and going off and things back then when we first heard of the Window going off and things. and like we did ask last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? Cut to the chase, we could just cut ‘n paste the editorial from the last time, there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music, cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial? Who needs any of this? Who needs it, who needs it, just cut to the chase…
1: Liars – We can never have too much when it comes to those Liars – “A live concert film featuring the Australian cult favourites of experimental rock, Liars captured during a secret show at Phoenix Central Park in Sydney”.There;s a new Liars album out today – “The forthcoming Liars album, ‘The Apple Drop‘ will be released on 6 August 2021 on Mute”. We’ll pay proper attention to the album in a little bit, unless we’re lying of course…
Actually that new Liars album can be explored and such via Bandcamp
2: Dear Laika – ‘Phlebotomy’, the new single from Dear Laika, is an exploration of the concept of “queer time” in the context of medical transition. This theme is reflected by the time-stretched choir sample that forms the foundation of the song; its sound is alien, at once syrupy and vaporous, creating an intoxicating sense of melancholy calm. Dear Laika’s clear, keening vocals soar above the choral texture, accompanied by a synth bass resounding like a distant cathedral organ.
“Every six months I get a blood test to check my hormone levels, requiring three vials of blood to be drawn. Most recently, I fainted for the first time in my life. Transitioning is a constant process and it takes a long time, made longer in the UK by dangerously long waiting lists. Trans people find their lives temporarily “put on hold” while they wait to finally become happy with their bodies. It’s a painful, lonely experience. I’ve spent most of the past 5 years waiting. I’m still waiting. And so we can begin to process time in a different way. Years of empty waiting can feel like time is standing still or like time has been stolen away from you.”
3: Goat – Another track from the new album “Headsoup”, more details, should you feel the need to need them, via Bandcamp
4: Kills Birds – More of that idle(s) curiousity? Today, Kills Birds are sharing their ferocious new single “Rabbit“, the opening track and first song to be released from their second album Married, out via their new label home Royal Mountain Records and KRO Records on November 12th.
“Recorded at Dave Grohl‘s Studio 606 by invitation of the man himself, it is a storming and immediate declaration of intent from the LA-based band, a brutal and intense account of an abusive relationship struggling with power dynamics, oscillating between quiet and loud dynamics – both beautiful and aggressive, devastating and cathartic”.
On the track, vocalist Nina Ljeti explains, “Lyrically, “Rabbit” is about the experience of being in an abusive relationship with a powerful person. To be with someone who was praised by the public, but hurt you (and others) in private really eviscerates your self worth. There’s nowhere to turn for help. Like many people who share this experience, this particular relationship defined the majority of my young adulthood, and I’m still dealing with the emotional consequences of it.“
Guitarist Jacob Loeb continues, ““Rabbit” was the first song written for the new album. Despite being one of the harder hitting songs on the record, it was originally written on an acoustic guitar at Nina’s house. The goal was for the chorus to have an almost disorienting quiet/loud dynamic which really came to life when we plugged in and all practiced it for the first time. We tried to make the chorus start so quietly that the listener feels like something went wrong with their speaker and has to kind of lean in to hear Nina singing before the repetition of “how could I?” abruptly and violently re-enters, startling them and making the emotion visceral.“
Led by Windsor, ON-raised Nina Ljeti (who the LA Times deemed “L.A.’s most electrifying new rock singer”) and rounded out by guitarist Jacob Loeb and bassist Fielder Thomas, it’s the first track from Kills Birds since their debut self-titled won fans at outlets like NYLON, The FADER, New York Times, Paste, Chicago Tribune, as well as fervent support from musicians like Kim Gordon and Dave Grohl, the latter of which recently invited the band to join Foo Fighters in Mexico City two days before the album’s release. The band, who recently toured with Hot Snakes, will also be opening for Sleigh Bells on a nationwide US tour in October.
Kills Birds’ Married is out on November 12th via Royal Mountain Records and KRO Records.
5: Shattercones – Not sure about that spinnnnnnning around the gallery, art galleries and rooms full of art spin me head at the best of times. Things do end rather abruptl in terms od that video as welly, first bit of a forthcoming EP we suspect, “We’re releasing our second EP next month and I thought you might be interested in hearing our 120 second sonic representation of what it feels like to be living on this post Brexit, empire obsessed, plague island?” The EP is to be released on Gare Du Nord records at the start of October, this is the first track, “we will stagger the release with more songs coming until the 1st October. “A blend of filmic drone, spaghetti western gothic and nightmare slo-mo surf music has hints and influences from Tom Waits to Einstürzende Neubauten, via primal Nick Cave dramatics” is the rough pitch. Maybe a dose of John Cale, dEUS, Nadine Shah, Crass, Young Fathers and Wire as well”. There you go, that’s what they say, you make your own mind up, I like it, the pigeons mostly like it, opinions are liek bumholes, everyone has one, you’ve got the YouTube right there and there’s more plums and perunias to paint. Here’s their Bandcamp page and their previous release and black dogs and whatever you have….
And well, six…
6: Children Colide – “Australian three-piece, Children Collide are set to release their long-awaited fourth studio album Time Itself on 27th August via Spinning Top Records (Pond, Haiku Hands, Gum), and today they drop their fuzzed out new single “Man of the People” with an accompanying video”.
Okay seven, there’s something deliciously pure and 80’s-good about these synths and their rather orchestral mocing about in the dark
7: “Today, Brooklyn’s Nation of Language has shared their latest single and video, “This Fractured Mind,” a song inspired by being mired in purposelessness and indecision before finally finding a path to self-acceptance.
Discussing “This Fractured Mind” songwriter/vocalist Ian Devaney stated, “After I dropped out of college I spent a number of years delivering pizzas and waiting tables while I lived at home and tried to get a music career going. One ends up spending a lot of time contending with unrealised dreams and feeling jealousy towards those who have moved on. There’s an inferiority complex that can set in, which if unchecked, can lead down a pretty bitter and self-destructive road. This is a song for driving down that road, as indecision and longing and regret cycle together into mania, until finally, at the end, quiet acceptance and peace wash over.
As for the recording itself… for those later movements, we messed around with tape machines, running things at different speeds and sometimes backwards, talking about William Basinksi’s ‘Disintegration Loops’ and trying to see how we could achieve a similarly somber, ethereal ambiance, but in a comparatively very small space. This one in particular serves as a good example of how, on the album as a whole, we wanted to find a balance between steady motorik endlessness and more spacious ambient moments.”
The single is featured on the band’s upcoming album, A Way Forward, due out November 5
Taht was just about five, more of this in a few days, maybe?