The Five music thing again for whatever it might be worth? Five? Again? Already? Five more? Do we need a new editorial yet? Is there a point? Is there any point? Was there ever? What do points make? What is the point? Again and again and again (and again). Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five more musical things 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. When we started this thing, oh never mind, it doesn’t matter 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 that have come our way in the last few days and cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial? Who needs any of this? Who needs it, who needs it, who really needs any of this? Cynical smile? Same what every day? Here’s your five, or maybe six of seven on the otherside of that good looking black and red Lomond Cambell artwork…
1: Lomond Campbell – More from Scottish “multi-talented artificer” Lomond Campbell. Lomond has announced the release of his “eagerly anticipated” ‘LŪP’ album, out via One Little Independent Records on October 22nd. We featured a taste a couple of weeks back, here’s another, this time he’s sounding like a Norman Ackroyd etching
“Although his music is grounded in sound it often incorporates sculpture, engineering, product design and visual art. Using a combination of hardware hacking and industrial manufacturing techniques, Lomond builds his own unique instruments and devices for creating sound which he combines with modular synths, piano and voice”.
2: Wet Leg have just posted a new video, we have mentioned thm before, they almost certainly don’t need our support or coverage right now but sometimes a wholesome slice of pop music is just what’s needed and what is there not to like about Wet Leg
3: Bitch – Hello meadow, not the Bitch fronted by Betsy, a different Bitch, there have been quite a few. Hello Meadow, here;s Cherrybomb, here, have some some pop, good pop is a good thing, pop art, this good thing comes with the attitude you’d expect from some on Kill Rock Stars, go lick those feathers, hello Meadow…
“Legendary queer music icon Bitch has been enthralling fans with her singular brand of performance throughout her career. Today, she has announced her new album Bitchcraft due out February 4, 2022 on Kill Rock Stars. Armed with her arsenal of violins, synthesizers, pulsing percussion and witty lyricism, the new collection takes her sound in a new direction with spectral, heartbreaking, political and beautiful witchy poet pop tracks. Bitchcraft is like Joni Mitchell set to a click track, it’s queer Cyndi Lauper. It’s neon pink, in your face, ready to hex you with its brilliance. It also makes you think: about the state of the world, about evil politicians, about what it means to exist as a woman, and how to find joy along the way”. More via Kill Rock Stars
Alongside the announcement, Bitch has revealed the combative lead album single “Hello Meadow” with a colourful music video, here it is…
“Written after a move from the sludgy, claustrophobic (but also wonderful) streets of New York City to a little log cabin in rural Michigan, the song’s electric violins coalesce with birdlike synths as Bitch recounts an industrial capitalist hell while attempting to find beauty outside of it. It’s a psychedelic, dizzying song about mother nature as well as the onslaught of capitalism and its obsession with destroying the natural world”.
“Because the song is a wild romp about Capitalism/Industry vs. Mother Nature, I wanted the video to be psychedelic and feel like a roller-coaster,” shares Bitch. “I had a vision of building a dress out of a tent. I was out walking and a woman, about 20 yards in front of me, came out of her house, put a bag down on the street and walked to her car and drove off. As I approached the bag, there was a homemade sign on it that said ‘FREE TENT, BROKEN ZIPPER.’ In a way, what a perfect metaphor for this song! It was all meant to be! Faith Soloway (who choreographed me for the shoot) had a costume designer friend Zoe Sundra that I called immediately and ‘pitched the tent’ idea to her and BOOM. The magic dress was made!!”
Bitch achieved early notoriety as one half of the queer folk duo Bitch and Animal who went on to tour with Ani DiFranco, whom they caught the ears of while playing a gig at a pizza shop in Provincetown on Cape Cod. In the mid 2000s, Bitch went solo, and shared stages with the Indigo Girls, acted in the film Shortbus, co-wrote a song with Margaret Cho, produced two albums of her elder folk hero Ferron, and licensed her music to The L Word.
Bitch started writing Bitchcraft eight years ago over the course of several moves and political movements. Eventually landing in LA, she assembled a creative coven to complete the project including Anne Preven (Beyonce, Madonna, Demi Lovato) and God-des who helped crystallize her writing and production vision and Roma Baran (Laurie Anderson) who produced the violins on “Polar Bear”. She also co-wrote several songs with Melissa York (Team Dresch, The Butchies) and Faith Soloway (Transparent).
4: Adam Matlock – A new release. “I have wanted for awhile to do an album focusing on experimental vocals, and with the exception of a little accordion droning, that’s the source of every sound on these two 15 minute pieces. Some reverb, some delay, a little looping, recorded to 4 track cassette in March and April of this year” More via Bandcamp.
“Thrice now I have heard the layers, a steady taunt of a rhythm. Thrice now that cunning blasted melody I’d thought long since pruned. The whistles are the wind in leaves and the fiddles all have exoskeletons. This is a music I will learn to love because it may someday be all we have.
an Ecospiritualist loses his language but continues to rant anyway”.
5: Star Rover – more from New York’s rather clean cut rather crisp Star Rover, we did recently feature them both on these fractured pages and via our radio waves. Clean and crisp but rather warm at the same time. The duo have an album out on October 15th, more details via Bandcamp and maybe more from us once we’ve heard more than just the two rather pastoral tracks, a kind of Americana take on post rock you might say…
5: Go Dugong has a new album on the way, this is a first taste of Meridies from the producer, DJ and musician based in Milan, Italy. “A global sounds lover, his productions are an intricate patchwork of rhythms, languages, instruments, field recordings and samples from all over the world, that Go Dugong waved with the passion of a collector and the meticulousness of a craftsman. The result is animated by a global energy in constant evolution”.
And while we’re here, Paul Leary goes off and things, the guitar duel from the movie “crossroads” starring Steve Vai and butthole surfers’ Paul Leary, okay so it might not have bee nthe actual bit from the movie but it would have, I suspect, make Mr Smith smile…