While the news that Baltimore duo Lands & Peoples are on a bit of an extended hiatus is certainly tragic, there is however a silver lining. The two have used the break to chase their own musical interests once more which has landed Beau Cole back to his pet project Zu Shapes. Releasing the four track cassette release Merigold back in early 2011, it’s certainly been a while since we’ve heard of Zu Shapes but unbeknownst to any of us, Cole has been working on his debut full length.
“Hoodoo You You You” is our first peak at not only the upcoming record but the song itself. You see, it’s been released in its demo form and there’s really no telling if the end product will sound anything the track in its current incarnation. But that’s no reason not to enjoy it. True to its title and Cole’s Mississippi roots there’s a little bit of delta flavor. A sort of creole spirit in its sumptuous sprawl. It’s music to host a seance to but a hell of a lot catchier. There’s a balance between spooky voodoo and experimental pop that grants the tune a sort of herky-jerky dance groove which is as delightful as it is odd. Here’s hoping there’s not too much time before the majestic weirdness of Zu Shapes full length arrives.
I’m always on the hunt for insanely great bedroom-pop — the best kind of pop, of course, with dream- and psych- coming in close second and third. It only takes one listen to Portlander Ali Muhareb‘s uplifting “I Will Write A Song” to understand its measure of attention and songcraft.
I’m always intrigued by songs about writing songs. Of course there’s two competing focal points: the narrative, in this case a future promise or challenge or threat to write a song for someone, presumably a love interest, and then there’s the literal practice of writing the song… about the potential of writing a song… about the potential of writing a song… and so forth. I’m sure the paradox isn’t lost on Muhareb, who sings “I will write a song about all the things that you said, maybe then I’ll understand all the things you can’t.” Love it.
More insanely great music at self-described “anxiety laden bedroom pop musician” Ali Muhareb’s Soundcloud page »
A couple months back, Yellerkin released their debut single “Solar Laws” and I was absolutely smitten. The single was infectiously radiant, beguilingly complex, and instantly ear-catching. So of course it was the perfect song to get the video treatment in advance of their upcoming self-titled EP out next month. The video, directed by Nicolas Pesce, puts a different twist on perennial classic Where the Wild Things Are.
The story takes a decidedly darker twist when after a bit of playful roughhousing goes awry, the boy (played by Yellerkin’s Adrian Galvin) is grieviously wounded by his monster and retaliates. Which of course sets into motion an epic journey to right his wrong. The boy takes his monster across hill and dale, field and stream; through forests, deserts, beaches, and ghost towns all to undo the damage that he’s caused. It’s downright cinematic and features more than a couple surprises (like Galvin’s incredible dancing). It’s an awesome video that finds the perfect blend between storytelling and band featuring.
Yellerkin’s self-titled EP is out now, stream below:
The Acid, who have now finally revealed the not-at-all surprising fact that RY X is in the band, just dropped a stunning video for “Basic Instinct” »
Directed by Dugan O’Neal.
Tashaki Miyaki is an LA-based dream-pop trio who seemed to have dropped from a cloudy nowhere as dense as the wondrous atmosphere of their sound itself. The skies cracked open in March of last year with their debut EP and now they open again with the too-chill “Cool Runnings”, a song that feels like a straight-faced, buttoned-up Velvet Underground homage if I’ve ever heard one. You’ll have to try pretty hard not to be moving to this one:
“Cool Runnings” is from an upcoming limited “colored vinyl” 7″ (TBA on what color, but hey, colored vinyl!). Preorder here »