Well, this is a pleasant surprise. Less than a year after releasing the lovely, “Nocturne”, Jack Tatum has once again stepped out as Wild Nothing to release new music, this time in the form of a 7 track EP entitled, “Empty State”. Further good news, is that the first taste of the forthcoming release is already on the internet for everyone to enjoy. “A Dancing Shell” is the first single, and you will notice almost immediately that we’re in a different zone here than previous Wild Nothing releases. The new track is loaded with swirling, late night synths that give off a generally more relaxed and free form atmosphere. The dreamy jangle pop guitars that have guided many of the artist’s finest cuts are still there, but they’re sharing stage with 80’s tinged electro pop textures and even something resembling a distorted bit of sax (perhaps inspired by his recent trip to Miami’s neon hued nights, or his renewed admiration for Brian Eno and David Bowie). It all makes for an exciting listen and a warm weather sound that is just in time to soundtrack those summer night parties.
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17-year-old Kiwi rockers Fraser Hunter and Adison Whitley go literally balls out on this new video by New Zealand directing duo Thunderlips. Calling it a ‘romp’ would be a bit of an understatement - nudity abounds, cock socks, babies, pillow fights. C’mon. Get into it. Jeff the Brotherhood would be proud. You reading this, boys?
I’ve only done this one other time and it feels incredibly weird and selfish… But, whatever. In my spare time I like to play with sounds, nothing serious just like to find a groove, explore and see where it goes. It allows me to see and appreciate music that I find differently, how it’s structured, the technical aspects, the thought process etc etc.
So one late night I made this hypnotic exploration based off an array of slices from a song I heard on Mad Men. Making music late at night alone allows you to stumble upon unintentionally ideas that you might not otherwise find when your senses are being overwhelmed by the world around you.
Following up last year’s Massive Context EP (Small Plates) Hands’ debut LP, Synesthesia, is due out via Kill Rock Stars on April 30. If this freshly released track and earlier single “Trouble” are any indication, the LA quartet have leaned a bit more upbeat; they simultaneously sound more focused yet still complex.
If you’ll be in Austin next week, they’re playing at least 7 shows at SXSW. Back in Los Angeles come April, you can catch them for free every Monday night at The Echo.
Varsity by Smith Westerns from Soft Will due out June 11.
This sounds like what you’d expect from a band that matures and changes a bit over time, vs one that puts out the same record again and again. But Dye It Blonde is so good that I’m a little let down by this; that said it’ll likely grow on me and I look forward to hearing more.
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