Happy Friday one and all. For those of you who are new to the class, this blog is a lovely list that features cool new musical things that happened this week – all of which will be far more relevant than the announcement of an eighth studio album from the Plain White T’s.
Mothers – Blame Kit
Fancy something to catch you off guard? Listen to this. Blame Kit starts off with fast guitar patterns and complex rhythms that, although they sound all over the place for the first few seconds, fall into place quite neatly. A perfectionist’s dream.
Just over a minute in – right when you’re getting the hang of it – the song drops to ¾ time and has a completely different, more serene feel. Maybe I’m reading to much into it, but it’s wacky and pretty awesome in a psycho-genius kind of way.
They’ve also got an album on the way: ‘Render Another Ugly Method’ is due on September 7.
Deerhoof – Ay That’s Me
More indie-pop for you! Just what you always wanted. Deerhoof have shared a video for one of the tracks from their latest album, ‘Mountain Moves’, which dropped last year. They have been described as “sugary” and that’s the perfect word to tag this song, which is buoyant and fun. Additionally, I chose this track because of its fantastic title. Ay!
The animated video runs a bit like one of those flip books you’d draw as a kid, with landscapes, mushrooms and dancing people. Was I the only one who drew tiny stick men on skateboards? This, though, is far better than any of my school book corners. Have a watch.
Underworld & Iggy Pop – I’ll See Big
Having worked together on the soundtrack for T2 Trainspotting, Underworld and Iggy Pop had some leftovers that didn’t quite make the final cut, which they’ll release as a four track EP titled ‘Teatime Dub Encounters’. The first track, Bells and Circles, is hilarious and random and awesome. All Rick Smith, Karl Hyde and Iggy want to do is smoke cigarettes on an aeroplane. The new one, out today, is far more ambient, sounding a little like the soundtrack you’d have while travelling through space.
Iggy recounts how his dysfunctional friends “saved him from a lifetime of bad decisions”, inspired by a conversation he had with Danny Boyle about friendship. So wholesome. So lovely. The full EP is due for release on July 27.
Till next time, music lover. FYI, ‘Parallel Universe’ by The Plain White T’s will arrive on August 24 through Fearless Records.