Posts tagged "track of the day"
May 21th, 2013
Pokey LaForge - "Central Time"
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, this folky ensemble is keepin it true and blue- some real ol' timey americana right here! Pokey LaForge will be performing at the Cedar Cultural Center on Wednesday, May 22, 2013.
May 20th, 2013
Rainbow Arabia - "He Is Sorcerer"
Rainbow Arabia is from Los Angeles and bringing with them a funky mix of global pop and psychedelic beats. “He Is Sorcerer” is off their newest release, Fm Sushi, which is their second full-length album.
May 16th, 2013
Mikal Cronin - "Weight"
Mikal Cronin’s sophomore album, MCII, dropped on May 7th. Playing all the instruments on the track, Cronin lets listeners in on how he feels about growing up in the 21st century
May 15th, 2013
Big Black Delta - "Into the Night"
“Into the Night” is off the band's new self-titled album, which is available now. It brings back the sounds of the early 90's and mixing the synthpop sound of Jonathan Bates.
May 14th, 2013
Small Black - "No Stranger"
"No Stranger" comes off of Limits of Desire, Small Black's follow up to 2010's New Chain. Starting subtly and slowly ramping with stronger synths, the song becomes anthemic. Limits of Desire was dropped on May 14th via Jagjaguwar.
May 13th, 2013
No Joy - "Lunar Phobia"
No Joy are officially back, and anyone who was at The Whole at Coffman Memorial Union on Friday night became well aware of this fact as they opened for METZ, making for a raucous evening of feedback-laden fuzzbox worship. 2010's Ghost Blonde left the shoegazing community wanting more, and 2013 finally saw the release of its follow-up Wait to Pleasure, which was released in April. Turn it up.
May 9th, 2013
Villagers - "The Waves"
Villagers are a project of Ireland's Conor O'Brien. The Waves is a perfect example of the type of tune which sounds relatively simple but a close listen reveals that there is much going on below the surface, which is all revealed during its hectic climax. The album Awayland was released on April 9th.
Shaking the Habitual
Perhaps the most shocking element of Shaking the Habitual is the heavy, minimalistic drone compositions that comprise a full third of the album. The haunting “A Cherry on Top” is the most tuneful of the bunch. Its melody is similar in sentiment to their 2003 single “Heartbeats” and even Animal Collective's ambient “Bees,” albeit it tossed through an urban dystopia several times. Grittier yet is the twenty-minute “Old Dreams Waiting to be Realized,” which closes off the first disc. It's dense material one might expect of contemporary avant-garde musicians such as Kevin Drumm, Machinefabreik, or Yellow Swans. Seven years ago, The Knife were traveling steadily toward the ultimate kinetic precision of minimal techno. 2013 sees them exploring the other extreme.
Of course, dancefloor material dominates, and it is equally intimidating. “Networking” is a sublime microhouse track made threatening in its use of chopped, sputtering vocal samples. A strong handful of songs, notably “Without You My Life Would Be Boring” and “Raging Lung” sound more like The Knife of old, with their calypso-themed drum machines punching out threatening polyrhythms. Percussively, much of it would fit into a Ricardo Villalobos or Shackleton set. In this context, the tracks serve as funky corridors within this multifaceted hall-of-mirrors album.
“You have the most beautiful way of putting one foot in front of the other,” Karin sings to a pitch-shifted version of herself on “Stay Out Here,” a highlight which takes up the entirety of side E. And when the song builds to a frantic chant, she may as well be singing to herself. The enigmatic electropop duo have waited seven years to follow-up their landmark Silent Shout. During that time, their influence has been seen in artists such as The Weeknd, Burial, Grimes, Crystal Castles, and the entire witch house scene. Shaking the Habitual does just what its title says: it shakes the listener from their sleep and pulls the rug out from beneath their expectations.
Shaking the Habitual is bound to be divisive. One website published a glowing review paired with a zero-out-of-five score. Harsh and aggressive, its beauty will be off-putting to many. But I have a feeling that The Knife seek passionate reactions over passive enjoyment, and to this end they have succeeded with grimy colors.
Reviewed by Dylan Hester, Radio K volunteer / Channel K co-host.