Modern anxiety and brinksmanship have reached peak levels it seems, and two recent albums have captured our current balance of hope and worry perfectly for me.
Both released earlier this year, Black Moth Super Rainbow’s “Panic Blooms” and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Sex & Food” really do it for me. Each under their own power is good, but I think they’re better together. They’re the alternate soundtrack to San Junipero. They’re a Black-Eyed Soul opera in three acts.
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Continue reading The World’s Mad and I Just Wanna Listen to Panic Blooms and Sex & Food
My first taste of Belgian rock duo The Glucks was at the hands of a fan of the show by the name of Lansing Rawls. He sent me a link to their 2016 LP “Youth On Stuff” and once I heard the title track I was immediately turned on by the raw breathless vitality of it. Now they’ve followed it up with the equally potent new release “Run Amok.” Continue reading What’s That Sound? The Glucks – Run Amok
It’s getting to be time for a new White Mystery album and as you can see by the album cover for F.Y.M.S. (out on 4/20, PREORDER here for DIGITAL or VINYL) they’re not fucking around. Don’t be fooled by the vivid image the title conjures, however, as this record is probably the most polished I’ve heard from the White siblings so far.
That’s not to say it isn’t still gritty as hell. Album opener “Ton Up Kid” barrels through the riffs you’d expect from the band, with shout-along choruses and drum flurries in the bridge. “Black Heart Crusader” is more metal than thrash, Francis pounding out meaty grooves while Alex’s dark guitar works it’s magic. Title track “FYMS” evokes memories of a young Frank Black as Alex spits Greek insults over a driving backdrop and rocks out to a foul-mouthed chorus, an anthem easily adaptable to your personal favorite dirtbag.
Continue reading What’s That Sound? White Mystery – F.Y.M.S.
When this record hit my inbox over the summer, I had no clue as to who New Planet Trampoline were or what I was about to hear.
The record starts off without answers, fading in slowly with the vague and airy mantra of “There Is Nothing More To Say,” driving it’s point home as you’re bounced pleasantly along by a Pink-Floyd shuffle. Keyboards and harmonies plunge in right after, setting the tone for the rest of the record’s late ’60s psych-pop influence. It’s an excellent homage to the sounds of that era: jangly guitars, clean leads, crafted melodies, and not too much polish. The production quality is modern, though, which adds a freshness to the old familiar sounds.
The band juggles a lot of different influences: “Grim Visions” wouldn’t be out of place on one of the old Nuggets collections. “Ex-President” and the ethereal “This Is The Morning” evoke the Byrds’ jingle-jangle pop. The energy of Arthur Lee’s later work creeps into “Confidence Man.” There are more “flashback” moments, but too many to recount here. Modern influences (grunge, namely) and elements are present as well, and New Planet Trampoline manages to navigate them and add enough twists to keep the songs from sounding dated.
I really like this record, enough that I bought the gorgeous purple double LP after the fact. New Planet Trampoline have accomplished what many try but few pull off well, lovingly incorporating vintage influences and folding them over into a new framework to make a truly original record.
You can check out “Dark Rides And Grim Visions” in all formats at New Planet Trampoline’s BandCamp page, and get news and updates on their Facebook Page.
Big thanks to Stow House Records for bringing this one into my collection!
In 1967, Island records quietly released this debut from British band Art (formerly known as The V.I.P.s) produced by influential rock producer Guy Stevens.
After this album the members of Art regrouped to form the more well-known Spooky Tooth, and the record is now considered Spooky Tooth’s unofficial debut. But “Supernatural Fairy Tales” stands apart from the band’s later work. While Spooky Tooth’s sound is more keyboard-based and blues focused, Art was based firmly in the realm of psychedelia. Continue reading What’s That Sound? Art – “Supernatural Fairy Tales” (1967)