The Holydrug Couple are on their way to releasing a new album on Sacred Bones Records, and today we’re graced with another lovely single from Hyper Super Mega. This new number, “Forever End” is a sweeping psych number–lush synths and a groovy bass line hold your hand throughout. The vocals are high pitched and chime in like another line of synth, creating a whirlwind of hazy sounds that all spiral into a hypnotizing sound towards the end of the song. Safe to say we’re pretty excited for the release ofHyper Super Megaon September 14–preorder here.
It’s becoming increasingly difficult to turn your head from The Holydrug Couple. Their last album, Mourn (2015), showed some steps in a more pop-centric direction…and it looks like Hyper Super Mega is going to take an even larger step forward. This single below is perhaps one of the band’s most accessible tunes; it offers a soul-inflected vocal crawl, while harkening to some of the pop-collage work the Flaming Lips did around the Yoshimi-era. It’s just weird enough to make turn those cool kids on, but it has this pop sensibility that supersedes any essence of cool. Look for the new LP to drop on September 14th via Sacred Bones Records.
Forgive me if you’ve already heard this, but Jenny Hval has just announced a new EP and shared a tune off of that forthcoming release. Maybe I’m still reeling from the new age jazz that I experienced the other night by watching King Krule’s set at Emo’s, but “Spells” has certainly struck a chord with me that I felt was somehow missing in the past with Jenny Hval’s tunes. The moment you press play on the track, you’re greeted with some sick saxophone, which continues on as a motif through the number and delightfully compliments Hval’s vocals. Completely enchanting, the number blossoms into a jazzy, trancelike blend of dream pop. Make sure you check it out below and stay tuned for more tracks from Jenny Hval on her way to the release ofThe Long Sleep EP.
Amen Dunes is sinking deep into the territory of entrancing psychedelia; the latest single from the group is nothing short of an intoxicating journey deep into the caverns of your own mind. The central groove that operates behind this song seems to have roots in pop music of long ago, almost tribal in nature. Layer after layer of atmospherics and electronic pulses are laid atop that tribal mix, awaiting the slight warble of the vocals. It’s like this beautiful landscape where half the people on the lawn are listening to Spiritualized while others groove to the remnants of acid house. The band’s new album Freedom will be released on March 30th via Sacred Bones Records.
It’s been a few years since we’ve heard new tunes from Amen Dunes, but I’m definitely enjoying this track that comes with the announcement of a new LP. The first thing that struck me is the propulsive tone of the percussion; it sets the perfect pace, steady and pushing the tension. It’s fitting because Dylan McMahon’s voice definitely doesn’t seem steady; he holds onto notes and syllables until there’s almost nowhere else for them to venture. He still has a folk affection in the voice, but the sound of this single hints that the band’s new LP might be a little bit broader than what we heard on Love. Sacred Bones will be releasing Freedom on March 30th.
We haven’t heard from the Men since 2016, but news broke today of a new album headed our way in 2018. The immediate thing you’ll notice is how the band sounds absolutely nothing like the group that gave us Leave Home or Open Your Heart, and honestly, that’s for the best; it’s great to hear a sound you love, but even better for art when you push yourself into something entirely new. There’s still that element of darkness in the pulsing synth lines that serves the spirit of the band to listeners, yet artistic elements elevate the tune such as the sax squawking. The group’s new LP, Drift, drops on March 2nd via Sacred Bones Records.
Seems like a no-brainer that I’d be into this new tune from Moon Duo, which has the band covering Alan Vega of Suicide; it’s part of the band’s new 12″ of Alan Vega and The Stooges covers. On this version, the band seem to trade in the jittery urgency of Vega’s original for a deeper propulsive throb; the natural swing is gone, stolen by the dark underbelly that Moon Duo have brought to their own tunes. It’s also a bit longer than the original by almost two minutes, allowing the band to pull you deeper into the track. This covers 12″ will be released by Sacred Bones Records on January 19th.
I love the ever-changing progress of Moon Duo. While they still adhere to some of their early psychedelic influences, such as the driving synth work here, they continue to move and change within those confines. Here, they offer up this smoky vocal that rests atop the pulsing musical accompaniment; it has this smoothed out production that’s reminiscent of classic 90s dream pop. Oh! The track manages to keep your attention, in spite of its length, which hopefully doesn’t scare away the looky-loos. Their newest release Occult Architecture Vol. 2 will be released by their long-time label, Sacred Bones Records, on May 5th.
Yep. This song popped up all over the place yesterday, and I’m going to add my voice to the Internet void that is music journalism. Moon Duo have continued to grow, and with that, impress listeners such as yourself. Hearing this new single, it sounds like they’re taking the backbone of Spiritualized or Spaceman and kicking it up a notch with heavier guitars. For my ears, that chorus is what’s stunning; it’s probably the band at their most accessible. I’m looking forward to seeing more growth when they release Occult Architecture Vol. 1 via Sacred Bones Records on February 3rd.
Of all the psychedelic bands that have flourished in the last few years, I think Moon Duo has to be one of my favorites. They always seem to take some of the basics of the genre, then take them on their own little musical adventures. Their latest single has a darkened electronic tinge to it, pulsing from the get-go. Vocals are muddied, lurking beneath…that is until the band hits the chorus and turns things into a dancing world of pop sensibility. I imagine this is the region where Blank Dogs meets those psych freaks. Excited to hear the group’s new effort, Occult Architecture Vol. 1 via Sacred Bones Records early next year.