Last Week’s Jams (5.27 – 5.31)

A strange week we had last week; I blame the Memorial Day holiday for that, as it started us all off a bit slow. For whatever reason, we didn’t get a lot of fresh tunes, so I, of course, was out there digging deep to unearth some stuff you’re probably not going to find in a ton of other spots, like the new T.G. Shand or Holding Hour singles. It was good to get another single from the next the Martial Arts LP, plus our old friend Stephen popped up with his new project Shortcuts. And, as I’ve been trying to do more, there were some great records like the new Neutrals and Oh Boland LPs I wanted to nod towards too. It’s all in the playlist below.

Mt Fog Drop Slowly Morphing

Somewhere in the realm between thumping post-punk and artier brands of pop lives Mt. Fog and their new record, Ultraviolet Heart Machine. I’ve been pumping up this new single, “Slowly Morphing,” which, to be fair, sort of sounds otherworldly…there’s not too much that really sounds like what they’re offering. There’s this frantic riot grrrl sensation to the thundering vocal delivery, but even there, you can hear acts like Life Without Buildings or even Bjork channeling similar eerie vocals. You’ve got to give the rhythm section props here too, as the thumping bass line and snapping cymbal hits really give the track life and allow Carolyn B all the room she needs to wriggle into your earholes. You can grab the new record on September 17th via Ghost Mountain Records.

Last Week’s Jams, Today (6.20 – 6.24)

I don’t even want to look back at last week. But, we had songs, there were some really good songs coming out of a really awful week. Our friend Ram Vela and his band had a new single, plus it never hurts to get a Voxtrot tune in your inbox. Think I kept coming back to these Bastien Keb, Flowertown and Tan Cologne tunes the most, well, and that Tony Molina track. There’s about 20 jams to sort through, so find a favorite. Or don’t.

Mt Fog Shares Behind a Silent Door Video

Seattle’s Mt Fog is ready to mesmerize you with their latest video for “Behind a Silent Door,” with footage that matches up with the band’s description as forest folktronica; it uses some colorful digital sketching to fill in the background of found nature shots. Musically, you’re going to love what Carolyn B is doing with her craft, structuring electronic layer atop layer so as to build a musical landscape where her vocals can come in and out of focus. Interestingly, those vocal notes match the mystic quality of the music, like a playful forest dweller, running in and out of the trees, calling to you. If you can’t get lost in the natural world, then you can certainly lose yourself in this song.

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