As the guitar plays, something else creeps up…an entity…a being…a force…a horn…an organ…an idea…taking the life of this lonely sparsely beautiful rock and haunting it hard. Baltimore’s Other Colors solitary magic and expansive lo fi rock is something to take a hold of now. Their S/T LP was recorded during last year’s blizzard, and that walled in mystique flows through this gem. Grab the digital on Gen Pop or pick the CD up there too.
mp3: Other Colors – Living Non-Living
mp3: Other Colors – Eastern Tunnel
Catch them live here in Bmore at the Windup Space tomorrow with The Jennifers and Sal Bando.
Other Colors Links: Tumblr | Facebook
I wrote about Slow Animal a little ways back – they had me drenched in gorgeous verbed out garage rock. Just the other day Dan C0landuno, part of Slow Animal, sent me his solo project, Lovespeak. Quite a style difference, Lovespeak is a dark sparkled microwave cooking electronic synth pop until it melts through the floor and drops to the shadowed depths below. You can stream/DL these sweet demos on Bandcamp/SoundCloud. I highly recommend that you do.
mp3: Lovespeak – Existential Crisis
mp3: Lovespeak – Thinkin
Lovespeak Links: Bandcamp | SoundCloud
Playfully hovering between jittering dream sequence sample and synth coated beats and explosive sometimes blissful experimental pop showers, Pregnant’s Life Hard: I Try definitely caught my ear the first time through. There’s some notion of Dan Deacon buried amidst Pregnant that is just the right amount of crazy to make it all shine unpredictably neon bright. Life Hard: I Try is out now via Mush Records (available to stream as well) and Crash Symbols.
mp3: Pregnant – Dog
mp3: Pregnant – Letter To A Friend
Pregnant Links: Website
Late night drifting in and out of sleep. Driving through a nameless metropolis that borders on darkness and pulsating red yellows. The hum of travel blends with the bass…a lullaby of sorts. Twilight sadness fades into the emerging blue city skyline. We park the car, embrace, and let the lows ride out. The sun comes out and it’s over.
Active Child’s You Are All I See is emotional electronic avant garde music at its best, and it is currently burning daydreamed audio memories into my frontal lobe. Get this album…wait until 3:30-4 AM-ish…then let the magic begin.
mp3: Active Child – Hanging On
mp3: Active Child – Playing House
Active Child Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Last.fm
Next Monday everyone’s favorite ear-trip, Black Moth Super Rainbow, is rolling into Baltimore’s Ottobar for an all ages show with Marshmallow Ghosts and Red Falcons. Turns out I have a pair of tickets to give away to this fine event. To enter just email me at [email protected] with BMSR MELTS MY EARS in the subject line (make sure to include your first and last names peoples!). I will choose a winner THIS Friday so hurry up!
mp3: Black Moth Super Rainbow – Born On A Day The Sun Didn’t Rise
The crunching of circuit board leaves beneath the breaths of an out-of-shape robot spewing vibrating vocals backed by fairies carrying alternat dimension trumpets in duet with radiant distorted guitar holograms…all walled together by Paul Duncan’s tranquil yet euphonious singing. One part somber downbeat, one part ray of light pop hope, one part tempered intricacies – Warm Ghost’s Narrows hits on all levels. A must listen.
mp3: Warm Ghost – G.T.W.S.
Narrows comes out on September 27th via Partisan. Pre-order here.
Warm Ghost Links: Website | Tumblr | Facebook | SoundCloud
I’d like to take a moment of silence
And now let’s celebrate life a bit, freedom a bit, and happiness a bit. Hug your mother or father. Embrace your brother or sister. Press play on some fresh new tunes.
mp3: Assassins 88 – Beach People | bandcamp
mp3: Blouse – Videotapes | bandcamp
mp3: Field Trips – uUu | bandcamp
mp3: Kevin Devine – Between The Concrete & Clouds | blog
mp3: Poor Spirits – Too Easy | SoundCloud